8 days in Nova Scotia Itinerary

8 days in Nova Scotia Itinerary

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— 1 night
Peggy's Cove
— 1 night
— 2 nights
Baddeck, Cape Breton Island
— 3 nights


Lunenburg — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): examine the collection at Hooked Rug Museum of North America, walk around Graves Island Provincial Park, and then surround yourself with nature on Oak Island Tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic, then stroll the grounds of Old Burial Ground, and then stroll through Beach Meadows Beach Park.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Lunenburg planning site.

Toronto to Lunenburg is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Toronto to Lunenburg due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Toronto in July, with highs in Lunenburg at 24°C and lows at 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to drive to Peggy's Cove.
Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Historic Sites
Side Trips

Peggy's Cove — 1 night

Begin your Peggy's Cove holiday by exploring the area's Atlantic coastline, featuring water-washed rolling rocks dotted with a number of lighthouses, including the one recognized as the town's symbol.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): contemplate the long history of SS Atlantic Heritage Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Polly's Cove Hiking Trail, then appreciate the history behind Swissair Flight 111 Memorial, and finally visit a coastal fixture at Peggy's Cove Lighthouse.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Peggy's Cove road trip planner.

You can drive from Lunenburg to Peggy's Cove in 1.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Peggy's Cove are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Halifax.
Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Trails
Side Trips

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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Mon): brush up on your military savvy at Halifax Citadel National Historic Site, then take in nature's colorful creations at Halifax Public Gardens, then learn about all things military at Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, and finally explore the activities along Sullivan's Pond. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Paul's Church, then get a sense of history and politics at Province House, then steep yourself in history at Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, and finally take in the waterfront at Halifax Waterfront Boardwalk.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Halifax trip planner.

Traveling by car from Peggy's Cove to Halifax takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. July in Halifax sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can fly to Baddeck.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Tours
Side Trip

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Baddeck: Louisbourg (Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site & Louisbourg Lighthouse Coastal Trail) and Cape Breton Highlands National Park (in Ingonish). Next up on the itinerary: take a memorable drive along Cabot Trail, steep yourself in history at Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site, and gain insight at The Gaelic College.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Baddeck driving holiday planning site.

You can fly from Halifax to Baddeck in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. July in Baddeck sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can catch the flight back home.
Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums
Side Trips

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.