We primarily went on this organized caravan because we have never done one before and we thought it might be fun. This has proven to be true and we enjoyed the people and places very much. We have been traveling steadily in a motorhome for over 9 years and have become accustomed to doing things our way. In order to get the benefits from a caravan, we had to adjust some of our mindsets. The hardest of these was abandoning the idea that were going to do what we want when we want. This was okay, as the planned trip covered most of the major things that would have been on our list anyways and it was nice to be driven around sometimes with a local guide. The other major advantage was getting to know 31 fellow RVers pretty well over the course of 50 days together.
The one drawback came in the transition from one location to another. With the caravan planning the travel day in detail and everyone to travel on the same route in a loose line behind the leader meant you really could not leave the route. You can "sign out" and do you own thing, or just take a detour. We did sign out often, but there seemed to be some resistance to that in practice. In any case, since we now always sight see as we go because we have a small motorhome and can go nearly everywhere we could with a car, we regularly detoured from the assigned path.
The driving distance from the Lunenburg area to the campground for our visit to Halifax was short and we had all day to get there, so we decided to explore the nearby coastline to visit a hopefully less touristy town. This lead us to the town of Mahone Bay, which happens to be at the head of Mahone Bay. It turned out to be a beautiful setting and clearly with little bit of a tourist bent, but still a quiet place to enjoy a stroll through town. We enjoyed our stay and did not get the urge to visit a single gift shop.