15 days in Nova Scotia Itinerary

15 days in Nova Scotia Itinerary

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15 days in Nova Scotia Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly + taxi:  4​h 30​min
Louisbourg, Cape Breton Island
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Baddeck, Cape Breton Island
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Ingonish, Cape Breton Island
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 30​min
Halifax
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Wolfville
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Lunenburg
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + bus + Fly:  6​h
End: Toronto

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. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): examine the collection at Cape Breton Miners' Museum.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Louisbourg tour planning tool .

Toronto to Louisbourg is an approximately 4.5-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 1 hour traveling from Toronto to Louisbourg. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Toronto in September; daily highs in Louisbourg reach 23°C and lows reach 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can drive to Baddeck.

Things to do in Louisbourg

#Museums, #Historic Sites, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Cape Breton Miners' Museum, Skyline Trail
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Cape Breton Miners' Museum ©
Cape Breton Miners' Museum

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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.
Step out of Baddeck with an excursion to Highland Village in Iona--about 58 minutes away. The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site, contemplate the waterfront views at Bras d'Or Lake, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ski Tuonela, and play a few rounds at Baddeck Forks Golf Course.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Baddeck trip planner .

Traveling by car from Louisbourg to Baddeck takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in September, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to drive to Ingonish.

Things to do in Baddeck

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature

Side Trips

Cape Breton Island, Highland Village
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Uisge Ban Falls ©
Uisge Ban Falls
Highland Village ©
Highland Village

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.
Step out of Ingonish to go to Pleasant Bay and see Lone Shieling, which is approximately 58 minutes away. Spend the 7th (Fri) exploring nature at Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Next up on the itinerary: cruise along Cabot Trail, stroll through Bog Trail, look for gifts at Salty Rose's and the Periwinkle Cafe, and play a few rounds at Highlands Links Golf Course.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Ingonish trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Baddeck to Ingonish takes 1.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Halifax.

Things to do in Ingonish

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature

Side Trips

Lone Shieling, Cabot Trail
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Cape Breton Highlands National Park ©
Cabot Trail ©
Cabot Trail
Middle Head Trail ©
Middle Head Trail

4
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Halifax: Peggy's Cove (Swissair Flight 111 Memorial & Peggy's Cove Lighthouse). And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Halifax Public Gardens, get great views at Halifax Citadel National Historic Site of Canada, browse the collection at Halifax Central Library, and get a sense of history and politics at Province House.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Halifax trip itinerary maker site .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Ingonish to Halifax in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. In September, daily temperatures in Halifax can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to drive to Wolfville.

Things to do in Halifax

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Parks

Side Trips

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

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night
Wolfville

Wolfville ©
Wolfville is a Canadian town in the Annapolis Valley, Kings County, Nova Scotia, located about 100km northwest of the provincial capital, Halifax. On the 14th (Fri), learn about winemaking at Luckett Vineyards, then steep yourself in history at Grand Pre National Historic Site, then do a tasting at Lightfoot & Wolfville Vineyards, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Acadia University Art Gallery.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Wolfville trip maker tool .

Drive from Halifax to Wolfville in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in September, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Lunenburg.

Things to do in Wolfville

#Wineries, #Shopping, #Museums

Side Trip

Grand Pre National Historic Site
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Luckett Vineyards ©
Luckett Vineyards
Grand Pre National Historic Site ©
Grand Pre National Historic Site
Lightfoot & Wolfville Vineyards ©
Lightfoot & Wolfville Vineyards

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.
On the 15th (Sat), stop by Haskapa, tour the pleasant surroundings at Graves Island Provincial Park, then explore and take pictures at Bluenose II, and finally examine the collection at Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. John's Anglican Church, then stop by Amos Pewter, then stop by Have A Yarn, and finally identify plant and animal life at The Ovens Natural Park.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Lunenburg trip builder tool .

Getting from Wolfville to Lunenburg by car takes about 1.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Lunenburg are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Lunenburg

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Shopping

Side Trips

Mahone Bay, The Ovens Natural Park, Graves Island Provincial Park
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Graves Island Provincial Park ©
Graves Island Provincial Park
St. John's Anglican Church ©
St. John's Anglican Church
Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic ©
Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic

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