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

3 reasons to visit Peggy’s Cove in the winter

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We recently had a chance to spend a day, child-free, exploring the Halifax area, and since the Peggy’s Cove drive is one of life’s great pleasures, it was automatically on our list. I’m not sure I’ve ever been to Peggy’s … Continue reading

Great drives: Peggy’s Cove

The road to Peggy's Cove, NS

Driving this twisting, well-maintained road is one of my favourite things about the Maritimes.

Driving from Halifax to the iconic Peggy’s Cove lighthouse is one of life’s great pleasures.

This twisty two-lane highway is one of the best-maintained in Nova Scotia and winds through some delightful villages, the scenery periodically opening up to panoramic ocean views before twisting and turning back inland. Continue reading