Nova Scotia Photography Guide

“You might be from Nova Scotia if you can pronounce Tatamagouche, Musquodoboit, and Kejimujik .”

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Nova Scotia photo locations are the best. But, we’re not going to lie, we’re biased. The whole reason we started PIXEO was because of Nova Scotia. The Canadian province is full of some of the most stunning locations in the world. Whether you’re into lighthouses, craggy sea rocks, or architecture, Nova Scotia has something to offer every type of Photographer. In this post, we share a few of our favourite photo spots, and as always, click the button below to be taken the PIXEO Photo Locations Map and explore even more of what this fantastic province has to offer.

Cabot Trail

The Cabot Trail packs an incredible nature photography punch along its 300 km circumference. Arguably one of the most scenic drives in North America, its views are as varied as they are beautiful. A good third of the roadway winds through Cape Breton Highlands National Park, and the route is world renown for shots of the winding road clinging to the cliff’s edge. Black Brook Beach, Broad Cove and Ingonish bay are just a few of the many spots to stop and capture the region’s scenic beauty. Forests, breathtaking coastal scenery and a rich Scottish-Canadian heritage, make this one of the most photogenic parts of the province.

Mahone Bay

Mahone Bay is a popular day trip destination from the city of Halifax. A classic Nova Scotia fishing community, it consists of a winding seaside drive peppered with adorable shops, coffee houses and bars. This little town has something to offer all year round, and for a real bit of pleasure, be sure to visit during the annual scarecrow festival. Most photographers make their way down here to shoot the famous three churches that reflect beautifully in the still waters of the bay. Not a spot to be missed when visiting Nova Scotia.

Peggy's Cove

You can’t talk about Nova Scotia Photo locations without mentioning Peggys Cove. This small fishing village perched on smooth undulating granite is easily the most photographed location in the province. It is best known for its iconic white and red light house, but the village has more to offer than just this icon of Canadiana. The fishing village is picturesque in its own right with dories and fishing boats tied at docks in its sheltered bay. It also is home to a cute little church, which is quite photogenic in its own right. Finally, there are the Inuksuk gardens where visitors build and maintain rock sculptures, each more complicated than the last. Even if there are tourist buses full of people taking snaps, Peggys Cove lives up to its picture-perfect reputation. We must insist, however, that no matter how good a swimmer you are, please stay off the black rocks. The sea will take you to your watery grave, and you won’t be the first or the last.

Cape Split

Cape Split is a hidden gem in the bay of fundy. Sharp basalt rock formations jut into the bay waters like a dragon rising from its slumber. The location itself is a fair hike to get to, so expect a 5km walk in (mostly uphill) and the same back (though a bit easier coming down). Most visitors will see the rock formations from the clifftop. Be careful up there, as the winds here are strong, and a fall from here will certainly kill you. There are no safety fences or other stupid people protectors at this location, so visit at your own risk. There is a trail to get down to Little Split Cove about a kilometre or two back from the end of the trail. If you head down to the rocky beaches, be sure to check the tide tables. The Bay of Fundy is the fastest tide in the world, and before you know it, you may be trapped, or worse, swimming back to safety between the jagged rocks.

Burntcoat Head Park

A spectacular place to see and experience the power and speed of the tides, Burntcoat Head Park is a lovely green space and geological wonder. Formerly a peninsula and sometimes an island, the geology of this park is beautiful to behold. Twice each day, 160 billion tonnes of water rush ina nd out of the Bay of Fundy and this is the place to experience it. You will also discover a small lighthouse, a pleasant little park and walking trails. This place is an excellent spot for a picnic before or after snapping a few pics.

Burntcoat Head - Photo by Shawn M Kent

Add Your Own Nova Scotia Photo Location

We hope that you found this guide to Nova Scotia photo locations useful.  Don’t forget, if you have a great Nova Scotian photo location that isn’t on our map, you can share it with us and have a chance to win monthly and yearly prizes in the PIXEO Photo Challenge. All images uploaded remain the copyright of the submitter and we always attribute our photographers. Full terms and conditions can be found here.