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Try an unforgettable drive along the Atlantic Canadian coast on the stunning Province of Nova Scotia. Stop in coastal communities like Bridgewater, Liverpool, and of course, Halifax – and be sure to visit iconic landmarks like the Bay of Fundy, Old Town Lunenburg, and Peggys Point Lighthouse.
Allow Yarmouth to welcome you to Nova Scotia.
Disembark from your spot on Nova Star Cruises – a new cruise ferry connecting Portland, Maine to Yarmouth – and begin your tour on the scenic, southwestern tip of Nova Scotia.
Yarmouth is known for its Victorian architecture, and a slue of maritime museums. Check out the Yarmouth County Museum & Archives and the Sweeney Fisheries Museum – plus the Izaak Walton Killam Memorial Library just for fun.
Get your lighthouse checklist out, and mark off the Cape Forchu Lightstation.
Established in 1840, this is the “second most photographed lighthouse” in Nova Scotia.
Liverpool is roughly 200 kilometers from Yarmouth if you stick to Highway 3 – which we recommend you do – and yields even more to see and do on the east coast. Just 70 kilometers from the Kejimkujik National Park, Liverpool is a historic city known as the Port of the Privateers.
Liverpool features museums on museum. Don’t miss the historic Perkins House Museum or the Queens County Museum – while music fans can check out the Nova Scotia Country Music Hall of Fame at the Hank Snow Country Music Centre.
Top Five Attractions:
Peggys Point Lighthouse
Old Town Lunenburg
Cape Chignecto Provincial Park
Another iconic lighthouse, Fort Point Lighthouse – established in 1855 – overlooks Liverpool Bay.
Looking for a beach? Check out the Beach Meadows Municipal Beach along Highway 3, or the 22-square-kilometer Kejimkujik Seaside Adjunct – a day trip in itself.
About 45 kilometers along the coast from Liverpool, Bridgewater is the largest city on the Nova Scotia’s southern shore – and home to the DesBrisay Museum and Wile Carding Mill.
Nearby Old Town Lunenburg is a staple of the Atlantic Canada coast – and a Unesco World Heritage Centre to boot. Don’t miss the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic, or the beautiful Crescent Beach.
Known as “A Treasure Since 1754,” Mahone Bay is a living history museum found on the way from Bridgewater to Halifax. The site is home to the Mahone Bay Settlers Museum, and the annual Mahone Bay Classic Boat Festival.
For some classic seashore fun, head for the Rissers Beach Provincial Park – open from mid-May to mid-October. Enjoy sunbathing, picnics, sandcastle contests, and hunting for seashells.
Roughly 100 kilometers east of Bridgewater, you’ll find Halifax. Officially the Halifax Regional Municipality, Nova Scotia’s capital city is a historic, coastal community – and Atlantic Canada’s largest city to boot.
Halifax features some of the most unique museums in eastern Canada. Don’t miss the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic – Canada’s oldest and largest maritime museum set in downtown Halifax.
Best seen from on high, the Citadel Hill National Historic Site is a National Historic Site of Canada open throughout the year. Be sure to see the Citadel's Cavalier Block Army Museum, and the Victorian Christmas events during the holidays.
Catch some rays at the Halifax Public Gardens – covering 16 acres on the Halifax Peninsula. Created in 1867, the gardens are yet another National Historic Site of Canada.
The icon of Atlantic Canada, Peggys Point Lighthouse stands at 15 meters roughly an hour's drive from Halifax.
Constructed in 1915, the lighthouse is found in Peggys Cove along the Lighthouse Trail Scenic Drive.
Set on Cobequid Bay just under 100 kilometers north of Halifax, Truro is a historic city found in north-central Nova Scotia – and known as the Hub of Nova Scotia or Hubtown. And in Truro, travelers could either continue down the coast back to Yarmouth, or hop over to Moncton and pick up our New Brunswick drive tour.
History buffs, get to know Hubtown at the Colchester Historical Museum. Constructed in 1900, this history museum is listed on the Canadian Register of Historic Places.
Can’t get much more local than the Truro Farmers’ Market, held Saturdays from April to December from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. You’ll find fresh produce and baked good, arts and crafts for show and sale, and if you’re not too far, something for the garden.
Created in 1887, Victoria Park covers 160 hectares and features tennis courts, swimming pools, ball fields, and the Kinsmen Club Playground. Outdoor activities also include birdwatching, multiuse trails, and jaunts to Brandy Spring and the 175-step Jacob’s Ladder.
Approximately 175 kilometers west of Truro, Kingston is the gem of the Annapolis Valley.
Set on the Bay of Fundy, Kingston features plenty of outdoor recreation and festivities for visitors and residents alike.
The Bay of Fundy is known for having the world’s highest tides. Check out this famed body of water at a multitude of parks, including Cape Chignecto Provincial Park and Blomidon Provincial Park.
Held in mid-July, the annual Kingston Steer BBQ & Village Fair features games, food, live music, a huge parade, and much more.
Get out and enjoy the Atlantic Canada sunshine at the Stronach Park & Family Fitness Trail. Here you can picnic, use the trail for walking, cycling, and ATVing, or try kayaking or canoeing in the Annapolis River.
From Kingston, it's a 190-kilometer drive back to Yarmouth. You'll pass St. Mary's Bay, and even the Upper Clements Amusement Park on your way back to the Nova Star – which is well-equipped for bicycle, vehicle, and camper transport.