LaHave Islands: Nova Scotia scenery in a nutshell

Crescent Beach Road, winding through the Lahave IslandsThe LaHave Islands are Nova Scotia scenery in a nutshell: rocky islands, ocean lapping at their bases; wharves piled high with lobster traps and surrounded by boats; forested roads that suddenly open up to sweeping ocean views; and a serene, 2-kilometer beach finishing (and starting) it all off.

While the LaHave Island archipelago boasts over 20 islands, Crescent Beach Road gives you access to 6. Look for Crescent Beach Road off of Route 331 between Rissers Beach Provincial Park and Bridgewater. It’s a short road, but so packed with scenery you’ll need to leave extra time for lots of stops if you’re driving. Continue reading

Great Drives: Route 331 Nova Scotia

Crescent Beach Road

Crescent Beach Road, one of many fun side roads off of Route 331 in Nova Scotia

Huddled inside the house for weeks because I refuse to brave anything colder than -10 unless I’m getting paid for it (i.e. going to or from work), my thoughts turn to our favourite summer activities in an attempt to stave off cabin fever. And driving the Lighthouse Route in Nova Scotia is near the top of our family’s list.

There’s one problem with driving the Lighthouse Route in Nova Scotia in the summer, though: the driving is as fun as the scenery is beautiful. Every time we venture out from my mother’s cottage in East Port Medway I face an internal struggle between asserting my right to drive or letting Gary drive so that I can take in the ocean vistas and scan for shops, lookouts, or roads we haven’t explored yet. Continue reading

LaHave Bakery, Nova Scotia

Leaving my mother’s cottage in East Port Medway, Highway 331 winds along the Lighthouse Route on the South Shore of Nova Scotia, whisking us past the green lawns and carefully tended flower gardens of rural homes set far back from the road, and occasionally opening up to allow a glimpse of the Atlantic Ocean crashing against the rocky shoreline.

Slowing down to 50 km/hr, we approach the small town of LaHave. The roads narrow, and houses come closer to the road, eventually perching right on the edge of the street. Parking is a challenge during the summer, but now, mid-May, we’re able to find a spot right in front of the LaHave Bakery. Continue reading