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Beautiful Blue Rocks, Nova Scotia

Beautiful Blue Rocks, Nova Scotia

I returned to Blue Rocks Nova Scotia after more than a 33 year hiatus. The last time I was here was in the early dating phase with my husband John – and we’ve been married now for almost 38 years.

"The view as you enter the hamlet of Blue Rocks"

The view as you enter the hamlet of Blue Rocks

At the time we were both working as geologists for the summer in Nova Scotia – but for different companies. My company gave me a vehicle and a cook prepared our meals. His company gave him a vehicle and weekly food allowance.

We would meet about once a week somewhere – most often in the Lunenburg area – in our company vehicles and then dine on his food allowance – a pretty sweet deal that would never be seen in this day and age.

For dinner we’d probably have scallops and a bottle of Liebfraumilch or Black Nun. That was living though I wouldn’t be caught dead drinking that stuff now. A hearty yes still to the scallops.

It’s a quick drive from Lunenburg

After dinner we’d take a drive down to Blue Rocks Nova Scotia – only about 10 minutes away from Lunenburg. We always seemed to catch it on a sunny evening with the perfect light.

When I revisited by bike what most struck me – apart from the totally dead feeling to the place – was its timeless beauty. I spoke with someone last night who had found a local to chat to – and she was told that there are still six fisherman working out of Blue Rocks. It’s also the type of place people retire to as well.

Should you make it as far as Lunenburg don’t miss the chance to explore this small fishing hamlet. Blue Rocks Nova Scotia is a place untouched by time.

Who would enjoy a visit to Blue Rocks Nova Scotia?

If you’re a photographer or an artist you’ll adore a visit to Blue Rocks. Try and catch the golden hour for the magical light. And if you’re into kayaking, the waters around Blue Rocks would be fun to poke around in.

"Looking out on very calm seas"

Looking out on very calm seas

"Blue on blue"

Blue on blue

"Fisherman's cottage with a view"

Fisherman’s cottage with a view

A scenic coastal road

A scenic coastal road

"Safe harbour here"

Safe harbour here

Walk the wharf in Blue Rocks

Walk the wharf in Blue Rocks

"Another view of the harbour"

Another view of the harbour

Love the palette of colours in Blue Rocks

Love the palette of colours in Blue Rocks

Colourful fishing shacks and cottages

Colourful fishing cottages

People aren't afraid of colour in Blue Rocks

People aren’t afraid of colour in Blue Rocks

It's fun exploring tide pools

It’s fun exploring tide pools but don’t slip on the seaweed

Fishing boat at anchor

Fishing boat at anchor in Blue Rocks

Further reading on Nova Scotia

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A quick trip to Blue Rocks, Nova Scotia



Leigh McAdam is a Calgary based writer, author, photographer and social media enthusiast with over 57,000 followers. Her blog: HikeBikeTravel is frequently cited as one of the top travel and outdoor adventure blogs in Canada.

Author of Discover Canada: 100 Inspiring Outdoor Adventures
Co-author of 125 Nature Hot Spots in Alberta

This Post Has 44 Comments
  1. Oh what a romantic setting for you two . . .and I hear you on the wine. We hit 33 next week, by the way. As usual, loved the photos and the story that went with it was great!

      1. We will hit 33 in July/2019 and Blue Nuns brought back a lot of memories for me when we were dating. We will be visiting Halifax this September/2019 , Blue Rocks and Lunenburg are on our list.

  2. It certainly looks like a wonderful place to retire to….although I am not sure what you meant about the warm body…
    But how lovely to return to a place that you enjoyed with your husband in your younger dating years.
    Beautiful scenes. and no I have never been to Nova Scotia. But it is on my list, so thank you for this tour.
    Have a wonderful week.

  3. First time visiting and I’m enjoying your post on Novia Scotia. Beautiful coastal views and I love all the vivid colors and scenic views, thanks for sharing

  4. Liebfraumilch was what budding wine drinkers consumed in Australia back then too! This place is picture postcard material. Beautiful to look at, but possibly not to live in (unless you are a fisherman I guess). It would be amazing to go back after so much time and it look exactly the same.

    1. @Jan We are very obviously of the same generation – and the stuff was popular in Australia?? That makes me smile. The place is timeless and I do think there is the odd retiree there now.

  5. Aw, what a sweet post. And what a bummer that my spouse and I missed this spot when we were in Lunenburg. Beautiful saturated photos . . . I feel like I’m there – well almost!

  6. What a beautiful place to have met and started your relationship.
    Your reference to Liebfraumilch and Black Nun took me back to Ottawa, though I can’t recall who I shared those bottles of wines with.
    Glad you were able to revisit Blue Rocks. It’s looks so serene.

  7. We were in Nova Scotia about 35 years ago and we loved it. We took the ferry from Bar Harbor, spent a night near Lunenburg and then spent a week in Cape Breton. It was a memorable trip. We’d love to go back some time. We’ll put Blue Rocks on the list.

    1. @Billie I hope you get the chance to return. Fortunately I think they are planning to reopen the ferry next year between Bar Harbour Maine & Yarmouth, NS. Don’t miss a quick trip to Blue Rocks. It’s a memorable place.

  8. I love the cobalt blue color of the water. I am sure the water is very cold, but I want to jump in and drink up all the water. It reminds me of the water color in Quetico.

    Very cool that you got to go back to a place important in your relationship. I love going back to places I visited that have important personal connections.

  9. Hi Leigh,

    Thanks for sharing your sweet dating story and that sweet place that is Blue Rock. It’s nice to find places that are so timeless. Blue Rocks looks so charming and tranquil. I haven’t been to Nova Scotia and I look forward to visiting someday.

  10. Absolutely amazing blues!!!

    I host a weekly link party called “Oh, the PLACES I’ve been!” The link goes up at 7pm EST on Thursday. I hope to see you then!

    – The Tablescaper

  11. Blue Rocks is so special. We bought a little house there 2 years ago, right behind the kayak rental place, overlooking the beautiful boats in the harbour. Its beautiful. We have it rented out right now, hoping to move to Blue Rocks from NB in a few years…it is indeed beautiful (and quiet) 🙂

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