15 days in Southwest Nova Scotia Itinerary

Make it your trip
Brier Island
— 1 day
Annapolis Royal
— 4 nights
— 3 nights
— 5 nights
— 2 nights


Brier Island — 1 day

Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): step off the mainland to explore Brier Island, then admire all the interesting features of Seal Cove, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Mariner Cruises Whale and Seabird Tours.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Brier Island trip planner.

Yarmouth to Brier Island is an approximately 3-hour car ride. In July in Brier Island, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Annapolis Royal.
Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Tours

Annapolis Royal — 4 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. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Annapolis Royal Farmers' and Traders' Market and Far-Fetched Antiques and Art Gallery. Take a break from the city and head to Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens and Balancing Rock Trail. Get out of town with these interesting Annapolis Royal side-trips: Ocean Explorations (in Tiverton), Sissiboo Landing (in Weymouth) and Kejimkujik National Park & National Historic Site (in Kejimkujik National Park). Next up on the itinerary: learn about all things military at Fort Anne National Historic Site, stop by Lucky Rabbit and Co., contemplate the long history of Port-Royal National Historic Site, and don't miss a visit to Annapolis Tidal Generating Station.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Annapolis Royal trip planner.

Traveling by ferry from Brier Island to Annapolis Royal takes 3 hours. Traveling from Brier Island in July, you will find days in Annapolis Royal are somewhat warmer (30°C), and nights are about the same (17°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to drive to Wolfville.
Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Trails
Side Trips

Wolfville — 3 nights

Wolfville is a Canadian town in the Annapolis Valley, Kings County, Nova Scotia, located about 100km northwest of the provincial capital, Halifax. Do your shopping at Wolfville Farmers' Market and Inklings in Wood. Get in touch with nature at Fundy Tidal Bore Adventures and Cape Split Trailhead. Go for a jaunt from Wolfville to Maitland to see River Rafting & Tubing about 1h 15 min away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Grand Pre National Historic Site, take in the exciting artwork at Tides Contemporary Art Gallery, pick up some local products at Noggins Corner Farm Market, and browse the exhibits of Acadia University Art Gallery.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Wolfville tour planner.

Drive from Annapolis Royal to Wolfville in 1.5 hours. July in Wolfville sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to drive to Lunenburg.
Shopping · Outdoors · Parks · Adventure
Side Trips

Lunenburg — 5 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.
You'll get in some beach time at Carter's Beach and Hirtle's Beach. Head to Amos Pewter and Northern Sun Gallery & Giftsfor some retail therapy. Go for a jaunt from Lunenburg to Liverpool to see Market on the Mersey about 54 minutes away. There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at The Ovens Park, take in the exciting artwork at Purcell Family Art Gallery, deepen your understanding at Spruce Top Rug Hooking Studio, and browse the exhibits of Birdsall-Worthinton Pottery Ltd..

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Lunenburg trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Wolfville to Lunenburg takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Wolfville in July: highs in Lunenburg hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can go by car to Yarmouth.
Shopping · Parks · Museums · Outdoors
Side Trips

Yarmouth — 2 nights

Yarmouth is a port town located on the Bay of Fundy in southwestern Nova Scotia, Canada. Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): examine the collection at Yarmouth County Museum and Archives, then enjoy the sand and surf at Mavillette Beach Provincial Park, then take in the exciting artwork at Hubert and Belle's, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Port Maitland Beach Provincial Park. On the 6th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the exciting artwork at Art Gallery of Nova Scotia - Western Branch, view the masterpieces at Yarmouth Waterfront Gallery, then enjoy the sand and surf at Pembroke Beach, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Cape Forchu Lighthouse.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Yarmouth day trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Lunenburg to Yarmouth takes 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.
Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Museums
Side Trips

Southwest Nova Scotia travel guide

Dolphin & Whale Watching · Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards
Encompassing one of the first areas in North America colonized by European settlers, Southwest Nova Scotia contains some of Canada's oldest communities, with roots going back over 4 centuries. Tiny villages centered on quaint wooden churches top most Southwest Nova Scotia itineraries, offering visitors a chance to discover a tranquil part of North America little changed since newcomers from the Old World conquered it. This region also serves as home to Canada's largest fishing fleet, providing employment and a steady income for the majority of population. Enrich your Southwest Nova Scotia holiday by exploring the area's fishing settlements, where you can dig for clams, tour oyster farms, and learn how to prepare homemade seafood chowder.