Driving your Volkswagen in NS
Nova Scotia is an amazing destination often overlooked by our own Nova Scotia travelers. Simply, people are blown away by our beauty and culture. Here we are going to review the best places to drive your Volkswagen to in NS!
Halifax and Dartmouth, NS
There are many things to do in Halifax and Dartmouth, NS.
One of the main things to do in Halifax is to drive your Volkswagen to the top of the Halifax Citadel. to have epic views over the city and to learn more about Halifax’s history. This citadel built in the 1800s has a distinctive British design and it’s worth the stop-off.
When thinking of Halifax you also need to visit Dartmouth! It has a lot to do on that side of the bridge with beautiful views of Halifax. It is a five-minute drive across the bridge in the Volkswagen Golf GTI. While in Dartmouth, visit Eastern Passage since it has Fisherman’s Cove. It is a commercial fishing port without as many tourist crowds that you may find in Halifax.
One of the best restaurants is certainly John’s Lunch in Dartmouth. They serve very fresh seafood, inexpensive, and popular. It’s worth the wait in line as well!
Driving your Volkswagen to Peggy’s Cove, NS
Peggy’s Cove is one of the iconic spots to drive your Volkswagen Tiguan with family, on all Nova Scotia that has become famous for the Peggy’s Point Lighthouse. It has even appeared on Canadian postage stamps. It’s situated in a cute fishing village although be warned that it is very popular.
It is suggested to drive out arriving early to beat out the many tour groups.
Taking your Volkswagen to Lunenburg, NS
Lunenburg is a designated site since it is a historic Nova Scotia port with beautiful old buildings. It is especially worthwhile to be there around sunset since the historic buildings glisten in the sun. It is recognized as it is the best surviving British colonial settlement in North America.
Originally an Acadian/Mi’kmaq village, the settlement, as it is today, was established in 1753 as Lunenburg, Nova Scotia.
Lunenburg has the original city layout and look. This is rare throughout Nova Scotia as Nova Scotia’s governor wanted it destroyed. Luckily, this was not!
Tidal Bore, Truro NS
The Tidal Bore at Truro is an amazing drive in your Volkswagen Golf Alltrack where you can see rushing water coming into the river at high tide. Nature can be incredible and it’s 100% free to view this natural phenomenon. The time tables are readily available so make sure to schedule your visit at high and low tides.
Cape Breton, NS
One highly unique activity on the way to Cape Breton island from Truro is viewing the highest tides in the world. At high tides, the tides rise on the Bay of Fundy to well over 50 feet. At the lowest tide, you might see boats sitting on the ground in the sand and several hours later, floating again in the bay ocean water. Burntcoat Head Park offers this great opportunity to watch the tides. It is memorable and unique to Nova Scotia for sure.
Visiting Baddeck is always one of the highlights of any Nova Scotia road trip. It has some tourists, but it’s a lovely town with many restaurants and interesting sites to see as you drive your Volkswagen Golf.
Also, be sure to visit the Alexander Graham Bell Museum. You will be sure to learn a lot about this fascinating man who was more than just an inventor, but also an environmentalist, visionary, and teacher to many. You will certainly hear the locals telling stories about their family’s encounters with him.
The Bras d’Or Lake is beautiful as it is both fresh and saltwater. One great opportunity is the take the Amoeba Sailing Tour of the Lake on a sailboat. You’ll see beautiful bald eagles soaring above you.
If you prefer, you can rent a kayak and this offers great views of the lake, sailboats in the dock, and Baddeck more generally.
St. Michael’s Parish House offers ceilidhs nightly. In case you’re not aware, ceilidhs are rooted in the Gaelic culture that came over with many immigrants and a must-see. They’re a great opportunity to watch dance, enjoy local music, and just appreciate Cape Breton’s unique culture. A truly memorable experience.
If you intend to visit the one at St. Michael’s, buy your tickets early as they sell out quickly. It is a small room and very intimate, so you can feel and hear the music that plays during the evening.
Louisbourg offers a restored historic French fort that is operated by Canadian Parks. Going you would expect to spend an hour exploring the historic fortress, but often enjoy it so. much that you may spend many hours. It provides a great chance to learn about the French government before the British took over.
One very unique excursion is the Bird Island Boat. It takes passengers to see Atlantic Puffins, bald eagles, and seals in the wild. If you’re a lover of animals, and in particular puffins, you need to take an excursion on one of the bird watching boats. You may go to the islands off the coast of Englishtown to view the Atlantic Puffin birds are smaller than the Icelandic birds during the summer.
Cabot Trail, NS
The Cabot Trail is being called one of the most amazing drives for your Volkswagen in the world. If you can drive the entire trail with its great vistas, you will beautiful coast views. The road is also fun since it constantly winds up the terrain.
One tip: Always get gas in your Volkswagen Jetta when you might see an open station – they are few and far between.
Annapolis Royal, NS
Annapolis Royal is unquestionably one of the most beautiful places that you will ever see. This town originally inhabited by the Mi’kmaq community became one of the early capitals during the colonial period. You’ll find stunning forts, great restaurants, and many art shops! The town is well preserved with many cute buildings during the drive.
Brier Island, NS
Brier Island offers whale watches to the Bay of Fundy. We were able to spot dozens of whales as well as other marine life. The area is known for being a whale congregation area. Unlike other whale watching spots on Nova Scotia, it’s a shorter trip out to the best spots. Book early as it’s a popular excursion on Nova Scotia.
Kejimkujik National Park, NS
Kejimkujik National Park is one of the wonders of Nova Scotia. There are many petroglyphs, hiking trails, bird watching, It is pure nature and truly offers boundless opportunities for the outdoor experience. The park is well known for its dark sky preserve, the perfect place to stargaze overnight. (Book your cabin ahead!) A great spot to take a Volkswagen Atlas for the drive!
Steele Volkswagen, Your NS Dealership
We at Steele Volkswagen hope this helps you with upcoming road trips through Nova Scotia!
Feel free to check out our inventory here and we are located at 696 Windmill Road in Dartmouth with a great selection of Volkswagens we have in stock to help you with the driving through the roads of NS!