8 days in Nova Scotia Itinerary

8 days in Nova Scotia Itinerary

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8 days in Nova Scotia Itinerary

Start: Regina
+2
Fly + shuttle + bus:  10​h 15​min
1
Lunenburg
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
2
Annapolis Royal
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  5​h 45​min
3
Sydney, Cape Breton Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Ingonish, Cape Breton Island
— 1 night
+2
ferry + Drive + Fly:  9​h 45​min
End: Regina

1
night
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 2nd (Wed): take in the local highlights with Walking tours, appreciate the extensive heritage of Lunenburg Historic District, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. John's Anglican Church. Keep things going the next day: walk around Fort Point Lighthouse Park, then stop by Amos Pewter, then savor the flavors at Ironworks Distillery, and finally explore and take pictures at Bluenose II.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Lunenburg holiday builder .

Regina to Lunenburg is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Atlantic Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Regina in October, expect Lunenburg to be a bit warmer, temps between 17°C and 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Annapolis Royal.

Things to do in Lunenburg

Tours Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Fort Point Lighthouse Park, Amos Pewter
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Lunenburg Historic District ©
Lunenburg Historic District
St. John's Anglican Church ©
St. John's Anglican Church
Ironworks Distillery ©
Ironworks Distillery

1
night
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. On the 4th (Fri), examine the collection at Port-Royal National Historic Site, then make a trip to Annapolis Tidal Generating Station, then contemplate the long history of Fort Anne National Historic Site, and finally do a tasting at Bear River Vineyards.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Annapolis Royal route builder .

You can drive from Lunenburg to Annapolis Royal in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Lunenburg in October, Annapolis Royal is little chillier at night with lows of 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Annapolis Royal

Historic Sites Museums Wineries

Side Trip

Bear River Vineyards
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Port-Royal National Historic Site ©
Port-Royal National Historic Site
Annapolis Tidal Generating Station ©
Bear River Vineyards ©
Bear River Vineyards

2
nights
Sydney, Cape Breton Island

Sydney ©
Sydney is a population centre and former city in Nova Scotia, Canada. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Louisbourg Lighthouse Coastal Trail and Highland Village. Explore Sydney's surroundings by going to Baddeck (St. Michael's Catholic Church & Uisge Ban Falls) and Louisbourg Lighthouse (in Louisbourg). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Jost House Museum, view the masterpieces at Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design, discover the riches below the earth's surface at Cape Breton Miners' Museum, and don't miss a visit to The Big Fiddle.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Sydney trip itinerary builder website .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Annapolis Royal to Sydney. In October, daytime highs in Sydney are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to drive to Ingonish.

Things to do in Sydney

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Louisbourg, Baddeck, Highland Village, Cape Breton Miners' Museum
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Highland Village ©
Highland Village
Louisbourg Lighthouse ©
Louisbourg Lighthouse
Louisbourg Lighthouse Coastal Trail ©

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Ingonish, Cape Breton Island

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.
On the 8th (Tue), enjoy the sand and surf at Ingonish Beach and then trek along Middle Head Trail.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Ingonish travel route builder .

You can drive from Sydney to Ingonish in 2 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Ingonish can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Ingonish

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Ingonish Beach ©
Ingonish Beach
Middle Head Trail ©
Middle Head Trail

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