30 days in Nova Scotia Itinerary

30 days in Nova Scotia Itinerary

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30 days in Nova Scotia Itinerary

Halifax
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Lunenburg
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
Yarmouth
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Annapolis Royal
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Halifax
— 6 nights
bus + Fly:  2​h 15​min
Sydney, Cape Breton Island
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Ingonish, Cape Breton Island
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
Truro
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Halifax

4
days
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.
Explore Lunenburg's surroundings by going to Grand-Pré National Historic Site (in Grand Pre) and Graves Island Provincial Park (in Chester). Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. John's Anglican Church, examine the collection at Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic, admire all the interesting features of Bluenose II, and kick back and relax at Hirtle's Beach.

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Halifax to Lunenburg is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. In September, daytime highs in Lunenburg are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Yarmouth.

Things to do in Lunenburg

Parks Outdoors Shopping

Side Trips

Mahone Bay, Cape Split Hiking Trail, Grand-Pré National Historic Site, Graves Island Provincial Park, The Ovens Natural Park
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Graves Island Provincial Park ©
Graves Island Provincial Park
St. John's Anglican Church ©
St. John's Anglican Church
Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic ©
Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic

4
days
Yarmouth

Yarmouth
Yarmouth is a port town located on the Bay of Fundy in southwestern Nova Scotia, Canada. Change things up with these side-trips from Yarmouth: Ocean Explorations Whale Cruises (in Tiverton), Mavillette Beach Provincial Park (in Mavillette) and Le Village Historique Acadien de la Nouvelle-Ecosse (in Lower West Pubnico). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Port Maitland Beach Provincial Park, get outside with Yarmouth Links, choose your vessel at The Song of the Paddle, and view the masterpieces at Art Gallery of Nova Scotia Western Branch.

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Traveling by car from Lunenburg to Yarmouth takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In September, daytime highs in Yarmouth are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can go by car to Annapolis Royal.

Things to do in Yarmouth

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Shelburne, Port Maitland Beach Provincial Park, Mavillette Beach Provincial Park, Le Village Historique Acadien de la Nouvelle-Ecosse, Ocean Explorations Whale Cruises
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Yarmouth Links
Yarmouth Links
Ocean Explorations Whale Cruises ©
Cape Forchu Lightstation ©
Cape Forchu Lightstation

3
days
Annapolis Royal

Annapolis Royal
Annapolis Royal, formerly known as Annapolis, is a Canadian town located in the western part of Annapolis County, Nova Scotia.Annapolis Royal was the French settlement of Port Royal (briefly Charlesfort) until the Siege of Port Royal in 1710 by Britain. Step out of Annapolis Royal with an excursion to Prim Point Lighthouse in Digby--about 38 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens, examine the collection at Port-Royal National Historic Site, steep yourself in history at Fort Anne National Historic Site, and make a trip to Annapolis Tidal Generating Station.

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Getting from Yarmouth to Annapolis Royal by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. In September in Annapolis Royal, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Halifax.

Things to do in Annapolis Royal

Parks Golf Outdoors

Side Trips

Bear River, Prim Point Lighthouse
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Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens
Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens
Fort Anne National Historic Site ©
Fort Anne National Historic Site
Port-Royal National Historic Site ©

7
days
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Halifax: Hope For Wildlife (in Seaforth), Lawrencetown Beach (in East Lawrencetown) and Peggy's Cove Lighthouse (in Peggy's Cove). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, stroll through Point Pleasant Park, browse the collection at Halifax Central Library, and take in the waterfront at Halifax Waterfront Boardwalk.

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Drive from Annapolis Royal to Halifax in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of car, ferry, and flight. In September in Halifax, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 14°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Halifax

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Dartmouth, Peggy's Cove Lighthouse, Hope For Wildlife, Lawrencetown Beach
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Halifax Public Gardens
Halifax Public Gardens
Halifax Citadel National Historic Site ©
Maritime Museum of the Atlantic ©
Maritime Museum of the Atlantic

4
days
Sydney, Cape Breton Island

Sydney ©
Sydney is a community and former city in Nova Scotia, Canada. Get out of town with these interesting Sydney side-trips: Miner's Museum (in Glace Bay), Louisbourg (Louisbourg Lighthouse & Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site) and Highland Village (in Iona). Next up on the itinerary: cruise along Cabot Trail, don't miss a visit to The Big Fiddle, look for gifts at Ed's Books & More, and admire the sheer force of Uisge Ban Falls.

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Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Halifax to Sydney takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in September, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Ingonish.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Cape Breton Island, Louisbourg, Baddeck, Highland Village, Miner's Museum
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Cabot Trail ©
Cabot Trail

3
days
Ingonish, Cape Breton Island

Ingonish ©
When in Ingonish, make a side trip to see Saint Peter's Church in Cheticamp, approximately 1h 30 min away. Spend the 23rd (Sat) exploring nature at Cape Breton Highlands National Park.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Ingonish trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Sydney to Ingonish in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in September, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Truro.

Things to do in Ingonish

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Lighthouse Ice Cream Parlour, Saint Peter's Church
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Middle Head Trail ©
Middle Head Trail
Highlands Links Golf Course ©
Highlands Links Golf Course
Cape Smokey Provincial Park ©
Cape Smokey Provincial Park

4
days
Truro

Truro ©
Truro is a town in central Nova Scotia, Canada. Explore Truro's surroundings by going to That Dutchman's Farm (in Upper Economy), Joggins Fossil Cliffs Centre (in Joggins) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Maitland). There's much more to do: stroll through Victoria Park, stop by Truro Farmers Market, head outdoors with Fundy Tidal Bore Adventures, and tee off at Northumberland Links Golf Club.

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You can drive from Ingonish to Truro in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, flight, and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Truro

Outdoors Shopping Golf

Side Trips

Maitland, Northumberland Links Golf Club, Fundy Tidal Bore Adventures, That Dutchman's Cheese Farm, Jost Vineyards
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Northumberland Links Golf Club ©
Northumberland Links Golf Club
Joggins Fossil Cliffs Centre ©
Joggins Fossil Cliffs Centre
Victoria Park
Victoria Park

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