12 days in Nova Scotia Itinerary

12 days in Nova Scotia Itinerary

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Fly
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Lunenburg
— 1 night
Drive to Freeport, NS, Ferry to Brier Island
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Brier Island
— 1 night
Ferry to Freeport, NS, Taxi to Annapolis Royal
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Annapolis Royal
— 2 nights
Drive
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Halifax
— 4 nights
Fly to Sydney, Ferry to Ingonish
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Ingonish, Cape Breton Island
— 2 nights
Drive
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Baddeck, Cape Breton Island
— 1 night
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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 4th (Wed): watch a film at Chester Playhouse and then walk around Graves Island Provincial Park. On the 5th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic, then get to know the fascinating history of Lunenburg Historic District, and then pause for some serene contemplation at St. John's Anglican Church.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Lunenburg online vacation planner.

Toronto to Lunenburg is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Atlantic Standard Time is 1 hour. While traveling from Toronto, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Lunenburg, ranging from highs of 25°C to lows of 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to travel to Brier Island.

Things to do in Lunenburg

Historic Sites · Parks · Fun & Games · Nightlife

Side Trip

Brier Island

— 1 night
On the 6th (Fri), visit a coastal fixture at Brier Island Lighthouse, step off the mainland to explore Brier Island, and then get up close to creatures of the deep with Mariner Cruises Whale and Seabird Tours.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Brier Island road trip planner.

Do a combination of car and ferry from Lunenburg to Brier Island in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, taxi, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. Expect slightly colder evenings in Brier Island when traveling from Lunenburg in August, with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Annapolis Royal.

Things to do in Brier Island

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Tours

Annapolis Royal

— 2 nights
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 7th (Sat): take in nature's colorful creations at Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens, then brush up on your military savvy at Fort Anne National Historic Site, and then don't miss a visit to ARTsPLACE. Keep things going the next day: find something for the whole family at Upper Clements Parks, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Annapolis Royal Farmers' and Traders' Market, and then contemplate the long history of Port-Royal National Historic Site.

For photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Annapolis Royal trip planner.

Do a combination of ferry and taxi from Brier Island to Annapolis Royal in 2.5 hours. When traveling from Brier Island in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Annapolis Royal, with highs around 29°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can drive to Halifax.

Things to do in Annapolis Royal

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Halifax

— 4 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Halifax side-trips: Peggy's Cove Lighthouse (in Peggy's Cove) and Swissair Flight 111 Memorial (in Indian Harbour). And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Halifax Public Gardens, take an in-depth tour of Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Paul's Church, and learn about all things military at Maritime Museum of the Atlantic.

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Drive from Annapolis Royal to Halifax in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of ferry and flight. In August, daytime highs in Halifax are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Ingonish.

Things to do in Halifax

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): stroll through Cabot Trail, then see what you can catch with Ingonish Lobster Tales and Scales, and then trek along Middle Head Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cape Breton Highlands National Park.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Ingonish online road trip planner.

Do a combination of flight and ferry from Halifax to Ingonish in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in August, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can drive to Baddeck.

Things to do in Ingonish

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at St. Michael's Catholic Church and then take an in-depth tour of Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Baddeck using our trip planner.

Traveling by car from Ingonish to Baddeck takes 1.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Baddeck

Historic Sites · Museums

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.