12 days in Nova Scotia Itinerary

12 days in Nova Scotia Itinerary

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12 days in Nova Scotia Itinerary

Start: Vancouver
Fly + taxi:  10​h 15​min
Louisbourg
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Ingonish
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Baddeck
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 45​min
Annapolis Royal
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Grand Pre
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Lunenburg
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + bus + Fly:  9​h 30​min
End: Vancouver

3
nights
Louisbourg

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. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): visit a coastal fixture at Louisbourg Lighthouse, then make a trip to The Big Fiddle, and then explore the galleries of Cape Breton Miners' Museum. On the 8th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site and then kick back and relax at Kennington Cove Beach.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Louisbourg journey maker app .

Vancouver to Louisbourg is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 4 hours traveling from Vancouver to Louisbourg. In August, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can go by car to Ingonish.

Things to do in Louisbourg

#Museums, #Historic Sites, #Beaches

Side Trips

Cape Breton Miners' Museum, The Big Fiddle
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Louisbourg Lighthouse ©
Louisbourg Lighthouse
Cape Breton Miners' Museum ©
Cape Breton Miners' Museum

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Ingonish

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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Ingonish Beach and then trek along Middle Head Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Black Brook Beach and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Ingonish online visit planner .

You can drive from Louisbourg to Ingonish in 3 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can go by car to Baddeck.

Things to do in Ingonish

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trips

Black Brook Beach, Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Ingonish Beach ©
Ingonish Beach
Middle Head Trail ©
Middle Head Trail
Dolphin & Whale Watching

1
night
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 11th (Sat): stop by Baadeck Yarns, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and then admire the sheer force of Uisge Ban Falls.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Baddeck trip itinerary maker tool .

Getting from Ingonish to Baddeck by car takes about 2 hours. Traveling from Ingonish in August, Baddeck is slightly colder at night with lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to drive to Annapolis Royal.

Things to do in Baddeck

#Adventure, #Tours, #Outdoors
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Uisge Ban Falls ©
Uisge Ban Falls
Baadeck Yarns ©
Baadeck Yarns

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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 12th (Sun): do a tasting at Bear River Vineyards and then contemplate the long history of Fort Anne National Historic Site.

To find out how to plan a trip to Annapolis Royal, use our trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Baddeck to Annapolis Royal in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Annapolis Royal when traveling from Baddeck in August, with lows around 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Grand Pre.

Things to do in Annapolis Royal

#Historic Sites, #Trails, #Nature

Side Trips

Kejimkujik National Park & National Historic Site, Prim Point Lighthouse, Bear River Vineyards
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Fort Anne National Historic Site ©
Fort Anne National Historic Site
Prim Point Lighthouse ©
Prim Point Lighthouse

1
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Grand Pre

Grand Pre ©
Grand-Pré is a Canadian rural community in Kings County, Nova Scotia. On the 14th (Tue), do a tasting at Luckett Vineyards, pause for some serene contemplation at The Old Covenanter Church, and then steep yourself in history at Grand Pre National Historic Site.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Grand Pre vacation maker website .

You can drive from Annapolis Royal to Grand Pre in 1.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Grand Pre are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to Lunenburg.

Things to do in Grand Pre

#Historic Sites, #Wineries

Side Trip

Wolfville
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Luckett Vineyards ©
Luckett Vineyards
Grand Pre National Historic Site ©
Grand Pre National Historic Site
The Old Covenanter Church ©
The Old Covenanter Church

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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Summerville Beach Provincial Park and St. John's Anglican Church. Get in touch with nature at Crystal Crescent Beach Provincial Park and Rissers Beach Provincial Park. Change things up with a short trip to Old Burial Ground in Liverpool (about 56 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Hirtle's Beach, explore and take pictures at Bluenose II, sample the fine beverages at Ironworks Distillery, and stop by The Lunenburg Makery.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Lunenburg holiday maker .

Drive from Grand Pre to Lunenburg in 1.5 hours. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Grand Pre in August: highs in Lunenburg hover around 25°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Lunenburg

#Beaches, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Old Burial Ground, Crystal Crescent Beach Provincial Park, Hirtle's Beach, Rissers Beach Provincial Park, Summerville Beach Provincial Park
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St. John's Anglican Church ©
St. John's Anglican Church
Rissers Beach Provincial Park ©
Rissers Beach Provincial Park
Hirtle's Beach ©
Hirtle's Beach

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