Drive Into Fall With These Perfect Nova Scotian Day Trips
Good-bye summer, hello fall! 👋🏻🍂 Fall is here and there is no better way to start it off than to plan a day trip with your friends or family. Whether it is to an orchard to pick some apples, a maple syrup farm to have some fresh treats, attempting to find your way out of a corn maze, or spend a day appreciating the colourful trees in nature, here you will find some of the hidden gems that are made for a perfect day trip!
1. FAMILY FUN AT NOGGINS CORNER FARM
Noggins Corner Farm is full of activities for fall! Their fall family fun corn maze opened Saturday, September 7th and runs until October 27th. This year’s theme is Deep Sea Adventure! There is also apple and pumpkin picking which started September 15th and runs through October 27th, but thats not it! There is more fall experiences to be had at Noggins like wagon rides and a haunted house!
Noggins is located at 10009 Hwy #1, Greenwich, which means it is just a 58 minute drive from the city of Halifax.
2. DEMPSEY CORNER ORCHARDS
At Dempsey’s there is something for everyone! You and your family can pick apples, cherries, corn, pumpkins, peaches, and plums. You can even dig your own root vegetables, such as potatoes, carrots, onions, and beets. Dempsey’s is a great place to go with the family. You can enjoy the petting zoo, tea room and even a bakery that serves hot lunches, cookies, muffins, cheesecake, and fresh baked pies!
Dempsey’s is located at 2717 Highway 221, RR#3, Aylesford!
3. ROSS FARM MUSEUM
Who doesn’t enjoy learning some history? The Ross Farm Museum is a living, working farm museum depicting 150 years of agriculture in Nova Scotia. You can see the original home of the Ross family which was built in 1817. The farm makes you feel like you are back in time! You may come across some food being prepared over an open fire, straw hats being woven, wool or flax being spun. You can even see where the hardware from the farm is produced at the blacksmith shop, which is still running! If you are bringing children they may even take part in a class in their room schoolhouse!
The Ross Farm Museum is located on highway #12 in New Ross, Nova Scotia, just 15 minutes from the Lighthouse route, which makes for a great fall day trip!
4. SUGAR MOON FARM
Mmmm, did someone say maple syrup?! Eat, tour and hike at Sugar Moon Farm. As soon as you get there you can go on into their cabin restaurant. It’s very homey and the lovely smell of maple makes it that much more special. There are so many delicious maple syrup treats to try at Sugar Moon Farm. It’s a great place to take the family if you have a sweet tooth or to be educated on how maple syrup is produced and the fascinating Nova Scotian maple history. After a tour and a treat head on into the sugar maple woods, following the sap lines to the cabin and the taps.
Sugar Moon Farm is just a little drive from the city and is located at 221 Alex MacDonald Rd, Tatamagouche, NS B0K 1V0.
5. THE GROOVY GOAT FARM
Now this is a beautiful drive! Head out to the Cabot Trail to visit the Groovy Goat Farm and see an unbelievable scenery that will be one you remember for a long time after your road trip. It is home to some pretty awesome goats (and people). Pop into the Groovy Goat Farm & Soap Company and you can shop for some goat milk soaps, bath bombs, lotions and much more! However, one of the best parts of the trip is of course being able to meet the groovy goats at the petting farm. The farm is also home to chickens, pigs, and rabbits who love having visitors!
It is located at 36028 Cabot Trail, Ingonish, NS B0C 1K0 and it is a must see!
6. THE CELTIC COLOURS MUSIC FESTIVAL 2019
If one day is not enough, how about a three day fall road trip?
Celebrate Cape Breton’s Irish cultural history and heritage. The Celtic Colours International Music Festival is a great time if you enjoy Celtic music! It takes place from October 11-14 and is being held at venues all throughout Nova Scotia so, if you want to visit one or more, then it makes for a perfect day trip or a small road trip! Embrace all that Nova Scotia’s fall beauty has to offer alongside the festival’s fantastic showcase of international folk musicians!
(the following list was provided by: Novascotia.com )
October 11: Cape Breton Bound
Following the main highway to Cape Breton, we'll travel across the Canso Causeway - a 1,385 m rock-filled roadway crossing the Strait of Canso, stopping on the other side at the Cove Motel Restaurant for lunch…and super views of the Causeway.
Following a scenic trailway, we’ll head to the Inverary Resort which is where we’ll be staying for the next three nights. Take some time to relax, explore Baddeck and have dinner in one of the local restaurants.
October 12: Celtic sounds
Following breakfast, we’ll meander our way to Judique to visit the Celtic Music Interpretive Centre. Explore the centre and our Celtic musical heritage then enjoy a ‘lunch time ceilidh’.
If time allows, we’ll visit a true Cape Breton gem – the Glenora Inn and Distillery. Enjoy a wee dram and listen to some live music while basking in the glory of the surrounding scenery – it’s sure to take your breath away!
We’ll relax for the afternoon in Inverness and take in a Celtic Colours concert.
Following the afternoon concert, we’ll return to Baddeck for dinner and prepare for our evening concert.
October 13: Marconi Trail
Our first stop of the morning will be at the National Historic Site, Fortress Louisbourg. During your visit, you will find costumed animators portraying residents of 1744. Period costumes and exhibits line the streets and along the busy waterfront. See how the wealthy elite lived, contrasting to the very different life experienced by the poor.
We'll be lunching in Louisbourg, so bring your appetite to one of the 18th-century restaurants. The food is fresh and plentiful, the recipes are from the 18th-century and the atmosphere is New France in the New World!
Traveling through some spectacular scenery, we’ll head to Glace Bay to visit the Miners Museum, home of 'Men of the Deeps'. We'll tour this mine, take a trip underground and learn first-hand, from miners themselves, what this harsh life was like.
Dinner will be in Sydney at a restaurant of your choosing, following which, we’ll attend a Celtic Colours concert.
October 14: Homeward Bound
No visit to Baddeck would be complete without visiting the Alexander Graham Bell Museum, which is where our first stop today will be, before heading to Cape Bretons only winery, Eileanan Brèagha Winery.
As Nova Scotia's northernmost estate winery, Eileanan Brèagha (Scottish Gaelic for beautiful islands), the vineyard was named in homage to the owner's Gaelic heritage and for the majestic view of the numerous small islands in the Bras d'Or Lakes. Enjoy, what has been said to be, "the most stunning vineyard vista in the Province" with a little island in every glass!"
Wine making in Cape Breton is relatively new, but tea drinking is a long standing tradition! We'll pop into Rita MacNeils Tea room to enjoy some true island tea hospitality. We'll continue on to St. Peter's, where we'll cross St Peter's Canal - the only functioning lock system in Nova Scotia.
Once again, we'll cross the Canso Causeway back onto the mainland and head for home. Hoarse from singing and toe-tapped out, we won’t be offended if you doze off on our return journey.
7. Be aMAZEd
Take a walk through a maze that will make you feel like you’re in a different world! Get lost in a magical space full of art and fantasy. There are so many things to be seen at Be aMAZEd. You will discover something new with every step you take. The walls tell stories and although you may feel lost once you are inside, you will never be alone. This is a great day trip if you want some interesting excitement! They are located at 1136 NS-325, Blockhouse, NS B0J 1E0!
We hope you fall in love with these great fall destinations! Safe travels 🚙