11 days in Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick & Nova Scotia Itinerary

11 days in Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick & Nova Scotia Itinerary

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Cavendish
— 2 nights
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Grand Manan
— 1 night
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Annapolis Royal
— 1 night
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Lunenburg
— 1 night
Drive
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Halifax
— 2 nights
Fly to Sydney, Ferry to Ingonish
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Ingonish, Cape Breton Island
— 2 nights
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Baddeck, Cape Breton Island
— 1 night
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Cavendish

— 2 nights
Known to fans of writer Lucy Maud Montgomery as the setting of "Anne of Green Gables," Cavendish represents a top destination on Prince Edward Island.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): relax and rejuvenate at Serenity Salon. On the 9th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Anne of Green Gables Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Green Gable Alpacas, then stroll through Cavendish Cliffs, and finally grab your bike and head to Cavendish Dunelands Trail.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Cavendish trip planning website.

Edmonton to Cavendish is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Edmonton to Cavendish is 3 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Edmonton in October, with highs in Cavendish at 16°C and lows at 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel to Grand Manan.

Things to do in Cavendish

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Grand Manan

— 1 night
Grand Manan Island is a Canadian island, and the largest of the Fundy Islands in the Bay of Fundy. On the 11th (Mon), get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then enjoy the sea views from Swallowtail Lighthouse, and then admire the majestic nature at Anchorage Provincial Park.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Grand Manan trip planner.

You can drive from Cavendish to Grand Manan in 6 hours. Another option is to drive. In October, daily temperatures in Grand Manan can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Annapolis Royal.

Things to do in Grand Manan

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Parks

Annapolis Royal

— 1 night
Annapolis Royal, formerly known as Annapolis, is a town located in the western part of Annapolis County, Nova Scotia, Canada.Today's Annapolis Royal evolved from the 1605 French settlement of Port Royal (briefly Charlesfort), renamed in honour of Queen Anne following the Siege of Port Royal in 1710 by Britain. Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): make a trip to Annapolis Tidal Generating Station, then examine the collection at Port-Royal National Historic Site, then admire the natural beauty at Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens, and finally brush up on your military savvy at Fort Anne National Historic Site.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Annapolis Royal trip planner.

You can drive from Grand Manan to Annapolis Royal in 6 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Lunenburg.

Things to do in Annapolis Royal

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Lunenburg

— 1 night
An hour's drive from Halifax's international airport, Luneburg boasts both colorful buildings and a colorful history, as well as status as a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): stop by Amos Pewter, examine the collection at Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Lunenburg Historic District, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. John's Anglican Church.

For other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Lunenburg vacation planning tool.

Traveling by car from Annapolis Royal to Lunenburg takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Lunenburg when traveling from Annapolis Royal in October, with lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Halifax.

Things to do in Lunenburg

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums

Side Trip

Halifax

— 2 nights
The largest city on Canada's eastern coastline, Halifax boast a rich maritime history and occupies a strategically important location with one of the world's greatest natural harbors.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): kick back and relax at Lawrencetown Beach, pause for some photo ops at Swissair Flight 111 Memorial, and then enjoy the sea views from Peggy's Cove Lighthouse. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Fri): brush up on your military savvy at Halifax Citadel National Historic Site, take in nature's colorful creations at Halifax Public Gardens, brush up on your military savvy at Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, then get engrossed in the history at Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Halifax Waterfront Boardwalk.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Halifax itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Lunenburg to Halifax takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. October in Halifax sees daily highs of 18°C and lows of 8°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel to Ingonish.

Things to do in Halifax

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Ingonish, Cape Breton Island

— 2 nights
Nestled on a cozy harbor surrounded by green forests, the coastal town of Ingonish serves as the perfect coastal retreat for those after a quiet getaway.
On the 16th (Sat), trek along Cabot Trail, then stroll around Cape Smokey Provincial Park, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Ingonish Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: trek along Middle Head Trail, admire the sheer force of Chutes Mary Ann Falls, and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Ingonish trip app.

Getting from Halifax to Ingonish by combination of flight and ferry takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Halifax in October, plan for a bit cooler nights in Ingonish, with lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to drive to Baddeck.

Things to do in Ingonish

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Wildlife

Side Trips

Baddeck, Cape Breton Island

— 1 night
For most visitors on holiday in Baddeck, the town represents the beginning and the end of the world-famous Cabot Trail, a scenic roadway looping around the northern tip of Cape Breton Island.
On the 18th (Mon), steep yourself in history at Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site, then look for gifts at Baadeck Yarns, and then tee off at Baddeck Forks Golf Course.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Baddeck trip itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Ingonish to Baddeck in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in October, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Baddeck

Museums · Shopping · Golf · Outdoors

Prince Edward Island travel guide

4.3
Historic Sites · Beaches · Theme Parks
Garden of the Gulf
Canada's only island province, Prince Edward Island earned the nickname the "Garden of the Gulf" thanks to its pastoral landscape of rolling green hills and a patchwork of cultivated fields. The country's smallest province in terms of land and population, the island boasts a long coastline marked by sandy beaches, making up in visual appeal what they lack in modern infrastructure. It's easy to get away from everyone during a vacation in Prince Edward Island, as this photogenic landmass features just a scattering of small towns housing warmhearted locals stubbornly clinging to their easygoing lifestyle. Begin your Prince Edward Island tour in Charlottetown, the quaint provincial capital with a good selection of bars and restaurants.

New Brunswick travel guide

4.1
State Parks · Parks · Bodies of Water
Pristine natural scenery, photogenic little towns, charming beaches, and sprawling parks remain top reasons to take a trip to New Brunswick. This relatively small Canadian province with a long Atlantic coastline remains sparsely populated, the majority of its area covered with dense forests. Five scenic drives intersect the region, allowing visitors to spend their New Brunswick holiday sightseeing from the comfort of a rented car or bicycle. If you prefer to stay near the water, don't miss the world-famous Bay of Fundy, home to the world's highest tides, several species of whales, and quaint seaside settlements maintaining their own slow pace of life.

Nova Scotia travel guide

4.5
Military Museums · History Museums · Gardens
Small in terms of land area, Nova Scotia nevertheless encompasses nearly 3,800 islands floating in the Atlantic just off Canada's mainland. A vacation in Nova Scotia is understandably an ocean-based experienced, allowing you to stay within 60 km (40 mi) of the water no matter where you choose to base your adventure. Stay near the ocean, and you'll find mostly lighthouses and small settlements living off lobster fishing. Drive or cycle inland, and the landscape changes dramatically, with pretty orchards and photogenic highlands dominating the geography everywhere you look. For urban amenities during your Nova Scotia holiday, look no farther than provincial capital Halifax, offering the region's biggest range of shopping, dining, and entertainment options.