Nova Scotia Trans-Canada Highway information

Fishing village of Peggy's Cove

Why Visit Nova Scotia?

This province has several charming areas, including the Bay of Fundy shoreline, the Atlantic Coast, and Cape Breton. There is lots of nature, lots of history, and many fascinating communities. There's the historic Annapolis Royal, the stunning wooden buildings and churches of Lunenburg, every town with a lighthouse (not just Peggy's Cove), and of course, Halifax.

Here is the route of the Trans-Canada Highway from east to west:

Marine Atlantic Ferries' MV Lief Ericson leaving port The ferry from Newfoundland lands at North Sydney on Cape Breton Island, and the Trans-Canada Highway (#105) proceeds along the shoreline of several bays, crossing to the mainland over the causeway at the Strait of Canso.

Detour to the Fort Louisbourg

Fortress Louisbourg To the east of the ferry crossing is historic Fort Louisbourg, which the French used to defend the mouth of the St Lawrence from the British for over a century.

Detour to the Cape Breton Highlands and Cabot Trail

North Harbour on the Cabot Trail To the northwest of the Trans-Canada is Cape Breton Highlands National Park, with scenic vistas over the Gulf of St Lawrence. You can easily spend a day on the Cabot Trail, which hugs the coast around most of Cape Breton Island.

The distance from Sydney to Amherst is 252 miles (405 KM), but a non-stop drive along the Cabot Trail will add a day to your visit.

Nova Scotia portion of the Trans-Canada

Itineraries along the Trans-Canada:

Moncton, NB - Truro Itinerary Truro - New Glasgow Itinerary New Glasgow - Sydney Itinerary New Glasgow to Charl-town, PEI
Dunvegh Beach on the Cabot Trail

The highway (now #104) passes by many small towns on St. George's Bay, including Havre Boucher, Tracadie, and Antigonish, and then dips southwest to Truro. It then meanders in a northwesterly direction to Amherst, before crossing the border into New Brunswick. To the south is the Minas Basin, which opens into the Bay of Fundy, known for its extreme tides of over 14 metres. To the north is the Northumberland Strait which looks out to Prince Edward Island and the scenic towns of Pictou, Pugwash, and Northport.

The distance from Sydney to Amherst is 252 miles (405 KM), but a non-stop tour of the Cabot Trail will add a day to your visit. The Trans-Canada does not pass through Halifax, which is Nova Scotia's largest city and the provincial capital, but it's only 63 miles southwest of Truro on route 102, and worth visiting.

Amheerst, Nova Scotia

Heading to Prince Edward Island (PEI)

To get to Prince Edward Island, cross the border into New Brunswick. Then turn east onto Trans-Canada Route 16, and cross to the island on the new 11-mile Confederation Bridge. You can also take a privately-operated a 75-minute long car ferry to PEI from Pictou, Nova Scotia.

TIP: The bridge toll is only paid on the way OFF the Island, so if you go east to west, you pay ferry + bridge toll, but if you travel west to east through PEI, you only pay the ferry toll.

History of the Trans-Canada in Nova Scotia

Some Useful Links

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Known Speedtraps in Nova Scotia Ferries to/from the Province Large Roadside Attractions Trans-Canada Trail Gas Prices

Trans-Canada Highway Website Features for Nova Scotia:

Provinces with the Trans-Canada Highway Province Cities along the Trans-Canada Highway City Town along the Trans-Canada Highway Town Itinerary Transcanada Highway History History Trans-Canada Highway Ferries Ferry Trans-Canada Highway Ferries Tour

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Nova Scotia Highway Features & Points of Interest

Cities to Visit

Here are some featured Nova Scotia cities & towns along or near the Trans Canada Highway:

Halifax, Nova Scotia Travel InformationHalifax, Nova Scotia Travel Information

NS: Halifax is a city with 380,000 residents with a large deep-water harbour on the Atlantic Ocean, and unique and important historic sites, including the Halifax Citadel

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Routes & Itineraries

Here are some featured itineraries of Nova Scotia segments of the Trans Canada Highway:

Nova Scotia: Route #104 from Truro to New Glasgow, Nova ScotiaNova Scotia: Route #104 from Truro to New Glasgow, Nova Scotia

NS: Here is the itinerary for the 56 km along Route #104 from Truro to New Glasgow, Nova Scotia:

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Nova Scotia: between Moncton, New Brunswick and Truro, Nova ScotiaNova Scotia: between Moncton, New Brunswick and Truro, Nova Scotia

NS: Here is the itinerary for the 155 km along Highway #2 (NB) and Highway #104 (NS) between Moncton, New Brunswick and Truro, Nova Scotia:

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