10 Great Day Trips to Take from Halifax

Peggys Cove
Peggy's Cove | © Dennis Jarvis

While there’s enough going on in Halifax to fill a full vacation on its own, don’t forget to explore the rest of this amazing province! Keep reading to discover the best day trips to take from the city.


Located in the Annapolis Valley, this picturesque town is perfect as a hub for activities in the valley as well as being a worthwhile destination on its own. Stroll down Main Street, visit Acadia University’s campus, or one of the nearby wineries.
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Lunenburg and Mahone Bay

Located just 10 minutes apart by car, Lunenburg and Mahone Bay are two picture-perfect towns located on the South Shore. Pop into cute boutiques, enjoy fresh seafood dishes, and stroll along the harbour fronts. A visit here will guarantee that you’ll fall in love with the Maritimes.
❤️💚💜💙💛 Discover the historic and colorful streets of “Old Town” Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. Named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995, Lunenburg attracts thousands of visitors each year. This quaint town has also won some awards, such as the ‘Prettiest Painted Places in Canada’, and ‘Cultural Destination of the Year’ designation from Luxury Travel Guide Americas Awards this year. Photographed by Dave & Deb @theplanetd. . . . . . . . . #canadavisa #immigrationcanada #immigration #canada #exploremore #explorecanada #beautifulcanada #imagesofcanada #welltravelled #novascotia #lunenburg #lunenburgns #oldtownlunenburg #UNESCO #UNESCOworldheritagesites
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This is the furthest in our recommended list at two-and-a-half hours from the city, but we promise it’s worth the drive! Culture fans will love exploring the Black Loyalist Heritage Centre, Buchanan Gallery, Osprey Art Centre, and Historic Dock Street.
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Glen Arbor Golf Course

You don’t have to go far from the city to enjoy a great round of golf. Glen Arbour is located just outside the city and offers one of the best courses in the province. You can find all of our picks for the best golf courses in Nova Scotia here.
This is my view every morning. The itch is unavoidable #golflife⛳️ #liveforthis #sunrise
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Lawrencetown Beach

While gorgeous beaches are located all around the province, there are a number of great spots right outside the city including famous Lawrencetown Beach. The great surf conditions draw visitors from around the world and the stunning scenery doesn’t hurt either. Grab your board or take a lesson with one of the on-site surf schools!
Miss the NS 🌊 #lawrencetownbeach
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An hour inland from Halifax, you’ll find the small town of Truro. One of its top attractions is the 400-acre Victoria Park, which features waterfalls, hike and biking trails, a spray park, and an outdoor pool. Visitors also love the historic downtown, Masstown Market, and Shubenacadie Wildlife Park.
A bouquet of forest delivered for your eyes to feast on this time of the year in Victoria Park Railyard area. @trurorec @trurobuzz @trurosunsets @downtowntruro @townoftruro #victoriaparktruro
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Cape Split Provincial Park Reserve

Grab your sneakers and hit the trails. Cape Split offers one of the most stunning views in the province and is well worth the 6 km hike through the woods. You’ll emerge right on the Bay of Fundy to sweeping views of the cliffs and ocean. This four to five-hour hike is the perfect way to enjoy Nova Scotia’s great outdoors.
The ends of the earth 🌱🚁 . . . . . . . . . #capesplit #valley #novascotia #canada #fall #narcityhalifax #explore #explorens #exploretocreate #foryou #adventures #photography #aerialphotography #dronephotography #hike #hikingadventures #dronestagram #drone #twenty4sevendrones
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Eastern Passage

Located just outside of Halifax, this sweet spot is bursting with culture and a strong sense of community. Stroll along Fisherman’s Wharf, go on a whale watching tour, and enjoy a seafood restaurant on the waterfront.
#VISITNOVASCOTIA #explorenovascotia💦🐟🌾 #fishermansсove #easternpassage
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Peggy’s Cove

While Peggy’s Cove is filled with tourists and locals, it remains a must-see spot and is a lovely day trip from the city. Marvel at the oceanfront landscape, take photos with the iconic lighthouse, and enjoy a delicious meal at one of the nearby restaurants.
Love it 🍁🗺🍂🍃 #peggyscove#aidacruises#sunset#travelgram#kanada#novascotia#nordamerika#silence#itsgreat#love#indiansummer#eswarsoschön#holiday#qualitytime#beautiful#kanada#picoftheday#sailaway#ankerliebe#instagood
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If you love beaches, food, and beverages (and let’s be honest, who doesn’t?), you’ll love Tatamagouche. Located along the Northumberland shore, this small oceanside town is well worth the one hour and 45-minute drive from Halifax. Sample drinks at Jost Vineyard and Tatamagouche Brewing Company, take in a round of golf, relax at Malagash Beach, fill up on fresh seafood, and enjoy an all-day maple breakfast at Sugar Moon Farm.
🌾No exit, no problem.🍂 #tatamagouche #adventure #friends
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