Watch This Short Film from the Unexpectedly Awesome Canadian Provence of Nova Scotia

To honor Canada's 150th anniversary we shipped up to explore the place where it all began, Nova Scotia. We didn't really know what to expect and we were met with some epic adventures and too many friendly new Canadian friends to count.

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August 2, 2017

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I'm not too sure how much you guys know about Nova Scotia, but I knew virtually nothing before heading there. For the longest time, I even thought Nova Scotia was its own separate country (when I said virtually nothing, I meant it). I didn't know what to expect. Turns out that Nova Scotia is absolutely incredible. With raw wilderness mixed with hidden beaches and stretches of coastline, this Canadian provence is 100% worth adding to your bucket list. Below is my short film from the trip, followed by some places close to Halifax that I recommend you hit when visiting.


I stayed in Halifax for the entirety of the trip. If you want to do the same, this means you're going to have to do quite a bit of driving. I only did this because I was touring the province solo, and Halifax is a great town to meet other people to add to your adventures. Some places I went that are easily accessible from Halifax though are Peggy's Cove, Duncon's Cove, Lunenburg and the Bay of Fundy. You could do the first three all in one day if you get an early enough start.

The lighthouse at Peggy's Cove is what most people make this excursion for. It sits atop these rocks and you have to pass through this incredible old fishing village to get to it. There's a restaurant here as well if you'd like to take a load off and grub out. Don't be fooled by this photo though, this place is typically SUPER crowded. I went early to avoid the swarms of people and to fit more into the day. 


At Peggy's Cove I met up with two other photographers from Halifax. We joined forces and set off in real adventurer fashion (1975 VW van) to capture some more photos at Duncon's Cove. 


The Hike an Duncon's Cove was a super cool one. It's all along the rugged coastline and ends with an old war bunker. Watch out for hidden crevices like the one pictured above, though. Some of them really sneak up on you and it's a steep fall to the bottom. Be extra careful if you're hiking back in the dark!

By the time we arrived in Lunenburg it was a bit dark. I managed to send up the drone for a bit, and you can see some footage from here in the above video. It is a historic fishing town filled with vibrantly colored houses along the water.

Another excursion easily made from Halifax is the Bay of Fundy. The tides here are world famous, and completely cover the sea stacks pictured below at full tide! You'll have to time your trip here just right, as it is the most fun to explore what the ocean floor looks like when the tide is out.


Keep an eye on the tide while you're out exploring the beach! Or you'll have to wade through the water like we did to get back over to dry land. =) 


There are a ton of hidden waterfalls in the area here. Make sure to do a bit of research before going to hit the best ones, or find a local guide because you can easily get lost out in the woods. This one is called Porcupine Falls:

There's so much to see and do in Nova Scotia. These are only my recommended day trips from Halifax. If you have any more questions be sure to leave a comment or get in touch!

Please respect the places you find on The Outbound.

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures. Be aware of local regulations and don't damage these amazing places for the sake of a photograph.