16 days in Nova Scotia Itinerary

16 days in Nova Scotia Itinerary

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Train to Frankfurt, Fly to Halifax
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Halifax
— 3 nights
Fly
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Louisbourg, Cape Breton Island
— 2 nights
Drive
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Ingonish, Cape Breton Island
— 2 nights
Drive
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Baddeck, Cape Breton Island
— 2 nights
Drive
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Lunenburg
— 3 nights
Drive
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Annapolis Royal
— 1 night
Drive
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Wolfville
— 2 nights
Drive to Halifax / Stanfield International Airport, Fly to Dusseldorf

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Halifax — 3 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.
Explore Halifax's surroundings by going to Swissair Flight 111 Memorial (in Indian Harbour) and Peggy's Cove (Peggy's Cove Lighthouse & Hags on the Hill). There's much more to do: admire all the interesting features of Halifax Citadel National Historic Site, steep yourself in history at Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, stroll around Point Pleasant Park, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Alexander Keith's Brewery.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Halifax itinerary builder tool.

Dusseldorf, Germany to Halifax is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 5 hours traveling from Dusseldorf to Halifax. In September, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can catch the flight 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. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Stella Maris Rectory, steep yourself in history at Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site, and then trek along Louisbourg Lighthouse Coastal Trail. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to The Big Fiddle, then see the interesting displays at Cape Breton Miners' Museum, and then enjoy the sea views from Louisbourg Lighthouse.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Louisbourg driving holiday planner.

Fly from Halifax to Louisbourg in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in October, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to 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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Christopher Gorey Gallery, then trek along Green Cove Trail, then play a few rounds at Highlands Links Golf Course, and finally trek along Middle Head Trail.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Ingonish trip planner.

Traveling by car from Louisbourg to Ingonish takes 2.5 hours. October in Ingonish sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough 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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): examine the collection at Hall of the Clans, then cruise along Cabot Trail, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. James Presbyterian Church. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by The Tying Scotsman, examine the collection at Margaree Salmon Museum, then sample the tasty concoctions at Big Spruce Brewing, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Michael's Catholic Church, and finally contemplate the long history of Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Baddeck route planner.

Getting from Ingonish to Baddeck by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in October, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to drive to Lunenburg.
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Lunenburg — 3 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Lunenburg: Graves Island Provincial Park (in Chester), Liverpool (Hank Snow Home Town Museum & Old Burial Ground) and LaHave River Trail (in Bridgewater). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic, stroll around Pine Grove Park, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Ironworks Distillery, and explore the galleries of Laurie Swim Gallery.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Lunenburg trip planner.

You can drive from Baddeck to Lunenburg in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Baddeck in October, expect a bit warmer with lows of 10°C in Lunenburg. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can drive 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. Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Port-Royal National Historic Site, take an in-depth tour of Fort Anne National Historic Site, then stroll through Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens, and finally don't miss a visit to ARTsPLACE.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Annapolis Royal visit planner.

Traveling by car from Lunenburg to Annapolis Royal takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect little chillier evenings in Annapolis Royal when traveling from Lunenburg in October, with lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to drive to Wolfville.
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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. Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, then do a tasting at Luckett Vineyards, and then contemplate the long history of Grand Pre National Historic Site.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Wolfville trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Annapolis Royal to Wolfville in 1.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Wolfville are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel 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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