26 days in Nova Scotia Itinerary

26 days in Nova Scotia Itinerary

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26 days in Nova Scotia Itinerary

Start: Regina
Fly:  9​h 15​min
Maitland
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Annapolis Royal
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Mahone Bay
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Halifax
— 5 nights
Fly + taxi:  3​h 15​min
Louisbourg, Cape Breton Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Baddeck, Cape Breton Island
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Ingonish, Cape Breton Island
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  8​h 30​min
End: Regina

2
nights
Maitland

Maitland ©
Shop till you drop at Masstown Market and Sea Shell Design Clothing Store. Grand Pre National Historic Site and Wallace and Area Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Maitland: Truro (Truro Farmers' Market & Victoria Park), Northumberland Links Golf Club (in Pugwash) and Blue Beach (in Hantsport).

To see photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Maitland tour planner .

Regina to Maitland is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Atlantic Standard Time is 2 hours. In July in Maitland, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Annapolis Royal.

Things to do in Maitland

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Shopping

Side Trips

Truro, Blue Beach, Grand Pre National Historic Site, Northumberland Links Golf Club, Masstown Market
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Northumberland Links Golf Club ©
Northumberland Links Golf Club
Grand Pre National Historic Site ©
Masstown Market ©
Masstown Market

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. Appreciate the collections at Le Village Historique Acadien de la Nouvelle-Ecosse and Port-Royal National Historic Site. Visit Fort Anne National Historic Site and Cape Forchu Lightstation for their historical value. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Annapolis Royal: Port Maitland Beach Provincial Park (in Port Maitland), Mavillette Beach Provincial Park (in Mavillette) and Ocean Explorations Whale Cruises (in Tiverton). There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens, look for gifts at Lucky Rabbit Pottery, and don't miss a visit to Pelton-Fuller House.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Annapolis Royal planner .

Traveling by car from Maitland to Annapolis Royal takes 2.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Annapolis Royal are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Mahone Bay.

Things to do in Annapolis Royal

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Yarmouth, Port Maitland Beach Provincial Park, Ocean Explorations Whale Cruises, Mavillette Beach Provincial Park, Le Village Historique Acadien de la Nouvelle-Ecosse
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Port Maitland Beach Provincial Park ©
Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens ©
Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens
Fort Anne National Historic Site ©
Fort Anne National Historic Site

3
nights
Mahone Bay

Mahone Bay ©
Mahone Bay is a town located on the northwest shore of Mahone Bay along the South Shore of Nova Scotia in Lunenburg County.HistoryMahone Bay was first settled during Father Le Loutre's War. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic and St. John's Anglican Church. Escape the urban bustle at Hirtle's Beach and The Ovens Natural Park. There's much more to do: look for gifts at Amos Pewter, play a few rounds at Bluenose Golf Club, explore and take pictures at Bluenose II, and see the interesting displays at Halifax & Southwestern Railway Museum.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Mahone Bay online driving holiday planner .

You can drive from Annapolis Royal to Mahone Bay in 2 hours. While traveling from Annapolis Royal, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Mahone Bay, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to Halifax.

Things to do in Mahone Bay

#Shopping, #Outdoors, #Parks

Side Trips

Lunenburg, The Ovens Natural Park, Hirtle's Beach
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Amos Pewter ©
Amos Pewter
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 some historical perspective at Peggy's Cove Lighthouse and St. Paul's Church. Attractions like Clam Harbour Beach and Halifax Public Gardens make great kid-friendly stops. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Halifax: Lawrencetown Beach (in East Lawrencetown) and Sweet Spot Chocolate Shop (in Elmsdale). There's much more to do: take some stellar pictures from Halifax Citadel National Historic Site of Canada, get to know the fascinating history of Historic Properties, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Alexander Keith's Brewery, and kick back and relax at McCormacks Beach Provincial Park.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Halifax online tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from Mahone Bay to Halifax in an hour. In July, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to Louisbourg.

Things to do in Halifax

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Lawrencetown Beach, Peggy's Cove Lighthouse, Clam Harbour Beach, McCormacks Beach Provincial Park, Sullivan's Pond
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Maritime Museum of the Atlantic ©
Maritime Museum of the Atlantic
Peggy's Cove Lighthouse ©
Peggy's Cove Lighthouse

2
nights
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. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): discover the riches below the earth's surface at Cape Breton Miners' Museum, then hike along Skyline Trail, then look for gifts at Ed's Books and More, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at United Heritage Church. On the next day, steep yourself in history at Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site, examine the collection at Sydney and Louisbourg Railway Museum, and then visit a coastal fixture at Louisbourg Lighthouse.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Louisbourg trip itinerary app .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Halifax to Louisbourg in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Baddeck.

Things to do in Louisbourg

#Museums, #Historic Sites, #Outdoors

Side Trips

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

4
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site and Kidston Island Lighthouse. Get in touch with nature at Uisge Ban Falls and Ski Tuonela. Change things up with a short trip to Highland Village in Iona (about 58 minutes away). There's lots more to do: look for gifts at Baadeck Yarns, contemplate the waterfront views at Bras d'Or Lake, tee off at Baddeck Forks Golf Course, and sample the tasty concoctions at Big Spruce Brewing.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Baddeck day trip planning site .

Getting from Louisbourg to Baddeck by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Ingonish.

Things to do in Baddeck

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Golf

Side Trips

Cape Breton Island, Highland Village, Hall of the Clans, Cape Breton Clay
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Highland Village ©
Highland Village
Uisge Ban Falls ©
Uisge Ban Falls

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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Black Brook Beach and Ingonish Beach. Visiting Cape Breton Highlands National Park and Highlands Links Golf Course will get you outdoors. Explore Ingonish's surroundings by going to Glass Artisans Gallery (in North Shore) and Lone Shieling (in Pleasant Bay). There's much more to do: admire all the interesting features of Cabot Trail, trek along Middle Head Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cape Smokey Provincial Park, and don't miss a visit to Bog Trail.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Ingonish online tour planner .

You can drive from Baddeck to Ingonish in 1.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Ingonish are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ingonish

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature

Side Trips

Cape Breton Island, Glass Artisans Gallery, Lone Shieling
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Cape Breton Highlands National Park ©
Cabot Trail ©
Cabot Trail
Middle Head Trail ©
Middle Head Trail

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