Nova Scotia: South Shore

99 Coastal Destinations Rated: Top Rated

Score: 77

With its lighthouse-studded peninsulas and cozy harborside villages, Nova Scotia's foggy South Shore conforms to the quintessential image of Atlantic Canada.

Here is a representative sampling of additional anonymous comments from the panelists. They are not necessarily the views of the National Geographic Society:

"Much to appreciate about the South Shore. Towns like Bridgewater, Lunenburg and Mohonne Bay seem to remain relatively the same throughout the years. Numbers can be problematic in peak season, but this is no St. Tropez. The communities are still heavily involved in small shops and properties, keeping an authenticity that is becoming increasingly rare these days."

"Lack of swimming beaches and cold temperatures limits tourism to on-shore activities, including history. Driving tours are popular to enjoy the vistas along the shore."

"Beautiful area but threatened by a real estate boom that has seen outsiders "take over" communities as escalating prices push out locals. The shoreline is beautiful, though, and the area is rife with maritime history, cuisine, music, and culture. A great place to visit!"

"Small coastal communities with their backs to forest and lakes. Major draw for summer cottage life."