15 days in Nova Scotia Itinerary

15 days in Nova Scotia Itinerary

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15 days in Nova Scotia Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis
Fly:  12​h 30​min
1
Mavillette
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Annapolis Royal
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Peggy's Cove
— 2 nights
+3
taxi + bus + Fly + taxi:  4​h
4
Louisbourg
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Baddeck
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Ingonish
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
7
East Lawrencetown
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h 30​min
End: Minneapolis

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Mavillette

Mavillette ©
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Mavillette Beach Provincial Park, then kick back and relax at Port Maitland Beach Provincial Park, then view the masterpieces at Hubert and Belle's, and finally don't miss a visit to Cape St. Mary's Lighthouse.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Mavillette travel route planner .

Minneapolis, USA to Mavillette is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Minneapolis to Mavillette, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Minneapolis in September, plan for slightly colder days in Mavillette, with highs around 63°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel to Annapolis Royal.

Things to do in Mavillette

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Port Maitland
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Port Maitland Beach Provincial Park ©
Hubert and Belle's ©
Hubert and Belle's
Cape St. Mary's Lighthouse ©
Cape St. Mary's Lighthouse

2
nights
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 22nd (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens, make a trip to Annapolis Tidal Generating Station, see the interesting displays at Port-Royal National Historic Site, then take in the exciting artwork at Westside Studio, and finally contemplate the long history of Fort Anne National Historic Site. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to ARTsPLACE, relax in the rural setting at Nova Scotia Blueberries Halliday Farms, visit a coastal fixture at Prim Point Lighthouse, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Annapolis Basin Look Off Provincial Park, and finally don't miss a visit to Maud Lewis Replica House.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Annapolis Royal trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Mavillette to Annapolis Royal in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Mavillette in September, expect nights in Annapolis Royal to be about the same, around 50°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 70°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can go by car to Peggy's Cove.

Things to do in Annapolis Royal

#Parks, #Historic Sites, #Museums

Side Trip

Digby
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Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens ©
Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens
Fort Anne National Historic Site ©
Fort Anne National Historic Site
Port-Royal National Historic Site ©
Port-Royal National Historic Site

2
nights
Peggy's Cove

Peggy's Cove ©
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): appreciate the history behind Swissair Flight 111 Memorial, then kick back and relax at Bayswater Beach Provincial Park, and then kick back and relax at Crystal Crescent Beach Provincial Park. On the next day, enjoy the sea views from Peggy's Cove Lighthouse, then stroll through Cleveland Beach Provincial Park, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Queensland Beach Provincial Park.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Peggy's Cove online trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Annapolis Royal to Peggy's Cove in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In September, daily temperatures in Peggy's Cove can reach 68°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can travel to Louisbourg.

Things to do in Peggy's Cove

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Queensland Beach Provincial Park, Bayswater Beach Provincial Park, Crystal Crescent Beach Provincial Park, Cleveland Beach Provincial Park
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Queensland Beach Provincial Park ©
Queensland Beach Provincial Park
Bayswater Beach Provincial Park ©
Bayswater Beach Provincial Park

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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. Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site, then look for gifts at Ed's Books and More, and then trek along Skyline Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Cape Breton Miners' Museum, enjoy the sand and surf at Dominion Beach Provincial Park, then don't miss a visit to The Big Fiddle, and finally visit a coastal fixture at Louisbourg Lighthouse.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Louisbourg road trip planning tool .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Peggy's Cove to Louisbourg takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In September, daytime highs in Louisbourg are 68°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Baddeck.

Things to do in Louisbourg

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sydney, Skyline Trail, Cape Breton Miners' Museum, Dominion Beach Provincial Park
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Dominion Beach Provincial Park ©
Dominion Beach Provincial Park
Cape Breton Miners' Museum ©
Cape Breton Miners' Museum

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Baddeck

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 28th (Fri): stop by Baadeck Yarns, make a trip to The Water's Edge Gallery of Fine Art & Crafts, browse the exhibits of Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site, then enjoy the sea views from Kidston Island Lighthouse, and finally tee off at Bell Bay Golf Club. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sat): admire the sheer force of Uisge Ban Falls, then fly down the slopes at Ski Tuonela, and then contemplate the long history of Highland Village.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Baddeck trip itinerary tool .

You can drive from Louisbourg to Baddeck in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. In September, daily temperatures in Baddeck can reach 68°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Ingonish.

Things to do in Baddeck

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Historic Sites

Side Trip

Highland Village
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Ski Tuonela ©
Ski Tuonela
Highland Village ©
Highland Village

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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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Mon): hike along Middle Head Trail, enjoy the sand and surf at Ingonish Beach, and then kick back and relax at Black Brook Beach.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Ingonish online trip maker .

Getting from Baddeck to Ingonish by car takes about 1.5 hours. In September in Ingonish, expect temperatures between 68°F during the day and 50°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to travel to East Lawrencetown.

Things to do in Ingonish

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Black Brook Beach
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Cape Breton Highlands National Park ©
Ingonish Beach ©
Ingonish Beach
Black Brook Beach ©
Black Brook Beach

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nights
East Lawrencetown

East Lawrencetown ©
Visit Lawrencetown Beach and Clam Harbour Beach for some beach relaxation. Venture out of the city with trips to Sullivan's Pond (in Dartmouth) and Halifax (Halifax Citadel National Historic Site of Canada, Halifax Public Gardens, & more).

For ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our East Lawrencetown driving holiday planning app .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Ingonish to East Lawrencetown. Traveling from Ingonish in October, East Lawrencetown is a bit warmer at night with lows of 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in East Lawrencetown

#Parks, #Museums, #Beaches

Side Trips

Halifax, Clam Harbour Beach, Sullivan's Pond
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Halifax Public Gardens ©
Halifax Public Gardens
Clam Harbour Beach ©
Clam Harbour Beach
Lawrencetown Beach ©
Lawrencetown Beach

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