34 days in Nova Scotia Itinerary

34 days in Nova Scotia Itinerary

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Louisbourg, Cape Breton Island
— 1 night
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Ingonish, Cape Breton Island
— 4 nights
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Cheticamp, Cape Breton Island
— 4 nights
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Baddeck, Cape Breton Island
— 2 nights
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Yarmouth
— 4 nights
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Brier Island
— 2 nights
Ferry to Freeport, NS, Taxi to Annapolis Royal
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Annapolis Royal
— 3 nights
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Lunenburg
— 7 nights
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Halifax
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Louisbourg, Cape Breton Island

— 1 night
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 30th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site and then kick back and relax at Kennington Cove Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Ed's Books and More, then go deep underground at Cape Breton Miners' Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Glace Bay Heritage Museum, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Theresa's Church.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Louisbourg itinerary planning site.

Toronto to Louisbourg is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Toronto to Louisbourg, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Toronto in June: high temperatures in Louisbourg hover around 21°C and lows are around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to drive to Ingonish.

Things to do in Louisbourg

Museums · Historic Sites · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Cape Breton Highlands National Park and Black Brook Beach. Museum-lovers will appreciate Arts North and St. Paul Island Museum & Lighthouse. When in Ingonish, make a side trip to see Glass Artisans Gallery in North Shore, approximately North Shore away. There's still lots to do: trek along Middle Head Trail, kick back and relax at North Bay Beach, stroll through White Point Hiking Trail, and get a new perspective on things with Ingonish Lobster Tales and Scales.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Ingonish route planner.

You can drive from Louisbourg to Ingonish in 2.5 hours. July in Ingonish sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Cheticamp.

Things to do in Ingonish

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

Cheticamp, Cape Breton Island

— 4 nights
Cheticamp boasts rich and thriving culture shaped by the descendants of French colonists and indigenous peoples.
Head to Doug Fraser Art Gallery and Sculptural Garden and The Tying Scotsmanfor plenty of shopping. Gallery La Bella Mona Lisa and Freya & Thor Gallery and Cafe will appeal to museum buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Cheticamp side-trips: Polycarpe Glass Art (in Margaree Forks), Larch Wood Outlet (in Margaree Harbour) and Inverness (Inverness County Centre for the Arts & Stella Maris Parish). There's lots more to do: view the masterpieces at Ann Schroeder Studio: Fine Art Quilts, examine the collection at Centre de la Mi-careme, enjoy the sand and surf at West Mabou Beach, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Peter's Church.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Cheticamp journey planner.

Traveling by car from Ingonish to Cheticamp takes 2 hours. In July, daytime highs in Cheticamp are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Baddeck.

Things to do in Cheticamp

Shopping · Museums · Outdoors · Beaches

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): get a dose of the wild on Bird Island Boat Tours, stop by Baadeck Yarns, and then get engrossed in the history at Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site. On the next day, duck into Colouratura Art Gallery and then hike along Cabot Trail.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Baddeck trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Cheticamp to Baddeck takes 1.5 hours. In July in Baddeck, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel to Yarmouth.

Things to do in Baddeck

Outdoors · Trails · Parks · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Yarmouth

— 4 nights
Yarmouth is a port town located on the Bay of Fundy in southwestern Nova Scotia, Canada. Shop till you drop at Art Gallery of Nova Scotia - Western Branch and Hubert and Belle's. Get some historical perspective at Argyle Township Court House & Gaol and Yarmouth Mountain Cemetery. Explore Yarmouth's surroundings by going to Crescent Beach (in Lockeport), Shelburne (Dory Shop Museum, Shelburne's Museums By The Sea, &more) and Le Village Historique Acadien de la Nouvelle-Ecosse (in Lower West Pubnico). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Mavillette Beach Provincial Park, appreciate the extensive heritage of Cape Forchu Lighthouse, kick back and relax at Pembroke Beach, and examine the collection at Yarmouth County Museum and Archives.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Yarmouth trip planning app.

You can drive from Baddeck to Yarmouth in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can go by car to Brier Island.

Things to do in Yarmouth

Museums · Beaches · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Brier Island

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): enjoy the sea views from Boar's Head Lighthouse, admire all the interesting features of Seal Cove, and then get up close to creatures of the deep with Mariner Cruises Whale and Seabird Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Sat): hike along Balancing Rock Trail, take a tour of Ocean Explorations Whale Cruises, and then enjoy the sea views from Grand Passage Lighthouse.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Brier Island trip simple and quick.

Traveling by car from Yarmouth to Brier Island takes 3 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can travel to Annapolis Royal.

Things to do in Brier Island

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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. Get some historical perspective at Fort Anne National Historic Site and Prim Point Lighthouse. Visiting Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens and Kejimkujik National Park & National Historic Site will get you outdoors. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Port-Royal National Historic Site, stop by Catfish Moon Studio Crafts, examine the collection at North Hills Museum, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Annapolis Royal Farmers' and Traders' Market.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Annapolis Royal trip builder site.

Traveling by combination of ferry and taxi from Brier Island to Annapolis Royal takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Brier Island in July, expect nights in Annapolis Royal to be about the same, around 17°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Lunenburg.

Things to do in Annapolis Royal

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Lunenburg

— 7 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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Laurie Swim Gallery and Lunenburg Art Gallery. You'll get in some beach time at Hirtle's Beach and Beach Meadows Beach Park. Explore Lunenburg's surroundings by going to Rissers Beach Provincial Park (in Petite Riviere), Old Burial Ground (in Liverpool) and Summerville Beach Provincial Park (in Summerville). There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at St. John's Anglican Church, shop like a local with Purcell Family Art Gallery, kick back and relax at Sand Dollar Beach, and stroll through Crescent Beach.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Lunenburg online sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Annapolis Royal to Lunenburg in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Annapolis Royal in July, plan for slightly colder days in Lunenburg, with highs around 24°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Halifax.

Things to do in Lunenburg

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Halifax

— 6 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.
Head to Twelve Acre Hill Gallery and Mary E. Black Galleryfor some retail therapy. Your inner history buff will appreciate Peggy's Cove Lighthouse and Grand Pre National Historic Site. Venture out of the city with trips to Swissair Flight 111 Memorial (in Indian Harbour), Acadian Maple Products (in Upper Tantallon) and Peggy Of The Cove (in Glen Margaret). There's lots more to do: brush up on your military savvy at Halifax Citadel National Historic Site, get engrossed in the history at Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, ponder the world of politics at Province House, and admire the natural beauty at Halifax Public Gardens.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Halifax trip builder app.

Traveling by car from Lunenburg to Halifax takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Halifax can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Halifax

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks

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.