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South Shore Hot Spots | Travel Guide

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We always spend our summers here at home on the South Shore of Nova Scotia because it's so beautiful and there are so many cool things to do. From hiking, to bird watching, to swimming, boating, shopping and eating there is something for everyone. Read on to learn about our fave spots to get the perfect Instagram worthy pics or to completely unplug and settle into nature.

Hirtle’s Beach

Hirtle’s Beach is a must stop for a full day of activities. This gorgeous 3 km white sand beach features cliffs and rolling waves. Head out in the morning for a long beach walk to meditate and listen to the seagulls fishing and the ocean crashing. Looking for a longer walk? Follow the signs and enjoy a beautiful 2 hour (7 km) hike around Gaff Point. Explore scenic coastline views, rugged landscapes, a secret beach and the best bird watching in the area. Don't forget your binoculars!

If you happen to visit on the weekend in the summer be sure to see if the Rascal’s Run food truck is there. Our favourite are the tacos heaped with fresh pico de gallo. Yum.

Ploughman's Lunch 

When you enter Ploughman's Lunch you will feel like you have stepped back through time with records playing in the background and antiques lining the shelves. 

Grab your treats and lunch to take with you to the beach or sit at the old diner style counter and chat with the friendly staff. The food here is no joke!

Carter’s Beach 

Carter’s Beach was a hidden gem for years. It is truly a unique beach in Nova Scotia. The crystal clear water and white sand will make you feel as if you have been transported to a tropical oasis. Carter's beach is a fantastic place to bring your paddle board to explore the surrounding islands or transport your things farther down the beach to feel more secluded. 

The drive between Lunenburg and Carters Beach is filled with beautiful old churches, rugged coastline, and seaside homes. Stop by Teena's Tiques in Cherry Hill for some of the best antique and vintage shopping around. 


Old Town Lunenburg 

Old Town Lunenburg is a UNESCO heritage town that is ideal to explore on foot. Travel up and down the streets to admire the heritage houses and estates and the scenic waterfront home to many ships including the Bluenose. Pick up an ice-cream from Sweet Treasures Confectionery and walk down to Zwicker's Wharf to sit and enjoy the lively Lunenburg harbour.

If you happen to be around Thursday morning check out the Farmers Market in new town. This large yet easy to navigate market features local artisans, fresh produce and baked goods. Bring cash however some vendors do take cards.

In the evening, venture down to Bar Salvador, a great spot to meet up with friends prior to dinner. Enjoy delicious cocktails and traditional tapas in this Spanish inspired hot spot.

Once you have a little bit of liquid courage head out on the Haunted Lunenburg Ghost Walk throughout old town led by an expert local guide.


Mahone Bay Islands 

If you are lucky enough to have access to a sailing boat or motor craft, the beautiful Mahone Bay Islands are a must-do.

A large group of islands off the coast of Mahone Bay and Lunenburg have been protected by MICA, the Mahone Bay Conservation Association since 2003. MICA is a non-profit society that aims to protect the natural island environment of the Mahone Bay Islands. 

Our favourite way to enjoy the islands is to head out in the early evening and set up a campfire (check to see if there are any local fire bans) and have a picnic. Grab your oysters and sparkling wine and watch the sunset. 


Book a Private Shopping Appointment at our Lunenburg studio

Before leaving the South Shore be sure to book a private shopping appointment at our studio located in the historic heritage building, The Foundry. Meet Ana + Zac, check out the mood boards and upcoming collection colours and browse the new collections and sale rack.

Contact us to book this exclusive retail experience or visit us on Instagram @anaandzac.

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