With 13,300 km of stunning seacoast, Nova Scotia truly is an ocean playground. Fill your days with ocean adventures like coastal hiking, surfing, kayaking or just relaxing at the beach. But don’t let your ocean fun end with the setting sun. Book a room, cottage or find that perfect campsite where you can tent alongside the coast and let the sounds of the ocean lull you to sleep and the rising sun herald a new day for adventure.
Ranging from high-end resorts to humble yet stunning camping locations with million dollar views, here are just a few of the best places to wake up next to the ocean in Nova Scotia.
White Point Beach Resort
Named one of the top 10 coastal destinations in the world by National Geographic Traveller, White Point Beach Resort is open year round. You’ll find comfortable guest rooms and cozy ocean-front cottages. As the day slips into night, beachcombing turns into star-gazing along the 1 km stretch of white sand beach.
This gem of a resort is located just 40 minutes outside of Halifax near the iconic Peggy’s Cove. Oceanstone Resort is comfortable yet elegant cottages offer stunning ocean vistas. As darkness descends, light up the night as you settle around a bonfire pit and listen to the waves crashing on the beach. Make sure to eat at Rhubarb, their on-site restaurant offering a delicious array of dishes made from fresh locally-sourced ingredients. Also inquire about their Lobster Feast & Peggy’s Cove Adventure experience.
Cape d’Or Lighthouse accommodations
If you like lighthouses paired with spectacular views, check out the rustic Lightkeeper's Kitchen & Guest House at the Cape d’Or Lighthouse in Advocate Harbour on the Bay of Fundy. The old lighthouse keeper’s lodgings have been turned into comfortable accommodations and the on-site restaurant provides locally inspired menu items. Gaze out at the ocean and watch the ebb and flow of the world’s highest tides. Although a little off the beaten path, the view is worth every ounce of effort it takes to get you there!
This restaurant and country inn is situated overlooking Lobster Bay and is famous for its authentic lobster boils. Let the sea breeze tousle your hair as you sip a cool drink on their expansive deck while watching the sunset over the ocean.
Meat Cove Campground
For a truly fresh sea air experience, pitch your tent at the Meat Cove Campground on Cape Breton Island. Snuggle up in your sleeping bag and watch for pods of whales, soaring eagles and stunning sunsets. Campsites are first come first serve, or call ahead to book one of their rustic cabins.
Quarterdeck Beachside Villas and Grill
Situated on a beautiful, but quiet stretch of white sandy beach, the Quarterdeck’s stunning architecture and tasteful beach motif design will immediately put you into relaxation mode. The Grill has earned a reputation as the South Shore’s finest destination for fresh locally caught seafood.
LaHave Islands Glamping Adventure
Foodies will love this guided glamping adventure with everything provided! Island hop by kayak to colourful fishing communities and along pristine coastline. Indulge in fresh seafood and local flavours prepared for you on the beach by a wilderness chef, try yoga on stand-up paddleboards, and glamp under the stars.
Cabot Cape Breton
Calling all golfers! Nestled along the breathtaking shoreline of Cape Breton, Cabot Links and sister course Cabot Cliffs are both listed on both the Golf Digest World’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses and Golf Magazine’s World Top 100. Once you are there it’s easy to see why. The golf course and accommodations at Cabot Cape Breton (formerly Cabot Links Resort) provide visitors with endless views of rolling seaside dunes and spectacular coastal panoramas to take in the breathtaking sunsets over the Northumberland Strait.
Beach Cottage Rentals
With so much coastline, Nova Scotia has abundant picturesque cottages for rent. Book a week, a month or the whole summer somewhere like Eagle's Cliff Oceanview Estate or Moments Oceanside Getaway, and truly live the seaside dream of waking up next to the ocean every day of your vacation.