The province of Nova Scotia is nearly completely surrounded by ocean and a place where you can feel your pace fall in sync with the rhythm of the sea, as the clean salt air breathes life into an afternoon. Immerse yourself in our rich and diverse culture that includes; Celtic and Gaelic, Acadian, African and Mikmaq. Stunning scenery, fresh seafood and lively musical entertainment ranging from bagpipes to fiddlers – Nova Scotia has something for everyone looking for an authentic experience.
Document Kit Includes: Travel Wallet, Full Itinerary, Vouchers, Driving Directions, Maps & Supporting Literature
15 Nights Accommodation
Intermediate Car Rental for Duration (Unlimited kms, CDW Insurance, Airport Fees, Additional Driver Fee & Taxes)
Halifax Hop on Hop off City Tour
All Meals (unless stated)
National Park Entrance Fees
Car Rental Extras (Gas, PAC Top up Insurance, GPS and taxes on extras)
Car Parking Fees
Harmonized Sales Tax at 15%
Any additional items not stated
Day 1 – Halifax
Arrive Halifax. Welcome to Nova Scotia’s Provincial Capital. This attractive city is a bustling hub of art galleries, shops, museums, restaurants, sidewalk cafes and vibrant nightlife centered around the picturesque waterfront. Officially founded in 1749 the history dates back even further, to times of the Mi’kmaq natives, European fishermen and the early Acadians, who came long before the British. Overnight Halifax.
Day 2 – Halifax
This morning enjoy a hop on hop off city tour of Halifax – take the full day to take in the sights of Halifax Historic Properties, Spring Garden Road, Province House and much more. Later, why not visit Alexander Keith’s Brewery as well as the excellent Maritime Museum – See the unique collection of the memorabilia collected after the tragic Titanic disaster. Also be sure to visit the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21. Pier 21 is a National Historic Site which was the gateway to Canada for one million immigrants between 1928 and 1971. It also served as the departure point for 500,000 Canadian Military Personnel during the Second World War. Today, Pier 21 hosts the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21—Atlantic Canada’s only national museum! This evening you should experience the Grafton Street Dinner Theatre – Entertaining Halifax for more than 22 years, The Grafton Street Dinner Theatre provides audiences with a unique dining experience. Music, comedy and interactive characters set the mood as you dine on the flavors of Nova Scotia. Overnight Halifax.
Day 3 – Halifax/Lunenburg
Depart Halifax and drive the south shore along the Lighthouse Route. En route visit Peggy’s Cove, a picturesque fishing village surrounded by bare granite and coastal barrens and home to Nova Scotia’s most visited lighthouse. Continue on to Mahone Bay, a picture postcard seaside town renowned for its beauty and churches. Further along the route you will arrive in Lunenburg, The region’s only UNESCO World Heritage Site, Lunenburg is widely touted as one of the most beautiful towns not just in Nova Scotia, but in all of Canada. Located along a harbor and bordered by dramatic hills, the town is dotted with beguiling pastel-colored buildings, most of which were constructed between the 18th and 19th centuries. These historic houses are characterized by the unique ‘Lunenburg Bump’, a five-sided dormer window built over the front door. The town’s vibrant atmosphere adds to its draw, with its downtown area buzzing with offbeat boutiques, progressive galleries and artisan shops. Overnight Lunenburg.
Day 4 – Lunenburg
Today spend the day exploring this delightful area further. Established in 1753, Lunenburg proudly preserves the original layout of a planned Colonial settlement – Mi’kmaq natives and Acadians being the earliest settlers. Suggest taking a “Trot in Time” on horse and buggy ride – a 35 minute journey from the waterfront area and weave back and forth through the streets to view the beautiful town of Lunenburg, or maybe join a walking tour! Be sure to visit the interesting local art galleries and craft shops. There are many beautiful beaches in the area too; Crescent & Rissers to name a few and a quick trip to Blue Rocks for some amazing photo opportunities is also a suggestion! Overnight Lunenburg.
Day 5 – Lunenburg/East Kemptville
This morning depart early and continue along the Lighthouse Route and visit historic Liverpool. Known as the Port of the Privateers, Liverpool is located at the mouth of the beautiful Mersey River and has a rich and colourful history. Liverpool can easily be explored on foot and has over 31 historic sites dating back to 1763 to visit. Depart Liverpool and continue along this scenic route through beautiful bays and picturesque fishing villages on to Shelburne. Shelburne’s eye-catching waterfront district has changed little since it was first established in the 1780s, with many pre-19th-century homes still standing today. The town was settled after the American Revolution, swelling with a large population of Loyalists which briefly made it larger than major cities like Quebec and Halifax at the time. Oddly, part of the town’s excellent preservation can be attributed to the film The Scarlet Letter which was filmed here in the 1990s. The film crews buried a number of unsightly power lines and helped foster awareness about the town’s fascinating heritage. From Shelburne you will travel inland to East Kemptville to a unique refuge offering superb outdoor recreation, outstanding cuisine, & engaging culinary experiences in a spot so wild there is no cell phone coverage! An unparalleled place for relaxation & enjoyment of the great outdoors. Overnight East Kemptville.
Day 6 – East Kemptville/Annapolis Royal
Depart East Kemptville and continue to Yarmouth. Once the second largest port in Canada, Yarmouth is an historic seaport dating back to the Viking era and houses the Yarmouth Lighthouse at Cape Forchu. Continue along the Evangeline Trail entering the world of French Pioneers of the early 17th century. You will follow this coastal route alongside the shore of the magnificent Bay of Fundy; the landscape is teeming with birds, wildlife and wild flowers. Continue on to the Annapolis Valley, which overlooks the spectacular Annapolis Basin and is the gateway to the Bay of Fundy and New Brunswick. The Annapolis Valley area is known as wine country – be sure to visit one of the many wineries in the area. Overnight Annapolis Royal.
Day 7 – Annapolis Valley
Today a choice of suggestions – You can drive to Brier Island for a whale watching experience from Digby Neck which is one of the best places in the world to see whales or stay in the local area and visit Fort Anne National Historic Site, Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens, the O’Dell House Museum, Sinclair Inn National Historic Site, a delightful waterfront boardwalk and much more. Alternatively, you may wish to visit Kejimkujik National Park, a spectacular inland National Park, with over 100kms of trails providing numerous opportunities to explore the variety of forests, lakes and rivers. Visit the excellent visitor centre which houses replicas of the native tools found by archaeologists dating back 4500 years. Overnight Annapolis Royal.
Day 8 – Annapolis Royal/Wolfville
Continue along the Evangeline Trail on to Wolfville. This charming university town is known as the cultural and intellectual centre of the valley and is home to many classic shops, boutiques and fine dining. Take time to follow the self guided Heritage Home Walking Tour and stroll past stately homes each depicting its own unique architecture. A tour of Grand Pre Winery is highly recommended – you can enjoy the full experience; taste the wines and learn about grape growing, also visit the wine shop where you will also find local arts, crafts and wine accessories. All products are made from 100% Nova Scotia grown grapes or apples. Overnight Wolfville.
Day 9 – Wolfville/Wallace
Depart Wolfville and continue along the Glooscap Trail on to Truro, located in the centre of the province and known as the ‘hub of Nova Scotia’. Truro’s location at the very tip of the Bay of Fundy makes it an excellent viewing area for the “Tidal Bore” an amazing natural phenomenon. From Truro continue on along the Sunrise Trail on to the shores of the Northumberland Strait. Overnight Wallace.
Day 10 – Wallace
Today you can tour the Northumberland Strait. This area is a charming destination for visitors, boasting art galleries, museums, craft and gift shops, restaurants and great beaches. Places to visit include Jost Vinyard, the Fraser Cultural Centre, Sunrise Trail Museum, Cumberland County Museum, Balmoral Grist Mill and the Sutherland Stream Mill. For the more adventurous – this area is the water sports capital of Nova Scotia. Enthusiasts will enjoy swimming, boating, sailing, kayaking, and wind surfing on Tatamagouche Bay. Overnight Wallace.
Day 11 – Wallace/Ingonish
Depart Wallace and follow along the Sunrise Trail to the historic town of Pictou – known as the birthplace of New Scotland, it was here that the province’s first Scottish Highlanders landed on the ship ‘Hector’ in 1773. Pictou boasts an award-winning waterfront development that includes the Hector Heritage Quay, where a full scale replica of the Hector has been built using traditional ship building techniques. Depart Pictou and continue to Cape Breton via the Canso Causeway and onto Baddeck. This scenic village overlooks the beautiful Bras d’Or Lakes and the most notable resident historically was Alexander Graham Bell – you can visit the National Historic Site named after him. Overnight Ingonish.
Day 12 – Ingonish
Today you will drive along the spectacular Cabot Trail counterclockwise. This is one of the most spectacular drives in all of Canada. The trail winds around the rocky splendor of Cape Breton’s northern shore, ascending to the incredible plateaus of Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Enroute take time to visit the Provincial Parks at Long Point, Port Hood before continuing on to the French Acadian community of Cheticamp. Sightseeing suggestions include the L’Eglise St. Pierre historic church, Les Trois Pignons Museum and the Dr Elizabeth LeFort Gallery where you can view ‘Cheticamp hooking’ – the art of making hand hooked tapestries. If time permits take one of the whale watch tours from Cheticamp. Overnight Ingonish.
Day 13 – Ingonish/Louisbourg
This morning depart Ingonish and continue to explore Cape Breton Island. Continue on towards Sydney & Glace Bay. Take time to visit the Miners Museum and Marconi National Historic Site. From Glace Bay follow the Marconi Trail to the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site, the largest historical reconstruction in North America and the town of Louisbourg. Hear the cannons and muskets fire, watch the changing of the guard and meet the villagers at this meticulously preserved and recreated French fortification of over 250 years ago. Overnight Louisbourg.
Day 14 – Louisbourg/Charlos Cove
Depart Louisbourg and continue onto Canso Causeway. From here you will drive along the Eastern Shore and follow the Marine Drive Route where you will find nature, history and culture, as well as rugged coasts, tranquil bays and beaches, unspoiled forest fauna and crystal clear lakes and streams. Be sure to visit the community of Guysborough – an inviting neighbourhood with distinctive architecture overlooking Chedabucto Bay before arriving at Charlos Cove. The delightful community of Charlos Cove was settled around 1760 and named after one of the first Acadian settlers, Charles Richard, and has a rich British and Acadian history. Overnight Charlos Cove.
Day 15 – Charlos Cove/Liscomb Mills
Depart Charlos Cove and continue to follow the coastal route to Liscombe. Here you can choose from many outdoor activities such as sea kayaking, harbour tours, canoeing on offer or maybe take the short drive to visit Sherbrooke Village – a typical Nova Scotian Village from the 1860’s where most of the interpreters are dressed in period costume. Overnight Liscomb Mills.
Day 16 – Liscomb Mills/Halifax
Depart Liscomb and take a leisurely drive back to Halifax. En route visit Musquodoboit Harbour & Valley – a haven for nature lovers. If time permits visit Martinique Beach, the longest beach in the province. Continue to Halifax Airport where you will drop off your car rental and get ready for your onward journey.