Day Trips From Halifax: Explore Nova Scotia From Lakes, Bays and the Ocean


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It has been feeling more like summer and with many businesses opening their doors, it has never been a better time to stay home for your summer vacation. Explore the great outdoors and take in the amazing views of this beautiful province. Try a staycation in Nova Scotia this year and explore HRM’s best waterways by paddling.


Lake Banook

Lake Banook can be seen from Mic Mac Mall and is the first natural lake in Shubenacadie Canal Waterway and is connected to Lake Micmac. It is one of the most popular lakes in Nova Scotia for rowing.

Long Lake


Long Lake is a 15-minute drive from downtown Halifax. The lake is one of the best places for paddling and has a new boat launch area off Old Sambro Road. There are two islands in the lake that you can land on. There are sandy coves along the shore and buoys marking the swimming areas.

Kearney Lake

Kearney Lake is well-known for its sandy beach and swimming. The water is calm, which makes it wonderful for sailing and rowing on.

Halifax Harbour

Paddling Halifax Harbour can feel overwhelming with how busy the harbour is. If you are a really adventurous person, you can kayak in the harbour and view the cities from a unique angle.

If you are looking to paddle in the Halifax Harbour, but are worried about all the boat traffic, Halifax Northwest Arm is a wonderful option. You can reach the water from Sir Sandford Fleming Park.

McNabs Island

Located in Halifax Harbour, paddling is one of the best ways of reaching McNabs Island. Often called Halifax’s best-kept-secret, McNabs Island feels like it is a world away from the city with its unspoiled natural beauty.

St. Margaret’s Bay

St. Margaret’s Bay offers world-class paddling opportunities. The waters are relatively shallow, making it a great place to learn how to paddle. The area is home to bald eagles, harbour porpoises, and ospreys. There are four islands around the bay for you to explore.

Sambro Harbour


Sambro Harbour is part of the Chebucto Peninsula and is around a 30 minute drive from Halifax. The harbour is home to the Sambro lighthouse, the oldest operational lighthouse in the Americas. The community is still an active fishing village, so be sure to watch for fishing boats while you are paddling.

Prospect Bay

Close to Peggy’s Cove, Prospect Bay is home to a number of islands and inlets to explore.

Terrance Bay


Terrance Bay is truly a gem for paddlers. The rocky shorelines and the series of islands make paddling an exciting adventure. If you are lucky, you could spot whales, porpoises and even tuna in the bay’s water.

Plan Your Trip

There are many outfitters and rental shops around Halifax that will get you equipped with all that you need.

If you are searching for a guided trip, contact NS Kayak and ATV Outside Adventure Tours (Phone: 902-219-4716).

NS Kayak and ATV Outside Adventure Tours offers rentals and tours that explore the local lakes and coastal areas around HRM like the above locations. Each tour usually includes an outside dining part, which could be a hiker’s lunch to a BBQ or a lobster boil but during COVID-19 a picnic lunch may be the only option. During COVID-19, their tours are limited to immediate family members and couples with a maximum of 4 people and the province’s social distancing rules must be strictly followed.

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