5 Off-the-Beaten-Track Halifax Communities Worth Exploring
One of the best things about the Halifax region is the many distinct communities within an easy drive of downtown. Tranquil escapes from city life, these places each have their own unique character and charm. Take a leisurely drive to five off-the-beaten-track locations for an authentic Nova Scotian experience.
- Eastern Passage: Just across the harbour from the Halifax waterfront, Eastern Passage feels a world away. Stop by Fisherman’s Cove to explore the colourful waterfront shops, grab an ice cream cone or stroll the wooden boardwalk. Taste fresh seafood at one of the quaint restaurants or buy your own fresh fish and lobster to cook up! The adventurous can take a charter boat to McNabs Island and explore historical military forts established as part of Halifax’s Defence Complex. McNabs is a prime hiking destination with plenty of space for picnicking or relaxing at the beach.
- Hubbards: Located on the South Shore of Nova Scotia, Hubbards is close to stunning Queensland Dip your toes in the ocean and soak up the sunshine surrounded by sand and sea. Once you’re warmed up, fill your belly with a lobster supper and dance until you drop at the famous Shore Club. This Nova Scotia institution hosts live music and dances on Saturday nights, as well as additional concerts by local music legends!
- West Chezzetcook – Chezzetcook is one of many close-knit communities on the Eastern Shore. It is home to the educational Acadian House Museum (open July 1st to August 31st annually), which was built in 1850 and showcases many Acadian artifacts. They also have a tearoom, gift shop and picnic area, making West Chezzetcook an interesting destination for visitors of all ages.
- Lake Charlotte – A bit further along the Eastern Shore is Lake Charlotte, home to the delightful Memory Lane Heritage Village. This reproduction of a 1940s rural Nova Scotia village is complete with a general store, school house, church, workshop, gold prospecting complex, boat shop, garage and more. Families will enjoy the riddle-based Heritage Hunt (available at the front desk), playful kittens, curious lambs and cheerful chickens!
- Prospect Area – A daytrip to Prospect might include fishing in the bay, scuba diving the clear waters, exploring tiny fishing villages, visiting SS Atlantic Heritage Park and Interpretation Centre, bouldering granite rocks and kayaking hidden inlets with East Coast Outfitters or Great E.A.R.T.H. Expeditions. With so much to do, you’ll be sure to find adventure in Prospect!
Photo of the Memory Lane Heritage Village taken by Cheryl Crawley