HOW TO GET TO NOVA SCOTIA’S THREE SHORES
Travel to three amazing shores easily
Nova Scotia’s Three Shores region includes the Eastern, Fundy and Northumberland Shore, all of which collectively make up the middle of Nova Scotia. Located between the regions of Halifax and Cape Breton and from the Nova Scotia/New Brunswick border in Amherst to the Atlantic coast, this extraordinary coastal region can be easily reached by all modes of transportation including the Trans Canada Highway 104, the Halifax International Airport, and the Northumberland Ferry. The following information will help guide you to the Fundy Shore, the Northumberland Shore and the Eastern Shore.
The “Glooscap Trail” portion of Nova Scotia’s Fundy Shore is located northeast of the Annapolis Valley and east of the New Brunswick border, and travels between Windsor and Amherst. The shore can be accessed by:
The Northumberland Shore of Nova Scotia is located east of New Brunswick (beginning in Amherst), northeast of Truro, and just west of Cape Breton. Coastal routes include:
The Eastern Shore of Nova Scotia lies just east of Halifax, southeast of Truro and southwest of Cape Breton. The shore can be accessed directly by:
To further help you reach Canada’s East Coast and the province of Nova Scotia, we’ve provided detailed information on a variety of transportation. Remember, if you are traveling outside of Canada, you must carry a valid, government-issued passport. Additional information can be found at the Canadian Border Services Agency.
Getting Here by Road
Coming by car, we’re just a day’s drive away from Boston and New England, and a day and a half from Quebec. Highway 104 connects Three Shores to the rest of the continent. The Trans Canada highway series delivers drivers to the best of Three Shores as soon as you enter the province just outside the town of Amherst.
Getting Here by Boat
Incorporating sea travel into your trip to the Three Shores adds a fitting ocean element to your vacation. Year-round ferry service from Saint John, New Brunswick to Digby, Nova Scotia on board Bay Ferries’ Princess of Acadia can save you a few hours of driving while offering up an amazing experience on the waters of the Bay of Fundy. The ferry runs three times a day during peak season. Reservations are recommended. The crossing takes three hours. Onboard services and amenities include a restaurant and children’s play area – bonus sightings of the whales playing in the world’s highest tides are free! If you’re coming to Three Shores from other locations in Atlantic Canada, there is ferry service from PEI and from Newfoundland as well.
Getting Here by Air
Halifax Stanfield International Airport (YHZ) is your air travel connection to Three Shores. The airport handles traffic from all over the world with service provided by:
You can access up-to-the-minute flight information as well as details about airport services and travel advisories at
Halifax Stanfield International Airport (HSIA) connects Three Shores to the world with direct service to and from dozens of cities world-wide, US pre-clearance onsite, and more than 650 flights in and out of the airport weekly. You can expect excellent service and amenities at the airport: HSIA has ranked first in overall passenger satisfaction for airports worldwide with under five million passengers, for the second year in a row and was rated as best airport in the Americas of any size for overall satisfaction, and best domestic airport worldwide.
Getting Here by Bus
We welcome motorcoach tours and individuals travelling by bus from all across North America. Greyhound and partner lines Voyageur from Montreal link up with our regional provider, Maritime Bus to connect Three Shores to the rest of North America.
Our highway infrastructure and services, restaurants, and attractions are well-versed in providing a top of the line experience for motorcoach travellers. Contact Markie Bus Tours for local bus charter service.
Getting Here by Train
Via Rail Canada brings you to Three Shores aboard The Ocean - comfortable, classic, passenger train service that connects our region to the rest of the continent by way of overnight service from Montreal. The Ocean departs Montreal for Nova Scotia in the evening. You can sleep while you travel and arrive refreshed and ready to explore in the morning. The return journey departs in the afternoon, arriving in Montreal the next morning. The Ocean runs six days a week, with no service on Tuesdays. There are Via Rail stations serving Three Shores in Truro and Halifax.
Photograph Copyright: Scott Munn, George Simhoni, Crystal Dorey, NS Dept. of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism