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Whether you are a visitor exploring Halifax or a local looking for ideas to fill up your social media accounts with stunning places out and about Halifax, you’ve come to the right place. We have got you some great recommendations on the most instagrammable locations near Halifax. These short day trips are great ideas for you to step out, have fun, and capture memories of a time well spent. From picturesque villages to incredible beaches, there are many places to explore near Halifax. 


Lunenburg - One of the most photogenic places novascotia

An hour away from Halifax, this colourful town is one of the three UNESCO World Heritage sites in Nova Scotia. Some of the best photography spots in Lunenburg include the huge iconic red building of the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic, the busy downtown area of Lunenburg, and Petite Riviere Winery. 

McNab’s Island

McNabs Island

For a history fanatic, a visit to this island will teach you a lot about the role it played in defending Halifax Harbour. Now a provincial park, this stunning island will serve you with many opportunities to photograph beautiful beaches, scenic nature, and well-groomed trails. You’ll also find some ruins of old houses and Fort Ives that are great to explore.

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Cape Split

Situated in Scots Bay in Kings County, Cape Split is one of the most popular and picturesque hiking trails you’ll ever visit. Travel through the forest to get to the cliffs overlooking the Bay of Fundy. Though it may be a long hike, the view from the cliffs will make it all a worthwhile effort. A camera and comfortable footwear are two things you shouldn’t forget while visiting Cape Split. 


Truro -Victoria Park waterfall

An hour away from Halifax, Truro is an old town dedicated to people who love and are inspired by nature. Also known as The Hub of Nova Scotia, Truro is famous for Victoria Park, which is spread over 400 acreages. From walking trails to waterfalls, there are many stops within the park to help you get a picture-perfect background. While there, don’t forget to stop by the Colchester Historeum to see the special exhibits. Besides nature and history, Truro’s farmer’s market that happens on Saturday is also a famous one. 

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High Head Trail

This coastal hiking trail in Prospect Village is one of the most instagrammable locations to capture a scenic sunset. Seeing the sunset over the vast Atlantic Ocean with rocky coastal barrens in the background is one of the most amazing experiences. But capturing a wide-angle shot of the sunset while exploring the trail makes it even better.

Chebucto Head

What are the elements you need to capture the best photograph? If you are a photography enthusiast, a lighthouse on an expansive rocky coastline would sound like a fabulous idea. We couldn’t agree more. This lesser-known lighthouse is easily accessible and only about 30 minutes from the city. This lighthouse is a historic beacon that was first lit in 1872 and has played an essential role in defense of Halifax Harbor. Adjacent to the Duncan’s Cove hiking trail, this is also an excellent spot for nature lovers.

Peggy’s Cove Lighthouse

Peggy's Cove Lighthouse Novascotia

If you are searching for an iconic Canadian location to picture, Peggy’s Cove Lighthouse might be your best bet. As one of Canada’s most photographed locations, the lighthouse is located on the eastern shore of St. Margarets Bay. One of the best photographs you can capture is the sunset during the golden hour. As you roam around the location, you’ll find some old abandoned fishing boats, colourful huts, and a stunning coastal village. 

Beechville Lakeside Timberlea Trail

Capture the beauty of nature as you discover the famous rail trail. This 18.5km trail is popular amongst tourists who enjoy nature, bird watching, camping, cross-country skiing, and of course, photography. As one of the best photography spots in Nova Scotia, this trail is a perfect backdrop for all your nature photography.

While you are there, don’t forget to capture the former rail bridge, the waterfall, and most importantly, a picture on the shores of Cranberry Lake.

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