36 days in Nova Scotia Itinerary

36 days in Nova Scotia Itinerary

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36 days in Nova Scotia Itinerary

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

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Brier Island

Brier Island
Brier Island is an island in the Bay of Fundy in Digby County, Nova Scotia.GeographyThe island is the westernmost part of Nova Scotia and the southern end of the North Mountain ridge with Long Island lying immediately northeast; both islands constitute part of the Digby Neck. For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Brier Island vacation maker site .

Toronto to Brier Island is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Atlantic Standard Time is 1 hour. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Toronto in May; daily highs in Brier Island reach 14°C and lows reach 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel to Annapolis Royal.

Things to do in Brier Island

#Wildlife, #Outdoors, #Parks
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3
days
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. Port-Royal National Historic Site and HMCS CFB Cornwallis Military Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Get some historical perspective at Fort Anne National Historic Site and Prim Point Lighthouse. Explore Annapolis Royal's surroundings by going to Cape Chignecto Provincial Park (in Advocate Harbour) and Port George Lighthouse (in Middleton). Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens, browse the eclectic array of goods at Annapolis Royal Farmers' and Traders' Market, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mickey Hill Provincial Park, and stop by Lucky Rabbit Pottery.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Annapolis Royal online vacation planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Brier Island to Annapolis Royal. While traveling from Brier Island, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Annapolis Royal, ranging from highs of 20°C to lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to drive to Yarmouth.

Things to do in Annapolis Royal

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Prim Point Lighthouse, Cape Chignecto Provincial Park, HMCS CFB Cornwallis Military Museum, Port George 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 ©
Port-Royal National Historic Site

3
days
Yarmouth

Yarmouth ©
Yarmouth is a port town located on the Bay of Fundy in southwestern Nova Scotia, Canada. Get some historical perspective at Cape Forchu Lightstation and Argyle Township Court House & Gaol. Change things up with these side-trips from Yarmouth: Le Village Historique Acadien de la Nouvelle-Ecosse (in Lower West Pubnico) and Ocean Explorations Whale Cruises (in Tiverton). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Port Maitland Beach Provincial Park, make a trip to Pelton-Fuller House, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mavillette Beach Provincial Park, and head outdoors with Yarmouth Links.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Yarmouth trip itinerary planning app .

Drive from Annapolis Royal to Yarmouth in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Annapolis Royal in May, plan for slightly colder days in Yarmouth, with highs around 14°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Lunenburg.

Things to do in Yarmouth

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trips

Argyle Township Court House & Gaol, Mavillette Beach Provincial Park, Ocean Explorations Whale Cruises, Port Maitland Beach Provincial Park, Le Village Historique Acadien de la Nouvelle-Ecosse
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3
days
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Grand Pre National Historic Site and St. John's Anglican Church. Museum-lovers will appreciate Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic and Ross Farm Museum. Take a break from Lunenburg with a short trip to Graves Island Provincial Park in Chester, about 36 minutes away. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at The Ovens Natural Park and look for gifts at Have A Yarn.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Lunenburg online travel route planner .

You can drive from Yarmouth to Lunenburg in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In May, plan for daily highs up to 14°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Halifax.

Things to do in Lunenburg

#Museums, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Grand Pre National Historic Site, Ross Farm Museum, Graves Island Provincial Park, Have A Yarn, The Ovens Natural Park
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Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic ©
Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic
Grand Pre National Historic Site ©
St. John's Anglican Church ©
St. John's Anglican Church

6
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.
Halifax Citadel National Historic Site of Canada and Historic Properties will appeal to history buffs. Appreciate the collections at Maritime Museum of the Atlantic and Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Halifax: SS Atlantic Heritage Park (in Terence Bay), Crystal Crescent Beach Provincial Park (in Sambro) and Peggy's Cove (Swissair Flight 111 Memorial & Peggy's Cove Lighthouse). There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Paul's Church, sample the tasty concoctions at Alexander Keith's Brewery, and look for gifts at Pearl & Daisy Natural Soap Company.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Halifax journey tool .

You can drive from Lunenburg to Halifax in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. In June in Halifax, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can go by car to Truro.

Things to do in Halifax

#Historic Sites, #Outdoors, #Museums

Side Trips

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

4
days
Truro

Truro ©
Truro is a town in central Nova Scotia, Canada. Museum-lovers will get to explore Joggins Fossil Cliffs Centre and Millbrook Cultural & Heritage Centre. Get out of town with these interesting Truro side-trips: Jost Vineyards (in Malagash), Inklings in Wood (in Maitland) and Noel (Burntcoat Head Park & Burntcoat Head Park). There's lots more to do: stroll through Victoria Park, fly down the slopes at Ski Wentworth, tee off at RiverRun Golf Club, and look for gifts at Truro Farmers' Market.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Truro route planning app .

You can drive from Halifax to Truro in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in June, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can go by car to Ingonish.

Things to do in Truro

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Shopping

Side Trips

Noel, Millbrook Cultural & Heritage Centre, Inklings in Wood, Jost Vineyards, Ski Wentworth
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Victoria Park ©
Victoria Park
Joggins Fossil Cliffs Centre ©
Joggins Fossil Cliffs Centre
Burntcoat Head Park ©
Burntcoat Head Park

4
days
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.
Step out of Ingonish with an excursion to Saint Peter's Church in Cheticamp--about 1h 20 min away. Spend the 13th (Wed) exploring nature at Cape Breton Highlands National Park. There's lots more to do: admire all the interesting features of Cabot Trail, make a trip to St. Paul South West Lighthouse, hike along Middle Head Trail, and play a few rounds at Highlands Links Golf Course.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Ingonish travel itinerary planner .

You can drive from Truro to Ingonish in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and car; or do a combination of bus and car. When traveling from Truro in June, plan for slightly colder days in Ingonish, with highs around 19°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to drive to Baddeck.

Things to do in Ingonish

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Trails

Side Trips

Cape Breton Island, St. Paul South West Lighthouse, Saint Peter's Church
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Cape Breton Highlands National Park ©
Saint Peter's Church ©
Saint Peter's Church
Cabot Trail ©
Cabot 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.
Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site and Margaree Salmon Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Highland Village and Kidston Island Lighthouse will appeal to history buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Baddeck: Centre de la Mi-careme (in Grand Etang), Dalem Lake Provincial Park (in Boularderie) and Colouratura Art Gallery (in Indian Brook). There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Bras d'Or Lake, hit the slopes at Ski Tuonela, make a trip to The Water's Edge Gallery of Fine Art & Crafts, and stop by Cape Breton Clay.

Plan trip to Baddeck with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can drive from Ingonish to Baddeck in 2 hours. Traveling from Ingonish in June, Baddeck is a bit cooler at night with lows of 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can drive to Louisbourg.

Things to do in Baddeck

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature

Side Trips

Margaree Valley, Cape Breton Island, Colouratura Art Gallery, Highland Village, Dalem Lake Provincial Park
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Bras d'Or Lake ©
Bras d'Or Lake
Highland Village ©
Highland Village

5
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. Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site and Cape Breton Miners' Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Explore Louisbourg's surroundings by going to Two Rivers Wildlife Park (in Huntingtion), Marconi National Historic Site of Canada (in Glace Bay) and Sydney (Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design, Centre 200, & more). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sea views from Louisbourg Lighthouse, look for gifts at Ed's Books and More, examine the collection at Sydney and Louisbourg Railway Museum, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Louisbourg Lighthouse Coastal Trail.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Louisbourg tour itinerary builder tool .

You can drive from Baddeck to Louisbourg in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Baddeck in June, plan for a bit warmer nights in Louisbourg, with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Louisbourg

#Museums, #Historic Sites, #Parks

Side Trips

Sydney, Glace Bay, Two Rivers Wildlife Park
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Cape Breton Miners' Museum ©
Cape Breton Miners' Museum
Louisbourg Lighthouse ©
Louisbourg Lighthouse

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