13 days in Nova Scotia Itinerary

13 days in Nova Scotia Itinerary

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Fly to Sydney, Ferry to Ingonish
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Ingonish, Cape Breton Island
— 1 night
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Baddeck, Cape Breton Island
— 2 nights
Drive
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Louisbourg, Cape Breton Island
— 2 nights
Fly
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Annapolis Royal
— 2 nights
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Lunenburg
— 1 night
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Halifax
— 4 nights
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Ingonish, Cape Breton Island — 1 night

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 10th (Sat), grab your bike and head to Warren Lake Trail, stroll through Middle Head Trail, and then play a few rounds at Highlands Links Golf Course. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Cape Breton Highlands National Park.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Ingonish day trip tool.

Toronto to Ingonish is an approximately 5-hour combination of flight and ferry. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, car, and ferry. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Toronto to Ingonish due to the time zone difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Toronto in June: high temperatures in Ingonish hover around 20°C and lows are around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to drive 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.
On the 12th (Mon), steep yourself in history at Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Michael's Catholic Church, then examine the collection at Hall of the Clans, and finally admire the sheer force of Uisge Ban Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Tue): get a dose of the wild on Bird Island Boat Tours, then cruise along Cabot Trail, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Big Spruce Brewing, and finally stop by Baadeck Yarns.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Baddeck trip maker.

Getting from Ingonish to Baddeck by car takes about 1.5 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to drive 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 14th (Wed): hike along Louisbourg Lighthouse Coastal Trail, then steep yourself in history at Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site, and then take a leisurely stroll along Louisbourg Boardwalk Park and Boat Launch. Here are some ideas for day two: visit a coastal fixture at Louisbourg Lighthouse, then get engrossed in the history at Glace Bay Heritage Museum, then go deep underground at Cape Breton Miners' Museum, and finally appreciate the history behind Sydney Merchant Mariners Memorial.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Louisbourg trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Baddeck to Louisbourg takes 1.5 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to fly to Annapolis Royal.
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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. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): take in the exciting artwork at Blue Mind Gallery, don't miss a visit to The Flight Of Fancy, and then wander the wide-open spaces of The Lords Ranch Ministry. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Port-Royal National Historic Site, brush up on your military savvy at Fort Anne National Historic Site, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Annapolis Royal day trip app.

You can fly from Louisbourg to Annapolis Royal in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. In June, daytime highs in Annapolis Royal are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Lunenburg.
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): view the masterpieces at Purcell Family Art Gallery, pause for some serene contemplation at St. John's Anglican Church, then explore the galleries of Laurie Swim Gallery, then see the interesting displays at Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic, and finally take a tour of Bluenose II.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Lunenburg trip app.

You can drive from Annapolis Royal to Lunenburg in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car 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 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Halifax.
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Halifax — 4 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Halifax: Swissair Flight 111 Memorial (in Indian Harbour) and Peggy's Cove (Peggy's Cove Lighthouse & William E. deGarthe Memorial Provincial Park). The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Halifax Public Gardens, stroll the grounds of Fairview Lawn Cemetery, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Paul's Church, and take a leisurely stroll along Halifax Waterfront Boardwalk.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Halifax trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Lunenburg to Halifax in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in June, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to fly back home.
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Nova Scotia travel guide

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Historic Sites · Military 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.
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