50 days in Nova Scotia Itinerary

50 days in Nova Scotia Itinerary

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50 days in Nova Scotia Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly + taxi:  4​h 30​min
1
Louisbourg
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Baddeck
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Ingonish
— 6 nights
Drive:  7​h
4
Antigonish
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Maitland
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Annapolis Royal
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Riverport
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Halifax
— 8 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Toronto

6
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. Visit Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site and Louisbourg Lighthouse for their historical value. Get a sense of the local culture at Cape Breton Miners' Museum and Sydney Waterfront District. Get out of town with these interesting Louisbourg side-trips: Dominion Beach Provincial Park (in Dominion), Two Rivers Wildlife Park (in Huntingtion) and Sydney (The Big Fiddle & Centre 200). Next up on the itinerary: hike along Skyline Trail, stop by Ed's Books and More, stroll through Louisbourg Lighthouse Coastal Trail, and enjoy the sand and surf at Kennington Cove Beach.

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Toronto to Louisbourg is an approximately 4.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Toronto to Louisbourg due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Toronto in July; daily highs in Louisbourg reach 27°C and lows reach 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can go by car to Baddeck.

Things to do in Louisbourg

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Museums

Side Trips

Sydney, Dominion Beach Provincial Park, Two Rivers Wildlife Park, Skyline Trail, Cape Breton Miners' Museum
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Cape Breton Miners' Museum ©
Cape Breton Miners' Museum
Louisbourg Lighthouse ©
Louisbourg Lighthouse

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site and Margaree Salmon Museum. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Highland Village and Kidston Island Lighthouse. Venture out of the city with trips to MacDonald House Museum (in East Lake Ainslie), Woodsmiths (in Englishtown) and Cabot Cliffs Golf Course (in Inverness). There's still lots to do: stop by Baadeck Yarns, explore the activities along Bras d'Or Lake, see the interesting displays at Hall of the Clans, and pick up a one of a kind souvenir at The Antiques Boutique.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Baddeck trip itinerary planning app .

Getting from Louisbourg to Baddeck by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. In July in Baddeck, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Ingonish.

Things to do in Baddeck

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Golf

Side Trips

Margaree Valley, Englishtown, Cape Breton Island, Ben Eoin Provincial Park, MacDonald House Museum
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Ski Tuonela ©
Ski Tuonela
Highland Village ©
Highland Village

6
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Cape Breton Highlands National Park and Cabot Trail. Do your shopping at Piper Pewter Inc. and Leather Works by Jolene. Explore Ingonish's surroundings by going to Glass Artisans Gallery (in North Shore) and Coastal Trail (in Neils Harbour). There's still lots to do: hike along Middle Head Trail, make a trip to Christopher Gorey Gallery, look for gifts at Salty Rose's and the Periwinkle Cafe, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Broad Cove Trailhead.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Ingonish journey app .

You can drive from Baddeck to Ingonish in 1.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Ingonish are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Antigonish.

Things to do in Ingonish

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Trails

Side Trips

Cape Breton Island, Indian Brook, Glass Artisans Gallery, Coastal Trail
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Cape Breton Highlands National Park ©
Cabot Trail ©
Cabot Trail
Middle Head Trail ©
Middle Head Trail

5
nights
Antigonish

Antigonish ©
Antigonish is a town in Antigonish County, Nova Scotia, Canada. Visiting Bayfield Beach Provincial Park and Lighthouse Beach will get you outdoors. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Sherbrooke Village and Cape George Point Lighthouse. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Antigonish: Pictou (Caribou/Munroes Island Provincial Park, Waterside Beach Provincial Park, & more). And it doesn't end there: browse the eclectic array of goods at Antigonish Farmer's Market, stop by The Made In Nova Scotia Store, and kick back and relax at Pomquet Beach Provincial Park.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Antigonish day trip planner .

Explore your travel options from Ingonish to Antigonish with the Route module. In July in Antigonish, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Maitland.

Things to do in Antigonish

#Beaches, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Pictou, Sherbrooke Village, Pomquet Beach Provincial Park, Cape George Point Lighthouse, Bayfield Beach Provincial Park
Find places to stay Jul 24 — 30:
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Sherbrooke Village ©
Sherbrooke Village
Antigonish Farmer's Market ©
Antigonish Farmer's Market
Cape George Point Lighthouse ©
Cape George Point Lighthouse

5
nights
Maitland

Maitland ©
Get in touch with nature at Joggins Fossil Cliffs Centre and River Rafting & Tubing. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Masstown Market and Truro Farmers' Market. Get out of town with these interesting Maitland side-trips: Cape Split Hiking Trail (in Kentville), Grand Pre National Historic Site (in Grand Pre) and Stewiacke River Park (in Stewiacke).

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Maitland trip planner .

Drive from Antigonish to Maitland in 2 hours. In July in Maitland, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel to Annapolis Royal.

Things to do in Maitland

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Trails

Side Trips

Truro, Grand Pre National Historic Site, Joggins Fossil Cliffs Centre, East Hants Historical Society, Cape Split Trailhead
Find places to stay Jul 30 — Aug 4:
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Cape Split Trailhead ©
Cape Split Trailhead
Joggins Fossil Cliffs Centre ©
Joggins Fossil Cliffs Centre
Grand Pre National Historic Site ©
Grand Pre National Historic Site

7
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. Museum-lovers will appreciate Le Village Historique Acadien de la Nouvelle-Ecosse and HMCS CFB Cornwallis Military Museum. Visit Fort Anne National Historic Site and Cape Forchu Lightstation for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from Annapolis Royal: McGowan Lake Fish Hatchery (in Caledonia), Yarmouth (Pelton-Fuller House & Yarmouth Waterfront Gallery) and Cape Chignecto Provincial Park (in Advocate Harbour). There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens, examine the collection at Port-Royal National Historic Site, make a trip to Victoria Beach Lighthouse, and enjoy the sand and surf at Mavillette Beach Provincial Park.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Annapolis Royal road trip site .

Traveling by car from Maitland to Annapolis Royal takes 2.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Annapolis Royal can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Riverport.

Things to do in Annapolis Royal

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Yarmouth, Digby, McGowan Lake Fish Hatchery, Port Maitland Beach Provincial Park, Cape Chignecto Provincial Park
Find places to stay Aug 4 — 11:
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Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens ©
Fort Anne National Historic Site ©
Fort Anne National Historic Site
Port Maitland Beach Provincial Park ©

5
nights
Riverport

Riverport ©
The area of the Riverport District communities comprise of Riverport, Lower LaHave, East LaHave and Middle LaHave, Upper and Lower Rose Bay, Upper and Lower Kingsburg, Bayport and Feltzen South. Do some cultural sightseeing at Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic and The Dory Shop. Visiting The Ovens Natural Park and Rissers Beach Provincial Park will get you outdoors. Change things up with a short trip to Tancook Island in Chester Basin (about 32 minutes away). There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. John's Anglican Church, admire all the interesting features of Bluenose II, make a trip to Maritime Painted Saltbox Gallery, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Ironworks Distillery.

To find reviews and more tourist information, you can read our Riverport route builder app .

You can drive from Annapolis Royal to Riverport in 2 hours. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Annapolis Royal in August: highs in Riverport hover around 25°C, while lows dip to 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel to Halifax.

Things to do in Riverport

#Parks, #Shopping, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Lunenburg, Mahone Bay, Petite Riviere, Hirtle's Beach, Tancook Island
Find places to stay Aug 11 — 16:
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The Ovens Natural Park ©
The Ovens Natural Park
St. John's Anglican Church ©
St. John's Anglican Church
Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic ©
Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic

8
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Clam Harbour Beach and Lawrencetown Beach. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Sweet Spot Chocolate Shop and Pearl & Daisy Natural Soap Company. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Halifax: Peggy's Cove (Swissair Flight 111 Memorial & Peggy's Cove Lighthouse). And it doesn't end there: take some stellar pictures from Halifax Citadel National Historic Site of Canada, admire the natural beauty at Halifax Public Gardens, work some fitness into your day at Point Pleasant Park, and get to know the fascinating history of Historic Properties.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Halifax trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Riverport to Halifax takes 1.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Halifax

#Parks, #Historic Sites, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Peggy's Cove, Clam Harbour Beach, Lawrencetown Beach, Sullivan's Pond, Sweet Spot Chocolate Shop
Find places to stay Aug 16 — 24:
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Peggy's Cove Lighthouse ©
Peggy's Cove Lighthouse
Maritime Museum of the Atlantic ©
Maritime Museum of the Atlantic

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