Southwest from Halifax, Nova Scotia's capital, Highway 3, ribbons merrily along an exceptionally scenic stretch of coastline. Nicknamed ?The Lighthouse Route' it should come as no surprise to find that charming lighthouses appear with frequency, as do picturesque beaches and towns on a drive that rambles for 200 miles or so to Yarmouth.
Chester, an easy drive from Halifax, is a favorite with locals and visitors alike. Catch architecture and art along with local lore at the Lordly House Museum or have a wander through art galleries before heading out to sea on a sailing charter or exploring Mahone Bay by kayak.
Beyond Chester lies Lunenburg. Settled as a British colony long ago, this historic town is lovely on land or viewed from sea. Graceful sailing ships dot the harbor, so after embarking on a whale-watching tour or lobsterman tour, brush up on fishy facts at the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic. Don't miss a stroll around the neighborhood for a glimpse of area architecture.
Kejimkujik National Park is inland from Lunenburg, and for a few days of canoeing or hiking, it's hard to beat this park for beauty and accessibility. After packing away the paddles, continue on southwest to fishing village Lockeport and the historic town, Shelburne.
Yarmouth marks the end of the scenic tour along Nova Scotia's southwest coast. Ferries run from here to Maine, but there are a range of museums ? and another lighthouse ? to keep even transit visitors occupied for an afternoon.