22 days in Nova Scotia Itinerary

22 days in Nova Scotia Itinerary

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Halifax
— 4 nights
Fly
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Louisbourg, Cape Breton Island
— 2 nights
Drive
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Baddeck, Cape Breton Island
— 2 nights
Drive
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Ingonish, Cape Breton Island
— 2 nights
Ferry to Englishtown, NS, Fly to Truro
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Truro
— 2 nights
Drive
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Annapolis Royal
— 2 nights
Drive
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Yarmouth
— 3 nights
Drive
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Lunenburg
— 4 nights
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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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Halifax: Swissair Flight 111 Memorial (in Indian Harbour) and Peggy's Cove Lighthouse (in Peggy's Cove). Next up on the itinerary: learn about all things military at Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, get your game on at Historic Properties, sample the tasty concoctions at Alexander Keith's Brewery, and take in the waterfront at Halifax Waterfront Boardwalk.

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The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Halifax. In December, daytime highs in Halifax are 2°C, while nighttime lows are -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Louisbourg.

Things to do in Halifax

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Louisbourg, Cape Breton Island

— 2 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. Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Glace Bay Heritage Museum, see the interesting displays at Cape Breton Miners' Museum, and then look for gifts at Ed's Books and More. On the 8th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore and take pictures at Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site and then make a trip to The Big Fiddle.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Louisbourg online tour planner.

You can fly from Halifax to Louisbourg in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In December, daily temperatures in Louisbourg can reach 2°C, while at night they dip to -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to drive to Baddeck.

Things to do in Louisbourg

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Baddeck, Cape Breton Island

— 2 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.
On the 9th (Thu), stroll through Ski Tuonela and then hit the slopes at Ski Ben Eoin. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Fri): look for gifts at Iron Art & Photographs and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Cabot Trail.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Baddeck travel route planning tool.

You can drive from Louisbourg to Baddeck in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Louisbourg in December, you will find days in Baddeck are a bit cooler (0°C), and nights are about the same (-7°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to drive to Ingonish.

Things to do in Baddeck

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Trails

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 11th (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Keep things going the next day: trek along Middle Head Trail, then walk around Cape Smokey Provincial Park, and then stop by Glass Artisans Gallery.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Ingonish day trip tool.

Drive from Baddeck to Ingonish in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 2°C in December, and nighttime lows around -5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Truro.

Things to do in Ingonish

Parks · Nature · Shopping · Trails

Side Trip

Truro

— 2 nights
Truro is a town in central Nova Scotia, Canada. On the 13th (Mon), stop by Sweet Spot Chocolate Shop, then view the masterpieces at Visual Voice Fine Art, and then revel in the low prices at Stanfield's Factory Outlet. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ski Wentworth and then walk around Victoria Park.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Truro travel planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Ingonish to Truro takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, Truro is cooler than Ingonish - with highs of -11°C and lows of -20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Annapolis Royal.

Things to do in Truro

Shopping · Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trips

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 15th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Port-Royal National Historic Site, then sample the tasty concoctions at Annapolis Brewing Company, and then walk around Valleyview Provincial Park. On the 16th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Catfish Moon Studio Crafts, admire the natural beauty at Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens, and then make a trip to ARTsPLACE.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Annapolis Royal trip itinerary maker app.

You can drive from Truro to Annapolis Royal in 3 hours. Traveling from Truro in December, expect Annapolis Royal to be much warmer, temps between 3°C and -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Yarmouth.

Things to do in Annapolis Royal

Parks · Breweries & Distilleries · Shopping · Wildlife

Side Trip

Yarmouth

— 3 nights
Yarmouth is a port town located on the Bay of Fundy in southwestern Nova Scotia, Canada. Get out of town with these interesting Yarmouth side-trips: Belliveau Cove Municipal Park (in Belliveaus Cove) and Shelburne (Ross-Thomson House Museum, Shelburne's Museums By The Sea, &more). There's still lots to do: relax and rejuvenate at The Style Merchant, get to know the fascinating history of Cape Forchu Lighthouse, walk around Frost Park, and see the interesting displays at Killam Brothers Shipping Office.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Yarmouth tour planner.

Drive from Annapolis Royal to Yarmouth in 2 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can go by car to Lunenburg.

Things to do in Yarmouth

Museums · Parks · Shopping · Historic Sites

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Pine Grove Park (in Milton), Graves Island Provincial Park (in Chester) and Old Burial Ground (in Liverpool). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic, look for gifts at Lexicon Books, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. John's Anglican Church, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Lunenburg Historic District.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Lunenburg trip itinerary website.

You can drive from Yarmouth to Lunenburg in 3 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 5°C, and evening lows to -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to go by car back home.

Things to do in Lunenburg

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Spas

Side Trips

Nova Scotia travel guide

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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.