Day Trips to the South Shore – Things to Sea & Do Biking, Walking & Hiking, Sea Kayaking, Shopping & Dining
See the influences of the sea in all aspects of the daily life. Hike past quiet inlets where herons stand motionless in the shallows, or explore coves where grey seals bask on the offshore rocks. The trip down the 333# 3 & 103 coastal highways will take you past island-studded bays and famous lighthouses. Discover authentic weathered fishing villages, historic towns, white sandy beaches, island-studded bays and famous lighthouses. While touring the shore be sure to look at a variety of festivals & events happening year round.
Visit Peggy’s Cove & Peggy’s Cove Lighthouse where the waves crash upon the rugged granite stones and you can mail a postcard from the only post office located in a lighthouse.
Discover Ross Farm, Nova Scotia’s Living Museum of Agriculture, a place where the past is a part of everyday life, where ox teams still haul lumber. Be sure to visit the villages of Chester (with its ferry to the Tancook Islands)and you will want to take a picture of Mahone Bay’s Three Churches.
Visit the UNESCO World heritage site Lunenburg Waterfront, where fishermen still row wooden dories and where a working blacksmith still plies his trade a midst the beautifully preserved buildings of the old town district. Visit the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic. Nearby is Ovens Park. There are numerous trails and sea caves along the shore… or try your hand at panning for gold on the beach. Please note that this is a privately run park and there is an admission fee to access the trails and caves.
Look for a cable ferry that crosses the LaHave River and visit nearby Crescent Beach. Stroll along un-crowded white sandy beaches, where the only footprints in the sand are yours.
Take Highway 103 to South Shore and exit #19 into Liverpool home to the Sherman Hines Museum of Photography Cross bridge into town of Liverpool ( with its privateer legends). Look for right turn onto scenic loop drive towards lighthouse, following signs. There are several other scenic stops along this loop, including Mersey Point and Moose Harbour (which offers view of Coffin Island Light).While in the area stretch your legs on the trails of Kejimkujik National Park Seaside Adjunct just past Port Mouton, exit left onto St. Catherine’s Road. Follow road (becomes unpaved), looking for brown National Park sign on left side, indicating trail-head. This is a very well groomed trail (mostly graveled) which leads over bluff to the shore. Look for seals on the rocks to the right of trail entry to beach. Go left at shore to walk along the beautiful white sand of St. Catherine’s Beach. The Adjunct is a great place to experience the serenity of Nova Scotia’s coastline.
Further down the # 3 highway you will find historic Shelburne’ s Historic Dock Street where you will feel you have stepped back in the 1700s of Loyalist Settlers. Visit the Black Loyalists Heritage Site.