9 days in Nova Scotia Itinerary

9 days in Nova Scotia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Nova Scotia attractions planner

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Halifax
— 3 nights
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Louisbourg, Cape Breton Island
— 1 night
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Ingonish, Cape Breton Island
— 3 nights
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Baddeck, Cape Breton Island
— 1 night
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Halifax

— 3 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Halifax: Peggy's Cove (Amos Pewter & Peggy's Cove Lighthouse), Twelve Acre Hill Gallery (in Seabright) and Swissair Flight 111 Memorial (in Indian Harbour). And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Halifax Public Gardens, ponder the world of politics at Province House, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Paul's Church, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Alexander Keith's Brewery.

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Montreal to Halifax is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from Montreal to Halifax is 1 hour. In August, daytime highs in Halifax are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to fly to Louisbourg.

Things to do in Halifax

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 7 — 10:

Louisbourg, Cape Breton Island

— 1 night
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. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site, then enjoy the sand and surf at Kennington Cove Beach, and then appreciate the history behind Sydney Merchant Mariners Memorial.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Louisbourg day trip site.

You can fly from Halifax to Louisbourg in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In August, daytime highs in Louisbourg are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to drive to Ingonish.

Things to do in Louisbourg

Historic Sites · Museums · Beaches · Parks

Side Trip

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Ingonish, Cape Breton Island

— 3 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.
Take a break from Ingonish with a short trip to Colouratura Art Gallery in Indian Brook, about 38 minutes away. Spend the 12th (Thu) exploring nature at Cape Breton Highlands National Park. And it doesn't end there: take a memorable drive along Cabot Trail, tee off at Highlands Links Golf Course, enjoy the sand and surf at Ingonish Beach, and cast your line with Ingonish Lobster Tales and Scales.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Ingonish attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Louisbourg to Ingonish takes 2.5 hours. August in Ingonish sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Baddeck.

Things to do in Ingonish

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 11 — 14:

Baddeck, Cape Breton Island

— 1 night
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 15th (Sun), contemplate the long history of Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Michael's Catholic Church, then make a trip to The Water's Edge Gallery of Fine Art & Crafts, and finally admire the sheer force of Uisge Ban Falls.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Baddeck road trip website.

Getting from Ingonish to Baddeck by car takes about 1.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Baddeck are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Baddeck

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature
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Nova Scotia travel guide

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Historic Sites · Military 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.