Travel Photo Thursday — May 3, 2012 — Nova Scotia – Canada’s Ocean Playground

Posted by on May 3, 2012 in Travel Photo Thursday, Uncategorized | 27 comments

Welcome to another week of Travel Photo Thursday.  This is the time of the year when I start yearning for the beach. If I was at home in Nova Scotia, I would be beach walking on the weekends. Being on the North Atlantic means that our waters really don’t get warm enough to swim in until about August. Of course, don’t tell that to the swimmers on New Year’s Day who participate in the annual Polar Bear Swim! This week I am featuring water shots from Canada’s Ocean Playground…

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You don’t have to leave the city to enjoy the ocean…

Sunset at the Dingle in Halifax…

Dingle Sunset, Halifax, Nova Scotia

The Halifax Harbour…It never freezes, and during WWII was ringed by German u-boats…

Halfiax Harbour, Halifax, Nova Scotia


Black Rock Beach, Halifax…home to the annual New Years Day Polar Bear Swim…

Black Rock Beach, Halifax, Nova Scotia


Hirtles Beach close to Lunenburg on the Lighthouse Trail (less than 2 hours from Halifax)…

Hirtles Beach, Lunenburg, Nova Scotia


Rushton Beach on the Sunrise Trail (also less than 2 hours from Halifax).

Rushton Beach, Marshville, Nova Scotia


If these photos spark your interest in visiting Canada, the cheapest flights to Nova Scotia can be found online and be sure to order a copy of the latest Doers and Dreamers Guide.



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  1. I can’t wait to send this to my in-laws. They are starting to plan their road trip up to Nova Scotia and will be even more inspired to hit the road after seeing your images!

  2. These are so beautiful and scenic, Nancie! I don’t know much about Nova Scotia but these shots are inspiring. I love the sunset photo. I hope you get to visit home soon.

    • Thanks Mary! I’ll probably be going home next summer. At least that is the plan right now.

  3. Beautiful photos – beautiful province! I was just perusing pics of Lunenburg and the Cabot Trail as I try to settle on a subject – but I’ll save them for another day – my photos are nowhere near as stunning as yours! 🙂

  4. Great shots…how I have not spent any time on the Canadian cost is beyond me…

    • D.J….A lot of people never seem to make it out to the East coast; expensive to get there. Those who do, love it!

  5. I did so love Nova Scotia when my sister and I went last year. However we didn’t spend time on beaches–that’s for another trip.

  6. I’d never heard of a red sand beach in Nova Scotia before. It looks nice!

  7. Gorgeous, Nancie, especially the sunset. Nova Scotia has been on my list forEVER but somehow I just haven’t made it there yet. Your photos are lovely.

  8. I love pink and purple sunsets! Great photos!

  9. Beautiful photos! All these beaches made me think that it’s time to start planning the holiday… (^_^)

  10. Beautiful photos! I especially love the sky in the last one.

  11. The beaches look great. I gather Black Rock beach is for the hardy. How warm do the waters get out there in the summer?

  12. beautiful! love the umbre effect the sky is making- great shot!

  13. We really enjoyed Nova Scotia, so gorgeous! I remember the red sand on Prince Edward Island. Is the last photo taken near the island?

    • Yes, Sophie. This coast faces the Island and the Gulf Stream runs through here, so the waters are quite warm. Unlike, the south shore (lighthouse route) where the water is very cold most of the year. The only time I’ve gone in the water on the South Shore has been in August.

  14. These shots are stunning, Nancie! For a few years now, I’ve dreamed of visiting Nova Scotia — there’s a cruise that goes out of NYC — but have yet to do it. You’ve reminded me why I’ve wanted to go. I love the red sand.

  15. Oh, these are beautiful. And such different sides of the sea too! I miss the water…

  16. WOW! I just can’t get over how PURPLE and GORGEOUS the Dingle sunset is!! I’ve only seen ONE purple sunset in my life (Florida), but it wasn’t THAT intense. The other shorts are beautiful as well — seems like I must add Nova Scotia to my travel bucket list!

  17. Why have I always had an image of this area being cold and foggy? These are beautiful and make me think its another stop for our bucket list.

  18. I lived in Halifax for a year as a kid and remember the beaches in only a vague sort of way. I’d love to go back and explore the south shore by bike and visit many of these incredibly beautiful beaches. Wonderful shots.

  19. I especially loved the picture with the boats on the water! Nova Scotia is still on my list. Isn’t Halifax also known for the very high tides?

  20. It’s hard to imagine the German U-Boats surrounding Halifax Harbor in WWII. I was only in Halifax once — when I was growing up. I thought it was so beautiful. I wonder if we went to these beaches. Lovely photos.

  21. Nice scenic shots. Nova Scotia is on my “bucket list” of travel destinations.

  22. Gorgeous photos as usual- I am in California this week and can not wait to see the Pacific tomorrow!!

  23. Hi Nancy! I just joined again. You have quite a lot of joiners here! Loved your last picture. Is that sand really red?? So beautiful!

    • Hi! and welcome back. The numbers are growing, and it’s a great group. Yes, the sand is red. This is beach is on the coast that faces Prince Edward Island, which is famous for its red sand beaches.


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