24 days in Nova Scotia Itinerary

24 days in Nova Scotia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Nova Scotia trip planner

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Lunenburg
— 3 nights
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Yarmouth
— 4 nights
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Joggins
— 1 night
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Truro
— 3 nights
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Drive to Halifax / Stanfield International Airport, Fly to Sydney / J.A. Douglas McCurdy Airport, Drive to Louisbourg
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Louisbourg, Cape Breton Island
— 2 nights
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Ingonish, Cape Breton Island
— 3 nights
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Baddeck, Cape Breton Island
— 2 nights
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Halifax
— 5 nights

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Lunenburg

— 3 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Lunenburg: Graves Island Provincial Park (in Chester), Annapolis Royal (Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens & Fort Anne National Historic Site) and Old Burial Ground (in Liverpool). There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. John's Anglican Church, look for gifts at Amos Pewter, see the interesting displays at Halifax & Southwestern Railway Museum, and view the masterpieces at Laurie Swim Gallery.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Lunenburg road trip app.

Halifax to Lunenburg is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus. In April, Lunenburg is somewhat warmer than Halifax - with highs of 8°C and lows of 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can drive to Yarmouth.

Things to do in Lunenburg

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 7 — 10:

Yarmouth

— 4 nights
Yarmouth is a port town located on the Bay of Fundy in southwestern Nova Scotia, Canada. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Yarmouth: June Deveau Galerie Studio (in Saint-Alphonse), Le Village Historique Acadien de la Nouvelle-Ecosse (in Lower West Pubnico) and Shelburne (Shelburne's Museums By The Sea & Focus Gallery). There's still lots to do: relax and rejuvenate at The Style Merchant, kick back and relax at Mavillette Beach Provincial Park, steep yourself in history at Argyle Township Court House & Gaol, and stroll around Port Maitland Beach Provincial Park.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Yarmouth tour itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Lunenburg to Yarmouth in 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Joggins.

Things to do in Yarmouth

Museums · Shopping · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 10 — 14:

Joggins

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): examine the collection at Heritage Models Museum, get a dose of the wild on Fundy Treasure Tours, then learn more about the world around you at Joggins Fossil Cliffs Centre, and finally look for gifts at The Joggins Arts and Crafts Emporium.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Joggins holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Yarmouth to Joggins takes 5.5 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Joggins can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Truro.

Things to do in Joggins

Museums · Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 14 — 15:

Truro

— 3 nights
Truro is a town in central Nova Scotia, Canada. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Truro: Jost Vineyards (in Malagash), Ski Wentworth (in Wentworth) and Tatamagouche (Intercolonial Railway Station & Nelson Memorial Park). There's much more to do: stroll around Victoria Park, take in the dramatic scenery at Rogart Mountain Trail, explore the activities along Shubenacadie River, and get some fabulous bargains at Stanfield's Factory Outlet.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Truro route maker tool.

You can drive from Joggins to Truro in 1.5 hours. In April, Truro is slightly colder than Joggins - with highs of 1°C and lows of -9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can travel to Louisbourg.

Things to do in Truro

Parks · Shopping · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 15 — 18:

Louisbourg, Cape Breton Island

— 2 nights
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. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): examine the collection at Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site, stroll around Petersfield Provincial Park, and then pause for some photo ops at Sydney Merchant Mariners Memorial. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Ed's Books and More, explore the galleries of Cape Breton Miners' Museum, and then make a trip to The Big Fiddle.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Louisbourg vacation maker app.

Explore your travel options from Truro to Louisbourg with the Route module. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Truro in April; daily highs in Louisbourg reach 6°C and lows reach -2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Ingonish.

Things to do in Louisbourg

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 18 — 20:

Ingonish, Cape Breton Island

— 3 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Dingwall Harbour (in Dingwall) and Cabots Landing Provincial Park (in Cape North). Spend the 21st (Wed) exploring nature at Cape Breton Highlands National Park. There's still lots to do: hike along Middle Head Trail, make a trip to Christopher Gorey Gallery, tour the pleasant surroundings at Green Cove Trail, and stop by Salty Rose's and the Periwinkle Café.

To see where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Ingonish trip planner.

Getting from Louisbourg to Ingonish by car takes about 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in April, and nighttime lows around -2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Baddeck.

Things to do in Ingonish

Parks · Nature · Shopping · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 20 — 23:

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 24th (Sat): hit the slopes at Ski Ben Eoin, then make a trip to The Water's Edge Gallery of Fine Art & Crafts, and then contemplate the long history of Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site. On your second day here, take a memorable drive along Cabot Trail and then stroll through Ski Tuonela.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Baddeck holiday site.

Getting from Ingonish to Baddeck by car takes about 1.5 hours. While traveling from Ingonish, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Baddeck, ranging from highs of 0°C to lows of -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to travel to Halifax.

Things to do in Baddeck

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 23 — 25:

Halifax

— 5 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.
Halifax is known for museums, parks, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, learn about all things military at Halifax Citadel National Historic Site of Canada, take in the waterfront at Halifax Waterfront Boardwalk, and see the interesting displays at Shearwater Aviation Museum.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Halifax trip itinerary builder.

You can fly from Baddeck to Halifax in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In April in Halifax, expect temperatures between 0°C during the day and -2°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Halifax

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 25 — 30:

Nova Scotia travel guide

4.5
Historic Sites · Military Museums · Gardens
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.