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Nova Scotia Loop

Halifax, Cape Breton Island, Ingonish, Baddeck, Wolfville, Annapolis Royal, Lunenburg, Peggy's Cove and more

Visit Nova Scotia on the East coast of Canada. A gorgeous coastal trip. With lighthouses, UNESCO sites, fresh local seafood and produce you’ll have an adventure each day. Visit the picturesque quaint towns of Nova Scotia’s wine country.


Nova Scotia Loop 10 nights

All of our North American fly drive holidays can be tailored to meet your exact requirements. Do you have more or less than 10 days for your road trip? No problem, we can bolt on extra nights to allow more time to explore or shorten the number of destinations as required. Just let us know when requesting your quote.

Canada's east coast is spectacular


Halifax Town Clock

Day 1

Start your tour of Nova Scotia in the provincial capital Halifax

After a relatively short flight from the UK, you'll settle into your chosen Halifax accommodation before enjoying dinner on the waterfront or close to your hotel.

  • Key location: Halifax, NS
  • Halifax, NS

Citadel and Downtown

Day 2

A full day to explore historic Halifax highlights

The city is dominated by a citadel that sits above the town, this former fort is a National Historic Site of Canada and a must-see for anyone visiting Halifax in our opinion. Next we recommend you work your way down to the waterfront boardwalk via points of interest like the Halifax Public Gardens, Halifax Public Library and the Canadian Museum of Immigration. We then suggest you finish the day with a cruise on the water or a meal on the boardwalk.

  • Key location: Halifax, NS
  • Halifax, NS

Liscomb River

Day 3

Collect the car and head east along the shoreline

Time to get behind the wheel and set out on an epic road trip around Nova Scotia, The amount of coastal driving on this particular holiday is simply astounding, and the first leg of this trip along the eastern shore is a great place to start.

  • Key location: Eastern Shore
  • Liscomb, NS
  • 112 Miles

The Cabot Trail

Day 4

Continue east to the wonderland that is Cape Breton Island

Today you'll continue east to Cape Breton. Technically an island, Cape Breton is linked to the rest of Nova Scotia by the Canso Causeway. Once you're over the bridge you'll head up the northern side of the UNESCO protected Bras d'Or Lake, before joining the world famous Cabot Trail route which is located in the northeastern tip of Nova Scotia.

  • Key location: The Cabot Trail
  • Ingonish Beach, NS
  • 183 Miles

Baddeck, Bras d'Or Lake

Day 5

Drive the legendary Cabot Trail, before relaxing by Bras d'Or Lake

The Cabot Trail is considered one of the best drives in North America, today you'll spend the whole day completing this amazing loop past Cape Breton Highlands National Park and mile upon mile of epic coastal scenery. Once you've completed the drive and maybe a hike or two, you'll finish off the day with a well deserved beer or glass of wine on the shores of Bras d'Or Lake.

  • Key location: The Cabot Trail
  • Baddeck, NS
  • 125 Miles

Waterfalls in Truro

Day 6

Leave Cape Breton and head for wine country

Explore the Gaelic History along the Ceilidh Trail in the highlands of Cape Breton. Truro's handy central location makes the ideal place to base yourself en route to the Annapolis Valley. Explore the historic downtown and take in the Salmon River, a great place to view the twice daily, Bay of Fundy tidal bore.

  • Key location: Truro, NS
  • Truro, NS
  • 157 Miles

Bay of Fundy

Day 7

Wineries, history and tidal bore rafting are on offer today

Today, you can opt to ride a tidal bore along the Shubenacadie River, see Bay of Fundy "flower pot" formations in Burntcoat Head Park before stepping back in time at Fort Edward National Historical Site and the UNESCO world heritage site Grand Pre National Historic Site. Learn all about Nova Scotia's rich Acadian, Scottish and First Nations heritage.

  • Key location: Grand Pre
  • Wolfville, NS
  • 98 Miles

Blomidon Estate Winery

Day 8

Enjoy Nova Scotia's wine country

The pretty town of Wolfville overlooks beautiful Cape Blomidon on the Bay of Fundy and is home to a gorgeous landscape of gardens, farmland and vineyards. Take a tour of one of the many wineries in the area such as Domaine de Grand Pre Winery, Gaspereau Vineyards or take the Magic Winery Bus for a tour of local wineries on a British double-decker.

  • Key location: Wolfville, NS
  • Wolfville, NS

Annapolis Lighthouse

Day 9

Historic Annapolis Royal awaits

Have a leisurely morning in delightful Wolfville and neighbouring Grand Pre, before taking the short drive over to history ladened Annapolis Royal to the west. Today is another relaxing day, so find yourself a nice chair somewhere to finish off your holiday reading book, catch up on your holiday diary writing or to post those all important social media updates.

  • Key location: Annapolis Royal
  • Annapolis Royal, NS
  • 67 Miles

Peggy's Cove

Day 10

Onto Unesco World Heritage protected Lunenburg & Peggy's Cove

At The American Road Trip Company, we like to finish off our itineraries with a bang. Kejimkujik National Park, the Unesco protected town of Lunenburg and nearby Peggy's Cove Lighthouse will leave a lasting impression and the numerous photo opportunities will soon wipe out any remaining memory on your camera or phone. Tomorrow you'll return to Halifax for your flight home.

  • Key location: Peggy's Cove
  • Lunenburg, NS
  • 86 Miles

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