15 days in Nova Scotia Itinerary

15 days in Nova Scotia Itinerary

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15 days in Nova Scotia Itinerary

Start: Montreal
Fly + taxi:  5​h 45​min
1
Louisbourg, Cape Breton Island
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Ingonish, Cape Breton Island
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Baddeck, Cape Breton Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
4
Annapolis Royal
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Grand Pre
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Lunenburg
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Halifax
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Montreal

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 11th (Mon): visit a coastal fixture at Louisbourg Lighthouse.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Louisbourg trip builder app .

Montreal to Louisbourg is an approximately 6-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Montreal to Louisbourg, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Montreal in June; daily highs in Louisbourg reach 19°C and lows reach 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Ingonish.

Things to do in Louisbourg

#Historic Sites, #Museums
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Louisbourg Lighthouse ©
Louisbourg Lighthouse

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Middle Head Trail and Groovy Goat Farm & Soap Company. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Ingonish Beach. Take a break from Ingonish with a short trip to Saint Peter's Church in Cheticamp, about 1h 20 min away. Spend the 15th (Fri) exploring nature at Cape Breton Highlands National Park.

For where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Ingonish trip builder tool .

Getting from Louisbourg to Ingonish by car takes about 3 hours. June in Ingonish sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to drive to Baddeck.

Things to do in Ingonish

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature

Side Trips

Dolphin & Whale Watching, Saint Peter's Church
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Middle Head Trail ©
Middle Head Trail
Ingonish Beach ©
Ingonish Beach
Cape Breton Highlands National Park ©

2
nights
Baddeck, Cape Breton Island

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 16th (Sat): admire the sheer force of Uisge Ban Falls, then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and then visit a coastal fixture at Kidston Island Lighthouse.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Baddeck road trip site .

Traveling by car from Ingonish to Baddeck takes 2 hours. Traveling from Ingonish in June, plan for slightly colder nights in Baddeck, with lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Annapolis Royal.

Things to do in Baddeck

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

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. On the 18th (Mon), grab your bike and head to Kejimkujik National Park & National Historic Site, see the interesting displays at Port-Royal National Historic Site, and then steep yourself in history at Fort Anne National Historic Site. On the 19th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sea views from Prim Point Lighthouse, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint Bernard, and then learn about winemaking at Bear River Vineyards.

To find reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Annapolis Royal visit planner.

You can drive from Baddeck to Annapolis Royal in 6 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Baddeck in June, things will get somewhat warmer in Annapolis Royal: highs are around 24°C and lows about 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Grand Pre.

Things to do in Annapolis Royal

#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Wildlife

Side Trips

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

1
night
Grand Pre

Grand Pre ©
Grand-Pré is a Canadian rural community in Kings County, Nova Scotia. Start off your visit on the 20th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Grand Pre National Historic Site, learn about winemaking at Luckett Vineyards, then do a tasting at Domaine de Grand Pre, and finally learn about winemaking at Blomidon Estate Winery.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Grand Pre route planner.

Drive from Annapolis Royal to Grand Pre in 1.5 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Grand Pre can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Lunenburg.

Things to do in Grand Pre

#Wineries, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Luckett Vineyards, Blomidon Estate Winery
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Grand Pre National Historic Site ©
Grand Pre National Historic Site
Luckett Vineyards ©
Luckett Vineyards
Domaine de Grand Pre ©
Domaine de Grand Pre

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.
On the 21st (Thu), explore and take pictures at Bluenose II, sample the fine beverages at Ironworks Distillery, look for gifts at Lexicon Books, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. John's Anglican Church, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Hirtle's Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Beach Meadows Beach Park and then enjoy the sand and surf at Rissers Beach Provincial Park.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Lunenburg attractions planning site .

You can drive from Grand Pre to Lunenburg in 1.5 hours. When traveling from Grand Pre in June, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Lunenburg: temperatures range from 19°C by day to 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Halifax.

Things to do in Lunenburg

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Rissers Beach Provincial Park, Hirtle's Beach, Beach Meadows Beach 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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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Lawrencetown Beach and Old Burying Ground. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Halifax Citadel National Historic Site of Canada and Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. Get out of town with these interesting Halifax side-trips: Crystal Crescent Beach Provincial Park (in Sambro) and Peggy's Cove Lighthouse (in Peggy's Cove). There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Halifax Public Gardens, look for gifts at Rousseau Chocolatier, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Paul's Church, and contemplate the waterfront views at Sullivan's Pond.

To find photos and more tourist information, refer to the Halifax trip planner .

Getting from Lunenburg to Halifax by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. June in Halifax sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Halifax

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sullivan's Pond, Lawrencetown Beach, Crystal Crescent Beach Provincial Park, Peggy's Cove Lighthouse
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Lawrencetown Beach ©
Lawrencetown Beach
Peggy's Cove Lighthouse ©
Peggy's Cove Lighthouse

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