7 Scenic Drives Every True Nova Scotian Needs To Experience
The perfect way to see Nova Scotia in spring.
Whether you’re looking for a hidden beach to hit, a new seafood festival to try, a hiking trail untraveled or a view that has never been grammed, we’ve researched a group incredible road trip routes all over the province that will not only provide your journey with some fantastic views, but will also bring you to some pretty breathtaking destinations.
Assemble your squad and choose a long weekend to embark on one of these scenic road trips ASAP!
The Cabot Trail
This Cape Breton hiking trail offers some of the most scenic views in Nova Scotia, and is an awesome day trip for photographers and explorers alike. The drive around the Cabot Trail is equally beautiful – try a clockwise drive starting in Baddeck, along Margaree Harbour to Chéticamp, and through the Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Keep an eye out along the way for safe spots to park and take in the view!
Annapolis Valley and The Fundy Shore
Start your journey with a weekend stay in the Annapolis Valley, where you can explore the many famous vineyards in the region and take in some epic views from the Look Off viewing site atop North Mountain. Enjoy incredible coastal scenery along the Fundy shore as you drive towards the picturesque red beaches of Blomidon Provincial Park, and be sure to get all the way up to Cape Split for a hike you’ll never forget.
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This awesome summer road trip will take you along Nova Scotia’s North Shore, with views of sandy beaches and the scenic Northumberland Strait. Begin your journey in Amherst and wind along the shore while making stops in Tatamagouche, Pictou, New Glasgow and Auld’s Cove along the way. Spend an afternoon exploring the waterfalls of Arisaig Provincial Park, and be sure to lay out on Heather Beach at some point during your journey.
Nova Scotia’s Eastern Shore is a less travelled part of the province that is beautifully showcased along the Marine Drive. Start your drive in Mulgrave near Port Hawkesbury and continue along the coastline where you’ll encounter incredible beaches, busy fishing communities, challenging hiking routes and great kayaking sites. Be sure to stop in Musquodoboit Harbour, Clam Harbour Beach and Taylor Head Provincial Park at some point along your drive.
Go for a drive along Nova Scotia’s scenic South Shore, and take in more than 20 lighthouses that line the coast throughout this gorgeous twelve-day journey between Halifax and Yarmouth. Stop in the historical town of Lunenburg for a couple days, and explore the history of this UNESCO world heritage site. Take in the beautiful churches in Chester, and the Tancook Islands near Mahone Bay. The Lighthouse Route is the perfect road trip for anyone looking to take in all the coastal beauty Nova Scotia is known for.
Nova Scotia’s Golf Trail
As the weather warms up, golf enthusiasts who are looking to get back into the swing of things (see what I did there) should plan a road trip along Nova Scotia’s Golf Trail through Cape Breton Island. Start your journey at The Lakes Golf Club in Ben Eoin, and drive out to world-class courses in the area like Bell Bay, Cabot Links, Cabot Cliffs, Le Portage and Highland Links. Stay overnight and treat yourselves to dinner at a couple of these luxurious clubs along the way.
Embark on Narcity’s very own Seafood Road Trip, which will take you to some of the best seafood festivals Nova Scotia has to offer. Begin with the Cold Waters Seafood Festival in the historic Memory Lane Heritage Village before driving out to the Shelburne County Lobster Festival, both happening in June! Hit Fundy Adventures in Gulliver’s Cove for a day of clam digging, and get a pass online for the Chowder Trail, a seafood drive every Nova Scotian must try from May to October.