22 days in Nova Scotia Itinerary

22 days in Nova Scotia Itinerary

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22 days in Nova Scotia Itinerary

Calgary
Fly:  8​h
Halifax
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  3​h 45​min
Sydney, Cape Breton Island
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Baddeck, Cape Breton Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Ingonish, Cape Breton Island
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
Wolfville
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Annapolis Royal
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Saint-Alphonse
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Lunenburg
— 3 nights
taxi + bus + Fly:  8​h 45​min
Calgary

4
days
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 Halifax's surroundings by going to Peggy's Cove (Peggy's Cove Lighthouse & Swissair Flight 111 Memorial). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Halifax Citadel National Historic Site, take a leisurely stroll along Halifax Waterfront Boardwalk, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Paul's Anglican Church, and browse the collection at Halifax Central Library.

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Calgary to Halifax is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Atlantic Standard Time is 3 hours. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Calgary in September since evenings lows in Halifax dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Halifax

Historic Sites Museums Parks

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

3
days
Sydney, Cape Breton Island

Sydney is a community and former city in Nova Scotia, Canada. Change things up with these side-trips from Sydney: Louisbourg (Louisbourg Lighthouse & Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site) and Miner's Museum (in Glace Bay). The adventure continues: explore the activities along Bras d'Or Lake, stop by Ed's Books & More, stroll through Black Brook Beach, and make a trip to The Big Fiddle.

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Explore your travel options from Halifax to Sydney with the Route module. Traveling from Halifax in September, Sydney is slightly colder at night with lows of 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to travel to Baddeck.

Things to do in Sydney

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cape Breton Island, Louisbourg, Miner's Museum
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Miner's Museum
Bras d'Or Lake

2
days
Baddeck, Cape Breton Island

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 19th (Tue), glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, steep yourself in history at Highland Village, then don't miss a visit to The Water's Edge Gallery of Fine Art & Crafts, and finally get engrossed in the history at Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site. On the 20th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sea views from Kidston Island Lighthouse, look for gifts at Baadeck Yarns, and then admire the sheer force of Uisge Ban Falls.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Baddeck vacation trip planner.

You can drive from Sydney to Baddeck in an hour. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Sydney in September since evenings lows in Baddeck dip to 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can travel to Ingonish.

Things to do in Baddeck

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Highland Village
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Highland Village
Uisge Ban Falls

3
days
Ingonish, Cape Breton Island

Spend the 21st (Thu) exploring nature at Cape Breton Highlands National Park.

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You can drive from Baddeck to Ingonish in 2 hours. Traveling from Baddeck in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Ingonish, with lows of 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to travel to Wolfville.

Things to do in Ingonish

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Cape Smokey Provincial Park
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Middle Head Trail
Highlands Links Golf Course
Cape Smokey Provincial Park

2
days
Wolfville

Wolfville is a Canadian town in the Annapolis Valley, Kings County, Nova Scotia, located about 100km northwest of the provincial capital, Halifax. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Prescott House Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Mon): do a tasting at Luckett Vineyards, steep yourself in history at Grand-Pré National Historic Site, and then trek along Cape Split Hiking Trail.

To find traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Wolfville trip builder.

Explore your travel options from Ingonish to Wolfville with the Route module. In September in Wolfville, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Annapolis Royal.

Things to do in Wolfville

Outdoors Museums Trails

Side Trips

Grand-Pré National Historic Site, That Dutchman's Farm, Cape Split Hiking Trail, Joggins Fossil Cliffs Centre
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Cape Split Hiking Trail
Joggins Fossil Cliffs Centre
Grand-Pré National Historic Site

2
days
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. On the 27th (Wed), don't miss a visit to ARTsPLACE, steep yourself in history at Fort Anne National Historic Site, then make a trip to Annapolis Tidal Generating Station, and finally see the interesting displays at Port-Royal National Historic Site. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens and then find something for the whole family at Upper Clements Parks.

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Getting from Wolfville to Annapolis Royal by car takes about 1.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to travel to Saint-Alphonse.

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Tours Outdoors Adventure
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Upper Clements Parks
Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens
Fort Anne National Historic Site

1
day
Saint-Alphonse

On the 29th (Fri), make a trip to June Deveau Galerie Studio and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mavillette Beach Provincial Park.

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You can drive from Annapolis Royal to Saint-Alphonse in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Annapolis Royal in September, expect nights in Saint-Alphonse to be about the same, around 14°C, while days are little chillier, around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can travel to Lunenburg.

Things to do in Saint-Alphonse

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Mavillette Beach Provincial Park
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June Deveau Galerie Studio

3
days
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.
Step out of Lunenburg with an excursion to Graves Island Provincial Park in Chester--about 36 minutes away. The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. John's Anglican Church, make a trip to Blue Hog Gallery, look for gifts at Haskapa, and explore and take pictures at Bluenose II.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Lunenburg vacation planner.

Getting from Saint-Alphonse to Lunenburg by car takes about 3 hours. September in Lunenburg sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Lunenburg

Parks Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Mahone Bay, Chester, The Ovens Natural Park, Hirtle's Beach
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The Ovens Natural Park
St. John's Anglican Church
Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic

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