Though Canada’s east coast has been occupied and built up longer than most of Canada by outsiders who brought farming, building, and industry to the “New World”, there is still something raw, wild, and just beautiful about this part of the country.
Yes, a lot of that beauty is a result of human occupation, but there seems to be a symbiosis between the land and the people who live in it, and a respect for the roaring ocean that is always close by.
These 12 photos show some of my favourite parts of this stunning province, and showcase why it is worth the visit.
The boardwalks that take you from a gravel parking lot on the side of the road, through the sand dunes, and out onto the beach that is stunning if it is shrouded on fog or glowing under the blue sky!
The happy, multi-coloured buildings found everywhere you look — in cities, villages, and on farms!
Sleepy fishing villages with moss covered roofs in quiet coves.
Fishing nets, boats, traps, colourfully painted floats, and the fishermen themselves are full of character.
The lighthouse at Peggy’s Cove — it doesn’t matter how touristy it is, this will always be one of my favourite spots!
Short ferry rides that give you views of small villages along the water and shorten your drive time.
Stunning parks are found throughout the province, like this one in Halifax.
Weathered, historic buildings that have held their own through winter storms and bright sunshiny days.
It’s just so ridiculously beautiful — I mean, look at those colors!!
Everywhere you turn, you seem to be at the beach, which is almost more beautiful in the fog than it is in the sunshine.
I could stare at the rough and wild Atlantic Ocean that crashes against the shoreline for days.
The colourful buildings in the North End of Halifax that have so much character!