Five Fun Things To Do In Nova Scotia

As a Nova Scotian, It is easy to say I love this province. It’s a biased opinion but an honest one. With so many fantastic things to do, you never run out of fun, especially in the summer and fall seasons. Here is a list of my top five fun things in Nova Scotia.

1. Visit Downtown Halifax and Dartmouth

Hit the shops, bars, festivals, tours, and more in Halifax of Dartmouth. Some of the most fun things to do in Nova Scotia are right in the centre of these cities. Both Halifax and Dartmouth are attractive, busy cities set on a large working harbour, with two beautiful suspension bridges leading to one another.  Halifax is especially great in the summer when it hosts several annual festivals, including the Jazz Festival and the Busker Festival. But no city is complete with out the best eats in the area. Let’s take a moment to mention those memorable food spots in the area!

2. Visit Lunenburg

Visit this colourful coastal town with a ton of fishing history and was recently featured in the Netflix series Lock & Key. With brightly coloured buildings and history, the waterfront town of Lunenburg – a UNESCO World Heritage site – is a must-see on your trip to Nova Scotia. Like any good East Coast town, good food is a must. There are plenty of excellent restaurants in Lunenburg, including my favourite, the Salt Shaker Deli. After lunch, why not stop at the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic, which explores the history of Atlantic Canadian fisheries? It is sure to be educational and fun.

3. Go Whale Watching

Whale watching is one of the most popular things in Nova Scotia. Between May and October, up to 12 species of whales make their way up the Atlantic coast to the rich feeding grounds off the coast of Nova Scotia. There are two areas where you are almost sure to get up close and personal with whales: The Bay of Fundy and off the coast of Cape Breton. Various tour operators offer whale-watching excursions in Nova Scotia, from large boat excursions to intimate, thrilling rides in zodiacs. The best seems to be the Jolly Breeze Whale Adventure.

4. Visit Annapolis Valley

Sip award-winning wines and ciders. In the 19th and early 20th centuries, Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley provided apples for much of the British Empire, but the industry declined. Fast-forward to 2020, and “The Valley” is booming again with new industries that produce award-winning wines, ciders and spirits. If you want to visit vineyards, my favourite place is a toss-up between Lightfoot & Wolfville Vineyards and Benjamin Bridge. Both have delicious-tasting wines and fantastic service that truly create a memorable experience.

5. Visit Peggy’s Cove

Climb the boulders and explore this iconic lighthouse. Climbing over the sparking granite boulders at Peggy’s Cove is one of the top things to do in Nova Scotia. Peggy’s Cove is also one of the most photographed spots in Canada – and rightly so – it’s stunning. However, Peggy’s Cove is more than just a lighthouse. You can book a guided kayak tour nearby with Kattuk Expeditions. Tip: some of their tours included beach BBQ scallops! One of my favourite things is visiting these locations with my little family. There is nothing better than bonding with those you love most. I encourage you to get out there and enjoy what this beautiful province offers. Moreover, remember to enjoy an ice cream or two while you’re at it.



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