Located near downtown Yarmouth, this freshwater lake is a popular spot for visitors and locals alike. Walk alongside Lake Milo, kayak, learn to standup paddleboard (SUP) with East Coast Paddle Company, or swim at the lifeguarded beach each July and August when the water temperatures can reach 22C/72F.
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.
Port Maitland Beach Provincial Park is a beautiful 1km long sand and cobble beach backed by a grassy picnic area and dunes. The park has supervised swimming in July and August. Walk along the nearby wharf and fishing boats to discover why this beach is a favourite spot for painters and photographers.
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.