17 days in Nova Scotia Itinerary

17 days in Nova Scotia Itinerary

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17 days in Nova Scotia Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly + Drive:  9​h
1
Lunenburg
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
2
Annapolis Royal
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
3
Baddeck, Cape Breton Island
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Cheticamp, Cape Breton Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Ingonish, Cape Breton Island
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Louisbourg, Cape Breton Island
— 1 night
7
Halifax
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Washington DC

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at St. John's Anglican Church, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, then walk around Graves Island Provincial Park, and finally stop by Haskapa. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Ironworks Distillery, and then look for all kinds of wild species at The Ovens Natural Park.

To find reviews and more tourist information, read Lunenburg trip itinerary planning site .

Washington DC, USA to Lunenburg is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington DC to Lunenburg is 1 hour. Traveling from Washington DC in July, you will find days in Lunenburg are much colder (69°F), and nights are little chillier (59°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can go by car to Annapolis Royal.

Things to do in Lunenburg

Parks Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

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

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 6th (Sat): examine the collection at Port-Royal National Historic Site, then make a trip to Annapolis Tidal Generating Station, then steep yourself in history at Fort Anne National Historic Site, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Sun): get in on the family fun at Upper Clements Parks.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Annapolis Royal online trip maker .

Traveling by car from Lunenburg to Annapolis Royal takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Lunenburg in July: highs in Annapolis Royal hover around 78°F, while lows dip to 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Baddeck.

Things to do in Annapolis Royal

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

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): cruise along Cabot Trail, then stop by Baadeck Yarns, and then browse the exhibits of Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire all the interesting features of The Gaelic College, take a leisurely stroll along Baddeck’s Boardwalk, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Michael's Catholic Church, then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Victoria County Court House.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Baddeck trip planner .

Getting from Annapolis Royal to Baddeck by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry, flight, and taxi; or take a bus. July in Baddeck sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 56°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Cheticamp.

Things to do in Baddeck

Outdoors Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Cape Breton Island
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Cabot Trail ©
Cabot Trail
The Gaelic College ©
The Gaelic College

2
nights
Cheticamp, Cape Breton Island

Cheticamp ©
On the 10th (Wed), take a leisurely stroll along Inverness Beach Boardwalk, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Cheticamp Island Beach, and then examine the collection at Les Trois Pignons. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Peter's Church, then trek along Skyline Trail, and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Cheticamp online trip planner .

Getting from Baddeck to Cheticamp by car takes about 1.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Cheticamp are 74°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Ingonish.

Things to do in Cheticamp

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Skyline Trail, Inverness Beach Boardwalk, Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Skyline Trail ©
Skyline Trail
Les Trois Pignons ©
Les Trois Pignons
Inverness Beach Boardwalk ©
Inverness Beach Boardwalk

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.
Spend the 12th (Fri) exploring nature at Cape Breton Highlands National Park. There's still lots to do: hike along Middle Head Trail, enjoy the sand and surf at North Bay Beach, tee off at Highlands Links Golf Course, and stroll through Ingonish Beach.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Ingonish trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Cheticamp to Ingonish in 2 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Louisbourg.

Things to do in Ingonish

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Cape Breton Island
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Cape Breton Highlands National Park ©
Middle Head Trail ©
Middle Head Trail
Highlands Links Golf Course ©
Highlands Links Golf Course

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 15th (Mon): take in the waterfront at Louisbourg Boardwalk Park and Boat Launch, contemplate the long history of Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kennington Cove Beach.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Louisbourg trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Ingonish to Louisbourg takes 2.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Louisbourg can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to travel to Halifax.

Things to do in Louisbourg

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Halifax: Peggy's Cove (Swissair Flight 111 Memorial, Peggy's Cove Lighthouse, & more). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Halifax Citadel National Historic Site of Canada, take a leisurely stroll along Halifax Waterfront Boardwalk, admire the natural beauty at Halifax Public Gardens, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Alexander Keith's Brewery.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Halifax trip builder tool .

Getting from Louisbourg to Halifax by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in July, and nighttime lows around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Halifax

Museums Historic Sites 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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