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5 Great Day Trips from Halifax

As an interesting Yorkshire town, with a lot of mainly Victorian architecture and thriving culture to entrance visitors, Halifax is forever associated with Anne Lister, popularly known as ‘Gentleman Jack’ after the BBC/HBO TV series of the same name. However, it is also a town surrounded by many other interesting locations. If you have time for a day trip or two from Halifax, where should you turn your attention? We have got some suggestions that will certainly make your holiday in Halifax and Yorkshire special.

1 Discover Yokshire -York 

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Nearly 2000 years old, with Roman roots, York was originally called  Eboracum which probably meant the place with yew trees. Take a walk around the ancient City Walls, explore the 13 th century York Minster, a Gothic cathedral, which is the second most important in the country after Canterbury. Admire the medieval stained glass windows and imposing bell towers. Stroll through The Shambles, with buildings dating back to the 14 th century, climb Clifford’s Tower , the last remaining part of York Castle. Find out about the Vikings at Jorvik and if you have time, take a trip to the National Railway Museum . The easiest way to travel is by train via Leeds , just 1 hour 15 minutes. Find out more here . 

2 A day trip to Chester – Chester Zoo

Just 2 hours from Halifax by a direct train is Chester , founded as a Roman fortress in the 1 st century with distinctive Roman walls made of red sandstone. Walk to the Roman amphitheatre with its ongoing excavations and then take in some retail therapy in the Rows, Tudor style half-timbered buildings with 2 level covered arcades. Follow this by a visit to Chester Zoo , which at 125 acres, is one of the largest zoos in England with over 27,000 animals. 

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3 Blackpool 

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Blackpool is a lively seaside resort on the Lancashire coast with a much more recent history dating from the mid-19 th century. Yorkshire and Lancashire textile workers would come here for their holidays and fun was had by all. It’s still a fun place with its world famous pleasure beach , a very lively theme park with many thrill seeking rides.  For a different experience, take a trip up the Blackpool Tower , which opened in 1894 and discover stunning views, a 4D Cinema, a Ballroom, and a Circus. More delights include the Opera House & Winter Gardens, Madame Tussauds and the famous Blackpool Illuminations which will be shining from 30 August to 3 November 2019. Six miles of the Promenade are lit up with what has become known as the greatest free lightshow on earth. See here for more information. 

4 How about a football match? 

Halifax does have its own team, Halifax Town, but if you are looking for premier league action, you don’t have far to go. Take a train to Manchester and watch the reds at Old Trafford  or the blues at City . For a smaller more intimate experience, why not visit Turf Moor and watch Burnley FC , nicknamed The Clarets? Or for a high flying championship team, how about a trip to Elland Road and see Leeds in action ? 

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5 A trip to the Lake District 

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Slightly more difficult to get to by train (although it is possible via Manchester to Kendal or Keswick ), the beautiful Lake District National Park is only about 2 hours away by car. Carved by glaciers, this impressive granite landscape is dissected by many lakes such as Wastwater (below) Windermere, Coniston Water and Thirlmere. Separating them are the highest mountains in England, Scafell Pike 978m and Helvellyn 950m Explore honeypot sites such as Ambleside and Grasmere where William Wordsworth lived at Dove Cottage or take a visit to Beatrix Potter’s house near Hawkshead.

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One week breaks start from £420 in low season and are up to £550 in peak season. Short breaks of 3 days or more are also available and we sometimes offer 2 night weekend breaks so please do contact us.

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Great location (easy to get into the centre of Halifax and to Outlying areas such as Hebden Bridge. Comfortable accommodation. We enjoyed our stay very much and highly recommend visiting Halifax and Calderdale and staying at Dyer’s Cottage MB April 2024 USA

Our second visit to Dyer’s Cottage

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Thank you for a lovely holiday

What an amazing job you’ve done renovating the cottage. We’ve had a great couple of weeks exploring the area and enjoyed a night at the theatre. HM UK Sept 2022

Dyer’s Cottage is a “home away from home” which never fails to impress

This visit we were greeted with coffee and fruitcake. Thank you! PM UK Sept 2022

Love this cottage!

A great base from which to explore the area and a lovely haven to relax in at the end of each day.

JM UK Aug 2022

Thank you so much for having us

Dyer’s Cottage is really amazing and we love this place so much! AK UK May 2022

Outstanding!

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We definitely will return!

We had the most wonderful relaxing holiday and the cottage is beautiful

SR UK April 2022

Had a lovely time and really enjoyed exploring the surrounding area

We loved walking to Hebden Bridge (train back), walking to Halifax and eating out in pubs including the Wainhouse Tavern. What a great shower and comfortable bed – why can’t all self catering places be like this? We hope to return, thank you.

DP UK Jan 2022

A lovely fabulous Yorkshire traditional cottage

Despite the low temperature, it was warm and cosy with all amenities available. The cottage is tastefully set out with a good mixture of the history and modern re-furbishment. Bedroom and bathroom are first class. Very safe and secure. We have family in the area and would not hesitate in re-booking in the future – have already recommended to friends. 

TB UK Jan 2022

We had such a lovely relaxing time

We felt welcome from the start and didn’t need or want for anything as everything had been thought of. We will definitely be back. 

JL UK Dec 2021

A perfect break at Dyer’s Cottage to start the New Year

The set up was ideal for us, sparkling clean and Jane was so helpful with any enquiries. 

AL UK Jan 2022

Thank you for making us so welcome

The cottage is a home from home with everything we could possibly wish. The local pub and neighbours were very warm and welcomed us as family on our first of what will be many more trips to Halifax. 

PM UK Dec 2021

We’ve had an amazing child free days at Dyer’s Cottage

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We’ll be back again!

We had a lovely stay at Dyer’s. The cottage was very comfortable and homely. The Wainhouse is a really great pub- warm welcome and great food. Thanks Jane, excellent accommodation and a wonderful cottage. Sad to be leaving Yorkshire. WB UK October 2021

Loved our stay in your cottage

Everything was perfect. Your cottage was lovely with everything we could possibly need and was beautifully clean, so important in these Covid times. Thank you for all your help and information. We’d love to visit again and will do so if you have availability when we’re next up in the area. Many thanks to you and of course Emma.

RW-W UK Sept 2021

Thank you for a lovely stay.

We were very comfortable and had everything we needed.

AO UK Aug 2021

It’s beautiful!

We had a great time at the cottage. Thank you for everything 

AP UK August 2021

5 star Google review

Thank you, we are settled in lovely. I love the cottage and its history and the views. It’s good to be back home. JC UK July 2021

Exemplary cleanliness and everything well presented

Our short stay at Dyer’s Cottage has been very comfortable and cosy. The family history is fascinating- what would they think of their house now we wonder? It was a real joy to see all the bluebells out in the garden and to sit outside with our coffees. Our thanks to Jane and her team.

SS May 2021 UK

Staying at Dyer’s Cottage has done us the world of good

It is such a beautiful, cosy and unique place to get away to with so many wonderful views, walks and places of interest on your doorstep. Really recommend the Anne lister Walk.

Thank you so much Jane; you are a wonderful host. The background information and tips were so appreciated.

NM May 2021 UK

We have thoroughly enjoyed our stay in this delightful cottage

Beautifully renovated, very well equipped, extremely comfortable, lovely location, beautiful views, loads of history and friendly neighbours

SD UK April 2021

A real home

I felt at home in your lovely cottage as soon as I walked in and I’m so settled you may have to prise me out! JR UK Oct/Nov 2020

Lovely, clean and beautiful cottage. We enjoyed exploring the local area and Halifax Golf Club. I have taken your business card and would not hesitate to recommend Dyer’s Cottage to others.  IM UK Oct 2020

Such a beautiful cottage

I have had a lovely time, nice and chilled, exactly what I needed. Thank you so much for all your help and advice. EH UK July 2020

We will return!

Thank you for having us stay in your home Jane. We enjoyed our stay and the history behind it. PM UK July 2020

Our ‘Lockdown’ could not have been more comfortable

Navigating the tiring and turbulent time that is Coronavirus has been so much easier thanks to this beautiful cottage and its equally beautiful setting. Jane has gone above and beyond to ensure we are safe and our needs are attended to. Somehow we have managed to thoroughly enjoy ourselves despite the circumstances. Thank you so much. GL UK April 2020

Lovely stay

We had such a lovely 2 week stay at Dyer’s Cottage and we look forward to a return visit. KO Jan 2020 Australia

Wonderful Christmas in the beautiful Dyer’s Cottage

Cosy and warm, with everything we could possibly need, including Christmas tree and decorations, it was a special treat as we visited our family in Halifax. We would absolutely, 100% definitely, come back another time and stay much longer. CG Dec 2019 USA

We stayed here because of Anne Lister

We will certainly be back. We feel we only touched on all the history. We love Dyer’s Cottage! M M-M UK Oct 2019

Warm, welcoming and cosy

We have had a very relaxed break and relished the time here at Dyer’s Cottage. We look forward to returning in the not too distant future. GH UK Nov 2019

Enjoyed our stay in this typical Calderdale cottage

Dyer’s Cottage is well situated and provided with all the things you need. Thank you very much!

MH Belgium October 2019

RC Eire November 2019

It was a lovely home to stay in for the week.

Loving coming back to the cottage!

It’s such a gorgeous cottage, absolutely love it!  LM  UK Sept 2019

Had a lovely time in your beautiful cottage

Didn’t get to see everything we would have liked to as we just had the weekend. We will definitely be back. JPS UK August 2019

Thank you again for your support

It was a wonderful stay and a perfect ‘home base’ for our holiday. PK Austria August 2019

Picture Perfect!

It is as good as it looks! The location has a feeling of a village in the countryside although it is just a few minutes away from the city centre. Great vacation! MA Greece July 2019

What a lovely, well equipped cottage. Loved it. PT  UK June 2019

Dyer’s Cottage is a bit of Yorkshire history

It sits below Wainhouse Tower which means you will never be lost trying to find one’s way home. Cozy and private, the dark stone exterior opens into a modern and well lit interior. The main bed is a dream machine, big and inviting, warm and delightful. BL USA May 2019

Love the view!

It was a great privilage to enjoy the view from bed, which I loved, and all the amenities of this beautiful cottage. Thank You. JO USA May 2019

So much to see in the area

We’ve had a lovely 4 night stay in the cottage and visited the Piece Hall, Hebden Bridge, Haworth and the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. All very interesting 

CM UK May 2019

We have had a wonderful stay

Bed was really comfortable. We enjoyed our walks up and down hill into Halifax to see the Piece Hall and along the canal to Hebden Bridge (we got the train back!)

RM UK April 2019

Beautiful cottage

Very homely with everything we needed; thank you.

CW Sept 2018 Australia

Perfect location for visiting cousins in Halifax

Thank you for providing such a lovely house. It is beautifully renovated with every modern convenience and yet retains all the charm of the original house.

DM Sept 2018 USA

Wonderful stay at Dyer’s Cottage

It is beautifully restored with a modern kitchen and bathroom but plenty of original features throughout. Parking was easy and the pub round the corner was very welcoming. Highly recommended!

RF Nov 2018 UK

Very well planned out and superb views.

CP Feb 2019 UK

We loved the cottage

Felt very homely here. Would love to return.

KJ March 2019 UK

Our second visit here this year

Just as good as last time.

BR Dec 2018 UK

A fantastic cottage

Just what we were looking for. A real “home from home”. We will definitely be spreading the word about Dyer’s Cottage. A real gem.

SD Jan 2019 UK

Thank you so much for everything. We had a wonderful stay and are just ashamed that we couldn’t enjoy it more as we worked all day.

CW Jan 2019 UK

Lovely Christmas

Just to say we had a really lovely Christmas at Dyer’s Cottage. It was everything we wanted and more.

BT UK Dec 2018

A wonderful, luxurious property in an historic part of Halifax. The property has undergone a miracle transformation.

JD South Africa Jan 2019

CR, Canada, September 2018

When I walked into your cottage the first thing I said was “I’m home” and that is exactly what it has been for me. My safe place to rest after a long day of travel and exploring, my quiet place to read, journal and pray.

LM, Canada, March 2018

Dyer’s Cottage is exquisite.

SH, USA, September 2017

Thank you for an amazing stay. Jane has been so efficient, welcoming and helpful that we cannot wait to come back. Dyer’s Cottage is beautiful.

BJ, UK, May & Nov 2017

Just perfect. Once I walked through the front door, I was totally at home.

DF, UK, October 2016

Had a lovely “holiday” in the cottage whilst some major work was taking place on our house. Found some new walks and a new pub.

BJ, USA, August 2016

We had a great stay in your cottage whilst visiting family in Halifax. A perfect getaway.

KS, Australia, May 2016

We have had a wonderful time staying in your lovely cottage. We found everything we needed which enhanced our stay. The bed was comfortable and the shower was a pleasure to use.

VA, Germany, April 2016

A beautiful cottage ideally placed. Incredibly well equipped and modernised with great taste. A real ” home from home” experience.

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Motor Safari, Cheshire

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Centre Parcs, UK-wide

Often billed as ‘the ultimate UK family adventure break’, Centre Parcs blends the best of both fun and relaxation for the whole family’s perfect break.

A thrilling mix of outdoor activities, action challenges and watersports are complimented by relaxing saunas and spas, set in five beautiful locations across the UK, including Bedfordshire, Wiltshire, Suffolk, Nottinghamshire and Cumbria.

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Get in touch with your inner Tarzan! If you're looking to live life a little more on the wild side, this is the break for you.

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English Riviera, Devon

Nestling along 22 miles of English Riviera coastline are 20 breathtaking beaches and coves. This unique corner of the UK is home to naturally-growing palm trees, thanks to a Gulf Stream which brings a mild climate.

With an award-winning mixture of white sand and pebble beaches, you can feel refreshed again in no time. Plus, each beach is a short stroll from classic British resorts such as Torquay, Paignton and Brixham, some of the UK’s most popular holiday destinations.

Weston Super Mare, Somerset

Boasting eleven beautiful beaches, Weston Super Mare is a popular UK day trip destination with a fantastic reputation for family fun.

A wide range of attractions are nearby, including the Sea Aquarium, Wookey Hole Caves and Grand Pier. We’re sure you'll be guaranteed a great day no matter who you bring along.

Blackpool Pleasure Beach, Lancashire

One of the most famous holiday destinations in the UK, with good reason too! Blackpool offers so much more than a traditional beach escape, and is a must-visit location for anyone looking for a traditional taste of British holiday fun.

Miles of golden sands with donkey rides and Punch and Judy shows sit next to one of the world's wildest theme parks, Blackpool Pleasure Beach. Full of rides for thrill-seekers, as well as cafes, shops and play areas, it’s ideal for those looking for a classic English trip.

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Drayton Manor, Tamworth, Staffordshire

This is one of Europe's most popular theme parks, with rides suitable for everyone from toddlers to thrill-seekers. But if big rides aren’t your thing, don’t worry; it's easy to relax with a stroll around these 280-acre grounds of lakes and parkland.

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Chessington World of Adventures, Surrey

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Chester Zoo, Chester

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In the vibrant heart of the country sits Birmingham, England's second capital city. And it’s just one comfortable coach journey away with our fantastic Day Return deals.

If you're looking to experience authentic British tradition, culture, shopping and entertainment, there's really no better place to visit than this lively, diverse city.

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A haven for shoppers, music fans and families seeking fun, Liverpool is a friendly city that welcomes millions of tourists each year.

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12 Day Trips From Halifax (Easy Excursion Ideas)

Written by Becca

Updated on April 28th, 2024

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Which day trips are the easiest to take during a trip to Halifax, Nova Scotia? See this list of some worthwhile excursion ideas for short road trips from the city.

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  • Peggy’s Cove Lighthouse
  • High Head Hiking Trail
  • Crystal Crescent Beach Provincial Park & Pennant Point Hiking Trail
  • Conrad’s Beach
  • Lawrencetown Beach Provincial Park
  • Taylor Head Provincial Park
  • Martinique Beach
  • Rainbow Haven Beach
  • York Redoubt National Historic Site & Herring Cove Provincial Park Reserve

As I planned out our Halifax trip itinerary , I couldn’t help but look at photos of all the options for trips out of the city we could take with a rental car.

I wanted to see nature, and history and beautiful traditional architecture, and I only wanted to be out for a day because our time was a dab limited. We were recommended places like Cape Breton Island, and it looks absolutely stunning, but it’s too far to go in just one day.

So, I started compiling ideas of where we could go on day trips out of Halifax. The drive had to be easy, as we were first-time visitors in Nova Scotia, and I didn’t want to be so far away that it would be treacherous to get back.

We settled on a day trip to two of the most popular destinations that are reachable from Halifax in a day: Peggy’s Cove, and Lunenburg; however, there are lots of options for day trip excursions within one to two hours of Halifax.

See this list for your upcoming trip to Nova Scotia, and you may be surprised how many places there are to see just within short reach of Halifax! Looking for how to spend your trip to Nova Scotia? Start with our travel guide for Halifax , written with a few days of sightseeing in mind.

Blurred out lobster cages in front of a pier in Lunenburg, Canada.

What kind of day trips are there from Halifax?

Nova Scotia is a region with a lot of variety, which we really liked. From Halifax, we chose to see both a lighthouse and a fishing village (I get into all the details below!). If we had been blessed with more time, I certainly would have liked to also visit a beach, some hiking trails and some more historic sites.

In the list below, you’ll find that these day trips are something for everyone, and quite a few of them can be visited in a single day.

For each entry in the list, I will note the driving distance from Halifax. For some context, we stayed in downtown Halifax at the very centrally-located Muir Hotel , where we parked our rental car for the duration of our trip.

If you have chosen not to rent a car, I will mention a few guided tours that include transport, for a few of the destinations below, if such a tour is available!

The view behind of Peggy's Cove Lighthouse, which is a field with some rocks.

Peggy’s Cove Lighthouse

Visiting Peggy’s Cove is almost synonymous with a trip to Halifax, save for an entire trip to Nova Scotia. The iconic lighthouse is on postcards, magnets, keychains and posters, and it’s the nearly the inanimate mascot of the province.

I knew I wanted to get us out on a day trip to Peggy’s Cove, and I started looking up driving distances and routes.

A view of Peggy's Cove Lighthouse with rocks in the foreground.

Driving to Peggy’s Cove

Peggy’s Cove was, down to the minute, 46 minutes of driving from where we stayed at The Muir Hotel in Halifax, to the parking lot for the lighthouse. This is a pretty acceptable distance for anyone without much tolerance for spending time driving during a preciously short vacation!

The drive to Peggy’s Cove is very pretty, as it’s a journey down some fairly narrow country roads that wind down the peninsula that it shares with Crystal Crescent Beach Provincial Park (mentioned below). While the roads themselves are rural and quiet, once we got to Peggy’s Cove, it was clear we were in a tourist zone!

A view of Peggy's Cove with a viewing deck and rocks in the foreground.

Visiting Peggy’s Cove

The tourists themselves don’t take away from the experience, though — at least for us. We visited the Peggy’s Cove Village on a beautiful summer day, and had a clear view of the lighthouse itself, as well as the pretty rocks that surround it, and the clean walking paths that are lined with railings and Adirondack chairs.

Visiting the lighthouse was free, to my surprise! You can walk right up to it on the pathways. I suggest taking a look at all our photos of Peggy’s Cove for a full visual.

A view of Peggy's Cove Lighthouse with rocks in the foreground.

I really liked our stop in Peggy’s Cove, and my suggestions for what to bring are:

  • Travel camera
  • Windbreaker or light packable down jacket , depending on the time of year
  • Refillable water bottle like this one (unless you want to be buying water at all the shops)
  • Sunhat or baseball cap (Dan likes this one ). And hold onto it, because of the wind!

As a bonus, parking was free, right near the lighthouse in the lot called Peggy’s Cove Car Park .

The welcome sign at Peggy's Cove.

Peggy’s Cove Village

Peggy’s Cove comprises the Peggy’s Cove historic lighthouse, as well as a small village (which has its own full-time residents who live there all year … about 30 of them!).

In the village, you’ll find Tom’s Lobster Shack, Central Smith Ice Cream, several gift shops, a Peggy’s Cove Information center, the Peggy’s Dogs hot dog stand and the William deGarthe Art Gallery. There is also the Peggy’s Cove Bed & Breakfast , for accommodation, if you choose to make it an overnight, rather than a “day” trip.

A view of Peggy's Cove Village.

Guided tour option for Peggy’s Cove

A trip to Halifax doesn’t necessarily require a car rental, and if you’re doing your trip without a car, check out an option for a guided day trip tour out to Peggy’s Cove.

When I saw photos of Lunenburg , I felt like I had to find a way to make this historic fishing village & UNESCO Heritage Site part of our Halifax itinerary ! Luckily, by mapping out some options, I found that Lunenburg and Peggy’s Cove could be done in the same day trip.

Lunenburg is an 18th century British-style fishing town that got its place on the map for rum-running, once upon a time. The buildings are all painted different colors, which makes it fun to walk around as a visitor, and according to tale, this came from leftover paint from sailing ships.

Colorful buildings in Lunenburg, Canada.

Today, Lunenburg is a great place for day tripping from Halifax, because the drive is simple, and the area is very pretty. I was surprised that Lunenburg is so incredibly popular for cruise travelers and tours, but I should’ve known! It’s a great spot to be taking photos, eating fresh seafood and dining outdoors on all the patios, decks and sidewalks at the restaurants.

From our experience, I recommend combining Lunenburg and Peggy’s Cove into a full day trip out of Halifax. It’ll be an hour and 15 minutes to Lunenburg from Halifax, an hour and 15 minutes from Lunenburg to Peggy’s Cove, and 45 minutes from Peggy’s Cove to Halifax downtown.

What to do in Lunenburg

There are several things to do in Lunenburg, from structured things to do like touring the Ironworks Distillery and doing a tour through the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic or the Knaut-Rhuland historic house.

As we had a baby with us (and we were starving when we arrived), we got parking in the lot by the Fisheries museum and started looking for our lunch spot!

A women pushing a baby stroller on a pier in Lunenburg, Canada.

Where to eat in Lunenburg

Several restaurants in Lunenburg come highly recommended. We ate at the Salt Shaker Deli , which was great, especially for vegetarian and gluten-free diets.

Had we not gotten a table there (it gets really busy!), I also looked at menus for The Savvy Sailor Cafe, The South Shore Fish Shack, Rascals Run Burrito Bar, Grand Banker Bar & Grill and The Old Fish Factory Restaurant, among others.

Even outside Halifax, I found many eateries to be pretty easy for my special diet, making Nova Scotia still one of the best gluten-free destinations in my travels to date. For Dan, a vegetarian, Nova Scotia and the Halifax region were also a great destination for a vegetarian diet .

What to see in Lunenburg

I recommend walking around the straightforward town grid of streets, seeing old Victorian-style homes, perhaps an old car or two, horse and buggy riders and of course, the small harbor.

This main waterfront boardwalk and the boardwalk along the Zwicker Building have Adirondack chairs set up for visitors to sit in and admire the green grassy land on the other side of the water.

A women with a stroller on a pier with red buildings in the background in Lunenburg, Canada.

If you’re up for driving five minutes past town, there are two spots on Tannery Road and Cove Road, past Lightship Brewery, where you can take a clear photo of town. Both are marked on Google Maps as “ Lunenburg Photo Spots .” To see all the shots from our cameras, head to our Lunenburg photo gallery .

A view of the entire waterfront of Lunenburg, Canada.

Looking for a guided tour option for Lunenburg?

If you’re visiting Halifax without a car, don’t worry. There are many operators that run frequent day trips to Lunenburg.

Across the river from Halifax city proper is Dartmouth , which is what some may call the Brooklyn of Halifax. While just a quick ferry ride away, Dartmouth has tons to offer visitors, from trendy dining (see: The Canteen on Portland ) to cool cafes like Cafe Good Luck just a few streets from the ferry.

Dartmouth Commons is a pretty park with a new disc golf course and an off-leash dog section. There’s also a 0.9-mile loop trail. Right next door is Dartmouth Common Skateboard Park.

If you choose to stay on the water, check out Ferry Terminal Park, which is good for kids with all its climbing options at the playground! This is also a nice spot for catching a sunset.

If you’d like a day trip or excursion from Halifax that has the potential to be 1 hour flat of driving, check out the village of Mahone Bay.

This destination to the west of Halifax is a charming town, known as one of the most picturesque in all of Canada (can you believe it?). It’s worth a visit for its attractions alone, and I wish we had had more time to stop there on the way to Lunenburg, as it’s only 15 minutes away. This being said, if you’re able to leave Halifax early for a day out to the western attractions like Peggy’s Cove, stop in Mahone Bay at least for an hour.

Mahone Bay is not big, but it is full of quaint streets, artisanal shops and the famous photo op of the “Three Churches,” which is three distinct small churches lined up at the water’s edge. Here’s more about the Three Churches, at the Three Churches Foundation website .

Mahone Bay has its own offerings of accommodations, including several cute B&Bs, an inn and a lodge.

Considering an overnight stay?

If you fell in love with Mahone Bay, you can turn your day trip into a brief overnight stay with these options for accommodation.

  • The Kitch’inn - Boutique Inn and Wine Bar
  • Bayview Pines Country Inn B&B
  • Fisherman’s Daughter B&B

High Head Hiking Trail

High Head Hiking Trail came recommended directly to me by a Halifax local, and I was grateful for that! This picturesque trail offers scenic views along the water, which is a pretty attractive aspect for visitors to Nova Scotia who want that dreamy panorama!

If you choose to hike the whole trail, expect to walk a little less than 5 miles in total. And don’t worry, this trail is far from remote, so you’ll see other people fishing, hiking and running, most likely.

This hike is part of the Dr. Bill Freedman Nature Reserve , which sits on a peninsula within a peninsula (quite typical for Nova Scotia’s coastline), not more than 40 minutes from Halifax city proper.

Crystal Crescent Beach Provincial Park & Pennant Point Hiking Trail

This dreamy park and hiking trail is a quintessential Nova Scotian natural area featuring blue water, sandy beaches, rocky shores, boardwalk pathways and wildflowers. What more could you ask for in a place that’s accessible with a day trip from Halifax?

The Crystal Crescent Beach area has three beaches, to be exact, as well as the Pennant Point Hiking Trail, which is known for birdwatching. The park itself is only 29km (18mi) from Halifax proper. It’ll take you about 45-50 minutes to get there because of some slow country roads.

You can see why Crystal Crescent is great for a full-day or even half-day trip from Halifax: it’s like a stone’s throw from the metropolis, but you’ll feel like you’re worlds away from the streets of downtown Halifax.

The Pennant Point Hiking Trail is a 6-mile loop trail, and it’s recommended to bring enough water to get you through the hike (there’s nowhere to buy anything during it). You also may encounter some muddy or marshy waters, so wear good hiking boots or be ready to get your toes a little wet.

Conrad’s Beach

If you want to kick back in a chair on Nova Scotia’s coast, opt for a day trip out to Conrad’s Beach, a favorite of Halifax locals.

What to bring: a towel, sunscreen, flip-flops and a camera, for catching a beautiful sunset. A few other things to know: there is not much parking and there are not so many opportunities for a washroom.

For an easy trail, check out the Conrad’s Beach Trail , a short 1-mile path that stays quiet and is a good place for birding. For getting there, budget 1 hour and 25 min of driving, from downtown Halifax.

Lawrencetown Beach Provincial Park

This beach is only 30-35 minutes of driving from Halifax, depending where in the city you’re staying. This is the beach you’ll want to go to for surfing in Nova Scotia!

For anyone interested in swimming though, beware: tides can be strong and currents have the potential to be intense.

There is a walking trail nearby, and there are facilities like washrooms, changing rooms and showers, too.

Taylor Head Provincial Park

This provincial park natural area is a dab more of a ways out from Halifax, at about 1 hour and 25 min.

Why is it worth it though? Visitors to Taylor Head may be shocked at the sparking blue and turquoise water against white sand beaches. Is this really Nova Scotia?

As one of Nova Scotia’s best hiking destinations (and so close to Halifax, at the end of the day!), the park is rather rugged, and special, with its evergreens and plant life right next to the windswept sands.

There are more than 8 miles of hiking trails, and the beach is dog-friendly! Visitors can enjoy all the natural wildlife, scenic views and open expanses of vistas. As with any hiking, please remember to pick up after yourself and leave no trace (LNT).

Martinique Beach

Would you have ever guessed that Martinique Beach is the “longest sandy beach” in all of Nova Scotia? And it’s under an hour’s drive from downtown Halifax!

Martinique Beach is crescent-shaped and features white sands against the Atlantic Ocean. During high season of July and August, there is supervised swimming, as well as changing rooms. The environment has sand dunes, picnic areas and tall grasses.

As a fun fact, this beach is a protected area for the piping plover, which is a really cute little coastal North American bird!

As a reminder, the park closes at dusk.

Rainbow Haven Beach

I’m an absolute fan of sunsets, and Rainbow Haven Beach is where you’ll find a good one if you can stay til the end of the day.

This beach and trail are located under 30 minutes from Halifax, so if you are short on time but want to leave the city during your trip, this is a day trip for you. Rainbow Haven Beach is technically part of the “Halifax Metro region,” if that describes how close it is to Halifax proper.

Rainbow Haven Beach is a good excursion to consider if you’re taking a family trip in Halifax and you’re looking for an easy place to take the kids for an afternoon.

A long boardwalk leads out to the beach from the parking area, and there’s a “change house” where showers are available.

York Redoubt National Historic Site & Herring Cove Provincial Park Reserve

A different type of day trip from Halifax, the York Redoubt National Historic Site is located only 20 minutes from downtown Halifax and is a Canadian national historic site. It’s part of the “Halifax Defence Complex” and sits on top of a bluff, to help protect the port. It was built in 1793 and has three centuries of history.

There’s a lot to do here, so check out the experiences list at the Canada Parks website .

Right nearby, and to be done in the same afternoon, is Herring Cove Provincial Park Reserve, a very pretty natural paradise of wildlife, beach and plant life.

For hiking the Herring Cove Bluffs, check out this trail map on AllTrails . The best times to visit the trail are May through October, and you can catch some opportunities for birding. The trail itself is out-and-back and takes about a half hour. Note: despite the land around it being flat, the path itself is rocky and requires good shoes.

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The ultimate weekend in and around Halifax

Darcy Rhyno

May 28, 2024 • 8 min read

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Halifax is such a charming seaside town that you'll be planning your next trip before you even leave © Darryl Brooks / Shutterstock © © Darryl Brooks / Shutterstock

Halifax is a harbor town. A narrow neck opens up to the protected waters of Bedford Basin, making it ideal as a naval and shipping port. Before Europeans arrived, this body of water was a sanctuary and home to Indigenous Mi’kmaq for millennia.

In the 18th century, the British Royal Navy established a military presence that shaped the city and is still present today in its historical landmarks and Canadian naval yards.

Today, the harbor accommodates container ships and welcomes cruise ships. The Halifax harbor boardwalk is a playground, likely the most visited kilometer on Canada’s east coast. From time well spent in dockside bars, restaurants and attractions, visitors widen their circle of curiosity to explore downtown Halifax, Dartmouth across the harbor and beyond to iconic and UNESCO-listed sites within an hour of the urban core – Peggy’s Cove, Grand-Pré, Wolfville, Lunenburg.

After 15 years of walking Halifax’s streets – I still live nearby – and forging precious memories, here’s my guide to the ultimate four-day weekend in and around Halifax.

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Argyle Street in Halifax, Nova Scotia, lined with bars and restaurants

  • When to arrive: Touch down on a Thursday night and depart on Monday night – June to September – for the ultimate four-day Halifax super weekender.
  • How to get from the airport: To fully explore this one-hour radius itinerary, pick up your rental car. If you’re sticking to the urban area, hop on a Metro Transit bus , hail a taxi or grab an Uber or Lyft.
  • Getting around town: Halifax is a walkable city, so park the car and stroll around downtown. To thoroughly explore the city, grab the Metro Transit route guide to the bus and ferry service. To reach out-of-town sites, you’ll need that rental car.
  • Where to stay: A plethora of hotels, AirBnBs and even university residencies give visitors a wide range of options. If you're on a tight budget, book a clean student dorm room at Dalhousie for just $56. Downtown and waterfront hotels are pricey, but the Courtyard Halifax Downtown is a good bet from $230 to $350. At the high end from $450 to $600, the Muir at Queen’s Marque is sumptuously self-indulgent and proudly Haligonian.
  • What to pack: The dress code is decidedly casual. Haligonians prefer comfortable, practical wear. For evenings out to see live theater or settle into a nice dinner, the dress code rises a notch to smart casual. For those cool nights and out-of-town excursions, dress in layers and pack a light, waterproof jacket.

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Evening: Welcome to Halifax! Get a quick orientation with a walk around the downtown hillside neighborhood on either side of Barrington Street. These ten or so blocks leading down to the harbor are chock-full of shops, bars and restaurants that buzz with nightlife. To discover some of Nova Scotia’s excellent craft beers paired with hearty pub grub, settle into Stillwell taproom on Barrington in the center of the action. Still thirsty? Just wander. You’ll bump into another bar, another pub on every block, and places like the Old Triangle Irish Alehouse where the drinks and the traditional tunes flow.

Georges Island off the coast of Halifax, Nova Scotia

Morning: Slip down to the waterfront boardwalk to watch the sunrise over Georges Island, a stone’s throw from the docks. Of the many cafes, Cabin Coffee is a good choice to start the day, either hanging out to hear the local scuttlebutt or grabbing and going with a breakfast bun and coffee special. Ocean-themed public art animates the route – a whale’s tail bench, fishing schooner hammocks, a wave-shaped sculpture, and drunken sailor lampposts. Learn about Halifax’s nautical past, including its grim role in the Titanic disaster, at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic .

How to spend the day: Catch the shuttle to tiny Georges Island , a national historic site crowned by the remains of Fort Charlotte. Combine the short ride over with a Perfect Picnic package and a tour of the creepy military tunnels. If you return from your Georges Island getaway with more time in your day, walk up the steep streets toward the white town clock and into the fortress atop Citadel Hill . Pose for pics with the fuzzy-hatted soldiers in their red uniforms and kilts. Take a guided tour to see the inner workings of this beautifully preserved stronghold.

Dinner: Seafood is the way to go in Halifax, as it is across Nova Scotia. Classic favorites doing it right for decades include Five Fishermen and McKelvies . Upstarts like Shuck Seafood and Oyster Bar are adding dimension to Halifax’s seafood scene with its extensive oyster menu.

After dark: Halifax is home to a distinct eastern Canadian music scene that mixes traditional roots with alternative and hip hop. Check who’s playing the downtown live music venues like The Carleton , Bearly’s House of Blues and Gus’ Pub. Neptune Theatre always has something fun on stage – shows like The Full Monty , Frozen or A Midsummer Night’s Dream are typical. Influences spilling over from four universities, a theater school and the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design give Halifax a decidedly artsy edge. See what’s on for independent theater, comedy, dance, film, festivals and live music at small stages, clubs and pubs across the city.

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Tourists stroll along the rustic wooden boardwalk in front of the classic wooden architecture of the UNESCO World Heritage British colonial settlement.

Morning: Wake up early for your Lunenburg day trip. In just over an hour, you’ve traded the Halifax waterfront for the Lunenburg waterfront, a UNESCO world heritage site. Yup, all those colorfully painted 19th-century wood-clad houses, hotels, inns, shops and restaurants lined up a hill so steep that they seemed stacked atop each other make up the best example of a British colonial town in North America, qualifying it for UNESCO status.

How to spend the day: These historic, lively eight blocks step down to docks where Canada’s famous tall ship, the Bluenose II , is often moored and open to visitors. The Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic – including two more historic ships – interprets the fishing heritage of the town and of Nova Scotia. Wander the streets. Order locally caught fish and chips at the South Shore Fish Shack . Sample spirits at Ironworks Distillery located inside a former blacksmith shop where smiths pounded out hardware for the many ships built here.

Dinner : Return to Halifax, park the car and cross the harbor aboard one of the ferries that links the waterfront to downtown Dartmouth every 15 to 30 minutes. Top Canadian chef Renée Lavallée runs The Canteen , a creative restaurant that belies its name. Try the scallop and leek risotto.

After dark: Get into a friendly axe-throwing contest at the Timber Lounge or sip cocktails at Dear Friend Bar . If lively taprooms are your jam, settle into Battery Park Beer Bar and Eatery .

A local vineyard in Wolfville, Nova Scotia

Morning: Up and at ‘em again, this time for your Annapolis Valley day trip. In under an hour, you’re in Nova Scotia’s verdant valley bookended by world-record tides and framed by twin ridges – extensions of the Appalachians worn to nubs by time. In this fertile, protected valley, apple orchards, corn fields and vineyards thrive.

How to spend the day: Begin with a coffee stop at Just Us Coffee , Nova Scotia’s best-known craft roaster that takes organic and fair trade seriously. Continue on to the nearby Grand-Pré National Historic Site – the grassy, shaded grounds that tell the story of French Acadians at the interpretation center and the memorial church. French settlers brought dyking technology here in the 18 th century, claiming this land from the shallow sea and farming it for decades before British forces brutally exiled them and claimed the land for themselves. Like Lunenburg, Grand-Pré’s colorful history earned it UNESCO World Heritage status.

Spend the afternoon touring wineries, pausing at farm outlets along the way. Sample world-class Brut at Benjamin Bridge , tart rosé at L’Acadie Vineyards and rich Lucie Kuhlmann red at Gaspereau , among others. Lunch on the patio at the hilltop Luckett Vineyards  comes with a free phone call in the red British phone box set mid-vineyard. Try the bookish bistro Library Pub & Wine Tavern in Wolfville for a light lunch. The best choice for beer fans is Church Brewing , set in a handsome, former church of solid stone.

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Dinner: Head back to Halifax to try yet another of the excellent downtown restaurants. Newbie  Salt + Ash is making a splash, where nearly everything is prepped over an open flame. Also new, Fawn is turning heads with expertly prepared European classics like Steak au Poivre.

After dark: It’s worth experiencing Halifax’s downtown wine bar duel by comparing the new Peacock on the waterfront with the established Obladee in a former bookstore for elevated local seafood dishes and wine pairings.

Morning: Savor your last day in the port city with a stroll along the boardwalk. Head south. Stop at the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 , where first-person accounts of immigrants and refugees who entered Canada at this pier may move you to tears. Continue walking 1.6km (1 mile) south to Point Pleasant Park for a seaside walk on the trails that crisscross the peninsula and pass historic structures like the stone Prince of Wales Tower .

How to spend the day: After your vigorous morning walk, you’ll be especially impressed with a savory lunch like Bulgogi poutine at Black Sheep inside the old brick Keith’s Brewery building.

Sorry for the reminder, but it’s time to catch your flight. You’ll leave with a camera roll and a head full of Haligonian holiday memories. But before you go, take a last look around to start your return to-do list. From this quick introduction, you already know you’ll need a return trip to see and do all those things you missed and to explore beyond that one-hour Halifax radius.

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10 Best Day Trips from Halifax

Looking for the best day trips from Halifax? Here are 10 great suggestions to see more of the province.

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While Halifax is a great place to explore, there’s so much more to experience in Nova Scotia as well. From beaches and lighthouses to charming small towns and fishing villages, there’s plenty to see and do around Halifax.

Here are 10 of our favourite day trips from Halifax, Nova Scotia that will let you experience more of the province. They are all within an hour of the city and are well worth the drive!

Choose as many of these day trips as you have time for, or save this list for the next time you visit Nova Scotia! 

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1. Peggy’s Cove

Distance: 45 km Driving Time: 45 minutes

This small fishing village is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Nova Scotia.

Located just 45 minutes from Halifax, Peggy’s Cove is a working fishing village with beautiful granite cliffs, stunning ocean views and of course, the iconic lighthouse.

It’s said to be the most photographed lighthouse in Canada and it’s easy to see why. 

Peggy's Cove lighthouse on granite rocks in Nova Scotia

There’s a new accessible viewing deck, making it possible for everyone to enjoy the Peggy’s Cove experience, including families with strollers. 

Stop by the Sou’wester for lunch or a snack, then wander through the village of Peggy’s Cove to get a taste of east coast life. Nearby is the Swissair Memorial , which is worth a visit.

Here’s a full post with more information on visiting Peggy’s Cove , including things to do in and around the area.  

A Peggy’s Cove day trip from Halifax is an easy, and scenic one-hour drive. Unfortunately, there is no public transportation available, but you can book a half-day tour like this one , which provides transportation from your hotel in Halifax to Peggy’s Cove.

2. Lunenburg

Distance: 100 km Driving Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Just an hour’s drive from Halifax is the town of Lunenburg , a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Lunenburg is known for its well-preserved architecture and vibrant colours, as well as the delicious seafood. 

But Lunenburg is best known for being the birthplace of the famous Bluenose racing schooner that’s featured on the Canadian dime.

colourful buildings in Lunenburg Nova Scotia

Stroll through the streets and take in the charming sights, then stop for lunch at one of the many great restaurants.  Be sure to try some of the local seafood! 

After lunch, visit the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic to learn more about Lunenburg’s fishing heritage, see the Bluenose II if she’s in port and then stop by Ironworks Distillery for a tour and tasting. 

There are plenty of great photo ops in this picturesque town, so don’t forget your camera!

Day trips from Halifax to Lunenburg, like this one are a convenient way to visit this UNESCO town, as there is no public transportation from Halifax.

3. Mahone Bay 

Distance: 87km Driving Time: 1 hour

Nearby Mahone Bay is also worth a visit, and it’s located just minutes from Lunenburg. One of the prettiest small towns in Nova Scotia , Mahone Bay is known for its three picturesque churches which overlook the bay.

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Mahone Bay is also home to Saltbox Brewing Company , where you can stop by for a tour and try some of their locally brewed craft beer. There are also plenty of great cafes and shops to explore in town. 

Lunenburg, Mahone Bay and Peggy’s Cove are the most popular attractions along the South Shore, and can easily be combined to make one of the best day trips from Halifax.  This popular full-day tour is a great way to see the best of the South Shore from Halifax.

4. Wolfville and the Annapolis Valley 

Distance: 90km (Wolfville) to 110km (Blomidon Look-Off) Driving Time: 1 hour

The Annapolis Valley is home to some of the best wineries, breweries and cideries in the province, as well as fantastic farmer’s markets and plenty of great places to eat.

The Valley, as it’s commonly known, is one of the more popular day trips near Halifax, as it’s just over an hour’s drive away. 

Tour one of the many wineries in the area and be sure to try Tidal Bay wine , a crisp, white wine that is Nova Scotia’s first wine appellation. Or try some locally sourced cider at the Annapolis Cider Company in Wolfville or some small batch spirits at Barreling Tide Distillery .

The Annapolis Valley is also home to the impressive Grand Pre National Historic Site and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Learn about Acadian history and wander through the beautiful grounds, or bring a picnic lunch and enjoy it in the gorgeous gardens. 

Then for a fantastic view of the Valley, head up to Blomidon Look-off before heading back to explore Wolfville.

view of Annapolis Valley from blomidon look off

Wolfville is the largest town in the Annapolis Valley and is a great place to explore. Wander the quaint downtown area, shop in the boutique stores or grab a bite to eat in one of the great restaurants. 

For those looking for a guided tour, this Annapolis Valley Half-Day Tour includes stops at Grand Pre National Historic Site, Blomidon Look-Off, Halls Harbour, three vineyards as well as time in Wolfville.

5. Burntcoat Park 

Distance: 90 km Driving Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

The Bay of Fundy is known for having the highest tides in the world, and while the Hopewell Rocks in New Brunswick are one of the most famous spots to see these tides, you can also experience them in Nova Scotia as well.

A visit to Burntcoat Head Park is a great Bay of Fundy day trip from Halifax.  

At low tide, the ocean recedes and you can walk on the ocean floor for miles.

My guys love exploring the many tide pools, but the exposed rock formations are pretty impressive too.

Look for shells, fossils and other treasures as you walk along the ocean floor – just be sure to check tide times as they vary daily.

 ocean floor and exposed rocks when the tide is low at burntcoat head park

6. Dartmouth 

Distance: 5km Driving Time: 10 minutes or 15 minutes on the ferry

The city of Dartmouth is one of the easiest places to visit near Halifax. (And while we may be a bit biased, we think it’s one of the best!)

Located just across the harbour from Halifax, it’s a great place to explore and there are plenty of things to do in Dartmouth . 

If you take the ferry over, you’ll arrive at Alderney Landing , where you can check out the weekly farmer’s market on Saturdays or the craft market on Sundays. 

Then take a stroll on the Ferry Terminal path and enjoy the stunning views of Halifax Harbour , or walk up to Sullivan’s Pond where you can see the historic Shubenacadie Canal . 

Wander back along Portland Street , browse the unique shops and keep your eyes open for art murals that are found all throughout the downtown area. 

street art in dartmouth Nova Scotia - painted photo of postcard

There are also plenty of great places to eat and drink in Dartmouth , so be sure to stop in for lunch or dinner, or even just a snack and beverage. 

No matter what you do, you’re sure to have a great day exploring Dartmouth!

7. The Beaches of the Eastern Shore

Distance: 20km to 100km Driving Time: 30 minutes to 1 hour 25 minutes

The Eastern Shore is known for its gorgeous sandy beaches, and is another of the most popular Halifax day trips.  And while the beaches are beautiful, they also have some of the best waves on the east coast. 

Lawrencetown Beach is a well-known surfing spot – even in the winter! – and there are several surf schools in the area. Rent a board, take a lesson, or just try the waves! 

While Lawrencetown Beach may be the most well-known, there are plenty of other great beaches within an hour’s drive from Halifax. 

sand beach on the Atlantic Ocean in Nova Scotia

Martinique Beach is the longest beach in Nova Scotia, with 5 kilometres of white sand and is another popular surfing destination.  

Clam Harbour Beach and Taylor Head Provincial Park are also fabulous beaches, and although they are just over an hour from Halifax, it’s worth the drive to either of them!

Rainbow Haven Beach Provincial Park is a local favourite, with a huge stretch of sand and calmer water than the other beaches mentioned above. 

Any of the beaches on the Eastern Shore can be combined with a visit to Dartmouth for a full-day trip. Both Lawrencetown and Rainbow Haven beaches are under a half-hour drive from Downtown Dartmouth, making for an easy half-day trip. Note: There is a $1.25 cash toll to cross either of the bridges over the Halifax harbour.

8. MacNabs Island 

Located in the Halifax Harbour, MacNabs Island is a great place for a day trip. The island played a major role in defending Halifax Harbour and is now a provincial park.

There are no cars on the island, but plenty of trails to hike, ruins to explore and beaches to relax on. It’s a great spot to spend a day in the summer!

MacNabs Island can be reached by private boat or charter operators from the Halifax Waterfront or Eastern Passage. The trip takes about 20-30 minutes from Halifax or 10-15 minutes from Eastern Passage. 

9. Truro 

Distance: 95 km Driving Time: 1 hour

Truro is a great place to visit if you’re looking to get out of the city and explore some of Nova Scotia’s nature. 

Hike one of the many trails in Victoria Park , a large park in downtown Truro, where you can see two of the best waterfalls near Halifax , or climb the 175 steps to the top of Jacob’s Ladder.

Joe Howe Falls in Truro Nova Scotia

Then visit the Glooscap Heritage Centre , where you can learn about Mi’kmaq culture and stand beside the impressive statue of Glooscap himself. 

Truro is also a great spot to watch the tidal bore – a phenomenon that happens twice a day when the incoming tide pushes against the outflow of the Salmon River, causing a wave to form that can be quite spectacular to watch. Check the tidal bore times before you go though, as the tides change daily. 

For the adventurous, try tidal bore rafting – it’s the only place in North America you can do it!

10. Stewiacke and Shubenacadie Wildlife Park 

Distance: 65km Driving Time: 45 minutes

This is one of the best day trips from Halifax for kids!

While Stewiacke is known for being the halfway point between the North Pole and the equator, it’s best-known for being the home of Mastodon Ridge . 

Here on a hill that overlooks both the Shubenacadie and Stewiacke rivers, you can see Marvin the Mastodon.

large statue of a mastodon at mastodon ridge near Stewiacke Nova Scotia

A giant mastodon replica standing 14 feet tall and 22 feet long, Marvin is one of the biggest statues in Nova Scotia!

There’s also a visitor centre with information about the mastodon and the Stewiacke area, a children’s play area, restaurants and a mini putt course. 

After stopping here to see the Mastodon up close, head just outside of town to the Shubenacadie Wildlife Park . Here you’ll find plenty of wildlife, including bears, moose, bighorn sheep, foxes, wolves, beavers and otters. There are also owls, bald eagles, wild turkeys and of course, Canada geese. 

There are also several hiking trails in the park that wind through forest and meadow areas and a petting zoo for younger children. 

The Shubenacadie Wildlife Park is a 45 minute drive from Halifax and is open mid-May to mid-October. 

Transportation and Tours from Halifax

While Halifax itself has a great public transportation system, which includes public transit to and within Dartmouth, getting to some of these other day trip destinations will require a car. 

For those without a car, here are some of the best Halifax Nova Scotia tours:

  •   Half-Day Tour to Peggy’s Cove
  • Lunenburg Day Trip
  • Lunenburg, Mahone Bay and Peggy’s Cove
  • Annapolis Valley Half-Day Tour
  • Grape Escapes Sip & Taste Tours  

Final Thoughts: Day Trips from Halifax 

Halifax is a fantastic city to visit, but there is so much more to explore beyond the city limits.

Whether you’re looking to explore Nova Scotia’s nature or its history, there are plenty of great day trips from Halifax to choose from. 

And while summer is the most popular time to visit Halifax, many of these day trips can be done year-round.

Shubenacadie Wildlife Park and MacNabs Island are closed in the winter months, but all of the other day trips from Halifax that we’ve listed can be done throughout the year – even the beaches!!

Happy exploring!

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MORE INFORMATION FOR YOUR TRIP TO NOVA SCOTIA

HALIFAX: There are plenty of things to do in Halifax with kids , and while the weather is best in the summer, there are lots of fun things to do in Halifax in the winter too.

NEAR HALIFAX: Across the harbour, there are also plenty of things to do in Dartmouth and some great places to eat and drink in Dartmouth . And visiting Peggy’s Cove is an easy drive from Halifax.

CABOT TRAIL: This Cabot Trail itinerary for 2 days is a great way to see this beautiful area of Nova Scotia and hiking the Skyline Trail in Cape Breton is one of the top hikes in Nova Scotia.

NOVA SCOTIA: And to explore more of the province, here are 5 places you must see in Nova Scotia . If you’re visiting in the fall, here are some fun things to do in Nova Scotia in the fall and the best places to see the fall colours in Nova Scotia .

DRIVING TO HALIFAX: If you’re planning a road trip from Ontario or Quebec, here’s some info on the drive from Toronto to Halifax , including things to do along the way and suggested places to stop.

Need help planning your vacation to Nova Scotia? We offer custom itineraries, built specifically for you and your preferences. Find out more about itinerary planning here.

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While Halifax offers lots when it comes to things to see and do , there are a wealth of experiences that can be enjoyed outside the city limits. While visiting Nova Scotia’s provincial capital you won’t want to miss the opportunity to make at least a day trip or two.

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Peggy’s Cove

The small fishing village Peggy’s Cove is less than an hour’s drive from Halifax and is on just about everyone’s itinerary when visiting Nova Scotia, with good reason: it’s home to one of Canada’s most photographed lighthouses. The classic red and white light marks the entrance to St. Margaret’s Bay and was first lit over a century ago in 1915, Its image, set atop a mound of giant rocks as the powerful waves of the sea crash against it, has been a striking sight ever since as one of the most recognized lighthouses in the world. If you want to learn more, be sure to visit author, photographer and storyteller Ivan Fraser who opened up his childhood home as the Peggy of the Cove Museum, which also includes an art gallery with his colourful murals.

Just a short walk away is the deGarthe Gallery and Museum which focuses on the Finish artist William deGarthe, an accomplished sculptor who emigrated to Canada in 1926. Next to the museum is his monument to Nova Scotia fishermen, carved into a wall of rock. Though deGarthe passed away before he was able to finish it, it’s still impressive, depicting 32 fishermen and their families, the patron saint of sailors and Peggy of the Cove. You may want to stop by the Sou'Wester Restaurant & Gift Shop for a bowl of creamy chowder or a lobster roll and perhaps a few souvenirs.

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About an hour and 15 minutes from Halifax, Lunenburg sits on a harbour on the Fairhaven Peninsula. A fabulous place to spend the day, it’s often noted as one of the most beautiful towns in Canada. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its preservation of local culture in 1995, it’s characterized by pastel-painted 18th- and 19th-century buildings and is home to a replica of the famous ship that’s pictured on the Canadian dime. Built for the International Fisherman’s Trophy competition, the original Bluenose Schooner won her first race in 1921 before going on to defeat all her contenders in the next 17. The pride of the province, the Bluenose II is an authentic replica that offers the chance to sail out of this French harbour town in the summertime. By signing up well before you go, you can even play Deckhand for a Day. You’ll get an orientation on safety, lessons on how to anchor, knots and the ship’s history, with the best part a turn at the wheel.

After an unforgettable sail, walk the waterfront and the historic streets, searching for the ‘Lunenburg bump’ on the surrounding buildings, a dormer window which extends beyond the first floor. If you have time, check out the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic and stop by the Ironworks Distillery, located in a renovated 1893 marine blacksmith’s shop. You can taste the spirits that are made using locally-grown produce, including vodka gin, rum and fruit liquors, blended into refreshing cocktails.

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Secret Beach and the Gaff Point Trail

If you don’t spend the whole day in Lunenburg, you might combine a hike on the Gaff Point Trail with your trip there, as it’s just 25 minutes south in the small community of Kingsburg. Or, make it a separate trip - either way it’s worth the journey. The just over 4.3-mile round trip hike will bring you to what’s often called the ‘Secret Beach.’ It begins at Hirtles Beach and offers a mix of rugged coastline, estuary, forest and beach as well as unique geology and wildlife. It follows the west side of Gaff Point, and by staying on the trail that hugs the edge of the cliff, it will bring you to the hidden beach that’s accessed by descending a steep rock face using the ropes that are there. Don’t go at high tide as, the beach will be under water.

Oak Island is only an hour from Halifax and is known across the globe for its Money Pit, considered one of the world’s most elusive treasures. It’s been spotlighted on the History Channel’s ‘Curse of Oak Island’ reality TV show which first aired in 2014 – both the show and the treasure hunt continue today. As this is a privately-owned island, if you hope to visit, you’ll need to pre-book a guided tour, led by series’ cast member and production consultant Charles Barkhouse who delves into the intrigue and mystery that surrounds the island. You’ll be able to learn even more at the free onsite interpretive centre.

Port Royal National Historic Site, Port Royal

The site of Canada’s first permanent European Settlement, founded in the 1600s by the French, Port Royal is a seaside town about two-and-a-half hours from Halifax. At Port Royal National Historic Site, watch history come to life with a reconstruction of the settlements early buildings that include the closed-in quadrangle known as the Habitation. Step back into time while getting a good look at how the setters lived, and in the summer, you can learn about Mi’kmaw culture in the wigwam, hearing the songs, tales and legends of the Mi'kmaq, a First Nations people indigenous to Canada's Atlantic Provinces.

As Port Royal is located in the Annapolis Valley, one of Nova Scotia’s wine-growing regions, if you’re a wine enthusiast you might want to do some tasting while you’re here. Nova Scotia’s wine is becoming increasing popular with the province’s offerings said to rival even that of Champagne, France, despite the challenging conditions that include cool temperatures and rocky, acidic soil. Nearby Bear River Winery located in the village of Bear River, is where Nova Scotia’s first vines were planted back in 1611 by French settlers. The winery sits within a renovated 1883 barn atop the vineyard and features a tasting bar and wine shop. Other notable wineries in the area include Annapolis Highland Vineyards and Beavercreek Winery.

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An hour inland from Halifax, the small town of Truro is known as the ‘hub of Nova Scotia’ due to its centralized location and historical significance. It hosts a significant, distinctive collection of pretty 19th- and early 20th-century Victorian-style buildings in its urban core along Victoria, King, Duke and Dominion streets as well as the 130-year-old Victoria Park. The 3,000-acre oasis in the heart of town offers beautiful scenery that includes a winding river, waterfalls, old-growth Eastern hemlock forest and a dramatic gorge. Recreational opportunities are practically endless, with everything from hiking and biking to picnicking, birdwatching, and even swimming in the heated outdoor pool. The park hosts frequent live usic and cultural events too.

Another popular spot in Truro is Shubenacadie Wildlife Park. It’s home to some 90 bird and mammal species, many of which were brought here after being injured or orphaned and are rehabbed before returning them to the wild whenever possible. Enjoy close encounters with multiple exotic and native species, including Sable Island horses, black bears, Canada lynx, Arctic wolf, big horn sheep and reindeer.

If you’re looking for big thrills, you might want to squeeze in a rafting trip that departs from Goose Bridge in Green Oaks nearby. Fundy Tidal Bore Adventures offers a rafting trip like no other - tidal bore rafting, powered by the world-famous tidal bore on the Bay of Fundy. Passengers hop aboard a Zodiac boat, riding the massive waves of the highest tides in the world, something that’s been compared to a roller coaster ride. One minute you’ll enjoy a tranquil float on the calm waters, then suddenly the water is churned into raging rapids.

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If a wild ride isn’t what you’re after, you can witness those high tides with some 100 billion tons of water rising and falling twice each day in the community of Parrsboro, a two-hour drive from Halifax. The tides sculpt the coastline that’s dotted with deserted beaches and towering sea cliffs, uncovering semi-precious stones and fossils. Geology buffs can also visit the Fundy Geological Museum which offers a more in-depth look at the geology, fossils and minerals of the Bay of Fundy, along with well as some of the oldest dinosaur skeletons in Canada.

There are lots of hiking opportunities near Parrsboro as well, including the short 1-mile hike across Partridge Island that offers magnificent views of Cape Split, Spencer’s Island and Cape Blomidon. If you’re looking for something longer, you can search for the local legend known as Maiden’s Cave on a three-mile round trip trek. The legend, described in a 1930s book Down in Nova Scotia, tells the story of a British maiden that was captured by pirates and hidden here in a sea cave. The entrance was filled in, and when the local Mi’kmaqs heard a cry in the cliff, they opened it up and discovered her skeleton. The locals say that at certain times of the year you can still hear the girl’s cries.

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Cape Split Provincial Park Reserve, Scots Bay

An hour and 40 minutes from Halifax, this 447-hectare park in Scots Bay overlooks the Bay of Fundy and is a great place to enjoy a day of hiking, view wildlife and picnic. The Cape Split Trail is a little over 3.7 miles each way and takes about four to five hours to complete. One of Nova Scotia’s best, this fishhook-shaped headland offers stunning views of the Bay of Fundy, having separated itself from the mainland due to the powerful tides. The route leads to a grassy meadow that overlooks the changing tides, providing impressive views down to the volcano sea stacks known as the 3 Sisters.

Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site

About two hours from Halifax, this beautiful park is filled with lush forest, island-dotted lakes and meandering rivers offer the chance to immerse yourself in the province’s scenic natural beauty. It’s named for the Mi’kmaq word believed to mean “land where fairies abound." The canoe routes were used by native inhabitants for thousands of years for traveling between the Bay of Fundy and the Atlantic Coast. They made their mark as they travelled through petroglyphs that depict images of traditional Mi’kmaq life, including fishing and hunting, on slate outcroppings that can be seen along the shore by taking a guided tour.

There are 15 hiking trails suitable for day hikes passing through the forest brining opportunities to spot wildlife like fox, deer and the endangered Blanding’s Turtle. The seaside area offers hikers a wealth of landscapes and wildlife to watch along a 5.4-mile trail, including lagoons, white sandy beaches and harbour seals.

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Two hours from Halifax, Shelburne is a charming fishing town and Canada’s lobster capital. It offers a wealth of things to do, including boat tours where you can spot harbour porpoises and even whales. Just strolling historic Dock Street makes for a pleasant afternoon. It retains the feel and look of an 18-century port and is lined by over 30 original United Empire loyalist homes that date all the way back to the 1780s. The Ross-Thomson House & Store Museum offers the chance to step into the 18th-century with an authentic living experience – you can even don 18th-century clothing and carry out tasks families like Ross’ did so many years ago.

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Lunenburg, Mahone Bay & Peggy’s Cove Day Trip [Itinerary + Tips]

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Here’s Our Experience Driving to Lunenburg, Mahone Bay, and Peggy’s Cove, NS!

Looking to explore parts of Nova Scotia’s South Shore? A day trip to Lunenburg, Mahone Bay and Peggy’s Cove is a great idea! These popular seaside towns/attractions each have their own history and charm – that’s what makes them so popular.

Of course, these places are located outside of Halifax. So, you have the option to hop in a car and drive yourself or hop on a guided tour so that you don’t have to handle navigation and logistics!

We ended up going on a Halifax day trip with our friends who live in the area. Armed with a rental car , we made our own loop itinerary from Halifax and explored each of these places – and more! 

So, here’s our experience visiting historic Lunenburg, cute Mahone Bay, and popular Peggy’s Cove on a day trip itinerary from Halifax. We’ve included everywhere we stopped for food, notable seaside attractions, and more!

Lunenburg & Peggy’s Cove Tours from Halifax

In case you are short on time – or don’t want to drive to Lunenburg and Peggy’s Cove yourself – there are plenty of top-rated tours that will take you to explore these classic places in Nova Scotia!

The nice thing about tours from Halifax is that they are all slightly different to suit different interests. Many East Coast tours offer Lunenburg or Peggy’s Cove – so check out these tour options:

  • Peggy’s Cove/Mahone Bay & Lunenburg Tour
  • Half-Day Small-Group Nova Scotia’s South Shore Tour
  • Peggy’s Cove, Lunenburg, and the Annapolis Valley Day Tour
  • Hidden Gems in Lunenburg Tour
  • Peggy’s Cove Express Tour from Halifax

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Our Lunenburg, Mahone Bay and Peggy’s Cove Experience

Here’s a detailed breakdown of our exact day itinerary from Halifax down the South Shore coast to Lunenburg, Mahone Bay, and Peggy’s Cove.

man with backpack walking along harbour with colourful houses in front.

Our Nova Scotia South Shore day itinerary consisted of (in order):

  • Leaving Halifax
  • Mahone Bay (+Lunch)
  • Driving through Chester
  • White Sails Cafe (Pit Stop)
  • Swiss Air 111 Memorial
  • Peggy’s Cove
  • Returning to Halifax 

We had numerous stops along the way for food, sightseeing, etc. We took Highway 103 out of the city towards Lunenburg, then used Trunk 3 (+ Lighthouse Route) to basically follow the coastline back in the direction of Peggy’s Cove/Halifax.

Driving to Lunenburg 

If you have a car – like we did – the drive to Lunenburg is pretty simple. 

Leaving Halifax past Long Lake Provincial Park, we hopped on Highway 103 heading southwest out of the city towards Lunenburg. The drive is about 50 minutes. You can follow signs off the highway to Northwest Road (324) all the way into town. 

Once you get to Lunenburg, there is street parking on neighbourhood streets a short walk from the waterfront. This is where we parked.

Alternatively, there’s a massive paid parking lot right in the heart of town between the docks and the houses. 

The central parking lot is likely to be very busy with cars and buses during the summer months so just keep that in mind. We cover everything about going from Halifax to Lunenburg here in more detail, if you need!

Visiting Lunenburg 

colourful seafront houses with wooden pier in front with chairs and boat.

As mentioned, our first stop of the day was the town of Lunenburg. Lunenburg is a popular place to visit in Canada because of its historical significance.

It’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site because it’s considered “the best surviving example of a planned British colonial settlement in North America”.

Established in 1753, the town is largely unchanged from a layout perspective and features much of the original wooden architecture.

wooden boardwalk with red buoy left and sailing ship in ocean on right.

We just walked around to take in the sights and shops. We started at the waterfront where there are numerous tourism booths promoting various attractions and tours. We actually saw the Bluenose II come in from a sailing tour (which you can book). 

Once it was docked, you could walk onto the upper deck for free – so we did that. It was neat to be on such a prominent part of Canadian history!

tall ship without sails pulling into wooden dock with green shoreline behind.

We wandered along the harbour to the quieter areas where you’ll find an old antique shop with lots of spindrifts for sale. Other attractions, like The Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic , are also down there.

After walking along the harbour, we headed more into the town to have a look at the many shops, cafes, inns and B&Bs, and other historic points of interest. 

turquoise house with sidewalk out front with fish sign hanging on pole above.

Montague Street has many places to eat and drink so be sure to check it out. Our friends like Shipwright Brewing Company but there are quite a few other options as well. You’ll probably find a place that suits your food/drink needs!

Further up the hill (the whole town is essentially a grid system), Lincoln Street has a number of art galleries you can explore. A local cafe, Laughing Whale Coffee Roasters , is also on Lincoln Street. 

woman standing beside street sign on hill with colourful house beside.

At the top of the hill on Fox Street, you can find Hillcrest Cemetery close to the Lunenburg Academy. It’s a beautiful old building – which is apparently haunted – and is worth photographing.

Don’t forget to just wander around and enjoy the wooden buildings, their unique architecture, and the various colours of each of them!

large manor estate house with green shrubs in front and historic plaque embedded into rock.

Oh, and if you need to use the washroom, the Bluenose Public Washroom Lunenburg was clean and convenient close to the waterfront.

Our Extra Tip: From Lunenburg, you can head out of town by car and hike from Hirtle’s Beach to Gaff Point for nice ocean views!

Visiting Mahone Bay

sailboats sitting in harbour with green tall grass in front and grey skies above.

After leaving Lunenburg, we headed up the road/coast for only about 15 minutes (on Trunk 3) to Mahone Bay. 

This is another smaller seaside town with colourful buildings that house shops, cafes, historic inns, and much more. 

colourful shop fronts with paved street in front and grey sky above.

You can also explore the shoreline along Mahone Harbour. Our main purpose for a stop in Mahone Bay was for lunch, so we headed to The Biscuit Eater .

This is a cafe/restaurant and book shop tucked away just a short walk from the main triangle intersection in town. 

small house cafe with white wooden sign in front beside pathway and grass.

We had coffees and juices and biscuit sandwiches – like a BLT or pulled chicken with brie and cranberries – but on a biscuit. They also had a biscuit basket which had spicy jalapeños and creamy slaw. 

Everything we had was really good and the guy serving us was super friendly! 

biscuit sandwich in paper-lined basket with a side of chips on table.

We didn’t go on this visit, but our local friends said that the Tea Brewery is also very good. The Boulangerie La Vendéenne also has good French pastries on the way back to Highway 103 from Mahone Bay.

Driving Between Mahone Bay and Peggy’s Cove

After lunch, we left Mahone Bay and headed for Peggy’s Cove – but took our time meandering along Trunk 3. This road offers a mix of seaside views and dense forest which makes it really pretty. 

paved road seen through interior of a car with water to the right.

About 25 minutes after Mahone Bay we made a point to pass through the tiny town of Chester. It’s a historic seaside village where you can check out the boats in the harbour. After looping down to the water, we drove up on Queen Street through the main area.

This is where you’ll find galleries, a tavern, cafes – like The Kiwi Cafe – and gift shops.

After Chester, it was another 50 minutes to our next stop – White Sails Bakery & Deli (Address: 12930 Peggys Cove Rd, Tantallon, NS B3Z 2K4). 

We’d suggest driving Trunk 3 all the way there. This way, you can get ocean views (and can even stop at a beach or two) around St. Margaret’s Bay. We especially loved the part of the drive around Queensland Beach Nova Scotia .

red bakery building in distance with sugar coated donut held in hand in front.

At the bakery, they have delicious sweets on the left and a massive menu board for savoury lunch items on the right. As this was a “sweets” stop, we got things like chocolate chip cookies, a Chocolate Skor Bar, and a cinnamon sugar donut for takeaway. 

If you’re not in a rush, they have picnic tables to sit down by the water – in case you want this to be a longer stop. 

They also have a deli as well so they do things like smoked meat sandwiches. White Sails is directly off the road (Peggy’s Cove Road) making it an easy stop.

After this stop, you’ll already be on Peggy’s Cove Rd, which is part of the famous Lighthouse Route, and can head south towards Peggy’s Cove!

Swissair 111 Memorial Site

Address: 8250 NS-333, Indian Harbour, NS B3Z 3R5

rock memorial area cut out of rocky shore with grey skies above.

Before we got to Peggy’s Cove, we made a stop just up the road at the Swissair Flight 111 Memorial Site .

On September 2, 1998, Swissair flight 111 crashed into the ocean about 8 kilometres offshore. With no survivors, the multi-nation recovery effort that followed impacted Halifax (and the surrounding area) profoundly. 

group of people walking rocky guided trail through green shrubs with grey sky above.

Now, you can visit a rock monument that remembers those who died and the efforts that followed. The memorial site is reachable after a short walk on a trail along the rocky, barren coastline.

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There’s a small parking lot making it easy to stop and there are various bits of information to read along the way.

On a clear day, you can see out to sea and easily see Peggy’s Cove Lighthouse. Unfortunately, it was foggy the day we visited so we didn’t get that experience!

Visiting Peggy’s Cove

white lighthouse with people standing at the base with large rocks around and grey sky above.

If you drive another 5 minutes down the road, you’re basically at Peggy’s Cove and the location of the famous Lighthouse. 

When you arrive, there are actually two parking lots: one near the visitor centre and another very close to the actual Lighthouse. We cover all of this in our specific guide on going from Halifax to Peggy’s Cove .

We chose the first parking lot so that we could walk through the small village of Peggy’s Cove before reaching the coastline to see the Lighthouse. 

wooden boardwalk with lighthouse and rocky shoreline in distance behind.

Up near the Lighthouse, there are large, new wooden boardwalks which are great for accessibility.

There’s also a renewed pathway on the rocky terrain heading towards the lighthouse. This pathway ends, however, and it’s all rough coastline walking (a mix of flat rock, large boulders, and grassy areas) to the Lighthouse. 

small fishing village with foggy skies and still water on shallow cove in front.

The rugged area around the coast is basically a free-for-all where you can clamber your way across the coastline (at your own risk). 

The day we visited was quite foggy so we noticed fewer people visiting (for July) – but it was still quite busy. The weather made the area very mysterious and yet very peaceful.

We just walked around taking photos, exploring tide pools and had a sit down on the flat rock taking in the sea air. 

very rocky terrain with a few hikers looking into the distance with misty skies overhead.

You pretty much go anywhere you want – but listen to the posted signs. Dry, white rocks are generally safest but it is very dangerous to get close to the crashing waves of the rocky shoreline.

Keep in Mind: Rocks that look black mean the waves can reach there. It’s definitely a no-go zone. Tourists die there unfortunately and the warning signs make no joke about this saying “you’ll be rewarded with death”. So please, be careful!

As for amenities, there’s a visitor centre with washrooms, some shops, small galleries, and a café/restaurant close to the lighthouse (where the second parking lot is). This is also where you typically find the tour buses parked. 

That’s why we recommend the parking lot further away because you get a sense of the little fishing village and cove on the way.

Peggy’s Cove Insider Trail Tip: Just east of Peggy’s Cove is Polly Cove Hiking Trail . It’s more rugged and less busy than Peggy’s Cove. You get a good view of Peggy’s Cove and Lighthouse from about 500 metres to 1 km away. It’s very open with different paths so you can walk as long or as short as you please! 

Returning to Halifax

After our time at Peggy’s Cove, we hopped back in the car and continued back towards Halifax. We took the same road – now called Prospect Road (333) – all the way back.

It rolls along the south shore past lakes, more rocky shorelines, and forests before spitting you out by Long Lake Provincial Park. From there we headed back towards Downtown via Trunk 3 but you can also easily hop on Highway 102 to drive elsewhere in the city/region!

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And there you have it – our experience exploring Lunenburg, Mahone Bay, and Peggy’s Cove on a day trip from Halifax.

It’s definitely best to have a car so that you can move at your own pace and make stops at whatever interests you – but hopping on a guided tour to some of these locations is also a nice way to explore a bit more of Nova Scotia!

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Day trip to Suzdal from Moscow: transport, sights, maps and tips

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 DAY TRIP TO SUZDAL

  Suzdal is one of the most popular destinations on the Golden Ring and the whole city is often described as an open-air museum.  The city has no railway station and practically no heavy industry, meaning that is has preserved its provincial charm and a great deal of architectural monuments.

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  From Moscow, Suzdal is not as easy to get to as Sergiev Posad (the closest Golden Ring city to the capital) but it is worth going the extra distance as Suzdal provides more of a contrast from Moscow.  If you make use of high-speed trains it is possible and not too demanding to visit for even just a day, but of course spending the night there is recommended to soak in the atmosphere or to combine it with a visit to neighbouring Vladimir.  As the city is a very popular tourist destination you will have no problem finding a cafe or guesthouse there.  There is practically no public transport in the city, but the city is small and most sights are located relatively close to each other.

Getting There and Back

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Via Vladimir

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Direct to Suzdal

  Buses directly to Suzdal leave from Moscow’s Schyolkovsky Bus Station.  There are about 9 buses a day and it takes around 4½ hours depending on traffic.  The buses stop at Vladimir too.  Using this option will mean a rather exhausting day trip.

Orientation and Main Sights

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  Suzdal is a relatively small city and it is not difficult to walk around the city to see most of the sights.  

Suzdal

  The main road in the city is Ulitsa Lenina which runs north across the whole city.  

Suzdal

  The main sights of Suzdal are located either on or just off this road, including the two main sights: the Suzdal Kremlin in the south and the Spaso-Yevfimiev Monastery in the north.

Suzdal

  More information about Suzdal can be found on our Suzdal  pages.

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  Suzdal is famous for its medovukha (mead) which is an alcoholic drink made out of honey.  It can be drunk either hot or cold, meaning it perfect in both summer and winter, and you will find it on practically every menu in the city.  There are various flavours of the drink available and even a non-alcoholic version.  In addition to medovukha, you can find all traditional Russian souvenirs in the city and there is a big souvenir market on Torgovaya Ploschad.

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15 Best Day Trips from Moscow

Moscow, the sprawling Russian capital, is a city that’s both full of history and contemporary culture.

This is the centre of the Russian world, a city that armies have invaded, where nations have clashed and where revolutions have played out through the centuries.

It’s a city on the fringe of Europe, but a place that is very much at the heart of European history and politics, and for visitors, it can be a complex and enthralling destination to visit.

As much as there is to see and to do in the city itself, there is just as much to experience on day trips from Moscow too.

While Russia is undoubtedly an expansive country, and many of the better-known cities such as St Petersburg or Volgograd are hundreds and hundreds of miles away, there are many more unknown and unusual destinations to visit within a few hours’ drive of the capital.

Immerse yourself in the Russian countryside, visit war memorials, battlefields and the lavish estates of the former Russian nobility. There are rural villages, grand Orthodox Monasteries and the chance to see Russian life outside of the city first-hand.

Here are the best day trips from Moscow.

Korolev, Russia

Located just an hour north of the Moscow city centre, Korolev is an area that is almost a suburb of the expansive capital, but has retained its own unique identity. During the Soviet era, this was one of the most important industrial areas in the country, because this was the base for Soviet Space Exploration.

During World War II, the factories here produced anti-tank guns that helped keep the Soviet Union in the fight. After Germany was defeated, the factories and research centres began to focus on space.

The city became a ‘Science City’ as skilled workers from across the Union came here to settle and to launch the space programme. It became one of the more affluent areas in the country, and today, that distinction can still be seen on the streets and in the buildings.

When the Soviet Union collapsed, Korolev remained the headquarters of Russian space travel and still hosts Russian Mission Control.

2. Borodino

Borodino, Russia

A two-hour drive to the west of Moscow is the battlefield of Borodino. This is a place that is revered in Russian history, and which perhaps should be much more well-known in wider European history too, because this is where the infamous French General Napolean Bonaparte fought the Russians during his invasion in 1812.

Although the French won the Battle of Borodino and went on to capture Moscow, this was the beginning of the end for Napolean, as he went on to be ravaged by the Russian Winter and was forced to retreat soon after.

Just outside the small village of Borodino is the green and grassy field where the battle was fought. On top of a substantial hill is a lasting monument to the important event.

Kolomna, Russia

Located to the south-east of Moscow is the city of Kolomna, which in comparison to the Russian capital is very much a small-town escape.

This is one of the oldest Russian cities in the region and there is a long and intriguing history to be discovered in the museums and monasteries.

Interestingly, the city was off-limits for much its tenure under the Soviet Union, because it was the site of important weapons factories. It was only in 1994 that the city was opened up and even now it is still very much unknown to tourists.

Kolomna makes for a great day trip, and you can explore the restored medieval walls, and the city’s very own Kremlin, a huge fortress which dates back to the 16th century.

4. Zvenigorod

Savvino-Storozhevsky Monastery, Zvenigorod

Zvenigorod is as little as an hour’s drive away from Moscow city centre, and the small town makes for a pleasant break from the capital.

Zvenigorod is an old and historic place, with a history dating back almost a thousand years.

There are some beautiful monasteries to visit as well as the unusual Museum of Russian Desserts, where you can sample and explore this aspect of the local culinary culture.

Zvenigorod was also a town where the world-renowned Anton Checkov once lived, and you can visit a museum here that’s dedicated to his life.

5. Sergiyev Posad

Sergiyev Posad

North of the capital is the city of Sergiyev Posad, which is one of the few well-known tourist destinations in the surrounding region.

You will find this as a suggested stop on most travel itineraries to Moscow, and many tour companies include this as part of their excursions around the city because this city is home to the famous Trinity Lavra of St Sergius.

This is a huge Russian Orthodox Monastery which has been here for hundreds of years, and continues to be run by monks who look after the revered tomb of St Sergius, who was laid to rest here.

It’s an important pilgrimage place for Orthodox Christians and an important stop for tourists.

6. Kubinka Tank Museum

Kubinka Tank Museum

Outside Moscow, you can find an unusual museum which will give you a truly ‘Russian’ experience.

The Kubinka Tank Museum was once the location of a Red Army tank testing ground. Now, it’s been turned into a huge museum that showcases every conceivable type of armoured vehicle.

7. Arkhangelskoye Estate

Arkhangelskoye Estate

The Arkhangelskoye Estate was built on the outskirts of Moscow and dates back to the late 18th century when it was constructed by a Rusian aristocratic family.

For over a century, it was the domain of the nobility, until of course, the Russian Revolution and the advent of Communism swept the family that owned the estate out of the country.

The estate was opened to the public by the Communists and turned into a museum, which it remains today.

Restoration work after the fall of the Soviet Union saved the Arkhangelskoye Estate from falling into disrepair and kept the grounds and the grand palace as a lavish example of pre-Revolution Russia.

8. Yaroslavl

Yaroslavl, Russia

Yaroslavl is found a few hours to the north of Moscow and makes for a long day trip from the city. It’s worth the journey to experience one of the region’s most popular tourist destinations.

Yaroslavl is found on the banks of the River Volga and has been a historically important city throughout Russian history. The city has even been the capital of the country at various points.

You can explore the many museums and monasteries to learn more about this intriguing destination.

9. Rostov Veliky

Rostov Veliky

Just south of Yaroslavl is the small but culturally rich town of Rostov Veliky.

This is another important site in Russian history, as the town can date its origins back to early Slavic settlement around Moscow.

Lake Nero is a beautiful and expansive lake near the town, fringed on one side by an ancient fortress, giving Rostov Veliky a wonderful atmosphere to experience.

10. Vladimir

Vladimir, Russia

Two hours east of Moscow is another historic Russian city that is very much on the regional tourist trail.

It makes for a great day trip from the capital because Vladimir dates back to the 12th century and is full of Russian history and culture.

This was one of the first Russian capitals and it still contains many beautiful medieval buildings that are hundreds of years old.

Suzdal, Russia

The small town of Suzdal is just a few kilometres north of the city of Vladimir.

The town is part of a fantastic UNESCO World Heritage Site that encompasses the historic sites from both Suzdal and Vladimir.

The town was founded in medieval times and also acted for a time as an early capital for Russian kingdoms in the region.

Klin, Russia

Klin is a fairly unassuming town to the north-west of Moscow, but it’s worth visiting to see one particular sight, the house of Tchaikovsky.

The famous 19th-century composer spent his final days here and wrote his very last piece of work in the house in Klin. It is now a museum dedicated to his life and work.

It’s a grand estate and an interesting insight into pre-Soviet, Russian culture.

13. Melikova

Melikova

A short trip past the Moscow suburbs will bring you to another famous estate, the house of renowned Russian writer and playwright Anton Checkov.

By the town of Checkov, which was renamed in his honour, the museum of Melikova will take you on a journey through his life and indeed, what the lives of many of his contemporary fellow Russians would have been like too.

14. Gorki Leninskie

Gorki Leninskie

On the southern edge of Moscow is Gorki Leniniskie.

This grand estate was once the realm of Russian nobles, but after the Russian Revolution it was personally taken over by Vladimir Lenin who turned it into his own home.

He spent much of his last years here, and after his death, the estate became a shrine to his life and legacy.

Today it still remains an interesting museum, and is still in many ways a shrine to communism.

15. Losiny Ostrov National Park

Losiny Ostrov National Park

Losiny Ostrov National Park is a huge area of protected land that is found right on the edge of Moscow and is even surrounded on several sides by suburbs of the city.

It’s unusual to find such a large national park so close to a capital and it’s easy to spend the day exploring this veritable wilderness of beautiful scenery and plentiful wildlife.

15 Best Day Trips from Moscow:

  • Sergiyev Posad
  • Kubinka Tank Museum
  • Arkhangelskoye Estate
  • Rostov Veliky
  • Gorki Leninskie
  • Losiny Ostrov National Park

Election latest: Labour to win landslide and Farage to become MP for first time, poll projects

The Conservative Party is heading for its worst electoral defeat in history, falling victim to a Labour landslide, and Reform's Nigel Farage is set to become an MP for the first time, according to a major new poll of almost 20,000 people.

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Earlier we brought you the breaking news that billionaire Tory donor John Caudwell had endorsed Labour (see 7.31pm post).

The Phones4U founder said the "failures" of the three prime ministers in government since then, alongside Labour's "transformation" under leader Sir Keir Starmer had led him to switch allegiance for the first time in his life.

You can read more about his decision  here ...

It's 10pm and here is your rundown for today's political news.

But firstly you have a couple of hours left before the deadline to register to vote. We have put together a handy guide if you still need to sort it out and make sure you can go to the polls on 4 July - find it here .

Here are the key points from today's election news...

  • The Conservative Party is heading for its worst electoral defeat in history , according to a poll of almost 20,000 people;
  • The Ipsos poll also suggested  Nigel Farage will win Clacton from the Tories, overturning the incumbent party's huge majority there;
  • It estimated  Labour could win 453 seats, while the Conservatives would take just 115, giving Sir Keir Starmer's party a 256-seat majority ;
  • The result would mean  senior Tory figures such as Grant Shapps, Penny Mordaunt, Gillian Keegan, Johnny Mercer and Sir Jacob Rees-Mogg losing their seats ;
  • Our chief political correspondent Jon Craig   said the poll is "terrible news" for the Tories;
  • Meanwhile former Conservative Party donor John Caudwell has announced he is endorsing and voting for Sir Keir Starmer's Labour Party.
  • Our weeknight politics show Politics Hub With Sophy Ridge  focused on the issue of immigration, with Labour's shadow equalities secretary Anneliese Dodds saying the country needs a "clear plan" to tackle migration;
  • During the panel discussion Jim Murphy, former leader of Scottish Labour, said a Labour policy that may work to reduce immigration is "dealing with the gangs in the same way you would deal with terrorists";
  • And former Conservative MP Philip Dunne said the government's Rwanda scheme is a "deterrent" for illegal immigration, but said the UK and France need to cooperate more.
  • In Scotland, Anas Sarwar has today launched Scottish Labour 's manifesto, with a focus on improving the future for young people in the country;
  • He also confirmed that Scottish Labour is against the two-child benefit cap , despite there being no plans to scrap the measure if Labour wins the keys to Downing Street.
  • Liberal Democrat leader Sir Ed Davey was in Eastleigh, where he discussed sewage - and claimed the Tories would "fail in opposition" just as he says they have in government;
  • And on a day of special coverage of the migration crisis here on Sky News, an exclusive poll suggested more Britons think immigration has had a negative impact on society than positive.

Here are some other stories you might find interesting: 

On the Sky News Daily podcast,  Niall Paterson is joined by community correspondent Becky Johnson   to discuss what voters think about elections, while economics and data editor Ed Conway digs into the statistics to reveal exactly how big an impact migration, both legal and illegal, has on the UK.

Covering a general election campaign as a journalist can largely be summed up in two words - battle bus.

Not too dissimilar to the coaches that rockstars use for their tours, battle buses are the vehicles each political party uses to transport their leaders, candidates, and advisers around the country during the election campaign.

Sky's political correspondents have each been following a different party - often joining them on the buses.

Here we take you behind the scenes on the campaign trail for the Conservatives, Labour, and the Liberal Democrats.

By Faye Brown , political reporter

Rishi Sunak's "soaring" personal wealth has come under fresh attack ahead of crucial inflation figures coming out tomorrow.

In what will be a key moment in the election campaign, the rate of inflation is expected to ease back to the Bank of England's target of 2% for the first time since spring 2021.

The figures could provide a much needed boost for the embattled prime minister, whose key offering to voters is that the economy has "turned a corner" under his leadership and they should not risk change with Labour.

But the Labour Party says this claim is "rubbished" by data showing more than half of Brits think the cost of living crisis has become worse in the last month.

The party says that Mr Sunak's wealth increased by £122m in the last year, while data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) shows millions of people continue to struggle.

Read more below:

More people in the UK think immigration has a negative impact on society than a positive one, according to a YouGov survey for Sky News.    

In the first general election since Brexit, all the major parties mention migration in their manifestos. 

Both the Conservatives and Labour are placing promises to tackle illegal boat crossings high on their list of promises if they get into Number 10.   

So what do voters think about immigration, and how could it affect these elections?  

Niall Paterson is joined by community correspondent Becky Johnson , who's been speaking to voters in Swindon about their views. 

Plus,  economics and data editor Ed Conway digs into the statistics to reveal exactly how big an impact migration, both legal and illegal, has on the UK.   

As we've been discussing this evening, both the Tories and Labour are promising to cut net migration levels - the number of people coming from overseas minus the number leaving.

Our political reporter Alix Culbertson has looked at their immigration policies - and those from the other main parties.

Read the full explainer here ...

The public has "probably seen through Boris Johnson" and he is no longer an asset to the Tory campaign, Jim Murphy, the former leader of Scottish Labour, says during  Sophy Ridge 's final panel discussion.

Mr Johnson has been appearing in campaign videos for a number of his Tory MP allies after reportedly being drafted in to help counter the growing threat from Reform UK.

Mr Murphy says the former prime minister was probably an asset during 2019 but now the public and Tory MPs have seen through him.

"I think the Conservatives are making the mistake that if you play the tune of 2019 it'll work for them in the same way," he adds.

"Involving Johnson at this stage suggests a campaign that has lost its sense of direction, because they're still trying to beat the Reform party rather than try to overcome Labour."

'There are MPs who like him'

Former government adviser Nimco Ali notes Mr Johnson "is popular in certain sectors of the country" and some MPs are leaning towards that.

"I would not think it's a Conservative plan to have him involved, I think it's individual MPs who like him, and he has kindly sent them those videos," she says.

That concludes our coverage of tonight's  Politics Hub With Sophy Ridge  - it'll return tomorrow from 7pm. In the meantime, stick with us here for the latest general election news and analysis.

A poll we reported on earlier is "terrible news" for the Conservatives, says our chief political correspondent Jon Craig .

It's predicting a 256-seat majority for Labour - up on 453 seats and the Tories down on 115 ( see 17.51 post )

Jon says this would be "much worse than 1997", when Tony Blair took Labour back into government, and their worst result since 1906.

But 117 seats are still too close to call in the Ipsos survey, he explains.

But while polls are only a "snapshot" of a campaign, there is a clear "trend" across the various surveys we're seeing.

"They are all fairly similar," Jon says, and it's "terrible news for the Tories".

It's been "double trouble" for the Tories this evening, he adds, given their former donor John Caudwell's endorsement of the Labour Party ( see 19.31 post )

"We don't know if Mr Caudwell is actually going to give some money to the Labour Party, but he's not donating to the Tories, and he's switched his allegiance."

Sophy presses former Conservative MP Philip Dunne on whether the Conservatives think it's all over.

It comes after the prime minister spent the day campaigning in traditionally safe Tory seats in the South West.

Mr Dunne says Rishi Sunak has "been all over the place throughout this campaign".

He says the prime minister "hasn't given up" and has "made it very clear he's fighting, every waking moment, to try to retain the Conservative government and Conservative candidates all over the country".

'No huge surprise' Tory support is waning

Asked if he is worried about the future of the Conservative Party, Mr Dunne, who is not standing in this election, says all political parties in office for a prolonged period "go through sort of waves of enthusiasm and support and waning of support".

He adds: "So it's no huge surprise that the opinion polls are suggesting that our support is declining somewhat at the moment."

Former Conservative MP Philip Dunne, who's not standing at this election, tells  Sophy Ridge  the government's Rwanda scheme is a "deterrent" for illegal immigration.

Rishi Sunak has said the first flights will take off next month if the Conservatives win the election.

Bur Mr Dunne says a separate agreement with France had worked until 2018 and says the two countries need to co-operate more.

Asked whether the Conservative Party would take responsibility for a breakdown in the relationship with France, he says: "I don't think there has been a breakdown in goodwill, I think there's been a challenge of implementation."

He says the UK needs "to be talking to the French about what they can actually do to stop this".

"We need to be working together to try to solve these problems."

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