35 days in Nova Scotia Itinerary

35 days in Nova Scotia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Nova Scotia holiday planner
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Halifax
— 4 nights
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Lunenburg
— 4 nights
Drive
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Shelburne
— 3 nights
Drive
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Yarmouth
— 4 nights
Drive
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Brier Island
— 1 night
Ferry
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Annapolis Royal
— 4 nights
Drive
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Wolfville
— 4 nights
Fly to Sydney, Ferry to Ingonish
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Ingonish, Cape Breton Island
— 4 nights
Drive
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Baddeck, Cape Breton Island
— 4 nights
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Louisbourg, Cape Breton Island
— 2 nights
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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Halifax: Swissair Flight 111 Memorial (in Indian Harbour), Peggy's Cove (Peggy's Cove Lighthouse & William E. deGarthe Memorial Provincial Park) and Twelve Acre Hill Gallery (in Seabright). There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Halifax Citadel National Historic Site, stroll around Point Pleasant Park, take in the waterfront at Halifax Waterfront Boardwalk, and brush up on your military savvy at Maritime Museum of the Atlantic.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Halifax road trip planner.

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Halifax. September in Halifax sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Lunenburg.
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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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lunenburg: LaHave River Trail (in Bridgewater), Chester (Graves Island Provincial Park & Sensea Nordic Spa) and Hooked Rug Museum of North America (in Hubbards). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. John's Anglican Church, do a tasting at Wine Kings, and make a trip to Peer Gallery.

Start your trip to Lunenburg by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Halifax to Lunenburg takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October in Lunenburg, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to drive to Shelburne.
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Shelburne — 3 nights

Shelburne is a town located in southwestern Nova Scotia, Canada.HistoryEarly European settlers had small subsistence farms, but most of the inhabitants' income from that time to the present have been derived from the sea. Get out of town with these interesting Shelburne side-trips: Liverpool (Market on the Mersey, Old Burial Ground, &more), Baccaro Point Lighthouse (in Barrington) and Pine Grove Park (in Milton). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Shelburne's Museums By The Sea, make a trip to Focus Gallery, browse the exhibits of Black Loyalist Heritage Centre, and stroll around Kejimkujik National Park Seaside.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Shelburne online travel planner.

Getting from Lunenburg to Shelburne by car takes about 1.5 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Lunenburg in October: high temperatures in Shelburne hover around 13°C and lows are around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to drive to Yarmouth.
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Yarmouth — 4 nights

Yarmouth is a port town located on the Bay of Fundy in southwestern Nova Scotia, Canada. Get out of town with these interesting Yarmouth side-trips: Clare Golf & Country Club (in Comeauville), Le Village Historique Acadien de la Nouvelle-Ecosse (in Lower West Pubnico) and June Deveau Galerie Studio (in Saint-Alphonse). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Mavillette Beach Provincial Park, examine the collection at Yarmouth County Museum and Archives, sample some tasty brews at Wine & Beer Tours of Nova Scotia, and make a trip to Pelton-Fuller House.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Yarmouth journey planner.

Traveling by car from Shelburne to Yarmouth takes 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Brier Island.
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Brier Island — 1 night

On the 13th (Thu), visit a coastal fixture at Brier Island Lighthouse, head off the coast to Brier Island, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Mariner Cruises Whale and Seabird Tours.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Brier Island itinerary planning site.

Drive from Yarmouth to Brier Island in 3 hours. In October, daytime highs in Brier Island are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to ride a ferry to Annapolis Royal.
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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. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Annapolis Royal: Prim Point Lighthouse (in Digby), Tiverton (Balancing Rock Trail & Ocean Explorations) and Sissiboo Landing (in Weymouth). And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Annapolis Brewing Company, learn about all things military at Fort Anne National Historic Site, and don't miss a visit to The Flight Of Fancy.

For ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Annapolis Royal trip builder tool.

Traveling by ferry from Brier Island to Annapolis Royal takes 3 hours. Traveling from Brier Island in October, plan for slightly colder nights in Annapolis Royal, with lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Wolfville.
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Wolfville — 4 nights

Wolfville is a Canadian town in the Annapolis Valley, Kings County, Nova Scotia, located about 100km northwest of the provincial capital, Halifax. Change things up with these side-trips from Wolfville: Burntcoat Head Park (in Noel), Wallace River Golf Course (in Wallace) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Maitland). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Grand Pre National Historic Site, stroll through The Gorge, relax in the rural setting at Dill's Atlantic Giant Pumpkin Farm, and learn about winemaking at Avondale Sky Winery.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Wolfville trip itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Annapolis Royal to Wolfville in 1.5 hours. In October in Wolfville, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 6°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel to Ingonish.
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Ingonish, Cape Breton Island — 4 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Bay St. Lawrence) and Coastal Trail (in Neils Harbour). Spend the 23rd (Sun) exploring nature at Cape Breton Highlands National Park. There's still lots to do: trek along Middle Head Trail, tee off at Highlands Links Golf Course, make a trip to Christopher Gorey Gallery, and stroll around Cape Smokey Provincial Park.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Ingonish trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Wolfville to Ingonish takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. In October, daily temperatures in Ingonish can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Baddeck.
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Baddeck, Cape Breton Island — 4 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to St. James Presbyterian Church (in Big Bras d'Or), Mabou River Trails (in Mabou) and Margaree Salmon Museum (in Margaree Valley). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site, take a leisurely stroll along Inverness Beach Boardwalk, cruise along Cabot Trail, and see the interesting displays at Hall of the Clans.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Baddeck trip tool.

Traveling by car from Ingonish to Baddeck takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in October, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can go by car 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 30th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site, examine the collection at Cape Breton Miners' Museum, and then pause for some photo ops at Sydney Merchant Mariners Memorial. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hike along Louisbourg Lighthouse Coastal Trail, visit a coastal fixture at Louisbourg Lighthouse, and then make a trip to The Big Fiddle.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Louisbourg trip itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Baddeck to Louisbourg in 1.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) to allow enough time to fly 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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