12 days in Nova Scotia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Nova Scotia travel planner
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Fly
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Halifax
— 1 night
Fly
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Louisbourg, Cape Breton Island
— 2 nights
Drive
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Ingonish, Cape Breton Island
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Baddeck, Cape Breton Island
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Tiverton
— 1 night
Drive
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Annapolis Royal
— 1 night
Drive
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Lunenburg
— 2 nights
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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.
On the 31st (Mon), brush up on your military savvy at Maritime Museum of the Atlantic and then take in the waterfront at Halifax Waterfront Boardwalk. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Paul's Church, brush up on your military savvy at Halifax Citadel National Historic Site, then take in nature's colorful creations at Halifax Public Gardens, and finally steep yourself in history at Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Halifax planner.

Zurich, Switzerland to Halifax is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 5 hours traveling from Zurich to Halifax. When traveling from Zurich in July, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Halifax: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Louisbourg.
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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. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): make a trip to The Big Fiddle, browse the exhibits of Cape Breton Miners' Museum, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Louisbourg Lighthouse Coastal Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site, then take a leisurely stroll along Louisbourg Boardwalk Park and Boat Launch, and then visit a coastal fixture at Louisbourg Lighthouse.

For reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Louisbourg travel route planner.

Getting from Halifax to Louisbourg by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In August, daytime highs in Louisbourg are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can drive to Ingonish.
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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.
On the 4th (Fri), explore the striking landscape of Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: trek along Bog Trail, then experience rural life at Groovy Goat Farm & Soap Company, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Middle Head Trail, and finally kick back and relax at Ingonish Beach.

For maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Ingonish online route builder.

You can drive from Louisbourg to Ingonish in 2.5 hours. August in Ingonish sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 16°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Baddeck.
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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 6th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site, gain insight at The Gaelic College, then take a memorable drive along Cabot Trail, and finally stop by Baadeck Yarns. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the sheer force of Uisge Ban Falls and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Baddeck online route planner.

You can drive from Ingonish to Baddeck in 1.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Tiverton.
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Tiverton — 1 night

Tiverton is a small village located on the northeast tip of Long Island, Nova Scotia. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Boar's Head Lighthouse, hike along Balancing Rock Trail, and then see majestic marine mammals with Ocean Explorations.

Make your Tiverton itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Drive from Baddeck to Tiverton in 6.5 hours. Traveling from Baddeck in August, you will find days in Tiverton are slightly colder (22°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Annapolis Royal.
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Annapolis Royal — 1 night

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 9th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Port-Royal National Historic Site, then don't miss a visit to Annapolis Tidal Generating Station, and then steep yourself in history at Fort Anne National Historic Site.

To see photos and tourist information, read our Annapolis Royal day trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Tiverton to Annapolis Royal takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Tiverton in August, you will find days in Annapolis Royal are somewhat warmer (29°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can go by car to Lunenburg.
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): get to know the fascinating history of Lunenburg Historic District, pause for some serene contemplation at St. John's Anglican Church, then take in the exciting artwork at Purcell Family Art Gallery, and finally get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Lunenburg trip planner.

Traveling by car from Annapolis Royal to Lunenburg takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. While traveling from Annapolis Royal, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Lunenburg, ranging from highs of 25°C to lows of 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.
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Nova Scotia travel guide

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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.
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