32 days in Nova Scotia Itinerary

32 days in Nova Scotia Itinerary

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32 days in Nova Scotia Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly + taxi:  4​h 30​min
1
Louisbourg
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Baddeck
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Ingonish
— 4 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
4
Pugwash
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Wolfville
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Annapolis Royal
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Mavillette
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
Riverport
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
9
Halifax
— 6 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
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 30th (Sat), stop by Ed's Books and More and then browse the collection at Cape Breton Regional Library. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Sun): visit a coastal fixture at Louisbourg Lighthouse, explore the galleries of Cape Breton Miners' Museum, and then hike along Skyline Trail.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Louisbourg day trip planning 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 changes from Eastern Standard Time to Atlantic Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Toronto in June: high temperatures in Louisbourg hover around 21°C and lows are around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to drive to Baddeck.

Things to do in Louisbourg

#Parks, #Historic Sites, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Sydney, Skyline Trail, Cape Breton Miners' Museum
Find places to stay Jun 30 — Jul 2:
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Cape Breton Miners' Museum ©
Cape Breton Miners' Museum
Louisbourg Lighthouse ©
Louisbourg Lighthouse

5
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site and Kidston Island Lighthouse. Get in touch with nature at The Lakes Golf Club and Bras d'Or Lake. Venture out of the city with trips to Highland Village (in Iona), Dalem Lake Provincial Park (in Boularderie) and Orangedale Railway Station Museum (in Orangedale). There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Uisge Ban Falls, hit the slopes at Ski Tuonela, play a few rounds at Bell Bay Golf Club, and look for gifts at Baadeck Yarns.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Baddeck driving holiday planner.

Drive from Louisbourg to Baddeck in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to drive to Ingonish.

Things to do in Baddeck

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Golf

Side Trips

Dalem Lake Provincial Park, Highland Village, The Lakes Golf Club, Bras d'Or Lake, Orangedale Railway Station Museum
Find places to stay Jul 2 — 7:
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Baddeck Forks Golf Course ©
Baddeck Forks Golf Course
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Cape Breton Highlands National Park and Cabot Trail. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Black Brook Beach, savor the flavors at Lighthouse Ice Cream Parlour, trek along Middle Head Trail, and enjoy the sand and surf at Ingonish Beach.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Ingonish travel planner.

You can drive from Baddeck to Ingonish in 1.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Ingonish can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel to Pugwash.

Things to do in Ingonish

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature

Side Trips

Cape Breton Island, Lighthouse Ice Cream Parlour
Find places to stay Jul 7 — 11:
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Cape Breton Highlands National Park ©
Cabot Trail ©
Cabot Trail
Middle Head Trail ©
Middle Head Trail

4
nights
Pugwash

Pugwash ©
Pugwash is a Canadian village in Cumberland County, Nova Scotia.The village is home to fishing, salt mining, and small-scale manufacturing and is situated on the Northumberland Strait at the mouth of the Pugwash River.Pugwash takes its name from the native Mi'kmaq word, "Pagweak," meaning "Shallow Water", in reference to a reef near the mouth of the harbour, making navigation through the shallow waters difficult.Pugwash sits atop a salt deposit measuring 457.2 m thick and is home to the largest underground salt mine in Atlantic Canada, with shipments from its port, as well as by rail from a facility at Oxford Junction.HistoryPugwash is famous for being the site of an international conference of scholars organized by Bertrand Russell in 1957, and hosted by Pugwash's native son, steel magnate Cyrus Eaton (1883–1979), at the lodge on property owned by the Pugwash Park Commission located just north of the village. Jost Vineyards and Anne Murray Centre are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Appreciate the collections at Joggins Fossil Cliffs Centre and Millbrook Cultural & Heritage Centre. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Pugwash: The Joggins Arts and Crafts Emporium (in Joggins), Amherst Point Bird Sanctuary (in Amherst) and Intercolonial Railway Station (in Tatamagouche). There's still lots to do: play a few rounds at Northumberland Links Golf Club, look for gifts at The Pugwash Farmers' Market, see the interesting displays at Wallace and Area Museum, and enjoy the sand and surf at Rushtons Beach Provincial Park.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Pugwash itinerary maker website .

Explore your travel options from Ingonish to Pugwash with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Wolfville.

Things to do in Pugwash

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trips

Joggins, Millbrook Cultural & Heritage Centre, Wallace and Area Museum, Intercolonial Railway Station, Port Shoreham Beach Provincial Park
Find places to stay Jul 11 — 16:
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Northumberland Links Golf Club ©
Northumberland Links Golf Club
Joggins Fossil Cliffs Centre ©
Joggins Fossil Cliffs Centre
Jost Vineyards ©
Jost Vineyards

1
night
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 17th (Tue), learn about winemaking at Domaine de Grand Pre, steep yourself in history at Grand Pre National Historic Site, then do a tasting at Benjamin Bridge, and finally do a tasting at Luckett Vineyards.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Wolfville online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Pugwash to Wolfville takes 2.5 hours. In July in Wolfville, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can go by car to Annapolis Royal.

Things to do in Wolfville

#Wineries, #Historic Sites

Side Trip

Grand Pre
Find places to stay Jul 16 — 17:
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Luckett Vineyards ©
Luckett Vineyards
Grand Pre National Historic Site ©
Grand Pre National Historic Site
Benjamin Bridge ©
Benjamin Bridge

5
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. Museum-lovers will appreciate Port-Royal National Historic Site and HMCS CFB Cornwallis Military Museum. Get a sense of the local culture at Fort Anne National Historic Site and Gilbert's Cove Lighthouse. Explore Annapolis Royal's surroundings by going to Prim Point Lighthouse (in Digby), Margaretsville Lighthouse (in Margaretsville) and McGowan Lake Fish Hatchery (in Caledonia). There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens, look for gifts at Catfish Moon Studio Crafts, visit a coastal fixture at Port George Lighthouse, and don't miss a visit to ARTsPLACE.

To find where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Annapolis Royal online trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Wolfville to Annapolis Royal in 1.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Annapolis Royal can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Mavillette.

Things to do in Annapolis Royal

#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trips

McGowan Lake Fish Hatchery, Port George Lighthouse, HMCS CFB Cornwallis Military Museum, Prim Point Lighthouse, Gilbert's Cove Lighthouse
Find places to stay Jul 17 — 22:
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Fort Anne National Historic Site ©
Fort Anne National Historic Site
Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens ©
Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens
Port-Royal National Historic Site ©
Port-Royal National Historic Site

1
night
Mavillette

Mavillette ©
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Mavillette Beach Provincial Park, then view the masterpieces at Hubert and Belle's, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Port Maitland Beach Provincial Park.

For reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Mavillette road trip tool .

You can drive from Annapolis Royal to Mavillette in 1.5 hours. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Annapolis Royal in July, with highs in Mavillette at 22°C and lows at 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to Riverport.

Things to do in Mavillette

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trip

Port Maitland
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Port Maitland Beach Provincial Park ©
Hubert and Belle's ©
Hubert and Belle's

2
nights
Riverport

Riverport ©
The area of the Riverport District communities comprise of Riverport, Lower LaHave, East LaHave and Middle LaHave, Upper and Lower Rose Bay, Upper and Lower Kingsburg, Bayport and Feltzen South. On the 24th (Tue), enjoy the sand and surf at Hirtle's Beach, identify plant and animal life at The Ovens Natural Park, and then see the interesting displays at Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. John's Anglican Church, explore and take pictures at Bluenose II, then view the masterpieces at Discord Gallery, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Rissers Beach Provincial Park.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Riverport online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Mavillette to Riverport takes 3 hours. Traveling from Mavillette in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Riverport, with lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Halifax.

Things to do in Riverport

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Lunenburg, Hirtle's Beach, Rissers Beach Provincial Park
Find places to stay Jul 23 — 25:
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The Ovens Natural Park ©
The Ovens Natural Park
St. John's Anglican Church ©
St. John's Anglican Church
Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic ©
Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic

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.
Let the collections at Maritime Museum of the Atlantic and Halifax Citadel National Historic Site of Canada capture your imagination. Take a break from the city and head to Lawrencetown Beach and Crystal Crescent Beach Provincial Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Queensland Beach Provincial Park (in Queensland), Peggy's Cove Lighthouse (in Peggy's Cove) and Clam Harbour Beach (in Clam Harbour). The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, tour the pleasant surroundings at Rainbow Haven Beach Provincial Park, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Alexander Keith's Brewery, and take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Paul's Church.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Halifax trip itinerary builder website .

Drive from Riverport to Halifax in 1.5 hours. July in Halifax sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Halifax

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Lawrencetown Beach, Queensland Beach Provincial Park, Crystal Crescent Beach Provincial Park, McCormacks Beach Provincial Park, Peggy's Cove Lighthouse
Find places to stay Jul 25 — 31:
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Peggy's Cove Lighthouse ©
Peggy's Cove Lighthouse
Maritime Museum of the Atlantic ©
Maritime Museum of the Atlantic

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