If wanderlust has struck you as of late but you haven’t quite got the funds to leave this snow covered city, consider travelling to some of the local destinations right here in Nova Scotia that we’ve listed below.
All ten spots are stunning regardless of what season you decide to visit during – so plan out a winter road trip or a summer trek to each one and beat the winter blues with a littler travel!
1. Sable Island
This surreal Nova Scotian Island is home to a unique population of wild horses, and the worlds largest population of grey seals, in addition to many different species of sea birds and other wildlife. Whales and sharks can be seen in the waters near this isolated National Park, which is situated 300km off the coast of Halifax and accessible by both boat and plane depending on the weather. Register for your next Sable Island trip in June, when visiting season will resume once again.
2. Five Islands Provincial Park
Five Islands offers some of Nova Scotia’s most beautiful campgrounds. The stunning contrast of the red dirt, green forests, and bright blue water is made even more beautiful in the fall, once the leaves start to change colour. Located in Fundy Shore and Annapolis Region Parks.
3. Skyline Trail
Hike the seven kilometre Skyline Trail that winds through Cape Breton Highlands National Park, ending at the edge of a giant cliff overlooking the Atlantic Coast. Enjoy panoramic views of the Cabot Trail as it winds along the mountainside, and watch for whales in the Gulf of St. Lawrence from the viewing decks. Tons of wildlife can be seen in this region, including moose, bears and eagles.
4. Blomidon Provincial Park
Known for it’s high cliffs and spectacular views, Blomidon Provincial Park spans a total of 1875 acres of the Fundy Shore and Annapolis Valley Region. The park is open from May to September, and offers over 70 campgrounds along multiple hiking trails.
5. Crystal Crescent Provincial Park
The white, sandy beaches throughout Crystal Crescent Provincial Park will make you feel like you’ve just stepped foot onto a Caribbean Island. Only forty minutes outside Halifax, this spot if a perfect day trip for those looking to get out of the city for a little while.
6. Cape Split
Recently designated as a provincial park, this breathtaking headland lies on the coast of the Bay of Fundy, in Kings County Nova Scotia. Cape Split is a continuation of the North Mountain range, and separates the main part of the Bay of Fundy from the Minas Basin. 7km in length, this surreal spit of land makes for an incredible hiking route, as visitors are greeted with expansive ocean views on both sides of their path.
7. Cheticamp Gypsum Quarry
There’s a trail out to this secret swimming hole in Cheticamp that you have to explore when the weather heats up this summer. The water in the quarry is turquoise blue, and there’s a massive zip line across the pool that swimmers can jump off from. You’ll feel like you’re in the tropics at this unique natural wonder!
8. Brier Island
Not only is this Bay of Fundy Island a beautiful place to explore, but there are many whale watching tours leaving the region during the summer and fall months which give visitors the chance to see a huge variety of spectacular marine wildlife. Hike the beaches of this Nova Scotian island or boat along the shore for an awesome local travel experience.
9. 100 Wild Islands
Not a lot of people know about the pristine beaches and diverse ecosystems that make up this Nova Scotian island system. Travel out there this summer and explore the landscape, but pay it forward as well to the fund dedicated to protecting this beautiful landscape. More donation info can be found here.
This small rural community is located in Inverness County, on the west coast of Cape Breton Island. With a population of 1200 residents, Mabou is surrounded by low mountains which are part of the Creignish Hills. The community sits at the head of an inlet named “Mabour Harbour” off the Gulf of the St. Lawrence River.