Everyone knows how extremely lovely Canada is, proper? With its unspoilt nationwide parks, centuries of historical past, and a number of the yummiest meals – Canada is a complete gem to discover! That is no extra obvious than inside 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 number of the friendliest individuals ever!
We beloved our highway journey! That is precisely why we wished to share a number of the finest locations in Nova Scotia you actually ought to consider visiting on a highway journey. Though fairly small by Canadian requirements, it’s nonetheless completely huge with sufficient magnificence spots that’ll fill a highway journey for numerous years!
So, with so many stunners to select from, we wished to make it a bit simpler for you and share our whole favourites. This manner, you possibly can fill your boots with some dreamy Nova Scotian spots as inspiration for now, while planning your journey for the long run.
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 simple to grasp.
Now, each highway journey is barely completely different, so don’t really feel it’s important to observe a ‘step-by-step’ kind of instruction (the place’s the enjoyable in that?). Take a bit gander on the gems that actually stand out to you and use these as anchor factors to take you throughout this lovely province, all at your personal tempo.
Proper, with out rambling anymore, check out a number of the finest locations in Nova Scotia to go to on a future highway journey. As with all our posts, pop us a message in case you 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 start line 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 highway.
While in Halifax, make sure to take a wander across the Halifax Citadel Nationwide Historic Website with virtually 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 highway journey, the Georges Island Nationwide Historic Website has opened to the general public the place you possibly can actually immerse your self within the space’s historical past.”
After all, by this time, you’ll be inside simple 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 possibly can see the most important assortment of picket Titanic artefacts wherever on the planet. You’ll additionally have the ability 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 few hours munching on their menu and didn’t wanna go away. After all, we needed to go for the Nova Scotian lobster dinner with all of the trimmings. It was so contemporary and engaging – we have been stuffed.
We checked into the Halliburton Resort, 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 possibly can’t head out on a highway journey to see one of the best 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 possibly can spend few hours inside.
Don’t overlook to take a peek contained in the native unbiased retailers for a bit memento and wander round Peggy’s Level Lighthouse for the gorgeous 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 all Canada’s prettiest little cities!
Taking round 75-minutes to drive from Peggy’s Cove, Lunenburg is one in all solely two cities in all of North America to be a UNESCO World Heritage Website (you’ll see why as quickly as you rock up).
Nonetheless, to today, Lunenburg appears to be like the identical because it did means again within the 18th and 19th Centuries. You see, the overwhelming majority of the buildings have survived and it’s virtually 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 hour wandering the colorful streets, studying all in regards to the historical past of this particular place. I’m not going to spoil the tour for you, but it surely’s an excellent 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, in case you’re like Yaya).
You’ll shortly realise that a number of the tastiest spots in Nova Scotia revolve across the seafood and native catches that are available every day from Nova Scotian fisherman. We embraced all this deliciousness in all places we might and never as soon as have been we disillusioned.
After exploring, verify 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 seaside, drive over to Rissers Seashore that’s simply past Lunenburg. It’s completely beautiful and excellent for a bit time within the sand.
Day 5-6: Kejimkujik Nationwide Park and Nationwide Historic Website
After a day on the streets of Lunenburg, it’s time to swap to some extra wise boots and head to Kejimkujik Nationwide Park and Nationwide Historic Website. Taking round 90-minutes to drive from Lunenburg, it’s top-of-the-line locations in Nova Scotia to discover the good 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 Website, but additionally Kejimkujik Nationwide Park Seaside. For these few days, we’re suggesting a go to to the (inland) Kejimkujik Nationwide Park however you possibly can simply tie-in a go to to the seaside in case you’re desirous 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 hundreds of years.
As soon as right here, make sure to head alongside the paths round Kejimkujik Lake or take a guided canoe journey throughout the lake itself.
For those who’re completely embracing the good outside, you possibly can even arrange camp in one of many designated campsites all through the park. For those who do, you’ll be handled with an superior starry evening sky and would possibly 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 through the Harvest Freeway. One factor I’d 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 may be very a lot an establishment on the subject of good lobster! We beloved it, particularly with the views throughout the Bay of Fundy and the completely big 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 means 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 in regards to the Le Grand Dérangement and the tragedies surrounding the deportation and expulsion of the Acadian individuals.
We spent all afternoon studying extra in regards to the Grand Pré Nationwide Historic Website and Acadian individuals to today.
After a protracted day exploring, drive to close by Wolfville and verify 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 any case, 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 appeal. Completely pleasant and quaint, it’s an excellent place to sit back after a morning of driving up by means of Nova Scotia.
As soon as right here, cease by the Hector Heritage Quay and the museum that exhibits extra in regards to the first Scottish immigrants to Nova Scotia ( which is Latin for New Scotland). For those who’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 number of the different big-hitting seashores. Its shoreline is a complete gem!
There’s a number of cosy B&B’s round this space of the Northumberland Shore, too! This implies you possibly can simply lengthen your keep inside the space, particularly if you wish to enterprise additional west in 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 a protracted 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 on daily basis of the week, which is nice in case you resolve to spend an evening in Mabou itself.
After filling your boots (and assuming you’ve determined to maintain driving), head to beautiful Baddeck, an enthralling little village on the Bras d’Or Lake that’s crammed with historical past. In actual fact, it was the summer season residence of Alexander Graham Bell (you recognize, the phone man) and there’s a nice museum there that homes his a whole bunch of innovations that go means past the phone.
Fancy a kip? Test into the Inverary Inn and seize a pint and a few native tunes within the pub.
Day 11: Discover Sydney (and wider space)
After evening’s sleep, head to Sydney and stretch your legs on the boardwalk and get a photograph op at one in all Sydney’s most well-known spots – The Massive Fiddle – it’s completely kitsch! In any case, it’s not on daily basis you move 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 an excellent place for a shorter stroll by means of the brooks and over the bridges of the realm.
Fancy blowing the cobwebs out off? Take a brief drive over to Dominion Seashore, 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 few 40-minutes drive) to discover the Fortress of Louisbourg Nationwide Historic Website.
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 top-of-the-line locations in Nova Scotia to go to in case you love historic finds.
Taking round half a day to completely discover, verify into Level of View Suites. Higher but, you possibly can ebook an in a single day 18th-century tenting expertise on the Fortress in case you’re feeling like a very 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 gorgeous 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 prefer to make.
That is the sort of path that’s simply as a lot in regards to the drive as it’s in regards to the vacation spot. It’s a surprising route. You should definitely cease off at Ingonish Beach that’s completely nice for a picnic.
Although, if you’d like a while away from the highway, head inside Cape Breton Highlands Nationwide Park and observe the Freshwater Lake Look-off Trail that’s a brief 10-20 minute leg-stretcher and simply off the principle route. For one thing a bit longer, head on the Skyline Path (on the opposite facet of the Nationwide Park) that’s round 5-miles lengthy. Actually, there are properly over 20+ trails to select from.
Oh sure, and alongside your means, 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.