41 days in Nova Scotia Itinerary

41 days in Nova Scotia Itinerary

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41 days in Nova Scotia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  28​h
1
Halifax
— 5 nights
Fly + Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Baddeck, Cape Breton Island
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Cheticamp, Cape Breton Island
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Ingonish, Cape Breton Island
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Louisbourg, Cape Breton Island
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  4​h 30​min
6
Truro
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Lunenburg
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
8
Annapolis Royal
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
9
Yarmouth
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
10
Brier Island
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  33​h
End: Sydney

5
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Halifax: Peggy's Cove (Peggy's Cove Lighthouse & Swissair Flight 111 Memorial). Dedicate the 6th (Fri) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Halifax Citadel National Historic Site of Canada, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Paul's Church, stroll the grounds of Fairview Lawn Cemetery, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Alexander Keith's Brewery.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Halifax trip itinerary builder app .

Sydney, Australia to Halifax is an approximately 28-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to Atlantic Standard Time (AST), which is usually a -14 hour difference. In September in Halifax, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Baddeck.

Things to do in Halifax

Historic Sites Tours Museums

Side Trip

Peggy's Cove
Find places to stay Sep 1 — 6:
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Halifax Public Gardens ©
Halifax Public Gardens
Maritime Museum of the Atlantic ©
Maritime Museum of the Atlantic

4
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Baddeck: Highland Village (in Iona) and Margaree Salmon Museum (in Margaree Valley). And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site, contemplate the waterfront views at Bras d'Or Lake, look for gifts at Baadeck Yarns, and take in the dramatic scenery at Uisge Ban Falls.

To find out how to plan a trip to Baddeck, use our trip itinerary maker.

Do a combination of flight and car from Halifax to Baddeck in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Baddeck can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can drive to Cheticamp.

Things to do in Baddeck

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Iona, Cape Breton Island, Margaree Salmon Museum, Hall of the Clans
Find places to stay Sep 6 — 10:
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Cabot Trail ©
Cabot Trail
Highland Village ©
Highland Village

3
nights
Cheticamp, Cape Breton Island

Cheticamp ©
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cheticamp: Pleasant Bay (MacIntosh Brook Trail, Lone Shieling, & more), Egypt Falls (in Margaree Harbour) and Inverness Beach Boardwalk (in Inverness).

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Cheticamp trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Baddeck to Cheticamp in 1.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Cheticamp are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Ingonish.

Things to do in Cheticamp

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Pleasant Bay, Inverness Beach Boardwalk, Skyline Trail, Egypt Falls
Find places to stay Sep 10 — 13:
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Skyline Trail ©
Skyline Trail
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Saint Peter's Church ©
Saint Peter's Church

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.
Spend the 14th (Sat) exploring nature at Cape Breton Highlands National Park. There's still lots to do: hike along Middle Head Trail, kick back and relax at North Bay Beach, stroll around Cape Smokey Provincial Park, and play a few rounds at Highlands Links Golf Course.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Ingonish online attractions planner .

You can drive from Cheticamp to Ingonish in 2 hours. In September in Ingonish, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can go by car to Louisbourg.

Things to do in Ingonish

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Cape Breton Island
Find places to stay Sep 13 — 17:
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Cape Breton Highlands National Park ©
Middle Head Trail ©
Middle Head Trail
Highlands Links Golf Course ©
Highlands Links Golf Course

2
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. Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): kick back and relax at Kennington Cove Beach, examine the collection at Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site, and then take a leisurely stroll along Louisbourg Boardwalk Park and Boat Launch. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Thu): visit a coastal fixture at Louisbourg Lighthouse, see the interesting displays at Cape Breton Miners' Museum, then don't miss a visit to The Big Fiddle, and finally get lost in a book at Cape Breton Regional Library.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Louisbourg attractions tool .

Getting from Ingonish to Louisbourg by car takes about 2.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel to Truro.

Things to do in Louisbourg

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Sydney, Cape Breton Miners' Museum
Find places to stay Sep 17 — 19:
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Cape Breton Miners' Museum ©
Cape Breton Miners' Museum
Louisbourg Lighthouse ©
Louisbourg Lighthouse

4
nights
Truro

Truro is a town in central Nova Scotia, Canada. Get out of town with these interesting Truro side-trips: Sherbrooke Village (in Sherbrooke), Joggins Fossil Cliffs Centre (in Joggins) and Burntcoat Head Park (in Noel). There's still lots to do: learn about winemaking at Jost Vineyards, take in the exciting artwork at Visual Voice Fine Art, get outside with Fundy Tidal Bore Adventures, and walk around Victoria Park.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Truro road trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Louisbourg to Truro. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Louisbourg in September; daily highs in Truro reach 20°C and lows reach 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to Lunenburg.

Things to do in Truro

Outdoors Parks Museums

Side Trips

Malagash, Sherbrooke Village, River Rafting & Tubing, Nelson Memorial Park, Fundy Tidal Bore Adventures
Find places to stay Sep 19 — 23:
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River Rafting & Tubing
Joggins Fossil Cliffs Centre ©
Joggins Fossil Cliffs Centre
Sherbrooke Village ©
Sherbrooke Village

5
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Lunenburg side-trips: Old Burial Ground (in Liverpool), Summerville Beach Provincial Park (in Summerville) 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 all kinds of wild species at The Ovens Natural Park, hike along Gaff Point Trail, and examine the collection at Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Lunenburg trip planner.

Traveling by car from Truro to Lunenburg takes 2 hours. Traveling from Truro in September, Lunenburg is a bit warmer at night with lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Annapolis Royal.

Things to do in Lunenburg

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Riverport, Mahone Bay, Wine Kings, Graves Island Provincial Park, Grand Pre National Historic Site
Find places to stay Sep 23 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Graves Island Provincial Park ©
Graves Island Provincial Park
St. John's Anglican Church ©
St. John's Anglican Church
Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic ©
Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic

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 Oaklawn Farm Zoo (in Aylesford), The Lords Ranch Ministry (in Kingston) and Margaretsville Lighthouse (in Margaretsville). And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens, make a trip to Annapolis Tidal Generating Station, steep yourself in history at Fort Anne National Historic Site, and identify plant and animal life at Cape Chignecto Provincial Park.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Annapolis Royal trip maker .

Traveling by car from Lunenburg to Annapolis Royal takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Lunenburg in September since evenings lows in Annapolis Royal dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Yarmouth.

Things to do in Annapolis Royal

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Digby, Advocate Harbour, Oaklawn Farm Zoo, Gilbert's Cove Lighthouse, The Lords Ranch Ministry
Find places to stay Sep 28 — Oct 2:
Highlights from your plan
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

4
nights
Yarmouth

Yarmouth ©
Yarmouth is a port town located on the Bay of Fundy in southwestern Nova Scotia, Canada. Explore Yarmouth's surroundings by going to Comeauville (Clare Golf & Country Club & Denise Comeau Artiste), Shelburne (Roseway Beach, Focus Gallery, & more) and Le Village Historique Acadien de la Nouvelle-Ecosse (in Lower West Pubnico). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Mavillette Beach Provincial Park, don't miss a visit to Pelton-Fuller House, walk around Port Maitland Beach Provincial Park, and get a taste of the local shopping with Yarmouth Waterfront Gallery.

Start your trip to Yarmouth by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Getting from Annapolis Royal to Yarmouth by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Brier Island.

Things to do in Yarmouth

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Shelburne, Comeauville, Port Maitland, Le Village Historique Acadien de la Nouvelle-Ecosse, June Deveau Galerie Studio
Find places to stay Oct 2 — 6:
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Mavillette Beach Provincial Park ©
Mavillette Beach Provincial Park
Cape Forchu Lightstation ©
Cape Forchu Lightstation

2
nights
Brier Island

Brier Island ©
On the 7th (Mon), head off the coast to Brier Island, visit a coastal fixture at Brier Island Lighthouse, and then visit a coastal fixture at Northern Lighthouse. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Tue): enjoy the sea views from Westport Cove Lighthouse, explore and take pictures at Ocean Explorations Whale Cruises, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Balancing Rock Trail.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Brier Island trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by car from Yarmouth to Brier Island takes 3 hours. October in Brier Island sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Brier Island

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Tiverton
Find places to stay Oct 6 — 8:
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Brier Island ©
Brier Island
Ocean Explorations Whale Cruises ©
Ocean Explorations Whale Cruises
Balancing Rock Trail ©
Balancing Rock Trail

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