11 days in Nova Scotia & Prince Edward Island Itinerary

11 days in Nova Scotia & Prince Edward Island Itinerary

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Halifax
— 2 nights
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Louisbourg, Cape Breton Island
— 2 nights
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Ingonish, Cape Breton Island
— 2 nights
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Baddeck, Cape Breton Island
— 1 night
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Charlottetown
— 3 nights
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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.
Go for a jaunt from Halifax to Peggy's Cove to see Peggy's Cove Lighthouse about 48 minutes away. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Halifax Citadel National Historic Site, learn about all things military at Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Paul's Church, and take in the waterfront at Halifax Waterfront Boardwalk.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Halifax travel route builder tool.

Vancouver to Halifax is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. You'll lose 4 hours traveling from Vancouver to Halifax due to the time zone difference. In September, daytime highs in Halifax are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to fly to Louisbourg.
Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Breweries & Distilleries
Side Trip

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 26th (Mon): make a trip to The Big Fiddle, then examine the collection at Cape Breton Miners' Museum, and then get engrossed in the history at Glace Bay Heritage Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Louisbourg Lighthouse Coastal Trail.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Louisbourg attractions planner.

You can fly from Halifax to Louisbourg in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In September, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Ingonish.
Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · 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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: trek along Middle Head Trail, cast your line with Ingonish Lobster Tales and Scales, and then take a memorable drive along Cabot Trail.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Ingonish trip planner.

You can drive from Louisbourg to Ingonish in 2.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Ingonish are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Baddeck.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · 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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Michael's Catholic Church and then get engrossed in the history at Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Baddeck trip builder site.

Traveling by car from Ingonish to Baddeck takes 1.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Baddeck are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to fly to Charlottetown.
Historic Sites · Museums

Charlottetown — 3 nights

The largest city on Prince Edward Island, Charlottetown remains small enough for easy exploration on foot.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Charlottetown: Cavendish (Cavendish Cliffs & Green Gables) and Lucy Maud Montgomery Birthplace (in New London). Spend the 1st (Sat) exploring nature at Prince Edward Island National Park. There's lots more to do: walk around Confederation Landing Park, steep yourself in history at St. Dunstan's Basilica, and admire the striking features of Province House National Historic Site.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Charlottetown trip itinerary website.

You can fly from Baddeck to Charlottetown in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, bus, car, and ferry. September in Charlottetown sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to fly back home.
Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife
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.

Prince Edward Island travel guide

4.3
Historic Sites · Beaches · Specialty Museums
Garden of the Gulf
Canada's only island province, Prince Edward Island earned the nickname the "Garden of the Gulf" thanks to its pastoral landscape of rolling green hills and a patchwork of cultivated fields. The country's smallest province in terms of land and population, the island boasts a long coastline marked by sandy beaches, making up in visual appeal what they lack in modern infrastructure. It's easy to get away from everyone during a vacation in Prince Edward Island, as this photogenic landmass features just a scattering of small towns housing warmhearted locals stubbornly clinging to their easygoing lifestyle. Begin your Prince Edward Island tour in Charlottetown, the quaint provincial capital with a good selection of bars and restaurants.