Stop at a few locations along the road if you visit stunning beaches and parks in Nova Scotia. We’ve compiled a list of the most attractive towns in our province, some of which you may have heard of and some well-known among tourists. Here are some of the best lobsters in Canada and locations where you may experience the world’s biggest tides.
Make plans to visit any of these wonderful towns soon!
Antigonish Towns, Nova Scotia
Antigonish is located in the county of the same name and is home to one of Nova Scotia’s largest institutions, St. Francis Xavier. Over 5,000 students return to this lovely town every September, effectively doubling its population. Several magnificent beaches and parks, including Pomquet Beach Provincial Park and Mahoneys Beach, are less than a 30-minute drive from Antigonish.
Shelburne is the county seat of the same name and has a population of around 1600. This picturesque tiny fishing village is located on Nova Scotia’s southwest coast and is a tourist’s favorite summer destination. Shipbuilding and repair are the key industries in Shelburne, home to North America’s largest ocean line.
Yarmouth Towns, Nova Scotia
Yarmouth is a port town in southwest Nova Scotia on the Gulf of Maine. Because of its closeness to Georges Bank, Yarmouth is in what is considered the world’s largest lobster fishing area, and so receives Canada’s greatest lobster landings each year.
Wolfville, located in the Annapolis Valley, is home to Acadia University and has a population of about 4,200 permanent residents. Wolfville is a popular tourist destination because of nearby attractions such as the Bay of Fundy and the Gaspereau Valley. Stay in one of Wolfville’s historic Victorian mansions that have been turned into popular bed and breakfasts, such as the lovely Blomidon Inn.
Royal Annapolis Towns, Nova Scotia
Annapolis Royal, located on the west side of Annapolis County, was named a National Historic Landmark of Canada in 1994 because it was the site of several significant events during the early years of colonization in Canada. The village is located on the Annapolis River’s south bank, on a tiny harbor at the western extremity of the lovely Annapolis Valley.
Digby is located in southern Nova Scotia, near the entrance to Digby Gut, which connects the Annapolis Basin to the Bay of Fundy. Try the town’s famous scallops or take a ferry excursion to Saint John, New Brunswick, on the MV Fundy Rose.
Cheticamp Towns, Nova Scotia
Cheticamp is a fishing town on Cape Breton Island’s west coast along the Cabot Trail. The village is located at the western gateway to the well-known Cape Breton Highlands National Park, which is home to the Acadian Trail and an excellent place to hike and explore. Cheticamp’s city center overlooks the harbor and is home to approximately 4000 people, most of whom are Acadian.
Bay of Fundy
The town of Mahone Bay is located on the bay’s northwest coast, along what is known as Nova Scotia’s South Shore in County Lunenburg. Mahone Bay is well-known for its wooden boating tradition, as well as its luxury stores and restaurants. Mahone Bay, which has approximately a thousand people, provides some of the loveliest harbor vistas on the South Shore.
Parrsboro, in Cumberland County, is recognized for its picturesque port on the Minas Basin. The Minas Basin is an inlet to the Bay of Fundy that is well-known for its high tides. The town is a popular tourist attraction along the Bay with seasonal theater events and prominent fossil museums.
This village is located on the Chester peninsula, which extends to Mahone Bay in the southeastern portion of County Lunenburg. Chester is one of the province’s richest communities and a favorite holiday and vacation destination. Nearby Mahone Bay and its various islands are popular destinations for Chester Yacht Club sailors to cruise through and explore.