36 days in Nova Scotia Itinerary

36 days in Nova Scotia Itinerary

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36 days in Nova Scotia Itinerary

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


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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Black Brook Beach and Ingonish Beach. Spend the 6th (Mon) exploring nature at Cape Breton Highlands National Park. There's still lots to do: cruise along Cabot Trail, tee off at Highlands Links Golf Course, trek along Middle Head Trail, and don't miss a visit to Christopher Gorey Gallery.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Ingonish road trip planning tool .

Deer Lake to Ingonish is an approximately 7-hour flight. Traveling from Deer Lake in August, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Ingonish, with lows around 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can go by car to Baddeck.

Things to do in Ingonish

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Cape Breton Island
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Cape Breton Highlands National Park ©
Ingonish Beach ©
Ingonish Beach
Black Brook Beach ©
Black Brook Beach

5
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Highland Village (in Iona), Dalem Lake Provincial Park (in Boularderie) and Ben Eoin Provincial Park (in Ben Eoin). There's still lots to do: browse the exhibits of Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site, stop by Woodsmiths, explore the activities along Bras d'Or Lake, and admire the sheer force of Uisge Ban Falls.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Baddeck journey builder .

Traveling by car from Ingonish to Baddeck takes 1.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Baddeck are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can drive to Louisbourg.

Things to do in Baddeck

Parks Outdoors Golf

Side Trips

Englishtown, Cape Breton Island, Dalem Lake Provincial Park, Ben Eoin Provincial Park, Highland Village
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Bras d'Or Lake ©
Bras d'Or Lake
Highland Village ©
Highland Village

3
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. Venture out of the city with trips to Dominion Beach Provincial Park (in Dominion), Cape Breton Miners' Museum (in Glace Bay) and Sydney (United Heritage Church & The Big Fiddle). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site, enjoy the sea views from Louisbourg Lighthouse, enjoy the sand and surf at Kennington Cove Beach, and trek along Skyline Trail.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Louisbourg trip itinerary website .

Traveling by car from Baddeck to Louisbourg takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In August, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Halifax.

Things to do in Louisbourg

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

7
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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Clam Harbour Beach and Lawrencetown Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Halifax: Peggy's Cove (William deGarthe Art Gallery, Peggy's Cove Lighthouse, & more) and Crystal Crescent Beach Provincial Park (in Sambro). Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Halifax Public Gardens, take in the waterfront at Halifax Waterfront Boardwalk, get a sense of history and politics at Province House, and take some stellar pictures from Halifax Citadel National Historic Site of Canada.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Halifax day trip planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Louisbourg to Halifax in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can drive to Lunenburg.

Things to do in Halifax

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

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

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.
Relax by the water at Rissers Beach Provincial Park and Hirtle's Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Lunenburg: Cleveland Beach Provincial Park (in Hubbards), Bayswater Beach Provincial Park (in Bayswater) and Graves Island Provincial Park (in Chester). There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at St. John's Anglican Church, look for gifts at Have A Yarn, examine the collection at Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic, and identify plant and animal life at The Ovens Natural Park.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Lunenburg trip builder site .

Traveling by car from Halifax to Lunenburg takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In August, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Yarmouth.

Things to do in Lunenburg

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Mahone Bay, Cleveland Beach Provincial Park, Rissers Beach Provincial Park, Hirtle's Beach, Graves Island Provincial Park
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Rissers Beach Provincial Park ©
Rissers Beach Provincial Park
Hirtle's Beach ©
Hirtle's Beach
Bayswater Beach Provincial Park ©
Bayswater Beach Provincial Park

5
nights
Yarmouth

Yarmouth ©
Yarmouth is a port town located on the Bay of Fundy in southwestern Nova Scotia, Canada. You'll get in some beach time at Port Maitland Beach Provincial Park and Crescent Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Yarmouth: June Deveau Galerie Studio (in Saint-Alphonse), Ocean Explorations Whale Cruises (in Tiverton) and Le Village Historique Acadien de la Nouvelle-Ecosse (in Lower West Pubnico). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Mavillette Beach Provincial Park, examine the collection at Yarmouth County Museum and Archives, get outside with Yarmouth Links, and enjoy the sand and surf at Roseway Beach.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Yarmouth day trip website .

Traveling by car from Lunenburg to Yarmouth takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Annapolis Royal.

Things to do in Yarmouth

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Shelburne, Port Maitland Beach Provincial Park, Le Village Historique Acadien de la Nouvelle-Ecosse, Ocean Explorations Whale Cruises, June Deveau Galerie Studio
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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. Venture out of the city with trips to Digby (Maud Lewis Replica House, Prim Point Lighthouse, & more), Annapolis Valley Macdonald Museum (in Middleton) and Belliveau Cove Municipal Park (in Belliveaus Cove). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens, contemplate the long history of Fort Anne National Historic Site, examine the collection at Admiral Digby Museum, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Mickey Hill Provincial Park.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Annapolis Royal tour itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Yarmouth to Annapolis Royal takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In September, daily temperatures in Annapolis Royal can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Wolfville.

Things to do in Annapolis Royal

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Digby, Belliveau Cove Municipal Park, Annapolis Valley Macdonald Museum, Margaretsville Lighthouse
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Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens ©
Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens
Fort Anne National Historic Site ©
Fort Anne National Historic Site
Port-Royal National Historic Site ©

3
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. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): learn about winemaking at Luckett Vineyards, contemplate the long history of Grand Pre National Historic Site, and then learn more about the world around you at Joggins Fossil Cliffs Centre. On your second day here, trek along Cape Split Trailhead, don't miss a visit to Ross Creek Centre for the Arts, and then do a tasting at Lightfoot & Wolfville Vineyards.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Wolfville travel route builder site .

Getting from Annapolis Royal to Wolfville by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in September, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Wolfville

Wineries Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

St. John's Anglican Church and Cemetery, Joggins Fossil Cliffs Centre, Ross Creek Centre for the Arts, Grand Pre National Historic Site, Cape Split Trailhead
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Luckett Vineyards ©
Luckett Vineyards
Joggins Fossil Cliffs Centre ©
Joggins Fossil Cliffs Centre
Grand Pre National Historic Site ©
Grand Pre National Historic Site

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