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The Lighthouse Route follows the jagged Southern shore of Nova Scotia for 9 hours in 340 mi (547 km). The Lighthouse Route is marked along the following roads: Nova Scotia Trunk 3, Highway 103, Route 309, 329, 330, 331, 332, and 333, any road marked as such is well worth the ride. The route is named for the numerous Lighthouses you'll pass along the shore. Following the shore will often be the better scenic route and because of the many different highways in the area, this route will be very detailed; we'll mention which roads to take and the towns to pass through.
Start the route in Halifax-Dartmouth Regional Municipality, the two cities are connected via two bridges: the Angus L Macdonald Bridge, known locally as ‟the old bridge” and also ‟the new bridge” A. Murray MacKay Bridge, it's a $1 toll to cross. There's also a popular ferry service connecting the two cities.
A fun stop off for water lovers is in Fisherman's Cove located 6 mi (10 km) Southeast of Dartmouth on Highway 322. There's a Marine Interpretive Centre with salt and freshwater aquariums, interactive exhibits and a collection of craft shops and restaurants wrapped around a picturesque harbour. There are fishing sheds and colourful boats, a seaside boardwalk, and activities such as shark fishing, whale watching, deep-sea fishing and boat tours. For more information on what to see, where to eat and where to sleep in the Halifax area see: http://www.halifax.ca/
Halifax-Dartmouth is also part of the Marine Drive, click here to see more:
Ride your motorcycle from Halifax to Peggys Cove, a small community of 50 people, it's famous for its beautiful lighthouse, and is one of the busiest tourist attractions along the Lighthouse Route. Ride out of Halifax on NS Trunk 3, once out of the city go Southwest on Route 333.
Continue on from Peggys Cove to Chester, North going around the shore of Saint Margaret's Bay using Route 333, NS Trunk 3 and Route 329. In Mahone Bay continue riding North on Route 329 following the shoreline, then ride back onto NS Trunk 3 to reach Chester. The roads here are chock full of twisties and along the shore.
Chester is a town of 2,300 people, it's one of the most posh communities in the province, with many seasonal and year-round estates and mansions. The nearby waters of Mahone Bay and its numerous islands are well known for yachting and have made Chester into a cruising destination. Chester is home to the Chester Race Week, an annual sailing regatta in August, sailboats from all over the North American coast come here to compete. A Provincial ferry from the village provides a schedule of daily trips to Big Tancook Island and Little Tancook Island. For more information on what to see, where to eat and where to sleep in Chester see: http://www.chesterareans.ca/
The Lighthouse Route continues on NS Trunk 3 from Chester to Lunenburg. Ride West towards Chester Basin, traversing many twisties South to Lunenburg.
Lunenburg is a town of 2,300 people located on the Western end of Mahone Bay. The Old Town is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site because of its deep history during Canadian wartime and its standing as one of the best British colonial settlements. For more information on what to see, where to eat and sleep in Lunenburg see: http://www.explorelunenburg.ca/
Ride South on Route 332 from Lunenburg towards Ritcey Cove. Then ride Northwest along Route 332 and the Eastern and Northern shore of the LaHave River to Bridgewater.
Bridgewater is a town of 8,300 people and is located at the mouth or the LaHave River estuary.
The LaHave River was a haven of pirates in the French era; the river later became a major lumbering and shipbuilding centre. Numerous large vessels were constructed along the river.It has also become a popular area for salmon fishing, attracting fisherman from mid-May to early July.
Continue riding from Bridgewater to Liverpool. Ride your motorbike Southeast on Route 331 along the Southern and Western shores of the LaHave River. When your pass though Dublin Shore, the route continues Southwest through some twisty roads. Continue riding on Route 331 passing through the towns of West Dublin and Cresent Beach. Ride over Petite Riviere Bridge and continue Southeast down a straightaway and a big sweeping curve. Pass through Broad Cove and ride South, then pass through Cherry Hill and Ride Northwest to Vogler's Cove through several turns in the road. Ride West along several sweeping turns until you merge onto NS Trunk 3/Hwy 103 heading Southwest to reach Liverpool.
Liverpool is a community of 2,600 people located in Queens County on the Atlantic Ocean's shores in Nova Scotia. For more information on what to see, where to eat and where to sleep in Liverpool see: http://www.queens.ca/
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Liverpool is also part of the Kejimkejuk Scenic Drive click here to see more:
From Liverpool to Shelburne continue Southwest on Route 103 passing Summerville Beach Provincial Park, Port Moulton and Sable River along straight-a-ways and twisty roads. From Sable River ride South onto NS Trunk 3 towards Osborne Harbour. Then continue riding Northwest towards Jordan Falls. Ride the entire length of Sandy Point Road for a twisty scenic ride to reach Shelburne.
Arrive in Shelburne, a town of 1,700 people with a deep history during the American Revolution; many of the inhabitants are descended from loyalists (American's who remained loyal to Britain). Shelburne county museum is a great place to learn about the history of the town.
Ride your motorcycle from Shelburne to Barrington along the entire length of twisty Shore Road. Merge with Route 309 in Port Clyde then head South. Continue riding on the 309, here it is marked as Port La Tour Road and Villagedale.
Arrive in Barrington a town of 7,000 people located at the most Southern part of Nova Scotia. It includes Cape Sable Island which was inhabited by the Mi'kmaq who knew it as Kespoogwitk meaning "land's end". There is a beautiful lighthouse and museum here called Seal Island Lighthouse.
For more information on what to see, where to eat and where to sleep in Barrington see: http://www.barringtonmunicipality.com/
From Barrington take NS Trunk 3 or Highway 103 all the way to Yarmouth. Follow Highway 103 to Yarmouth or take the scenic route following the jagged coast on Trunk 3. The final section of twisty roads is on NS Trunk 3 following the jagged coast, ride Southwest out of Barrington, then ride West once pass Barrington Passage. Pass through the towns of Doctors Cove, Atwoods Brook, Shag Harbour, Lower/Central/Upper Woods Harbour and Charlesville. Once you reach the Gulf of Maine, ride North to merge with Hwy 103 and ride a long stretch of straight-a-ways and sweeping turns to reach Yarmouth.
Yarmouth is town of 6,700 people located on the Southern tip of Nova Scotia. Yarmouth is a coastal fishing port famous for the multitude of Lobsters located in its waters and the highest Lobster Catch in Canada. Yarmouth is known for some of the most beautiful examples of Victorian houses styles in the Maritimes, a legacy of the wealthy captains and ship-owners of the towns lobster industry. For or more information on what to see, where to eat and where to sleep in Yarmouth see: http://www.townofyarmouth.ca/
Yarmouth is also the start of the Evangeline Trail:
The Lighthouse Route is extremely twisty making it a great motorcycle road; taking the scenic route, it follows the entire length of the jagged coastline of Southern Nova Scotia for 9 hours in 340 mi (547 km). The Lighthouse Route roads are Nova Scotia Trunk 3, Highway 103, Route 309, 329, 330, 331, 332, and 333, any road marked as such is well worth the ride. Pass by several beautiful Lighthouses, Coves, Bays, and towns on a trek from Halifax to Yarmouth. The motorcycle ride is one of Nova Scotia's best routes, this one is perfect for someone who wants a long and scenic drive. Enjoy the ride! Eat Sleep RIDE.