39 days in Nova Scotia Itinerary

39 days in Nova Scotia Itinerary

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39 days in Nova Scotia Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  8​h 30​min
1
Maitland
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Antigonish
— 5 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
3
Louisbourg
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Baddeck
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Pleasant Bay
— 4 nights
Drive:  8​h 15​min
6
Mavillette
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Mahone Bay
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Halifax
— 7 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Washington DC

4
nights
Maitland

Maitland ©
Do your shopping at Masstown Market and Inklings in Wood. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Maitland: Joggins Fossil Cliffs Centre (in Joggins), Truro (Sea Shell Design Clothing Store & Victoria Park) and Grand Pre National Historic Site (in Grand Pre).

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Maitland trip app .

Washington DC, USA to Maitland is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Atlantic Standard Time (AST) is 1 hour. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Washington DC in July, with highs in Maitland at 77°F and lows at 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel to Antigonish.

Things to do in Maitland

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Shopping

Side Trips

Truro, Northumberland Links Golf Club, Grand Pre National Historic Site, Jost Vineyards, Joggins Fossil Cliffs Centre
Find places to stay Jul 16 — 20:
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Masstown Market ©
Masstown Market
Joggins Fossil Cliffs Centre ©
Joggins Fossil Cliffs Centre
Grand Pre National Historic Site ©
Grand Pre National Historic Site

5
nights
Antigonish

Antigonish ©
Antigonish is a town in Antigonish County, Nova Scotia, Canada. Bring the kids along to Sherbrooke Village and Bayfield Beach Provincial Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Antigonish: Pictou (Grohmann Knives Factory Outlet, Waterside Beach Provincial Park, & more) and Pictou County Military Museum (in Westville). Next up on the itinerary: indulge your taste buds at Antigonish Farmer's Market, kick back and relax at Pomquet Beach Provincial Park, and stop by The Made In Nova Scotia Store.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Antigonish trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by car from Maitland to Antigonish takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in July, and nighttime lows around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Louisbourg.

Things to do in Antigonish

#Beaches, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Pictou, Pictou County Military Museum, Sherbrooke Village, Pomquet Beach Provincial Park, Bayfield Beach Provincial Park
Find places to stay Jul 20 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Sherbrooke Village ©
Sherbrooke Village
Antigonish Farmer's Market ©
Antigonish Farmer's Market
Pictou County Military Museum ©
Pictou County Military Museum

4
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. Popular historic sites such as Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site and Louisbourg Lighthouse are in your itinerary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Louisbourg: Cape Breton Miners' Museum (in Glace Bay), Dominion Beach Provincial Park (in Dominion) and Sydney (The Big Fiddle, Centre 200, & more). There's much more to do: stop by Ed's Books and More, stroll through Skyline Trail, enjoy the sand and surf at Kennington Cove Beach, and trek along Louisbourg Lighthouse Coastal Trail.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Louisbourg vacation maker app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Antigonish to Louisbourg. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in July, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can go by car to Baddeck.

Things to do in Louisbourg

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sydney, Dominion Beach Provincial Park, Skyline Trail, Cape Breton Miners' Museum
Find places to stay Jul 25 — 30:
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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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Baadeck Yarns and Colouratura Art Gallery. Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site and Kidston Island Lighthouse will appeal to history buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Baddeck side-trips: Margaree Salmon Museum (in Margaree Valley), Highland Village (in Iona) and Cabot Links Golf Course (in Inverness). There's much more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Uisge Ban Falls, look for gifts at Glass Artisans Gallery, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ski Tuonela, and play a few rounds at Baddeck Forks Golf Course.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Baddeck trip itinerary planning site .

You can drive from Louisbourg to Baddeck in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In July, daily temperatures in Baddeck can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel to Pleasant Bay.

Things to do in Baddeck

#Outdoors, #Golf, #Parks

Side Trips

Indian Brook, Margaree Salmon Museum, Glass Artisans Gallery, Dalem Lake Provincial Park, Big Spruce Brewing
Find places to stay Jul 30 — Aug 4:
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Baddeck Forks Golf Course ©
Baddeck Forks Golf Course
Highland Village ©
Highland Village

4
nights
Pleasant Bay

Pleasant Bay ©
Pleasant Bay is a community on the western coast of Cape Breton Island, on the shore of the Gulf of St. Relax by the water at Black Brook Beach and Ingonish Beach. Explore Pleasant Bay's surroundings by going to Ingonish (Bog Trail, Middle Head Trail, & more). Spend the 5th (Sun) exploring nature at Cape Breton Highlands National Park. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Cabot Trail and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Pleasant Bay trip itinerary builder site .

You can drive from Baddeck to Pleasant Bay in 2 hours. While traveling from Baddeck, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Pleasant Bay, ranging from highs of 69°F to lows of 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Mavillette.

Things to do in Pleasant Bay

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature

Side Trips

Ingonish, Cape Breton Island
Find places to stay Aug 4 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Cape Breton Highlands National Park ©
Cabot Trail ©
Cabot Trail
Middle Head Trail ©
Middle Head Trail

3
nights
Mavillette

Mavillette ©
Your inner history buff will appreciate Fort Anne National Historic Site and Cape Forchu Lightstation. Museum-lovers will get to explore Art Gallery of Nova Scotia - Western Branch and Le Village Historique Acadien de la Nouvelle-Ecosse. Get out of town with these interesting Mavillette side-trips: Pelton-Fuller House (in Yarmouth), Prim Point Lighthouse (in Digby) and Annapolis Royal (Port-Royal National Historic Site, Annapolis Tidal Generating Station, & more).

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Mavillette driving holiday planner .

Explore your travel options from Pleasant Bay to Mavillette with the Route module. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in August, and nighttime lows around 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Mahone Bay.

Things to do in Mavillette

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Annapolis Royal, Yarmouth, Port Maitland, Ocean Explorations Whale Cruises, Prim Point Lighthouse
Find places to stay Aug 8 — 12:
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4
nights
Mahone Bay

Mahone Bay ©
Mahone Bay is a bay located on the Atlantic coast of Nova Scotia, Canada along the eastern end of Lunenburg County. Head to Amos Pewter and Have A Yarnfor some retail therapy. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Queensland Beach Provincial Park and Cleveland Beach Provincial Park. Explore Mahone Bay's surroundings by going to Hirtle's Beach (in Rose Bay) and Rissers Beach Provincial Park (in Petite Riviere). There's lots more to do: stop by The Teazer, tee off at Osprey Ridge Golf Club, look for all kinds of wild species at The Ovens Natural Park, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. John's Anglican Church.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Mahone Bay trip planner .

Drive from Mavillette to Mahone Bay in 3 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Mahone Bay can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel to Halifax.

Things to do in Mahone Bay

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trips

Lunenburg, Hirtle's Beach, Queensland Beach Provincial Park, Osprey Ridge Golf Club, Cleveland Beach Provincial Park
Find places to stay Aug 12 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Queensland Beach Provincial Park ©
Queensland Beach Provincial Park
Hirtle's Beach ©
Hirtle's Beach
Rissers Beach Provincial Park ©
Rissers Beach Provincial Park

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.
Head to Sweet Spot Chocolate Shop and Halifax Seaport Farmer's Marketfor plenty of shopping. Halifax Citadel National Historic Site of Canada and St. Paul's Church will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Halifax: Clam Harbour Beach (in Clam Harbour), Lawrencetown Beach (in East Lawrencetown) and Crystal Crescent Beach Provincial Park (in Sambro). The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, steep yourself in history at Province House, enjoy the sea views from Peggy's Cove Lighthouse, and take in the waterfront at Halifax Waterfront Boardwalk.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Halifax tour planning app .

You can drive from Mahone Bay to Halifax in an hour. In August, daytime highs in Halifax are 74°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time 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
Find places to stay Aug 16 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Maritime Museum of the Atlantic ©
Maritime Museum of the Atlantic
Peggy's Cove Lighthouse ©
Peggy's Cove Lighthouse

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