Nova Scotia

Known for its rugged coastline and distinct marine culture, Nova Scotia is one of a cluster of provinces that form Atlantic Canada.

With an extensive coastline of 8,200 miles, Nova Scotia offers a distinct maritime experience of craggy cliffs, beautiful beaches, quaint fishing villages and of course, a wealth of seafood delicacies including salmon, scallops, shrimp and lobster.

Latin for New Scotland, Nova Scotia has a Celtic heritage obvious in the names of its towns, parks and bays, and is renowned for its Acadian and Mi’kmaq beginnings.

Halifax

Halifax is not simply the airport gateway into your Nova Scotian adventure. It promises the warmest of welcomes to a historic port city filled with a myriad of attractions and an atmospheric waterfront district. Start at the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, for insight into the journeys and heartfelt stories of one million Canadian immigrants, before discovering Halifax Seaport Farmers Market. Hear captivating sea stories at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, and stroll through the beautiful Victorian flora at Halifax Public Gardens. No visit would be complete without visiting Halifax Citadel National Historic Site, standing at the ‘top’ of the city, you’ll be greeted by the distinctive Clock Tower that looks over Halifax. Completed in 1856, Citadel was built as a military fortification to protect the Empire from enemies.

 

Lunenburg & Peggy's Cove

Old Town Lunenburg is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, adorned by narrow streets, colourful buildings and unique architecture. In Lunenburg, the past mingles with the present. Expect salty tales of seafaring and rum-running, see tall ships moored in the harbour and listen for the blacksmith’s hammer in the waterfront warehouses. Nova Scotia is home to over 160 historic lighthouses, but no beacon is as photographed as the one in the vibrant fishing village of Peggy’s Cove. Built in 1915, it still keeps watch over the surging ocean waves and working lobster boats.

Bay of Fundy & Annapolis Valley

This incredible region of Nova Scotia is filled with opportunities for discovery and adventure. Climb 300 foot cliffs overlooking waters where 15 species of whale come to play and feast on plankton, then head to Digby Neck, Long Island or Brier Island for a boat tour viewing these magical creatures. Here, you’ll also see the array of birds which frequent the coastline. Walk the ocean floor, where the tide drops the height of a four-storey building and observe exposed layers of rock at Joggins Fossil Cliffs UNESCO World Heritage Site, revealing the world’s most complete fossil record of life 300 million years ago. Learn the story of the Acadians at Grand-Pré National Historic Site and savour delicious, award-winning wines at some of Annapolis Valley’s wineries. This regions activity choices are varied and compelling.

Cape Breton Island

Rich in natural beauty, with a deep sense of its cultural roots, Cape Breton Island is known for the warmth of its Celtic and Acadian communities, its thought-provoking historic sites and undisputed idyllic setting. Discover the rugged beauty and cliff-hugging curves of the world-famous Cabot Trail. Here, where the mountains meet the sea, you’ll find iconic ocean views, hiking trails, colourful fishing villages, and secluded beaches. The picture-postcard settings don’t end there. Set your sights on Cape Breton Highlands National Park, offering lush boreal, Acadian and taiga forest, ocean vistas and epic wildlife encounters, before heading inland to Canada’s largest inland sea – Bras D’or Lake. A UNESCO designated Biosphere, this unique salt-water estuary boasts hundreds of coves and islands and is a mecca for sailors and amateur paddlers alike. Back on dry land, the quaint town of Louisbourg beckons. Step back into 18th-century colonial France at The Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site and walk the grounds of North America’s largest historical reconstruction, before following the Louisbourg Lighthouse Trail which commences at the towns attractive harbour.

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