28 days in Nova Scotia Itinerary

28 days in Nova Scotia Itinerary

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28 days in Nova Scotia Itinerary

Start: Montreal, Quebec
Fly:  5​h 30​min
1
Sydney, Cape Breton Island
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Ingonish, Cape Breton Island
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Mabou, Cape Breton Island
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6​h 15​min
4
Lunenburg
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Shelburne
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Yarmouth
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
7
Halifax
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Montreal, Quebec

4
nights
Sydney, Cape Breton Island

Sydney ©
Sydney is a population centre and former city in Nova Scotia, Canada. Kids will enjoy Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site and Pondville Beach Provincial Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Ski Ben Eoin (in East Bay), Louisbourg Lighthouse Coastal Trail (in Louisbourg) and Baddeck (Ski Tuonela & Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site). There's lots more to do: hike along Cabot Trail, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Redeemer Parish, appreciate the history behind Sydney Merchant Mariners Memorial, and kick back and relax at Point Michaud Beach.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Sydney trip itinerary maker website .

Montreal to Sydney is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Montreal to Sydney is 1 hour. While traveling from Montreal, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Sydney, ranging from highs of 0°C to lows of -11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can drive to Ingonish.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Louisbourg, Baddeck, Point Michaud Beach, Cabot Trail, Pondville Beach Provincial Park
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Cabot Trail ©
Cabot Trail

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Dingwall Beach and Black Brook Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ingonish: St. Paul Island Museum & Lighthouse (in Dingwall), MacIntosh Brook Trail (in Pleasant Bay) and Acadian Trail (in Cheticamp). And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape of Cape Breton Highlands National Park, hike along Green Cove Trail, make a trip to Christopher Gorey Gallery, and grab your bike and head to Warren Lake Trail.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Ingonish trip planner.

Getting from Sydney to Ingonish by car takes about 2 hours. In February, daily temperatures in Ingonish can reach 0°C, while at night they dip to -11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Mabou.

Things to do in Ingonish

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Dingwall, Cape Breton Island, Acadian Trail, MacIntosh Brook Trail
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Cape Breton Highlands National Park ©
Middle Head Trail ©
Middle Head Trail
Warren Lake Trail ©
Warren Lake Trail

3
nights
Mabou, Cape Breton Island

Mabou ©
Change things up with these side-trips from Mabou: Margaree Salmon Museum (in Margaree Valley), Port Hawkesbury Community Park (in Port Hawkesbury) and Doug Fraser Art Gallery and Sculptural Garden (in Inverness).

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Mabou trip itinerary app .

You can drive from Ingonish to Mabou in 2 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can travel to Lunenburg.

Things to do in Mabou

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Cape Breton Island, Egypt Falls, Doug Fraser Art Gallery and Sculptural Garden, Port Hawkesbury Community Park, Margaree Salmon Museum
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Bras d'Or  Lake ©
Bras d'Or Lake
Port Hawkesbury Community Park ©
Port Hawkesbury Community Park
Egypt Falls ©
Egypt Falls

4
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.
Bring the kids along to Beach Meadows Beach Park and Hirtle's Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Chester (Lightfoot Tower Zoe Valle Memorial Library & Graves Island Provincial Park), Rissers Beach Provincial Park (in Petite Riviere) and Cape Split Trailhead (in Kentville). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Crescent Beach, examine the collection at Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic, learn about winemaking at Wine Kings, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. John's Anglican Church.

To see photos, reviews, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and more tourist information, use the Lunenburg trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Mabou to Lunenburg. In February, plan for daily highs up to 1°C, and evening lows to -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can drive to Shelburne.

Things to do in Lunenburg

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Bridgewater, Chester, Cape Split Trailhead, Beach Meadows Beach Park, Gaff Point Trail
Find places to stay Feb 13 — 17:
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Beach Meadows Beach Park ©
Beach Meadows Beach Park
Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic ©
Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic
Cape Split Trailhead ©
Cape Split Trailhead

3
nights
Shelburne

Shelburne ©
Shelburne is a town located in southwestern Nova Scotia, Canada.HistoryEarly European settlers had small subsistence farms, but most of the inhabitants' income from that time to the present have been derived from the sea. Attractions like Shelburne Museum Complex and Carter's Beach make great kid-friendly stops. Change things up with these side-trips from Shelburne: Sand Hills Beach Provincial Park (in Villagedale) and Old Burial Ground (in Liverpool). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Crescent Beach, examine the collection at Old Meeting House Museum, take an in-depth tour of Dory Shop Museum, and don't miss a visit to Focus Gallery.

To find maps, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Shelburne trip maker site .

Traveling by car from Lunenburg to Shelburne takes 1.5 hours. While traveling from Lunenburg, expect little chillier days and cooler nights in Shelburne, ranging from highs of -8°C to lows of -19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can go by car to Yarmouth.

Things to do in Shelburne

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Sand Hills Beach Provincial Park, Carter's Beach, Old Burial Ground, Old Meeting House Museum
Find places to stay Feb 17 — 20:
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Ross-Thomson House Museum ©
Ross-Thomson House Museum
Dory Shop Museum ©
Dory Shop Museum

4
nights
Yarmouth

Yarmouth ©
Yarmouth is a port town located on the Bay of Fundy in southwestern Nova Scotia, Canada. Kids will appreciate attractions like Mavillette Beach Provincial Park and Deep Sky Eye Observatory. Venture out of the city with trips to Le Village Historique Acadien de la Nouvelle-Ecosse (in Lower West Pubnico), Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens (in Annapolis Royal) and Baccaro Point Lighthouse (in Barrington). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Port Maitland Beach Provincial Park, examine the collection at Firefighters' Museum of Nova Scotia, take in the exciting artwork at Yarmouth Waterfront Gallery, and sample the tasty concoctions at Heritage Brewing Co..

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Yarmouth travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Shelburne to Yarmouth takes 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can travel to Halifax.

Things to do in Yarmouth

Museums Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Port Maitland, Argyle Township Court House & Gaol, Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens, Mavillette Beach Provincial Park, Le Village Historique Acadien de la Nouvelle-Ecosse
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Mavillette Beach Provincial Park ©
Mavillette Beach Provincial Park
Port Maitland Beach Provincial Park ©
Port Maitland Beach Provincial Park

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.
Family-friendly places like Halifax Public Gardens and Maritime Museum of the Atlantic will thrill your kids. Venture out of the city with trips to Atlantic View Trail (in Lawrencetown), Clam Harbour Beach (in Clam Harbour) and Peggy's Cove Lighthouse (in Peggy's Cove). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Halifax Citadel National Historic Site of Canada, ponder the world of politics at Province House, grab your bike and head to Dartmouth Harbourwalk Trail, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Admiral Lake Trail.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Halifax trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Drive from Yarmouth to Halifax in 3.5 hours. In February, daytime highs in Halifax are 1°C, while nighttime lows are -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Halifax

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Dartmouth, Crystal Crescent Beach Provincial Park, Peggy's Cove Lighthouse, Clam Harbour Beach, Admiral Lake Trail
Find places to stay Feb 24 — 29:
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Halifax Public Gardens ©
Halifax Public Gardens
Maritime Museum of the Atlantic ©
Maritime Museum of the Atlantic

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