Autumn Colours in Nova Scotia, Canada

Autumn Colours in Nova Scotia, Canada

Thursday 05 March 2020

Getting there

I flew on a direct Westjet flight from Dublin to Halifax which took only about 6 hours going over and around 5 hours coming home, I honestly didn’t think getting to Canada could be so easy.  I downloaded the Westjet app to my phone which meant I could do my online check in, check the live flight status and it had a great selection of movies and TV shows that kept me entertained during the whole flight.



We spent the first few days in Halifax, which is a popular port of call for New England cruise itineraries, especially during September and October to see the spectacular autumn colours! My favourite part was the waterfront promenade with loads of lovely cafes and local souvenir shops.

'Must do’s' in Halifax!

Harbour Hopper: One hour guided tour of Halifax city and harbour.

Maritime Museum of the Atlantic: Recognized as having the worlds finest collection of wooden artifacts from Titanic.

Halifax Citadel National Historic Site

South Shore

We continued our journey to the South Shore of Nova Scotia visiting Peggy’s Cove, Mahone Bay and Luneburg.  South Shore is famous for scenic trails, great food and wine, beaches and lighthouses. My favourite was Peggy’s Cove – a tiny harbour below the world famous lighthouse with colourful fishing boats making it one of the most photographed places in Canada.

Cape Breton

My highlight of the whole trip was definitely Cape Breton Island. The scenery and colours were stunning!  The island is popular for hiking, kayaking, cycling and whale watching.  We got to visit the Fortress of Louisbourg – a glimpse into the 18th century with streets, houses, shops and restaurants built exactly the way they would have been back in the 1700s and animators living a typical day as they were 300 years ago.  The next day we got to go around the world famous Cabot Trail - a highway that offers spectacular coastal views and hike the Skyline trail which is at the top of Cabot trail where moose, bears and even whales can be seen!

It was such an incredible week and I would highly recommend Nova Scotia as a self drive holiday. There’s so much to see and do for everyone, from Museums and Galleries to the stunning scenery.

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