All the Ways to Go Off-Grid in Nova Scotia

Sable Island | © Paul Gierszewski
Sable Island | © Paul Gierszewski
Photo of Kate Horodyski
4 October 2017

If you’re looking to truly get away during your visit to Nova Scotia, consider our list of the best ways to go off-grid in the province. From retreats to camping to remote islands, these spots are sure to leave you feeling grounded and renewed.

Sable Island

Accessible only by air and sea, Sable Island is located 300km south-east of Halifax and has a fascinating history and untouched environment. On this small island, you’ll find hundreds of wild horses, the world’s biggest colony of grey seals, plants, birds and insects that you won’t find anywhere else in the world!

Meat Cove

At the northern tip of Cape Breton, you’ll find Meat Cove, home to just 65 residents. Despite its small population, it draws thousands of visitors every year who come to explore this off-the-beaten-path spot. Enjoy hiking and camping and chatting with friendly locals.

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Solterre Concept House Retreat

Go off the grid in comfort at the Concept House Retreat, an award-winning off-grid sustainable retreat that can house up to six people. Located near Lunenburg, the retreat offers an escape from everyday life, while maintaining all of the comforts of modern-day living.

39 Three Pastures Road, Second Peninsula, Canada 902-492-1215

100 Wild Islands

The (oddly named) 100 Wild Islands are a group of 282 islands along the coast of Nova Scotia that are largely untouched and undiscovered. Most locals have never even heard of these islands, and they offer visitors a stunning and remote destination. Enjoy white sandy beaches, clear water, forests, salt marshes and an abundance of biodiversity at these gorgeous remote islands.


There are countless camping spots around the province with plenty of opportunities to get away from the cities and enjoy Nova Scotia’s beautiful nature. Ovens Natural Park, Murphy’s Camping on the Ocean, Kejimkujik National Park and Cape Breton’s Highland National Park are just a few of our top picks.

Trout Point Lodge

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A member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, Trout Point Lodge offers a remote, luxury, ecotourism experience. In addition to their amazing accommodation and dining, you’ll enjoy their many outdoor adventures including nature trails, riverside cedar barrel sauna, stargazing, fishing, geo-excursions and forest bathing.