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Nova Scotia Easygoing Walking Tour

Dolce Tempo Journey from Bay of Fundy to Historic Lunenburg

Couples, Friends & Solos

6 days 5 nights

Activity Level: 1-2

Casual Hotels

From: $3,499 - $3,549 pp dbl occ

($450 for sgl occ)

One of Earth's most welcoming places. Where folks invite you to linger awhile. Rocky shores practically pose for your photos. Can a week-long trip add years to your life? In Nova Scotia, it's easy to believe it.

Nova Scotia Easygoing Walking Tour
Nova Scotia Easygoing Walking Tour

Nova Scotia

Start/End Halifax

Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.


Refreshingly Active Adventures
Peaceful country roads and coastal lanes make for idyllic walking, with captivating moments in colorful fishing villages, amid dramatic seascapes and along the forested shores of the wild Bay of Fundy. 

Immersive Travel
There’s no place quite like Nova Scotia, known for friendly locals who become instant friends, an ancient seafaring history that still feels ever so alive and a slow-food movement that rivals the world’s most renowned.

Unique Hotels & Delectable Dining
Cozy maritime inns in extraordinary settings and registered historic landmarks to call home. Festive dinners like traditional fresh-caught lobster and elevated cuisine paired with crisp Nova Scotian white wines.

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Accommodations may vary based on departure date.
6 Days Casual Hotels
Accommodations may vary based on departure.
Days 1-2

Walk along a historic dike system to the Grand Pré National Historic Site | Take an easygoing coastal hike with views of iconic sea stacks and basalt pinnacles carved by the power of the world’s highest tides | Stand in awe of the wild Bay of Fundy's dramatic cliffs | Relish a tasting, tour and dinner at an award-winning winery.

Tattingstone Inn
Tattingstone Inn
| Casual Hotel

Built in 1874, this elegant inn is situated on an acre and a half of lovely grounds and is a registered historic landmark.

Day 3

Welcome to a walker's wonderland | Hike along the gently curving shoreline of the Mahone Bay, admiring the sailboats and old-fashioned architecture of this quintessential Nova Scotian town | Explore the charming shops and cafes for a special souvenir | Walk the wetland boardwalk trail down to the white sandy Rissers Beach, famous in this area of the province.

Lighthouse Motel
Lighthouse Motel
Conquerall Bank
| Casual Hotel

Lovingly renovated and family owned, this cozy property features comfortable maritime themed rooms and private access to the shore of the beautiful LaHave River.

Days 4-6

Visit World Heritage-status Lunenburg, the "best surviving example of a planned British colonial settlement in North America" | Hike to the unspoiled headland of Gaff Point, where gorgeous vistas of the rugged coastline await |​ Enjoy peaceful walks on shoreline paths and the beaches of Big Tancook Island, where lobstermen and artisans provide cultural color | Take in views of stunning coastal panoramas, rolling grasslands and quaint fishing villages | Journey back to Lunenburg by private boat and enjoy a historical walk through the 18th-century seafaring town.

Exterior view of Bluenose Lodge
Bluenose Lodge
| Casual Hotel
Enjoy the ambiance of yesteryear in this relaxed, elegant hotel, a mere five-minute walk from the harbor and the historic old town of Lunenburg.

The earlier you book, the more choice you'll have and the lower your price. And you can always change your mind — you won't be charged to transfer to a different trip before your final payment is due. View cancellation policy.

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Activity Level: 1-2

Our Dolce Tempo walking activities allow you to leisurely explore local hidden gems and to get away from the crowds, experiencing the essence of your location on your own terms and at your own pace. Easier than our other trips, but still wonderfully active, route options typically include 2-3 hours of walking per day. Your trip is fully supported with dedicated Trip Leaders, vans, meticulously selected routes and downloadable GPS files available for use on your own device.

Route notes

The walking terrain on this trip ranges from level to rolling, with occasional steep but short hills. Some sections of trails can be muddy, rocky or rooty. At times we walk on uneven coastline with large loose cobblestone rock. This terrain varies depending on tides and storm surges. If you think you'll need extra support on this type of terrain, we recommend a sturdier hiking boot with ankle support. Windy and foggy conditions along some of our routes can also make walking more challenging.

Daily Activity Options

Day 1
Level 2 | 5 miles | 100 ft. gain
Day 2
Level 1 | 4 miles | 400 ft. gain
Level 3 | 6 miles | 1000 ft. gain
Day 3
Level 1 | 2 miles | 100 ft. gain
Level 1 | 3 miles | 200 ft. gain
Day 4
Level 2 | 4 miles | 200 ft. gain
Day 5
Level 1 | 2 miles | 100 ft. gain
Level 2 | 4 miles | 200 ft. gain
Sailing from Lunenburg Harbor & Back (3 hours)
Day 6
Level 1 | 3 miles | 200 ft. gain
Lunenburg Historic Walking Tour (1 hour)

What's Included

  • All breakfasts, 6 lunches, 4 dinners
  • Expertise and services of our experienced Trip Leaders
  • Snacks and beverages between meals
  • Additional guides and experts from the region on many trips
  • Van shuttles to support a variety of route options
  • Comprehensive Travel Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at museums, historic sites, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the Travel Planner
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Special events, including wine tastings and other select attractions as mentioned in the Travel Planner
  • On biking and multi-adventure trips, use of fully equipped Backroads titanium bike plus helmet and accessories
  • Trailercycles, carriers, and kid-sized helmets for Family Trips
  • Equipment and experienced guides for kayaking, rafting, snorkeling, sailing and canoeing as described
  • Park and other entry fees
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the Travel Planner
  • Select coach transfers
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Straight talk

We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.


Nova Scotia is a land of rich heritage and rustic charm, and while Backroads has selected the best properties in the places we visit, history and character outweigh elegance and luxury in this Maritime province. Although our hotels offer simpler amenities than the typical Backroads property, they provide us with the greatest access to the best hiking in the region.

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