Today’s post will be highlight the beautiful Canadian province Nova Scotia. This province is on the east coast of Canada and is one of the Maritime provinces. Being from from the West Coast of Canada I never fully realized the beauty that’s on the other side of my country! Nova Scotia was full of friendly people, break taking land and seascapes, delicious seafood, old light houses, rocky shore lines and quaint small towns. I stayed near the province’s capital, Halifax and took a road trip around this great province. So here are my highlights in photos:
Peggy’s Cove is a must see for all visiting Nova Scotia. It’s only a 45min drive south of Halifax. The drive is so much fun and very scenic. You can spend a good hour here soaking up the sea air, walking on the rocks and checking out the light house. There is also a gift shop there that includes crafts and paintings by local artists. You can enjoy a lunch and a beautiful view. Make sure if you are walking on the rocks that you don’t walk on the wet ones. The tides can rush in very fast and it can take a person under. It will be hard to miss the signs that advise you to stay back. I am so happy I got to go to Peggy’s Cove.
I also got to visit the quaint fishing town of Lunenburg. It was a 2.5 hour drive south down the coast from Halifax. This town is also a must see. While here I got to enjoy a delicious lobster sandwich (Lobster is big on East Coast!), see some colourful and quaint houses and buildings and see the Bluenose! The Bluenose is a famous ship which is pictured on the Canadian dime. The ship I saw was when I was there was the Bluenose 2 as the original Bluenose crashed and was damaged in the 1960’s. I got to explore the deck of this ship and get my picture taken outside it. Was so cool to get to see this famous Canadian Icon. Also in Lunenburg you see a lot of small quaint houses like the one pictured above. Be sure to put this town on your list when driving through Nova Scotia.
And probably the one of the best parts of my trip to Nova Scotia was my road trip around Cape Breton Island. Cape Breton Island is the Northern tip of Nova Scotia. It is really a peninsula but barely as its joined to the rest of the province by a thin line of rock. I did my trip to Cape Breton in 2 days but I recommend taking a week to explore it slowly. There is so much to see and do if you take it slow. There is hiking, whale watching, views that will take your breath away and more! I drove what’s called the Cabot Trail which winds around much of the perimeter of Cape Breton Island. If you drive the Cabot trail be prepared to drive slow in places as the road is windy! When driving on the Cabot trail you will drive through Cape Breton Highlands National Park and it is simply breathtaking! If you are lucky you might see a moose on the side of the road. I have yet to see one.
Well there you have it, my photo highlights of Nova Scotia. Like I mentioned before, I never realized how beautiful the other side of my country is. As much as it’s great to go see other countries different then ours I feel its great to travel through your own country as well. Canada has so much to offer! There is more I have left to explore. What do you think? Do you love your home country and think its good to explore it?