24 days in Nova Scotia Itinerary

24 days in Nova Scotia Itinerary

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24 days in Nova Scotia Itinerary

Start: Calgary
Fly:  10​h
1
Joggins
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Annapolis Royal
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Lunenburg
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Halifax
— 5 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h
5
Baddeck, Cape Breton Island
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Ingonish, Cape Breton Island
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Glace Bay, Cape Breton Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  9​h 45​min
End: Calgary


3
nights
Joggins

Joggins ©
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): take an in-depth tour of Age of Sail Heritage Museum, then see the interesting displays at Anne Murray Centre, and then see the interesting displays at Springhill Miners' Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Tue): look for gifts at Sweet Brier Boutique, then explore the striking landscape at Partridge Island, and then get a new perspective on nature at Joggins Fossil Cliffs Centre.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Joggins trip itinerary site .

Calgary to Joggins is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Atlantic Standard Time (AST) is 3 hours. Traveling from Calgary in September, plan for a bit warmer nights in Joggins, with lows around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can travel to Annapolis Royal.

Things to do in Joggins

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Parrsboro, Springhill, Age of Sail Heritage Museum
Find places to stay Sep 2 — 5:
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Joggins Fossil Cliffs Centre ©
Joggins Fossil Cliffs Centre
Springhill Miners' Museum ©
Springhill Miners' Museum
Age of Sail Heritage Museum ©
Age of Sail Heritage Museum

3
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. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Fort Anne National Historic Site and Port-Royal National Historic Site. Visit Prim Point Lighthouse and Eglise Saint Bernard for their historical value. Go for a jaunt from Annapolis Royal to Tiverton to see Ocean Explorations Whale Cruises about 1h 10 min away. The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens, don't miss a visit to Annapolis Tidal Generating Station, and get outside with Melanson Settlement National Historic Site.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Annapolis Royal attractions planner .

You can drive from Joggins to Annapolis Royal in 4 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Lunenburg.

Things to do in Annapolis Royal

Historic Sites Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Ocean Explorations Whale Cruises, Prim Point Lighthouse, Eglise Saint Bernard
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Fort Anne National Historic Site ©
Port-Royal National Historic Site ©
Port-Royal National Historic Site
Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens ©
Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens

3
nights
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.
Visit St. John's Anglican Church and Grand Pre National Historic Site for their historical value. Take a break from the city and head to The Ovens Natural Park and Rissers Beach Provincial Park. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic, view the masterpieces at Daniel Richards Gallery, explore and take pictures at Bluenose II, and look for gifts at The Lunenburg Makery.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Lunenburg road trip app .

Traveling by car from Annapolis Royal to Lunenburg takes 2.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Halifax.

Things to do in Lunenburg

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Suttles & Seawinds, Hirtle's Beach, Grand Pre National Historic Site, Rissers Beach Provincial Park, The Ovens Natural Park
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The Ovens Natural Park ©
The Ovens Natural Park
St. John's Anglican Church ©
St. John's Anglican Church
Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic ©
Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic

5
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.
Get in touch with nature at Point Pleasant Park and Lawrencetown Beach. Get some historical perspective at Halifax Citadel National Historic Site of Canada and Fairview Lawn Cemetery. Get out of town with these interesting Halifax side-trips: Peggy's Cove (Swissair Flight 111 Memorial & Peggy's Cove Lighthouse). The adventure continues: learn about all things military at Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, admire the striking features of Province House, get a new perspective on nature at Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History, and take an in-depth tour of Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Halifax road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Lunenburg to Halifax takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In September, daily temperatures in Halifax can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Baddeck.

Things to do in Halifax

Historic Sites Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Dartmouth, Peggy's Cove, Lawrencetown Beach
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Maritime Museum of the Atlantic ©
Maritime Museum of the Atlantic
Peggy's Cove Lighthouse ©
Peggy's Cove Lighthouse

3
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.
Get some historical perspective at Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site and Highland Village. Get a sense of the local culture at Margaree Salmon Museum and Kidston Island Lighthouse. There's much more to do: explore the activities along Bras d'Or Lake, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Big Spruce Brewing, stop by Baadeck Yarns, and tee off at Bell Bay Golf Club.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Baddeck trip planner .

You can drive from Halifax to Baddeck in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Baddeck when traveling from Halifax in September, with lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can drive to Ingonish.

Things to do in Baddeck

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Margaree Valley, Cape Breton Island, Highland Village
Find places to stay Sep 16 — 19:
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Margaree Salmon Museum ©
Margaree Salmon Museum
Highland Village ©
Highland Village

4
nights
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Cape Breton Highlands National Park and Middle Head Trail. Take a break from Ingonish with a short trip to Saint Peter's Church in Cheticamp, about 1h 20 min away. There's still lots to do: take a memorable drive along Cabot Trail, enjoy the sea views from St. Paul South West Lighthouse, play a few rounds at Highlands Links Golf Course, and enjoy the sand and surf at Black Brook Beach.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Ingonish trip planner.

Traveling by car from Baddeck to Ingonish takes 2 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Baddeck in September since evenings lows in Ingonish dip to 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can travel to Glace Bay.

Things to do in Ingonish

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Cape Breton Island, St. Paul South West Lighthouse, Saint Peter's Church
Find places to stay Sep 19 — 23:
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Cape Breton Highlands National Park ©
Cabot Trail ©
Cabot Trail
Middle Head Trail ©
Middle Head Trail

2
nights
Glace Bay, Cape Breton Island

Glace Bay ©
Glace Bay is a community in the eastern part of the Cape Breton Regional Municipality in Nova Scotia, Canada. Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site and then visit a coastal fixture at Louisbourg Lighthouse. On your second day here, make a trip to The Big Fiddle, then explore the galleries of Jost House Museum, and then examine the collection at Cape Breton Miners' Museum.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Glace Bay travel route builder tool .

Traveling by car from Ingonish to Glace Bay takes 2.5 hours. September in Glace Bay sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Glace Bay

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Louisbourg, Sydney
Find places to stay Sep 23 — 25:
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Cape Breton Miners' Museum ©
Cape Breton Miners' Museum
Louisbourg Lighthouse ©
Louisbourg Lighthouse

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