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Relaxing Salt & Sand Itineraries


Nova Scotia is home to more than 13,000 kilometres of stunning coastline, packed with beaches of every kind. Whether you’re in the mood for a relaxing retreat in the Peggy’s Cove Coastal Region, or a laid-back adventure along the rugged Eastern Shore, we’ve got beaches to suit every taste.

Set aside your bucket list for a while and take some time to wander around the Halifax region with these relaxing beach itineraries as your guide.

Lawrencetown Beach

Lawrencetown Beach Provincial Park, Lawrencetown | Eastern Shore

Salty ocean breezes, endless sunshine, and unspoiled views greet visitors at Lawrencetown Beach Provincial Park. Set out for a hike along the Atlantic View Trail, a breathtaking 10-kilometre coastal greenway featuring salt marshes, headland bluffs, beaches, and woodland. Turn around and head back to the beach to reward yourself with a post-hike dip in the refreshing waters.

Stop in at The MacDonald House, a historic building overlooking the ocean to browse local art and peruse vintage goods at Fancy Lucky Vintage. Enjoy a bite to eat at Lawrencetown Beach Café as you watch surfers ride the swells below.

From downtown Halifax: 35 minutes

Psyche Cove Beach

Psyche Cove Beach, Taylor Head Provincial Park | Eastern Shore

Discover enchanting vistas, marshes, and wave-swept boulder shores as you journey through the scenic trails of the coastal forest at Taylor Head Provincial Park in Spry Bay. Cool off from your hike with a refreshing dip in the clear turquoise waters of Psyche Cove Beach. Dry off on the soft white sand before setting off for Sheet Harbour, where you’ll enjoy a well-earned meal on the sun-soaked patio at The Henley House*.

Pick up some locally brewed beer at Sober Island Brewing Company to take home before enjoying the scenic drive back to the city.

Not ready to leave the idyllic Eastern Shore? Head a few minutes up the coast and stay the night at The Marmalade Motel in Port Dufferin.


From downtown Halifax: 90 minutes

Crystal Crescent Beach

Crystal Crescent Beach Provincial Park, Sambro Creek | Peggy's Cove Coastal Region

The perfect morning in Halifax begins with a visit to Crystal Crescent Beach. Plan to head out for the
sunrise when the beach is calm and quiet to wander the sheltered coves and scenic Pennant Point Trail that loops along the coast and around the rugged peninsula. As you make your way back to Halifax, stop in at Pavia Gallery – Espresso Bar & Café for a freshly-brewed cup of coffee and homemade pastries on the sunny patio.

Not a morning person? Pack a cozy sweater and plan to visit Crystal Crescent Beach at sunset when the beach is bathed in shades of pastel pink and purple. Stop by Pavia on your way out and pick up some treats to-go, then settle into the soft white sand for a dreamy sunset picnic.

From downtown Halifax: 40 minutes

Queensland Beach

Queensland Beach Provincial Park, Queensland | Peggy's Cove Coastal Region

If a day at the beach, followed by dinner and a show sounds like your jam, a trip to Queensland Beach is
the ticket. Cruise along the famed Lighthouse Route before starting your adventure with a stroll along the St. Margaret’s Bay Rails to Trails. Start at any point along the 33-kilometre route and wind your way through lush woodland before heading to Queensland Beach for a dip in the gentle lapping waves.

As the sun sets, make your way to Tuna Blue Inn & Restaurant* for al fresco dining and live music by the ocean. Fall in love? Turn a quick stop into a night or two at one of the six charming suites above the restaurant.


From downtown Halifax: 40 minutes