- Annapolis Royal
- Charlos Cove
Explore Halifax's historic buildings and perhaps enjoy an al fresco lunch by the harbour.
Discover the history of quaint historic towns such as Lunenburg and Annapolis Royal.
Drive the famed Cabot Trail in the north of Cape Breton Island.
Step back in time and visit Louisbourg's reconstructed 18th century fortress.
What our specialists say...
This is the ideal trip for those with limited time who wish to discover the highlights of Atlantic Canada. Encompassing the rich history and culture of the region, the splendid scenery of Cape Breton Island, quaint seaside towns and plenty of opportunities to explore the rugged coasts, this varied self-drive trip offers something of interest for everyone.
We recommend this trip for:
- Annapolis Royal
- Charlos Cove
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Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.
Day 1 Halifax
Day 2 Halifax
Enjoy a day exploring the interesting city of Halifax. For history buffs, don't miss Halifax Citadel and the famous Halifax Clock. Alternatively you may wish to take a sailing trip on one of the world's largest natural harbours or simply enjoy a glass of wine in one of the many waterfront pubs.
Day 3 Lunenburg
Collect your hire car and drive south, following the indented coastline to the quaint little fishing port of Lunenburg. Don't miss stopping en route at the famous lighthouse at Peggy's Cove. In Lunenburg you may wish to visit the renowned Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic.
Day 4 Lunenburg
Spend a day exploring the UNESCO World Heritage town of Lunenburg. There are some superb museums and craft shops here, housed in old clapboard buildings, and usually there are old sailing ships moored in the harbour.
Day 5 Annapolis Royal
Drive from Lunenburg through the centre of southern Nova Scotia to Annapolis Royal. You may wish to stop and explore Kejimkujik National Park on the way which is lovely to look for turtles and deer as you explore by canoe.
Day 6 Annapolis Royal
Day 7 Pictou
Your drive today takes you from southern Nova Scotia to Pictou on the Northumberland Strait. Here you can see a replica of the sailing ship Hector that brought the first Scottish settlers to the province in 1773.
Day 8 Cheticamp
Pictou , Cheticamp
Drive north from Pictou to Cheticamp on the western coast of Cape Breton Island. This little village has wonderful sea views and is the perfect place to start exploring the Cabot Trail, one of North America's most spectacular coastal drives.
Day 9 Ingonish
Cheticamp , Ingonish
Follow the stunning Cabot Trail north to Ingonish, stopping to look around small coastal villages and admire the breathtaking sea views on the way.
Day 10 Ingonish
Spend a day exploring the northern tip of Cape Breton Island with its indented coastline and bays such as Meat Cove. Make sure you allow time to go walking in the beautiful Cape Breton Highlands National Park to look for wildlife there.
Day 11 Louisbourg
Today you drive eastwards, past Sydney and Bras d'Or Lake, to Louisbourg on the eastern coast of Cape Breton Island. This afternoon do visit the reconstructed 18th century fortress there where you can step back in time and learn all about the struggle for power between Britain and France in the New World.
Day 12 Charlos Cove
Day 13 International return flight
Charlos Cove , International return flight
Drive from Charlos Cove back to Halifax along Nova Scotia's wild and rugged eastern seaboard. You may wish to stop in Halifax en route for some last minute shopping and sightseeing before dropping off your hire car at the airport prior to boarding your onward flight.
Day 14 International return flight
International return flight
Arrive home today to complete your journey.
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