60 days in Nova Scotia & Ontario Itinerary

60 days in Nova Scotia & Ontario Itinerary

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Halifax
— 6 nights
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Louisbourg, Cape Breton Island
— 2 nights
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Ingonish, Cape Breton Island
— 5 nights
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Baddeck, Cape Breton Island
— 6 nights
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Yarmouth
— 6 nights
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Brier Island
— 3 nights
Ferry to Freeport, NS, Drive to Lunenburg
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Lunenburg
— 5 nights
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Ottawa
— 6 nights
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Kingston
— 5 nights
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Niagara Falls
— 7 nights
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Toronto
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Halifax — 6 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: Fundy Tidal Bore Adventures (in South Maitland), Swissair Flight 111 Memorial (in Indian Harbour) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Maitland). Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Halifax Public Gardens, get engrossed in the history at Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, enjoy the sea views from Peggy's Cove Lighthouse, and take in the waterfront at Halifax Waterfront Boardwalk.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Halifax road trip planning app.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Halifax is an approximately 24-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 6 hours traveling from Johannesburg to Halifax. Traveling from Johannesburg in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Halifax, with lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Louisbourg.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors
Side Trips

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. On the 8th (Mon), pause for some photo ops at Sydney Merchant Mariners Memorial and then examine the collection at Cape Breton Miners' Museum. On your second day here, trek along Louisbourg Lighthouse Coastal Trail and then steep yourself in history at Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Louisbourg route app.

Getting from Halifax to Louisbourg by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in August, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Ingonish.
Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Trails
Side Trips

Ingonish, Cape Breton Island — 5 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.
Step out of Ingonish with an excursion to Coastal Trail in Neils Harbour--about 30 minutes away. Spend the 10th (Wed) exploring nature at Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Middle Head Trail, play a few rounds at Highlands Links Golf Course, explore the landscape on two wheels at Warren Lake Trail, and cast your line with Ingonish Lobster Tales and Scales.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Ingonish day trip planning site.

You can drive from Louisbourg to Ingonish in 2.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Ingonish can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Baddeck.
Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails
Side Trips

Baddeck, Cape Breton Island — 6 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: Bird Island Boat Tours (in Big Bras d'Or), Indian Beach (in North Sydney) and Colouratura Art Gallery (in Indian Brook). There's much more to do: cruise along Cabot Trail, contemplate the waterfront views at Bras d'Or Lake, take an in-depth tour of Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site, and hike along Kauzmann Trail.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Baddeck road trip planning app.

Drive from Ingonish to Baddeck in 1.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can travel to Yarmouth.
Outdoors · Parks · Museums · Trails
Side Trips

Yarmouth — 6 nights

Yarmouth is a port town located on the Bay of Fundy in southwestern Nova Scotia, Canada. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Yarmouth: Shelburne (Ross-Thomson House Museum, Shelburne's Museums By The Sea, &more), Barrington (Baccaro Point Lighthouse & Wild Axe Lumberjack AXEperience) and Belliveau Cove Municipal Park (in Belliveaus Cove). There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Le Village Historique Acadien de la Nouvelle-Ecosse, take in the exciting artwork at Art Gallery of Nova Scotia - Western Branch, tour the pleasant surroundings at Port Maitland Beach Provincial Park, and learn the secrets of beer at Wine & Beer Tours of Nova Scotia.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Yarmouth day trip app.

Traveling by car from Baddeck to Yarmouth takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Brier Island.
Museums · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors
Side Trips

Brier Island — 3 nights

Venture out of the city with trips to Tiverton (Boar's Head Lighthouse, Ocean Explorations Whale Cruises, &more).

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Brier Island trip itinerary builder tool.

Getting from Yarmouth to Brier Island by car takes about 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in August, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) to allow time to ride a ferry to Lunenburg.
Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife
Side Trip

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Graves Island Provincial Park (in Chester), Annapolis Royal (Port-Royal National Historic Site, Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens, &more) and LaHave River Trail (in Bridgewater). There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. John's Anglican Church, stroll around Pine Grove Park, don't miss a visit to Peer Gallery, and stroll through The Ovens Park.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Lunenburg trip itinerary website.

Traveling by combination of ferry and car from Brier Island to Lunenburg takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. In August, daily temperatures in Lunenburg can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to fly to Ottawa.
Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife
Side Trips

Ottawa — 6 nights

A major center of technology nicknamed "Silicon Valley North," Ottawa offers visitors a modern flavor with its range of trendy hotels, shops, and restaurants.
Change things up with these side-trips from Ottawa: Stewart Park (in Perth), Upper Canada Village (in Morrisburg) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Foresters Falls). The adventure continues: ponder the world of politics at Parliament Hill and Buildings, make a trip to Ottawa Locks, examine the collection at Canadian Museum of Nature, and contemplate the waterfront views at Rideau Canal National Historic Site.

To find traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Ottawa road trip planner.

You can fly from Lunenburg to Ottawa in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone changes from Atlantic Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In September, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can drive to Kingston.
Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors
Side Trips

Kingston — 5 nights

Called the "Limestone City" because it contains many white-stone buildings, Kingston served as the first capital of Canada.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kingston: Sandbanks Estate Winery (in Wellington), Fish Finder Charters (in Carrying Place) and Sandbanks Provincial Park (in Picton). The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Fort Henry National Historic Site, walk around Kingston Waterfront, sample some tasty brews at Kingston Food Tours, and explore the world behind art at Agnes Etherington Art Centre.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Kingston online tour planner.

You can drive from Ottawa to Kingston in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to drive to Niagara Falls.
Museums · Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife
Side Trips

Niagara Falls — 7 nights

Indisputably one of the world's most impressive natural sights, Niagara Falls straddle the United States/Canada border, marking the spot at which a thundering river plunges over a major escarpment.
Pack the 18th (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Marineland. Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at Journey Behind the Falls, try to win big at Niagara Fallsview Casino, get in on the family fun at Niagara SkyWheel, and appreciate the extensive heritage of White Water Walk.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Niagara Falls trip planner.

Getting from Kingston to Niagara Falls by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in September, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to drive to Toronto.
Parks · Theme Parks · Wineries · Outdoors
Side Trips

Toronto — 7 nights

Possibly the world's most diverse city, Toronto houses over 80 ethnic communities speaking nearly 150 different languages or dialects.
When in Toronto, make a side trip to see African Lion Safari in Hamilton, approximately Hamilton away. The adventure continues: enjoy breathtaking views from CN Tower, examine the collection at Royal Ontario Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Distillery District, and make a trip to Harbourfront Centre.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Toronto trip maker tool.

You can drive from Niagara Falls to Toronto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in September, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can fly back home.
Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites
Side Trips

Nova Scotia travel guide

4.5
Military Museums · History 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.

Ontario travel guide

4.3
Waterfalls · Observation Decks · Specialty Museums
Popular with tourists throughout the year, Ontario holidays allow you to explore unspoiled natural landscapes and big cities packed with amenities and modern attractions. Containing the national capital and the country's largest city, this east-central province provides a home for nearly 40 percent of Canada's population. Home to a staggering number of lakes (250,000), this playground for nature lovers boasts approximately a third of the world's fresh water. You can spend your entire Ontario vacation driving, walking, skiing, or cycling across the region's sprawling wilderness, but for a well-rounded experience, make sure you spend some time in Toronto, cosmopolitan provincial capital known for its multicultural neighborhoods and outstanding food scene.