If you have a few hours (or a weekend) to spare, why not venture a bit further, outside of the HRM city limits? You’ll be glad you did.
The “Pretty Harbour” Beach lives up to its name. This stunner is a little smaller than most South Shore beaches, but what it lacks in size, it makes up for in quality. This is probably the best swimming beach I have ever been to. The water is calm and crystal clear. The sand is soft and white. And the … Continue reading Port Joli Beach in Port Joli, NS
Crescent Beach in Lockeport, Nova Scotia is truly a gem. It offers wide open spaces for running and playing, white sand, and sparkling blue waters. If you’re looking to escape the City, head to Crescent Beach. It’s the perfect day trip, offering a chance to soak up the sand and surf in near solitude. The … Continue reading Crescent Beach in Lockeport, NS
In terms of dog-friendliness, we give Blomidon Provincial Park two paws up. There are a number of sites that are large, private and well-spaced. Dallas was able to be off-leash whenever we were at our site, so she spend a lot of time happily wandering around the woods chewing on sticks and munching on as much … Continue reading Blomidon Provincial Park in Blomidon, NS
Cape Split is an old favourite among Nova Scotia hikers, and for good reason. But this is one trail that has a lot more to do with the destination than the journey. The hike itself isn’t exceptional. It’s the destination that makes it all worthwhile. At the end, the trail opens up into a grassy field high on top … Continue reading Cape Split in Scots Bay, NS
If you haven’t visited the oh-so-quaint town of Saint Andrews, New Brunswick, you are missing out on a time-honoured Maritime experience. You won’t find a better town than Saint Andrews to explore on foot and paw. It won’t take you more than an hour to walk the town’s perimeter. But of course, you’ll want to give … Continue reading Passamaquoddy Bay in Saint Andrews, NB
We’ve camped in Kejimkujik National Park (or simply “Keji”) twice: once “car camping” in the Jeremy’s Bay campground and once backcountry or “canoe camping”. Both are amazing for camping with dogs, but given a choice, we would pick backcountry camping every time. A secluded campsite, a private beach, and a weekend in the wilderness? It … Continue reading Kejimkujik National Park in Annapolis, NS
The Truro/Bible Hill Off-Leash Dog Park is an excellent example of what every fenced-in off-leash dog park should be: big, pretty and with varied terrain (to keep things fun and interesting). There are wide open fields for fetching and tree-lined paths for strolling. There is a sheltered picnic table so you can stay dry while … Continue reading Truro / Bible Hill Off-Leash Dog Park in Truro, NS