56 days in Nova Scotia Itinerary

56 days in Nova Scotia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Nova Scotia sightseeing planner
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Fly to Halifax / Stanfield International Airport, Drive to Lunenburg
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Lunenburg
— 7 nights
Drive
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Shelburne
— 5 nights
Drive
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Yarmouth
— 6 nights
Drive
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Brier Island
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Annapolis Royal
— 6 nights
Drive
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Wolfville
— 7 nights
Fly to Sydney, Ferry to Ingonish
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Ingonish, Cape Breton Island
— 6 nights
Drive
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Baddeck, Cape Breton Island
— 5 nights
Drive
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Louisbourg, Cape Breton Island
— 3 nights
Fly
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Halifax
— 8 nights
Fly to London Heathrow, Train to Exeter

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Lunenburg — 7 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 Lunenburg's surroundings by going to Chester (Sensea Nordic Spa & Graves Island Provincial Park), Lunenburg County Winery (in Newburne) and LaHave River Trail (in Bridgewater). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic, get to know the fascinating history of Lunenburg Historic District, trek along Gaff Point Trail, and make a trip to Maritime Painted Saltbox Gallery.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Lunenburg planner.

Exeter, UK to Lunenburg is an approximately 16-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Atlantic Standard Time is minus 4 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can drive to Shelburne.
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Shelburne — 5 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. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Shelburne: Liverpool (Fort Point Lighthouse Park, Peter Lavender Fishing Guide Services, &more), Pine Grove Park (in Milton) and Baccaro Point Lighthouse (in Barrington). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Shelburne's Museums By The Sea, steep yourself in history at Black Loyalist Heritage Centre, walk around Kejimkujik National Park Seaside, and get engrossed in the history at Dory Shop Museum.

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

Traveling by car from Lunenburg to Shelburne takes 1.5 hours. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Lunenburg in September since evenings lows in Shelburne dip to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can drive to Yarmouth.
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Yarmouth — 6 nights

Yarmouth is a port town located on the Bay of Fundy in southwestern Nova Scotia, Canada. Venture out of the city with trips to Le Village Historique Acadien de la Nouvelle-Ecosse (in Lower West Pubnico), June Deveau Galerie Studio (in Saint-Alphonse) and Musee des Acadiens des Pubnicos & Research Center (in Pubnico). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Mavillette Beach Provincial Park, get to know the fascinating history of Cape Forchu Lighthouse, take in the exciting artwork at Art Gallery of Nova Scotia - Western Branch, and learn the secrets of beer at Wine & Beer Tours of Nova Scotia.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Yarmouth trip planner.

You can drive from Shelburne to Yarmouth in 1.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Brier Island.
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Brier Island — 2 nights

On the 24th (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at Balancing Rock Trail, get interesting insight from Ocean Explorations, and then enjoy the sea views from Grand Passage Lighthouse. On the next day, make a trip to Brier Island Lighthouse, then head off the coast to Brier Island, and then see majestic marine mammals with Mariner Cruises Whale and Seabird Tours.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Brier Island travel site.

Traveling by car from Yarmouth to Brier Island takes 3 hours. In September, daytime highs in Brier Island are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Annapolis Royal.
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Annapolis Royal — 6 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. Change things up with these side-trips from Annapolis Royal: The Lords Ranch Ministry (in Kingston), Annapolis Valley Macdonald Museum (in Middleton) and Digby (Lake Midway Provincial Park, Maud Lewis Replica House, &more). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens, examine the collection at North Hills Museum, visit a coastal fixture at Gilbert's Cove Lighthouse, and don't miss a visit to ARTsPLACE.

Find out how to plan Annapolis Royal trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Getting from Brier Island to Annapolis Royal by ferry takes about 3 hours. Traveling from Brier Island in September, you will find days in Annapolis Royal are somewhat warmer (24°C), and nights are about the same (11°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can go by car to Wolfville.
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Wolfville — 7 nights

Wolfville is a Canadian town in the Annapolis Valley, Kings County, Nova Scotia, located about 100km northwest of the provincial capital, Halifax. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Wolfville: Burntcoat Head Park (in Noel), River Rafting & Tubing (in Maitland) and Northport Beach Provincial Park (in Northport). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Grand Pre National Historic Site, learn about winemaking at Luckett Vineyards, play a few rounds at Wallace River Golf Course, and sample the fine beverages at Barrelling Tide Distillery.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Wolfville trip itinerary builder site.

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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to travel to Ingonish.
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Ingonish, Cape Breton Island — 6 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ingonish: North Highlands Community Museum (in Cape North), Pleasant Bay (Whale Interpretive Centre, MacIntosh Brook Trail, &more) and Coastal Trail (in Neils Harbour). Spend the 10th (Mon) exploring nature at Cape Breton Highlands National Park. There's lots more to do: hike along Middle Head Trail, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Franey Mountain, tee off at Highlands Links Golf Course, and make a trip to Christopher Gorey Gallery.

Plan a Ingonish trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

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. October in Ingonish sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Baddeck.
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Baddeck, Cape Breton Island — 5 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Baddeck: Kauzmann Trail (in Bay St. Lawrence), Egypt Falls (in Margaree Harbour) and Margaree Salmon Museum (in Margaree Valley). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site, tee off at Bell Bay Golf Club, gain insight at The Gaelic College, and examine the collection at Hall of the Clans.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Baddeck road trip planning app.

You can drive from Ingonish to Baddeck in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in October, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can drive to Louisbourg.
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Louisbourg, Cape Breton Island — 3 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. Venture out of the city with trips to Sydney (The Big Fiddle, Sydney Merchant Mariners Memorial, &more) and Glace Bay (Cape Breton Miners' Museum & Glace Bay Heritage Museum). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site, hike along Baille Ard Nature Trail, stroll through Louisbourg Lighthouse Coastal Trail, and enjoy the sea views from Louisbourg Lighthouse.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Louisbourg trip planner.

Getting from Baddeck to Louisbourg by car takes about 1.5 hours. In October in Louisbourg, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to fly to Halifax.
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Halifax — 8 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), Peggy's Cove Lighthouse (in Peggy's Cove) and SS Atlantic Heritage Park (in Terence Bay). There's much more to do: gain insight with Halifax Citadel National Historic Site, take in nature's colorful creations at Halifax Public Gardens, take an in-depth tour of Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, and see the interesting displays at Maritime Museum of the Atlantic.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Halifax vacation tool.

You can fly from Louisbourg to Halifax in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In October, daily temperatures in Halifax can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel 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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