Halifax, the maritime capital of Nova Scotia, is the ideal starting point for many day trips around Canada’s second-smallest province. Here are our top picks for memorable day trips from Halifax, from which idyllic villages, wineries, and scenic ocean views are all just an easy jaunt away.
Peggy’s Cove — 27 miles (43 km) away
Situated on an inlet about 50 minutes from downtown Halifax is Peggy’s Cove, a quaint fishing village with an active lobster fleet. With its rustic houses, picturesque pier, and boulder-strewn coastline, Peggy’s Cove is undeniably charming. Its ace card is its red and white lighthouse, which stands atop a wave-battered boulder outcrop. Erected in 1915, this photogenic lighthouse has become a poster child for Canada’s Maritime Provinces, appearing prominently on tourist literature for the region. You can drive here or visit as part of a tour.
Mahone Bay — 54 miles (87 km) away
Farther south along the coast sits historic Mahone Bay, a former shipbuilding town. Photograph its trio of churches—St. James’ Anglican, St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran, and Trinity United—and take a boat ride out into the bay, which is scattered with more than 100 islands.
Lunenburg — 62 miles (100 km) away
South of Mahone Bay is brightly-painted Lunenburg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Stroll the colorful waterfront or take a horse-drawn carriage ride through the historic streets. Being just an 85-minute drive from Halifax, Lunenburg is a convenient place to get a feel for small-town life in the Maritimes.
Annapolis Valley — about 100 miles (162 km) away
Spreading along the Bay of Fundy, the Annapolis Valley is one of Canada’s most fertile regions, with much of the land here used to grow edible and drinkable produce. Orchards carpet the landscape, as do wineries. If you want to taste the local wines, opt for a guided wine tour that includes transportation. The proximity to the Bay of Fundy, known for its scallops and lobster, means fresh shellfish abounds, making the area a particularly good choose for foodies.