The world is bigger than we could ever possibly imagine, and it’s scary to think we will never even scratch the surface in this lifetime. Even if we do travel to the same places, we see the world through different eyes, creating a unique experience. As I dive head first into travel, I am inspired by each of your adventures and am starting Sonderlust Secrets as a series showcasing this. Interested in being featured?
The first time I spent more than 24 hours in Halifax, Nova Scotia was incredibly memorable for all the wrong reasons. My boyfriend and I arrived at night just as the province was starting to feel the effects of Hurricane Sandy. We woke up the next morning to find that the heavy rain and strong winds would make it impossible to explore the city and province by foot. I was a bit dramatic and swore that I could never live in a place with such horrible weather.
Well, exactly one year later, my boyfriend and I were apartment hunting in Halifax! We decided that our life on the Canadian Prairies had gotten a little too comfortable, so over the course of two months, we quit our jobs, rented out our house, sold the majority of our possessions, and drove the 4,000km to Halifax where we both returned to school. We haven’t regretted it for a second! In fact, we love Halifax. It turns out that hurricane weather is not the norm.
Halifax is an incredibly vibrant city with a rich history, great food, a thriving music scene, warm pubs with cold drinks, and some of the greatest people you’ll ever meet. But what I’m here to talk about today is Nova Scotia’s natural beauty. Living in Halifax means you’re never too far from the great outdoors. I’ve been lucky to do a lot of exploring over the past 1.5 years in Halifax and today I’m going to share with you my three favorite coastal hikes that are only a short drive from Nova Scotia’s capital city.
1. Duncan’s Cove
Duncan’s Cove is a hidden gem. In fact, it’s so hidden that we didn’t find it the first time. We spent about 20 minutes making our own trail through the woods before realizing we weren’t getting any closer to the ocean. It turns out that if you’re in the woods, then you’re not in the right spot. Fortunately, we tried again with much greater success. HINT: If it feels like you’re trespassing, you’re on the right track.
Duncan’s Cove is one of the more difficult hikes in the area, but definitely worth the extra effort and a good pair of shoes. The coastline is breathtaking and boasts a beautifully rugged and barren landscape. There are often seals hanging out on the rocks and if you’re lucky, you might be able to do a little whale watching. Make sure to check out the two WWII bunkers along the way and enjoy the view!
2. Lawrencetown Beach – Atlantic View Trail
Lawrencetown Beach is where all the surfers hang out. It’s one of the best places to catch a wave or, in my case, watch people catch waves. On one particularly cold day last winter, I asked one of the surfers, “Does that wetsuit actually keep you warm?” He responded, “It keeps me alive.” That was the day I decided to put my Blue Crush dreams on hold for a little while. Fortunately, you don’t have to be a surfer to enjoy Lawrencetown Beach. You can follow the Atlantic View Trail along the coast in either direction or climb your way up to a beautiful view. There’s also a sandy beach at low tide that we got to enjoy a few times last year.
3. Crystal Crescent Beach – Pennant Point Trail
Crystal Crescent Beach is one of the most popular beaches in the area. It’s a collection of three white-sand beaches where many people go to sunbathe and splash around in the ocean. If you’re feeling a little more adventurous, you can follow the boardwalks and paths down to the third beach where Pennant Point Trail begins. The trail wanders along Nova Scotia’s breathtaking coastline and makes for a full day of fun. I recommend packing a picnic and taking your time to enjoy all that the area has to offer. Apparently the farthest beach is a nude beach, but I have yet to see any proof of that firsthand!
So, when are you coming to visit!?
Brooke grew up on the Canadian Prairies and now lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia with her boyfriend and their dog. Yep, just one each! Her blog, Brooke Meagan Jones, documents the everyday as she navigates life with her two favorite senses: one of humour and one of adventure! Follow along on Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin’.