There’s no prize for guessing that Canada is certainly one of my favorite international locations to go to. Heck, it’s certainly one of my favorite international locations on the earth; full cease! Not solely is it full of some epic cities to discover, nevertheless it’s additionally obtained an enormous mixture of locations to go to simply exterior Canada’s epic cities, too. That is very true when on the lookout for the perfect locations in Atlantic Canada, that’s a complete deal with to discover.
Now, being such an enormous nation, it may be almost inconceivable to discover all throughout the nation in a single journey alone. The truth is, I’d go so far as saying you possibly can’t! Because of this I at all times say it’s finest to concentrate on one area that’s extra of a bit dimension chunk to discover as you possibly can actually deep-dive into the perfect spots that take your fancy.
Atlantic Canada is certainly one of these areas!
Although, don’t be fooled, it could possibly nonetheless be fairly bamboozling to pinpoint a agency record of favourites; particularly when the whole lot appears a lot larger in Canada!
With this in thoughts, I needed to share among the finest locations in Atlantic Canada to discover in your journey. Have the perfect time!
1.) Peggy’s Cove
Perched throughout the shores of St. Margarets Bay, Peggy’s Cove might be probably the most well-known little spots in all of Nova Scotia to see.
Not solely that, nevertheless it’s additionally very easy to go to for a day journey from Halifax because it’s solely round a 50-minute drive from town centre.
After arriving in Peggy’s Cove, you virtually really feel such as you’ve stepped again in time. The colorful little homes and cove are like one thing out of a storybook.
Even the entire panorama is completely beautiful and form of jogs my memory of the west coast of Scotland, too (particularly round Decrease Diabaig, within the Highlands).
Oh, and ensure to pop into the Buoy Store. It’s a stunning fishing hut that sells little trinkets and fishing memorabilia from the realm. I needed all of it!
Additionally, remember to stroll to Peggy’s Level Lighthouse for the views throughout this beautiful a part of Atlantic Canada.
Plus, pop into Tom’s Lobster Shack for his or her Cajun lobster rolls! They’re completely scrumptious and nicely price gorging on while sitting down close to the shorefront.
Previous City Lunenburg UNESCO World Heritage Web site is well the most effective locations in Atlantic Canada to go to if you wish to be taught extra about Nova Scotia and the historical past of this area.
You see, it’s solely certainly one of two city communities in all of North America to be awarded this designation and nicely price exploring to be taught extra in regards to the area.
With out stepping into a complete historical past lesson, Lunenburg was one of many first locations that the British colonialists based in Nova Scotia with most of the identical streets present to today.
We stopped for a day of exploring in Lunenburg and completely beloved it. When you arrive, you’ll see precisely why this place is so particular.
Take a wander across the beautiful little streets, discover the harbour space and cease off at The Fish Shack for among the finest fish and chips! Caught recent from Atlantic Canada’s waters every day, this place is a must-visit if you happen to’re hankering for a chew to eat.
Nestled on the shores of the Minas Basin, Wolfville is a good start line to discover the broader areas of Nova Scotia and an important place to base your self to discover extra of the west coast routes.
Now, first up, you need to pop over to the Grand Pré and discover this historic web site. Courting again a whole bunch of years, it’s a spot the place Acadian settlers had been compelled out of the area by British colonialists.
To today, it stands as a memorial to this darkish time and a spot that’s nicely price exploring while in Wolfville.
Afterwards, pop into Domaine de Grand-Pré that has among the finest wines in all of Nova Scotia. Plus, it’s throughout the completely beautiful Annapolis Valley that’s so beautiful to see.
Additionally, if you happen to’re on the lookout for a interval property to remain (and eat) examine into The Blomidon Inn.
We stayed right here and beloved it; it’s so charming and historic.
4.) Corridor’s Harbour
Now, Corridor’s Harbour is perhaps the most effective locations in Atlantic Canada to cease for a chew to eat! It’s the form of place you go to that’s all in regards to the meals and to see the views throughout the Bay of Fundy.
Now, for me, the primary cease you need to make is to Corridor’s Harbour Lobster Pound.
Right here, they serve up among the freshest lobster round. After you’ve chosen your lobster and dimension, it’ll be cooked up in a matter of minutes and also you’ll be handled to among the finest meals in all of Nova Scotia.
Now, I’m biased as I completely love lobster however this place was one thing else!
Additionally, they do a cracking lemon meringue pie! Which, if I’m completely sincere, makes it the most effective locations in Atlantic Canada for any sweet-toothed traveller.
Afterwards, pop for a stroll to see Corridor’s Harbour Falls, although examine the tide instances as nobody needs to get caught out right here. Alternatively, pop within the automotive and discover the coast round Scots Bay Provincial Park.
Newfoundland and Labrador
5.) St John’s
St John’s is one epic metropolis to go to and simply the most effective locations in Atlantic Canada to discover while in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Nestled proper on the Atlantic coast, it’s a metropolis that’s been formed by the ocean and nicely price visiting while within the province itself.
For some unbelievable views, hike alongside the East Coast Path close to Fort Amherst or go to Cape Spear Nationwide Historic Web site which is completely beautiful at dawn.
That being stated, I’m horrible at waking up when it’s nonetheless darkish and headed throughout right here round noon. It was nonetheless so dreamy and completely beautiful; the entire shoreline is so dramatic.
Afterwards, pop over to the Mallard Cottage for a tasty lunch. Although, it could possibly get busy right here so make sure that to order a desk upfront. That being stated, if you happen to do want to attend to your desk, pop into Quidi Vidi Brewing Firm that’s a stone’s throw away.
These lot know their stuff about beers!
Lastly, cease by Sign Hill Nationwide Historic Web site and comply with the paths alongside North Head Path. It’s certainly one of my favorite coastlines.
6.) Bay Bulls (for whale and puffin watching)
So, one of many huge attracts of Atlantic Canada is its unbelievable wildlife that roams the bays and waters.
You see, the areas round St John’s are among the finest to see whales and puffins that makes for a very unforgettable journey.
We drove all the way down to Bay Bulls and hopped on a Gatherall’s Puffin & Whale Watch that was epic! Not solely was everybody so heat and pleasant (which is completely frequent round right here), we really obtained to see quite a bit, too.
Simply make sure that to pack your digicam as you’ll be wanting a good few snaps of all of the wildlife. Oh, and pack a windbreaker, these seas could be windy; even on the sunniest of days.
The shoreline round Avondale is a very particular place to probe for its beautiful pure magnificence. That being stated, there’s one thing else that’s an enormous draw when exploring the realm; Cod Sounds!
You see, Cod Sounds prepare foraging expeditions and workshops from the whole lot from wild sport cooking to wild edibles. You’ll get to prepare dinner your individual lunch purchase foraging for the substances across the shores and from nature itself.
It’s completely distinctive and such a particular expertise.
We spent about three hours right here and we’re positively going to ebook this once more once we return to Avondale. Simply make sure that to ebook your workshop upfront, they’re actually intimate teams they usually can get full fairly rapidly.
To today, I nonetheless use my larch and candy gale salt I made right here! It at all times brings again so many recollections.
8.) Bay of Fundy
Separating Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, the Bay of Fundy has the very best tides on the earth and is a very epic place to discover while in New Brunswick.
As soon as right here, remember to take a look at Hopewell Rocks that stand proudly throughout the shores of the Bay of Fundy. They’re so iconic and nicely price seeing how the New Brunswick shoreline has been formed by this enormous tidal vary.
Plus, at low tide, you possibly can really stroll across the rocks themselves.
Alternatively, if it’s not too windy, come out on the water and kayak your method alongside the shoreline. Simply remember to at all times go together with an organised group (like we did) and hearken to native and skilled recommendation. Tidal variations and winds could be harmful.
Additionally, if you happen to’re heading additional down the coast of New Brunswick, make sure that to take a look at the Dickson Falls Trailhead that’s round 50-minutes from Hopewell Rocks.
Lastly, relying on which method you drive, you possibly can both pop over to Nova Scotia from New Brunswick through Amherst or take the ferry from Saint John to Digby.
We took the overland route however really had tickets for the ferry simply in case we modified our routing on the final second.
Moncton is without doubt one of the bigger cities in New Brunswick and the form of place that’s excellent for just a little weekend break on a wider journey round Atlantic Canada.
When you arrive, make sure that to take a look at among the unbelievable road artwork that strains the streets right here. The road artwork is so cool and has been painted by artists from around the globe. It was so surprising and completely epic to see.
For some classic goodies, make sure that to take a look at SDV Classic and cease off on the Tide & Boar for a tasty lunch. Additionally, for among the finest espresso in all of Moncton, take a look at the Laundromat Espresso Bar not solely is the espresso unbelievable, nevertheless it additionally has a very cool vibe as well.
Plus, if you happen to fancy just a little extra of the nice open air, drive round an hour (or so) north to Kouchibouguac Nationwide Park. Perched proper on the coast, it’s a stunning space to that’s full of trails and a heap of locations to go for a swim within the hotter summer time months (particularly round Kelly’s Seashore).
Additionally, if you happen to’re driving between Moncton and Prince Edward Island, make sure that to take a jaunt over to Shediac. Not solely is it the lobster capital of the world, nevertheless it’s additionally completely stunning and nicely price a go to.
We spent a complete afternoon right here and completely beloved the vibe, vibrant historic homes and, in fact, mountains of recent lobster.
As soon as right here, you kinda need to see one of many city’s most well-known residents. The enormous lobster statue that protects the city. It’s completely kitsch and nicely price a gander. Additionally, don’t neglect to go to Pascal-Poirier Historic Home Artwork Gallery and Museum for its historic artwork.
In fact, no journey to the lobster capital can be full with out lobster! We headed over to Shediac with Justin from NB Explorer who organises a heap of epic New Brunswick experiences which can be superb to discover (and eat by) the area.
Oh, and cease off at Ice Cream Delight for among the finest gelato in all of New Brunswick. We left Shediac completely stuffed.
Prince Edward Island
11.) Cape Tryon Lighthouse
I’ve needed to pop over to Prince Edward Island for the longest time!
In reality, I nonetheless don’t know why we didn’t ‘do’ it on our final journey to Atlantic Canada; it’s such a surprising island with a great deal of neat little spots to take a look at.
As soon as right here, you must positively take a look at Cape Tryon Lighthouse that’s so picturesque.
Perched on the north-western shoreline of Prince Edward Island, it’s a very simple place to see, particularly if you happen to’re already heading to Cousins Shore. Not solely is the entire shoreline a complete dream to see, the lighthouse itself is nicely over 100 years outdated.
Better of all, it’s very easy to go to alongside a pit cease at Malpeque harbour with all its quaint little buildings and Malpeque Oyster Barn for his or her oysters and smoked mackerel, too.
It’s an ideal little spot after exploring the shoreline of Prince Edward Island, particularly because the drive between each is lower than 20-minutes.
12.) Cedar Dunes Provincial Park
If it’s the coast you’re after, Cedar Dunes Provincial Park is a good little spot to go to simply earlier than lunch. Not solely is there a load of dune trails and routes in direction of West Level Lighthouse however there’s a good few little eating places like The Catch for his or her recent seafood and upstairs terrace, too.
13.) Inexperienced Gables Heritage Place and Avonlea Village
Not too removed from Cavendish Seashore, Inexperienced Cables Heritage Place is a straightforward spot to see while visiting the northern shores of Prince Edward Island.
It’s obtained a heap of historical past to discover and a fairly well-known spot if you happen to love the Anne of Inexperienced Gables novels by Lucy Maud Montgomery.
That being stated, you don’t must be conversant in the writings to get pleasure from this spot.
You see, simply shy of Avonlea Village is the Blue Mussel Café that has lobster mac and cheese on the menu! I’m there instantly.