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Leave Halifax behind you as you head south to Peggy's Cove to begin your tour of Nova Scotia. This is one of the most photographed places in Canada. The graceful lighthouse sitting high upon the smooth wave-worn granite of the coast once did duty in the summer months as Canada's only post office in a lighthouse.
The South Shore journeys through a landscape of coastal beauty and historic charm. In Mahone Bay, the narrow streets are lined with a unique collection of studios and galleries of some of Canada's finest artists and craftspeople. Drive to the other side of the inlet to view another very photographed scene - Mahone Bay's three churches standing in a row on the banks of the inlet.
Continue to Lunenburg, where the colourful waterfront, narrow streets and captivating architecture radiate the flavour of the town's seafaring heritage. Lunenburg is home to Nova Scotia's famous racing schooner, Bluenose, the ship on the Canadian ten-cent piece.
Today's journey ends in Liverpool, the privateering capital of North America, located at the mouth of the beautiful Mersey River.
Before leaving Liverpool this morning, take a drive out to Fort Point Lighthouse Park. After leaving Fort Point Lighthouse, travel further south into the province's scenic countryside on Highway 103.
Plan to stop at Sable River, East Jordan, Shelburne, Barrington, Shag Harbour, Tusket and Wedgeport before landing in Yarmouth for the night. This tour will take you about two and a half hours of driving and allow you to see rich history, several historic attractions, lighthouses and Acadian history.
Today you will travel into the province's scenic countryside to Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site - 381 square kilometres of scenic inland wilderness country which abounds with wildlife.
Quiet lakes and gently-flowing rivers make Kejimkujik National Park the best canoeing country in Nova Scotia. Five cycling trails are open in the park ranging from easy to more demanding.
There is a beautiful National Park Campground in the park. We recommend you make advance reservations for this campground during the busy holiday period (July and August).
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Retrace your steps back to Annapolis Royal and continue your journey through the delightful villages and orchards of the Annapolis Valley.
Stop briefly in Wolfville, a charming university town with stately trees and beautiful heritage homes. Continue on to the town of Windsor, where lovers of Canada's favourite sport will be delighted to find that this town is the birthplace of hockey.
Along your route today, be sure to check the tide schedule as you might have the opportunity to ride the world famous tidal bore at one of the tidal bore rafting companies that operate along the Shubenacadie River.
Your destination today is Truro. Colourful painted murals throughout the town depict its history, and tree sculptures highlight important figures from the past.
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Travel today along the Fundy Shore, where the majestic power of the world's highest tides have shaped a landscape of unforgettable splendour. You’ll be visiting Cape Chignecto before arriving in Pictou.
Stop in Economy, a great place to "walk on the bottom of the sea", where clam digging, rock housing and bass fishing are popular activities. Then visit Parrsboro, the largest community in this area. It is the headquarters for rock lovers who come to the Minas Basin looking for zeolites and semi-precious stones such as agate and amethyst, which are found on the beaches and in the cliffs.
Visit Cape Chignecto, site of Nova Scotia's largest provincial park, with a hiking trail that circumnavigates the cape along rugged cliffs rising high above the Bay of Fundy. From Amherst, take Highway 6 towards Pugwash and Tatamagouche. Here the Northumberland Shore follows 450 km (280 mi) of shoreline along the Northumberland Strait with over thirty fine sand beaches which offer an irresistible invitation.
Your journey today ends in the historic harbour town of Pictou, one of the largest communities on the Northumberland Shore.
Your drive continues along the Eastern Shore. Stop at the Memory Lane Heritage Village in Lake Charlotte, which offers a nostalgic look at life in the 1940's, and at Fisherman's Life Museum in Jeddore.
The dependable breezes and steady surf at Lawrencetown Beach Provincial Park make it a favourite playground for surfers and windsurfers and it's a great place to take a walk on one of the province's most popular sand beaches.
End your day at Fisherman's Cove in Eastern Passage, a restored fishing village located at the mouth of Halifax Harbour, which offers an inviting collection of craft shops and restaurants along with an extensive seaside boardwalk.
Spend the night in Halifax, at a campground of your choice, before ending your tour of Nova Scotia.
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