22 breathtaking views & top photo spots you don’t want to miss in Nova Scotia

By msears, on Thu, 14 Sep 2017 | 0 Comments

From the rolling mountain range in the Cape Breton Highlands and expansive fields of green in the Annapolis Valley to the many lighthouses that dot our coastline, Nova Scotia is a photographer's dream.  

Planning a trip and looking to capture the beauty of Nova Scotia?  Be sure to check out the photo collection below of some of the top Nova Scotia photo spots and breathtaking views that we often see shared on social media.  We've even included a few local, lesser known spots that are positively picture perfect.

  • Peggy's Cove Lighthouse at sunset in Nova Scotia
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    Peggy's Cove Lighthouse


    A visit to Nova Scotia’s most photographed lighthouse and the quaint fishing village it keeps watch over needs no explanation as to why it is a photographer’s dream. Looking for a dramatic sunset photo? This photo gives a taste for what is possible at Peggy's Cove.

  • Sunset on the Skyline Trail in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park
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    The Skyline Trail in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park


    From the ever popular Skyline Trail near Cheticamp to the mountaintop vistas on the Franey and Acadian Trails that overlook the Cape Breton Highlands, hikers will be glad they packed their cameras for these treks. Looking for an amazing Nova Scotia sunset? Be sure to reserve your spot on a Skyline Sunset Hike with the Cape Breton Highlands National Park team.

  • Boats resting on the ocean floor at low tide on the Bay of Fundy in Halls Harbour
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    Halls Harbour


    Witness the amazing Bay of Fundy tides when you visit the fishing village of Halls Harbour at low tide. See fishing boats resting on the floor of the small harbour while you dine on lobster cooked fresh at the Halls Harbour Lobster Pound.

  • The world famous Cabot Trail on Cape Breton Island
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    The famous Cabot Trail


    With its reputation of being one of the top scenic drives in the world, Cape Breton Island's famous Cabot Trail is 300km of spectacular vistas. Take advantage of the 26 pull-off areas located throughout the trail to drink in the dramatic views and to breathe in the fresh mountain air combined with salty ocean breeze.

  • Halifax Skyline at night from Dartmouth
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    Halifax Skyline from Dartmouth


    Across the Halifax Harbour in Dartmouth is where you will find some of the best views of Halifax. Stroll along the Dartmouth Waterfront at Alderney Landing to capture a view that is truly spectacular.

  • Burntcoat Head Park at low tide
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    Burntcoat Head Park


    Ever wonder what the ocean looks like without the water? Wonder no more! Visit Burntcoat Head Park and discover the spot when the highest recorded tides in the world happen according to the Guinness Book of World Records. Wear shoes you don’t mind getting muddy as you walk around on the ocean floor. If you can time it right, the sunsets here are breathtaking.

  • Peggy's Cove village in Nova Scotia
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    Peggy's Cove Village


    A visit to Nova Scotia’s most photographed lighthouse and the quaint fishing village it keeps watch over needs no explanation as to why it is a photographer’s dream. Colourful buildings and boats, fisherman working away amidst curious visitors and the granite boulders that dot the shoreline for as far as the eye can see.

  • Melmerby Beach Provincial Park
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    Beaches in Nova Scotia


    Did you know that during the summer months, the Northumberland Shore region ocean beaches have water temperatures similar to the Carolinas? Melmerby Beach Provincial Park is one of the most popular sandy beaches in Nova Scotia and one of the most photographed.

  • Blue Rocks near Lunenburg on Nova Scotia's South Shore
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    Blue Rocks


    A popular detour close to Lunenburg is to the community of Blue Rocks, a small fishing village known for its amazing coastal views which boast shades of blues, greens, yellows and and greys. Take a guided seakayaking tour through the rocky harbour to experience the pristine natural beauty from the water.

  • The Look-off in Canning in the Annapolis Valley
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    The Look-off in Annapolis Valley


    On your way to or from Cape Split, stop at the Canning look-off and take in the amazing view that overlooks farm fields, orchards, wineries, and the Bay of Fundy's Minas Basin. Fun fact – on a clear day you can see five counties in Nova Scotia from this spot!

  • 100 Wild Islands on Nova Scotia's Eastern Shore
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    100 Wild Islands


    Discover a fascinating and undeveloped archipelago of islands with white sand beaches, barrens and forest along Nova Scotia's Eastern Shore. These islands have retained their pristine nature and changed very little since well before Europeans arrived on these shores over 400 years ago. Guided kayaking tours are available with a local tour operator.

  • Cape Forchu Lightstation near Yarmouth Nova Scotia
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    Cape Forchu Lightstation


    Visit this applecore-style lighthouse, located 11km from the town of Yarmouth and explore 19 acres of groomed parkland at the base of the lighthouse, take a guided tour of the grounds, and pop into the Keeper's Kitchen for a famous lobster roll or seafood chowder.

  • Mahone Bay's Three Churches
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    Mahone Bay's infamous Three Churches


    In the small seaside village of Mahone Bay near Lunenburg, photographers love to stop to capture photos of its picturesque skyline featuring the infamous three churches. Depending on your angle, you may capture four or even five churches in your photo!

  • Martinique Beach Provincial Park is a favourite place for beach bums and surfers alike.
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    Nova Scotia's Beaches


    With over 13,300km of coastline, Nova Scotia is home to incredible beaches.  From cobblestone and pebbles to red, yellow, and white sand beaches, discover your favourite as you explore the province. Martinique Beach Provincial Park, featured here, is a favourite surf spot as well as being Nova Scotia's longest sandy beach.

  • Couple taking a photo at a winery in Nova Scotia's Annapolis Valley
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    Wineries and Vineyards in Nova Scotia


    Nova Scotia is home to 15+ wineries with the majority being located in the lush Annapolis Valley. If in the Annapolis Valley, be sure to book a winery tour or hop aboard the Wolfville Magic Wine Bus so that you can drink in more than just the scenery.

  • The Big Fiddle on the Sydney Waterfront in Nova Scotia
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    The Big Fiddle, Sydney Waterfront


    A visit to Cape Breton Island is not complete without a photo of the world’s largest fiddle. A nod to our Celtic and Gaelic roots, the giant fiddle is found on the Sydney Waterfront and welcomes cruise ships and passengers to Cape Breton Island.

  • Aerial view over the tide going out at Five Islands Provincial Park
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    Five Islands Provincial Park


    Another spectacular spot to view the Bay of Fundy at low tide is at Five Islands Provincial Park. This is close to the where the Not Since Moses 10k/5k is held each summer. This unique event attracts thousands of runners and walkers across the ocean floor at low tide where just hours previously contained 30+ feet of water… and will once again in another few hours.

  • Old Town Lunenburg National Historic Site (photo by The Planet D)
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    Old Town Lunenburg National Historic Site


    Colourfully painted historic seaside town, horse drawn carriage tours along the waterfront, sailboats sailing near the Bluenose II schooner in the picturesque harbour… Lunenburg is a photographers dream come true.

  • View of Halifax from the Halifax Ferry
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    The view of the Halifax Waterfront from the Halifax Ferry


    From the top deck of the Halifax Ferry as it crosses the Halifax Harbour, the view of Halifax from Dartmouth is truly spectacular.

  • View from the Franey Trail in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park
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    Hiking in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park - Franey Trail


    Hiking Trails in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park: From the ever popular Skyline Trail near Cheticamp to the mountaintop vistas on the Franey and Acadian Trails that overlook the Cape Breton Highlands, hikers will be glad they packed their cameras for these treks.

  • Acadian Skies & Mi’kmaq Lands Starlight Reserve and Tourist Destination
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    Acadian Skies & Mi’kmaq Lands Starlight Reserve


    Discover the night sky like you’ve never experienced it before when you visit the Acadian Skies & Mi’kmaq Lands Starlight Reserve and Tourist Destination. Get a unique perspective of the night sky and discover both the astronomical science and Mi’kmaq cultural perspectives. You’ll have the same view the Mi’kmaq experienced thousands of years ago at this preserve - in spectacular, natural darkness.

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    Highland Village living history Museum


    A visit to this living history museum in the heart of Cape Breton Island, situated on a grassy hill overlooking the beautiful Bras d’Or lake, is one that will make you feel as though your eyes aren’t open wide enough to take it all in. Walk through the village, learn about the Gaelic culture, and drink in the timeless view.

  • Whale watching on the Bay of Fundy in Nova Scotia.
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    On a Whale Watching tour


    Reserve your spot aboard a whale watching tour on the Bay of Fundy or Cape Breton Island and experience these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat. Keep an eye out for other sea life – dolphins, porpoises, sea turtles, sunfish, and more!

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    The view from the top of Cape Split Provincial Park Reserve


    One of the most popular hikes in Nova Scotia is also one of the most photographed. This 12km roundtrip hike rewards hikers with breathtaking views out over the Bay of Fundy from the cliffs above.

  • Peggy's Cove Lighthouse at sunset in Nova Scotia
  • Sunset on the Skyline Trail in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park
  • Boats resting on the ocean floor at low tide on the Bay of Fundy in Halls Harbour
  • The world famous Cabot Trail on Cape Breton Island
  • Halifax Skyline at night from Dartmouth
  • Burntcoat Head Park at low tide
  • Peggy's Cove village in Nova Scotia
  • Melmerby Beach Provincial Park
  • Blue Rocks near Lunenburg on Nova Scotia's South Shore
  • The Look-off in Canning in the Annapolis Valley
  • 100 Wild Islands on Nova Scotia's Eastern Shore
  • Cape Forchu Lightstation near Yarmouth Nova Scotia
  • Mahone Bay's Three Churches
  • Martinique Beach Provincial Park is a favourite place for beach bums and surfers alike.
  • Couple taking a photo at a winery in Nova Scotia's Annapolis Valley
  • The Big Fiddle on the Sydney Waterfront in Nova Scotia
  • Aerial view over the tide going out at Five Islands Provincial Park
  • Old Town Lunenburg National Historic Site (photo by The Planet D)
  • View of Halifax from the Halifax Ferry
  • View from the Franey Trail in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park
  • Acadian Skies & Mi’kmaq Lands Starlight Reserve and Tourist Destination
  • Whale watching on the Bay of Fundy in Nova Scotia.