The Nova Scotia Island Paradise You’ve Probably Never Heard Of..

Nova Scotia isn’t generally thought of as an island paradise.

But hiding just off the coast of Nova Scotia’s eastern shore are 100 wild islands that may change your mind.

100 Wild Islands Nova Scotia Hidden Gem

This natural gem is located just an hour from the core, in what is still considered Halifax. I visited in September with a group of bloggers, journalists, and influencers.

100 Wild Islands Halifax Hidden Gems

The islands span from Clam Harbour to Taylor Head, And while many are close together, the islands are as diverse as they are numerous. Every coastal habitat in Nova Scotia, including rainforest (yes, we have rainforest here), is represented among the islands.

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100 Wild Islands Must Visit Places Nova Scotia

There is no other island group quite like this, it’s one of the last protected archipelagos of its kind.


Photo taken by Bob Guscott

That diverse habitat lends itself to lots of wildlife, including more than 120 bird species, rare turtles, porpoise, and mola mola.

The 100 Wild Islands were, until recently, a mix of crown land and private property (less than 5% of our coastal land is protected). And while there have been plans to develop over the years, the islands have remained relatively unaltered by humans since the last ice age.

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100 Wild Islands Halifax Hidden Gem

100 Wild Islands Halifax Hidden Gem

Now they’ll stay that way. This year, the Nova Scotia Nature Trust acquired the last of the required fundraising to conserve the 100 Wild Islands. They’ve been working with government and land owners to protect this important area. It’s a scale the Nature Trust never imagined they’d work on, but as Bonnie Sutherland, Executive Director of Nova Scotia Nature Trust, said,

“It was something that had to happen once we knew about it. If we don’t do it, it will never happen. It will be gone.”

The islands will remain open to the public to explore, and because the land is so diverse and untouched, it will provide world class education and research opportunities.


Photo By Bob Guscott

Want to visit the 100 Wild Islands? Brian from Murphy’s Camp Ground chartered our trip. Brian runs coastal island tours through the islands from May 15 – October 15. Make it an overnight adventure by booking a night at the campground and enjoy the community vibes and evening bonfire.

You can also take a multi-day kayaking tour offered by Coastal Adventures, an unforgettable adventure for those seeking some active travel opportunities. Learn about that option HERE.

100 Wild Islands

The 100 Wild Islands are still relatively unknown, so help spreading the word is needed. And while conservation funding has now been secured, the Nova Scotia Nature Trust needs help to protect the legacy of the 100 Wild Islands. Learn more about this great conservation project and become a “friend of the wild” at

Follow our adventures live:


We had a chance to hang out with some of our favourite bloggers during this trip, and they’ve created some amazing content from the day. See links to their content or blogs below!

A For Adventure:

Dave Culligan:

Short Presents:

Sick Boy Podcast:

Seriously Alexa:

We Are Nova Scotia:

The Local XPress (@HaliJohnMcPhee):

About the author

Gillian Wesley

Since getting together six years ago, we have given away our television, begun weekly DIY nights, experimented with urban homesteading, challenged ourselves to drive less (100 days car-free in 2013), and have learned more about food security. We have experimented with a range of budgeting strategies, all of which involve consuming less stuff. We buy food with reducing packaging in mind. We got a dog. We have been doing these things for a variety of reasons: financial, social, environmental, to achieve a better work-life balance. It has resulted in us enjoying an increasingly simple and satisfying lifestyle. We’ve been influenced by a lot of people we’ve encountered and things we’ve read about along the way, notably the Transition Movement, the Antigonish Movement, and, more recently, traditional Acadien living. And we’ve learned that we are by no means alone. There are many, many people who are taking steps to downshift their lives. Sign up for our eNewsletter, and we’ll send you a round-up of our new and upcoming projects once a month.