5 Great Spots to RV: Nova Scotia
Check out these five great RV spots in Nova Scotia that begin and end in Halifax. Travel down the Lighthouse Trail, thorugh fishing villages and sandy beaches, and back up Fundy and Annapolis into the heart of Nova Scotia wine country.
Great spots to RV: Nova Scotia
If you want to travel Canada, you absolutely need to make a stop in the Maritimes! So much to discover in these great spots to RV in Nova Scotia. Wheel onto side roads to discover seaside hamlets, dockside dining, artsy boutiques and a welcoming slice of gingerbread cake.
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Great spots to RV in Nova Scotia: King Neptune Campground, Indian Harbour
Highlights: “This is paradise!” marvels my seven-year-old. I can’t disagree. Just 35 minutes from Halifax, we pull into an oceanside campground where working fishing boats bob at a small wharf, weathered outbuildings sit on stilts, lupins bloom, and gulls swoop in and out of Yankee Cove. Amazing sunsets fill the night and ocean waves lull campers to sleep. Three kilometres west of iconic Peggy’s Cove, King Neptune hums with the rhythm of the sea and deserves its own special shout-out.
Tip: Reserve Site 22. It’s steps from a small rock beach, perfect for collecting beach glass under the wooden skidway.
En Route: Have your camera ready for the famed lighthouse at Peggy’s Cove and keep the kids close as they jump Billy-goat style over wave-washed granite boulders. Worn smooth by pounding waves, they’re slippery and the wind can blow strong.
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Great spots to RV in Nova Scotia: Lunenburg Board of Trade Campground, Lunenburg
The campground, beside the Visitor Information Centre, is a five minute stroll (downhill) to Lunenburg’s historic waterfront where tall ships and Cape Island boats tie up, the interactive red wooden warehouses of the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic, and home port of the Bluenose II. The UNESCO world heritage town was laid out in a grid pattern by Europeans, unaware it was on a hill. You couldn’t duplicate today. Engineers wouldn’t allow it.
Tip: The money shot is from across the harbour at the Bluenose Golf Course, where you may see a tall ship slipping out of port. Another great view? Steaming out aboard Lunenburg Ocean Adventures on a deep sea fishing expedition. Bonus? Catching a cod is thrilling and RVers can cook their catch an hour after fishing it out off the briny blue.
En Route: Travel down the Lighthouse Trail, stopping at bistros, bakeries and boutiques in Mahone Bay and Chester. Park by the gazebo in Mahone Bay to cook lunch in the shadow of the town’s famed three churches. Kids will get a kick out of feeding the ducks here.
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Great spots to RV in Nova Scotia: Jeremy’s Bay Campground, Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site
Highlights: Canoe, camp, and connect with nature at this 381 square kilometre tranquil wilderness and ancestral home of the Mi’kmaq. “Keji” is so much more than a campground. Extensive programming protects southwestern Nova Scotia’s natural beauty and history, and campers can join scientists and volunteers for excursions to protect Blanding turtle’s nests and help with fish, loon and plant surveys.
Tip: Rent a canoe and head upstream on the Mersey River into the peaceful waters of a red maple flood plain highlighted by marsh birds and beaver dams. It’s the best way to see Keji, and its easy paddling (trust me) is ideal for families and beginners. Come night, star gazing is magic.
En route: Take the $5 cable ferry (watch your back bumper) and pull into LeHave Bakery, which used to be a fish supplies store on the waterfront. There’s plenty of parking for RVs, and cars line the road, clamouring for soup, sandwiches and homemade baking.
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Great RV campgrounds in Nova Scotia: Plantation Campground, Grafton
Highlights: Though off-the-beaten path, this large campground near Berwick offers hayrides, arcade, Greco pizza, a rec hall, horseshoes, a pool, and free wifi.
Tip: After a few days without Internet, the laptop will tempt, but limit yourself. There’s something special about trading tales around a campfire.
En route: Hot spots for history buffs abound in the Annapolis Valley: Canada’s oldest national historic site at Fort Anne; the reconstructed 1605 habitation of the French colonists who once settled here at Port-Royal National Historic Site; and the heartbeat of old Acadie, Grand-Pré National Historic Site, which tells of the tragic 17th century deportation. All offer ample parking.
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Great RV camping sites in Nova Scotia: Shubie Park Campground, Dartmouth
Highlights: You’re hard-pressed to know you’re in the city in this open campground with a lake, beachfront and walking trails.
Tip: Take advantage of the proximity to Halifax to stroll the Public Gardens and treat yourself to a meal at Salty’s or The Five Fishermen. Or stay put and roast weenies over the campfire. Somehow, equally exquisite.
En route: Give the RV (and yourself) a workout by descending a hill with hairpin turns into the authentic, centuries-old fishing village of Hall’s Harbour where boats sitting on muddy ocean floor will, thanks to Fundy’s mighty tides, bob on waves six hours later. Tour Hall’s Harbour Lobster Pound, select a crustacean (some take two hands to hold), they’ll cook up, then dine dockside. Afterward, drive to the 22-acre Muir Murray Estate winery near Wolfville for free tours and tastings. Views of Cape Blomidon are spectacular.