20 days in Nova Scotia Itinerary

20 days in Nova Scotia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Nova Scotia tour planner

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Fly
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Halifax
— 5 nights
Fly
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Louisbourg, Cape Breton Island
— 3 nights
Drive
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Ingonish, Cape Breton Island
— 3 nights
Drive
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Baddeck, Cape Breton Island
— 3 nights
Drive
5
Lunenburg
— 4 nights
Drive to Halifax / Stanfield International Airport, Fly to Ahmedabad

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Halifax

— 5 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Peggy's Cove Lighthouse (in Peggy's Cove), Swissair Flight 111 Memorial (in Indian Harbour) and Peggy Of The Cove (in Glen Margaret). The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Halifax Public Gardens, brush up on your military savvy at Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, explore the different monuments and memorials at Fairview Lawn Cemetery, and contemplate the long history of Halifax Citadel National Historic Site.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Halifax trip itinerary planning tool.

Ahmedabad, India to Halifax is an approximately 24.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 9.5 hours traveling from Ahmedabad to Halifax. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Ahmedabad in November, with highs in Halifax at 6°C and lows at -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to fly to Louisbourg.

Things to do in Halifax

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Louisbourg, Cape Breton Island

— 3 nights
Louisbourg is an unincorporated community and former town located in Nova Scotia's Cape Breton Regional Municipality.HistoryThe French military founded the Fortress of Louisbourg in 1713 and its fortified seaport on the southwest part of the harbour, naming it in honour of Louis XIV. The harbour had been used by European mariners since at least the 1590s, when it was known as English Port and Havre à l'Anglois. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Louisbourg: Glace Bay (Glace Bay Heritage Museum & Cape Breton Miners' Museum) and Sydney (Sydney Merchant Mariners Memorial & The Big Fiddle). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site, stroll through Louisbourg Lighthouse Coastal Trail, and visit a coastal fixture at Louisbourg Lighthouse.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Louisbourg trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by flight from Halifax to Louisbourg takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In November, daytime highs in Louisbourg are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Ingonish.

Things to do in Louisbourg

Museums · Historic Sites · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

Ingonish, Cape Breton Island

— 3 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.
Spend the 10th (Wed) exploring nature at Cape Breton Highlands National Park. There's much more to do: trek along Middle Head Trail, kick back and relax at Black Brook Beach, play a few rounds at Highlands Links Golf Course, and look for gifts at Groovy Goat Farm & Soap Company.

Make your Ingonish itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can drive from Louisbourg to Ingonish in 2.5 hours. In November in Ingonish, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Baddeck.

Things to do in Ingonish

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Golf

Side Trip

Baddeck, Cape Breton Island

— 3 nights
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Baddeck: St. Marys Parish (in Mabou) and Margaree Valley (Margaree Salmon Museum & Iron Art & Photographs). There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Michael's Catholic Church, take a memorable drive along Cabot Trail, and make a trip to The Water's Edge Gallery of Fine Art & Crafts.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Baddeck visit planner.

Drive from Ingonish to Baddeck in 1.5 hours. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Ingonish in November, with highs in Baddeck at 3°C and lows at -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Lunenburg.

Things to do in Baddeck

Museums · Historic Sites · Trails · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Lunenburg

— 4 nights
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.
Explore Lunenburg's surroundings by going to Maritime Painted Saltbox Gallery (in Petite Riviere), Focus Gallery (in Shelburne) and Old Burial Ground (in Liverpool). Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at St. John's Anglican Church, examine the collection at Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic, make a trip to Peer Gallery, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Ironworks Distillery.

To find other places to visit and tourist information, read Lunenburg day trip planning app.

Getting from Baddeck to Lunenburg by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Baddeck in November, expect Lunenburg to be somewhat warmer, temps between 10°C and 3°C. On the 19th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Lunenburg

Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Museums

Side Trips

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.