Nova Scotia: An Outdoor Lover’s Dream Vacation

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Nova Scotia Has it All

It is not very often you find a destination that has everything you are looking for in one location. Nova Scotia is a dream come true for outdoor enthusiasts, nature lovers, active families, and foodies. Where else can you spot a whale (in a bay that has “fun” as part of its name), do some wine tasting, play some golf, fish, kayak, and more. Wow! And don’t worry, there is plenty of shopping, historical buildings, and indoor activities for those rainy days, too.

Check out these top things to do in Nova Scotia (which doesn’t even come close to being a complete list.)

Discover the Joy of Spontaneous Adventure

With so many things to do and easy access to most of them, you don’t really need a plan. Just some time set aside and an open mind to adventure.

Whale Watching in the Bay of Fundy

There are 12 species of whales in and around Nova Scotia, including the rare right whale, that come to mate, play and feast on plankton. Good news, the best times to spot these giants is the summer and fall months. Can you imagine being just a few feet (in a boat of course) from the world’s biggest creature as it breaches and dives, smacking it’s HUUUUGGEEEE tail into the water? It’s just something you have to see for yourself.

Can you spot a whale in Nova Scotia

Halifax Waterfront

Explore Nova Scotia’s capital and historic port city. The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 is the gateway into Canada for one million immigrants, and a perfect place to start your tour of this complex city.

From there you can peruse shops and galleries, some of the city’s best restaurants, and ships including the last of the WWII convoy escort corvettes.

Other things to see include:

  •  Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market (the oldest continuously operating farmers’ market in North America)
  • Walk the board walk
  • Maritime Museum of the Atlantic
  • Harbor Tours
  • Take in one of the many annual events including the Halifax International Busker Festival, Atlantic Film Festival’s Outdoor Film Experience and the TD Halifax Jazz Festival.

Halifax is the capital of Nova Scotia

Kidston Island

This quaint island is just across the bay from Alexander Graham Bell’s historic summer home in Baddeck.

Kidston Island in Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia’s South Shore

If you are a craft beer, rum or wine connoisseur (or just enjoy a fantastic glass) this is the place to be. According to NovaScotia.Com:

“Nova Scotia’s South Shore’s storied history of rum running, Oak Island treasure hunting, and schooner building has paved the way for award winning breweries, distilleries and wineries, Oak Island treasure hunting tours, and sailing excursions on the Bluenose II, the replica of the famed Bluenose Schooner that to this day adorns the Canadian dime.

Discover lighthouses, museums, and restaurants specializing in fresh, local ingredients. For the outdoor enthusiast – surfing, cycling, hiking, sea kayaking and more await you along Nova Scotia’s South Shore.”

See, we told you!

Nova Scotia

Peggy’s Cove

Peggy’s Cove is a small rural community located on the eastern shore of St. Margaret’s Bay. Peggy’s Point Lighthouse is one of Nova Scotia’s most well-known lighthouses and may be the most photographed in Canada.  Although this unique environment is designated as a preservation area, it is still an active fishing community.

Peggy's Cove is an active fishing town in Nova Scotia

Lunenburg: A World Heritage Site

Not too far from the Peggy’s cove lies the old town of Lunenburg. Named a UNESCO heritage site in 1995, this coastal town has so many things you simply have to see.
Nova Scotia Lunenburg

Have you ever been to Nova Scotia?

We’d love to hear about it. Do you have any suggestions of things a traveler “must do” while visiting? Send us your suggestions and pictures. Happy Travels!

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