Tourists visiting Nova Scotia LOVE to make a beeline for Lunenburg, a UNESCO World Heritage site (and home to the Bluenose II); however, drive for about 6-minutes along the eastern windswept Atlantic coast and you’ll find a small, peaceful village that’s worth a detour.

The little community of Blue Rocks is advertised as “Lunenburg’s answer to Peggy’s Cove.” But unlike Peggy’s Cove, Blue Rocks is not overrun by tourists, boats, and buses. I’m not sure that buses could even navigate the winding, crumbling dirt roads and hairpin turns around centuries old buildings. There were moments in the Jeep where I worried that we’d simply fall into the ocean.

Blue Rocks is a working fishing village made of churches, wooden homes, small community buildings, fishing shacks, and weather worn artist homes. The area is named after the blue slate rocks that line the edge of the ocean. These Cambrian-Ordonvician rocks (once sedimentary) have been compressed into metamorphic rocks by the movement of tectonic plates.

Apparently, the fish shacks in this area are some of the most photographed buildings in Lunenburg county.