A popular 13 night self drive of Nova Scotia. Visiting the best of what Nova Scotia has to offer – quaint fishing villages, rugged coastline, charming inns and famous maritime hospitality.
Document Kit Includes: Travel Wallet, Full Itinerary, Vouchers, Driving Directions, Maps & Supporting Literature
13 Nights Accommodations
Intermediate Car Rental for Duration (Unlimited kms, CDW Insurance, Airport Fees, Additional Driver Fee & Taxes)
Halifax City Tour
Brier Island Whale Watching 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 and collect your rental car. 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 city tour of Halifax – 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/Annapolis Valley
Depart Lunenburg and continue north along the Kejimkujik Scenic Drive via the Kejimkujik National Park; a spectacular inland National Park with walking trails to suit all levels and some of the best canoeing in Atlantic Canada. Visit the excellent visitor centre, which houses replicas of the native tools found by archaeologists dating back 4500 years. Continue on to Annapolis Royal – Known as ‘Canada’s birthplace’, Annapolis Royal is a must-see for anyone interested in Canadian history. Home to more than 150 historic sites and heritage buildings, the town retains a sleepy, old-fashioned charm. The town was the site of Canada’s first permanent European settlement, founded by the French in the 17th century. The town is home to St. George, Canada’s oldest street, on which you’ll also find the country’s oldest wooden house. Overnight Annapolis Royal.
Day 5 – Annapolis Valley
Depart Annapolis Royal and drive to Brier Island where you will enjoy a cruise of the scenic Bay of Fundy. The waters off Brier Island are the summer feeding ground, nursery and play area for dozens of marine species. Strong tidal currents bring nutrients close to the surface, increasing the productivity of plankton which attracts large schools of herring and mackerel, which in turn provide food for whales, dolphins, seabirds and a colony of seals. Later, do a little sightseeing in the area. Highlights include 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. Overnight Annapolis Royal.
Day 6 – 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. Highlights in the area include Randall House Historical Museum, the Old Burying Ground (which dates back to the 1760’s), the Robie Tufts Nature Centre and Prescott House Museum. Further afield you could visit Blomidon Provincial Park located at Cape Blomidon on the shores of the Minas Basin known for its hiking and spectacular views over the world’s highest tides. Overnight Wolfville.
Day 7 – Wolfville/Tatamagouche
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 to Tatamagouche, a vibrant community where meeting of old and new is in harmony and old Victorian homes and businesses mix with modern homes and facilities. Overnight Tatamagouche.
Day 8 – Tatamagouche
Use Tatamagouche as a base to explore the Northumberland Shore. 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 – Tatamagouche is the water sports capital of Nova Scotia. Enthusiasts will enjoy swimming, boating, sailing, kayaking, and wind surfing on Tatamagouche Bay. Overnight Tatamagouche.
Day 9 – Tatamagouche/Baddeck
Depart Tatamagouche 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 Baddeck.
Day 10 – Cabot Trail
Today you will follow the famous Cabot Trail clockwise – one of the most spectacular drives in all of Canada. Follow the route along to the French Acadian community of Cheticamp – which has a distinct Acadian flavour noticeable in the architecture, people, language and music. Continue along the Cabot Trail which winds around the rocky splendor of Cape Breton’s northern shore, ascending to the incredible plateaus of Cape Breton Highlands National Park. The park has 26 hiking trails ranging from 20-minute short walks to challenging hikes through stunning mountain and coastal landscapes. Continue onto Baddeck. Overnight Baddeck.
Day 11 – Baddeck/Louisbourg
This morning depart Baddeck and continue to explore Cape Breton Island. Continue on towards Sydney & Glace Bay. Take time to visit the Miners Museum and Marconi National Hiistorc 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 12 – 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 13 – 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 14 – 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 rental car and get ready for your onward journey.