26 days in Nova Scotia Itinerary

26 days in Nova Scotia Itinerary

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26 days in Nova Scotia Itinerary

Start: Vancouver
+2
Fly + bus + Drive:  9​h 30​min
1
Lunenburg
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Port Maitland
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Annapolis Royal
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Halifax
— 6 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
Ingonish
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Baddeck
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Louisbourg
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  10​h 15​min
End: Vancouver

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.
Explore Lunenburg's surroundings by going to Rissers Beach Provincial Park (in Petite Riviere), Grand Pre National Historic Site (in Grand Pre) and Graves Island Provincial Park (in Chester). Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. John's Anglican Church, see the interesting displays at Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic, look for gifts at Have A Yarn, and identify plant and animal life at The Ovens Natural Park.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Lunenburg sightseeing planner .

Vancouver to Lunenburg is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and car; or drive. You'll lose 4 hours traveling from Vancouver to Lunenburg due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Vancouver in June, expect nights in Lunenburg to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are little chillier, around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Port Maitland.

Things to do in Lunenburg

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Mahone Bay, Rissers Beach Provincial Park, The Ovens Natural Park, Grand Pre National Historic Site, Graves Island Provincial Park
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Graves Island Provincial Park ©
Graves Island Provincial Park
St. John's Anglican Church ©
St. John's Anglican Church
Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic ©
Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic

2
nights
Port Maitland

Port Maitland ©
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): take in the exciting artwork at Hubert and Belle's, then kick back and relax at Mavillette Beach Provincial Park, and then stroll through Port Maitland Beach Provincial Park. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Pelton-Fuller House, then enjoy the sea views from Cape Forchu Lightstation, and then explore and take pictures at Ocean Explorations Whale Cruises.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Port Maitland day trip tool .

Traveling by car from Lunenburg to Port Maitland takes 3 hours. In June in Port Maitland, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 10°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to travel to Annapolis Royal.

Things to do in Port Maitland

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Yarmouth, Ocean Explorations Whale Cruises, Mavillette Beach Provincial Park
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Port Maitland Beach Provincial Park ©
Ocean Explorations Whale Cruises ©
Ocean Explorations Whale Cruises
Cape Forchu Lightstation ©
Cape Forchu Lightstation

4
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. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Annapolis Royal: Digby (Sandy Cove Beach & Prim Point Lighthouse). The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens, play a few rounds at Annapolis Royal Golf & Country Club, don't miss a visit to Annapolis Tidal Generating Station, and see the interesting displays at HMCS CFB Cornwallis Military Museum.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Annapolis Royal trip planner .

Traveling by car from Port Maitland to Annapolis Royal takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Port Maitland in June, expect nights in Annapolis Royal to be about the same, around 11°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can drive to Halifax.

Things to do in Annapolis Royal

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Museums

Side Trips

Digby, Bear River Vineyards, HMCS CFB Cornwallis Military Museum
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Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens ©
Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens
Fort Anne National Historic Site ©
Fort Anne National Historic Site

6
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Halifax: SS Atlantic Heritage Park (in Terence Bay) and Peggy's Cove (Peggy's Cove Lighthouse & Swissair Flight 111 Memorial). And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Halifax Public Gardens, take a leisurely stroll along Halifax Waterfront Boardwalk, ponder the world of politics at Province House, and get lost in a book at Halifax Central Library.

To see ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Halifax trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Annapolis Royal to Halifax takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of car, ferry, and flight. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in June, and nighttime lows around 11°C. On the 20th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Ingonish.

Things to do in Halifax

#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Museums

Side Trips

Peggy's Cove, Sullivan's Pond, SS Atlantic Heritage Park
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Halifax Public Gardens ©
Halifax Public Gardens
Maritime Museum of the Atlantic ©
Maritime Museum of the Atlantic

4
nights
Ingonish

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.
When in Ingonish, make a side trip to see Whale Interpretive Centre in Pleasant Bay, approximately 1h 10 min away. Spend the 21st (Thu) exploring nature at Cape Breton Highlands National Park. There's much more to do: take a memorable drive along Cabot Trail, tee off at Highlands Links Golf Course, trek along Skyline Trail, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Middle Head Trail.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Ingonish trip itinerary maker tool .

Getting from Halifax to Ingonish by combination of flight and car takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. In June, daytime highs in Ingonish are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can go by car to Baddeck.

Things to do in Ingonish

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Trails

Side Trips

Cape Breton Island, Whale Interpretive Centre
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Cape Breton Highlands National Park ©
Cabot Trail ©
Cabot Trail
Middle Head Trail ©
Middle Head Trail

4
nights
Baddeck

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Baddeck: Doug Fraser Art Gallery and Sculptural Garden (in Inverness), Highland Village (in Iona) and Margaree Salmon Museum (in Margaree Valley). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site, contemplate the waterfront views at Bras d'Or Lake, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Glenora Inn and Distillery, and play a few rounds at Baddeck Forks Golf Course.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Baddeck trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by car from Ingonish to Baddeck takes 2 hours. Traveling from Ingonish in June, plan for little chillier nights in Baddeck, with lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Louisbourg.

Things to do in Baddeck

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature

Side Trips

Cape Breton Island, Doug Fraser Art Gallery and Sculptural Garden, Hall of the Clans, Highland Village, Margaree Salmon Museum
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Bras d'Or Lake ©
Bras d'Or Lake
Highland Village ©
Highland Village

2
nights
Louisbourg

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. Start off your visit on the 29th (Fri): look for gifts at Ed's Books and More, then don't miss a visit to The Big Fiddle, then examine the collection at Cape Breton Miners' Museum, and finally visit a coastal fixture at Louisbourg Lighthouse. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Sydney and Louisbourg Railway Museum and then contemplate the long history of Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Louisbourg tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Baddeck to Louisbourg takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Baddeck in June since evenings lows in Louisbourg dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Louisbourg

#Museums, #Historic Sites, #Shopping

Side Trips

Sydney, Cape Breton Miners' Museum
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Cape Breton Miners' Museum ©
Cape Breton Miners' Museum
Louisbourg Lighthouse ©
Louisbourg Lighthouse

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