9 days in Nova Scotia Itinerary

9 days in Nova Scotia Itinerary

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9 days in Nova Scotia Itinerary

Start: Ottawa
+2
Fly + Drive + ferry:  8​h 15​min
1
Ingonish, Cape Breton Island
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
2
Halifax
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Mavillette
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Ottawa

3
nights
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.
Visiting Cape Breton Highlands National Park and Bog Trail will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ingonish: Colouratura Art Gallery (in Indian Brook) and St. James Presbyterian Church (in Big Bras d'Or). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Ingonish Beach, hike along Middle Head Trail, stroll through Green Cove Trail, and cruise along Cabot Trail.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Ingonish trip planner .

Ottawa to Ingonish is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and ferry. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Atlantic Standard Time (AST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Ottawa in June: high temperatures in Ingonish hover around 20°C and lows are around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Halifax.

Things to do in Ingonish

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

St. James Presbyterian Church, Colouratura Art Gallery, Cabot Trail
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Cape Breton Highlands National Park ©
Cabot Trail ©
Cabot Trail
Middle Head Trail ©
Middle Head Trail

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.
Visit Clam Harbour Beach and Crystal Crescent Beach Provincial Park for some beach relaxation. Let the collections at Maritime Museum of the Atlantic and Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History capture your imagination. Venture out of the city with trips to Peggy's Cove Lighthouse (in Peggy's Cove) and Queensland Beach (in Queensland). The adventure continues: get great views at Halifax Citadel National Historic Site of Canada, take in the waterfront at Halifax Waterfront Boardwalk, take an in-depth tour of Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, and admire the natural beauty at Halifax Public Gardens.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Halifax attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Ingonish to Halifax takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of car and bus. In July in Halifax, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Mavillette.

Things to do in Halifax

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Clam Harbour Beach, Crystal Crescent Beach Provincial Park, Peggy's Cove Lighthouse, Queensland Beach
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1
night
Mavillette

Mavillette ©
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): walk around Port Maitland Beach Provincial Park and then stroll through Mavillette Beach Provincial Park.

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You can drive from Halifax to Mavillette in 3.5 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Halifax in July; daily highs in Mavillette reach 22°C and lows reach 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Mavillette

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Port Maitland Beach Provincial Park
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Mavillette Beach Provincial Park ©
Port Maitland Beach Provincial Park ©

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