8 days in Nova Scotia Itinerary

8 days in Nova Scotia Itinerary

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8 days in Nova Scotia Itinerary

Start: Boston
ferry:  7 h 30 min
1
Annapolis Royal
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
2
Lunenburg
— 1 night
Drive:  5 h
3
Baddeck, Cape Breton Island
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Louisbourg, Cape Breton Island
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h 15 min
5
Halifax
— 2 nights
+4
Bus + Foot + Ferry + Foot + Bus:  16 h 30 min
End: Boston

1
night
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. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Thu): take in nature's colorful creations at Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens.

To see where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Annapolis Royal attractions planner.

Boston, USA to Annapolis Royal is an approximately 7.5- hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Atlantic Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Boston in July, expect Annapolis Royal to be little chillier, temps between 78°F and 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can go by car to Lunenburg.

Things to do in Annapolis Royal

Shopping Historic Sites Parks
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Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens ©
Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens
Fort Anne National Historic Site ©
Fort Anne National Historic Site
Catfish Moon Studio Crafts ©
Catfish Moon Studio Crafts

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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.
On the 1st (Sat), stop by Amos Pewter, explore the galleries of Laurie Swim Gallery, and then look for all kinds of wild species at The Ovens Park.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Lunenburg online travel planner.

Traveling by car from Annapolis Royal to Lunenburg takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Annapolis Royal in July: highs in Lunenburg hover around 69°F, while lows dip to 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can drive to Baddeck.

Things to do in Lunenburg

Parks Wildlife Shopping

Side Trips

The Ovens Park, Amos Pewter
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The Ovens Park ©
The Ovens Park
Amos Pewter ©
Amos Pewter
Laurie Swim Gallery ©
Laurie Swim Gallery

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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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then take in the dramatic scenery at Uisge Ban Falls, and then take an in-depth tour of Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Baddeck itinerary app.

Getting from Lunenburg to Baddeck by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or take a bus. In August in Baddeck, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 57°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Louisbourg.

Things to do in Baddeck

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Uisge Ban Falls ©
Uisge Ban Falls

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night
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. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Kennington Cove Beach, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Stella Maris Rectory, then enjoy the sea views from Louisbourg Lighthouse, and finally hike along Louisbourg Lighthouse Coastal Trail.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Louisbourg attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Baddeck to Louisbourg takes 1.5 hours. August in Louisbourg sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 57°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Halifax.

Things to do in Louisbourg

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites
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Louisbourg Lighthouse Coastal Trail ©
Louisbourg Lighthouse ©
Louisbourg Lighthouse

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): learn about all things military at Halifax Citadel National Historic Site of Canada, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Paul's Church, then visit a coastal fixture at Peggy's Cove Lighthouse, and finally appreciate the history behind Swissair Flight 111 Memorial. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Pearl & Daisy Natural Soap Company, then brush up on your military savvy at Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, then contemplate the long history of Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Halifax Public Gardens.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Halifax trip itinerary builder website.

Fly from Louisbourg to Halifax in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in August, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Halifax

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Peggy's Cove
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