Located 11 km (7 mi) from Yarmouth, the fishing community of Sanford is home to the world’s smallest operating drawbridge. The drawbridge allows fishing boats to come and go, while fishermen, residents and visitors walk along the waterfront from one side of the harbour to the other without having to leave the wharf.
Smuggler’s Cove was a prime location for the smuggling of liquor during prohibition in the 1920s. Today, Smuggler’s Cove Provincial Park is a picturesque picnic park with viewing platforms, interpretive panels, and an 80-step stairway to the ocean floor for exploring during low tide.
Mavillette Beach Provincial Park is a 1.5 km (1 mi) long sandy beach backed by fragile marram grass-covered dunes protected by boardwalks. Along with supervised swimming on weekends in July and August, the park also features bird watching platforms, interpretive panels, washroom facilities, and parking.
Also known as Parc Joseph et Marie Dugas, the park features a 5 km (3 mi) interpretive trail, craft centre (open July & August), and lighthouse. Don’t miss the Farmers’ Market on Saturdays (May to Sept.) and "Les Beaux Vendredis" Lobster Suppers on Friday evenings (June to Sept.), where visitors can feast on lobster, crab or clams.
Built over a span of 32 years (1910-1942), this large, granite church is a prime example of early twentieth-century gothic architecture. Open to visitors May 1 to Oct 30, the church also hosts the Musique Saint-Bernard concert series throughout the summer months.
Cape Forchu Lightstation, an “applecore” style lighthouse, is situated 11 km (7 mi) from the town of Yarmouth. Constructed in 1962 to replace the original lighthouse built in 1839, the still-operating lightstation is one of Nova Scotia’s most popular and most photographed lighthouses and a much visited tourist destination.
Pull on the woolies and pack a few snacks, it's time to hit the trails at Ellenwood Park for some winter fun.
A Christmas wonderland sparkles like a jewel in the crown of a town that has centuries of seafaring history. Thousands of LED lights are wrapped around the branches of the tall ancient trees in Yarmouth's Frost Park. Giant presents are stacked at the base of the 150-year-old, three tier fountain, draped in a mantle of gauzy brightness. Even the gazebo, where Th'YARC's strolling carolers charm the crowds, beams golden in the landscape.
Blooms of shimmering jellyfish as big as your thumbnail rise and fall in dreamy movement a few feet from your paddle. Bubbles from burrowing clams rise in a stream from the ocean floor while hundreds of seabirds explore the exposed flats, feasting on crabs, snails and other creatures.
Nova Scotia really is the spirit of the perfect road trip. Around every turn is something new to discover. Whether it's a vibrant seaside town, the perfect spot to get ice cream, a one-of-a-kind shop, or a beautiful sandy beach, you're bound to find something you'll love. All you need to do is hop in the car, turn on your perfect road trip playlist, roll the windows down and go explore all that Nova Scotia has to offer.
While we've created some of our own road trips, we know there's still more discover. You don't have to take our word for it - we've asked our Facebook community for their ideas and they've given us some great ideas for road trips to take all year long.