46 days in Nova Scotia Itinerary

46 days in Nova Scotia Itinerary

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Yarmouth
— 7 nights
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Annapolis Royal
— 6 nights
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Truro
— 7 nights
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Antigonish
— 5 nights
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Baddeck
— 4 nights
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Ingonish
— 4 nights
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Louisbourg
— 2 nights
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Halifax
— 10 nights

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Yarmouth

— 7 nights
Yarmouth is a port town located on the Bay of Fundy in southwestern Nova Scotia, Canada. Explore Yarmouth's surroundings by going to Glenwood Provincial Park (in Lower West Pubnico), Shelburne (Ross-Thomson House Museum, Shelburne's Museums By The Sea, &more) and Belliveaus Cove (Belliveau Cove Lighthouse & Belliveau Cove Municipal Park). Next up on the itinerary: indulge in some personalized pampering at The Style Merchant, enjoy the sea views from Cape Forchu Lighthouse, examine the collection at Firefighters' Museum of Nova Scotia, and make a trip to June Deveau Galerie Studio.

For maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Yarmouth road trip planning website.

Halifax to Yarmouth is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to drive to Annapolis Royal.

Things to do in Yarmouth

Parks · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · Historic Sites

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Annapolis Royal

— 6 nights
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. Explore Annapolis Royal's surroundings by going to Old Burial Ground (in Liverpool), Swallowtail Lighthouse (in Grand Manan) and Pine Grove Park (in Milton). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Port-Royal National Historic Site, walk around Valleyview Provincial Park, examine the collection at Sinclair Inn Museum, and stop by Catfish Moon Studio Crafts.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Annapolis Royal tour planner.

Traveling by car from Yarmouth to Annapolis Royal takes 2 hours. December in Annapolis Royal sees daily highs of 3°C and lows of -5°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Truro.

Things to do in Annapolis Royal

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

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Truro

— 7 nights
Truro is a town in central Nova Scotia, Canada. Venture out of the city with trips to Ski Wentworth (in Wentworth), Cape Split Trailhead (in Scots Bay) and Sweet Spot Chocolate Shop (in Elmsdale). Spend the 17th (Fri) exploring nature at Shubenacadie Wildlife Park. There's still lots to do: get some fabulous bargains at Stanfield's Factory Outlet, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Caldera Distilling, take in the dramatic scenery at Rogart Mountain Trail, and pick up some local products at Cochrane Family Farm.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Truro travel planner.

Traveling by car from Annapolis Royal to Truro takes 3 hours. Traveling from Annapolis Royal in December, things will get cooler in Truro: highs are around -11°C and lows about -20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can drive to Antigonish.

Things to do in Truro

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

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Antigonish

— 5 nights
Antigonish is a town in Antigonish County, Nova Scotia, Canada. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Antigonish: Port Hawkesbury Community Park (in Port Hawkesbury), Sherbrooke Village (in Sherbrooke) and Battery Provincial Park (in St. Peter's). There's much more to do: stroll around Arisaig Provincial Park, see the interesting displays at Old Court House Museum, stop by Peace by Chocolate, and make a trip to St. Marys Parish.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Antigonish day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Truro to Antigonish takes 1.5 hours. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Truro in December, with highs in Antigonish at 3°C and lows at -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Baddeck.

Things to do in Antigonish

Parks · Museums · Shopping · Fun & Games

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Baddeck

— 4 nights
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: Ski Ben Eoin (in East Bay), Colouratura Art Gallery (in Indian Brook) and Iron Art & Photographs (in Margaree Valley). Next up on the itinerary: take a memorable drive along Cabot Trail, revel in the low prices at Larch Wood Outlet, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Peter's Church, and get a new perspective on things with Bird Island Boat Tours.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Baddeck trip maker site.

You can drive from Antigonish to Baddeck in 2 hours. While traveling from Antigonish, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Baddeck, ranging from highs of 0°C to lows of -7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to drive to Ingonish.

Things to do in Baddeck

Outdoors · Parks · Shopping · Winter Sports

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Ingonish

— 4 nights
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Ingonish: Dingwall Harbour (in Dingwall) and Cabots Landing Provincial Park (in Cape North). Spend the 31st (Fri) exploring nature at Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Spend the 2nd (Sun) browsing for gifts at Salty Rose's and the Periwinkle Café. There's lots more to do: hike along Middle Head Trail, walk around Cape Smokey Provincial Park, and don't miss a visit to Christopher Gorey Gallery.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Ingonish online travel route planner.

Getting from Baddeck to Ingonish by car takes about 1.5 hours. December in Ingonish sees daily highs of 2°C and lows of -5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Louisbourg.

Things to do in Ingonish

Parks · Nature · Shopping · Outdoors

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Louisbourg

— 2 nights
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. The harbour had been used by European mariners since at least the 1590s, when it was known as English Port and Havre à l'Anglois. On the 4th (Tue), see the interesting displays at Cape Breton Miners' Museum and then stop by Ed's Books and More. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Breton Brewing Co.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Louisbourg trip planner.

Traveling by car from Ingonish to Louisbourg takes 2.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Louisbourg can reach 0°C, while at night they dip to -9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can fly to Halifax.

Things to do in Louisbourg

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Breweries & Distilleries

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Halifax

— 10 nights
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: Lunenburg (Lunenburg Historic District, Terra Beata Cranberries, &more), Peggy Of The Cove (in Glen Margaret) and Graves Island Provincial Park (in Chester). There's lots more to do: learn about all things military at Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, admire the natural beauty at Halifax Public Gardens, explore the different monuments and memorials at Fairview Lawn Cemetery, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Paul's Church.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Halifax online trip maker.

Getting from Louisbourg to Halifax by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 1°C, and evening lows to -7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Halifax

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Nova Scotia travel guide

4.5
Military Museums · History Museums · Gardens
Small in terms of land area, Nova Scotia nevertheless encompasses nearly 3,800 islands floating in the Atlantic just off Canada's mainland. A vacation in Nova Scotia is understandably an ocean-based experienced, allowing you to stay within 60 km (40 mi) of the water no matter where you choose to base your adventure. Stay near the ocean, and you'll find mostly lighthouses and small settlements living off lobster fishing. Drive or cycle inland, and the landscape changes dramatically, with pretty orchards and photogenic highlands dominating the geography everywhere you look. For urban amenities during your Nova Scotia holiday, look no farther than provincial capital Halifax, offering the region's biggest range of shopping, dining, and entertainment options.

Cape Breton Island travel guide

4.3
Historic Sites · History Museums · Scenic Drive
Encompassing a fifth of Nova Scotia's land area, Cape Breton Island supports a thriving tourism sector with its blend of cultural, historical, and natural attractions. In addition to several small towns with a strong sense of community, popular places to visit on Cape Breton Island include the largest national park in the Maritime provinces. Sheltering many iconic Canadian animals, the park contains the scenic Cabot Trail, drawing nearly half a million annual cyclists, walkers, and drivers. Epic natural scenery keeps most visitors outdoors during their Cape Breton Island vacation, but this destination also boasts several major indoor attractions, like a world-famous whiskey distillery and a reconstructed 18th-century fortress.