The Nova Scotia Lighthouse Route

For centuries Nova Scotia’s lighthouses helped protect seafaring visitors and our own hard working people who looked to the sea for their living. Standing proudly against the elements, they embody the province’s maritime history and spirit. But we will not only see lighthouses, there is so much more to see on Nova Scotia’s Lighthouse Route

The rugged beauty of the rock formations surrounding Peggy's Point Lighthouse make it a singular phenomenon. Once a working post office, Peggy's Point remains one of the most photographed lighthouses in Canada. While visiting the vibrant fishing village of Peggy's Cove, sit on the rocks surrounding the lighthouse and view the waves lapping at the shore. Walk through the village and explore the shops and boutiques showcasing local arts and crafts. The gingerbread at the Sou'Wester Restaurant is not to be missed.

From here we heard to Lunenburg  – a UNESCO World Heritage Site, National Historic District, winner of the Communities in Bloom most beautiful small town in Canada, Prettiest Painted Places in Canada, Port City of the Year and Society of American Travel Writers’ awards. Picturesque Lunenburg lies nestled along the scenic shores of southern Nova Scotia one hour from Halifax and the international airport. Experience our way of life and work amidst historic architecture, attractions and amenities.

Following south we visit the shore of Liverpool Harbour, Fort Point Lighthouse is a rare example of pre-Confederation lighthouses. Since its light was first lit in 1856, the lighthouse has played an integral role in the community, particularly during the nineteenth century when shipbuilding was essential to Liverpool’s economy. This Provincial Heritage Property is open year-round with picnic tables and interpretive panels celebrating the area’s privateer heritage.

Cape Forchu is home to the first apple core style light station. Enjoy a warm cup of tea at The Mug Up Tea Room, located in the Lightkeeper’s House, while you take in the view of Yarmouth Harbour. Stroll along the scenic walkway and pop into one-of-a-kind shops filled with treasures crafted by local artists.

This iconic octagonal wooden lighthouse marks the spot where the Bay of Fundy officially begins. The lighthouse is still operational today with a fully automated system. Some of the best whale watching tours in the province depart from ports in the surrounding area.

The Port Bickerton Lighthouse also provides gorgeous views and photographic opportunities of the sea and the surrounding community. The Nova Scotia Lighthouse Interpretive Centre, located on site, helps to tell the story of lighthouses in Nova Scotia, and celebrates the mystical place lighthouses hold in our history. As part of the Port Bickerton Lighthouse Beach Park visitors can take advantage of onsite walking trails.

After our lighthouse and fishing village visits we will travel to the Digby Neck. Lonely Planet has this to say about 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.

Please consider joining us. The are a few spots still available for our trip from June 14 - 20, 2014. All the details can be found here... http://northof49photography.com/2015-nova-scotia-lighthouse-route

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Kevin A Pepper

Kevin is a photographer and educator based in Waterloo, Ontario. His first love is photographing nature, regardless of the season or weather condition; the Ontario landscape and its wildlife are his inspiration. But you will also see other styles of photography in his portfolio. From street photography to urban exploration of abandoned buildings and architecture, he loves to capture it all with his camera for his corporate clients and his growing personal portfolio. Kevin’s images have been featured in Canadian Nature Photographer, PHOTONews Canada, Photo Technique Magazine, The London Free Press, The Weather Network, and National Geographic Online. His diverse client list includes the City of Cambridge, Olympus, GORE Mutual, TVO, and African Lion Safari. Kevin also operates “Northof49 Photography”, a company launched in 2012 dedicated to teaching amateur photographers through International and Canadian-based workshops. In the coming year, Kevin will be leading workshops in Iceland, Mongolia, Tanzania, Venezuela, Provence, and numerous destinations across Canada. Website: www.kevinpepperphotography.com