13 days in Nova Scotia Itinerary

13 days in Nova Scotia Itinerary

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13 days in Nova Scotia Itinerary

Start: Richmond
Fly + Drive:  6​h
1
Lunenburg
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Annapolis Royal
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h
3
Baddeck, Cape Breton Island
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Ingonish, Cape Breton Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Louisbourg, Cape Breton Island
— 1 night
6
Halifax
— 4 nights
Fly:  9​h
End: Richmond

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.
Go for a jaunt from Lunenburg to Grand Pre to see Grand Pre National Historic Site about 1h 25 min away. There's much more to do: examine the collection at Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic, view the masterpieces at Laurie Swim Gallery, look for gifts at The Mariner's Daughter, and admire all the interesting features of Bluenose II.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Lunenburg trip maker website .

Richmond, USA to Lunenburg is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Richmond to Lunenburg. Expect colder weather when traveling from Richmond in July: highs in Lunenburg hover around 69°F, while lows dip to 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can drive to Annapolis Royal.

Things to do in Lunenburg

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

The Ovens Natural Park, Grand Pre National Historic Site
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St. John's Anglican Church ©
St. John's Anglican Church
Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic ©
Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic
Grand Pre National Historic Site ©
Grand Pre National Historic Site

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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. On the 27th (Sat), see the interesting displays at Port-Royal National Historic Site, then make a trip to Annapolis Tidal Generating Station, then contemplate the long history of Fort Anne National Historic Site, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens. Here are some ideas for day two: find something for the whole family at Upper Clements Parks.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Annapolis Royal trip builder .

You can drive from Lunenburg to Annapolis Royal in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. When traveling from Lunenburg in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Annapolis Royal, with highs around 78°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Baddeck.

Things to do in Annapolis Royal

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks
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Upper Clements Parks ©
Upper Clements Parks
Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens ©
Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens
Fort Anne National Historic Site ©
Fort Anne National Historic Site

1
day
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 29th (Mon): paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, then admire the sheer force of Uisge Ban Falls, and then steep yourself in history at Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Baddeck driving holiday website .

You can drive from Annapolis Royal to Baddeck in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, flight, and taxi; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in July, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to drive to Ingonish.

Things to do in Baddeck

Outdoors Adventure Tours
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Uisge Ban Falls ©
Uisge Ban Falls

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Middle Head Trail and then take a memorable drive along Cabot Trail.

For where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Ingonish route maker .

Traveling by car from Baddeck to Ingonish takes 1.5 hours. July in Ingonish sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 55°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Louisbourg.

Things to do in Ingonish

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Cabot Trail
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Cape Breton Highlands National Park ©
Cabot Trail ©
Cabot Trail
Middle Head Trail ©
Middle Head Trail

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. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Stella Maris Rectory, then browse the exhibits of Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site, then take in the waterfront at Louisbourg Boardwalk Park and Boat Launch, and finally visit a coastal fixture at Louisbourg Lighthouse.

For traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Louisbourg trip itinerary maker tool .

You can drive from Ingonish to Louisbourg in 2.5 hours. In July in Louisbourg, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 56°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to travel to Halifax.

Things to do in Louisbourg

Historic Sites Museums
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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.
Get out of town with these interesting Halifax side-trips: Peggy's Cove (Swissair Flight 111 Memorial & Peggy's Cove Lighthouse). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Halifax Citadel National Historic Site of Canada, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Paul's Church, take a leisurely stroll along Halifax Waterfront Boardwalk, and take an in-depth tour of Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21.

For more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Halifax trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Louisbourg to Halifax takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Halifax are 74°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) 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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