I just got back a couple weeks ago from a week of riding around NS. Here's my tips to you;
1) Don't take the ferry. Huge waster of money, and not much of a time save if you're going to Halifax or North. Plus the ride was not that smooth and I should have taken a couple shots of dramamine or something.
2) Watch out on the Cabot Trail especially the Eastern side of Cape Breton. The road is very rough and it would not be hard to be caught off guard. I actually hit my skid plate while rounding a corner which really scared me as I keep seeing pictures on here of people snapping their tranny housing open from hitting stuff with it. (It didn't do any damage thankfully) The trip was so rough that my bike actually caught air a couple times, once it felt like I was more than a foot off the ground (it was probably a lot less, but it felt high on the LT
). I got in the habit of checking for loose bolts at night before going to bed and have a headlight problem that developed the last two days anyway.
3) On the plus side however, it is absolutely beautiful up there, and as cabottrail has mentioned, focus on one area, and spend the time to enjoy it. The people I met were really cool, the scenery is great and there is a LOT to do. Whale watching, Tours, sightseeing, hiking, camping, etc. Be sure to check out Fortress Louisburgh if you have time as that was a really great time for me - I went to the dinner theater and the people were really fun to hang out with. Worth the every cent. I wish I would have spent more time in Cape Breton, and will next time.
4) OH, and watch the speed up there. From what I understand the Canadians passed some very punitive laws against speeders- I think it's a huge fine for 50Kph over the limit or something like that. Bring your passport too to cross the border.
5) BRING BUG SPRAY. At night there were so many skeeters swarming my tent that it really made a nice breeze.
THANK GOD FOR NETTING.....
PS - when you get to half a tank - get gas. The stations can be a little more sparse than I'm used to around here.