From our community: Nova Scotia road trip ideas

By smacpherson, on Tue, 30 Apr 2013 | 0 Comments

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. 

Cape Breton 

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"The alternate scenic route is so beautiful. It's off the Cabot Trail and it's now called the Coastal Loop. Stop at Neil's Harbour and get a bite to eat at the Chowder House. Many great views along that route - a must see if you're going to Cape Breton!" -- Claudia Tune
"Broad Cove Marsh, between Inverness and St. Rose. It truly is the most wonderful spot on the island. Please take a trip through." -- John Donald Smith

"Mabou is a beautiful little town and the restaurant was amazing -- all homemade; the soup was best I've ever had." -- Marg Saunders

We just love Cape Breton (especially the Cabot trail), but some must see stops are Inverness beach for a walk on the boardwalk, Margaree Valley (especially in the fall), Pleasant Bay, and Black Brook Beach (a little piece of Heaven!)." -- Shirley Lillian Savoie

Eastern Shore

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"If you're heading to Martinique or Clam Harbour via the the old #7, a lil' shack on the left hand side of the road in Porters Lake called Gazoo's has awesome burgers and fish and chips." -- Ashley Beaver

"Taylor Head Provincial Park - AWESOME! Beautiful hiking and a great beach." -- Cynthia Fox

"Port Bickerton light, the Country Harbour ferry, and a picnic on the shore of Tor Bay." -- Joanne Cook

"Martinique Beach is beautiful if you just want to relax on the shore, sit back and watch the surfers. Sherbrooke Village is a great outing, as well." -- Shannon Gail MacLean Fielding 

Fundy Shore and Annapolis Valley


"My favourite road trip to take in the Fundy Shores goes from Parker's Cove to Hall's Harbour. We used to call it our Fundy trip." -- Ardath Morrison

"Into Berwick (the Apple Capital), then over the North Mountain to Harbourville. Simply Splendid!" -- Janet Barkhouse

"Try down Digby Neck with all its little harbours and coves, plus in the summer you can watch whales from the Fundy shore! And the fishing (pollock and mackerel) is great!" -- Pat Jarvis

"I like the #1 highway from Wolfville to Grand Pre, lots of places to stop and enjoy nature, like the giant eagle's nest up the Eye Rd, pie from the Evangeline Cafe (locally known as Stirlings), the Tangled Garden for whimsy and Just Us Coffee just before the 101. So many wonderful spots .... good times." -- Sue Cox

Halifax Metro

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"Walking down the boardwalk in Halifax Waterfront by the Halifax ferry terminal, popping in various shops and boutiques along the way. Shubenacadie Canal is a wonderful spot to walk. Point Pleasant Park is another great spot!" -- Amanda Pitre

"The Halifax Waterfront is beautiful with lots of shops and restaurants; the Seaport Farmer's Market, Freak Lunchbox, Willman's Fish and Chips in the Hydrostone, Tomasino's Pizza (best pizza!), John's Lunch in Dartmouth, Pier 21 Museum, the Harbour Hopper, watching movies Al Fresco on the waterfront during the summer...I just love Halifax!!!" -- Karen Marie Morash

"The unique little shops and cafes of the Hydrostone in Halifax's north end!" -- Melva Reid

"Emma's eatery in Eastern Passage has the best breakfast." -- Michelle Oliver

Northumberland Shore

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"I've always had a love for Tatamagouche and the area surrounding the bay, since I lived there for two summers.  The Train Station Inn is nice too!" -- Natalie Bird 

"The Arisaig Lighthouse. Located on highway 245, in beautiful Arisaig, Antigonish! This is a replica rebuilt in 2007 using the original lighthouse plans. The lighthouse operates as an ice cream stand during the summer months, so next time you're here stop on by!" -- Jennifer McKenna Polson

Sam's Pizza in Abercrombie - nothing like Pictou County pizza! And then a trip to the Merb - warm water, soft sand, relaxation at its best." -- Sara Newman Winchester 

"New Glasgow to Antigonish via the Sunrise Trail. There's a little fish and chip place along the way, it can only be fresher if you catch the fish yourself." -- David Gillis

Fun local fact: "The Merb" is another name for Melmerby Beach.

South Shore

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"My favourite trip is to stop in the morning at Lanes Privateer Inn Restaurant in Liverpool. Then I continue on down the Lighthouse Route to White Point Beach Resort." -- Sandra Ramsay

"I love to swim in May in Port Joli Harbour and go hiking in the Keji Adjunct. I love to drive the Lighthouse Route from East Port Medway to Bridgewater. Cherry Hill Beach at daybreak in December with the lobster boats in Hell Bay all lit up!" -- Grenville Jones

"Hubbard's - Lola's Landing, the Shore Club and the Trellis Cafe are perfect every time. Sand Dollar Beach is also a favorite." -- Niki Rhyndress Friend

"The Barrington area is a beautiful spot - sandy beaches, historic buildings, and beautiful scenery. I love the food at Dan's in Barrington Passage!" -- Rosalie McMullin

Yarmouth and Acadian Shores:

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"Rudders Seafood and Pub on Yarmouth's beautiful waterfront for great eats and a ride to lighthouse and watch the sunset." -- Roslyn Paulick

"The long pristine stretch of Mavillette Beach, walks in the woods, Dairy Dream (Palais de la Glace Molle) in Meteghan River, rappie pie and a chocolate milk shake at the Roadside Grill." -- Margaret Jeddry 

"Tusket and the old Argyle Church." -- Chad Tower 

"Cape St. Mary, where land meets sea with dramatic, jagged cliffs. Colourful boats are tucked into a little harbour and a collection of newer bungalows and shingled old-timers face a spectacular view." -- Carla Allen 

"My favourite: From Halifax down Route 103 to Pubnico, Yarmouth, Clare, and Digby." -- Karen Pothier