Peggy’s Cove to Lunenburg: Nova Scotia’s South Shore

Peggy’s Cove to Lunenburg: Nova Scotia’s South Shore

Nova Scotia is about so much more than Halifax. A wonderful city though it is, and worth a day or two of your trip, it is also a jumping off point for exploring the rest of the province. Nova Scotia is a land of gentle hills, endless forest and rocky shorelines straight off a chocolate box, with their fishing villages, clapboard cottages and picturesque views, and no visit would be complete without exploring a little further, especially along the coast from Peggy’s Cove to Lunenburg. Via pretty Mahone Bay, exploring this coastline is like venturing into another world.

Stop 1: Peggy’s Cove

Heading out of the city onto the 333, the drive to Peggy’s Cove gives you a good feel of what Nova Scotia is all about. Once clear of the city, you are into a world of small towns divided by tracts of forest, with wide, easy roads. 45 minutes’ drive will bring you into Peggy’s Cove, and entering the village is like stepping back in time. Fisherman’s cottages line the shore, with lobster pots, rowing boats and fishing nets standing testament to the fact that this is still a working community. Picturesque it may be, but Peggy’s Cove is alive and well. Signs directing the many visitors through the village stress the need to respect the inhabitants as they go about their working lives.

An hour or so's drive south of Halifax, Nova Scotia will take you into another world. One easy day trip will take you from Peggy's Cove to Lunenburg via Mahone Bay, a land of clapboard homes and rocky shorelines straight off a chocolate box!

Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia

Park on the outskirts of the village by the information centre, and follow the road downhill and back up again as you make your way to the lighthouse. Photo opportunities are everywhere as you pass through the village; a 5-minute walk will, however, bring you to the lighthouse, often referred to as the most photographed lighthouse in North America. It’s easy to see why; standing proudly on a headland of white boulders, Peggy’s Lighthouse is straight out of a children’s picture book. Scramble over the rocks yourself to take a closer look.

Close to the lighthouse is a post office (postcards can be sent from the lighthouse itself if it is open), a gift shop and a restaurant. There is also another parking area for those who don’t want to make the walk through the village.

An hour or so's drive south of Halifax, Nova Scotia will take you into another world. One easy day trip will take you from Peggy's Cove to Lunenburg via Mahone Bay, a land of clapboard homes and rocky shorelines straight off a chocolate box!

Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia

Stop 2: Mahone Bay

Just over an hour’s drive from Peggy’s Cove lies picture-perfect Mahone Bay. Driving there will take you along the rocky shoreline, along winding roads through evocatively-named settlements such as Indian Harbour and French Village. With the ocean on your left, it is easy to get distracted by the stunning views along the way.

An hour or so's drive south of Halifax, Nova Scotia will take you into another world. One easy day trip will take you from Peggy's Cove to Lunenburg via Mahone Bay, a land of clapboard homes and rocky shorelines straight off a chocolate box!

Mahone Bay

Picking up the 103, another half hour will bring you into Mahone Bay. The first sight to greet you will be three churches – yes, three – which sit side-by-side along the main road and are one of the biggest draws of this pretty town. Park up near the churches and walk along the shore into the town proper, where vividly-painted wooden buildings play host to shops, banks, post offices and restaurants. Mahone Bay is a great place to just wander, but also a good location to stop for lunch. I visited Oh My Cod! restaurant for deep-fried clams and a fresh lemonade with a view of the bay. Heaven.

An hour or so's drive south of Halifax, Nova Scotia will take you into another world. One easy day trip will take you from Peggy's Cove to Lunenburg via Mahone Bay, a land of clapboard homes and rocky shorelines straight off a chocolate box!

Pretty Lunenburg

Stop 3: Lunenburg

Stomach filled, and legs exercised with a stroll around town, head back to your car and continue down the road towards Lunenburg. Route 3 takes you there in around 15 minutes, and is a pleasant drive. Once in Lunenburg, head for the heritage old town. Most parking is metered, but if you head a little further uphill you can find free roadside parking if you are happy to walk a little further.

An hour or so's drive south of Halifax, Nova Scotia will take you into another world. One easy day trip will take you from Peggy's Cove to Lunenburg via Mahone Bay, a land of clapboard homes and rocky shorelines straight off a chocolate box!

Pretty Lunenburg

At first glance, Lunenburg is a sleepy town. Its harbour, which plays host to the renowned Bluenose II schooner when it is not moored up in Halifax, is also home to a small museum. But the main draw of Lunenburg is its heritage buildings. Take your time, wander the streets and look up from the pavement. One of only two urban communities in North America to be designated UNESCO World Heritage sites, around 70% of Lunenburg’s homes date from the 17th and 18th centuries when the settlement of Nova Scotia was still in its infancy. As you wander, you will start to notice more and more details in the colourful architecture around you, almost all of which is built of wood – including a beautiful black and white church which stands out among the blues, purples and greens of the houses. And you can almost feel yourself in a long dress or a high cravat, strolling gracefully through the streets in ages gone by.

An hour or so's drive south of Halifax, Nova Scotia will take you into another world. One easy day trip will take you from Peggy's Cove to Lunenburg via Mahone Bay, a land of clapboard homes and rocky shorelines straight off a chocolate box!

Pretty Lunenburg

Returning to Halifax

The route back to Halifax takes you back through Mahone Bay to the 103, which in turn will lead you directly into the city. It passes directly by the Fairview Lawn Cemetery, last resting place of many of the bodies rescued from the Titanic, and a visit here is a convenient, if introspective, way to end your day.

There is no entry fee to the cemetery; simply drive your car in through the gates and follow the signs. This is a working cemetery, however, and should be treated as such – steer clear of mourners paying respects to loved ones, and keep noise to a minimum.

The Titanic graves are a moving sight, laid out in rows of mostly identical graves all of which have the same date of death, April 15, 1912. Those bodies which have been identified have the name on the gravestone; the remainder have space to add the name later. Particularly poignant is the grave to the unknown child, identified in recent years as 19-month-old Sidney Goodwin. It feels fitting that these tragic souls should still be remembered, and the cemetery is a peaceful place.

An hour or so's drive south of Halifax, Nova Scotia will take you into another world. One easy day trip will take you from Peggy's Cove to Lunenburg via Mahone Bay, a land of clapboard homes and rocky shorelines straight off a chocolate box!

The emotional Titanic graves at Fairview Lawn Cemetery

Other things to do around Halifax

If you are looking for more to do in the Halifax area, check out my post on this beautiful city. Alternatively, for another great day out exploring the best of Nova Scotia, head up to the north coast and the town of Wolfville to sample the best of the province’s food and drink. There is so much to do that you will never get bored!


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An hour or so's drive south of Halifax, Nova Scotia will take you into another world. One easy day trip will take you from Peggy's Cove to Lunenburg via Mahone Bay, a land of clapboard homes and rocky shorelines straight off a chocolate box! An hour or so's drive south of Halifax, Nova Scotia will take you into another world. One easy day trip will take you from Peggy's Cove to Lunenburg via Mahone Bay, a land of clapboard homes and rocky shorelines straight off a chocolate box!

Hi! I’m Jill, and I’m a British blogger who has been travelling for more than 15 years, visiting 65 countries on 6 continents. I love to travel both solo and with groups, and to discover the cultures and peoples of the countries I visit. And I love to share a good story or two along the way!

What to do in Halifax Nova Scotia in one day

What to do in Halifax Nova Scotia in one day

Nova Scotia. This peninsula on the eastern coast of Canada conjures up images of rugged coastlines, quaint fishing villages and a friendly people with a rich history. And at the heart of the province, in more ways than one, is the city of Halifax. Often overlooked by visitors in favour of the buzzing metropolises of Toronto and Montreal further west, or used as a mere jumping off point to explore the furthest corners of Nova Scotia such as the stunning Cabot Trail in the far north, Halifax nonetheless should not be dismissed – it has a character all its own and a lot to offer visitors. Halifax day tours are available, but why not discover the city independently? Read on to discover the best things to do in Halifax Nova Scotia for yourself!

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Halifax Waterfront, commemorating the 150th anniversary of the nation of Canada which took place in 2017

Halifax Waterfront

Halifax is proudly a coastal city. Nestling on a bay carved out by the surging Atlantic Ocean, the city lies on a calm stretch of water that sparkles in the spring and summer sunshine. A boardwalk runs along the waterfront, lined with craft and souvenir shops, restaurants and much more. Grab a seafood lunch or a bag of saltwater taffy to eat as you stroll, try out the sea bridges, floating pontoons just above the water level, or sit back in one of the colourful free deckchairs and bask in the Nova Scotia sunshine. On a wet day, there is plenty to do undercover too; the Museum of the Atlantic and Pier 21 are located along the boardwalk, and there are plenty of pubs to while away an hour or two. On a great day, Halifax Waterfront is hard to beat!

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The impressive Titanic exhibit at the Museum of the Atlantic

The Museum of the Atlantic

Located on the waterfront, the Museum of the Atlantic is a compact, modern museum which is well worth a visit. Alongside the displays of life on the ocean wave, the museum has two major exhibits which draw the crowds. The lower floor houses a fascinating section on the Halifax Explosion of 1917, when two ships collided in the Narrows between the city and neighbouring Dartmouth, resulting in a fire followed by an explosion which flattened much of the city and destroyed neighbouring native communities. On the upper level, the big crowd-pleaser is an exhibit on the Titanic, the ill-fated White Star liner which hit an iceberg and sank on its way from England to New York in 1912. Many of the dead were recovered by Canadian vessels and brought to Halifax, where they were buried in Fairview Lawn Cemetery to the north of the city. The museum focuses primarily on the aftermath of the disaster and the recovery effort, and is well worth checking out, especially if, like me, you have also visited the Titanic Museum in Belfast which covers the building and voyage of the ill-fated ship.

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The ferry to Halifax Nova Scotia from Dartmouth

The Halifax-Dartmouth ferry

The Halifax Transit Ferry makes the crossing from the city across to Dartmouth on the opposite banks of the Narrows every 30 minutes at weekends, more frequently at other times. Costing just $2.50 per adult one-way, the ferry takes around 15 minutes and gives spectacular views of the city skyline, the Macdonald Bridge and tiny George’s Island on the way. Once in Dartmouth, it’s worth checking out the pretty chocolate-box streets before your return journey. Or why not base yourself in Dartmouth – the ferry makes getting to the city super easy, cheap, and picturesque!

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The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21

Pier 21

Pier 21, located at the southern end of the boardwalk, has always been the place where sea-goers arrive in Halifax. Today it is home to the cruise terminal, with massive liners making the stop on a regular basis, but in years gone by many of Canada’s immigrants passed through Pier 21 on their way to a new life. The Canadian Museum of Immigration has impressive exhibits on migration to Canada and what it means to be Canadian, as well as a thought-provoking hall exploring refugeeism through the decades, presenting a balanced view of how Canada and the rest of the world has dealt with the seemingly never-ending influx of migrants escaping danger and oppression in their home countries.

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Images of Halifax Nova Scotia: Pretty St Paul’s Church, the oldest building in the city

St Paul’s Anglican Church

Pretty St Paul’s Church, sitting at one end of the Grand Parade opposite Halifax City Hall, may look like it belongs in a country parish, but it has a claim to fame: it is the oldest building in Halifax. Admire the white clapboard exterior, before checking out the inside with its stained glass windows and memorials to veterans of the American Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars.

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One of the best places to visit in Halifax Nova Scotia: The courtyard of Halifax Citadel

Halifax Citadel

Arguably the crowning glory of the city, Halifax Citadel sits perched on the top of the hill that dominates the city centre. The star-shaped fortress, first constructed in 1749, was for over a century one of the most important defensive stations of the British Empire, and the British flag still flies over the citadel today.

Inside, a windswept parade ground is dominated by the Cavalier Building, now home to a museum, gift shop and information centre. The fortress walls themselves are a rabbit warren of smaller rooms, many now staged to represent the fortress in its glory days: a barracks, tailor shop, school room and orderly room can all be visited, and staff in period costume are on hand to explain what life was like for the inhabitants. Check out the gunpowder magazine before climbing the battlements for a birds-eye view of Halifax below you.

Special exhibits are also laid on from time to time (a fascinating WWI trench exhibit in the fortress moat will be there until late 2018), while activities and performances take place in the citadel over the summer months. Or for a different view of the fortress, why not try one of the ghost tours? Check out the Parks Canada website for more information.

What else shouldn’t you miss in Halifax?

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The great seafood

Nova Scotia is a coastal province, and Halifax doesn’t shy away from its heritage! Seafood is a staple on most menus, especially around the Waterfront area where atmospheric pubs and restaurants with alfresco patios offer a wide choice of places to eat (although they can be crowded on a sunny day). Local specialities are heavy on the lobster, which is a quintessentially Nova Scotian delicacy which is not only found on restaurant menus, but also on many of the local souvenirs and postcards. There is even a local twist on a Canadian speciality, as you will find lobster poutine on many menus. Don’t forget to wash it down with a glass of one of the many great local brews.

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The craft breweries

Nova Scotia is a delight for fans of food and drink, and Halifax takes its brewing seriously. Two of the province’s best-known breweries have premises close to the Waterfront; Alexander Keith’s, to the northern end, offers guided tours and tastings, whereas the Garrison Brewery is located to the south close to the cruise terminal and Pier 21. Gahan’s restaurant, located right on the boardwalk itself, offers a taster slab of 4 different beers which allow you to check a few more options off your list! Beer is a tradition here, and is the perfect accompaniment to the lapping of the water and the summer sunshine.

The architecture

Halifax may be the biggest city in Nova Scotia, but it still has a homely feel, and its architecture plays a huge part in giving it atmosphere. Clapboard homes are widespread, and in the city centre you will still find plenty of heritage buildings on pretty side streets. Take a wander and check out the colourful buildings for yourself; you will find many a gem if you take the time to look.

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One of the best images of Halifax Nova Scotia – the city clock


Want to discover more about sightseeing in Nova Scotia? Check out my other posts!
Wolfville wineries and more: A perfect food and drink tour in Nova Scotia!
Peggy’s Cove to Lunenburg: Exploring Nova Scotia’s South Shore



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Hi! I’m Jill, and I’m a British blogger who has been travelling for more than 15 years, visiting 65 countries on 6 continents. I love to travel both solo and with groups, and to discover the cultures and peoples of the countries I visit. And I love to share a good story or two along the way!

Wolfville, NS: The perfect Canadian food and drink tour!

Wolfville, NS: The perfect Canadian food and drink tour!

An hour’s drive north of Halifax, Nova Scotia, the small town of Wolfville and its neighbour, Port Williams, have gained a reputation for their high quality wineries, breweries and distilleries. Together with an active foodie scene, this region makes for the perfect day trip from the provincial capital. Organised tours of the Wolfville wineries abound, but why not grab yourself a designated driver and make your very own perfect tour?

I visited the region in May 2018, and my suggestions below are based on the locations I visited personally. There are many other options – too many to check them all out! – but I can recommend these myself.
This is not a sponsored post – I paid for, and genuinely enjoyed, all these experiences.

Note that to drink alcohol in Nova Scotia you must be at least 19 years of age.

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The tasting room and store at Lightfood & Wolfville Vineyards


Barrelling Tide distillery

1164 Parkway Drive, Port Williams, NS B0P 1T0
http://www.barrellingtidedistillery.com

The ideal first stop on your tour is the Barrelling Tide distillery in Port Williams. Named for the tidal bore which is a feature of Nova Scotia’s northwest coast, the distillery produces a range of spirits, with berry liqueurs predominating. Local berries such as haskap and the Nova Scotia favourite, blueberry, are particularly worth a try.

A visit to the distillery gives you the chance to admire the stunningly-maintained copper stills, and even watch the pressing if you arrive on the right day! Free tastings of the various liqueurs are available to help you choose your favourite.

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Some of the many delicious fruit and other liqueurs on offer at Barrelling Tide


Fox Hill Cheese House

1678 Church St, Port Williams, NS B0P 1T0
http://www.foxhillcheesehouse.com/

A short five-minute drive from Barrelling Tide is Fox Hill Cheese House. Primarily a store catering to local people, you can watch the cheese-making process through a glass window, before trying some for yourself. Free tastings are available, but you will need to ask, as the samples are not out on display. Cheeses include gouda, havarti and cheddar, among others, mixed into a variety of flavours including Italian herb, smoked, cumin, and dill. Fox Hill Cheese House is also known for its gelato if you need something to wash down the cheese!

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The pretty Fox Hill Cheese House is only matched by what you will find inside!


The Naked Crêpe Bistro

406 Main St, Wolfville, NS B4P 4C9
http://www.thenakedcrepebistro.ca/

You are probably getting hungry by this point (and eating all the cheese you just bought is a temptation), so it’s a good time to head to lunch. The pretty college town of Wolfville is home to Acadia University, one of Nova Scotia’s finest. Main Street has a range of shops and eateries, and 3 hours of free parking gives you the perfect amount of time to enjoy them.

The Naked Crêpe is a pretty bistro which takes this thin, French-style pancake to another level. A wide range of flavours will make choosing difficult, but we especially liked the salmon and egg breakfast crêpe, and a chicken and pesto option which was the day’s special. We followed up with dessert crêpes, including a strawberry dulce de leche option and a pecan pie-style crêpe.

This great little bistro can get busy, so booking ahead is recommended.

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Mmmmm… delicious filled pancakes at The Naked Crêpe


Annapolis Cider Company

388 Main St, Wolfville, NS B4P 1C9
https://drinkannapolis.ca/

The good news is that you can walk off your crêpes on your way to the next destination – but the bad news is that it is only a few doors farther down Main Street! The Annapolis Cider Company is a sight for sore eyes from the second you walk through the door – a modern cellar with floor to ceiling displays of hard cider, in a wide range of styles and flavours.

Look for their special limited editions, as well as such unusual ciders as the Earl Blue, which we particularly liked – with hints of blueberry and Earl Grey tea which add a twist to the cider without overshadowing the apple goodness!

Tastings at the Annapolis Cider Company are not free of charge, but a few dollars will buy you a slab of 3 ciders in 150ml servings, with a side of corn nuts to wash them down. We purchased some bottles after our tasting and were not charged for the tasting itself, although I can’t confirm this is always the case. One of the tasting glasses costs just $4 and makes for a great souvenir, too!


Lightfoot & Wolfville Vineyards

11143 Evangeline Trail, Wolfville, NS B4P 2R1
https://lightfootandwolfville.com/

Our final stop was at the Lightfoot & Wolfville Vineyards, which lie a few minutes’ drive down the road back to Halifax. This winery stands on a hillside with spectacular views over the Bay of Fundy and Cape Blomidon, and we chose it as much for its beautiful location as for its delicious selection of wines.

For $8 you can sample small 1oz (30ml) glasses of 3 different local wines, or 4 glasses for $10. There are 4 whites, 2 rosés and 2 red wines from which you can choose your preference, and friendly local experts will be able to advise you on the provenance of each wine as well as the flavours to look for as you sip each one. 45-minute tours of the winery are also available, and run every day in summer, Thurs-Sun in winter. Tours cost $15 per person and leave at 12 noon.

The Lightfoot & Wolfville winery has a restaurant, so if you didn’t make the stop at Naked Crêpe this is also a good place to eat; I’m told the lobster roll is delicious, however I was too full to sample it myself! This location is also a popular spot for weddings, and there is a great outdoor area to sit and soak up the view on a summer’s day.


The driving time to Wolfville is an easy 1 hour up the 101 highway from Halifax, and the region is easily accessible from other towns in central Nova Scotia. A car is essential to travel between locations if you are travelling independently.

Prices are in Canadian dollars and were correct as at 1st June 2018.


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Hi! I’m Jill, and I’m a British blogger who has been travelling for more than 15 years, visiting 65 countries on 6 continents. I love to travel both solo and with groups, and to discover the cultures and peoples of the countries I visit. And I love to share a good story or two along the way!