15 days in Nova Scotia Itinerary

15 days in Nova Scotia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Nova Scotia route planner

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Fly to Sydney / J.A. Douglas McCurdy Airport, Drive to Louisbourg
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Louisbourg, Cape Breton Island
— 1 night
Drive
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Ingonish, Cape Breton Island
— 2 nights
Drive
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Baddeck, Cape Breton Island
— 2 nights
Fly
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Halifax
— 5 nights
Drive
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Lunenburg
— 4 nights
Drive to Halifax / Stanfield International Airport, Fly to London Heathrow Airport

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Louisbourg, Cape Breton Island

— 1 night
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 18th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Kennington Cove Beach, then steep yourself in history at Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site, and then take in the waterfront at Louisbourg Boardwalk Park and Boat Launch.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Louisbourg travel route planner.

London, UK to Louisbourg is an approximately 15-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Atlantic Standard Time (AST), which is usually a -4 hour difference. In December, Louisbourg is a bit cooler than London - with highs of 2°C and lows of -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Ingonish.

Things to do in Louisbourg

Museums · Historic Sites · Beaches · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 17 — 18:

Ingonish, Cape Breton Island

— 2 nights
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 19th (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cape Breton Highlands National Park. On the next day, stroll through Middle Head Trail, hike along Green Cove Trail, and then look for gifts at Salty Rose's and the Periwinkle Café.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Ingonish trip builder tool.

You can drive from Louisbourg to Ingonish in 2.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 2°C, and evening lows to -5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can go by car to Baddeck.

Things to do in Ingonish

Parks · Nature · Shopping · Outdoors
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Baddeck, Cape Breton Island

— 2 nights
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 21st (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Ski Tuonela and then take a memorable drive along Cabot Trail. On your second day here, look for gifts at Baadeck Yarns, stroll through Ski Ben Eoin, and then get a dose of the wild on Bird Island Boat Tours.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Baddeck trip planner.

You can drive from Ingonish to Baddeck in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Ingonish in December, expect nights in Baddeck to be about the same, around -7°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can travel to Halifax.

Things to do in Baddeck

Outdoors · Parks · Scenic Drive · Winter Sports

Side Trips

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Halifax

— 5 nights
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.
Bring the kids along to Maritime Museum of the Atlantic and Halifax Public Gardens. Change things up with these side-trips from Halifax: Peggy's Cove (Peggy's Cove Lighthouse & William E. deGarthe Memorial Provincial Park). There's lots more to do: learn about all things military at Halifax Citadel National Historic Site of Canada, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Paul's Church, steep yourself in history at Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, and buy something for everyone on your list at Dartmouth Crossing.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Halifax trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by flight from Baddeck to Halifax takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 2°C in December, and nighttime lows around -5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Lunenburg.

Things to do in Halifax

Side Trips

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Lunenburg

— 4 nights
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.
Kids will enjoy Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic and Shelburne's Historic Waterfront Museums By The Sea. Change things up with these side-trips from Lunenburg: Graves Island Provincial Park (in Chester), Dory Shop Museum (in Shelburne) and Pine Grove Park (in Milton). There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. John's Anglican Church, examine the collection at Halifax & Southwestern Railway Museum, look for gifts at Lexicon Books, and explore the galleries of Purcell Family Art Gallery.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Lunenburg tour planner.

Drive from Halifax to Lunenburg in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December in Lunenburg, expect temperatures between 5°C during the day and -1°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Lunenburg

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 27 — 31:

Nova Scotia travel guide

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Historic Sites · Military Museums · Gardens
Small in terms of land area, Nova Scotia nevertheless encompasses nearly 3,800 islands floating in the Atlantic just off Canada's mainland. A vacation in Nova Scotia is understandably an ocean-based experienced, allowing you to stay within 60 km (40 mi) of the water no matter where you choose to base your adventure. Stay near the ocean, and you'll find mostly lighthouses and small settlements living off lobster fishing. Drive or cycle inland, and the landscape changes dramatically, with pretty orchards and photogenic highlands dominating the geography everywhere you look. For urban amenities during your Nova Scotia holiday, look no farther than provincial capital Halifax, offering the region's biggest range of shopping, dining, and entertainment options.