42 days in Ottawa & Nova Scotia Itinerary

42 days in Ottawa & Nova Scotia Itinerary

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42 days in Ottawa & Nova Scotia Itinerary

Start: Ottawa
1
Ottawa
— 10 nights
+2
Fly + bus + taxi:  5​h 30​min
2
Lunenburg
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Annapolis Royal
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Wolfville
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Halifax
— 7 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
6
Ingonish
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Baddeck
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Louisbourg
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  6​h
End: Ottawa

10
nights
Ottawa

Ottawa ©
A major center of technology nicknamed "Silicon Valley North," Ottawa offers visitors a modern flavor with its range of trendy hotels, shops, and restaurants.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ottawa: Omega Park (in Montebello) and Arnprior City Hall (in Arnprior). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Rideau Canal, take a stroll through ByWard Market, take in the spiritual surroundings of Notre Dame Basilica, and hike along Gatineau Park.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Ottawa online trip builder .

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Ottawa. In August in Ottawa, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Lunenburg.

Things to do in Ottawa

#Parks, #Museums, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Gatineau, Omega Park, Arnprior City Hall
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Rideau Canal ©
Rideau Canal
Canadian Museum of Nature ©
Canadian Museum of Nature
Omega Park ©
Omega Park

3
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: Graves Island Provincial Park (in Chester), Rissers Beach Provincial Park (in Petite Riviere) and Cleveland Beach Provincial Park (in Hubbards). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic, learn about winemaking at Wine Kings, look for gifts at Have A Yarn, and enjoy the sand and surf at Hirtle's Beach.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Lunenburg online trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Ottawa to Lunenburg in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and taxi; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Atlantic Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Ottawa in August, you will find days in Lunenburg are a bit cooler (25°C), and nights are about the same (18°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to drive to Annapolis Royal.

Things to do in Lunenburg

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Mahone Bay, Rissers Beach Provincial Park, Hirtle's Beach, Wine Kings, Bayswater Beach Provincial Park
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Rissers Beach Provincial Park ©
Rissers Beach Provincial Park
Hirtle's Beach ©
Hirtle's Beach
Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic ©
Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic

5
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. Get out of town with these interesting Annapolis Royal side-trips: Mavillette Beach Provincial Park (in Mavillette), Port Maitland Beach Provincial Park (in Port Maitland) and Sissiboo Landing (in Weymouth). And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens, view the masterpieces at Art Gallery of Nova Scotia - Western Branch, steep yourself in history at Fort Anne National Historic Site, and enjoy the sea views from Prim Point Lighthouse.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Annapolis Royal trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Lunenburg to Annapolis Royal takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Lunenburg in August, you will find days in Annapolis Royal are a bit warmer (29°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to drive to Wolfville.

Things to do in Annapolis Royal

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Yarmouth, Digby, Mavillette Beach Provincial Park, Port Maitland Beach Provincial Park, Sissiboo Landing
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Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens ©
Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens
Port Maitland Beach Provincial Park ©

2
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. Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): hike along Cape Split Trailhead, then do a tasting at Lightfoot & Wolfville Vineyards, and then steep yourself in history at Grand Pre National Historic Site. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Sat): do a tasting at Benjamin Bridge, then kick back and relax at Blue Beach, and then learn about winemaking at Luckett Vineyards.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Wolfville route planner.

You can drive from Annapolis Royal to Wolfville in 1.5 hours. In August in Wolfville, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Halifax.

Things to do in Wolfville

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Wineries

Side Trips

Cape Split Trailhead, Grand Pre National Historic Site, Blue Beach
Find places to stay Aug 23 — 25:
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Cape Split Trailhead ©
Cape Split Trailhead
Grand Pre National Historic Site ©
Grand Pre National Historic Site
Luckett Vineyards ©
Luckett Vineyards

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Halifax: Peggy's Cove (Swissair Flight 111 Memorial, William deGarthe Art Gallery, & more), Crystal Crescent Beach Provincial Park (in Sambro) and Clam Harbour Beach (in Clam Harbour). There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Halifax Public Gardens, take some stellar pictures from Halifax Citadel National Historic Site of Canada, tour the pleasant surroundings at Point Pleasant Park, and get engrossed in the history at Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Halifax road trip app .

Drive from Wolfville to Halifax in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in August, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Ingonish.

Things to do in Halifax

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Peggy's Cove, Clam Harbour Beach, Sullivan's Pond, Lawrencetown Beach, Rainbow Haven Beach Provincial Park
Find places to stay Aug 25 — Sep 1:
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Halifax Public Gardens ©
Halifax Public Gardens
Maritime Museum of the Atlantic ©
Maritime Museum of the Atlantic

4
nights
Ingonish

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.
Go for a jaunt from Ingonish to Dingwall to see Arts North about 40 minutes away. Spend the 2nd (Sun) exploring nature at Cape Breton Highlands National Park. And it doesn't end there: cruise along Cabot Trail, play a few rounds at Highlands Links Golf Course, kick back and relax at Black Brook Beach, and don't miss a visit to Christopher Gorey Gallery.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Ingonish holiday maker tool .

Getting from Halifax to Ingonish by combination of flight and car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. In September, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to drive to Baddeck.

Things to do in Ingonish

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature

Side Trips

Cape Breton Island, Lighthouse Ice Cream Parlour, Arts North
Find places to stay Sep 1 — 5:
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Cape Breton Highlands National Park ©
Cabot Trail ©
Cabot Trail
Middle Head Trail ©
Middle Head Trail

6
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Baddeck: Woodsmiths (in Englishtown), Highland Village (in Iona) and Dalem Lake Provincial Park (in Boularderie). There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site, hit the slopes at Ski Tuonela, enjoy the sea views from Kidston Island Lighthouse, and look for gifts at Baadeck Yarns.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Baddeck trip planner.

Getting from Ingonish to Baddeck by car takes about 1.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Louisbourg.

Things to do in Baddeck

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Golf

Side Trips

Margaree Valley, Cape Breton Island, Doug Fraser Art Gallery and Sculptural Garden, Woodsmiths, Dalem Lake Provincial Park
Find places to stay Sep 5 — 11:
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Baddeck Forks Golf Course ©
Baddeck Forks Golf Course
Uisge Ban Falls ©
Uisge Ban Falls

3
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. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site and then stroll through Kennington Cove Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: visit a coastal fixture at Louisbourg Lighthouse, then discover the riches below the earth's surface at Cape Breton Miners' Museum, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Skyline Trail.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Louisbourg online holiday planner .

You can drive from Baddeck to Louisbourg in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. September in Louisbourg sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Louisbourg

#Museums, #Outdoors, #Parks

Side Trips

Sydney, Cape Breton Miners' Museum, Skyline Trail
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Cape Breton Miners' Museum ©
Cape Breton Miners' Museum
Louisbourg Lighthouse ©
Louisbourg Lighthouse

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