"GOTTA LOVE NOVA SCOTIA" Top 5 Page for this destination Province of Nova Scotia by LoriPori

Province of Nova Scotia Travel Guide: 2,367 reviews and 6,558 photos


September, 2012
One of Canada's 3 Maritime Provinces is NOVA SCOTIA. Its capital is Halifax. Cape Breton Island, a large island to the NE of the mainland, is also part of Nova Scotia.
Nova Scotia tourism is a thriving industry, as 200,000 cruise ship passengers from around the wordl, flow through the port of Halifax. Also popular are Peggy's Cove (with 600,000 visitors a year), Lunenburg and the Cabot Trail on Cape Breton Island ( we visited all 3).
Nova Scotia has produced numerous musicians including Anne Murray, Sarah McLachlan, Rita McNeil, the Rankin Family and April Wine.


Monday, September 10, 2012
Situated on Nova Scotia's South Shore, LUNENBURG is located on a peninsula at the western side of Mahone Bay and approximately 90 km southwest of the city of Halifax. The historic town was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995. This designation ensures protection for much of Lunenburg's unique architecture.
Lunenburg has a long history of building wooden ships, the most famous being the schooner Bluenose. Her sister ship Bluenose II is a huge tourist attraction and Lunenburg is her home port.
Tourism is Lunenburg's most important industry and thousands visit the town every year. A number of restaurants, Inns, Hotels and shops service this tourist trade. The town is home to the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic. Other tourist attractions include Lunenburg Academy, Whale Watching Tours, Knaut -Rhuland House Museum and St. John's Anglican Church.
Hans and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay in Lunenburg.


Tuesday, September 11, 2012
A small community, PEGGY'S COVE is located on the Eastern Shore of St. Margarets Bay and 43 kilometers southwest of Halifax. Peggy's Cove is one of the numerous small fishing villages located around the Chebucto Peninsula. Many artists and photographers flock to Peggy's Cove as do tourists and Bus Tours.
The village's famous Lighthouse with its classic colors of red and white, marks the eastern entrance of St. Margarets Bay. Situated on a granite outcrop, the lighthouse is officially known as the Peggys Point Lighthouse.
Visitors may explore the granite outcrop around the lighthouse , despite numerous signs warning of unpredictable surf and slippery rocks. There have been many injuries and even death for some who do not heed the warnings.
The current lighthouse, octagonal in shape, was built in 1914 and is made of reinforced concrete. It stands almost 15 meters (50 feet) high.
From the beginning, the community's economy revolved around the fishery. Today tourism has overtaken fishing in economic importance. I have to say, I was soooo looking forward to my visit to Peggy's Cove and I was not disappointed. It was one of the highlights of our East Coast Road Trip.

For more information see my Peggy's Cove pages.

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  • xaver's Profile Photo
    May 4, 2015 at 12:42 PM

    Beautiful area, I particulary appreciated your hotel tips

    • LoriPori's Profile Photo
      May 5, 2015 at 3:09 AM

      Thanks for stopping by. The Province of Nova Scotia has so much to offer. It is so diverse with wonderful parks and trails and you can enjoy lobster at a more economical price than our home town restaurants.

  • MalenaN's Profile Photo
    Nov 25, 2012 at 4:01 AM

    To visit Nova Scotia Welcome Center first of all sounds to be the right thing to do. That lobster at Wheelhouse looks yummy!

  • Kuznetsov_Sergey's Profile Photo
    Nov 8, 2012 at 8:59 AM

    Great trip along Nova Scotia, Lori! Just yesterday I remembered my trip to Old Scotia (or simply Scotland, haha!). Among all the sightseeing that you presented to us I would prefer the Cape Breton Highlands National Park with such scenic sea views.

    • LoriPori's Profile Photo
      Nov 8, 2012 at 12:30 PM

      Cape Breton Highlands National Park was indeed beautiful, but I also really enjoyed Peggy's Cove and Lunenburg.

  • Waalewiener's Profile Photo
    Nov 4, 2012 at 6:48 AM

    Wow Lori we did all that stuff in Nova Scotia olalallaa that's a lot

  • GentleSpirit's Profile Photo
    Oct 15, 2012 at 10:02 AM

    Lori. I did follow a few of your posts while you and Hans were on the road. Great to see you had nice weather. Looks like you two covered a lot of ground and saw all the little villages that are so charming!. Very nicely done and informative. thanks Val

    • LoriPori's Profile Photo
      Oct 16, 2012 at 3:43 AM

      Yes, we certainly lucked out on the weather as there was some serious rainfall and heavy flooding in some areas, just before we arrived.Thanks for ratings and lovely comment Val.

  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    Oct 3, 2012 at 8:54 PM

    I want to visit this place. How beautiful and lush it is. Love those lighthouses. I hope your road trips went well! Nice page!

  • tropicrd's Profile Photo
    Sep 26, 2012 at 11:56 PM

    I had to laugh at the 4 piece bath????never heard that expression before haha.
    Fabulous pages and tips on Nova Scotia Lori.


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