12 days in Nova Scotia & Prince Edward Island Itinerary

12 days in Nova Scotia & Prince Edward Island Itinerary

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12 days in Nova Scotia & Prince Edward Island Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  4​h 30​min
1
Louisbourg, Cape Breton Island
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Baddeck, Cape Breton Island
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Halifax
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Charlottetown
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Toronto

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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 23rd (Thu), browse the collection at Cape Breton Regional Library.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Louisbourg trip itinerary planning app .

Toronto to Louisbourg is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Atlantic Standard Time (AST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Toronto in July, things will get slightly colder in Louisbourg: highs are around 27°C and lows about 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can drive to Baddeck.

Things to do in Louisbourg

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sydney, Cape Breton Miners' Museum
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Cape Breton Miners' Museum ©
Cape Breton Miners' Museum
Cape Breton Regional Library ©
Cape Breton Regional Library

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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.
Get out of town with these interesting Baddeck side-trips: Ingonish (Cape Breton Highlands National Park, Middle Head Trail, &more). Next up on the itinerary: cruise along Cabot Trail, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Michael's Catholic Church, stop by Baadeck Yarns, and contemplate the long history of Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site.

To find where to stay, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Baddeck planner.

Traveling by car from Louisbourg to Baddeck takes 1.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Baddeck can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Halifax.

Things to do in Baddeck

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Ingonish, Cabot Trail
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Cape Breton Highlands National Park ©
Cabot Trail ©
Cabot Trail

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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Peggy's Cove (Peggy's Cove Lighthouse & Swissair Flight 111 Memorial), Fundy Tidal Bore Adventures (in South Maitland) and Lunenburg (Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic, St. John's Anglican Church, &more). There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Halifax Public Gardens, learn about all things military at Halifax Citadel National Historic Site of Canada, steep yourself in history at Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, and take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Paul's Church.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Halifax trip maker website .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Baddeck to Halifax in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July in Halifax, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can travel to Charlottetown.

Things to do in Halifax

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Lunenburg, Peggy's Cove, Fundy Tidal Bore Adventures, Back to the Sea Touch Tank Hut
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Halifax Public Gardens ©
Halifax Public Gardens
Maritime Museum of the Atlantic ©
Maritime Museum of the Atlantic

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Charlottetown

Charlottetown ©
The largest city on Prince Edward Island, Charlottetown remains small enough for easy exploration on foot.
Explore Charlottetown's surroundings by going to Cavendish (Green Gables & Cavendish Cliffs) and The Links at Crowbush Cove (in Lakeside). There's still lots to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Prince Edward Island National Park, make a trip to Victoria Row, ponder the world of politics at Government House, and stroll around Victoria Park.

To find traveler tips, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Charlottetown road trip planning app .

Traveling by flight from Halifax to Charlottetown takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in July, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Charlottetown

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Cavendish, Ross Lane Beach, Brackley Beach, Prince Edward Island National Park, The Toy Factory
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Prince Edward Island National Park ©
Victoria Park ©
Victoria Park
Brackley Beach ©
Brackley Beach

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