8 days in Nova Scotia & Prince Edward Island Itinerary

8 days in Nova Scotia & Prince Edward Island Itinerary

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— 2 nights
Baddeck, Cape Breton Island
— 3 nights
— 2 nights


Halifax — 2 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Halifax Citadel National Historic Site and Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Halifax: Peggy Of The Cove (in Glen Margaret), Peggy's Cove Lighthouse (in Peggy's Cove) and Swissair Flight 111 Memorial (in Indian Harbour). There's still lots to do: brush up on your military savvy at Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, admire the natural beauty at Halifax Public Gardens, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Paul's Church, and get a new perspective on nature at Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Halifax trip maker.

Calgary to Halifax is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Atlantic Standard Time (AST), which is usually a 3 hour difference. In September, Halifax is a bit warmer than Calgary - with highs of 24°C and lows of 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Baddeck.
Museums · Historic Sites · Parks
Side Trips

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Cape Breton Highlands National Park and Cabot Trail. Do some cultural sightseeing at Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site and Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site. When in Baddeck, make a side trip to see Glace Bay Heritage Museum in Glace Bay, approximately Glace Bay away.

To find ratings and other tourist information, refer to the Baddeck route maker website.

Fly from Halifax to Baddeck in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in September, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to fly to Charlottetown.
Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Nature
Side Trips

Charlottetown — 2 nights

The largest city on Prince Edward Island, Charlottetown remains small enough for easy exploration on foot.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Prince Edward Island National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Prince Edward Island National Park.

For other places to visit and other tourist information, use the Charlottetown trip planner.

You can fly from Baddeck to Charlottetown in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, bus, car, and ferry. September in Charlottetown sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight back home.
Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife
Side Trips
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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.

Prince Edward Island travel guide

Historic Sites · Beaches · Specialty Museums
Garden of the Gulf
Canada's only island province, Prince Edward Island earned the nickname the "Garden of the Gulf" thanks to its pastoral landscape of rolling green hills and a patchwork of cultivated fields. The country's smallest province in terms of land and population, the island boasts a long coastline marked by sandy beaches, making up in visual appeal what they lack in modern infrastructure. It's easy to get away from everyone during a vacation in Prince Edward Island, as this photogenic landmass features just a scattering of small towns housing warmhearted locals stubbornly clinging to their easygoing lifestyle. Begin your Prince Edward Island tour in Charlottetown, the quaint provincial capital with a good selection of bars and restaurants.