10 Day Nova Scotia Road Trip Itinerary (with Maps)

Nova Scotia is the ideal province in Canada for road trips and scenic drives because you’re never far from the ocean. You get to enjoy gorgeous coastal scenery all around this beautiful province. There’s a reason Nova Scotia is known as Canada’s Ocean Playground! Fishing, beachcombing, and whale watching are popular attractions you’ll want to make time for during your maritime road trip. Or just eat a ton of seafood like I did! Enjoy the long summer days exploring the beauty of Canada’s east coast.

This ten day road trip itinerary around Nova Scotia is planned with the idea of exploring a region, spending the night, then moving on to the next location. You can always add more days if you want to take it slower and immerse yourself in the culture. Alternatively, you can do a section of the road trip and stay in one place for the duration of your trip.

I traveled around Nova Scotia solo but you’ll find this guide is perfect for planning your family summer vacation too!

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10 Day Itinerary Nova Scotia Road Trip

Most people fly into Halifax so that’s where we’ll start with this ten day itinerary for Nova Scotia.

Nova Scotia Road Trip Day 1

Halifax

Pick up your rental car at the airport and drive to downtown Halifax (30 minutes) to explore the waterfront region. If you arrive late at night spend the night and you’re ready to explore the next day. I stayed at the Hollis Halifax Doubletree, overlooking the harbor, a great location.

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Nova Scotia itinerary day 1 - Halifax Nova Scotia waterfront - Tall Ship Silva

Waterfront along Halifax boardwalk – Tall Ship Silva

 

Popular Halifax Attractions

  • Waterfront – Beautiful place to walk and if the Blue Nose II is in harbor book a trip – check the schedule here
  • Halifax Citadel National Historic Site – Citadel Hill with its star shaped architecture once guarded Halifax
  • Maritime Museum of the Atlantic – Explore Halifax maritime history at this waterfront museum
  • Fair Lawn Cemetery – Final resting place of over 100 victims of the Titanic
  • Halifax Public Gardens – Beautiful Victorian era gardens opened in 1867, the year of Canadian Confederation

Overnight Halifax: Hollis Halifax or the Halifax Marriott Harbourfront are both good choices. View more Halifax hotels here.

 

Decorative iron gate at the Halifax Public Gardens - opened in 1867

Decorative iron gate at the Halifax Public Gardens – opened in 1867

 

Nova Scotia Road Trip Day 2

Peggy’s Cove – Lunenburg – Blue Rocks – Ovens Natural Park – Hirtle’s Beach

Total driving time 3.5 hours

From Halifax you’ll drive 45 minutes to Peggy’s Cove to visit one of Canada’s most iconic landmarks. The Peggy’s Cove Lighthouse is one of the most photographed spots in Canada.

 

The iconic Peggy's Cove Lighthouse in Nova Scotia is a popular tourist attraction in Nova Scotia

The iconic Peggy’s Cove Lighthouse in Nova Scotia is a popular tourist attraction in Nova Scotia

 

From Peggy’s Cove drive 100 km (60 miles) to the historic town of Lunenburg Nova Scotia. The downtown area near the harbor is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Lunenburg is an attractive town with Victorian era houses painted in bright colors. The view from across the water on Tannery Road is wonderful.

 

Lunenburg is a popular Nova Scotia road trip destination with its brightly painted historic buildings

Lunenburg is a popular Nova Scotia road trip destination with its brightly painted historic buildings

 

Eat lunch at one of the seafood restaurants, I tried Grand Banker Bar and Grill and it is excellent. Walk off your lunch along the harbor.

There are two museums you should visit in Lunenburg:

  • Knaut-Rhuland House at 125 Pelham Street will give you a glimpse into the early days in Lunenburg.
  • Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic at 68 Bluenose Drive

If the Bluenose II tall ship is docked at Lunenburg, you can hop aboard and get a look at the ship for FREE! There are also paid boat tours available – check the listings for more info

 

Blue Nose II in Nova Scotia open for tourists to walk aboard

Blue Nose II in Nova Scotia open for tourists to walk aboard

 

Next drive 10 minutes from Lunenburg to Blue Rocks and walk the shoreline or take a sea kayaking trip. There are bunches of islands nearby, so the water is usually calm. Pleasant Paddling will rent you a kayak or you can sign up for one of their guided tours. Traveling by myself I opted for the guided tour and I enjoyed it a lot.

 

Beautiful Blue Rocks Nova Scotia - small fishing village near Lunenburg NS

Beautiful Blue Rocks Nova Scotia – small fishing village near Lunenburg

 

Now take a drive from Blue Rocks to the Ovens Natural Park and enjoy a hike along the cliffs, plus you can try panning for gold on the beach. Read my full post about Ovens park here

 

RV Park on the coast at Ovens Natural Park Nova Scotia

RV Park on the coast at Ovens Natural Park Nova Scotia

 

From Ovens park drive to beautiful Hirtle’s Beach – only 12 km away – and enjoy a walk on the beach, watch for seals surfing in the water. If you are into hiking, I highly recommend the Gaff Point hike – the trailhead is at Hirtle’s Beach! This was my favorite hike in Nova Scotia but it’s not for everyone – check out my video to see the variety of terrain on this hike.

 

Gaff Point trail view of Hirtle's Beach from the hill

Gaff Point trail view of Hirtle’s Beach from the hill

 

Take a scenic drive to Bridgewater and spend the night. Dine at the River Pub at 750 King Street.

In the morning grab some cookies at Weagle’s Bakery at 15 Victoria Road (they open at 6 am). Cookies are the perfect road trip snack. For a full breakfast I suggest Fancy Pants Café at 807 King Street.

Overnight in Bridgewater at Best Western or the Lighthouse Motel overlooking the LaHave River.

Check availability and the latest deals on hotels in Bridgewater.

 

 

Nova Scotia Road Trip Day 3

South Shore –Crescent Beach – Kejimkujik Seaside – Cape Sable Island – Yarmouth

Total of 3.25 hours driving time

From Bridgewater drive to Crescent Beach – 20 minutes or so. Crescent Beach is the place for windsurfing, kitesurfing, or regular board surfing. Enjoy walking the beach. I found several sand dollars on this beach. As you may have guessed from all the surfing, it gets very windy at Crescent Beach!

From Crescent Beach to Kejimkujik National Park Seaside – 75 km (45 miles) takes about 45 minutes. Hike out to the seashore and watch the waves crashing into shore.

 

Kejimkujik National Park Seaside Nova Scotia Canada with big waves and flowing grasslands

Kejimkujik National Park Seaside Nova Scotia Canada with big waves and flowing grasslands

 

Kejimkujik to Cape Sable Island is a scenic 1 hour 10 minutes drive. I enjoyed exploring Cape Sable Island and visiting a couple of the beaches. The Hawk Beach at low tide exposes the petrified stumps from a former forest. Walking this sandy beach, you can see the Cape Sable Lighthouse, the tallest in Nova Scotia at 31 m (101 ft).

 

Cape Sable Lighthouse is the tallest in Nova Scotia at 31 m (101 ft)

Cape Sable Lighthouse is the tallest in Nova Scotia at 31 m (101 ft)

 

Fill your belly at the JB’s Steak and Seafood Restaurant – it’s located on the left side just before you cross the causeway over to Cape Sable Island. They have great food and wonderful staff.

 

Bacon Wrapped Scallops at JB's Steak and Seafood Restaurant in Barrington NS South Shore region

Bacon Wrapped Scallops at JB’s Steak and Seafood Restaurant in Barrington NS South Shore region

 

Cape Sable Island to Yarmouth – 75 km – around an hour. Yarmouth is another Nova Scotia coastal town and its located on the southwest tip of the Nova Scotia peninsula.

In Yarmouth visit the Cape Forchu Lighthouse and Museum – a wonderful place to watch the sunset.

Have dinner overlooking the harbor at Rudder’s Seafood at 96 Water Street. Looking for vegan, vegetarian, or gluten free options in Yarmouth – check out Gaia Global Kitchen at 222 Main Street Yarmouth

In the morning The Shanty Café opens at 6 am to help you break the fast – Shanty Café is located at 6B Central Street in downtown Yarmouth near the waterfront.

Overnight Yarmouth – find the latest hotel rates and availability here.

 

Nova Scotia Road Trip Day 4

Digby – Annapolis Royal – Wolfville

Total driving time 2 hrs 50 minutes

The drive from Yarmouth to Digby – 100 km (60 miles) should take you just over an hour.

Do you love lobster and scallops? If so, Digby is your happy place! Home to the famous Digby scallops and delicious Atlantic lobster too.

July 5 – 7, 2019 you can enjoy the Lobster Bash in Digby. If you are around in early August, you’ll want to attend the Digby Scallop Days Festival – August 8 – 11, 2019.

Digby to the historic town of Annapolis Royal – 30 minute drive. Annapolis Royal is a charming coastal town with a lot of history – the early European settlers arrived in the area in 1605. The Mi’kmaq First Nations peoples have lived in the area for over 10,000 years.

 

Queen Anne Inn located in Annapolis Royal Nova Scotia is one of many historic buildings in town

Queen Anne Inn located in Annapolis Royal Nova Scotia is one of many historic buildings in town

 

Popular Annapolis Royal Attractions

  • Visit the only Tidal Power Plant in North America
  • Fort Anne National Historic Site
  • Port Royal National Historic Site
  • Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens
  • Abundant historic buildings – 135 registered heritage buildings in a town with a population of around 500 people
  • Grand Pre Historic and UNESCO site

 

Downtown Wolfville Nova Scotia mural of boat and pocket watch

Downtown Wolfville Nova Scotia mural of boat and pocket watch

 

Annapolis Royal to Wolfville – 1 hour 15 minutes driving time.

Wolfville was once home to the Acadians, later expelled by the British – they later settled in the land around Lafayette Louisiana. Nowadays around the Annapolis Valley there are several wineries within easy access from Wolfville.

Explore the wine region and enjoy dinner at one of the restaurants in downtown Wolfville. Try The Naked Crepe – good eats!

Overnight Wolfville – Click here for Wolfville hotels and latest deals

 

 

Nova Scotia Road Trip Day 5

Walton Lighthouse – Bay of Fundy – Truro – Tatamagouche – Pictou

Total driving time: 3.5 hours

Wolfville to the Bay of Fundy – Burntcoat Head Park – 1 hour and 10 minutes – 90 km (56 miles)

Watch the biggest tides in the world! It’s amazing to walk on the ocean floor and where only 6 hours earlier the water reached up to the rocky coastline. Bay of Fundy is a must visit in Nova Scotia.

 

Exploring the ocean floor near the flowerpot at Burntcoat Head Park on Bay of Fundy Nova Scotia

Exploring the ocean floor near the flowerpot at Burntcoat Head Park on Bay of Fundy Nova Scotia

 

In between tides at Bay of Fundy drive to Walton Lighthouse and enjoy lunch at the Walton Pub – 20 minute drive.

Burntcoat Head Park to Truro – 50 minutes – 60 km (36 miles)
Check out 5 things to do in Truro Nova Scotia here

Truro to Tatamagouche – 45 minute drive (50ish km/30ish miles)
Take a walk on the beach at Rushton’s Beach Provincial Park in Tatamagouche.

Truro to Pictou – birthplace of New Scotland – 45 minutes – 65 km. The first Scottish immigrants landed in 1773.

At Hector Heritage Quay in Pictou step aboard a replica of the Hector – the tall ship that arrived in Pictou with the first immigrants from Scotland – more info here.

Interested in tracing your family tree and Scottish heritage – visit the McCulloch House Museum and Genealogy Centre.

Overnight in Pictou – Find the latest deals and hotel reviews here.

 

 

Nova Scotia Road Trip Day 6

Antigonish – Port Hood – Mabou – Cheticamp

Total driving time: 3 hours 15 minutes

Pictou to Antigonish will take about 45 minutes on the road.

In Antigonish if you are in the mood for a hike to stretch your legs check out Fairmont Ridge Hiking Trail for a 10 km (6 miles) out and back trail.

Next drive from Antigonish to Port Hood on Cape Breton Island. Grab some lunch at the Clove Hitch Bar and Bistro at 8790 NS Trunk Road 19.

 

Road sign for The Cabot Trail in Cape Breton Nova Scotia

Road sign for The Cabot Trail in Cape Breton Nova Scotia

 

The drive from Port Hood to Mabou is only 10 minutes. Mabou is a good choice if you want to add on an extra night to the trip because it’s a hotbed for music. The village of Mabou has a population of around 1,200, with a few options for accommodation so check the Mabou website for listings – and check out the music events in Mabou.

Mabou to Cheticamp takes about an hour to drive. Cheticamp is just outside of the Cape Breton Highlands National Park. You’ll need to buy a pass to visit the park but it’s totally worth it!

In Cheticamp you’re only a 20-minute drive from Skyline Trail – hike it at sunset for beautiful coastal views.

Stay in Cheticamp overnight – check for Cheticamp hotels here.

 

 

Nova Scotia Road Trip Day 7 and Day 8

Pleasant Bay – Cabot’s Landing – Meat Cove – White Point – Ingonish

Total driving time: 3 hours

I know some people drive the Cabot Trail in one day, but you won’t have much time at all for the beaches, coastal hiking trails, or filling your face with seafood and local beer. Spend some time enjoying Cape Breton!

From Cheticamp drive to Pleasant Bay (40 minutes) and do some whale watching. Grab a cup of coffee at the Pumpkin Patch...and some fudge. They also sell organic body care products…but coffee and fudge are important road trip products.

 

Pumpkin Patch Organic Body Care + Fudge + Coffee in Pleasant Bay Cape Breton NS

Pumpkin Patch Organic Body Care + Fudge + Coffee in Pleasant Bay Cape Breton NS

 

There’s also a cool looking art shop in Pleasant Bay – it wasn’t open when I visited town though. But take a look at Timmons Folk Art Studio at 22 Harbour Road if you visit Pleasant Bay – handmade souvenirs are the best!

 

Timmons Folk Art Studio Pleasant Bay Cape Breton NS

Timmons Folk Art Studio Pleasant Bay Cape Breton NS

 

From Pleasant Bay you can stop at Cabots Landing Provincial Park and visit the beach where Cabot is thought to have landed.

 

Cabots Landing Provincial Park in Cape Breton Nova Scotia

Cabots Landing Provincial Park in Cape Breton Nova Scotia

 

After visiting Cabots Landing you may as well continue on to Meat Cove – the northernmost community in Cape Breton. There’s some good hiking around Meat Cove and great food awaiting you at The Chowder Hut.

 

View of Meat Cove Beach from the deck of the Chowder Hut Restaurant

View of Meat Cove Beach from the deck of the Chowder Hut Restaurant

 

After you satisfy your hunger get back on the road and visit the town of Cape North then continue to White Point for a scenic drive along the Nova Scotia coastline. From there you’ll pass Neil’s Harbour and continue on to Ingonish where you’ll spend a couple of nights so you can explore the area.

 

Ingonish Beach at dusk Cape Breton Nova Scotia

Ingonish Beach at dusk Cape Breton Nova Scotia

 

Enjoy the beaches, hiking, and scenic coastal drives around Ingonish. I hiked a few trails in Cape Breton and visited Ingonish Beach in the evenings. There’s a golf course at the Celtic Lodge in Ingonish and the lodge features live music events at the Arduaine Restaurant and the Highland Sitting Room.

Three great hikes around Ingonish are Jack Pine Trail, Middle Head Trail, and Broad Cove Mountain – get info on these and more hikes in Cape Breton here.

Find hotel deals in Ingonish and check availability here – they book up fast! If you want to stay closer to the beach check these listings. I stayed in a cute little cabin in Ingonish.

 

 

Nova Scotia Road Trip Day 9

Cape Breton Island – Ingonish to Baddeck

Total driving time: 90 minutes

Baddeck is home to the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site so you’ll want to spend some time at the museum. The town of Baddeck is beautiful, enjoy exploring and tasting your way through town.

Hike the Uisge Ban Falls at 715 North Branch Rd Baddeck Forks.

Enjoy one last seafood dinner at the family owned Baddeck Lobster Suppers located at 17 Ross Street near the Baddeck Harbour.

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Nova Scotia Road Trip Day 10

Baddeck to Halifax

4.5 hours total driving time

On the road again for another scenic coastal drive from Baddeck to Halifax. It’s time to gather your wonderful memories of road tripping in Nova Scotia and fly home. Split up the drive with stop in picturesque Guysborough and get some road trip snacks at Days Gone By Bakery at 143 Main Street – about 1 hour 40 minutes from Baddeck.

Readers have pointed out that this road trip is missing the eastern shore region. That is a great excuse for another trip to Nova Scotia for me! For now you can check the Nova Scotia tourism info for stops along the eastern shore here.

 

 

Alternate Route Baddeck to Halifax via Eastern Shore

5.5 hours total driving time

This route will take you to Guysborough and Sherbrooke and along the eastern shore. As folks have mentioned there is plenty to see in this region of Nova Scotia – I need to get back and explore it myself!

 

 

Enjoy exploring beautiful Nova Scotia!

If you have any tips or suggestions for places to stop on the way please let me know in the comments section below.

Thank you for reading and happy travels!

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Susan Moore spent 7 months traveling around Southeast Asia back in the 90's. Returning to Canada she found a job working on rotation in Siberia Russia. She later moved to Austin Texas where she started a bookkeeping business, allowing her to work remotely. Currently Susan is in year 4 of living a nomadic life, roadtripping around the USA and Canada and writing about her experiences with a focus on hiking and cultural encounters. Read all about Susan » You can reach Susan Moore at Facebook or Twitter or Instagram

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  1. Very useful itinerary, Susan! I currently live on Vancouver Island but would love to visit the east coast one day. Thanks!

    • Shannon, Thank you! I hope you do make the trip to Nova Scotia, it’s so different than Vancouver Island (my family visited Vancouver Island every summer to visit my grandparents in Courtney) but also some similarities like great seafood :)
      Maybe you should plan a great big Canadian road trip?! Cheers, Susan

    • Anne says:

      What about Liverpool Festival?

  2. Marilyn Turnbull says:

    This is a good itinerary only thing missing is a trip along the eastern shore. There is more to see in Nova Scotia than the south shore and Cape Breton. Lacking tourist information about this area.

    • Marilyn, thank you for your comment. You make a good point about missing the eastern shore. As I wrote the post I also realized I need to spend more time in several areas of Nova Scotia. Another visit is necessary and I shall make it a priority to visit and write about the eastern shore. Cheers, Susan

  3. Lisa says:

    Thanks for such a thorough itinerary. We love nothing more than grabbing a hire car and going on a road trip and Nova Scotia is high on our list of next places to visit. So this will definitely come in useful.

    • Lisa, Thank you! Glad you liked the road trip itinerary, enjoy Nova Scotia when you do get a chance to visit – you will love the people and the places! Cheers, Susan

  4. Josy A says:

    Squeee Nova Scotia is so flipping pretty! I love that you included so many maps and photos. This all looks really useful…

    …but at the same time, the main thing I will take away from this is that I need to try scallops wrapped in bacon. They look really tasty!

    • Yes Josy! Nova Scotia is freaking gorgeous! If you were to get to Nova Scotia and only try the bacon wrapped scallops and then keel over and die, you would die happy!!! I would go back to NS and drive to JB’s at Barrington Passage just for a plate of those scallops….but I’d make it a double order :)

  5. Nicole says:

    We LOVE a good trip. I have wanted to explore Nova Scotia for quite some time. I like how detailed your itinerary is.

    • Nicole – Then you will LOVE a Nova Scotia road trip for sure! It is amazing! Thanks for reading and glad you like the detailed itinerary, hope you get to use it soon :)
      Cheers,
      Susan

  6. Sandra Ramsay says:

    Great road trip guide and I know its very hard to cover everything, but besides missing the eastern shore, you also missed all along the Parrsboro side of Fundy up through Joggins to Amherst. I would have continued right around this way instead of cutting across at Truro and New Glasgow. So many beautiful sites to see. Dining on the ocean floor..Five Islands Provincial Park…Ships Company Theater in Parrsboro and you must dine at the Harbour View Restaurant while in Parrsboro..and continue up to the Joggins fossil cliffs and museum. If you happened to dart into Springhill to tour a real coal mine underground, you may also be lucky enough to meet Canada’s Anne Murray at the Anne Murray Center in July. I could go on, but feel it is necessary to add both the eastern shore for some great things like Sherbrooke Village and fantastic hiking and beaches, Liscomb Lodge is awesome, and also the Parrsboro side of Fundy. Now your trip is nearly complete..happy driving!

    • Sandra, Thank you for reading and BIG thank you for your suggestions! It is a difficult (impossible, really) task to properly cover the whole of Nova Scotia in a 10-day road trip. Besides wanting to experience a variety of places, spend time chatting with people, eating all the great food, there’s a lot of time spent on the road driving. Two or three weeks would allow for a much fuller NS experience, but also add to the cost. A lot of people only get 2 weeks vacation though, so I decided on the 10 day itinerary and people can add days if they have the time. I do plan to go back to Nova Scotia so I’m adding your list of places around Parrsboro and eastern shore to my list. Really I should spend a whole summer in Nova Scotia to truly explore the province. Thanks again for your thoughtful comment. Cheers, Susan

      • Charlene Tuttle says:

        Totally agree with the comments. If you kept going up the coast along the fundy shore there are many more treasures. A visit to Cape Chignecto park and Cape d’Dor have views to rival any others along the “mini Cabot trail”. A visit to Advocate wouldn’t be complete without going to taste the food at the Wild Carraway. By cutting across you also missed the top part of the Northumberland Strait, warm waters and sandy beaches. Wineries, historical sites, and once again good old Nova Scotia hospitality. Just a suggestion that your return trip should be sooner than later and include the northern, often missed gems of Nova Scotia.

        • Charlene, thank you for commenting! Indeed, I missed out on some beautiful places in Nova Scotia. I’m adding all of your suggestions to my list. And I’m looking at a map right now, daydreaming about my next visit. Definitely going to include the places I missed out on last time. And I like your suggestion that a return trip should be sooner rather than later! Cheers, Susan

    • Marjorie says:

      We just did a road trip through to Parrsboro, beautiful area and we wished we had of gone through to Amherst, next time.

      • Marjorie, thanks for your comment. Enjoy the summertime road trips around Nova Scotia! I can’t wait to get back again, I’m aiming for a spring/summer trip next year. Amherst and Parrsboro are definitely on my list. Cheers, Susan

  7. Alanna says:

    So many great places to visit in our beautiful provnce of Nova Scotia! Lots of great details, however, a few gaps like Amherst and Springhill areas and the eastern shore. Also, when leaving Pictou you could take the Sunrise Trail route which takes you along the northern side of the province through many coastal communities between Pictou and Antigonish Counties. The Antigonish Highland Games takes place every July and is the longest running highland games event outside of Scotland. So many other festivals and events around the province as well that are unique to Atlantic Canada. Come back and enjoy!

    • Alanna, Thank you for your comment and tips! So many place to see in Nova Scotia it’s a challenge to do a 10 day road trip…maybe I should add a 14 day itinerary as well. Amherst, Springhill, Parrsboro area looks wonderful – I left out a whole chunk of Nova Scotia there! Sunrise Trail is a great suggestion, thank you! I love the coastal drives in NS. Would LOVE to attend the Antigonish Highland Games! Putting that on my wish list, won’t make it this summer but 2020 could be a plan. I have a few other NS festivals on my list as well. I really could spend a few months in Nova Scotia and not run out of places to see and things to do. Thank you Alanna! And yes I’ll come back :)
      Cheers, Susan

  8. Teresa Hensley says:

    Susan, the more I read, the more I smiled. I’ve had a home base in Austin for the past decade.. have managed an average stay of two months a year there.. last summer I headed up the east coast through Maine and on out through New Brunswick, P.E.I. and then Nova Scotia.. I had a rough plan for ten days in N.S. I drove straight to Cape Breton and the Red Shoe in Mabou. Ended up that night dancing at a Ceilidh and scribbling down the lists of places local people swore I couldn’t miss. Every day was like that. Breathtakingly beautiful land and coast.. fresh seafood…. absolutely lovely people and music everywhere. Two weeks later had to force myself to drive back over the bridge.. the beauty and people and MUSIC was very hard to leave. I wandered all over the rest of Nova Scotia for another three weeks and swore to go back for the Celtic Colors Festival this year. Of the many places I’ve wandered, this is one of the very best. I have spent a lot of time in B.C…. mostly in the Gulf Islands and Vancouver Island. I did not expect to find another part of Canada I would like as much. It delights me to have run across your post.
    Thanks. Hope to see more of you. Teresa Hensley

    • Teresa, thank you for sharing your travel story! Your comment makes me so happy, nice to know another woman who likes to roam around experiencing the beauty of the world and the kindness of the people. Nova Scotia steals your heart. Enjoy your travels back to Cape Breton for Celtic music fest – I’m leaving the link here for anyone else that may be interested – https://celtic-colours.com/ tickets go on sale July 9th. I won’t make it this year but 2020 is my plan. Keep dancing and exploring! Cheers, Susan

  9. Maryann Doucette says:

    Day 11…..Drive between Yarmouth and Digby checking the old churches and beaches and be sure to stop at Gilbert’s Cove Lighthouse

  10. Pamela Armstrong says:

    Too bad, you drove right by Beautiful Shelburne on your way to Yarmouth!
    Historic waterfront, fine dining at Charlotte Lane, the Barrel Factory, the Black Loyalist Centre in Birchtown, Islands Park for camping on the other side of the harbour or stay at the beautiful Coopers Inn on the waterfront! You missed a lot there. And in Barrington you should try Captain Kat’s lobster Shack. And you missed the Acadian Village in Lower West Pubnico.

  11. Mary Harvey says:

    A visit to Nova Scotia is NOT complete without visiting the restored historic houses that are on their original sites in towns throughout the province.

    • Mary, thanks for commenting. I loved visiting the Knaut-Rhuland House museum in Lunenburg. There must be a list somewhere, of historic homes that one can tour but I haven’t found it yet. Cheers, Susan

  12. Anita McKarney says:

    Could this be made into a group trip for those who are interested?

  13. nancy white says:

    This was great but there is so much to see in the interior of Nova Scotia as well. There is Windsor, the birthplace of hockey. Mount Uniacke where you can find Uniacke House, the home of the late attorney general, great walking trails here and many lakes. There is a spot in the Gore Hills, Hants County, called courthouse hill, where you can see five counties from this hilltop. And fields blue with blueberries.
    There are so many beautiful spots in Nova Scotia. It’s hard to mention them all. What about the gorgeous apple orchards in Kings Co? and in Cape Breton I would not have missed Louisberg. there are the Rawdon Hills with the old gold mines. There is Shubenackadie wildlife park where we visited a lot as children. Shubenackadie Sam lives here.
    So often people think Nova Scotia is a bevy of coastline activity, but there is so much more to Nova Scotia. Like the beautiful farmland and forests, and all of the little communities along the way.
    You needed another ten days for the interior, but I did enjoy the pictures. I have lived in Nova Scotia for sixty-five years and have never set foot on a fishing boat and I don’t even care for fish. But I do love Nova Scotia and am proud of every inch of her, not just coastline and beaches.

    • Nancy, Thank you for all these travel tips for Nova Scotia! The blueberries from NS are the BEST! I did miss out on the interior area, and you’re right I could add another 10 days to explore. Really I could spend a couple months and still not run out of places to see. Having grown up in Calgary I am always keen to visit the coastal areas, but I enjoy exploring all regions. I’m adding your suggestions to my now GIANT list of places to see next visit, looking at spring 2020 for a longer road trip. Thanks so much for visiting my blog and taking the time to offer your suggestions. Cheers, Susan

  14. Doris Betts says:

    Oh, what a shame that you missed the historic areas of St Peters (with its park and canal to the Bras d’Or lakes), the nearby Mi’kmaq community of Potlotek First Nation and beautiful Isle Madame on the south eastern side of Cape Breton, a mere 30 minute drive from Port Hawkesbury and the causeway! This island off the island is your quiet, uncrowded, picturesque destination on Cape Breton Island where you can enjoy nature off the beaten track! Rich in Acadian culture with some Irish thrown in as well, the island was once the summer cod fishing grounds of the Basque fishermen long before North America was permenantly settled by Europeans and still boasts excellent fish and seafood catches today! Get your fresh lobster, your fish and seafood (and excellent seafood chowder) at Premium’s Seafood Market on the High Road in Arichat. Grab a cup of freshly ground coffee and delectable freshly-made pastry from across the street at La Goelette a Pepe Cafe. This unique cafe tells the history of the local Acadian families and the tradition of the “sobriquets”, or nicknames they gave people to distinguish each from the others. Panels explaining the rich history of the shipbuilding boom in the area in the late 1800s line the outdoor porch. The cafe also sells unique arts and crafts created by local artisans. Step back in time and tour the grand, historic, wooden Our Lady of Assomption Cathedral nearby with its original architecture, artwork and organ, once the birthplace and home of St Francis Xavier University. Learn more local history at the LeNoir Forge museum on the Low Road in town. Spend the night at the recently restored Clairestone Inn and take in a drink on the large covered porch overlooking the harbour. Check out the sailboats at the marina across the water and stay at one of the cozy, fully-equipped Robin’s cottages beside the marina. Or rent the “Fisherman’s Cottage” airbnb in nearby Petit de Grat. Watch the spectacular sunsets over Arichat Harbour and maybe catch the whales feeding in the harbour or the lobster fishers pulling in their nets. Take an informative, guided lighthouse tour of the island. Walk the seaside trails. Enjoy some time with the kids on the beach in Pondville or take in a spectacular sunrise with a refreshing morning stroll along this sweeping stretch of sand. Let the lapping wave sounds relax you. Skip over to Petit de Grat and do some genealogical research to see if you have Acadian roots at La Picasse Cultural Centre and take in the Acadian Festival events in the French village in mid-August. Tour the educational Pebble and Fern Farm Market in Little Anse. Hike the coastal eco-trail nearby. Rent kayaks, SUP boards and canoes at the Groundswell Pub and bnb in D’Escousse where you can order a locally-made brew, a fine pub meal from their terrific menu or catch some live music in the evenings. Enjoy the serenity, slower pace, scenic beauty, cultural and historic richness and warmth of the friendly people who call this hidden gem of an island off Cape Breton Island home!

    • Doris, Thank you for your comment!! This sounds like the perfect place for me, and you’re right it’s a shame I missed it! Thank you so much for your marvelous write up about Isle Madame. I’m getting more excited about my next trip to Nova Scotia with each new place I’m learning about now. Cheers, Susan

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