9 Perfect Day Trips From Halifax To Explore Nova Scotia

Day Trips from Halifax

From its picturesque harbourfront to its historical citadel and museums, there are plenty of things to do in Halifax. However, they are also only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to wondrous attractions in Nova Scotia. Luckily, with its central location in the heart of the province, the city makes for a fantastic base for exploring everything the region offers. From the world-renowned Bay of Fundy to the famously photographed Peggy’s Cove Lighthouse and other small towns, these are the nine best day trips from Halifax you have to experience when visiting the city.

1. Peggy’s Cove

Just a 45-minute drive from downtown Halifax, Peggy’s Cove is the quintessential day trip destination to visit from the city. Along with taking a picture at its iconic lighthouse, day trippers can explore the small fishing village, visit the William e. deGarthe Memorial Provincial Park, or even go on a boat tour of the breathtaking coastline.

2. Mahone Bay

Famous for its three picturesque churches sitting along the waterside, Mahone Bay makes for another great day trip from Halifax and is only about an hour’s drive from the city. Known for its small-town charms, Mahone Bay offers a quiet respite for exploring an authentic maritime community through a series of museums, boutique shops, and art galleries, or you can delve into the countryside along a waterfront walk or bike ride.

3. Lunenburg

If you drive just another 15 minutes past Mahone Bay, you will come to the beautiful quaint town of Lunenburg — a recognized UNESCO World Heritage Site famous for its brightly coloured houses and a monumental waterfront that dates back to the 18th century. Along with walking its narrow streets and taking in its historic sites, Old Town Lunenburg also offers a great collection of galleries and museums for exploring local history and culture, including the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic, the Knaut-Rhuland House Museum, and the entire Lunenburg Historic District.

Day Trips from Halifax - Peggy's Cove

4. Annapolis Valley

When visiting Halifax, you definitely need to plan a day trip over to Annapolis Valley. Located just under a two-hour scenic drive from the city, this is easily one of the most beautiful regions in Nova Scotia and is home to the majority of the province’s wineries and cideries, making it a great destination for a vineyard tour.

Of course, there are plenty of other things to do in Annapolis Valley, including several historical museums and natural attractions, such as the Port-Royal National Historic Site, the Grand-Pre National Historic Site, and the Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens.

5. Kejimkujik National Park

Kejimkujik National Park is one of the best places to make a day trip from Halifax for those looking to immerse in the natural environments and ecosystems of Atlantic Canada. Protecting 381 km of pristine natural wilderness, the park is separated into two regions — its inland environments and its aquatic habitats along the seaside. 

Activities within the park include hiking trails, camping, fishing, kayaking, canoeing and boating. When you are done, head over to the nearby Port Joli, where you will find plenty of historical attractions in the picturesque small town, along with a great selection of local restaurants and eateries.

6. Cape Breton Highlands National Park 

Another great day trip idea from Halifax is to drive along the famous Cabot Trail — one of the most beautiful road trips in North America — as it weaves its way through Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Starting on Cape Breton Island, the road route spans a total of 298 km and takes about 5 hours to complete, but rewards some of the most breathtaking views of the province.

Day Trips from Halifax - Bay of Fundy

7. Bay of Fundy

One of the most popular tourist destinations in Nova Scotia, the Bay of Fundy makes for a great day trip from Halifax and is only about an hour and a half drive from the city. Here, visitors can experience the world’s highest tides along the Atlantic coast. A great spot to witness the phenomena is at Burntcoat Head Park, where the Bay of Fundy tides reach over 40 feet along the cliffside during high tide while allowing visitors to walk along the ocean floor during low tide.

When visiting the area, be sure to include a stop at Joggins Beach and Fossil Cliffs to uncover ancient fossils and a history that dates back over 300,000 years.

8. Ovens Natural Park

Located 90 minutes from the city, Ovens Natural Park makes for a fantastic day trip from Halifax or even just a great stop along a day trip to nearby Lunenburg. The park is found along Nova Scotia’s south shore and offers picturesque cliffside trails and outdoor activities. The park is also home to oceanside caves, offering rustic adventure and modern facilities that include bathrooms, picnic tables, and even a restaurant.

9. Shubenacadie Wildlife Park 

Another great day trip destination for nature enthusiasts, the Shubenacadie Wildlife Park is just 45 minutes from Halifax and offers visitors the opportunity to spot diverse species of local wildlife, including bears, moose, foxes, wolves, bighorn sheep, beavers, and otters. Meanwhile, keen-eyed bird watchers will be happy to find plenty of owls, bald eagles, Canada geese, and wild turkeys along the Shubenacadie River.

With so much to explore, it is easy to spend a week venturing into all the wondrous attractions around Halifax, and this doesn’t even include the sights within the city itself. At Cameo Suites, we put you in the center of all the action, with all of Nova Scotia’s great day trips just a short drive from our cozy lodging in the heart of the downtown area. Plan your Nova Scotia adventure today, and book your room now.