Come with us and celebrate the timeless romance of the sea in Nova Scotia this June. The Lighthouse Route journeys through an unforgettable landscape of coastal beauty and historic charm that has captured the hearts and minds of travellers for generations. Imagine the landscape as it was when Champlain and de Monts first arrived four centuries ago. Follow shoreline roads past rugged, wave-carved headlands and tranquil, island-studded bays. Discover historic towns and weathered fishing villages where legends of the sea come alive and the rhythm of life is timed with the tides.
The Lighthouse Route follows Nova Scotia’s South Shore, where the past is a part of everyday life. You’ll find yourself on quiet country roads where ox teams still haul lumber, and coastal villages where fishermen still row wooden dories out to sea. Together we will 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, there will be lighthouses, over twenty of them dot the seashore along this route, from the dramatic beauty of the famous lighthouse at Peggy’s Cove to Yarmouth’s towering Cape Forchu light.
Nova Scotia Lighthouses
Nova Scotia is home to no fewer than 160 historic lighthouses and these majestic beacons can be found throughout the province.
Several Nova Scotia lighthouses offer guided tours by masterful storytellers, while many others can be viewed while driving or walking along Nova Scotia’s seacoasts or along Nova Scotia’s Lighthouse Route.
The Most Lighthouses in Canada
Nova Scotia has the largest number of lighthouses of any province in Canada. It’s not surprising since Nova Scotia has thousands of kilometres of coastline that lighthouses are such a common site along the sea coasts. Today they remain an important symbol of the past, as well as beautiful highlights of our picturesque coastal landscape.
Our Most Famous Lighthouses
Some of our lighthouses are world famous. One of Nova Scotia’s most well-known lighthouses, the Peggy’s Point Lighthouse at Peggy’s Cove was built in 1915 and is located just an hour from Halifax. The ground floor of this lighthouse, until 2009, operated as a post office where visitors could mail their postcards in the summer months – the only lighthouse post office in North America at the time. While the post office is no longer there, the image of this famous lighthouse on top of the giant rocks with the sea waves crashing in is just as beautiful as it has been for almost a century.
But this tour is not just about lighthouses… Kejimkujik Provincial Park along the Seaside is also a destination you will be capturing. Turquoise waters, white sand and seals basking on nearby rocks will captivate you. And we will be there in June, the time of year the shorebirds will be returning to the bird sanctuary and waiting for you to capture them.
Then we save another beautiful scenic drive till the end… the Digby Neck and a whale watching tour. Here is what Lonely Plant had to say about the Digby Neck. “Craning out to take a peek into the Bay of Fundy, Digby Neck is a giraffe's length strip of land that's a haven for whale and seabird watchers. At the far western end of the appendage are Long and Brier Islands, connected by ferry with the rest of the peninsula.
Plankton stirred up by the strong Fundy tides attracts finback, minke and humpback whales and this is the ‘best place in the world’ to see the endangered North Atlantic right whale. Blue whales, the world's largest animal, are also sighted on occasion plus you're almost certain to see plenty of seals.
And we will be there in June… that time of year when the different whale species return to these summer swimming grounds…
From the Eastern shore where Peggy’s Cove sits… through iconic, coastal fishing villages, to the western shore and the Digby Neck… you will walk away with spectacular images, new editing skills and memories of a beautiful land.
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