8 days in Nova Scotia Itinerary

8 days in Nova Scotia Itinerary

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Baddeck, Cape Breton Island
— 1 night
2
Ingonish, Cape Breton Island
— 2 nights
3
Lunenburg
— 1 night
4
Halifax
— 3 nights

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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 21st (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Michael's Catholic Church.

For traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Baddeck road trip site.

Toronto to Baddeck is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Atlantic Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Toronto in August, plan for slightly colder nights in Baddeck, with lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can drive to Ingonish.

Things to do in Baddeck

Outdoors Scenic Drive Trails

Side Trip

Cabot Trail
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Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site ©
Cabot Trail ©
Cabot Trail
St. Michael's Catholic Church ©
St. Michael's Catholic Church

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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.
On the 23rd (Sun), explore the striking landscape of Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Dingwall Beach, kick back and relax at Ingonish Beach, and then trek along Middle Head Trail.

For more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Ingonish route planner.

Traveling by car from Baddeck to Ingonish takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around °C in August, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can go by car to Lunenburg.

Things to do in Ingonish

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Dingwall Beach
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Cape Breton Highlands National Park ©
Cape Breton Highlands National Park
Middle Head Trail ©
Middle Head Trail
Ingonish Beach ©
Ingonish Beach

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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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): examine the collection at Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic, thenget to know the fascinating history of Lunenburg Historic District, thenview the masterpieces at Laurie Swim Gallery, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. John's Anglican Church.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Lunenburg vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Ingonish to Lunenburg takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and bus. In August, daily temperatures in Lunenburg can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can drive to Halifax.

Things to do in Lunenburg

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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St. John's Anglican Church ©
St. John's Anglican Church
Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic ©
Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic
Lunenburg Historic District ©
Lunenburg Historic District

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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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Peggy's Cove Lighthouse and Halifax Citadel National Historic Site of Canada. Maritime Museum of the Atlantic and Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Halifax Public Gardens, ponder the world of politics at Province House, get to know the fascinating history of Historic Properties, and take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Paul's Church.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Halifax trip builder website.

Drive from Lunenburg to Halifax in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Halifax

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games

Side Trip

Peggy's Cove Lighthouse
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Peggy's Cove Lighthouse ©
Peggy's Cove Lighthouse
Maritime Museum of the Atlantic ©
Maritime Museum of the Atlantic

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