Hidden Gems

Prospect & Terence Bay

Kayak Guided tours and rental equipment are available from East Coast Outfitters and NovaShores Adventures.

Peggy’s Cove

Clam Pond Tidal Pool: Discover the sea life located in the delicate environment of the Peggy’s Cove Preservation Area.

Upper Tantallon

Experience The Bluff Wilderness Hiking Trail. Enjoy breathtaking views of the surrounding wilderness and lakes from a series of four loops totaling 30km.  The third loop takes hikers over the Bluff plateau, which is one of the highest points near Halifax.  Experience the rooted forest floor and granite outcrops, kayak or canoe in the lakes.

Hubbards & Aspotogan

Enjoy The Century House Pottery Studio of Mieke Martin.  Located on the Aspotogan Peninsula.


Locals enjoy Freda’s Beach!  Listen to the splashing of waves or hear the children laughing as they play in the shallow water.  Timed right, this is a perfect place to watch the yacht races. Located in Chester.

New Ross

Head to New Ross to take the kids to Ross Farm Museum, a living museum of agriculture. Go on a hay ride or sleigh ride and visit the heritage animals. Open year round.

Gold River & Western Shore

Oak Island – site of the world’s longest treasure hunt.  Access depends on the treasure seekers that are currently digging for gold.  You can paddle out from Oak Island Marina to get a closer look.

Mahone Bay

Music, Music, Music ~ Attend classical concerts at the Three Churches, band concerts at the gazebo, kitchen parties at the pub or Mahone Bay Centre, musical events at St. Cecilia’s, or a Sunday evening hymn sing at the gazebo.  Come to listen ~ come to play!


St. John’s Anglican Church, the second oldest Protestant church in Canada, was established in 1754. In 2001, it was partially destroyed in a Halloween night fire, but has been completely restored in years since. Come by and take a guided tour of the beautifully restored gothic architecture, or take in one of many Musique Royale concerts throughout the year.

Lunenburg Region

  • Indian Falls: The park offers a picnic area, waterfall, walking trails, rock beach and look off points.
  • Lunenburg County Winery: Take a pleasant drive into the country where you can taste wine, pick berries, picnic or tour the winery and N.S. Craft store. Located in the Lunenburg Region.
  • Petite Riviere Vineyards: French Colonists planted the first vines in this area in the early 1600s.  Located in the Lunenburg Region.
  • Maritime Painted Saltbox: The unique barn gallery and studio features dramatic acrylic paintings as well as one of a kind folk art and handcrafted furniture.
  • LaHave Bakery:  A truly authentic turn-of-the century shop, choose from a wide variety of breads, rolls, cakes and cookies, made only with traditional ingredients.  Located in the Lunenburg Region.
  • Gaff Point: Unique, unspoiled.  Gaff Point offers steep cliffs, tidal pools, and sand & gravel beaches along the shoreline.
  • Hirtle’s Beach:  Here you will find more than three kilometers of white sand, rolling surf, fresh sea air, drumlin cliffs, and breathtaking views. Located in the Lunenburg Region.
  • Sand Dollar Beach:  Sand Dollar Beach in Rose Bay offers a spectacular opportunity for strolling along the shoreline and collecting sand dollars and other sea treasures.  Located in the Lunenburg Region. http://lunenburgregion.ca/index.php/entries/thing-to-do/sand-dollar-beach/
  • Crescent Beach: Connecting the LaHave Islands to the mainland, Crescent Beach provides a popular destination for tourists throughout the summer. Located in the Lunenburg Region.
  • Ovens Natural Park:  Some of the highlights of the park season are the annual Chapin Music Festival, The unique sea caves, tours, gold panning on Cunard’s Beach, the miner’s museum and nightly entertainment by the fire. Be sure to exercise caution on the trail while exploring.
  • Blue Rocks: A small village about a six minute drive from the town of Lunenburg.  The little community of Blue Rocks is advertised as “Lunenburg’s answer to Peggy’s Cove”.
  • Big Tancook and Little Tancook are two islands located 8km off the southern coast of Nova Scotia.  Accessible by a passenger ferry that runs daily, the Tancook Islands make a great day trip.  Enjoy lunch on Big Tancook in season.
  • Photo Opportunity: The village of Blue Rocks in the Lunenburg Region.


  • Take a walk through our past. Visit the DesBrisay Museum nestled in beautiful Woodland Gardens in Bridgewater.
  • Explore the picturesque countryside. Walk the 8 kilometer Centennial Trail through the town and countryside, including the 470ft trestle bridge over the LaHave River in Bridgewater.
  • Step into an Early Nova Scotian Industry. Experience the Wile Carding Mill Museum with working watermill. Located in Bridgewater.
  • Soak in scenic LaHave views. Enjoy an impromptu picnic beside the river in Shipyards Landing.
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