17 days in Nova Scotia Itinerary

17 days in Nova Scotia Itinerary

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17 days in Nova Scotia Itinerary

Start: Timmins
Fly:  12​h 15​min
Grand Pre
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Annapolis Royal
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Mavillette
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Lunenburg
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Halifax
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  3​h 15​min
Louisbourg, Cape Breton Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Baddeck, Cape Breton Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Ingonish, Cape Breton Island
— 4 nights
Fly:  13​h 15​min
End: Timmins

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Grand Pre

Grand Pre ©
Grand-Pré is a Canadian rural community in Kings County, Nova Scotia. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Grand Pre National Historic Site, learn about winemaking at Lightfoot & Wolfville Vineyards, then get a taste of the local shopping with Acadia University Art Gallery, then learn about winemaking at Benjamin Bridge, and finally do a tasting at Luckett Vineyards.

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Timmins to Grand Pre is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Atlantic Standard Time is 1 hour. In July, daily temperatures in Grand Pre can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Annapolis Royal.

Things to do in Grand Pre

#Wineries, #Historic Sites, #Shopping

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

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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 27th (Fri): don't miss a visit to ARTsPLACE, steep yourself in history at Fort Anne National Historic Site, then don't miss a visit to Annapolis Tidal Generating Station, then see the interesting displays at Port-Royal National Historic Site, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens.

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Drive from Grand Pre to Annapolis Royal in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in July, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel to Mavillette.

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#Parks, #Wildlife, #Historic Sites
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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

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Mavillette

Mavillette ©
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): stroll through 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 visit a coastal fixture at Cape St. Mary's Lighthouse.

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Traveling by car from Annapolis Royal to Mavillette takes 1.5 hours. In July, Mavillette is slightly colder than Annapolis Royal - with highs of 22°C and lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Lunenburg.

Things to do in Mavillette

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

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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

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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 29th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. John's Anglican Church, then enjoy the sand and surf at Hirtle's Beach, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at The Ovens Natural Park. On your second day here, explore and take pictures at Bluenose II, step off the mainland to explore Tancook Island, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Rissers Beach Provincial Park.

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You can drive from Mavillette to Lunenburg in 3 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Mavillette in July since evenings lows in Lunenburg dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can go by car to Halifax.

Things to do in Lunenburg

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Rissers Beach Provincial Park, The Ovens Natural Park, Hirtle's Beach, Tancook Island
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The Ovens Natural Park ©
The Ovens Natural Park
St. John's Anglican Church ©
St. John's Anglican Church
Rissers Beach Provincial Park ©
Rissers Beach Provincial Park

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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.
Step out of the city life by going to Point Pleasant Park and Sullivan's Pond. Get some historical perspective at Peggy's Cove Lighthouse and Fairview Lawn Cemetery. Change things up with a short trip to Lawrencetown Beach in East Lawrencetown (about 36 minutes away). There's lots more to do: get great views at Halifax Citadel National Historic Site of Canada, admire the natural beauty at Halifax Public Gardens, steep yourself in history at Province House, and take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Paul's Church.

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Traveling by car from Lunenburg to Halifax takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Louisbourg.

Things to do in Halifax

#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Museums

Side Trips

Sullivan's Pond, Peggy's Cove Lighthouse, Lawrencetown Beach
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Peggy's Cove Lighthouse ©
Peggy's Cove Lighthouse
St. Paul's Church ©
St. Paul's Church

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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. On the 3rd (Fri), contemplate the long history of Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site, then make a trip to The Big Fiddle, and then stroll through Skyline Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Sat): examine the collection at Cape Breton Miners' Museum, enjoy the sand and surf at Dominion Beach Provincial Park, then stop by Ed's Books and More, and finally enjoy the sea views from Louisbourg Lighthouse.

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Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Halifax to Louisbourg takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In August, daytime highs in Louisbourg are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Baddeck.

Things to do in Louisbourg

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

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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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): stop by Cape Breton Clay, don't miss a visit to The Water's Edge Gallery of Fine Art & Crafts, then contemplate the long history of Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site, then enjoy the sea views from Kidston Island Lighthouse, and finally play a few rounds at Bell Bay Golf Club. On the 6th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic scenery at Uisge Ban Falls, hit the slopes at Ski Tuonela, and then steep yourself in history at Highland Village.

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Drive from Louisbourg to Baddeck in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In August, daytime highs in Baddeck are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Ingonish.

Things to do in Baddeck

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Historic Sites

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Highland Village, Cape Breton Clay
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Ski Tuonela ©
Ski Tuonela
Highland Village ©
Highland Village

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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.
Take a break from the city and head to Cape Breton Highlands National Park and Black Brook Beach. The adventure continues: admire all the interesting features of Cabot Trail, enjoy the sand and surf at Ingonish Beach, hike along Broad Cove Trailhead, and stroll through Middle Head Trail.

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Traveling by car from Baddeck to Ingonish takes 1.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Ingonish can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. On the 10th (Fri), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Ingonish

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature

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Cape Breton Island
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Cape Breton Highlands National Park ©
Cabot Trail ©
Cabot Trail
Middle Head Trail ©
Middle Head Trail

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