8 days in Nova Scotia Itinerary

8 days in Nova Scotia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Nova Scotia trip planner

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Sydney, Cape Breton Island
— 1 night
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Louisbourg, Cape Breton Island
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Indian Brook, Cape Breton Island
— 1 night
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Ingonish, Cape Breton Island
— 1 day
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Cheticamp, Cape Breton Island
— 1 night
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Baddeck, Cape Breton Island
— 1 night
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Halifax
— 2 nights
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Peggy's Cove
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Mahone Bay
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Lunenburg
— 1 night
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Halifax
— 1 day
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Sydney, Cape Breton Island

— 1 night
Sydney is a population centre and former city in Nova Scotia, Canada. Your day by day itinerary now includes Cossit House Museum as well as Membertou Heritage Park. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Cossit House Museum and then get engrossed in the history at Membertou Heritage Park. Keep things going the next day: take in the waterfront at Sydney Downtown Development Association, don't miss a visit to The Big Fiddle, take an in-depth tour of Glace Bay Heritage Museum, then see the interesting displays at Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site, and finally examine the collection at Cape Breton Miners' Museum.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Sydney trip itinerary builder website.

Toronto to Sydney is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Toronto to Sydney due to the time zone difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Toronto in September: high temperatures in Sydney hover around 23°C and lows are around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can drive to Louisbourg.

Things to do in Sydney

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Louisbourg, Cape Breton Island

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. Louisbourg Lighthouse Coastal Trail has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Louisbourg Lighthouse Coastal Trail.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Louisbourg trip planner.

Drive from Sydney to Louisbourg in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in September, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel to Indian Brook.

Things to do in Louisbourg

Parks · Trails · Outdoors
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Indian Brook, Cape Breton Island

— 1 night
To find photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Indian Brook visit planning tool.

You can drive from Louisbourg to Indian Brook in 1.5 hours. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Louisbourg in September: highs in Indian Brook hover around 19°C, while lows dip to 10°C. You'll have a few hours on the 26th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Ingonish.

Things to do in Indian Brook

Shopping · Parks · Historic Sites · Trails

Ingonish, Cape Breton Island

— 1 day
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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Cape Breton Highlands National Park, Salty Rose's and the Periwinkle Cafe, Cape Smokey Provincial Park, and other attractions you added. Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): hike along Broad Cove Trailhead, stop by Leather Works by Jolene, paddle through the water with Eagle North Kayak, look for gifts at Salty Rose's and the Periwinkle Cafe, then take in the awesome beauty at Franey Mountain, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Ingonish Beach.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Ingonish trip maker.

Getting from Indian Brook to Ingonish by car takes about an hour. Traveling from Indian Brook in September, expect nights in Ingonish to be about the same, around 11°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Cheticamp.

Things to do in Ingonish

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Cheticamp, Cape Breton Island

— 1 night
Cheticamp boasts rich and thriving culture shaped by the descendants of French colonists and indigenous peoples.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Skyline Trail as well as Gallery La Bella Mona Lisa.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Cheticamp trip itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Ingonish to Cheticamp in 2 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Cheticamp can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to drive to Baddeck.

Things to do in Cheticamp

Museums · Shopping · Parks · Trails

Side Trip

Baddeck, Cape Breton Island

— 1 night
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've added St. Michael's Catholic Church, Big Spruce Brewing, Uisge Ban Falls, and other attractions to your itinerary. On the 27th (Mon), add some entertainment to your itinerary with Baddeck Gathering Ceilidhs, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Big Spruce Brewing, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Michael's Catholic Church.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Baddeck trip planner.

Getting from Cheticamp to Baddeck by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in September, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Halifax.

Things to do in Baddeck

Historic Sites · Nightlife · Breweries & Distilleries · Tours

Side Trip

Halifax

— 2 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.
For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Halifax day trip app.

You can fly from Baddeck to Halifax in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In September, daily temperatures in Halifax can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. On the 30th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Peggy's Cove.

Things to do in Halifax

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Peggy's Cove

Begin your Peggy's Cove holiday by exploring the area's Atlantic coastline, featuring water-washed rolling rocks dotted with a number of lighthouses, including the one recognized as the town's symbol.
You've now added Peggy's Cove Lighthouse to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): visit a coastal fixture at Peggy's Cove Lighthouse.

To see traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Peggy's Cove online vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Halifax to Peggy's Cove takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In September, daytime highs in Peggy's Cove are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Mahone Bay.

Things to do in Peggy's Cove

Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

Mahone Bay

Mahone Bay is a town located on the northwest shore of Mahone Bay along the South Shore of Nova Scotia in Lunenburg County.HistoryMahone Bay was first settled during Father Le Loutre's War. For reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Mahone Bay online trip builder.

Traveling by car from Peggy's Cove to Mahone Bay takes 1.5 hours. In September in Mahone Bay, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 15°C at night. You will leave for Lunenburg on the 30th (Thu).

Things to do in Mahone Bay

Museums · Parks · Shopping · Outdoors

Lunenburg

— 1 night
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.
For where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Lunenburg road trip planning website.

Lunenburg is just a short distance from Mahone Bay. In September in Lunenburg, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 15°C at night. On the 1st (Fri), you'll travel to Halifax.

Things to do in Lunenburg

Parks · Outdoors · Shopping · Museums

Halifax

— 1 day
Your day by day itinerary now includes Halifax Central Library. Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): get lost in a book at Halifax Central Library, get engrossed in the history at Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, then sample the tasty concoctions at Alexander Keith's Brewery, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Halifax Waterfront Boardwalk.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Halifax trip itinerary app.

You can drive from Lunenburg to Halifax in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Halifax

Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Museums

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.