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Nova Scotia is a maritime paradise that boasts scenic vistas, endless miles of rocky shores and beautiful beaches, and the best of coastal living. Whether you want to step back in time with one of the numerous historic towns or spend your days in nature, Nova Scotia is the place to be.

Don’t forget your camera when you visit this beautiful part of Canada. Here are some of the most amazing places for taking photos in Nova Scotia.

Peggy’s Cove

Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia

Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia. Image by Krista Grear from Pixabay

Peggy’s Cove and the surrounding area is the quintessential tourist destination in Nova Scotia. This fishing community on the Eastern shore boasts a classic lighthouse, hiking trails, whale watching excursions, and sea kayaking. Cap off your adventure with a local lobster roll or clams and chips.

You can climb on the smooth rocks around the lighthouse to get some beautiful photos. However, a note from all Nova Scotians to visitors from around the world: the black rocks are extremely dangerous, so don’t ignore the signs asking you to stay away. Take your photos from a safe location.

The Cabot Trail

The Cabot Trail stretches 298 kilometers (186 miles) through the hills and valleys of the Cape Breton highlands. Punctuated with numerous hiking trails, waterfalls, and stunning beaches, there’s no better place to take an awesome group selfie.

While the Cabot Trail is fun in the summer, it comes to life in the autumn when the leaves start to change. The landscape transforms into shades of gold, red, and orange. Time your travels to get a photo as the sun sets for a breathtaking image that gives a whole new meaning to the term “golden hour.”

Citadel Hill

Halifax Citadel National Historic Site firing of the cannon.

Halifax Citadel National Historic Site noon firing of the cannon has been happening since 1857! Photo by Linda Aksomitis.

Citadel Hill sits at the top of downtown Halifax, overlooking the city like a sentinel. This historic fortress is the city’s birthplace, with its star-like shape and stunning clocktower being iconic Haligonian sigils.

Grab a photo from the top of Citadel Hill or venture along the streets below to capture the clocktower at sunset.

The Ovens

The Ovens is a seaside nature reserve known around the world for its incredible sea caverns. The crashing waves and cliffs make for an incredible photo backdrop from the land. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can go sea kayaking and view the caves from a whole new perspective.

Mahone Bay and Lunenburg

Mahone Bay in Nova Scotia.

Mahone Bay in Nova Scotia. Image by Don Schwartz from Pixabay.

Mahone Bay is a quaint fishing town filled with pastel houses and locally-owned shops. One of the most iconic photo opportunities is the three churches, side-by-side overlooking the water.

Nearby Lunenburg is also home to incredible pastel buildings along the waterfront. If you venture here during the summer, you’ll likely see a few tall ships and schooners as you walk along the docks. Viewers of Netflix’s Locke and Key series will recognize the surroundings as the fictional town of Matheson, Massachusetts.


Le Caveau is a winery and restaurant specializing in global cuisine.

Situated in the heart of Nova Scotia wine country, Le Caveau is a winery and restaurant specializing in global cuisine. Photo by Linda Aksomitis.

In recent years, Nova Scotia has become a world-famous destination for vineyards and craft breweries. It was recently awarded its own appellation: Tidal Bay.

The Grand-Pré area is home to sweeping valleys, historic buildings, and incredible vineyards and restaurants. From Blomidon to Luckett’s, everywhere you go in Grand-Pré offers an amazing photo opportunity.

You can spend weeks in Nova Scotia and not see everything. However, you can guarantee incredible adventures and amazing photos wherever you choose to explore.

Carters Beach

No matter where you go in Nova Scotia, you’ll never be more than 60 kilometers from an incredible ocean beach. While each beach has something beautiful to offer, Carters Beach stands apart from the rest.

When you step onto Carters Beach, you’ll be greeted with clear, turquoise water that looks almost tropical. The white sand is mixed with quartz residue, which sparkles in the sun. These utopian surroundings create the perfect setting for stunning photos and the opportunity for adding interesting captions inviting your Instagram followers to guess where you are.


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Halifax Citadel changing of the guard in Nova Scotia.

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