18 days in Nova Scotia & New Brunswick Itinerary

18 days in Nova Scotia & New Brunswick Itinerary

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18 days in Nova Scotia & New Brunswick Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly + Drive:  9​h
1
Lunenburg
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
2
Annapolis Royal
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Saint John
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Alma
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6​h 30​min
5
Ingonish, Cape Breton Island
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Baddeck, Cape Breton Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Louisbourg, Cape Breton Island
— 1 night
8
Halifax
— 3 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): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. John's Anglican Church, then take in the local highlights with Walking tours, then stroll around Graves Island Provincial Park, and finally look for gifts at Haskapa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Fri): explore and take pictures at Bluenose II, see the interesting displays at Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic, and then tee off at Bluenose Golf Club.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Lunenburg trip planner .

Washington DC, USA to Lunenburg is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Washington DC to Lunenburg due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Washington DC, expect much colder days and a bit cooler nights in Lunenburg, ranging from highs of 69°F to lows of 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

Golf Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Graves Island Provincial Park, Haskapa
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Bluenose Golf Club ©
Bluenose Golf Club
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. On the 6th (Sat), see the interesting displays at Port-Royal National Historic Site, don't miss a visit to Annapolis Tidal Generating Station, then contemplate the long history of Fort Anne National Historic Site, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens. On the 7th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick your exploration up a notch at Upper Clements Parks.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Annapolis Royal route maker app .

Traveling by car from Lunenburg to Annapolis Royal takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Lunenburg in July, you will find days in Annapolis Royal are a bit warmer (78°F), and nights are about the same (58°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can drive to Saint John.

Things to do in Annapolis Royal

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

3
nights
Saint John

Saint John ©
An important port city on New Brunswick's southeastern coast, Saint John has a long tradition of migration, especially from Ireland.
Change things up with a short trip to Fundy Trail Parkway in St. Martins (about 1h 05 min away). Next up on the itinerary: stroll around Irving Nature Park, browse the eclectic array of goods at Saint John City Market, contemplate the waterfront views at Reversing Falls, and examine the collection at New Brunswick Museum.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Saint John trip maker site .

Traveling by car from Annapolis Royal to Saint John takes 3.5 hours. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Annapolis Royal in July since evenings lows in Saint John dip to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Alma.

Things to do in Saint John

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Lepreau Falls, Fundy Trail Parkway
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Fundy Trail Parkway ©
Fundy Trail Parkway
Irving Nature Park ©
Irving Nature Park
New Brunswick Museum ©
New Brunswick Museum

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Alma

Alma ©
Alma is a village in the parish of Alma, Albert County, New Brunswick, Canada. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Fundy National Park. On the next day, kick back and relax at Waterside Beach, then explore the striking landscape at Cape Enrage, then look for all kinds of wild species at Mary's Point Bird Sanctuary/Shepody National Wildlife area, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Hopewell Rocks.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Alma road trip planning app .

Getting from Saint John to Alma by car takes about 1.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Alma can reach 72°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Ingonish.

Things to do in Alma

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Waterside, Hopewell Rocks, Mary's Point Bird Sanctuary/Shepody National Wildlife area
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Fundy National Park ©
Fundy National Park
Hopewell Rocks ©
Hopewell Rocks
Cape Enrage ©
Cape Enrage

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Cape Breton Highlands National Park. On your second day here, play a few rounds at Highlands Links Golf Course, tour the pleasant surroundings at North Bay Beach, and then stroll through Middle Head Trail.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Ingonish tour itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Alma to Ingonish. In July, daytime highs in Ingonish are 74°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to drive to Baddeck.

Things to do in Ingonish

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Cape Breton Highlands National Park ©
Middle Head Trail ©
Middle Head Trail
Highlands Links Golf Course ©
Highlands Links Golf Course

2
nights
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.
On the 15th (Mon), take in the waterfront at Baddeck’s Boardwalk, get engrossed in the history at Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Cabot Trail. On the 16th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Baadeck Yarns, admire all the interesting features of The Gaelic College, then see the interesting displays at Hall of the Clans, and finally paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Baddeck trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Ingonish to Baddeck in 1.5 hours. In July in Baddeck, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 56°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Louisbourg.

Things to do in Baddeck

Outdoors Trails Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Cape Breton Island, Hall of the Clans
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Cabot Trail ©
Cabot Trail
Hall of the Clans ©
Hall of the Clans

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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. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): take in the waterfront at Louisbourg Boardwalk Park and Boat Launch, contemplate the long history of Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Kennington Cove Beach.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Louisbourg vacation planner .

Traveling by car from Baddeck to Louisbourg takes 1.5 hours. July in Louisbourg sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 56°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to travel to Halifax.

Things to do in Louisbourg

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors
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3
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.
Explore Halifax's surroundings by going to Peggy's Cove (Swissair Flight 111 Memorial & Peggy's Cove Lighthouse). Next up on the itinerary: get great views at Halifax Citadel National Historic Site of Canada, take an in-depth tour of Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, take in nature's colorful creations at Halifax Public Gardens, and look for gifts at Rum Runners Rum Cake Factory.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Halifax road trip tool .

Traveling by flight from Louisbourg to Halifax takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July in Halifax, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 58°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to 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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