Road Trip to Hall's Harbour, Lunenburg & Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia

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One of the best road trips I have even been on was my trip to Nova Scotia last summer.

*This beautiful province, known as Canada's Ocean Playground, is in mourning right now and my heart aches for them. Such a senseless tragedy during an already difficult time with our COVID-19 isolation. I had always intended on sharing the details of our road trip along with some photos but as they say, life got in the way. 

Today I want to share this beautiful province with you and ask you to participate in today's moment of silence at 2 pm Atlantic (1 pm Eastern) and to wear red to honor our fallen RCMP officer and the others who lost their lives in such a senseless tragedy. Tonight at 7pm AST there will be a virtual vigil held on YouTube*

We started our Nova Scotia trip by flying into Halifax and spending a few days exploring the city by foot (highly recommend!) For the next few days of our trip, we rented a car.

The morning of our Nova Scotia road trip we started the day with breakfast and took our time. We knew we wanted to end up in Hall's Harbour just before the lunch hour so we were in no rush (and isn't the the best part of a vacation!) Hall's Harbour is an hour and a half away and we wanted to make a few stops so we gave ourselves two and a half hours.

We took Hwy 101 to 358 just passed Wolfville. Once on the 358 we took our time and stopped at every antiques shop we spotted.

Hall's Harbour, Nova Scotia

Some are genuine store fronts

Hall's Harbour, Nova Scotia

And others are housed in barns on people's property. While it was fun to stop and stretch our legs, I will warn you that antiquing along this trail (can't speak for the rest of NS) is quite expensive. I think it's the first antiquing adventure where I didn't purchase anything!

Hall's Harbour, Nova Scotia

But that's alright, we were more looking forward to seeing Hall's Harbour and their famous tide. When the tide is out, all these boats touch bottom and when it comes in they are level with the dock! Amazing! 

Hall's Harbour, Nova Scotia

Lunch was at the Hall's Harbour Lobster Pound which a friend recommended we try. It was a perfect lunch and we luckily arrived right before the tour buses did (get there early for a seat outside!) 

Hall's Harbour, Nova Scotia

It is a very small town with a few shops and local artists selling items. 

Hall's Harbour, Nova Scotia

I wanted to go fossil exploring along the Bay of Fundy but alas, I didn't manage to find any. On a return trip I'll plan to spend a day in New Brunswick at the Hopewell Rocks where you can walk on the ocean floor when the tide is out and if you're lucky, you'll find a dinosaur fossil.

From Hall's Harbour we followed Hwy 12 all the way to Mahone Bay, a beautiful and colourful waterfront town. Instead of stopping we carried onto Hwy 3 to our destination of Lunenburg. 

Lunenburg, Nova Scotia

Lunenburg is a port town on the South Shore of Nova Scotia that was founded in 1753. The entire town is a UNESCO World Heritage site as the best example of planned British colonial settlement in North America. The whole town is still in the original layout and appearance from the 1800s. 

Lunenburg, Nova Scotia

Every house and business tells a story. Their culture is deeply rooted in boating and fishing and nautical touches are everywhere. 

Lunenburg, Nova Scotia

Lunenburg, Nova Scotia

After a perfect afternoon of exploring and a quick bite of pizza, were were off on the next leg of our journey. 

I had read about a great driving path to take from the Nova Scotia Tourism website. It's off the highway and allows you to see a few more sites on your way to Peggy's Cove. It's called the Aspotogan Penninsula or Highway Route 329. It's a scenic drive that adds about 45 minutes to your drive and I highly recommend that if you have the time, you take this path. 

Bayswater Beach Provincial Park

You'll be rewarded with sightings of gorgeous fishing villages and beautiful beaches. 


One of the beaches we stopped at the was the Bayswater Beach Provincial Park to stretch our legs and to visit one of the Swiss Air Monuments across the street.

On September 2, 1998 Swissair Flight 111 crashed into the Atlantic Ocean southwest of Halifax Stanfield International Airport at the entrance to St. Margaret’s Bay. All 229 people on board perished. The crash site was 8 km / 5 mi from the shore, not far from Peggy’s Cove in the South Shore region. A short walking trail (160 m) leads to a monument in memory of the people who lost their lives can be found at the Swissair Memorial Site.


Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia

After a few quiet minutes we continued our journey and saw our destination start to appear. 

Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia

We finally made it to the tiny community of Peggy's Cove, home to only 30 permanent residents. We had timed our arrival to be two hours before sunset so that we could still see the town in the daylight, but also to take photos during that special golden hour (approx 1 hour before sunset).

Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia

Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia

Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia

Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia

Once our digital cameras were full and we ran out of film in our old Pentax Spotmatic we headed back to Halifax following Hwy 333 all the way.

I'll point out that I made a conscious decision to not edit these photos in anyway because I wanted to share the natural beauty of Nova Scotia. The photos here are all from the camera on my cell phone at the time. It's truly a photographers paradise! 

While we can't travel right now, this won't last forever. I'm using this time to plan future trips and I hope this post has you dreaming about your own trip to Nova Scotia in the future.