Arriving in Nova Scotia was a highlight for us, as we had now reached all three of the Maritime Provinces.
We started our day in Lunenburg, a UNESCO world heritage site, and home to many colourful buildings. It was, unfortunately, a bit of a cloudy and grey morning, but you wouldn’t know it looking at all of the colourful houses!
A few more houses in case you didn’t get the idea.
Lunenburg is full of old and historical buildings. The Bank of Montreal branch made us feel like we were transported back in time or landed in a Harry Potter movie.
The town has a rich history of agriculture, fishing, and ship-building. You may have heard of, or at least seen the most famous ship built here, the Bluenose, featured prominently on the Canadian dime. The commemorative replica, the Bluenose II, was docked in Lunenburg during our visit.
We left Lunenburg relatively soon (not completely unrelated to me being freezing cold and the views being quite grey). In the hope for more sunshine, we drove to Peggy’s Cove and were amazed by the views! It was at this point that Nova Scotia completely stole our hearts.
Seeing the Peggy’s Point Lighthouse from a distance was simply breathtaking.
Once we actually arrived at Peggy’s Cove we loved walking around and exploring the small fishing community.
I was worried Peggy’s Cove would be an over-hyped tourist destination, but we found the place surprisingly undeveloped, and almost magical. Walking around the village you can get a real sense of the simple life of the people that lived here (before all the tourists arrived) and the struggle of living right on the wild Atlantic Ocean.
Peggy’s Point Lighthouse is clearly the star of the show here.
We could have walked around the lighthouse for hours. Even though there were a few tourists there, the place felt calm and we enjoyed watching the waves break on the rounded rocks. Peggy's Cove is exactly what we thought Nova Scotia would be like and we highly recommend you visit.
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After some delicious mint chocolate ice cream sorbet, we were on the road again, pointed North towards Halifax - the capital of Nova Scotia.
We saved our exploring of the city for the next day, so sought out a restaurant for dinner and can highly recommend the seafood at Five Fisherman. Our selection for the evening included local Mussels, PEI oysters, a shrimp cocktail, brussels sprouts and some lobster mash for good measure. We also dared each other to take ever-increasing dips of wasabi on our shrimp. There were no winners. 😀
Also, if you are still keeping score, we were now three for three on the seafood and ice cream challenge.
The next morning we were greeted with sunshine as we walked around the Halifax waterfront and explored the city.
The city has a large number of historical buildings, almost all of which have a view of the harbour as the city is situated on a hill overlooking the bay.
If you have more time to spend in the city there are also a number of museums dedicated to the extensive history and culture of the area.
As we were preparing to head back out on the road, we had one last ‘attration’ to see. Every day (other than Christmas) at 12 noon, a canon is being fired from Citadel Hill as a tribute to Halifax’s history as a major stronghold for the British. We drove up near Citadel Hill just before noon and waited.
Now, we knew it was going to happen, and when it was going to happen (give or take a minute) and we still jumped out of our skins. It was LOUD! And with that we were off with a bang heading West!
Have you been to the East Coast of Nova Scotia? Have you ever tried Beavertails? Let us know in the comments below!
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