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Halifax, Nova Scotia, Halifax, Atlantic Canada

Nova Scotia

Visit Halifax, Eastern Shore, Ingonish Beach, Cabot Trail, Baddeck, Truro, Wolfville, Annapolis Royal, Lunenburg & Peggy’s Cove.

Discover the unspoilt and historic province of Nova Scotia

10 Nights from £1,499pp
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‘from’ prices are based on off peak travel, 2 people sharing a standard car, economy flights and 3* Hotels. All trips are completely bespoke so just tell your expert any requirements you have.

Discover the province of Nova Scotia on the East Coast of Canada, also known as Atlantic Canada. This gorgeous coastal road trip starts and ends in Halifax and includes lighthouses, UNESCO sites and fresh local seafood along the circular route. If you’re looking for a short and relaxing road trip away from the crowds and any hustle and bustle, our Nova Scotia itinerary could be the one for you.

Key road trip highlights:

  • Land in Halifax and stay for two nights in Nova Scotia’s capital.
  • Drive the world-famous Cabot Trail around Cape Briton Island at the eastern end of Nova Scotia.
  • Discover Nova Scotia Wine Country in and around lovely Wolfsville.
  • Visit historic Annapolis Royal.
  • Stroll around the UNESCO-protected picturesque town of Lunenburg.
  • Photograph one of the most recognised lighthouses in the world at Peggy’s Cove.
  • What’s included? Direct flights with a premier carrier like Air Canada, accommodation to your desired standard and length of stay, car rental and a detailed road trip pack.
Nova Scotia Loop route with The American Road Trip Company

Our Favourite Hotels

We’ll suggest properties to match your preferred budget, be it low-cost, mid-range or high-end luxury that you’re looking for. We can also mix it up so you’ll experience a range of standards and experiences along your road trip.

Ceilidh Country Lodge, Baddeck, NS

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Ceilidh Country Lodge

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Baddeck

Keltic Lodge At The Highlands, Ingonish Beach

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Keltic Lodge At The Highlands

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Ingonish Beach

The Evangeline Inn, Wolfville

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The Evangeline Inn

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Wolfville

Atlantic View Motel and Cottages, Lunenburg

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Atlantic View Motel and Cottages

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Lunenburg

The Westin Nova Scotian, Halifax

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The Westin Nova Scotian

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Halifax

Prince George Hotel, Halifax

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Prince George Hotel

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Halifax

Lantern Hill and Hollow, Ingonish Beach, NS

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Lantern Hill and Hollow

Location:

Ingonish Beach

Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel, Halifax

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Marriott Harbourfront Hotel

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Halifax

Road Trip Itinerary

All of our  road trips can be tailored to meet your 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.

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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 in your hotel.

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Halifax, NS

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Halifax, Nova Scotia, Halifax, Atlantic Canada
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A full day to explore historic Halifax

Halifax 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. 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 suggest you finish the day with a cruise on the water or a meal on the boardwalk.

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Halifax, NS

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Halifax, Nova Scotia - Aerial image of Citadek and Downtown Halifax
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Collect the car and head east along the shoreline

It’s time to get behind the wheel and set out on a calming road trip around coastal Nova Scotia. The amount of coastal driving on this particular holiday is astounding, and the first leg of this route along the eastern shore is a great place to start.

Location:

Liscomb, NS

Drive:

112 miles

Cape Breton, Nova Scotia - Cabot Trail Scenic view
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Continue east to the wonderland of 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’ve crossed 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 in the northeastern tip of Nova Scotia.

Location:

Ingonish Beach, NS

Drive:

190 miles

Cape Breton, Nove Scotia - The Cabot Trail winds it's way around the coast of Cape Breton Island
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Drive the renowned Cabot Trail, before unwinding 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 awesome 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.

Location:

Baddeck, NS

Drive:

125 miles

Baddeck in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada
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Leave Cape Breton and head west to Truro

Explore Gaelic History along the Ceilidh Trail in the highlands of Cape Breton. Truro’s handy central location makes it 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.

Location:

Truro, NS

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157 miles

Truro, Nova Scotia, Canada Road Trips
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Wineries, history and tidal bore rafting are on offer today

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

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Wolfville, NS

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98 miles

Bay of Fundy, New Brunswick - Fundy Waterfall
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Discover Nova Scotia's wine country

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

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Wolfville, NS

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Wolfville, Nova Scotia - Rows of grapes at Blomidon Estate Winery
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From Wolfville to historic Annapolis Royal

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

Location:

Annapolis Royal, NS

Drive:

68 miles

Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia, Canada - Lighthouse overlooking the shoreline
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Unesco World Heritage protected Lunenburg & Peggys Cove

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

Location:

Lunenburg, NS

Drive:

86 miles

Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia - Light House at Peggy Cove at Sunset

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Frequently Asked Questions

You’ll find answers to most of your questions right here. If you still need assistance, Feel free to get in touch, and we’ll be sure to get back to you promptly!

Can I Add Extra Nights To The Road Trips?

Not a problem. If you are lucky enough to have extra time to explore more places or add more rest days, then just let us know and we’ll adjust your trip to match your preferred timescale.

Must I Have Travel Insurance?

We strongly advise that you purchase travel insurance for your holiday to cover you against medical expenses, theft and other financial costs. Should you need to cancel before travelling, some insurance policies may pay out for any loss of funds that have been paid to us and which cannot be refunded under our cancellation policy.

Can I Do A One-Way Rental?

Many of our trips have a different end destination than the starting point, so this is not a problem. Please note a fee sometimes applies for one-way rentals between other regions or states, which will be paid to the supplier directly when collecting the vehicle. We’ll endeavour to inform you of this charge within your quote.

Am I Limited To Certain Hotels Or Chains?

No, far from it. We work with a range of properties from 3* to 5*, so we can adapt the trip to match most budgets. We have access to rooms in more than 800 hotels, motels, lodges and B&Bs across North America.

How Old Do I Need To Be?

The minimum age to rent a car is 21 in the United States or Canada, although, in addition, any drivers under 25 years of age will generally incur a surcharge.

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