A scenic road trip through the heart of beautiful Nova Scotia
- Enjoy an in-depth, independent tour of Nova Scotia as you drive from Halifax to Liscomb Mills
- Visit colonial settlement of Lunenburg – a UNESCO World Heritage Site
- Drive the Cabot Trail, among Canada's most spectacular roads
- Look out over the Bay of Fundy and its famous tidal bore
- Discover unspoilt beaches, historic lighthouses and stunning national parks
- 2 Nights Halifax
- 2 Nights Lunenburg
- 1 Night East Kemptville
- 2 Nights Annapolis Royal
- 1 Night Wolfville
- 2 Nights Wallace
- 2 Nights Ingonish
- 1 Night Louisbourg
- 1 Night Charlos Cove
- 1 Night Liscomb Mills
- 1 Night Halifax
History & culture | Natural world | Self-drive
This Canada holiday showcases the natural beauty of Nova Scotia's landscapes and coastlines, exploring this province of Atlantic Canada in depth. Experience a unique culture, meet friendly locals and dine on superb seafood as you discover uncrowded beaches, majestic lighthouses and pristine national parks. From the bustling waterfront city of Halifax your journey takes you to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Lunenburg, via Peggy's Cove – reputedly the most photographed lighthouse in Canada – and on to Yarmouth, a historic seaport dating back to the Viking era. Then, via the picturesque Annapolis Valley, you'll arrive into Truro for picture-perfect views of the 'Tidal Bore' in the Bay of Fundy and a drive along one of Canada's most scenic roads – the Cabot Trail.
Day by day itinerary
Enjoy a relaxing start to your holiday with included airport lounge access before your daytime flight to Halifax, Nova Scotia's provincial capital. Enjoy a city tour as you take in the sights of the Halifax Historic Properties, Spring Garden Road and Province House before popping into Alexander Keith’s Brewery. There's also the excellent Maritime Museum, has holds a unique collection of memorabilia on the Titanic.
Stay: The Halliburton, Halifax, Nova Scotia (Superior)
Collect your hire car and begin your journey south along the Lighthouse Route, stopping to visit Peggy's Cove, a picturesque fishing village surrounded by bare granite and coastal barrens. Your final destination is Lunenburg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that proudly preserves the original layout of a colonial settlement; the Mi’kmaq natives and Arcadians were the earliest settlers. An optional walking tour is the best way to explore.
Stay: Lunenburg Inn, Lunenburg (Superior)
You'll keep to the Lighthouse Route today as you drive on to Liverpool. Known as the Port of the Privateers, it even stands of the mouth of the Mersey River. From here, it’s a beautifully scenic drive to Shelburne and then inland to East Kemptville where you'll spend the night.
Stay: Trout Point Lodge (Superior)
Following the Evangeline Coastal Trail, you’ll arrive into the Annapolis Valley, gateway to the Bay of Fundy and New Brunswick. For memorable wildlife encounters, head to beautiful Brier Island for a whale watching tour, while for those that prefer their history there’s the Fort Anne National Historic Site and the Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens to explore.
Stay: Queen Anne Inn, Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia (Superior)
Begin today with a self-guided Heritage Home Walking Tour, a wonderful way to explore the region around Wolfville. Then, perhaps call into the nearby the Grand Pre Winery.
Stay: Tattingstone Inn (Superior)
Drive the Glooscap Trail to Truro and the Northumberland Strait, where vineyards stretch down to a golden shoreline and fresh lobster is served straight from the sea. From Truro's elevated vantage point, you'll enjoy sweeping views out over the Bay of Fundy and its famous tidal bore before continuing to your hotel in Wallace.
Stay: Cambra Sands (Superior)
Ingonish (Cabot Trail)
Head to the historic town of Pictou – birthplace of New Scotland – and on via Cape Breton and the Canso Causeway to Baddeck, a village overlooking the beautiful Bras d'Or Lakes. This region is also home to one of the most spectacular roads in Canada – The Cabot Trail. Winding around the rocky splendour of Cape Breton's northern shore, it ascends to the plateaus of Cape Breton Highlands National Park. The route is such that you'll stop regularly for photos. But, if you do have time, there's the chance to take a whale-watching tour from Cheticamp before arriving at your hotel in Ingonish.
Stay: Lantern Hill & Hollow (Superior)
This morning there is time for further exploration of Cape Breton Island before moving on to Sydney and Glace Bay. From here, you'll follow the Marconi Trail to the town of Louisbourg.
Stay: Louisbourg Harbour Inn (Superior)
Today’s route traces the rugged the rugged beauty of Cape Breton’s eastern shore, dipping past secluded beaches and crystalline lakes on the way to Charlos Cove.
Stay: Seawind Landing (Superior)
Continue on the coastal route to Liscomb, perhaps taking to the water on an optional sea kayaking tour, harbour cruise or canoeing adventure. There's also time to visit Sherbrooke Village – a typical 19th-century Nova Scotian town.
Stay: Liscombe Lodge (Superior)
Liscomb to Halifax
It’s a leisurely drive back to Halifax. En-route, visit Musquodoboit Harbour and take a stroll along Martinique Beach. Spend some time exploring more of Halifax, where during the struggle for power the British used Halifax's strategic position by building a fortress that rivalled the French one on Cape Breton Island. Walk around Halifax Citadel National Historic Site and enjoy views down to the harbour, visit the Old Town Clock on Citadel Hill or take a stroll along peaceful pathways of Halifax Public Gardens.
Stay: The Halliburton, Halifax, Nova Scotia (Superior)
Halifax / UK
This morning make your way to the airport where you will drop off your hire car and board your flight to London.
Any element of this itinerary can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.
17-day tailor-made self drive
from £3,270 pp incl. flights
from £3,270 pp. incl. flights
from £3,325 pp. incl. flights
Valid for travel: May to October
- Complimentary UK departure lounge access
- return international flights
- 15 nights boutique accommodation with meals where indicated
- 13 days intermediate car rental
- Halifax City Tour and full driving directions with maps.
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