Canada: Nova Scotia

South Shore & Fundy Hike

Five nights; six days of easy to moderate walking and hiking on the Lighthouse and Fundy shores. A mix of inn to inn and van supported walks and hikes.
“The picnics, the lodgings, the music, the laughs and the roar of the ocean will be treasured by me for a long time.” - Joyce L.


Start: Halifax, The Lord Nelson Hotel, 10:00, day one. Please contact us to arrange alternate plans, if necessary.

Finish: Halifax, The Lord Nelson Hotel, 17:00, day six. Please contact us to arrange alternate plans, if necessary.

Day 1

Rendezvous in Halifax at 10:00. 30 minute transfer; hike 11km; one hour transfer.

Meet in Halifax for a half-hour transfer to Sambro. As you drive along the Halifax Harbour shore you will glimpse the appeal of settlement on the second deepest natural harbour in the world. Sambro Island lighthouse is the oldest operating lighthouse in the Americas, built in 1758. The trail to Pennant Point begins with boardwalks along three white sand beaches (the 3rd being locally-known as the nude beach). This trail along the point provides spectacular shorescapes where waves crash against the white granite rocks of Nova Scotia coast. After a one hour transfer to Chester, enjoy a wonderful dinner only five minutes' walk from your charming B&B. LD
Mecklenburgh Inn, or White Gate Inn, Chester.

Day 2

Inn to inn walking. 25km.

Set out from your inn to walk on a former railbed providing particularly easy walking. With frequent views over the ocean and its inlets, it crosses through forests, by lakes and marshes, along an inlet, and finally into the village of Mahone Bay, named one of Canada’s top ten most beautiful towns. Mahone Bay is a delightful stop for hidden coffee shops, proud artisans, beautiful boats, and a maritime village feel that makes one inclined to linger. It also has great choices for dining. BL
Fisherman's Daughter B&B, Mahone Bay.

Day 3

Inn to inn walking, 14km, or up to 28km with walk to Bachman's Beach.

From Mahone Bay to Lunenburg, the coastal roads are so quiet that we use them as our waterside walking route, with sheltered inlets, beaches, and idyllic ruralscapes as your company. You can linger over them all, or hasten along them to Lunenburg in time to explore the wonders that make this tiny but bustling town a UNESCO World Heritage Site. BL
Mariner King, or Boscawen Inn, Lunenburg.

Day 4

Transfer 20 minutes. Hike 7km. Transfer 90 minutes. Hike 5 or 10km. Transfer 40 minutes.

Begin with a short transfer to a beach and headland hike on Gaff Point, consisting of impressive shale cliffs, conifer forest and juniper heaths; and where you will see evidence of the recent ice age, in the form of glacial erratics and drumlins. Through collaborations with the Nature Conservancy and a community group - the Kingsburg Coastal Conservancy, it is possible to conserve species, sites and habitats forever, and minimize damage caused by human disturbance while still allowing the public to access this beautiful point hike. Afterwards, transfer to Kejimkujik National Park to hike its best trail along the Mersey River, and perhaps an additional hike to a huge stand of old growth hemlock forest featuring Nova Scotia’s oldest trees - a cathedral like stretch of 300-year old hemlocks. A hemlock boardwalk keeps you off the sensitive roots of these giants. Finish with a transfer to Annapolis Royal - known as the first European settlement in North America (we know; the Vikings were here first!). Originally inhabited by a strong Mi’kmaq community, in 1605 a British fortress and fur trading post was established. You may visit both. After dinner this evening you may be entertained by the stories during a Candlelight Graveyard Tour. BLD
Hillsdale House, or Queen Anne Inn, or Garrison House, Annapolis Royal.

Day 5

Transfer 10 minutes to Port Royal, plus 10 minutes to Delaps Cove. Hike 10km. Transfer 40 minutes to Keating Beach Hike. Hike 8 km. 1 hour transfer to Wolfville.

The Delaps Cove Trail System meanders through 130 acres of canopied forest and Bay of Fundy coastline. One of the interesting things about this area is its history as a freed black community that received land grants in the County around the time of the American Revolution. Old foundations of this community are still visible in the undergrowth. After lunch enjoy one of Nova Scotia’s largest sea caves on a walk to Keating Beach. ½ hour transfer back to Wolfville. BLD
Blomidon Inn, Wolfville.

Day 6

15-minute transfer. Hike 14km. 90-minute transfer.

Transfer to a four hour hike along the cliffs of Cape Split, where you can wander along the precipices hundreds of feet above the Bay of Fundy, seeing waters transformed by strong tides into a tapestry of eddies, whirlpools, and white water currents. Enjoy a delicious picnic lunch overlooking the expansive views of sea and sky before savouring the hike back to civilization. Transfer back to Halifax by 17:00. BL


Route expectations:

Expect a mix of inn-to-inn walks and days with one to two hour van transfers between inns and trailheads. The hiking is on a mix of converted railbeds, easy wilderness trails, quiet paved roads, and a more challenging footpath on the last day, that may get soft when wet. Bring appropriate footwear.

The best experiences on Nova Scotia's shores include meeting unusually friendly people, passing through fishing villages, and seeing secluded anchorages, boat builders, antique shops, artists’ hamlets, and beautiful beaches. This is our home, and we love showing you the secret swimming holes, little-known cafés, and the best trails to hidden coves and beaches, while delivering trailside picnics to keep you outdoors as much as possible through the days. You can dine on lobster, swim in warm lakes or the cool ocean, feel the warm sand between your toes, and appreciate the cooling sea breeze in your hair. You’ll spend a night in the UNESCO heritage township of Lunenburg, whose uniquely crafted architecture reflects skills of numerous shipbuilders and fishermen whose lifestyle built the town. Visit the university town of Wolfville, and venture on foot to one of the most spectacular headlands in the province. This is a perfect introduction to Nova Scotia’s coastal charms, and will show you why many visitors return again and again.

Map & Elevations

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Day # Daily distance
  Rendezvous & 11 km
25 km
Up to 28 km
  Up to 22 km
  Up to 18 km
  14 km

Learn more

Visit the Halifax farmer's market, the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic and the Citadel; all thoroughly recommended.

Dine at the Press Gang and the Bicycle Thief in Halifax... both wonderful!


US 2535 C 2895 (per person, double occupancy)

Includes 6 days, 5 nights, 5 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 3 dinners, luggage handling, guide support, ground transportation, maps, trail notes, 15% sales tax

US 2095 C 2395 (per person, double occupancy)

Includes 6 days, 5 nights, 5 breakfasts, luggage transfers, maps and trail notes, welcome briefing, personal daily ground transportation, 15% sales tax

Single room

US 495 C 585

All details and pricing are subject to change without notice.