34 days in Nova Scotia Itinerary

34 days in Nova Scotia Itinerary

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34 days in Nova Scotia Itinerary

Detroit
Fly:  12​h 15​min
Pleasant Bay, Cape Breton Island
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
Baddeck, Cape Breton Island
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Louisbourg, Cape Breton Island
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
Antigonish
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Maitland
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
Mavillette
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Mahone Bay
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Halifax
— 7 nights
Fly + bus:  6​h 45​min
Detroit

4
days
Pleasant Bay, Cape Breton Island

Pleasant Bay ©
Pleasant Bay is a community on the western coast of Cape Breton Island, on the shore of the Gulf of St. Take a break from the city and head to Cape Breton Highlands National Park and Cabot Trail. Relax by the water at Black Brook Beach and Ingonish Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Pleasant Bay: Ingonish (Bog Trail, Middle Head Trail, & more). The adventure continues: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Pleasant Bay trip planner .

Detroit, USA to Pleasant Bay is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. Traveling from Detroit to Pleasant Bay, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Detroit in August, things will get little chillier in Pleasant Bay: highs are around 69°F and lows about 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Baddeck.

Things to do in Pleasant Bay

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature

Side Trips

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

5
days
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.
Get in touch with nature at Bras d'Or Lake and Uisge Ban Falls. Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site and Highland Village will appeal to history buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Baddeck: Woodsmiths (in Englishtown), Indian Brook (Leather Works by Jolene, Colouratura Art Gallery, & more) and Glass Artisans Gallery (in North Shore). The adventure continues: stop by Baadeck Yarns, enjoy the sand and surf at West Mabou Beach Provincial Park, hit the slopes at Ski Tuonela, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Big Spruce Brewing.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Baddeck trip planner .

Traveling by car from Pleasant Bay to Baddeck takes 2 hours. In August in Baddeck, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 57°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can go by car to Louisbourg.

Things to do in Baddeck

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Shopping

Side Trips

Indian Brook, Cape Breton Island, Glass Artisans Gallery, West Mabou Beach, Margaree Salmon Museum
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Bras d'Or Lake ©
Bras d'Or Lake
Highland Village ©
Highland Village

4
days
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. Take a break from the city and head to Skyline Trail and Dominion Beach Provincial Park. Your inner history buff will appreciate Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site and Louisbourg Lighthouse. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Louisbourg: Sydney (Cape Breton Regional Library, The Big Fiddle, & more) and Cape Breton Miners' Museum (in Glace Bay). There's more to do: look for gifts at Ed's Books and More and enjoy the sand and surf at Kennington Cove Beach.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Louisbourg tour builder app .

You can drive from Baddeck to Louisbourg in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. In August, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Antigonish.

Things to do in Louisbourg

#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Sydney, Dominion Beach Provincial Park, Cape Breton Miners' Museum, Skyline Trail
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Louisbourg Lighthouse ©
Louisbourg Lighthouse
Dominion Beach Provincial Park ©
Dominion Beach Provincial Park

4
days
Antigonish

Antigonish ©
Antigonish is a town in Antigonish County, Nova Scotia, Canada. We've included these beaches for you: Bayfield Beach Provincial Park and Pomquet Beach Provincial Park. Escape the urban bustle at Waterside Beach Provincial Park and Antigonish Landing Trail. Explore Antigonish's surroundings by going to Osprey Shores Golf Resort (in Guysborough), Northumberland Fisheries Museum (in Pictou) and Cape George Point Lighthouse (in Cape George). There's lots more to do: hunt for treasures at Antigonish Farmer's Market, get your game on at Highlands Games, stop by The Made In Nova Scotia Store, and enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Saint Francis Xavier University.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Antigonish travel route planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Louisbourg to Antigonish. In August in Antigonish, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 59°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Maitland.

Things to do in Antigonish

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trips

Pictou, Cape George Point Lighthouse, Pomquet Beach Provincial Park, Bayfield Beach Provincial Park, Osprey Shores Golf Resort
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Osprey Shores Golf Resort ©
Osprey Shores Golf Resort
Antigonish Farmer's Market ©
Antigonish Farmer's Market
Cape George Point Lighthouse ©
Cape George Point Lighthouse

3
days
Maitland

Maitland ©
Get in touch with nature at Northumberland Links Golf Club and Cochrane Family Farm. Shop till you drop at Masstown Market and Inklings in Wood. Explore Maitland's surroundings by going to Grand Pre National Historic Site (in Grand Pre), Jost Vineyards (in Malagash) and Truro (Victoria Park & Sea Shell Design Clothing Store).

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Maitland trip planner .

Getting from Antigonish to Maitland by car takes about 2 hours. Traveling from Antigonish in September, Maitland is a bit cooler at night with lows of 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Mavillette.

Things to do in Maitland

#Outdoors, #Shopping, #Golf

Side Trips

Truro, Cochrane Family Farm, Grand Pre National Historic Site, East Hants Historical Society, Northumberland Links Golf Club
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Masstown Market ©
Masstown Market
Grand Pre National Historic Site ©
Northumberland Links Golf Club ©
Northumberland Links Golf Club

3
days
Mavillette

Mavillette ©
Relax by the water at Port Maitland Beach Provincial Park and Mavillette Beach Provincial Park. Your inner history buff will appreciate Fort Anne National Historic Site and Cape Forchu Lightstation. Explore Mavillette's surroundings by going to Annapolis Royal (Port-Royal National Historic Site & Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens), Yarmouth (Pelton-Fuller House & Art Gallery of Nova Scotia - Western Branch) and Le Village Historique Acadien de la Nouvelle-Ecosse (in Lower West Pubnico).

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Mavillette travel route builder app .

You can drive from Maitland to Mavillette in 3.5 hours. When traveling from Maitland in September, plan for little chillier days in Mavillette, with highs around 63°F, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to travel to Mahone Bay.

Things to do in Mavillette

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

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

3
days
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. Step out of the city life by going to Rissers Beach Provincial Park and Cleveland Beach Provincial Park. You'll get in some beach time at Hirtle's Beach and Queensland Beach Provincial Park. And it doesn't end there: look for gifts at Amos Pewter, pause for some serene contemplation at St. John's Anglican Church, and view the masterpieces at The Moorings Gallery.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Mahone Bay trip planning website .

You can drive from Mavillette to Mahone Bay in 3 hours. In September in Mahone Bay, expect temperatures between 66°F during the day and 55°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can travel to Halifax.

Things to do in Mahone Bay

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Cleveland Beach Provincial Park, Hirtle's Beach, Queensland Beach Provincial Park, Rissers Beach Provincial Park, St. John's Anglican Church
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Rissers Beach Provincial Park ©
Rissers Beach Provincial Park
St. John's Anglican Church ©
St. John's Anglican Church
Hirtle's Beach ©
Hirtle's Beach

7
days
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.
For shopping fun, head to Sweet Spot Chocolate Shop or Pearl & Daisy Natural Soap Company. Get some historical perspective at Peggy's Cove Lighthouse and Halifax Citadel National Historic Site of Canada. Venture out of the city with trips to Clam Harbour Beach (in Clam Harbour), Swissair Flight 111 Memorial (in Peggy's Cove) and Crystal Crescent Beach Provincial Park (in Sambro). Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Halifax Public Gardens, browse the fresh offerings at Halifax Seaport Farmer's Market, kick back and relax at Lawrencetown Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at McCormacks Beach Provincial Park.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Halifax tour itinerary builder website .

Traveling by car from Mahone Bay to Halifax takes an hour. In September, daytime highs in Halifax are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Halifax

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Peggy's Cove, Clam Harbour Beach, Lawrencetown Beach, McCormacks Beach Provincial Park, Crystal Crescent Beach Provincial Park
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Clam Harbour Beach ©
Clam Harbour Beach
Peggy's Cove Lighthouse ©
Peggy's Cove Lighthouse

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