18 days in Nova Scotia Itinerary

18 days in Nova Scotia Itinerary

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Louisbourg, Cape Breton Island
— 1 night
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Ingonish, Cape Breton Island
— 2 nights
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Baddeck, Cape Breton Island
— 2 nights
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Wolfville
— 3 nights
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Annapolis Royal
— 2 nights
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Tiverton
— 1 night
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Lunenburg
— 2 nights
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Halifax
— 4 nights
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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. The harbour had been used by European mariners since at least the 1590s, when it was known as English Port and Havre à l'Anglois. Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): explore the galleries of Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Louisbourg Lighthouse Coastal Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: discover the riches below the earth's surface at Cape Breton Miners' Museum, don't miss a visit to The Big Fiddle, and then visit a coastal fixture at Louisbourg Lighthouse.

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Toronto to Louisbourg is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Atlantic Standard Time (AST) is 1 hour. In February, daily temperatures in Louisbourg can reach 0°C, while at night they dip to -11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can go by car to Ingonish.

Things to do in Louisbourg

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

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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 (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Cape Breton Highlands National Park. On your second day here, admire the sheer force of Chutes Mary Ann Falls, trek along Green Cove Trail, then trek along Middle Head Trail, and finally stroll through Ingonish Beach.

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Traveling by car from Louisbourg to Ingonish takes 2.5 hours. In February, plan for daily highs up to 0°C, and evening lows to -11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can drive to Baddeck.

Things to do in Ingonish

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): indulge your thirst for a good beer at Big Spruce Brewing, deepen your understanding at The Gaelic College, and then take a memorable drive along Cabot Trail. On your second day here, admire the sheer force of Uisge Ban Falls, then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Michael's Catholic Church, and finally contemplate the long history of Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Baddeck trip planner.

Getting from Ingonish to Baddeck by car takes about 1.5 hours. Traveling from Ingonish in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Baddeck, with lows of -15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can fly to Wolfville.

Things to do in Baddeck

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Scenic Drive

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Wolfville

— 3 nights
Wolfville is a Canadian town in the Annapolis Valley, Kings County, Nova Scotia, located about 100km northwest of the provincial capital, Halifax. Explore hidden gems such as Domaine de Grand Pre and Gaspereau Vineyards. Get in touch with nature at Cape Split Trailhead and Blomidon Provincial Park. Go for a jaunt from Wolfville to Noel to see Burntcoat Head Park about 1h 10 min away. There's still lots to do: learn about winemaking at Lightfoot & Wolfville Vineyards, get a taste of the local shopping with Henny Penny's Farm Market, steep yourself in history at Grand Pre National Historic Site, and take in the waterfront at Hall's Harbour.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Wolfville trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Baddeck to Wolfville takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Baddeck in February since evenings lows in Wolfville dip to -10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Annapolis Royal.

Things to do in Wolfville

Wineries · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

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Annapolis Royal

— 2 nights
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 26th (Fri), make a trip to Annapolis Tidal Generating Station, steep yourself in history at Fort Anne National Historic Site, then do a tasting at Annapolis Highland Vineyards, and finally enjoy the sea views from Prim Point Lighthouse. On the 27th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kejimkujik National Park & National Historic Site, then admire the natural beauty at Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens, and then examine the collection at Port-Royal National Historic Site.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Annapolis Royal trip maker app.

Getting from Wolfville to Annapolis Royal by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. In February, plan for daily highs up to 0°C, and evening lows to -10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Tiverton.

Things to do in Annapolis Royal

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Nature

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Tiverton

— 1 night
Tiverton is a small village located on the northeast tip of Long Island, Nova Scotia. Start off your visit on the 28th (Sun): get up close to creatures of the deep with Petit Pasage Whale Watch, then take a tour of Ocean Explorations Whale Cruises, and then trek along Balancing Rock Trail.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Tiverton trip planner.

You can drive from Annapolis Royal to Tiverton in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Annapolis Royal in February, Tiverton is a bit warmer at night with lows of -5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to travel to Lunenburg.

Things to do in Tiverton

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours

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Lunenburg

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Mon): stop by Amos Pewter, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. John's Anglican Church, then sample the fine beverages at Ironworks Distillery, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Lunenburg Historic District. On your second day here, examine the collection at Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then trek along Gaff Point Trail.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Lunenburg online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Tiverton to Lunenburg in 3 hours. In February, plan for daily highs up to 1°C, and evening lows to -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Halifax.

Things to do in Lunenburg

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Tours · Museums

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Halifax

— 4 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.
Escape the urban bustle at River Rafting & Tubing and Fundy Tidal Bore Adventures. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Wine Tours & Tastings and Swissair Flight 111 Memorial. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Halifax: Peggy's Cove Lighthouse (in Peggy's Cove) and Truro Tidal Bore Viewing Visitor Centre (in Truro). There's still lots to do: brush up on your military savvy at Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Paul's Church, contemplate the long history of Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, and take in nature's colorful creations at Halifax Public Gardens.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Halifax online journey builder.

Drive from Lunenburg to Halifax in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Lunenburg in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Halifax, with lows of -6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Halifax

Tours · Wineries · Historic Sites · Museums

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Nova Scotia travel guide

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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.