Nothing says summer like a road trip. And, of course, a great road trip playlist as you hit the road and explore the places in between. Working with a few of our favourite Nova Scotia artists, we put together a road trip playlist that we’ll be listening to as we continue to discover the hidden gems in the province.
From the Dartmouth ferry to the Skyline Trail to Cape Forchu’s lightstation and everything in between, we have a lot of exploring ahead of us this summer! We’re ready to go nowhere and everywhere, starting with the sounds of Dartmouth native Joel Plaskett.
A Place of Sea and Song
Nothing will get your toes tapping quite like the lively, colourful energy of the Acadian culture when you visit the Yarmouth and Acadian Shores. And Meteghan’s Blou is exactly the high energy to kick off a road trip. Their song “Two step en Acadie” is getting us in the mood to go dancing.
Beyond the iconic lighthouse of Peggy’s Cove is a coastal road trip full of pretty seaside towns. Explore historic homes and one-of-a-kind shops as you visit the home of the Bluenose II and spectacular beaches.
The perfect song for a drive along the coast on a sunny day? JUNO and POLARIS award nominee Jenn Grant’s “Getcha Good”. Roll down the window of the car, turn up the stereo and enjoy the ocean breezes as you drive to this song.
High Tides & Wine Country
If you love to be the person who discovers “the next best thing”, then a visit to the Annapolis Valley’s wine country is your hidden gem. Head home from your adventures with tales of Nova 7, Phone Box White, and Tidal Bays that pair perfectly with seafood, fresh local vegetables and sunsets over the Bay of Fundy.
‘Everwhere to Go’ by the Canadian Folk Music Awards contemporary singer of the year, Ian Sherwood is the perfect song to inspire your trip to the world’s highest tides and rolling landscapes.
Back to Nature
Escape from the hustle and bustle of your daily life as you hit the rugged coastline of Nova Scotia’s Eastern Shore. Turn the ringer off and get back to nature when you try surfing Lawrencetown Beach or heading to Tor Bay Beach for a picnic.
What better soundtrack to getting off the beaten path than JUNO award nominee and Halifax native, Matt Mays, like his song “Where am I going?”
Sheep, Chefs and Sugar Moons
Nova Scotia’s Northumberland Shore is a getaway you can’t miss. With the warmest waters north of the Carolinas you can go from amazing beach days to adventures on the sea in a kayak. And of course, spending a night in a refurbished antique rail car is the perfect way to end a day’s journey.
Our soundtrack for this leg of the journey is JUNO and ECMA award winning banjo player, Old Man Luedecke from Chester with “I’m Fine (I Am, I Am)”.
The World’s Most Beautiful Drive
There’s a reason Cape Breton tops so many lists of the best road trips. There aren’t adequate words in the English language to describe the beauty of the Cabot Trail. As you explore one of the world’s most beautiful islands you’ll find the Celtic spirit is alive and well.
“Home is Where the Heart Is” by Cape Breton singer/songwriter Carleton Stone is the perfect song to welcome you to one of the best road trips you’ll ever take.
City by the Sea
The capital city of the province combines the best of Nova Scotia and puts an urban spin on it. From ocean beaches to travelling back in time atop the Citadel National History Site to fine dining with local food and wine, there’s something to discover around every corner of this vibrant city. “Track Five” by Cyndi Cain is the perfect track to match the mood of a road trip to this city.