44 days in Nova Scotia Itinerary

44 days in Nova Scotia Itinerary

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44 days in Nova Scotia Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  5​h 30​min
1
Halifax
— 6 nights
Fly + taxi:  3​h 15​min
2
Louisbourg, Cape Breton Island
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Baddeck, Cape Breton Island
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Pleasant Bay, Cape Breton Island
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
5
South Maitland
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Amherst
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Canning
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
8
Annapolis Royal
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
9
Mavillette
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
10
Lunenburg
— 6 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Newark

6
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.
Get outdoors at Point Pleasant Park and Lawrencetown Beach. Do some cultural sightseeing at Maritime Museum of the Atlantic and Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21. Venture out of the city with trips to Atlantic View Trail (in Lawrencetown) and Peggy's Cove (Swissair Flight 111 Memorial, Peggy's Cove Lighthouse, & more). There's lots more to do: learn about all things military at Halifax Citadel National Historic Site of Canada, stroll through McCormacks Beach Provincial Park, take a leisurely stroll along Halifax Waterfront Boardwalk, and take in nature's colorful creations at Halifax Public Gardens.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Halifax trip itinerary builder website .

Newark, USA to Halifax is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Atlantic Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Newark in November, expect Halifax to be slightly colder, temps between 42°F and 29°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to travel to Louisbourg.

Things to do in Halifax

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Peggy's Cove, Crystal Crescent Beach Provincial Park, Lawrencetown Beach, Sullivan's Pond, Atlantic View Trail
Find places to stay Nov 18 — 24:
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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. Get a sense of the local culture at Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site and Cape Breton Centre for Heritage and Science. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Louisbourg: Cape Breton Miners' Museum (in Glace Bay) and Sydney (Centre 200 & The Big Fiddle). The adventure continues: enjoy the sea views from Louisbourg Lighthouse, trek along Louisbourg Lighthouse Coastal Trail, pause for some serene contemplation at Stella Maris Rectory, and see the interesting displays at Sydney and Louisbourg Railway Museum.

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

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Halifax to Louisbourg in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In November in Louisbourg, expect temperatures between 46°F during the day and 32°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to drive to Baddeck.

Things to do in Louisbourg

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Sydney, Cape Breton Miners' Museum
Find places to stay Nov 24 — 27:
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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.
Get outdoors at Ski Tuonela and Cabot Links Golf Course. Museum-lovers will get to explore Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site and Margaree Salmon Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Baddeck: Colouratura Art Gallery (in Indian Brook), Doug Fraser Art Gallery and Sculptural Garden (in Inverness) and Highland Village (in Iona). There's still lots to do: admire the sheer force of Uisge Ban Falls, tee off at Baddeck Forks Golf Course, examine the collection at Hall of the Clans, and stop by Baadeck Yarns.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Baddeck tour itinerary site .

You can drive from Louisbourg to Baddeck in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In November, Baddeck is a bit cooler than Louisbourg - with highs of 38°F and lows of 27°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can travel to Pleasant Bay.

Things to do in Baddeck

Outdoors Golf Museums

Side Trips

Inverness, Hall of the Clans, MacDonald House Museum, Highland Village, Big Spruce Brewing
Find places to stay Nov 27 — Dec 2:
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Ski Tuonela ©
Ski Tuonela
Margaree Salmon Museum ©
Margaree Salmon Museum

3
nights
Pleasant Bay, Cape Breton Island

Pleasant Bay ©
Pleasant Bay is a community on the western coast of Cape Breton Island, on the shore of the Gulf of St. Escape the urban bustle at Cape Breton Highlands National Park and Ingonish Beach. Step out of Pleasant Bay with an excursion to Middle Head Trail in Ingonish--about 1h 10 min away. There's lots more to do: take a memorable drive along Cabot Trail, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and contemplate the long history of Lone Shieling.

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

You can drive from Baddeck to Pleasant Bay in 2 hours. In December, daytime highs in Pleasant Bay are 29°F, while nighttime lows are 18°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to travel to South Maitland.

Things to do in Pleasant Bay

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Ingonish, Cabot Trail
Find places to stay Dec 2 — 5:
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Cape Breton Highlands National Park ©
Cabot Trail ©
Cabot Trail
Middle Head Trail ©
Middle Head Trail

3
nights
South Maitland

South Maitland ©
Get in touch with nature at Burntcoat Head Park and Burntcoat Head Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near South Maitland: Sweet Spot Chocolate Shop (in Elmsdale), Malagash (Blue Sea Beach & Jost Vineyards) and Victoria Park (in Truro).

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the South Maitland trip itinerary planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Pleasant Bay to South Maitland. In December in South Maitland, expect temperatures between 34°F during the day and 19°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel to Amherst.

Things to do in South Maitland

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Lower Selma, Malagash, Noel, Ski Wentworth, Victoria Park
Find places to stay Dec 5 — 9:
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Burntcoat Head Park ©
Burntcoat Head Park
Jost Vineyards ©
Jost Vineyards
Burntcoat Head Park ©
Burntcoat Head Park

5
nights
Amherst

Amherst ©
Amherst is a town in northwestern Cumberland County, Nova Scotia, Canada. Take a break from the city and head to Joggins Fossil Cliffs Centre and Northport Beach Provincial Park. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Mrs. Pugsley’s Emporium and Isabel Simpson Heritage Centre. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Amherst: Springhill (Springhill Miners' Museum & Anne Murray Centre), Five Islands Provincial Park (in Five Islands) and Pugwash (Thinkers' Lodge National Historic Site & Northumberland Links Golf Club). There's much more to do: play a few rounds at Amherst Golf Club, examine the collection at Heritage Models Museum, don't miss a visit to Coldspring Head Lighthouse, and get a taste of the local shopping with Amherst Artisan Gallery.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Amherst route planner.

You can drive from South Maitland to Amherst in 1.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel to Canning.

Things to do in Amherst

Outdoors Museums Golf

Side Trips

Springhill, Pugwash, Northport, Joggins Fossil Cliffs Centre, Wallace and Area Museum
Find places to stay Dec 9 — 14:
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Northumberland Links Golf Club ©
Northumberland Links Golf Club
Joggins Fossil Cliffs Centre ©
Joggins Fossil Cliffs Centre
Springhill Miners' Museum ©
Springhill Miners' Museum

3
nights
Canning

Canning ©
Canning is a village in northeastern Kings County, Nova Scotia located at the crossroads of Route 221 and Route 358.HistoryThe area was originally settled by Acadians who were expelled in 1755 during the Acadian Expulsion. Escape the urban bustle at Cape Chignecto Provincial Park and Oaklawn Farm Zoo. Get some cultural insight at Grand Pre National Historic Site and Lightfoot & Wolfville Vineyards. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Cape Split Trailhead, stop by Elderkin's, admire the majestic nature at Blomidon Provincial Park, and learn about winemaking at Luckett Vineyards.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Canning online trip builder .

Drive from Amherst to Canning in 3 hours. December in Canning sees daily highs of 36°F and lows of 24°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel to Annapolis Royal.

Things to do in Canning

Parks Outdoors Wineries

Side Trips

Wolfville, Port Williams, Cape Chignecto Provincial Park, Oaklawn Farm Zoo, Grand Pre National Historic Site
Find places to stay Dec 14 — 17:
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Cape Chignecto Provincial Park ©
Cape Chignecto Provincial Park
Grand Pre National Historic Site ©
Grand Pre National Historic Site
Cape Split Trailhead ©
Cape Split Trailhead

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. Do some cultural sightseeing at Port-Royal National Historic Site and Prim Point Lighthouse. Get in touch with nature at Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens and Upper Clements Parks. Step out of Annapolis Royal with an excursion to Bear River First Nation Heritage and Cultural Centre in Bear River--about 32 minutes away. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Fort Anne National Historic Site, trek along Delaps Cove Wilderness Trails, have some family-friendly fun at Action Jax, and visit a coastal fixture at Victoria Beach Lighthouse.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Annapolis Royal trip itinerary builder website .

You can drive from Canning to Annapolis Royal in 1.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Annapolis Royal are 38°F, while nighttime lows are 24°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can travel to Mavillette.

Things to do in Annapolis Royal

Outdoors Theme Parks Tours

Side Trips

Bear River First Nation Heritage and Cultural Centre, Prim Point Lighthouse
Find places to stay Dec 17 — 22:
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Upper Clements Parks ©
Upper Clements Parks
Port-Royal National Historic Site ©
Port-Royal National Historic Site
Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens ©
Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens

3
nights
Mavillette

Mavillette ©
Get outdoors at Port Maitland Beach Provincial Park and Mavillette Beach Provincial Park. Le Village Historique Acadien de la Nouvelle-Ecosse and Eglise Sacre-Coeur are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Belliveau Cove Municipal Park (in Belliveaus Cove), Church Point Lighthouse (Le Phare d'la Pointe) (in Church Point) and Yarmouth (Yarmouth County Museum and Archives, Pelton-Fuller House, & more).

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Mavillette trip itinerary maker app .

Getting from Annapolis Royal to Mavillette by car takes about 1.5 hours. Traveling from Annapolis Royal in December, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Mavillette, with lows around 30°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can travel to Lunenburg.

Things to do in Mavillette

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Yarmouth, Le Village Historique Acadien de la Nouvelle-Ecosse, Belliveau Cove Municipal Park, Port Maitland Beach Provincial Park, Eglise Sacre-Coeur
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 25:
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6
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 in touch with nature at The Ovens Natural Park and Hirtle's Beach. Appreciate the collections at Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic and Ross Farm Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lunenburg: Graves Island Provincial Park (in Chester), Bayswater Beach Provincial Park (in Bayswater) and Rissers Beach Provincial Park (in Petite Riviere). There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at St. John's Anglican Church, make a trip to Blue Hog Studio & Gallery, tour the pleasant surroundings at Beach Meadows Beach Park, and stop by Have A Yarn.

Plan a Lunenburg trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Mavillette to Lunenburg takes 3 hours. In December in Lunenburg, expect temperatures between 40°F during the day and 29°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Lunenburg

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

The Ovens Natural Park, Beach Meadows Beach Park, Ross Farm Museum, Rissers Beach Provincial Park, Graves Island Provincial Park
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 31:
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The Ovens Natural Park ©
The Ovens Natural Park
Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic ©
Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic
St. John's Anglican Church ©
St. John's Anglican Church

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