The maritime province of Nova Scotia can not only boast of having some Canada's most beautiful scenery but can also claim an important of Canada's cultural history. Take your motorhome through Nova Scotia and you'll find sandy ocean shorelines, historic fortresses and the rugged Highlands of Cape Breton.
Charming Nova Scotia is synonymous with tall ships, succulent lobster, Celtic music and wild horses. Its capital, Halifax is a lively port city with an art college, symphony orchestra and indie music scene, plus 18th and 19th century architecture alongside a modern business district.
This sprawling province covers 4,600 miles of diverse coastline dotted with lighthouses. It is connected to mainland North America and New Brunswick by the isthmus of Chignecto and is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, so nowhere is more than 56 km from the sea.
Many a famous Canadian fiddler hails from Cape Breton Island, known for its lively music influenced by Scottish jigs and reels. It’s no coincidence that the name of this southernmost Atlantic province, one of Canada’s original three, means “New Scotland.” There are times you’d swear you were in Scotland, for example when quaffing whisky at some great pub and hearing Scottish Gaelic. The ancient language is actually still spoken fluently by many Nova Scotians—some estimates put the number in the thousands. A lot of them are on Cape Breton Island, which sits atop Nova Scotia.
- The highway running through the coastal landscape of Cape Breton Highlands National Park is one of North America’s most spectacular scenic drives – an absolute must-do in your Canadian RV itinerary.
- Cape Breton is also a mecca for sailing, whale-watching and scuba diving.
- Sable Island is another picturesque part of the province.
- Kejimkujik National Park is Nova Scotia's inland of historic canoe routes and portages.
If you decide to check out the Bay of Fundy why not add the Annapolis Valley to your drive? Nova Scotia's farming centre is located between the bay and South Mountain, full of gorgeous coastal views and agricultural fields. In this area there is fishing and beautiful vegetation as well as historic lighthouses and Acadian churches. Travelling from the bay to the valley is easy in an RV rental and you will have your choice of scenic points of interest to choose from.
If you're thinking of hitting the road in Canada this summer then you should definitely consider Nova Scotia as a destination. The type of place that has something for everyone--from nature lovers and history buffs to the sportsman and the surfer--the province is easy to navigate with an RV rental and is chalk full of interesting sights and experiences like the world famous Bay of Fundy.
Gorgeous coastal landscapes, diverse flora and fauna, abundant culture and music, and ample opportunity for discovery and outdoor activities--Cape Breton offers all this and more. If you are on this Nova Scotia island you will be no further than a half hour drive from the sea in any direction and you can choose to take one of the established trails to discover the bounty of this area. Known as the "rock in the stream" Cape Breton offers many sightseeing opportunities and is the perfect spot to take a scenic drive with your Canadian RV rental.
A journey through Toronto, Ontario to Halifax, Nova Scotia in 20 days
Halifax, the provincial capital of Nova Scotia is a modern port city teeming with culture and heritage and another perfect place to begin an RV road trip around Atlantic Canada. On a peninsula that reaches into the North Atlantic, Halifax has the largest population East of Montreal.
A traditional port town in Nova Scotia, Lunenburg is located on the province's South Shore. If you are interested in discovering the unique culture of Nova Scotia then picturesque Lunenberg is for you. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1995 the town can be found on a peninsula in Mahone Bay, only about 90 kilometres from the capital city of Halifax, where you can pick up an RV rental to help you with your exploration of this area.
This road trip is best done over 3 days, and takes in a lot of the stunning northern coast of Nova Scotia. Starting in Masstown and making several big loops before finishing in Baddeck, it is a whopper of a drive.