9 days in Nova Scotia Itinerary

9 days in Nova Scotia Itinerary

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9 days in Nova Scotia Itinerary

Start: Ocean City
shuttle + Fly:  14​h 45​min
1
Halifax
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  3​h 15​min
2
Louisbourg, Cape Breton Island
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Baddeck, Cape Breton Island
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Ingonish, Cape Breton Island
— 1 night
Fly:  18​h 30​min
End: Ocean City


3
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Peggy's Cove (Peggy's Cove Lighthouse & Swissair Flight 111 Memorial). There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Halifax Public Gardens, take an in-depth tour of Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, get a sense of history and politics at Province House, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Point Pleasant Park.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Halifax road trip planning website .

Ocean City, USA to Halifax is an approximately 17.5-hour car ride. You can also fly. The time zone difference when traveling from Ocean City to Halifax is 1 hour. Traveling from Ocean City in September, things will get little chillier in Halifax: highs are around 69°F and lows about 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can travel to Louisbourg.

Things to do in Halifax

Museums Historic Sites Parks

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Peggy's Cove
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Halifax Public Gardens ©
Halifax Public Gardens
Maritime Museum of the Atlantic ©
Maritime Museum of the Atlantic

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. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Louisbourg trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Halifax to Louisbourg in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In September, daytime highs in Louisbourg are 68°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Baddeck.

Things to do in Louisbourg

Historic Sites Museums
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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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): stop by Baadeck Yarns, enjoy the sea views from Kidston Island Lighthouse, then get engrossed in the history at Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site, and finally admire the sheer force of Uisge Ban Falls.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Baddeck trip site .

You can drive from Louisbourg to Baddeck in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Louisbourg in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Baddeck, with lows of 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Ingonish.

Things to do in Baddeck

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Uisge Ban Falls ©
Uisge Ban Falls
Baadeck Yarns ©
Baadeck Yarns

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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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cape Breton Highlands National Park. On the 9th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Christopher Gorey Gallery, trek along Middle Head Trail, and then take a memorable drive along Cabot Trail.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Ingonish journey tool .

Traveling by car from Baddeck to Ingonish takes 2 hours. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Ingonish when traveling from Baddeck in September, with lows around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ingonish

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Cabot Trail
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Cape Breton Highlands National Park ©
Cabot Trail ©
Cabot Trail
Middle Head Trail ©
Middle Head Trail

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