7 days in Southwest Nova Scotia Itinerary

7 days in Southwest Nova Scotia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Southwest Nova Scotia visit planner
Make it your trip
— 2 nights
Annapolis Royal
— 3 nights
Brier Island
— 1 night
Ferry to Digby, Ferry to Saint John, NB, Fly to Toronto


Lunenburg — 2 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Boat Tours & Water Sports and Rissers Beach Provincial Park. Step out of the city life by going to Carter's Beach and Crescent Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Lunenburg: Fort Point Lighthouse Park (in Liverpool) and Summerville Beach Provincial Park (in Summerville). The adventure continues: trek along Gaff Point Trail, examine the collection at Halifax & Southwestern Railway Museum, browse the exhibits of Laurie Swim Gallery, and enjoy the sand and surf at Hirtle's Beach.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Lunenburg trip planner.

Toronto to Lunenburg is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Toronto to Lunenburg, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Toronto in July: high temperatures in Lunenburg hover around 24°C and lows are around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can drive to Annapolis Royal.
Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours
Side Trips

Annapolis Royal — 3 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 discover tucked-away gems like Sinclair Inn Museum and Graves Island Provincial Park. The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens, steep yourself in history at Port-Royal National Historic Site, examine the collection at North Hills Museum, and learn about all things military at Fort Anne National Historic Site.

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Drive from Lunenburg to Annapolis Royal in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Lunenburg in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Annapolis Royal, with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to catch the ferry to Brier Island.
Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife
Side Trip

Brier Island — 1 night

Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): head off the coast to Brier Island, then get great views at Seal Cove, and then get up close to creatures of the deep with Mariner Cruises Whale and Seabird Tours.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Brier Island road trip website.

You can ride a ferry from Annapolis Royal to Brier Island in 3 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Annapolis Royal in July; daily highs in Brier Island reach 22°C and lows reach 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.
Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature

Southwest Nova Scotia travel guide

Dolphin & Whale Watching · Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards
Encompassing one of the first areas in North America colonized by European settlers, Southwest Nova Scotia contains some of Canada's oldest communities, with roots going back over 4 centuries. Tiny villages centered on quaint wooden churches top most Southwest Nova Scotia itineraries, offering visitors a chance to discover a tranquil part of North America little changed since newcomers from the Old World conquered it. This region also serves as home to Canada's largest fishing fleet, providing employment and a steady income for the majority of population. Enrich your Southwest Nova Scotia holiday by exploring the area's fishing settlements, where you can dig for clams, tour oyster farms, and learn how to prepare homemade seafood chowder.