9 days in Nova Scotia & New Brunswick Itinerary

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Halifax
— 2 nights
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Louisbourg, Cape Breton Island
— 1 night
Drive
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Ingonish, Cape Breton Island
— 2 nights
Ferry to Englishtown, NS, Fly to Alma
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Alma
— 2 nights
Drive
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St. Martins
— 1 night
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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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Halifax Public Gardens and Halifax Waterfront Boardwalk. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Halifax: River Rafting & Tubing (in Maitland) and Fundy Tidal Bore Adventures (in Green Oaks). There's much more to do: brush up on your military savvy at Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, walk around Point Pleasant Park, contemplate the long history of Halifax Citadel National Historic Site, and get a sense of history and politics at Province House.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Halifax itinerary planner.

Toronto to Halifax is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from Toronto to Halifax is 1 hour. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Toronto in July: high temperatures in Halifax hover around 26°C and lows are around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Louisbourg.
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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 31st (Mon), take a leisurely stroll along Louisbourg Boardwalk Park and Boat Launch, browse the exhibits of Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site, and then stroll through Louisbourg Lighthouse Coastal Trail.

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Traveling by flight from Halifax to Louisbourg takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to go by car to Ingonish.
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cape Breton Highlands National Park. On the next day, tour the pleasant surroundings at Middle Head Trail, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ingonish Beach, and then cruise along Cabot Trail.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Ingonish driving holiday app.

Traveling by car from Louisbourg to Ingonish takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Alma.
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Alma — 2 nights

Alma is a village in the parish of Alma, Albert County, New Brunswick, Canada. On the 3rd (Thu), tee off at Hillsborough Golf Club, then explore the striking landscape at Hopewell Rocks, then see the interesting displays at Albert County Museum, and finally identify plant and animal life at Mary's Point Bird Sanctuary/Shepody National Wildlife area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Fundy National Park.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Alma road trip planner.

Do a combination of ferry and flight from Ingonish to Alma in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. In August in Alma, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can drive to St. Martins.
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St. Martins — 1 night

On the 5th (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at Fundy Trail Parkway and then snap pictures at St. Martins Harbour.

To see reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our St. Martins travel route planner.

Getting from Alma to St. Martins by car takes about 1.5 hours. In August in St. Martins, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to fly back home.
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Highlights from your trip

Nova Scotia travel guide

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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.
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New Brunswick travel guide

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Geologic Formations · Bodies of Water · Parks
Pristine natural scenery, photogenic little towns, charming beaches, and sprawling parks remain top reasons to take a trip to New Brunswick. This relatively small Canadian province with a long Atlantic coastline remains sparsely populated, the majority of its area covered with dense forests. Five scenic drives intersect the region, allowing visitors to spend their New Brunswick holiday sightseeing from the comfort of a rented car or bicycle. If you prefer to stay near the water, don't miss the world-famous Bay of Fundy, home to the world's highest tides, several species of whales, and quaint seaside settlements maintaining their own slow pace of life.
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