Why Nova Scotia Should Be Your First Stop on the East Coast

It was our first East Coast road trip in Canada and Nova Scotia was the perfect starting point. Nova Scotia was made for road tripping. We landed at the Halifax airport, we picked up our car and set off to explore the south shore of the province.

It doesn't take long to get anywhere in Nova Scotia and there are a lot of sights to see in a fairly short distance…by Canadian standards. (We are a huge country, but Nova Scotia is a nice and compact province)

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Exploring Nova Scotia's East Coast

Days are spent exploring and enjoying the scenery with just enough driving to make things fun! If you want to know why Nova Scotia should be your first stop on an East Coast road trip, check out our video below!

East Coast Road Trip: Nova Scotia

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Nova Scotia, South Shore

We focused on the South Shore of Nova Scotia starting in Peggy's Cove. We went kayaking in Lower Prospect just a half hour from Peggy's Cove or Halifax. Staying at Oceanstone Resort made for the perfect point to make a base.

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This made a great base.

We then moved on to the artisan town of Mahone Bay. It's a lovely town set on the water with the 3 churches as the main attraction for photographers.

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Three churches line the shore.

It was then on to Lunenburg to visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site. One of only two urban centres in North America to have that honour.


Lunenburg is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The other urban UNESCO World Heritage Site in North America goes to Quebec City.

Blue Rocks is just a few minutes outside of Peggy's Cove and is another excellent spot to go kayaking or to catch early morning sunrise.

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Dave kayaking through the waters.

From there we went on to the La Have Ferry to cross the river and enjoy delicious treats at the La Have Bakery. Our road trip continued to Crescent Beach, the only beach in Nova Scotia you can drive on where we spent a wonderful afternoon.

Our tour took us to Liverpool: home of the Privateers and then on to Birchtown to visit the very first black loyalist settlement in Canada. Birchtown played a huge part in the Underground Railroad and after gaining their freedom many former slaves made Birchtown their home.

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A map of our trip

Thanks to Geoff Matthews of Wandertooth for the sweet map and motion maps in our video. 

Our final night was spent in Argyle where we enjoyed lobster poutine at Ye Olde Argyler before heading over to Yarmouth to see another iconic Nova Scotia lighthouse.

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Cape Forchu Lighthouse in Yarmouth

It was an excellent 8 day road trip that took us to the southern end of Nova Scotia. The South Shore is filled with activities and after our road trip to the South, we spent 2 more days driving up along the North Shore and the Bay of Fundy before heading back to Halifax…but that's another story.

Stay tuned for more stories from our East Coast Road Trip through Nova Scotia.

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Our East Coast Road trip is in partnership with Nova Scotia tourism, to find out more about travel to Nova Scotia, visit NovaScotia.com

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