Blue Rocks, Nova Scotia

Blue Rocks, near Lunenburg, Nova Scotia

There’s something very appealing about Atlantic Canada. During a road trip in Nova Scotia, we stumbled upon Blue Rocks, a curious fishing village turned artist colony.

In Atlantic Canada, the fishing industry has been on the verge of collapse for the last 20 years. The young leave in droves, lured to the oil-sands in Alberta. In glossy brochures designed to draw tourists, the eastern provinces often fall in the shadow of the forests of British Columbia and the mighty Rockies out west. But rest assured, Atlantic Canada is beautiful, and well worth a long visit.

During our Atlantic Canada road trip, the girls and I stumbled upon a tiny community called Blue Rocks.


Once a fishing village, today it’s home to artists and photographers. It was easy to see why. There’s something about the light here at Blue Rocks, not unlike Skagen on the tempestuous northern tip of Denmark.

Blue Rocks, near Lunenburg, Nova Scotia

Blue Rocks, near Lunenburg, Nova Scotia


  • If you’re ever in the quaint, colourful town of Lunenburg, I recommend making a detour to Blue Rocks. It’s just a few minutes away, right on the windswept Atlantic coast.
  • Atlantic Canada is easily accessible from Europe – between June and October, Icelandair has frequent flights (and often inexpensive) via Reykjavik to Halifax. (You could even stop for a swim in the Blue Lagoon between flights).

Have you been in Atlantic Canada, perhaps even Blue Rocks?

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17 Responses to “Blue Rocks, Nova Scotia”

  1. Red Hunt 14 January 2013 1842 #

    Such a relaxing part of Canada…Nova Scotia is beautiful, great photos!

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 17 January 2013 1350 #

      Thanks – and yes, it really is beautiful, in a quiet sort of way.

  2. ItalianNotes 14 January 2013 2007 #

    Magic. But what’s the story behind the church covered in plastic?

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 17 January 2013 1351 #

      Haha, not a church, but a fishing gear shop. Interesting architecture in this part of the world.

  3. Bryan Haines / GringosAbroad 14 January 2013 2225 #

    Great shots, we’ve been to Lunenburg countless times (we used to live an hour away) but I’ve never heard of Blue Rocks. On our next trip home we’ll have to check it out.


    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 17 January 2013 1352 #

      Thanks for stopping by. Your home is in a lovely place.

  4. Nikhil Chandra 15 January 2013 1418 #

    An informative post supported by some amazing shots. Nicely done

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 17 January 2013 1352 #


  5. Vera Marie Badertscher 15 January 2013 2029 #

    I loved my road trip to Nova Scotia, and we did go to Lunenberg, but didn’t get to Blue Rocks. So sorry we didn’t. Definitely deserves a revisit.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 17 January 2013 1353 #

      Know what you mean. Think I’d like to go back and stay a while. Such a tranquil and pretty province.

  6. Leigh 16 January 2013 0334 #

    I started dating my husband in Nova Scotia. We were both working as geologists and both had access to company cars. One of the first places we went to visit was Blue Rocks – it hasn’t changed much in all those years. I’m planning to return to the south shore this summer and look forward to rediscovering the area between Peggy’s Cove & Lunenburg.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 17 January 2013 1354 #

      Oh, how interesting, Leigh. Hope you’ll write about it.

  7. Andrew Graeme Gould 18 January 2013 0149 #

    No, I have been nowhere near there, Sophie, but it does look nice, as shown by you here. Thanks for the views!

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 23 January 2013 1642 #

      You’re welcome 🙂

  8. InsideJourneys 21 January 2013 0440 #

    Great shots, Sophie. I’ve yet to make it to Atlantic Canada. Hmm, maybe this year.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 23 January 2013 1644 #

      I haven’t been out west yet, but really like the Maritimes.

  9. Christina 4 February 2013 2342 #

    I really want to visit Nova Scotia. You’re right, it’s all about Banff and Whistler, and nobody ever talks about Atlantic Canada. I adored Maine on the US side of things, so I think I’ll love Nova Scotia too. And, there’s this TV series I watch called Haven, which is filmed in that region and the scenery is always stunning!

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