17 days in Nova Scotia Itinerary

17 days in Nova Scotia Itinerary

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Make it your trip
— 4 nights
Fly to Sydney, Ferry to Ingonish
Ingonish, Cape Breton Island
— 2 nights
Baddeck, Cape Breton Island
— 3 nights
Annapolis Royal
— 2 nights
— 4 nights
Drive to Halifax / Stanfield International Airport, Fly to Mumbai


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.
Explore Halifax's surroundings by going to Peggy's Cove (Peggy's Cove Lighthouse & Beales' Bailiwick Ltd) and Swissair Flight 111 Memorial (in Indian Harbour). Next up on the itinerary: brush up on your military savvy at Halifax Citadel National Historic Site, get to know the fascinating history of Historic Properties, examine the collection at Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, and sample the tasty concoctions at Alexander Keith's Brewery.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Halifax trip site.

Mumbai, India to Halifax is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. Traveling from Mumbai to Halifax, you'll gain 9.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Mumbai in May, expect Halifax to be cooler, temps between 16°C and 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel to Ingonish.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping
Side Trips

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 17th (Tue), see what you can catch with Ingonish Lobster Tales and Scales, then don't miss a visit to Christopher Gorey Gallery, and then trek along Middle Head Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape of Cape Breton Highlands National Park.

To find other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Ingonish day trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Halifax to Ingonish in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Halifax in May, expect little chillier with lows of 3°C in Ingonish. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to drive to Baddeck.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Baddeck, Cape Breton Island — 3 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Baddeck: Glace Bay (Cape Breton Miners' Museum & Glace Bay Heritage Museum), Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site (in Louisbourg) and Bird Island Boat Tours (in Big Bras d'Or). There's more to do: contemplate the long history of Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site and cruise along Cabot Trail.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Baddeck trip planner.

Traveling by car from Ingonish to Baddeck takes 1.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Baddeck are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Annapolis Royal.
Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours
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. On the 22nd (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens, take an in-depth tour of Fort Anne National Historic Site, and then don't miss a visit to ARTsPLACE. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Port-Royal National Historic Site, see the interesting displays at O'Dell House Museum, and then don't miss a visit to The Flight Of Fancy.

For traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Annapolis Royal travel planning site.

You can drive from Baddeck to Annapolis Royal in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Baddeck in May: highs in Annapolis Royal hover around 19°C, while lows dip to 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Lunenburg.
Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife
Side Trip

Lunenburg — 4 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Liverpool (Market on the Mersey & Old Burial Ground) and Graves Island Provincial Park (in Chester). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic, appreciate the extensive heritage of Lunenburg Historic District, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. John's Anglican Church, and experience rural life at Terra Beata Cranberries.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Lunenburg vacation tool.

Drive from Annapolis Royal to Lunenburg in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. While traveling from Annapolis Royal, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Lunenburg, ranging from highs of 14°C to lows of 7°C. On the 27th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping
Side Trips

Nova Scotia travel guide

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.