30 days in Nova Scotia Itinerary

30 days in Nova Scotia Itinerary

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30 days in Nova Scotia Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly + taxi:  4​h 30​min
1
Louisbourg, Cape Breton Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Baddeck, Cape Breton Island
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Ingonish, Cape Breton Island
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
4
Sherbrooke
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
5
Joggins
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Annapolis Royal
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Lunenburg
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
8
Halifax
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Toronto


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 1st (Sun): visit a coastal fixture at Louisbourg Lighthouse. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site and then kick back and relax at Kennington Cove Beach.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Louisbourg trip planner .

Toronto to Louisbourg is an approximately 4.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Toronto to Louisbourg. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Toronto in September: high temperatures in Louisbourg hover around 23°C and lows are around 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can go by car to Baddeck.

Things to do in Louisbourg

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

The Big Fiddle, Skyline Trail, Cape Breton Miners' Museum
Find places to stay Sep 1 — 3:
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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.
You'll explore and learn at Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site and Margaree Salmon Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Baddeck: Highland Village (in Iona), Woodsmiths (in Englishtown) and MacDonald House Museum (in East Lake Ainslie). There's still lots to do: admire the sheer force of Uisge Ban Falls, stop by Baadeck Yarns, contemplate the waterfront views at Bras d'Or Lake, and enjoy the sea views from Kidston Island Lighthouse.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Baddeck day trip site .

Drive from Louisbourg to Baddeck in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In September, daily temperatures in Baddeck can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Ingonish.

Things to do in Baddeck

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cape Breton Island, MacDonald House Museum, Dalem Lake Provincial Park, Margaree Salmon Museum, Highland Village
Find places to stay Sep 3 — 7:
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Uisge Ban Falls ©
Uisge Ban Falls
Margaree Salmon Museum ©
Margaree Salmon Museum

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.
Spend the 8th (Sun) exploring nature at Cape Breton Highlands National Park. There's lots more to do: take a memorable drive along Cabot Trail, don't miss a visit to Christopher Gorey Gallery, experience rural life at Groovy Goat Farm & Soap Company, and trek along Middle Head Trail.

To see traveler tips and tourist information, use the Ingonish trip itinerary website .

Drive from Baddeck to Ingonish in 1.5 hours. In September in Ingonish, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel to Sherbrooke.

Things to do in Ingonish

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Cape Breton Island
Find places to stay Sep 7 — 11:
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Cape Breton Highlands National Park ©
Cabot Trail ©
Cabot Trail
Middle Head Trail ©
Middle Head Trail

2
nights
Sherbrooke

Sherbrooke ©
Appreciate the collections at Sherbrooke Village and Pictou County Military Museum. Explore Sherbrooke's surroundings by going to Nova Scotia Museum of Industry (in Stellarton), Carmichael Stewart House Museum (in New Glasgow) and Antigonish (Peace by Chocolate & Highlands Games).

To see where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Sherbrooke trip itinerary planning site .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Ingonish to Sherbrooke. In September, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel to Joggins.

Things to do in Sherbrooke

Museums Fun & Games Parks

Side Trips

Antigonish, Pictou County Military Museum, Carmichael Stewart House Museum, Nova Scotia Museum of Industry
Find places to stay Sep 11 — 14:
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Sherbrooke Village ©
Sherbrooke Village
Nova Scotia Museum of Industry ©
Nova Scotia Museum of Industry
Pictou County Military Museum ©
Pictou County Military Museum

3
nights
Joggins

Joggins ©
Museum-lovers will appreciate Joggins Fossil Cliffs Centre and Springhill Miners' Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Joggins side-trips: Cape Chignecto Provincial Park (in Advocate Harbour), Age of Sail Heritage Museum (in Port Greville) and Pugwash (Thinkers' Lodge National Historic Site & Northumberland Links Golf Club).

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Joggins trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Sherbrooke to Joggins in 3 hours. In September in Joggins, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel to Annapolis Royal.

Things to do in Joggins

Wildlife Parks Museums

Side Trips

Pugwash, Amherst Point Bird Sanctuary, Cape Chignecto Provincial Park, Springhill Miners' Museum, Age of Sail Heritage Museum
Find places to stay Sep 14 — 17:
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Cape Chignecto Provincial Park ©
Cape Chignecto Provincial Park
Joggins Fossil Cliffs Centre ©
Joggins Fossil Cliffs Centre
Springhill Miners' Museum ©
Springhill Miners' Museum

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. Le Village Historique Acadien de la Nouvelle-Ecosse and Port-Royal National Historic Site will appeal to museum buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Yarmouth (Cape Forchu Lightstation & Pelton-Fuller House), Ocean Explorations Whale Cruises (in Tiverton) and Crooked Timber Books (in Digby). There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens, enjoy the sand and surf at Mavillette Beach Provincial Park, steep yourself in history at Fort Anne National Historic Site, and stroll through Port Maitland Beach Provincial Park.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Annapolis Royal online trip planner .

You can drive from Joggins to Annapolis Royal in 4 hours. In September in Annapolis Royal, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can drive to Lunenburg.

Things to do in Annapolis Royal

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Yarmouth, Ocean Explorations Whale Cruises, Le Village Historique Acadien de la Nouvelle-Ecosse, Mavillette Beach Provincial Park, Crooked Timber Books
Find places to stay Sep 17 — 21:
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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.
You'll explore and learn at Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic and Ross Farm Museum. Explore Lunenburg's surroundings by going to Grand Pre National Historic Site (in Grand Pre), Rissers Beach Provincial Park (in Petite Riviere) and Graves Island Provincial Park (in Chester). There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at St. John's Anglican Church, stop by Have A Yarn, identify plant and animal life at The Ovens Natural Park, and explore and take pictures at Bluenose II.

To see more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Lunenburg route builder site .

You can drive from Annapolis Royal to Lunenburg in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in September, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to drive to Halifax.

Things to do in Lunenburg

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Mahone Bay, Grand Pre National Historic Site, Ross Farm Museum, The Ovens Natural Park, Graves Island Provincial Park
Find places to stay Sep 21 — 25:
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Graves Island Provincial Park ©
Graves Island Provincial Park
Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic ©
Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic
Ross Farm Museum ©
Ross Farm Museum

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.
Let the collections at Maritime Museum of the Atlantic and Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History capture your imagination. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Halifax: Peggy's Cove (Peggy's Cove Lighthouse & Swissair Flight 111 Memorial) and Lawrencetown Beach (in East Lawrencetown). And it doesn't end there: get great views at Halifax Citadel National Historic Site of Canada, take an in-depth tour of Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Paul's Church, and take a leisurely stroll along Halifax Waterfront Boardwalk.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Halifax trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by car from Lunenburg to Halifax takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. September in Halifax sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Halifax

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Peggy's Cove, Dartmouth, Lawrencetown Beach
Find places to stay Sep 25 — 30:
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