Some Great Day Trips From Halifax In Nova Scotia
There were many great day trips from Halifax. We enjoyed our stay on the harbourfront in Halifax and found much to do in the city. But on our road trips on this visit to Eastern Canada, we explored great small towns and saw iconic Nova Scotia sights. The local routes provided beautiful vistas and we stopped regularly.
Travelling along the south shore we visited Mahone Bay, wandered around Peggy’s Cove and re-visited the port town of Lunenburg. A day trip to the Ovens Natural Park was an outdoor treat. And the sight of the tide swings on the Bay of Fundy should not be missed.
Head Down The South Shore And Stop In Mahone Bay
When you head south from Halifax follow the Lighthouse Route on Trunk Route 3. Our first stop was in Mahone Bay. Seeing the town sign, it was no surprise that Mahone Bay was probably most famous for its churches. We saw several of the churches as we followed the road around the bay.
This quaint town with colourful houses was a great stop on road trips from Halifax. And we even found some colourful street art.
On a road trip from Halifax, there were such great small towns to discover.
On Day Trips From Halifax Don’t Miss Peggy’s Cove
We kept heading south and visited the community of Peggy’s Cove. The colourful fishing town was a delight to explore. At the local art gallery we were drawn in at the William DeGarthe Art Gallery and the Fisherman’s Memorial.
But no stop at Peggy’s Cove was complete without visiting Peggy’s Cove Lighthouse. We parked and walked on the rocks for views of the lighthouse and rocks. A coffee break at the SouWester Restaurant extended our views of this iconic spot.
A visit to Peggy’s Cove was very high on our list of day trips from Halifax we planned to do. As we headed on our way, we passed by the Swissair Memorial Site which commemorated the 229 people on SwissAir flight 111 that crashed into the sea just off the coast of Bayswater near Peggy’s Cove in 1998. David worked on the recovery operation for this so it was a meaningful stop along the way.
Enjoy The Waterfront In Lunenburg
Our next planned road trip stop was for lunch in Lunenburg. We visited the waterfront in Lunenburg on our first visit to Nova Scotia. And wanted to explore more.
The first item on our plan was a seafood lunch. We settled in at the Dockside Inn Restaurant with a view out over the harbour. We found great food and local Maritime decor too.
After lunch, we meandered along the streets and wandered into the Shipwright Brewing Company. David loved a craft brewery with a good dark beer. Even better when they filled a can for take-out!
We wandered around the main streets in Lunenburg. Everywhere we looked we found fun artwork. Several times we saw the horse and carriage ride go past us. A fun way to see the sights of Lunenburg.
When we walked down by the waterfront we found lots of watercraft and tour boats. Although the iconic Bluenose sailing ship was not in the harbour when we visited.
We found a lot to do on a visit to Lunenburg. We were glad we made it one of our day trips from Halifax.
Explore The Ovens Natural Park
South from Lunenburg, we found a new discovery. The Ovens Natural Park was a privately owned 180 acre forest area on the coast. There was much to do at the Ovens Natural Park. But on our day trip we wanted to hike.
The Sea Caves Trail ran along the top of the cliffs in one direction. In the the other direction was Cunard’s Beach. We hiked along the top of the cliffs and explored the caves at Ovens Natural Park. The views of the sea pounding into the caves was quite mesmerizing.
We only had a few hours for our visit to the Ovens Natural Park and we arrived late in the day. One day we would love to explore more of the park on a longer visit.
Marvel At The Tides On The Bay Of Fundy
The tides on the Bay of Fundy are definitely worth a day trip from Halifax. We got our first view of the Bay of Fundy tides from Wolfville at Grande Pre. The Bay of Fundy tides can vary by up to 52 feet per day. When they are out, the red mud went out for miles.
From Wolfville we headed south to the fishing town of Halls Harbour. We descended from the high hills by the shore into the fog at low tide. We were delighted immediately with the small harbour. And at low tide, the boats were totally out of the water and sat on their hulls.
The swing of the tides on the Bay of Fundy was a sight not to be missed on day trips from Halifax.
Many Options For Day Trips From Halifax
We found many great day trips from Halifax on our stay in Nova Scotia. It was always fun to head out on the smaller local roads for the small towns and lighthouses. There were so many great discoveries along the way.
We knew there were many other places to visit as day trips from Halifax. But we simply ran out of time on our visit to Eastern Canada. We know we will be back one day to explore more of Nova Scotia.
Have you done day trips from Halifax in Nova Scotia? Do you have a favourite that we missed?
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