30 days in Nova Scotia Itinerary

30 days in Nova Scotia Itinerary

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Fly to Halifax / Stanfield International Airport, Drive to Advocate Harbour
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Advocate Harbour
— 1 night
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Drive to Halifax / Stanfield International Airport, Fly to Sydney / J.A. Douglas McCurdy Airport, Drive to Ingonish
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Ingonish, Cape Breton Island
— 4 nights
Drive
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Baddeck, Cape Breton Island
— 4 nights
Drive
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Louisbourg, Cape Breton Island
— 2 nights
Fly
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Halifax
— 5 nights
Drive
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Wolfville
— 4 nights
Drive
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Annapolis Royal
— 3 nights
Drive
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Yarmouth
— 5 nights
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Advocate Harbour

— 1 night
Advocate Harbour is a Canadian rural community located in Cumberland County, Nova ScotiaThe community is situated on Route 209 and has a small well-protected fishing harbour opening on the Bay of Fundy; the harbour dries at low tide.The community's economy is tied to the seasonal industries of fishing and tourism. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): stop by The Joggins Arts and Crafts Emporium and then learn more about the world around you at Joggins Fossil Cliffs Centre. Keep things going the next day: visit a coastal fixture at Cape d'Or Lighthouse and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Cape Chignecto Provincial Park.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Advocate Harbour travel website.

San Francisco, USA to Advocate Harbour is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. You'll lose 4 hours traveling from San Francisco to Advocate Harbour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Francisco in June, expect Advocate Harbour to be a bit cooler, temps between 66°F and 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Ingonish.

Things to do in Advocate Harbour

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Ingonish, Cape Breton Island

— 4 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.
St. Paul Island Museum & Lighthouse and Lone Shieling are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Middle Head Trail and Ingonish Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ingonish: MacIntosh Brook Trail (in Pleasant Bay) and Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Bay St. Lawrence). Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic scenery at Chutes Mary Ann Falls, trek along Warren Lake Trail, stroll around Cape Smokey Provincial Park, and explore the striking landscape of Cape Breton Highlands National Park.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Ingonish online trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Advocate Harbour to Ingonish. In June, daily temperatures in Ingonish can reach 64°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can drive to Baddeck.

Things to do in Ingonish

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Baddeck, Cape Breton Island

— 4 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.
Get some cultural insight at Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site and Les Trois Pignons. Escape the urban bustle at Uisge Ban Falls and Cabot Cliffs Golf Course. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Baddeck: Iona (Highland Village & St. Barra st Columba Catholic Church), Cheticamp (Saint Peter's Church & Acadian Trail) and The Tying Scotsman (in Margaree Forks). And it doesn't end there: paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Michael's Catholic Church, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Big Spruce Brewing, and explore the activities along Bras d'Or Lake.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Baddeck trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Ingonish to Baddeck takes 1.5 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Baddeck can reach 65°F, while at night they dip to 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Louisbourg.

Things to do in Baddeck

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

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 29th (Wed): enjoy the sea views from Louisbourg Lighthouse, trek along Louisbourg Lighthouse Coastal Trail, and then make a trip to The Big Fiddle. On the next day, examine the collection at Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site, then examine the collection at Cape Breton Miners' Museum, and then appreciate the history behind Sydney Merchant Mariners Memorial.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Louisbourg tour itinerary planning site.

Drive from Baddeck to Louisbourg in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 65°F in June, and nighttime lows around 47°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Halifax.

Things to do in Louisbourg

Historic Sites · Museums · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Lunenburg Historic District and Old Burying Ground. Get a sense of the local culture at Peggy's Cove Lighthouse and St. John's Anglican Church. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Halifax: River Rafting & Tubing (in Maitland), Lunenburg (Purcell Family Art Gallery & Ironworks Distillery) and Peggy's Cove (Beales' Bailiwick Ltd & William E. deGarthe Memorial Provincial Park). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, admire the natural beauty at Leighton Dillman Park, don't miss a visit to Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Paul's Church.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Halifax itinerary tool.

Getting from Louisbourg to Halifax by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In June in Halifax, expect temperatures between 66°F during the day and 50°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to drive to Wolfville.

Things to do in Halifax

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Wolfville

— 4 nights
Wolfville is a Canadian town in the Annapolis Valley, Kings County, Nova Scotia, located about 100km northwest of the provincial capital, Halifax. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Grand Pre National Historic Site and Tangled Garden. Step off the beaten path and head to Cape Split Trailhead and Blomidon Provincial Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Wolfville: Burntcoat Head Park (in Noel), Amethyst Cove (in Scots Bay) and Walton Lighthouse (in Walton). There's much more to do: learn about winemaking at Domaine de Grand Pre, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Barrelling Tide Distillery, cruise along Glooscap Trail, and take in panoramic vistas at Look-off Family Campground & Takeout.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Wolfville itinerary maker.

Drive from Halifax to Wolfville in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July in Wolfville, expect temperatures between 78°F during the day and 58°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Annapolis Royal.

Things to do in Wolfville

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Annapolis Royal

— 3 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. Step off the beaten path and head to Fort Anne National Historic Site and Prim Point Lighthouse. Get in touch with nature at Kejimkujik National Park & National Historic Site and Melanson Settlement National Historic Site. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Annapolis Royal: Tiverton (Ocean Explorations Whale Cruises & Balancing Rock Trail). There's still lots to do: admire all the interesting features of Port-Royal National Historic Site, learn about winemaking at Annapolis Highland Vineyards, and don't miss a visit to Annapolis Tidal Generating Station.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Annapolis Royal sightseeing site.

Getting from Wolfville to Annapolis Royal by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. In July in Annapolis Royal, expect temperatures between 78°F during the day and 58°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can drive to Yarmouth.

Things to do in Annapolis Royal

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Trails · Parks

Side Trips

Yarmouth

— 5 nights
Yarmouth is a port town located on the Bay of Fundy in southwestern Nova Scotia, Canada. Get some cultural insight at Cape Forchu Lighthouse and Black Loyalist Heritage Centre. Explore hidden gems such as Le Village Historique Acadien de la Nouvelle-Ecosse and Yarmouth Mountain Cemetery. Venture out of the city with trips to Clare Golf & Country Club (in Comeauville), Shelburne (Dory Shop Museum & Shelburne's Museums By The Sea) and Sainte-Marie Catholic Church (in Church Point). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Argyle Township Court House & Gaol, kick back and relax at Mavillette Beach Provincial Park, make a trip to Pelton-Fuller House, and visit a coastal fixture at Baccaro Point Lighthouse.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Yarmouth day trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Annapolis Royal to Yarmouth takes 2 hours. You'll have a few hours on the 17th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Yarmouth

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Shopping

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.