8 days in Nova Scotia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Nova Scotia visit planner
Make it your trip
— 3 nights
Louisbourg, Cape Breton Island
— 1 night
Ingonish, Cape Breton Island
— 2 nights
Englishtown, Cape Breton Island
— 1 night
Drive to Sydney / J.A. Douglas McCurdy Airport, Fly to Columbus


Halifax — 3 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.
Bring the kids along to Halifax Public Gardens and Halifax Citadel National Historic Site. Explore Halifax's surroundings by going to Swissair Flight 111 Memorial (in Indian Harbour), Fundy Tidal Bore Adventures (in Green Oaks) and Peggy's Cove Lighthouse (in Peggy's Cove). Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Paul's Church, get a sense of history and politics at Government House, and take a leisurely stroll along Halifax Waterfront Boardwalk.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Halifax trip planner.

Columbus, USA to Halifax is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Columbus to Halifax. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Columbus in August, with highs in Halifax at 74°F and lows at 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can fly to Louisbourg.
Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Adventure
Side Trips

Louisbourg, Cape Breton Island — 1 night

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 10th (Thu), take in the waterfront at Louisbourg Boardwalk Park and Boat Launch, then steep yourself in history at Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Kennington Cove Beach.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Louisbourg online route planner.

You can fly from Halifax to Louisbourg in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In August, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Ingonish.
Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

Ingonish, Cape Breton Island — 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Ingonish Beach, stroll through Middle Head Trail, then cast your line with Ingonish Lobster Tales and Scales, and finally hike along Bog Trail.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Ingonish journey website.

Getting from Louisbourg to Ingonish by car takes about 2.5 hours. August in Ingonish sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 57°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Englishtown.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Englishtown, Cape Breton Island — 1 night

Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. James Presbyterian Church and then cruise along Cabot Trail.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Englishtown trip maker app.

Getting from Ingonish to Englishtown by car takes about 1.5 hours. August in Englishtown sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 57°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.
Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Scenic Drive
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.