21 days in Nova Scotia Itinerary

21 days in Nova Scotia Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Calgary
Fly:  9 h 15 min
1
Louisbourg, Cape Breton Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
Ingonish, Cape Breton Island
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Baddeck, Cape Breton Island
— 3 nights
Drive:  5 h 45 min
4
Annapolis Royal
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h
5
Lunenburg
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
6
Halifax
— 5 nights
Bus + Fly:  7 h 30 min
End: Calgary

2
nights
Louisbourg, Cape Breton Island

Louisbourg ©
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. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site, then take a leisurely stroll along Louisbourg Boardwalk Park and Boat Launch, and then visit a coastal fixture at Louisbourg Lighthouse. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get lost in a book at Cape Breton Regional Library, then see the interesting displays at Cape Breton Miners' Museum, then make a trip to The Big Fiddle, and finally appreciate the history behind Sydney Merchant Mariners Memorial.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Louisbourg tour planning website.

Calgary to Louisbourg is an approximately 9.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. You'll lose 3 hours traveling from Calgary to Louisbourg due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Louisbourg when traveling from Calgary in September, with lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can drive to Ingonish.

Things to do in Louisbourg

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Sydney, Cape Breton Miners' Museum
Highlights from your plan
Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site ©
Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site
Cape Breton Miners' Museum ©
Cape Breton Miners' Museum
The Big Fiddle ©
The Big Fiddle

3
nights
Ingonish, Cape Breton Island

Ingonish ©
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Ingonish: Dingwall Harbour (in Dingwall), Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Bay St. Lawrence) and Cape North (Freshwater Lake Lookoff & Cabots Landing Provincial Park). There's still lots to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cape Breton Highlands National Park, stroll through Ingonish Beach, trek along Green Cove Trail, and play a few rounds at Highlands Links Golf Course.

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

You can drive from Louisbourg to Ingonish in 2.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Ingonish are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Baddeck.

Things to do in Ingonish

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Cape North, Dingwall Harbour, Dolphin & Whale Watching
Highlights from your plan
Cape Breton Highlands National Park ©
Cape Breton Highlands National Park
Middle Head Trail ©
Middle Head Trail
Highlands Links Golf Course ©
Highlands Links Golf Course

3
nights
Baddeck, Cape Breton Island

Baddeck ©
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.
Explore Baddeck's surroundings by going to Colouratura Art Gallery (in Indian Brook), St. James Presbyterian Church (in Big Bras d'Or) and Margaree Salmon Museum (in Margaree Valley). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site, examine the collection at Les Trois Pignons, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Big Spruce Brewing, and take a memorable drive along Cabot Trail.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Baddeck trip builder tool.

Getting from Ingonish to Baddeck by car takes about 1.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can go by car to Annapolis Royal.

Things to do in Baddeck

Museums Outdoors Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Cape Breton Island, Cheticamp, Colouratura Art Gallery, St. James Presbyterian Church, Margaree Salmon Museum
Highlights from your plan
Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site ©
Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site
Cabot Trail ©
Cabot Trail
Les Trois Pignons ©
Les Trois Pignons

4
nights
Annapolis Royal

Annapolis Royal ©
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. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Annapolis Royal: Tiverton (Balancing Rock Trail & Ocean Explorations Whale Cruises), Le Village Historique Acadien de la Nouvelle-Ecosse (in Lower West Pubnico) and Port Maitland Beach Provincial Park (in Port Maitland). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens, make a trip to Denise Comeau Artiste, contemplate the long history of Fort Anne National Historic Site, and enjoy the sea views from Cape Forchu Lighthouse.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Annapolis Royal driving holiday tool.

Getting from Baddeck to Annapolis Royal by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, flight, ferry, and car; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Annapolis Royal are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can go by car to Lunenburg.

Things to do in Annapolis Royal

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Tiverton, Denise Comeau Artiste, Le Village Historique Acadien de la Nouvelle-Ecosse, Port Maitland Beach Provincial Park, Cape Forchu Lighthouse
Highlights from your plan
Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens ©
Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens
Port-Royal National Historic Site ©
Port-Royal National Historic Site

3
nights
Lunenburg

Lunenburg ©
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Lunenburg: Shelburne (Dory Shop Museum, Shelburne's Historic Waterfront Museums By The Sea, &more), Old Burial Ground (in Liverpool) and Graves Island Provincial Park (in Chester). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic, browse the exhibits of Laurie Swim Gallery, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. John's Anglican Church, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Ironworks Distillery.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Lunenburg trip itinerary app.

You can drive from Annapolis Royal to Lunenburg in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in September, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can go by car to Halifax.

Things to do in Lunenburg

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Shelburne, Mahone Bay, Old Burial Ground, LaHave River Trail, Graves Island Provincial Park
Highlights from your plan
St. John's Anglican Church ©
St. John's Anglican Church
Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic ©
Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic

5
nights
Halifax

Halifax ©
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 (Peggy's Cove Lighthouse & Swissair Flight 111 Memorial). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Halifax Citadel National Historic Site of Canada, admire the natural beauty at Halifax Public Gardens, sample the tasty concoctions at Alexander Keith's Brewery, and stroll the grounds of Fairview Lawn Cemetery.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Halifax road trip planner.

Getting from Lunenburg to Halifax by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Halifax can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Halifax

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Peggy's Cove, Marine Drive
Highlights from your plan
Halifax Citadel National Historic Site of Canada ©
Halifax Public Gardens ©
Halifax Public Gardens
Maritime Museum of the Atlantic ©
Maritime Museum of the Atlantic

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