When planning our road trip through Nova Scotia, we had ideas of visiting the popular stops like the Cabot Trail, Cape Breton and The Bay of Fundy high tides. But when Nova Scotia tourism suggested we visit the South Shore, it sounded intriguing. We had heard of Lunenburg and Peggy’s Cove, but beyond that, we didn’t have a clue about all the things there are to see and do on Nova Scotia’s South Shore. Well, we soon found out and we’ve rounded up our best Nova Scotia Pictures from our time there.
Nova Scotia Pictures
A picture says a thousand words and these photos of Nova Scotia will transform you to an easy-going destination filled with beauty, culture, and an interesting maritime history. So sit back and enjoy our Nova Scotia Pictures of the sensational South Shore.
Lunenburg is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and probably one of the most well-known towns in Nova Scotia. Famous for its colourful houses, it’s one of the most picturesque cities on the entire East Coast of Canada. The undefeated racing schooner, The Bluenose calls it home and here you can take a walking tour of Lunenburg hosted by an 8th generation local who will tell you tales past down from years gone by.
Peggy’s Cove is the most famous tourist destination in all of Nova Scotia. Located just 30 minutes outside of Halifax, it attracts tourists from around the world who marvel at the rocky landscape of the Atlantic Coast where a lone lighthouse stands guard warning ships of the treacherous waters that lay ahead.
Peggy’s Cove is still a working fishing village and stilt houses line the harbour where boats constantly move in and out in search of lobsters, salmon and other Atlantic fish as they have done for centuries before.
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Yarmouth is a city located on the South West shore of Nova Scotia, and here you’ll find another historic lighthouse standing proud in a striking setting. The Cape Forchu lighthouse dates back to 1840 and is second only to Peggy’s Cove as Nova Scotia’s most photographed lighthouse.
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The Fisheries Museum is an excellent place to learn about the history and fishing culture of Nova Scotia. This province was built on fishing and it is still a large part of their heritage.
The three churches of Mahone Bay are a must stop on the lighthouse route. The three spires lining the waterfront are a popular spot for photographers.
Located just outside of Lunenburg, Blue Rocks is yet another picturesque fishing village. Make your way to Blue Rocks at sunrise when the tide is low for the most stunning captures.
Nova Scotia is famous for Astral Photography with a night skies preserve at Kejimkujik National Park. We didn’t make it to the dark skies preserve, but the noise pollution is light wherever you go in Nova Scotia and we managed to snap this shot from our Peggy’s Cove accommodation – Oceanstone Resort
Downtown Halifax is growing fast with construction all over town. The new Halifax Library is a modern piece of architecture winning a Lieutenant Governor’s Design Award in 2014.
The LaHave is a good stop for lunch, coffee or snacks while driving through Nova Scotia’s South Shore. Located just 15 minutes from Bridgewater, it’s a popular gathering point for cyclists, and road trippers making their way along the Lighthouse Route (rte 331)
Make sure to take the time to really explore the coast. Nova Scotia has a gorgeous coastline that constantly changes before your eyes. It’s the rocky landscape that is the most captivating.
Lobster is everywhere in Nova Scotia and locals are always creating new ways to enjoy it. While fresh out of the pot is preferred by all, there’s lobster mac and cheese and this dish above: Lobster Poutine
Liverpool was home to the Privateers defending the area in the 18th century. The Fort Point Lighthouse is a small lighthouse on the route, but it’s worth a visit with an informative video, a picturesque setting and interpretive stations as well as a chance to blow the fog horn!
When visiting Nova Scotia, chances are you’ll see a piper or two playing traditional music.
The best way to explore the coast is by kayak. There are several places you can rent kayaks along the lighthouse route, including blue rocks, Argyle and just outside of Peggy’s Cove at Lower Prospect Point.
Don’t miss Crescent Beach, it’s the only beach you can drive on in Nova Scotia and it stretches for 2 km.
Nova Scotia is fast becoming known for it’s culinary treats. With many places promoting farm to table and utilizing local produce, it’s a delicious journey through the province.
The Halifax Public Gardens are 16 acres of quiet solitude in the heart of the city.
The award-winning Fleur de Sel Restaurant in Lunenburg has been voted one of the best places to eat in Canada. It’s a must when visiting Halifax. Their specialty of local scallops is a must and don’t forget to try the lobster.
The haskapa berry is the next superfood. With more nutrients than blueberries, it has three times the antioxidents of other bush berries and more vitamin C than an orange. Originating in Japan, Nova Scotia is fast becoming the place to buy this healthy treat.
When visiting Peggy’s Cove, the crowds can be brutal. Make sure to stay in a nearby lodge and get up early to have it all to yourself. A word of caution, stay off the black rocks. People have been swept out to sea by ignoring the warnings. Don’t let that be you!
Our travels to Nova Scotia were in partnership with Nova Scotia Tourism, visit their website for more information travel to the Atlantic Province.