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Day Trips from Halifax

Halifax County

Peggy’s Cove:

A visit to Nova Scotia is never complete without taking in Peggy’s Cove. Thirty minutes from Halifax’s downtown, along Highway 333, this little fishing village offers boutiques, seafood restaurants, an art gallery, and stunning views of St. Margaret’s Bay.



The Links at Brunello:

If you like to golf, you don’t have to drive far for terrific fairways and great golfing.

Brunello is located about a 15-minute drive from downtown Halifax; head south along Highway 103 and take exit 3.

Tel: 902-876-7649.


The Annapolis Valley


Take Highway 101 to this picturesque little town nestled in Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley. Stroll downtown and drop into the town’s many cafés and shops, visit Acadia University, or take the Magic Winery Bus to tour some of Nova Scotia’s award-winning wineries.



Cape Split:

A 12 km return hike through a pristine forest. This trail takes you to the edge of the Bay of Fundy and offers sweeping views of cliffs and ocean. A hike along this trail will take from 4 to 5 hours and will appeal to anyone who enjoys the outdoors and is reasonably fit.


The South Shore

Mahone Bay:

Highway 103 will take you to a picture-perfect town situated on the shores of St. Margaret’s Bay. Turn off exit 11, follow Route 3 past the famous three churches, stroll through this historic town, and drop into its many shops and cafés. Then continue along Route 3 to the quaint little fishing town next door.




Just 10 km from Mahone Bay and well worth the drive. This UNESCO World Heritage Site boasts a working waterfront, several museums (we recommend the Fisheries Museum) and some of Canada’s best restaurants. An added bonus: The Bluenose will be in port and open to the public from June 1 to June 9.



This quaint little town is a 2.5-hour drive from Halifax but well worth it. Take Exit 26 off Highway 103 south, and explore the Black Loyalist Heritage Centre, Buchanan Gallery, Osprey Art Centre, and Historic Dock Street.


The Eastern Shore

Eastern Passage:

Located just outside Halifax about a half-hour drive from the Westin Nova Scotian Hotel. This quaint little community offers whale watching (although it is rare to see whales in June), a seafood restaurant, and a stroll along Fisherman’s Wharf.



Lawrencetown Beach:

Located along Nova Scotia’s Eastern Shore, this beach offers white sand, great surf, and stunning views. There are even on-site surf schools that offer lessons.


Central Nova Scotia

Shubenacadie Wildlife Park:

Located just off highway 102, this park offers 40 hectares of recreational and educational  activities. Most of the animals at the park come from other zoological facilities in North America, where they were born in captivity. Some come from homes where they had been kept as "pets" and were no longer wanted. They cannot be released to the wild, so they are sent to this park for rehabilitation and care.



Truro’s Victoria Park:

Follow Highway 102 to Victoria Park, one of Nova Scotia’s best kept secrets. This 400 acre natural habitat offers waterfalls, hiking and biking trails, and an outdoor pool.