6 Easy Day Trips from Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia

The charming historic town of Annapolis Royal has abundant offerings of great food, entertainment and attractions for visitors. In addition, there are several easy day trips from Annapolis Royal – the town, and the Bailey House Inn, is well-placed in Western Nova Scotia to be a base for your Nova Scotia adventures. Here are six fantastic destinations for you to head off to after your hearty and delicious Bailey House Inn breakfast.

1. An Outdoorsy Day to Kejimkujik National Park

Kejimkujik National Park, often referred to as “Keji” by locals, is a haven for nature lovers. Spend the day hiking through lush forests, canoeing on serene lakes, or discovering ancient Mi’kmaq petroglyphs. The park’s diverse ecosystems and rich cultural history make it a perfect destination for outdoor enthusiasts and families alike. The park also offers excellent opportunities for birdwatching, stargazing, and exploring its extensive network of trails.

For 7 ideas on what to do at “Keji”, see our article.

Bring a picnic lunch (we can help you with this), or stop by the fun and quirky Hollow Log Cafe for a light bite, coffee or desert.

Grand Pre
Grand Pré UNESCO World Heritage Site

2. A History & Wine Day to Grand Pré & Wolfville

A visit to Grand Pré and Wolfville is a delightful mix of history and culinary delights. Start your day at the Grand-Pré National Historic Site, where you can learn about the Acadian settlers and their dramatic history through interactive exhibits and beautifully landscaped gardens. The site’s memorial church and sweeping views of the surrounding dykelands are particularly captivating.

Afterward, head to Wolfville for a stroll through the town’s vibrant streets. Sample local wines at vineyards such as Domaine de Grand Pré, which offers tastings and tours of their picturesque vineyard. Enjoy a farm-to-table lunch at The Port Pub and Bistro, located in nearby Port Williams, where you can savour fresh, locally sourced dishes while enjoying views of the Cornwallis River.

See our article on 7 things to do on a day trip to Grand Pré and Wolfville.

Whales and dolphins
The Bay of Fundy is a hub for whale watchers

3. A Whales & Rugged Seaside Day to Brier Island

Brier Island offers a unique and tranquil escape with opportunities for whale watching, birdwatching, and exploring rugged coastal landscapes. Take two ferry rides to this remote island, where you can hike scenic trails, visit the island’s iconic lighthouses, and possibly spot a variety of whale species during the summer months. The island’s untouched beauty and serene atmosphere provide a refreshing break from the hustle and bustle. Brier island and are is a hotspot for whale watching tours. For a complete list of local whale watching tour companies, see our article.

For lunch, stop by the Brier Island Lodge, which offers a cozy dining experience with stunning views of the Bay of Fundy. The lodge’s restaurant serves fresh seafood and other local specialties, making it the perfect place to enjoy a meal after a morning of exploring the island.

See our article on 7 things to do on a day trip to Brier Island.

Ship Coming to Port

4. A Wine & Seafood Day to Bear River & Digby

Bear River and Digby combine art, culture, and seafood into a delightful day trip. Begin in Bear River, known as the “Village on Stilts,” where you can explore local art galleries and studios. The unique architecture and vibrant arts community make Bear River a charming place to spend the morning. Don’t miss the Bear River Vineyards, Canada’s most historic vineyard, where French cultivars were first introduced in 1611.

Then, make your way to Digby, famous for its delicious scallops. Enjoy a waterfront meal featuring fresh seafood at the Crow’s Nest, a local favourite, where you can dine on fresh seafood while taking in the scenic views of the Digby wharf. After lunch, take a leisurely stroll along the waterfront or visit the Admiral Digby Museum to learn more about the town’s maritime history.

See our article on 7 things to do on a day trip to Bear River & Digby.

Cape Forchu Lighthouse
Cap Forchu Lighthouse

5. A Lighthouse & Acadian Culture Day to Yarmouth & Pubnico

Yarmouth and Pubnico offer a rich blend of history and coastal charm. In Yarmouth, visit the Yarmouth County Museum to delve into the region’s past, and take a scenic walk along the waterfront. The town is also home to the Firefighters’ Museum of Nova Scotia and the Cape Forchu Lighthouse, both of which are worth a visit.

In nearby Pubnico, explore the historic Acadian village and immerse yourself in the culture and traditions of the Acadian people. The Village Historique Acadien de la Nouvelle-Écosse offers guided tours and interactive exhibits that bring the Acadian history to life.

If you have time, stop by La Cuisine Robicheau in Saulnierville. It is a family-run restaurant known for its Acadian hospitality. The warm and inviting atmosphere, coupled with a commitment to quality, makes it a popular choice for locals and visitors. The menu features a variety of lobster dishes, highlighting the natural flavours of fresh seafood.

See our article on 7 day trips ideas to Yarmouth & Pubnico.

Lunenburg Harbour

6. A Quaint & Colourful Day to Mahone Bay & Lunenburg

A trip to Mahone Bay and Lunenburg promises picturesque views and vibrant local culture. Start in Mahone Bay, known for its iconic trio of churches and charming shops. Take a walk along the waterfront and explore the town’s many boutiques and art galleries.

Then, head to Lunenburg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where you can explore the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic, wander through the beautifully preserved Old Town, and enjoy fresh seafood at a waterfront restaurant. The town’s colorful architecture and rich maritime history make it a delightful place to spend the day.

For lunch, visit The Grand Banker Bar & Grill in Lunenburg, which offers a fantastic menu featuring fresh seafood and local favorites. With its waterfront location, it’s the perfect spot to enjoy a delicious meal while taking in the scenic views of Lunenburg’s harbour.

See our article on 7 day trips ideas to Mahone Bay & Lunenburg.


Each of these destinations offers its own unique charm and attractions, making them perfect for day trips from Annapolis Royal. Whether you’re seeking outdoor adventure, historical exploration, or culinary delights, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. From the serene beauty of Kejimkujik National Park to the rich Acadian heritage of Pubnico, these day trips provide a wonderful opportunity to experience the diverse landscapes and vibrant culture of Nova Scotia. So pack your bags, hit the road, and discover all that this beautiful region has to offer. If you will be arriving late back at Annapolis Royal, we advise you to make reservations in advance, particularly in the summer season.

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