12 days in Nova Scotia Itinerary

12 days in Nova Scotia Itinerary

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12 days in Nova Scotia Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly + Drive:  7​h
1
Lunenburg
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  5​h
2
Indian Brook, Cape Breton Island
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Louisbourg, Cape Breton Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
4
Halifax
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Newark

3
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Graves Island Provincial Park (in Chester), Old Burial Ground (in Liverpool) and Shelburne (Dory Shop Museum, Shelburne Museum Complex, &more). Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at St. John's Anglican Church, steep yourself in history at St. James' Anglican Church, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and examine the collection at Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic.

To find topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Lunenburg trip planner.

Newark, USA to Lunenburg is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Atlantic Standard Time (AST) is 1 hour. Traveling from Newark in October, you will find days in Lunenburg are a bit cooler (59°F), and nights are about the same (48°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Indian Brook.

Things to do in Lunenburg

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Shelburne, Bridgewater, Old Burial Ground, Graves Island Provincial Park, St. James' Anglican Church
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Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic ©
Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic
St. John's Anglican Church ©
St. John's Anglican Church
Graves Island Provincial Park ©
Graves Island Provincial Park

3
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Indian Brook, Cape Breton Island

Indian Brook ©
Change things up with these side-trips from Indian Brook: Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site (in Baddeck), Ingonish (Bog Trail, Green Cove Trail, &more) and Cape Smokey Provincial Park (in Ingonish Ferry).

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Indian Brook sightseeing planning tool .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Lunenburg to Indian Brook. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Lunenburg in October, with highs in Indian Brook at 51°F and lows at 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can travel to Louisbourg.

Things to do in Indian Brook

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Ingonish, Cabot Trail, Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site
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Cape Breton Highlands National Park ©
Cabot Trail ©
Cabot Trail

2
nights
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. Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site, hike along Louisbourg Lighthouse Coastal Trail, and then appreciate the history behind Sydney Merchant Mariners Memorial. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to The Big Fiddle, examine the collection at Cape Breton Miners' Museum, and then visit a coastal fixture at Louisbourg Lighthouse.

To find where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Louisbourg route planner.

Drive from Indian Brook to Louisbourg in 1.5 hours. When traveling from Indian Brook in October, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Louisbourg: temperatures range from 58°F by day to 42°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can travel to Halifax.

Things to do in Louisbourg

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Sydney, Cape Breton Miners' Museum
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Cape Breton Miners' Museum ©
Cape Breton Miners' Museum
Louisbourg Lighthouse ©
Louisbourg Lighthouse

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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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Halifax: Peggy's Cove (Peggy's Cove Lighthouse & Swissair Flight 111 Memorial). The adventure continues: learn about all things military at Halifax Citadel National Historic Site of Canada, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Paul's Church, steep yourself in history at Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, and walk around Point Pleasant Park.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Halifax holiday tool .

Traveling by flight from Louisbourg to Halifax takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Halifax can reach 60°F, while at night they dip to 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Halifax

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Peggy's Cove
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Halifax Public Gardens ©
Halifax Public Gardens
Maritime Museum of the Atlantic ©
Maritime Museum of the Atlantic

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