18 days in Nova Scotia & Charlottetown Itinerary

18 days in Nova Scotia & Charlottetown Itinerary

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18 days in Nova Scotia & Charlottetown Itinerary

Start: Tucson
Fly:  12​h 30​min
1
Halifax
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Springhill
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h
3
Charlottetown
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Tatamagouche
— Few hours
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6​h 45​min
5
Cheticamp, Cape Breton Island
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Ingonish, Cape Breton Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Baddeck, Cape Breton Island
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  3​h 30​min
8
Halifax
— 3 nights
Fly:  12​h 30​min
End: Tucson

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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.
Visit Lawrencetown Beach and Rainbow Haven Beach Provincial Park for some beach relaxation. Do some cultural sightseeing at Grand Pre National Historic Site and St. Paul's Church. Explore Halifax's surroundings by going to Grand Pre (Domaine de Grand Pre, Tangled Garden, &more). The adventure continues: stroll the grounds of Old Burying Ground, appreciate the history behind The Emigrant Statue, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Garrison Brewing Co., and contemplate the long history of York Redoubt National Historic Site.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Halifax road trip tool .

Tucson, USA to Halifax is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Atlantic Standard Time (AST) is 3 hours. While traveling from Tucson, expect cooler days and a bit cooler nights in Halifax, ranging from highs of 73°F to lows of 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel to Springhill.

Things to do in Halifax

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Grand Pre, Rainbow Haven Beach Provincial Park, Sullivan's Pond, Lawrencetown Beach
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St. Paul's Church ©
St. Paul's Church
Lawrencetown Beach ©
Lawrencetown Beach
Grand Pre National Historic Site ©
Grand Pre National Historic Site

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Springhill

Springhill ©
Springhill is a community located in central Cumberland County, Nova Scotia, Canada.The community was originally named "Springhill Mines." Coal mining lead to economic growth, with its incorporation as a town in 1889. On the 25th (Sat), examine the collection at Anne Murray Centre and then see the interesting displays at Springhill Miners' Museum.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Springhill visit website .

You can drive from Halifax to Springhill in 2 hours. In July, daytime highs in Springhill are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Charlottetown.

Things to do in Springhill

Museums
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Anne Murray Centre ©
Anne Murray Centre
Springhill Miners' Museum ©
Springhill Miners' Museum

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Charlottetown

Charlottetown ©
The largest city on Prince Edward Island, Charlottetown remains small enough for easy exploration on foot.
Popular historic sites such as Lucy Maud Montgomery Birthplace and Great George Street Historic District are in your itinerary. Take a break from the city and head to Cabot Beach Provincial Park and Green Gable Alpacas. When in Charlottetown, make a side trip to see Acadian Museum in Miscouche, approximately Miscouche away. The adventure continues: indulge your thirst for a good beer at PEI Brewing Company, learn about winemaking at Matos Winery & Distillery, sample the fine beverages at Deep Roots Distillery, and get outside with The Hughes-Jones Centre for People and Animals.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Charlottetown road trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Springhill to Charlottetown takes 2 hours. July in Charlottetown sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 58°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Tatamagouche.

Things to do in Charlottetown

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lucy Maud Montgomery Birthplace, Cabot Beach Provincial Park, Green Gable Alpacas, Deep Roots Distillery, Acadian Museum
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Acadian Museum ©
Acadian Museum
Cabot Beach Provincial Park ©
Cabot Beach Provincial Park
Lucy Maud Montgomery Birthplace ©
Lucy Maud Montgomery Birthplace

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Tatamagouche

Tatamagouche
Tatamagouche is a village in Colchester County, Nova Scotia, Canada.Tatamagouche is situated on the Northumberland Strait 50 kilometres north of Truro and 50 kilometres west of Pictou. To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Tatamagouche travel route planning app .

Getting from Charlottetown to Tatamagouche by car takes about 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 77°F in July, and nighttime lows around 55°F. You'll set off for Cheticamp on the 28th (Tue).

Things to do in Tatamagouche

Museums Outdoors Parks
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Cheticamp, Cape Breton Island

Cheticamp ©
Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Peter's Church, examine the collection at Centre de la Mi-careme, view the masterpieces at Cape Breton Photography Gallery, then look for gifts at Proud To Be Hookers, and finally explore the galleries of Sunset Art Gallery. Here are some ideas for day two: hike along Gypsum Mine Trail, then visit a coastal fixture at Caveau Point Rear Range Lighthouse, and then make a trip to Cheticamp Harbour Range Front Lighthouse.

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Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Tatamagouche to Cheticamp. In July, daytime highs in Cheticamp are 74°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can go by car to Ingonish.

Things to do in Cheticamp

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Centre de la Mi-careme
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Saint Peter's Church ©
Saint Peter's Church
Centre de la Mi-careme ©
Centre de la Mi-careme

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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.
On the 31st (Fri), hike along White Point Hiking Trail, kick back and relax at Black Brook Beach, then trek along Green Cove Trail, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Bog Trail, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Dingwall Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Sat): get outside with Freshwater Lake Lookoff, then trek along Warren Lake Trail, then stroll through North Bay Beach, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Broad Cove Trailhead.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Ingonish journey maker.

You can drive from Cheticamp to Ingonish in 2 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Ingonish can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Baddeck.

Things to do in Ingonish

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Cape Breton Island, Freshwater Lake Lookoff, Dingwall Beach
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Bog Trail ©
Bog Trail
White Point Hiking Trail ©
White Point Hiking Trail
Warren Lake Trail ©
Warren Lake Trail

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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.
Take a break from the city and head to Baddeck Forks Golf Course and Bell Bay Golf Club. Your inner history buff will appreciate Jost House Museum and St. Michael's Catholic Church. Change things up with these side-trips from Baddeck: Sydney (Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design & St. George's Anglican Church & Graveyard). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sea views from Kidston Island Lighthouse, admire the landmark architecture of Victoria County Court House, pause for some serene contemplation at Greenwood United Church, and take in the waterfront at Baddeck’s Boardwalk.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Baddeck trip planner.

Traveling by car from Ingonish to Baddeck takes 1.5 hours. In August in Baddeck, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 57°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Halifax.

Things to do in Baddeck

Historic Sites Museums Golf

Side Trip

Sydney
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Victoria County Court House ©
Victoria County Court House
Jost House Museum ©
Jost House Museum
Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design ©

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Halifax

Halifax ©
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): sample the tasty concoctions at Sea Level Brewing, do a tasting at Planters Ridge, then do a tasting at Gaspereau Vineyards, and finally kick back and relax at Blue Beach. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at Freak LunchBox, contemplate the long history of Province House, get curious at Discovery Centre, then learn more about the world around you at Sea Turtle Centre, and finally sample the fine beverages at Halifax Distillery Co..

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Traveling by combination of car and flight from Baddeck to Halifax takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You will have some time to spend on the 7th (Fri) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Halifax

Museums Childrens Museums Wineries

Side Trips

Port Williams, Blue Beach, Gaspereau Vineyards
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Gaspereau Vineyards ©
Gaspereau Vineyards
Planters Ridge ©
Planters Ridge
Blue Beach ©
Blue Beach

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