Explore national parks, charming seaside towns and bustling cities. Go for a stroll on the many beautiful beaches, look for wildlife on a whale watching excursions, or paddle coastal inlets on this extensive trip to the highlights of Nova Scotia! The local residents of this Maritime province will be eager to share their rich and diverse history and cultural backgrounds with you!

Day 1: Halifax to Lunenburg (150 km)  

Pick up your RV in Bedford in the morning. Travel south on Peggy’s Cove Road, passing through communities like French Village, Seabright and Glen Margaret along the shore of St Margaret’s Bay. Peggy’s Cove Lighthouse is arguably the most iconic landmark in Nova Scotia. Built in 1915, the lighthouse still keeps watch over surging ocean waves and working lobster boats. Explore the picturesque fishing village on foot.

Colourful buildings at Lunenburg's waterfront

Continue to the town of Lunenburg via the scenic Lighthouse Route (Highway 3). Seventy percent of the original colonial buildings from the 18th and 19th centuries continue to greet visitors to Lunenburg with their colourful façades.  

Nearby campsites: Lunenburg Campground or Little Lake Campground

Highlights

  • Beautiful coastal drive
  • Peggy's Cove
  • Lunenburg
Kejimkujik National Park

Day 2: Lunenburg to Kejimkujik National Park (200 km)  

Depart Lunenburg in the morning and drive Highway 103 to Kejimkujik National Park. Note that the National Park consists of two separate locations, one on the seaside and one inland. Start off by visiting the Seaside location of the park. Here the Atlantic coast reveals its beauty with white sand beaches, turquoise water, and lagoons that provide nurseries for all sorts of sea life.

Continue to the Inland location of the park in the afternoon where you will spend the night.  

Nearby campsite: Jeremys Bay Campground

Highlights

  • Kejimkujik National Park
  • Saint Catherines River Beach
  • Learn about Mi’kmaw culture 

Day 3: Kejimkujik National Park to Burntcoat Head Park (300 km)  

Depart the National Park via Highway 8 to reach Port-Royal National Historic Site, where you will experience the early 17th century lifestyle. From here the Harvest Highway (Highway 101) takes you further east. Depart the highway at exit 5 near Currys Corner to merge onto the Glooscap Trail.

Burntcoat Head Park

Spend the night near Burntcoat Head Park, which you can explore either this afternoon or the following morning.  

Nearby campsites: Whale Creek or Parkville Campground

Highlights

  • Port-Royal National Historic Site
  • Burntcoat Head Park
  • World's highest tides 
Cheticamp

Day 4: Burncoat Head Park to Cape Breton (365 km)  

Travel the Trans-Canada Highway to the Eastern tip of the Nova Scotia peninsula. From here the Canso Causeway connects the Nova Scotia peninsula by road to Cape Breton Island.

Stop at the Chéticamp Visitor Centre near the southeastern entrance to Cape Breton Highlands National Park for assistance planning your scenic drive tomorrow.  

Nearby campsites: Cheticamp or Corney Brook Campground

Highlights

  • Fundy Tidal Interpretive Centre
  • Joseph Howe Falls
  • Salt Springs Provincial Park

Day 5: Cape Breton Highlands National Park to Meat Cove (100 km)  

Spent the day exploring the west side of Cape Breton Highlands National Park, with stops at Trout Brook, the Whale Interpretive Centre in Pleasant Bay and the MacIntosh Brook Trail. Enjoy an eagle’s view of the Cabot Trail by hiking the 7-km Skyline Trail. Moose, bald eagles, bears and numerous boreal birds call this area home and don’t forget to keep an eye out for whales in the water below.

Skyline Trail

Arrive at Meat Cove in the afternoon, a beautiful fishing village located on the northern tip of Cape Breton Island.  

Nearby campsites: Meat Cove or Hide Away Campground
 

Highlights

  • Whale Interpretive Centre
  • MacIntosh Brook Trail
  • Hike the Skyline Trail
Meat Cove Campground

Day 6: Meat Cove to Baddeck (175 km)  

Depart Meat Cove and continue along the east side of Cape Breton Highlands National Park towards Baddeck. Stop at Cape Smoke Provincial Park on top of Smokey Mountain for a nice rest area with picnic tables and spectacular views.

Those looking to challenge themselves on a longer and more challenging hike can hike the 18 km return trip to North River Falls instead. Arrive in Baddeck in the late afternoon.  

Nearby campsites: Baddeck Cabot Trail Campground or Bras d’Or Lakes

Highlights

  • Jack Pine Trail
  • Cape Smoke Provincial Park
  • North River Falls

Day 7: Baddeck to Louisbourg (125 km)  

Travel from Baddeck to Louisbourg via the Peacekeepers Way (Highway 125). The Fortress of Louisbourg brings you back to French colonial life between 1713 and 1758. 

Fortress of Louisbourg

Louisbourg was a major fishing centre and cosmopolitan town situated on the trade routes between North America and Europe. Use the entire day to explore this spectacular Fortress!  

Nearby campsites: Riverdale RV Park or Two Rivers Wildlife Park

Highlights

  • Great Hall of the Clans Museum
  • The Fortress of Louisbourg 
Sherbrooke Village

Day 8: Louisbourg to  Tangier (275 km)  

Leave the Trans-Canada Highway near Antigonish and continue south on Nova Scotia Trunk Highway 7. The historic Sherbrooke Village depicts a typical Nova Scotian village from 1860 to pre-WW1.

With approximately 80 buildings, over 25 of those open to the public, most with costumed interpreters, it is the largest Nova Scotia Museum site. Arrive at your campsite in Liscomb in the late afternoon.  

Nearby campsite: Murphy’s Camping on the Ocean

Highlights

  • Goldenville Interpretative Centre
  • Sherbrooke Village

Day 9: Tangier to Halifax (100 km)  

Depart Murphy’s Cove towards Memory Lane Heritage Village, an award-winning living history museum depicting coastal rural life in Nova Scotia during the 1940s, including life during and after the Second World War. Return your RV to Fraserway RV in Bedford by 11.30 am.  

Memory Lane Heritage Village
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