8 days in Nova Scotia Itinerary

8 days in Nova Scotia Itinerary

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8 days in Nova Scotia Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  5​h 45​min
1
Chester Basin
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
2
Lunenburg
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Halifax
— 4 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h
4
Baddeck, Cape Breton Island
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Louisbourg, Cape Breton Island
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Toronto

1
night
Chester Basin

Chester Basin
To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Chester Basin trip itinerary builder .

Toronto to Chester Basin is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Atlantic Standard Time is 1 hour. While traveling from Toronto, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Chester Basin, ranging from highs of 25°C to lows of 19°C. On the 27th (Mon), you'll travel to Lunenburg.

Things to do in Chester Basin

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Museums
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1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): explore and take pictures at Bluenose II, examine the collection at Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic, and then pause for some serene contemplation at St. John's Anglican Church.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Lunenburg trip planner.

Lunenburg is very close to Chester Basin. August in Lunenburg sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Halifax.

Things to do in Lunenburg

#Museums, #Historic Sites
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Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic ©
Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic
St. John's Anglican Church ©
St. John's Anglican Church
Bluenose II ©
Bluenose II

4
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 visit kid-friendly attractions like Maritime Museum of the Atlantic and Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21. Your inner history buff will appreciate Halifax Citadel National Historic Site of Canada and Province House. Step out of Halifax to go to Peggy's Cove and see Peggy's Cove Lighthouse, which is approximately 50 minutes away. There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Halifax Public Gardens, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Paul's Church, stop by Pearl & Daisy Natural Soap Company, and get to know the fascinating history of Historic Properties.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Halifax day trip website .

Getting from Lunenburg to Halifax by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can drive to Baddeck.

Things to do in Halifax

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Parks

Side Trip

Peggy's Cove Lighthouse
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Maritime Museum of the Atlantic ©
Maritime Museum of the Atlantic
Peggy's Cove Lighthouse ©
Peggy's Cove Lighthouse

1
night
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.
On the 31st (Fri), look for gifts at Baadeck Yarns, then visit a coastal fixture at Kidston Island Lighthouse, and then explore the galleries of Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Baddeck trip planner .

You can drive from Halifax to Baddeck in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Halifax in August since evenings lows in Baddeck dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to drive to Louisbourg.

Things to do in Baddeck

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Shopping
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Kidston Island Lighthouse ©
Kidston Island Lighthouse
Baadeck Yarns ©
Baadeck Yarns

1
night
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 1st (Sat): examine the collection at Sydney and Louisbourg Railway Museum and then steep yourself in history at Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Ed's Books and More, then don't miss a visit to The Big Fiddle, then go deep underground at Cape Breton Miners' Museum, and finally visit a coastal fixture at Louisbourg Lighthouse.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Louisbourg driving holiday tool .

Drive from Baddeck to Louisbourg in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Baddeck in September, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Louisbourg, with lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Louisbourg

#Museums, #Historic Sites, #Shopping

Side Trips

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

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