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Getting There -- Routes 107 and 7 run along or near the coast from Dartmouth to Stillwater (near Sherbrooke). Other local routes -- including numbers 211, 316, 16, and 344 -- continue onward along the coast to the causeway to Cape Breton. An excursion along the entire coastal route -- from Dartmouth to Cape Breton Island with a detour to Canso -- is about 400km (250 miles) in length. Driving time would vary wildly, depending on your capacity for making detours.

Visitor Information -- Several tourist information centers are staffed along the route. You'll find the best stocked and most helpful centers in Sheet Harbour inside the MacPhee House Museum (next to the waterfall; tel. 902/885-2595); in Sherbrooke Village, in the little yellow building at the entrance to the historic complex that also serves as the museum's info center (tel. 902/522-2400); and in Canso at 1297 Union St., on the waterfront (tel. 902/366-2170). All are open daily in summer.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.