Canada's Ocean Playground
Nova Scotia is a hidden gem located on the east coast of Canada, boasting some of the most breathtaking coastlines in the world. With its rugged cliffs, sandy beaches, and crystal clear waters, the Atlantic sea coast is a haven for nature lovers, adventurers, and anyone looking to escape the hustle and bustle of city life. Let’s take a closer look at some of the stunning coastlines for those considering a move to Nova Scotia.
Halifax and Bedford Basin:
Nova Scotia’s capital city, Halifax, is a bustling port town with a thriving water traffic scene. From cruise ships to containerships, and multi-million dollar yachts to tall ships, the Halifax Harbour is always alive with activity. The Bedford Basin, located just north of Halifax, is a deep water anchorage that provides a stunning view of the city skyline from across the water.
The South Shore of Nova Scotia is a picturesque region located on the Atlantic side of the province. Starting from Halifax and extending down towards the southern tip of the province, the South Shore is home to some of the most desirable oceanfront neighborhoods in the area. St. Margaret’s Bay, just outside of Halifax, boasts deep water anchorage and is a popular spot for sailing enthusiasts. Chester and Mahone Bay, located further south, are said to have the best sailing north of Nantucket. The Village of Chester is home to some of the most expensive properties in the province, with an established hardcore sailing scene that attracts enthusiasts from around the world. While the lower southern coastline is mostly low-lying with salt marshes, the southern tip is dotted with lighthouses, inlets, and dramatic coves, providing some of the most stunning vistas in the province.
Running along the Atlantic coast, north of Halifax towards Cape Breton, the Eastern Shore of Nova Scotia is known for its surf and sand. Kite and board surfing enthusiasts from across North America flock to this region to catch the waves, even during the coldest parts of the year. The beaches and coastline of this region are some of the most stunning in the province, with rugged cliffs and hidden coves that are waiting to be explored.
Nova Scotia’s Atlantic sea coast has something for everyone. From the bustling port city of Halifax to the picturesque villages of the South Shore and the rugged cliffs of the Eastern Shore, there are countless opportunities for adventure, relaxation, and breathtaking views. Whether you’re a nature lover, an adventurer, or just someone looking to escape the hustle and bustle of city life, Nova Scotia’s Atlantic sea coast is waiting for you.
Yarmouth and Acadian Shore
Located at the southern most tip of Nova Scotia, this coastline is virtually untouched, but dotted by quaint fishing villages with rich Acadian histories. Here you will find dramatic cliffs, as well as many inlets and islands. Stunning beaches can be found here in the provincial parks of Mavaillette and Port Maitland.
Bay of Fundy
This body of water flows between Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, in and out every 6 hours creating the highest rising tides in the world. The coastline ranges from red mud flats of the Minas basin to dramatic cliffs with incredible panoramic
sunset views. When the tide is out, fossil hunters flock to places like Joggins Beach and gem seekers will brave the cliffs to get to Amethyst Cove. Bordering the fertile agricultural lands of the Annapolis Valley, you would only be a short 10-minute drive into the nearest town on the valley floor from your oceanfront oasis.
Cape Split, Blomidon, and Delap’s Cove are popular hiking trails that reward you with stunning views.
Further south toward the mouth of the Bay of Fundy finds the least dramatic cliffs and more rock beaches and fishing communities. Lobsters and scallops are a big commodity along these shores, especially Digby and Digby Neck. Because of the rich sea life, a variety of whales can be seen in these waters especially if you book a trip on one of the popular tours.
The Northern Shores of Pictou and the Northumberland straight boast the warmest beaches of the whole province at 22 degrees and the warmest waters north of Virginia. Situated opposite Prince Edward Island, the oceanfront beaches of the Northern shores share similar red sandstone. Oceanfront and home prices in this area are relatively more affordable here due to its rural location and distance from Halifax.
Cape Breton Island
Next door at the northern tip of Nova Scotia is Cape Breton Island and the world-renowned Scenic Cabot Trail. This roadway intertwines the seacoast and mountainous regions of the Cape Breton Highlands National Park, providing some of the most incredible views in the Maritimes.
Cape Breton has some of the lowest housing prices in the province due to sparseness and remoteness. There are several stunning sand beaches including Inverness and Ingonish on the eastern side. There is an ample amount of coastline to choose from with the numerous bays, and waterways, many of which flow into Bra D’or Lake.