The following popular tours are self-guided and can be done while driving, biking, hiking or walking.
St. Margaret's Bay Tour
St. Margaret's Bay has long been a favourite for bikers and those who love a scenic drive. Located just 30 minutes from downtown Halifax, St. Margaret’s Bay Area Rails to Trails is a 33-km multi-use recreational trail with panoramic elevated views of St Margaret's Bay in the South Shore region – the fascinating freshwater and saltwater marshes, and freshwater lakes. Interpretive panels about the area’s history and ecology can be found along the trail.
The 10 beaches in this area have the warmest waters along the Bluenose Coast. Hiking trails, kayaking adventures, whale watching, birding activities, golf courses, pristine beaches, restaurants, cafes, galleries and craft shops await you in this region lying between Halifax and Chester. For the complete tour description (click here).
Coastal Heritage Trail
The Peggy's Cove Coastal Region is rich in history, culture, unique fishing villages, swimming beaches, sailing, whale watching, deep-sea fishing experiences, birding, hiking, kyaking, art galleries, as well as the pristine natural beauty of our Bay coastline. Please plan on extending your stay to this wonderful region to savour what the region can offer you.
Discover history in its natural setting. Learn about tales of great bravery, tragedy and triumph of the human spirit as you travel the Coastal Heritage Trail - our Museum Without Walls. Our roads and villages are full of living history. Heritage homes and historic churches are around every corner. For the complete tour description (click here).
One of Nova Scotia's most popular tours is the Lighthouse Route. This route spans from Halifax to Yarmouth beginning near the junction of Highway 103 and Route 5. Along with beach fun, there’s a world of coastal culture to discover. More than 150 majestic lighthouses are scattered along the coast. Visit one of these historic buildings that have kept seafarers safe for generations.The Lighthouse Route follows Nova Scotia's South Shore, where the past is a part of everyday life. You’ll find it along quiet country roads where ox teams still haul lumber, and coastal villages where fishermen still row wooden dories out to sea.
Explore towns like Liverpool, with its privateer legends, and Lunenburg, where a working blacksmith still plies his trade amidst the beautifully preserved buildings of the old town district. And yes, the lighthouses, over twenty of them, from the dramatic beauty of the famous Peggy's Cove Lighthouse to Yarmouth’s towering Cape Forchu light. For the complete tour description (click here).