Not many people (Canadians included) can honestly tell you where Yarmouth Nova Scotia is located on a map, but believe me when I say this – the entire south shore of Nova Scotia is one area you will not regret checking off the bucket list. Bordering the famous Bay of Fundy and approximately a 3 hour drive south from the capital city of Halifax, Yarmouth is definitely located a little off the beaten path. But realistically, who can say no to a less commercial and more authentic Nova Scotian experience? I mean, the fresh caught seafood is reason enough to venture down to this Acadian Seaport. (side note: you haven’t had real seafood until you’ve been to the maritimes – it is a simple fact of life). With some slight detours, taking highway 103 will lead you past many coastal destinations including the ever-famous Peggy’s Cove and the quaint and colourful towns of Lunenburg and Mahone Bay; all of which reflect the true maritime culture.
Sure you can harness your inner tourist and participate in the classic visitor experiences, including a visit to Cape Forchu Light Station (pictured above), or perhaps taking on a guided kayaking adventure along the coast or awakening your culinary senses at the Stanley Lobster Co. Don’t get me wrong, I would highly recommend any of these activities as well as venturing 11km down the road to the small seaport village of Sandford – home to the world’s smallest operating drawbridge! However, if you are lucky enough to know someone with a float plane (yep, you all know where this is going…) then you will get the birds eye view of one of Canada’s most beautiful coastal regions. It pays to know people – I’m just saying.
This is one of those times that you will likely have to pinch yourself, just to be sure that what you are seeing is real. The south shore of Nova Scotia in the fall months is nothing short of breathtaking. Keep in mind, this float plane business is not for the faint of heart – nor is it for those with a weak stomach. I will admit to feeling slightly nauseous on this flight but in my defence this small plane can duck, dive and dodge like a champion. If anything, you get to experience the true east coast in a way that not many people get to, and furthermore you gain a serious appreciation for pilots. With that being said, i’d like to give a shout out and a high five to all the pilots who manage to fly these crazy little planes without a single qualm. Kudos to you.