11 days in Nova Scotia Itinerary

11 days in Nova Scotia Itinerary

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11 days in Nova Scotia Itinerary

Start: Calgary
Fly + Drive:  9​h 30​min
1
Baddeck, Cape Breton Island
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Ingonish, Cape Breton Island
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  7​h 45​min
3
Mavillette
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Lunenburg
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Halifax
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Calgary

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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, then take in the dramatic scenery at Uisge Ban Falls, and then steep yourself in history at Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Baddeck trip itinerary site .

Calgary to Baddeck is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Calgary to Baddeck, you'll lose 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Calgary in September, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 12°C in Baddeck. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Ingonish.

Things to do in Baddeck

Outdoors Adventure Tours
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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.
Get in touch with nature at Cape Breton Highlands National Park and Middle Head Trail. When in Ingonish, make a side trip to see Lone Shieling in Pleasant Bay, approximately 58 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take a memorable drive along Cabot Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Green Cove Trail, trek along Skyline Trail, and enjoy the sand and surf at Ingonish Beach.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Ingonish trip builder website .

Getting from Baddeck to Ingonish by car takes about 1.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Mavillette.

Things to do in Ingonish

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Cape Breton Island, Lone Shieling
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Cape Breton Highlands National Park ©
Cabot Trail ©
Cabot Trail
Skyline Trail ©
Skyline Trail

1
day
Mavillette

Mavillette ©
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): stroll through Port Maitland Beach Provincial Park and then kick back and relax at Mavillette Beach Provincial Park.

To find more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Mavillette day trip app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Ingonish to Mavillette. When traveling from Ingonish in September, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Mavillette: temperatures range from 20°C by day to 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel to Lunenburg.

Things to do in Mavillette

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Port Maitland Beach Provincial Park
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Mavillette Beach Provincial Park ©
Mavillette Beach Provincial Park
Port Maitland Beach Provincial Park ©

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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Queensland Beach, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. James' Anglican Church, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. John's Anglican Church, and finally stroll through Hirtle's Beach. On the 12th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Rissers Beach Provincial Park, then kick back and relax at Beach Meadows Beach Park, and then learn about winemaking at Wine Kings.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Lunenburg trip itinerary planning tool .

Drive from Mavillette to Lunenburg in 3 hours. In September in Lunenburg, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Halifax.

Things to do in Lunenburg

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Beach Meadows Beach Park, Hirtle's Beach, Queensland Beach, Rissers Beach Provincial Park, St. James' Anglican Church
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Queensland Beach ©
Queensland Beach
St. John's Anglican Church ©
St. John's Anglican Church
Hirtle's Beach ©
Hirtle's Beach

3
nights
Halifax

Halifax ©
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 some historical perspective at Peggy's Cove Lighthouse and St. Paul's Church. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Clam Harbour Beach and Crystal Crescent Beach Provincial Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Halifax: French Point Lighthouse (in Head of Jeddore) and Swissair Flight 111 Memorial (in Peggy's Cove). There's lots more to do: take some stellar pictures from Halifax Citadel National Historic Site of Canada, learn about all things military at Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Mary's Basilica, and admire the natural beauty at Halifax Public Gardens.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Halifax online trip builder .

Getting from Lunenburg to Halifax by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in September, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Halifax

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Peggy's Cove, Clam Harbour Beach, French Point Lighthouse, Crystal Crescent Beach Provincial Park
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Peggy's Cove Lighthouse ©
Peggy's Cove Lighthouse
Clam Harbour Beach ©
Clam Harbour Beach

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