Summer planning

With summer approaching we want to take a week at least to travel within 10 hours and explore. Since Miss V is almost two its much easier to pack up and go somewhere, she can just eat on the run with us.  But having to be in a car for along period might be an issue. I have been researching places in Ontario and Nova Scotia since we can visit a few friends and family members out there at the same time. We want somewhere with a gorgeous view, clean beaches, a little town with small cute shops but still touristy. 
In Ontario I have found two beaches which look amazing and have so many great reviews Sauble beach and South Hampton beach both are on Lake Huron, which we can visit both along with going into Toronto to a few touristy attractions. Our second option is Nova Scotia which is a little farther than I wanted to travel but the ocean, the towns and touristy option available are endless. I found two beaches; Melmerby beach and Heather beach which look amazing and we can spend a day at both. 
Nova Scotia has always had a place in my heart, as its where my dad grew up when my grandfather was stationed with the airforce in New Glasgow, its where we spent many summers visiting and seeing the small town routines, so going back with our little family will be a great way to start a full cycle of memories + the red sand! 
We are still trying to weigh our options as NS is far but road trips are always fun. To road trip or not to road trip . Send me your fav. spots in NS and tips on road tripping with a little two year old! 
These pictures just make you want to leave tomorrow and travel!

Melmerby Beach NS- image from Google

Melmerby Beach NS- image from Google

Heather Beach NS- image from Google

Heather Beach NS- image from Google