12 days in Nova Scotia Itinerary

12 days in Nova Scotia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Nova Scotia holiday planner
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Fly to Sydney, Ferry to Ingonish
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Ingonish, Cape Breton Island
— 2 nights
Drive
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Baddeck, Cape Breton Island
— 1 night
Fly
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Wolfville
— 2 nights
Drive
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Annapolis Royal
— 2 nights
Drive
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Lunenburg
— 2 nights
Drive
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Halifax
— 1 night
Fly

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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 13th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Ingonish Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Middle Head Trail, and then look for gifts at Groovy Goat Farm & Soap Company. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cape Breton Highlands National Park.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Ingonish itinerary planner.

Vancouver to Ingonish is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight and ferry. You can also drive. You'll lose 4 hours traveling from Vancouver to Ingonish due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Vancouver in June, with highs in Ingonish at 20°C and lows at 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can go by car to Baddeck.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

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 15th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Highland Village, take an in-depth tour of Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site, and then visit a coastal fixture at Kidston Island Lighthouse.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Baddeck sightseeing planner.

Getting from Ingonish to Baddeck by car takes about 1.5 hours. In June, daytime highs in Baddeck are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. On the 16th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Wolfville.
Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums
Side Trip

Wolfville — 2 nights

Wolfville is a Canadian town in the Annapolis Valley, Kings County, Nova Scotia, located about 100km northwest of the provincial capital, Halifax. Here are some ideas for day two: get outside with Outdoor Activities and then do a tasting at Avondale Sky Winery.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Wolfville vacation planner.

Fly from Baddeck to Wolfville in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In June, daytime highs in Wolfville are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can drive to Annapolis Royal.
Outdoors · Adventure · Tours · Parks
Side Trips

Annapolis Royal — 2 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. Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): visit a coastal fixture at Gilbert's Cove Lighthouse, do a tasting at Bear River Vineyards, and then trek along Kejimkujik National Park & National Historic Site. Keep things going the next day: admire the natural beauty at Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens, then examine the collection at Sinclair Inn Museum, and then examine the collection at North Hills Museum.

To see more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Annapolis Royal day trip site.

Traveling by car from Wolfville to Annapolis Royal takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in June, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to drive to Lunenburg.
Wildlife · Parks · Museums · Outdoors
Side Trips

Lunenburg — 2 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.
On the 21st (Tue), view the masterpieces at Laurie Swim Gallery, pause for some serene contemplation at St. John's Anglican Church, stop by The Lunenburg Makery, then contemplate the long history of Knaut-Rhuland House, then see the interesting displays at Halifax & Southwestern Railway Museum, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Hirtle's Beach.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Lunenburg driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Annapolis Royal to Lunenburg takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. While traveling from Annapolis Royal, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Lunenburg, ranging from highs of 20°C to lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can drive to Halifax.
Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches · Parks
Side Trip

Halifax — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): brush up on your military savvy at Halifax Citadel National Historic Site, then brush up on your military savvy at Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, and then admire the natural beauty at Halifax Public Gardens. On the next day, enjoy the sand and surf at Lawrencetown Beach, visit a coastal fixture at Peggy's Cove Lighthouse, and then appreciate the history behind Swissair Flight 111 Memorial.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Halifax trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Lunenburg to Halifax takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to catch the flight back home.
Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors
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.