Nova Scotia has some traditional landmarks that everyone knows of, but there are a bunch that can be fun to snap a selfie with and learn about. Here are 12 landmarks you can visit on your journeys around Canada’s Ocean Playground.
You may have driven by the mastodon on Mastodon Ridge in Stewiacke, NS. The statue is one of the largest in the province at 14 feet tall and 22 feet long. Also while visiting Mastadon Ridge, you can check out Coldstream Clear Distillery (open all year) and the vendors that set up shop in the summer.
Did you know it's named Mastodon Ridge because in 1991 mastodon bones were discovered in a nearby quarry?
The World’s Largest Fiddle is located on the Sydney waterfront next to the city's cruise pavilion. The fiddle greets guests to the waterfront when they arrive on cruise ships to Sydney. The fiddle and its bow reach a height of 60 feet.
The big fiddle is a tribute to the folk music and traditions of the province’s Celtic community.
Cow Bay residents have a lot of pride in their giant moose. So much pride, that they have a society designated to it's upkeep and survival. Cow Bay is a small community on the outskirts of Cole Harbour and Eastern Passage in the Halifax Regional Municipality.
Next time you find yourself in the area, be sure to visit the Cow Bay Moose!
The Hector was a famous tall ship that brought some of the first Scottish settlers to Nova Scotia. A replica of the ship was launched in September 2020 and sits at the Hector Heritage Quay in Pictou, NS. The ship and quay are maintained and run by a group of volunteers.
The ships is currently out of the water undergoing restoration work.
Oxford dubs itself the Blueberry Capital of Canada and they have the roadside attraction to prove it! Their giant blueberry statue has been turning heads and smiling at you for the past number of years.
Balancing Rock is a rock teetering on the edge of St. Mary's Bay on the Bay of Fundy. At nine meters high, the column of basalt is one of nature's most interesting sights in Nova Scotia.
To get here you are required to hike a 2 1/2 km trail and climb a 235 step staircase which leads to a viewing platform with interpretive panels. There are rest areas and picnic tables on the hike.
Balancing Rock is located off Highway 217 in Tiverton.
The Stewiacke Tree has been dubbed the Lion King Tree by some due to the resemblance of the famous tree in Disney's movie. It sits in a farmers field a short distance from Mastodon Ridge on Highway 102. It is probably the most famous tree in Nova Scotia and is a landmark many point out as they drive past.
Église Sainte-Marie, is located in Church Point near the Université Sainte-Anne campus. Sainte-Marie parish was the first parish to be established in the St. Mary's Bay area of Southwest Nova Scotia.
The historic church's steeple rises 56.4 m (185 feet) above the ground and is the largest wooden church in North America. Fifteen hundred volunteers under the supervision of a master carpenter who could neither read or write built the church over a two year period between 1903 and 1905.
The church features large columns which are actually whole tree trunk and the tall steeple is anchored down using 40 tons of rock.
Today the church is a registered museum and is open to the public from mid-May until October
Kluscap (Glooscap) is an Abenaki word that means "man from nothing." Mi'kmaq legends and stories passed down say Glooscap is the first human, "created out of a bolt of lightning in the sand."
The statue of Glooscap is located at the he Glooscap Interpretive Centre at the Truro Power Centre on Highway 102.
Next on the list is the Lunenburg waterfront and downtown. The area is one of only two urban communities in North America designated as UNESCO World Heritage sites.
Seventy percent of the original colonial buildings from the 18th and 19th centuries still stand today with their colourful façades. The town is full of restaurants, distilleries, breweries, artisans shops, small hotels and inns.
Lunenburg is also home port of Nova Scotia’s sailing ambassador, Bluenose II.
Halifax's Old Town Clock is one of the most recognized symbols and structures in Downtown Halifax.
The clock's hands have been ticking since October 20, 1803.
The tower housing the clock has been used as a guard room and as a residence for the clock caretaker.
Just about everyone has snapped a picture of the Peggys Cove Lighthouse and jumped across her rocky shore. It's no surprise this is on our list.