We will be arriving in Nova Scotia August 26th through September 4th. We plan on spending the first and last day in Halifax but have a week we would like to use on Cape Breton Island. Our main interests are hiking, some water activities (kayaking/whale watching), eating seafood and staying in a great place with ocean views. We really are nature/hiking people and don't care much about shopping or seeing any of the tourist sights. We also don't want to be going going going every second of our trip so I'm trying to narrow down our choices. We have a flexible budget and are not concerned about staying at the cheapest places. I have every guide book and the Nova Scotia Dreamers guide. I think I've given myself information overload!
Should we stay in one place on the island and drive every day? Or is it better to do a day or two at Cheticamp, Meat Cove and Ingonish? I'm not sure how to divide up our time. Also, is it wise to just stay on CBI so we're not rushed or do we have time to use a day or two in the main part of NS? I appreciate very much any advice we can get.