31 days in Nova Scotia Itinerary

31 days in Nova Scotia Itinerary

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31 days in Nova Scotia Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly + taxi:  4​h 30​min
1
Louisbourg
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Baddeck
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Ingonish
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Halifax
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Wolfville
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Annapolis Royal
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Yarmouth
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
8
Lunenburg
— 5 nights
+2
Drive + bus + Fly:  6​h
End: Toronto

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. On the 23rd (Thu), enjoy the sea views from Louisbourg Lighthouse. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site and then enjoy the sand and surf at Kennington Cove Beach.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Louisbourg trip itinerary builder tool .

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. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Atlantic Standard Time (AST) is 1 hour. Traveling from Toronto in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Louisbourg, with lows of 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Baddeck.

Things to do in Louisbourg

#Museums, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Skyline Trail, Cape Breton Miners' Museum, The Big Fiddle
Find places to stay Aug 23 — 25:
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Cape Breton Miners' Museum ©
Cape Breton Miners' Museum
Louisbourg Lighthouse ©
Louisbourg Lighthouse

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site and Kidston Island Lighthouse. Change things up with these side-trips from Baddeck: Highland Village (in Iona) and Margaree Salmon Museum (in Margaree Valley). And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Bras d'Or Lake, explore and take pictures at The Gaelic College, take in the dramatic scenery at Uisge Ban Falls, and fly down the slopes at Ski Tuonela.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Baddeck trip planner.

Traveling by car from Louisbourg to Baddeck takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In August in Baddeck, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to drive to Ingonish.

Things to do in Baddeck

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature

Side Trips

Cape Breton Island, Margaree Valley, Hall of the Clans, Highland Village
Find places to stay Aug 25 — 29:
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Bras d'Or Lake ©
Bras d'Or Lake
Highland Village ©
Highland Village

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.
Spend the 30th (Thu) exploring nature at Cape Breton Highlands National Park. The adventure continues: explore and take pictures at Cabot Trail, enjoy the sand and surf at Black Brook Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Broad Cove Trailhead, and don't miss a visit to Christopher Gorey Gallery.

To see photos and other tourist information, use the Ingonish tour planning tool .

Traveling by car from Baddeck to Ingonish takes 1.5 hours. August in Ingonish sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Halifax.

Things to do in Ingonish

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Trails

Side Trip

Cape Breton Island
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Cape Breton Highlands National Park ©
Cabot Trail ©
Cabot Trail
Middle Head Trail ©
Middle Head Trail

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Halifax Citadel National Historic Site of Canada and Peggy's Cove Lighthouse. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like St. Paul's Church and SS Atlantic Heritage Park. When in Halifax, make a side trip to see Crystal Crescent Beach Provincial Park in Sambro, approximately 36 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, sample the tasty concoctions at Alexander Keith's Brewery, take an in-depth tour of Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, and get a sense of history and politics at Province House.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Halifax road trip planner .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Ingonish to Halifax in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in September, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Wolfville.

Things to do in Halifax

#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Crystal Crescent Beach Provincial Park, McCormacks Beach Provincial Park, SS Atlantic Heritage Park, Peggy's Cove Lighthouse
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Peggy's Cove Lighthouse ©
Peggy's Cove Lighthouse
Maritime Museum of the Atlantic ©
Maritime Museum of the Atlantic

2
nights
Wolfville

Wolfville ©
Wolfville is a Canadian town in the Annapolis Valley, Kings County, Nova Scotia, located about 100km northwest of the provincial capital, Halifax. On the 8th (Sat), do a tasting at Luckett Vineyards, then admire the natural beauty at Tangled Garden, then contemplate the long history of Grand Pre National Historic Site, and finally do a tasting at Domaine de Grand Pre. Here are some ideas for day two: head outdoors with Hennigar's Farmers Golf, do a tasting at Benjamin Bridge, and then do a tasting at Lightfoot & Wolfville Vineyards.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Wolfville online trip itinerary maker .

Drive from Halifax to Wolfville in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Annapolis Royal.

Things to do in Wolfville

#Wineries, #Outdoors, #Parks

Side Trip

Grand Pre
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Luckett Vineyards ©
Luckett Vineyards
Grand Pre National Historic Site ©
Lightfoot & Wolfville Vineyards ©
Lightfoot & Wolfville Vineyards

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. Visit Fort Anne National Historic Site and Eglise Saint Bernard for their historical value. Port-Royal National Historic Site and Prim Point Lighthouse are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Annapolis Royal: Gilbert's Cove Lighthouse (in Gilberts Cove), Digby (Annapolis Basin Look Off Provincial Park & Sandy Cove Beach) and Middleton (Port George Lighthouse, Memory Lane Railway Museum, & more). There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens, see the interesting displays at HMCS CFB Cornwallis Military Museum, make a trip to Annapolis Tidal Generating Station, and look for gifts at Lucky Rabbit Pottery.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Annapolis Royal trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Wolfville to Annapolis Royal in 1.5 hours. In September in Annapolis Royal, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can go by car to Yarmouth.

Things to do in Annapolis Royal

#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Museums

Side Trips

Middleton, Digby, Eglise Saint Bernard, HMCS CFB Cornwallis Military Museum, Gilbert's Cove Lighthouse
Find places to stay Sep 9 — 13:
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Fort Anne National Historic Site ©
Fort Anne National Historic Site
Port-Royal National Historic Site ©
Port-Royal National Historic Site
Prim Point Lighthouse ©
Prim Point Lighthouse

4
nights
Yarmouth

Yarmouth ©
Yarmouth is a port town located on the Bay of Fundy in southwestern Nova Scotia, Canada. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Cape Forchu Lightstation and Cape Sable Lighthouse. Venture out of the city with trips to Le Village Historique Acadien de la Nouvelle-Ecosse (in Lower West Pubnico), Ocean Explorations Whale Cruises (in Tiverton) and June Deveau Galerie Studio (in Saint-Alphonse). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Port Maitland Beach Provincial Park, shop like a local with Art Gallery of Nova Scotia - Western Branch, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mavillette Beach Provincial Park, and don't miss a visit to Pelton-Fuller House.

Make your Yarmouth itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can drive from Annapolis Royal to Yarmouth in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Lunenburg.

Things to do in Yarmouth

#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Parks

Side Trips

Port Maitland, Argyle Township Court House & Gaol, Le Village Historique Acadien de la Nouvelle-Ecosse, Mavillette Beach Provincial Park, June Deveau Galerie Studio
Find places to stay Sep 13 — 17:
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5
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate St. John's Anglican Church and Liverpool. Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic and Hooked Rug Museum of North America are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Lunenburg's surroundings by going to Graves Island Provincial Park (in Chester) and Rissers Beach Provincial Park (in Petite Riviere). Next up on the itinerary: admire all the interesting features of Bluenose II, look for gifts at Amos Pewter, enjoy the sand and surf at Hirtle's Beach, and don't miss a visit to Blue Hog Studio & Gallery.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Lunenburg vacation planning tool .

You can drive from Yarmouth to Lunenburg in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. In September, daytime highs in Lunenburg are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Lunenburg

#Parks, #Shopping, #Museums

Side Trips

Mahone Bay, Graves Island Provincial Park, Rissers Beach Provincial Park, The Ovens Natural Park, Hooked Rug Museum of North America
Find places to stay Sep 17 — 22:
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Rissers Beach Provincial Park ©
Rissers Beach Provincial Park
St. John's Anglican Church ©
St. John's Anglican Church
Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic ©
Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic

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