For a scenic drive along the ocean, there’s the Sunrise Trail along the Northumberland Strait coastline of Nova Scotia. In many areas here you can see farmers’ hayfields nestled up right to the shoreline, making for great photographic opportunities.
In Pugwash, check out the Thinker’s Lodge. I grew up in this area and didn’t discover it until last summer.
I find it strange to see farmland so close to the ocean like this. Usually you think of large exposed rocks, cliffs and rugged beaches, but along the Northumberland Straight you’ll find sandy beaches just teaming with shorebirds and wild life.
If you’re looking to cool off on a warm summer’s day, there’s fantastic public access to sandy beaches at Heather’s Beach and the Gulf Shore picnic park for swimming. Both beaches have change rooms and bathrooms.