Halifax, Cape Breton Island and Cabot Trail Self-Drive

Halifax, Cape Breton Island and Cabot Trail Self-Drive

Our six-night flexible self-drive is a great introduction to Nova Scotia, visiting the provincial capital of Halifax and the spectacular Cape Breton Island. Enjoy leisure time exploring Halifax, whether you’re into maritime history, the arts, outdoor adventures, a gourmand or want to try your hand at being a lumberjack at The Timber Lounge; Halifax has it all and more.

Cape Breton Island sits at the eastern end of Nova Scotia and offers cultural experiences such as the historic Louisbourg Fortress, a living museum re-enacting daily life in French colonial times and the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site. Enjoy spectacular scenic drives along the Cabot Trail and Bras d’Or Lakes or take a hike along one of the 28 beautiful trails in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park.

Waterfront of Halifax, Canada
    DAY 01

    UK to Halifax


    After arriving at Halifax airport, pick up your rental vehicle for the short drive to your hotel in this delightful maritime city. Most flights arrive early afternoon so you have the remainder of the day and evening at your leisure.Hotel – Lord Nelson Hotel Accommodation Options

    Historic waterfront of Halifax, Canada
      DAY 02

      Explore Halifax


      Halifax was first settled in 1749, so is steeped in maritime history. The city is now Nova Scotia’s capital and is dominated by the star-shaped Citadel that sits on a hilltop overlooking the city. Explore the historic waterfront, discovering the Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market, Canadian Museums of Immigration at Pier 21 and the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. Accommodation Options

      Cape Breton Island, Canada
        DAY 03

        Halifax to Cape Breton Island (222 miles)

        Cape Breton Island

        Depart Halifax for your drive east to Cape Breton Island, often described as ‘a little piece of Scotland in North America’. The island offers a vast range of outdoor activities from sailing to hiking, golf, kayaking and whale watching. The island offers cultural experiences and culinary delights with fresh ‘ship to shore’ shellfish, craft beers and single malt whisky. Hotel – Inverary Resort
        Famous Cabot Trail in Cape Breton Island, Canada
          DAY 04

          Cabot Trail (187 miles)

          Cape Breton Island is world famous for the 186 mile Cabot Trail, offering awe-inspiring views as you wind your way around the majestic coastline and through the Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Along the route there are several points of interest including the Celtic Music Interpretive Centre, Glenora Distillery and 28 beautiful hiking trails. We highly recommend the Skyline Trail which takes between 2 – 3 hours. Hotel – Inverary Resort
          fortress of louisburg national historic site, Canada
            DAY 05

            Louisbourg Sightseeing (137 miles)

            Visit the Fortress of Louisburg National Historic Site. The Fortress is east of Sydney and sits on Cape Breton’s rocky shoreline, offering a ‘living museum’ experience. Founded by the French in 1713, the fortress is now North America’s largest and most impressive historical reconstruction. Costumed interpreters re-enact daily life from the French colonial period. Head for Louisburg Wharf where you will see the day’s crab and lobster catches off loaded. Hotel – Inverary Resort
            Bras d’Or Lake, Canada
              DAY 06

              Baddeck to Halifax (222 miles)


              Spend a leisurely day driving along the scenic Bras d’Or Lake, an inland sea of fresh/salt water. The area is designated as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and offers beaches, rocky headlands and wetlands. There are several areas where you can stop and enjoy a lakeside picnic or take a side trip for the Eskasoni Cultural Journey at the Highland Village Museum. Accommodation Options

              halifax harbour canada
                DAY 07

                Halifax to UK

                Conclude your tour by returning your rental vehicle at Halifax Airport prior to your return flight to the UK.