10 days in Nova Scotia Itinerary

10 days in Nova Scotia Itinerary

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10 days in Nova Scotia Itinerary

Start: Knoxville
Fly:  11​h 45​min
1
Annapolis Royal
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
2
Baddeck, Cape Breton Island
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Ingonish, Cape Breton Island
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Louisbourg, Cape Breton Island
— 1 night
+3
taxi + Fly + bus + taxi:  4​h 30​min
5
Lunenburg
— 2 nights
Fly:  10​h 45​min
End: Knoxville


2
nights
Annapolis Royal

Annapolis Royal ©
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. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): examine the collection at Port-Royal National Historic Site, don't miss a visit to Annapolis Tidal Generating Station, then admire the natural beauty at Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens, and finally contemplate the long history of Fort Anne National Historic Site.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Annapolis Royal holiday builder app .

Knoxville, USA to Annapolis Royal is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Knoxville to Annapolis Royal is 1 hour. In July, Annapolis Royal is slightly colder than Knoxville - with highs of 78°F and lows of 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to drive to Baddeck.

Things to do in Annapolis Royal

Wildlife Historic Sites Parks
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Port-Royal National Historic Site ©
Port-Royal National Historic Site
Annapolis Tidal Generating Station ©
Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens ©

1
night
Baddeck, Cape Breton Island

Baddeck ©
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.
Before you visit Baddeck, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Annapolis Royal to Baddeck in 6 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Annapolis Royal in July, expect Baddeck to be little chillier, temps between 73°F and 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to drive to Ingonish.

Things to do in Baddeck

Nature Parks
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Uisge Ban Falls ©
Uisge Ban Falls

3
nights
Ingonish, Cape Breton Island

Ingonish ©
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Black Brook Beach and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Take a break from the city and head to Ingonish Beach and Groovy Goat Farm & Soap Company. Spend the 9th (Mon) exploring nature at Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Next up on the itinerary: trek along Middle Head Trail.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Ingonish journey planner .

You can drive from Baddeck to Ingonish in 2 hours. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Ingonish when traveling from Baddeck in July, with lows around 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can go by car to Louisbourg.

Things to do in Ingonish

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Dolphin & Whale Watching, Black Brook Beach
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Cape Breton Highlands National Park ©
Middle Head Trail ©
Middle Head Trail
Ingonish Beach ©
Ingonish Beach

1
night
Louisbourg, Cape Breton Island

Louisbourg ©
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. On the 12th (Thu), visit a coastal fixture at Louisbourg Lighthouse and then enjoy the sand and surf at Kennington Cove Beach.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Louisbourg online travel route planner .

Traveling by car from Ingonish to Louisbourg takes 3 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Louisbourg can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Lunenburg.

Things to do in Louisbourg

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Louisbourg Lighthouse ©
Louisbourg Lighthouse

2
nights
Lunenburg

Lunenburg ©
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 13th (Fri): look for gifts at Amos Pewter, then sample the fine beverages at Ironworks Distillery, and then explore and take pictures at Bluenose II. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at St. John's Anglican Church, stroll through Rissers Beach Provincial Park, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Hirtle's Beach.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Lunenburg trip itinerary maker tool .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Louisbourg to Lunenburg in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in July, and nighttime lows around 60°F. On the 15th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lunenburg

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Rissers Beach Provincial Park, Hirtle's Beach, Amos Pewter, The Ovens Natural Park
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Ironworks Distillery ©
Ironworks Distillery
St. John's Anglican Church ©
St. John's Anglican Church
Hirtle's Beach ©
Hirtle's Beach

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