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    Places visited:

  • Halifax
  • Lunenburg
  • Annapolis Royal
  • Pictou
  • Cheticamp
  • Ingonish
  • Louisbourg
  • 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.

Audley Travel specialist Clair

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:

  • Halifax
  • Lunenburg
  • Annapolis Royal
  • Pictou
  • Cheticamp
  • Ingonish
  • Louisbourg
  • Charlos Cove

Itinerary idea in detail

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Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Day 1 Halifax

International outbound flight , Halifax

Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Halifax. On arrival in Halifax make your own way to your downtown hotel. The remainder of the day is free to relax.

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Day 2 Halifax

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.

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Day 3 Lunenburg

Halifax , 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.

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Day 4 Lunenburg

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.

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Day 5 Annapolis Royal

Lunenburg , 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.

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Day 6 Annapolis Royal

Annapolis Royal

Enjoy a day exploring the richly fertile Annapolis Valley, with its grand old houses and interesting history. From here you can also explore the Bay of Fundy, home to the world's highest tides.

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Day 7 Pictou

Annapolis Royal , 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.

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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.

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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.

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Day 10 Ingonish

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.

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Day 11 Louisbourg

Ingonish , 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.

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Day 12 Charlos Cove

Louisbourg , Charlos Cove

Leaving Louisbourg behind, your drive today takes you south, over the Kanso Causeway and back to mainland Nova Scotia. Your destination is the little seaside village of Charlos Cove.

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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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