Everyone knows how extremely stunning Canada is, proper? With its unspoilt nationwide parks, centuries of historical past, and a few of the yummiest meals – Canada is a complete gem to discover! That is no extra obvious than throughout the Atlantic province of Nova Scotia. Not solely is there a heap of epic and finest locations in Nova Scotia to discover – however you’ve additionally acquired a few of the friendliest folks ever!
We beloved our street journey! That is precisely why we wished to share a few of the finest locations in Nova Scotia you actually ought to consider visiting on a street journey. Though fairly small by Canadian requirements, it’s nonetheless completely huge with sufficient magnificence spots that’ll fill a street journey for numerous years!
So, with so many stunners to select from, we wished to make it somewhat simpler for you and share our complete favourites. This manner, you may fill your boots with some dreamy Nova Scotian spots as inspiration for now, while planning your journey for the longer term.
Oh, and double-check Nova Scotia’s FAQ’s to see which sights are open, their insurance policies and restrictions to your journey. They’ve made it completely straightforward to grasp.
Now, each street journey is barely totally different, so don’t really feel you must comply with a ‘step-by-step’ sort of instruction (the place’s the enjoyable in that?). Take somewhat gander on the gems that actually stand out to you and use these as anchor factors to take you throughout this stunning province, all at your personal tempo.
Proper, with out rambling anymore, check out a few of the finest locations in Nova Scotia to go to on a future street journey. As with all our posts, pop us a message if you happen to ever want another suggestions or recommendation in your journey in Nova Scotia. We like it there.
Day 1-3: Halifax
Most worldwide guests (together with us) first landed in Halifax – the place to begin for a Nova Scotian journey. You’ll be able to simply spend a weekend within the metropolis and it’s properly price it earlier than heading out on the open street.
While in Halifax, remember to take a wander across the Halifax Citadel Nationwide Historic Web site with nearly 300 years of fortifications to discover. On a sunny day, pop across the Victorian-era Halifax Public Gardens that’s blooming beautiful!
Plus, since our street journey, the Georges Island Nationwide Historic Web site has opened to the general public the place you may actually immerse your self within the space’s historical past.”
After all, by this time, you’ll be inside straightforward attain of the waterfront, which is nice for a stroll. Right here, you’ll get to pop into the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, the place you may see the most important assortment of wood Titanic artefacts anyplace on the planet. You’ll additionally be capable to learn accounts and diaries from the crew onboard.
Afterwards, Pop into the Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market which’s a brief stroll away. Right here, you’ll get every thing from native artist stalls, Nova Scotian wines and heaps of different craft and meals stalls.
Feeling peckish? Head on over to The Five Fishermen Restaurant which has some completely genuine native dishes. We spent an excellent few hours munching on their menu and didn’t wanna depart. After all, we needed to go for the Nova Scotian lobster dinner with all of the trimmings. It was so recent and attractive – we have been stuffed.
We checked into the Halliburton Lodge, a boutique little discover that’s mere steps away from the waterfront. With its charming townhouse rooms and sink-in beds, it’s such a deal with. Fancy a lay in?
Day 4: Peggy’s Cove
Look, you may’t head out on a street journey to see the perfect locations in Nova Scotia and never go to Peggy’s Cove! Completely historic, pleasant and completely iconic, Peggy’s Cove is the epitome of what Nova Scotia is all about.
Nestled on the shores of St. Margaret’s Bay, Peggy’s Cove is round a 45-minute drive from central Halifax. With a sleepy (and completely quaint) fishing village vibe, Peggy’s Cove is the stuff that’s straight outta storybooks. With vibrant fishing huts, cute classic shops and foodie stalls it’s the sort of spot you may spend an excellent few hours inside.
Don’t neglect to take a peek contained in the native unbiased retailers for somewhat memento and wander round Peggy’s Level Lighthouse for the beautiful views throughout the cove and ocean.
For ease, right here’s the Google Maps link for the carpark.
Day 4-5: Lunenburg
Driving out of Peggy’s Cove, past St Margaret’s Bay and Mahone Bay in Lunenburg, which, dare I say it – is one in every of Canada’s prettiest little cities!
Taking round 75-minutes to drive from Peggy’s Cove, Lunenburg is one in every of solely two cities in all of North America to be a UNESCO World Heritage Web site (you’ll see why as quickly as you rock up).
Nonetheless, to this present day, Lunenburg seems to be the identical because it did manner again within the 18th and 19th Centuries. You see, the overwhelming majority of the buildings have survived and it’s nearly like stepping again in time.
As soon as right here, take a stroll (or guided tour, like we did across the city with Lunenburg Walking Tours. We spent an excellent hour wandering the colorful streets, studying all concerning the historical past of this particular place. I’m not going to spoil the tour for you, but it surely’s a terrific little factor to do; particularly to stretch your legs after driving.
Plus, you’ll get your bearings to go exploring and classic buying by yourself afterwards.
For lunch, head over to The Fish Shack for a mighty feast on their patio! Freshly battered native fish and chips – with lashings of vinegar (or not, if you happen to’re like Yaya).
You’ll shortly realise that a few of the tastiest spots in Nova Scotia revolve across the seafood and native catches that are available each day from Nova Scotian fisherman. We embraced all this deliciousness all over the place we might and never as soon as have been we disillusioned.
After exploring, test into one of many unbiased B&B’s which might be completely charming right here. We’d advocate the Mariner King Inn.
Fancy taking advantage of the seashore, drive over to Rissers Seaside that’s simply past Lunenburg. It’s completely attractive and excellent for somewhat time within the sand.
Day 5-6: Kejimkujik Nationwide Park and Nationwide Historic Web site
After a day on the streets of Lunenburg, it’s time to swap to some extra smart boots and head to Kejimkujik Nationwide Park and Nationwide Historic Web site. Taking round 90-minutes to drive from Lunenburg, it’s the most effective locations in Nova Scotia to discover the nice outside.
Now, earlier than we get muddled up, there’s truly two distinct areas of Kejimkujik, or “Keji” because the locals name it. One, being the Kejimkujik Nationwide Park and Nationwide Historic Web site, but additionally Kejimkujik Nationwide Park Seaside. For these few days, we’re suggesting a go to to the (inland) Kejimkujik Nationwide Park however you may simply tie-in a go to to the seaside if you happen to’re eager to discover extra.
After arriving, you’ll shortly see what makes this space of Nova Scotia so particular and why the Mi’kmaq lived on this space for 1000’s of years.
As soon as right here, remember to head alongside the paths round Kejimkujik Lake or take a guided canoe journey throughout the lake itself.
In the event you’re completely embracing the nice outside, you may even arrange camp in one of many designated campsites all through the park. In the event you do, you’ll be handled with an superior starry evening sky and may even spot some planets! You see, Keji is a delegated Darkish Sky Protect; which roughly interprets to it being a paradise for stargazers!
Day 7: Halls Harbour
Driving from Keji, heading north-west, to Halls Harbour will take round 100-minutes by way of the Harvest Freeway. One factor I might say is to not eat a hearty breakfast earlier than you arrive. Halls Harbour is a deal with you’ll need to keep hungry for.
You see, proper on the coast, Halls Harbour Lobster Pound could be very a lot an establishment in the case of good lobster! We beloved it, particularly with the views throughout the Bay of Fundy and the completely enormous native lobsters that we devoured.
Additionally they serve up some native craft beers and native wines for the non-driver.
Day 7: Grand Pré
After a pitstop at Halls Harbour, you’ll be making your manner throughout to the Grand Pré; one other of Nova Scotia’s UNESCO World Heritage Websites.
As soon as a thriving Acadian settlement (in1682-1755), you’ll get to be taught extra concerning the Le Grand Dérangement and the tragedies surrounding the deportation and expulsion of the Acadian folks.
We spent all afternoon studying extra concerning the Grand Pré Nationwide Historic Web site and Acadian folks to this present day.
After an extended day exploring, drive to close by Wolfville and test in to The Blomidon Inn – a interval property that’s as quaint as they arrive.
With a grand piano and a tasty restaurant, we stayed in for the evening and loved the yummy dishes and candy treats earlier than heading to the patio for Nova Scotian wine. In spite of everything, you’re within the Annapolis Valley that’s completely well-known for its wine.
Day 8-9: Pictou
Taking round 130-minutes to drive from the Blomidon Inn, Pictou may appear small however that’s all a part of its attraction. Completely pleasant and quaint, it’s a terrific place to sit back after a morning of driving up via Nova Scotia.
As soon as right here, cease by the Hector Heritage Quay and the museum that reveals extra concerning the first Scottish immigrants to Nova Scotia ( which is Latin for New Scotland). In the event you’re staying the evening, head over to Harbour Home for his or her craft ales and ciders.
Oh, I almost forgot to say, Pictou (and the shoreline round right here) is without doubt one of the finest spots to sit back out on its seashores. You see, the waters are hotter however they’re additionally a lot much less crowded than a few of the different big-hitting seashores. Its shoreline is a complete gem!
There’s a lot of cosy B&B’s round this space of the Northumberland Shore, too! This implies you may simply lengthen your keep throughout the space, particularly if you wish to enterprise additional west in the direction of New Brunswick or alongside the Sunriseshine Path past New Glasgow (discover that Scottish connection?).
Day 10: Drive day to Cape Breton Island
Shifting from the mainland of Nova Scotia to Cape Breton Island shall be an extended morning drive.
Taking round 110-minutes, you’ll cease off at Mabou for some well-deserved R&R and pop into The Red Shoe Pub. They make a imply maple curry (with a kick) and pan-seared scallops. There’s additionally reside music day-after-day of the week, which is nice if you happen to resolve to spend an evening in Mabou itself.
After filling your boots (and assuming you’ve determined to maintain driving), head to attractive Baddeck, an enthralling little village on the Bras d’Or Lake that’s crammed with historical past. Actually, it was the summer season dwelling of Alexander Graham Bell (you recognize, the phone man) and there’s a nice museum there that homes his lots of of innovations that go manner past the phone.
Fancy a kip? Verify into the Inverary Inn and seize a pint and a few native tunes within the pub.
Day 11: Discover Sydney (and wider space)
After an excellent evening’s sleep, head to Sydney and stretch your legs on the boardwalk and get a photograph op at one in every of Sydney’s most well-known spots – The Massive Fiddle – it’s completely kitsch! In spite of everything, it’s not day-after-day you cross the most important fiddle in all of the world!
Alongside (and simply off) the Esplanade, is a spread of little museums to go to like: Jost Heritage Home and Cossit Home Museum. Alternatively, head over on the Baille Ard Path that’s a terrific place for a shorter stroll via the brooks and over the bridges of the world.
Fancy blowing the cobwebs out off? Take a brief drive over to Dominion Seaside, proper on the coast. It has such powdery sands which might be beautiful for a stroll.
Lastly, if you wish to head to the east coast, head over to Louisbourg (A couple of 40-minutes drive) to discover the Fortress of Louisbourg Nationwide Historic Web site.
Right here, you’ll get to go to the reconstructed city and be taught all about this fortified French stronghold from the 1700s that’s simply the most effective locations in Nova Scotia to go to if you happen to love historic finds.
Taking round half a day to completely discover, test into Level of View Suites. Higher but, you may guide an in a single day 18th-century tenting expertise on the Fortress if you happen to’re feeling like a completely distinctive expertise.
Day 12-17: Cabot Path
Just a bit west of Sydney is the Cabot Trail, a 185-mile loop that takes in a few of Cape Breton’s most beautiful spots. Now, the path will probably take you many days to discover all that there’s to do however it may be shorter (or longer) relying on what number of stops you’d wish to make.
That is the sort of path that’s simply as a lot concerning the drive as it’s concerning the vacation spot. It’s a shocking route. Remember to cease off at Ingonish Beach that’s completely nice for a picnic.
Although, in order for you a while away from the street, head inside Cape Breton Highlands Nationwide Park and comply with the Freshwater Lake Look-off Trail that’s a brief 10-20 minute leg-stretcher and simply off the principle route. For one thing somewhat longer, head on the Skyline Path (on the opposite aspect of the Nationwide Park) that’s round 5-miles lengthy. Truthfully, there are properly over 20+ trails to select from.
Oh sure, and alongside your manner, cease off on the MacKenzie Mountain Look-off which is a good spot for catching sight of the whales proper from the shore. Simply keep eagle-eyed and look out for breeches alongside the shore.
Check out extra issues to see alongside the Cabot Path, here. It actually is without doubt one of the finest locations in Nova Scotia to drive and discover.