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Travel The Bluenose Coast

Municipality of Chester

"Discover the authentic maritime experience!"

Get off the highway and linger in all the loveliness just waiting for your to discover all the beautiful Bluenose Coast

Travel the picturesque route as it stretches more than 320 kilometers (200 miles) along Nova Scotia's spectacular South Shore.

As you follow the scenic travelway along the lighthouse route you'll experience breathtaking views, discover hidden gems and be welcomed by the most charming communities. 

Along your way you'll find mapping locations complete with "Must Dos", remarkable facts and all sorts of spots to sip and savour the phenomenal flavours of wonderful corner of the world.

What follows can be found in the Blue Nose Coast Brochure - you can click here to download a copy of the official Bluenose Coast Map.

Peggy’s Cove Area

Climb the iconic lighthouse, which dominates a granite headland sculpted by glaciers 20,000 years ago. Take memorable photos. Move cautiously on these dramatic outcrops, marvelling at the powerful ocean waters. Relax with homemade chowder and gingerbread. Ha yarn with our resident fisherman and artists who call this natural masterpiece home. Buy a one-of-a-kind souvenir during the Peggy’s Cove and Area Festival of the Arts in July. Appreciate the unique Preservation Area which embraces the village of Peggy’s Cove, and the stunning vistas of St. Margaret's Bay. Discover the authentic fishing communities of Terence Bay, Lower Prospect, Prospect and East Dover.

Must Do - Visit the deGarthe Art Gallery. Discover the heritage sites along the Coastal Heritage Trail. Hike one of the areas’ scenic trails


Hubbards & Aspotogan

Locals say “It’s always sunny in Hubbards.” Renowned for ten ocean beaches, Hubbards and area is a great escape in any weather. Bunk in one of the inns, pitch a tent or park a trailer in the campground, or stay at one of the area’s cottages. Treat yourself to lobster suppers or fresh seafood while enjoying eclectic shopping, talented artisans, festival, and events on the waterfront. Visit the vibrant Saturday morning Farmers’ Market, do some island spotting on Hwy 3, take in spectacular sunsets in Hubbards Cove, or be charmed by coastal fishing communities on the scene Aspotogan Peninsula. Beacheas, hiking, biking , kayaking, sailing and paddle boarding make this the “Playground of St. Margarets's Bay.”

Must Do – Feast at a lobster supper and hit the dance hall. Visit the world-class Hooked Rug Museum. Spend a day at Queensland Beach and Bayswater Beach Provincial Parks.


Chester Village

Early settlers travelled to sea to reach this captivating seaside hamlet. Their descendants still sail pristine waters to unspoiled islands. Chester Race Week hosts the largest keel boat regatta in Canada. Kayak along the shorelines or ride the Tancook Ferry. The ocean wraps itself around the scenic 18-hole golf links. Charming outdoors restaurants, shops, art galleries, free Sunday evening concerts overlooking the harbour, an outdoor salt water swimming pool, and a full line-up of professional theatre, music and art classes make this a great place to drop anchor and enjoy a refreshing pin in a local pub.

Must Do – Skateboard or BMX at the Chester Skatepark. Enjoy Chester Playhouse and Chester Art Centre. Camp at Graves Island Provincial Park.


New Ross

A four-season destination, New Ross is known as the “Christmas Tree Capital of the World.” There is a bustle of activity every fall as local Christmas tree producers ready shipments to go as far away as Europe and California. New Ross becomes a winter wonderland with trails for snow-showing, hiking and sleigh rides. Fall foliage is a feast of the eyes while harvest time provides an abundance of locally produced foods, including pumpkins that children planted in the spring at Ross Farm. Fishermen find their way to the laes in summer. Participate year-round in heritage farming and domestic skill activities at Ross Farm Museum, where the past comes alive.

Must Do – Hike the forested walking trail. Shop locally at the Saturday Farmer’s Market. Enjoy the Christmas Festival and don’t miss out on the turkey dinner.


Western Shore & Oak Island

The storied history of treasure buried on Oak Island has fired imaginations for more than 200 years. Gold bullion, pirates’ loot or the Holy Grail – what is buried on Oak Island, site of the world’s longest treasure hunt. Access is limited and depends on the activities of the treasure seekers who are currently searing for treasure. Many interested viewers are watching the current TV series as the hunt proceeds. Western Shore still retains a “small town feel’, with great fish and chips on the menu in local waterfront restaurant. Enjoy a charming Canada Day Parade (July 1st) with its community participation.

Must Do – Paddle, drive, walk or cycle along the ocean’s edge at Wild Rose Park where you will see glimpses of Oak Island. Bed down in local B&Bs or the nearby Oak Island Resort & Conference Centre. Savour each morsel of fabulous fish and chips at the waterfront picnic tables.


Mahone Bay

Drop your anchor in Mahone Bay, a tiny town with a big heart. Historical architecture lives here in vibrant colours. Boutique shopping, art galleries, artisans at work , top tastings, cozy bed and breakfasts and relaxing spas are all within an easy stroll. Take your time, dine by the bay, play in the park. Bring your equipment or rent, there’s adventure and fun for everyone on the trails and on the water. Festivals and events celebrate every season. Experience the local lifestyle during the Home & Garden Tour.

Must Do – Enjoy stellar concerts at the Three Churches. Spring into the Sip, Savour and Cycle Tour. Photograph The Great Scarecrow Festival and the Father Christmas Festival.



As fisherman before you, follow your compass to Lunenburg, a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site and known as a hub for music, art and culture. Salty, seafaring history and old world charm abound. Climb aboard the ships alongside the dock at the museum and imagine your own sea adventure. Discover treasures as you “plunder” the shops. Satisfy your seafood cravings in award-winning restaurants. Look for the “Lunenburg Bump” on buildings in Old Town. Crowing Gallows Hill is the revitalized Lunenburg Academy which has graced the town since 1895. Accommodations range from charming bed and breakfasts to restored modern inns.

Must Do – Stroll Lunenburg’s working waterfront and see Bluenose II when she is in port. Visit the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic. Tour the town on foot, bike or by horse and buggy.


Lunenburg Region

“Take the Time”, natures’ canvas is particularly vibrant. The beauty of the area is fresh the crispness of the air, the fragrance of the forests, the crash of the waves. Appreciate the serenity of seeing wildlife in its natural habitat. French, English, German and Dutch heritage influences everything from home-grown food and local wines , to art, artisans and architecture, not to mention the spirit and individuality of the people. Forest trails and pristine beaches beckon. Hike to Indian Falls, canoe or sail. Travel on the LaHave Ferry, the oldest continually operated cable ferry in North America. Take a deep breath and stay awhile.

Must Do – Pan for gold in Ovens Natural Park. Enjoy the baker in LaHave. Sample wines and hop art and antiques in Petite Rivere.



Bridgewater is a beautiful riverside town offering a wealth of services and amenities, outstanding shopping, restaurants and accommodations, a marina, a multiplex movie theatre, a regional hospital, museums, as well as peaceful parks and stimulating trails. Bridgewater also boasts wonderful recreational amenities for all ages including an indoor recreational facility complete with a library, swimming pools, an arena, tennis courts, palying fields and an outdoor swimming pool. Summer Outdoor Concerts are played by the Bridgewater Fire Department Band, the oldest of its kind in Canada.

Must Do – Explore the revitalized King Street shopping area , and the riverside Pijinuiskaq Park and look-off,. Visit the DesBrisay Museum and Woodland Gardens. Enjoy Canada Day on the LaHave, the South Shore Exhibition, Afterglow Art Festival and Christmas on the LaHave.






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