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 received a few of the friendliest individuals ever!
We liked our highway journey! That is precisely why we needed to share a few 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 needed to make it a little 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 longer term.
Oh, and double-check Nova Scotia’s FAQ’s to see which sights are open, their insurance policies and restrictions on your journey. They’ve made it completely straightforward to grasp.
Now, each highway journey is barely completely different, so don’t really feel you must comply with a ‘step-by-step’ kind of instruction (the place’s the enjoyable in that?). Take a little bit 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 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 find it irresistible 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 effectively value 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 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 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.”
In fact, 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 possibly can see the biggest assortment of picket Titanic artefacts wherever 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 all the pieces 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. In fact, 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 form of spot you possibly can spend an excellent few hours inside.
Don’t neglect to take a peek contained in the native unbiased retailers for a little bit 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 Website (you’ll see why as quickly as you rock up).
Nonetheless, to at the present time, Lunenburg seems to be 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 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 in regards to the historical past of this particular place. I’m not going to spoil the tour for you, however it’s an incredible 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 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 upset.
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 profiting from the seaside, drive over to Rissers Seaside that’s simply past Lunenburg. It’s completely attractive and ideal for a little 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 the most effective 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 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, make sure to head alongside the paths round Kejimkujik Lake or take a guided canoe journey throughout the lake itself.
When you’re completely embracing the good outside, you possibly can even arrange camp in one of many designated campsites all through the park. When you do, you’ll be handled with an superior starry night time sky and may even spot some planets! You see, Keji is a chosen 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’d say is to not eat a hearty breakfast earlier than you arrive. Halls Harbour is a deal with you’ll wish to keep hungry for.
You see, proper on the coast, Halls Harbour Lobster Pound could be very a lot an establishment in relation to good lobster! We liked it, particularly with the views throughout the Bay of Fundy and the completely big native lobsters that we devoured.
In addition 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 study 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 at the present time.
After a protracted 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 night time 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 might sound small however that’s all a part of its allure. Completely pleasant and quaint, it’s an incredible place to relax after a morning of driving up via 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). When you’re staying the night time, 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 among the finest spots to relax 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 possibly can 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 will probably 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 dwell music daily 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 attractive Baddeck, an enthralling little village on the Bras d’Or Lake that’s stuffed with historical past. In truth, it was the summer season residence of Alexander Graham Bell (you realize, the phone man) and there’s a nice museum there that homes his tons of of innovations that go means 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 night time’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 Huge Fiddle – it’s completely kitsch! In spite of everything, it’s not daily you go the biggest fiddle in all of the world!
Alongside (and simply off) the Esplanade, is a variety 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 incredible 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 Website.
Right here, you’ll get to go to the reconstructed city and study all about this fortified French stronghold from the 1700s that’s simply the most effective locations in Nova Scotia to go to in case you love historic finds.
Taking round half a day to completely discover, test into Level of View Suites. Higher but, you possibly can e-book 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 beautiful spots. Now, the path will possible 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 form 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 would like a while away from the highway, 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 primary route. For one thing a little bit longer, head on the Skyline Path (on the opposite facet of the Nationwide Park) that’s round 5-miles lengthy. Truthfully, there are effectively 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 among the finest locations in Nova Scotia to drive and discover.