One of three Maritime Provinces, Nova Scotia lies on a peninsula just off the coast of New Brunswick. The province is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, Bay of Fundy and the Gulf of St. Lawrence, all which moderate its climate. As the warmest of Canada’s provinces, visitors to Nova Scotia enjoy three seasons of pleasant temperatures.
Largest city and provincial capital, Halifax, is located on the eastern shoreline of Nova Scotia’s midsection. Halifax Harbour is the site of 45 old shipwrecks! The Halifax-Dartmouth Ferry is a great way to see the sites, including George’s Island. Currently, this National Historic Site’s fortifications are under restoration. Tourists enjoy exploring a Scottish heritage (almost a third of the present day population is Scottish!). The Black Cultural Centre for Nova Scotia, preserving African Canadian history and culture, offers guided and self-tours. Popular National Historic Sites include Halifax Citadel and the Prince of Wales Martello Tower. There is much to do here, so choosing a Nova Scotia Hotel in this area is a great idea! A number of unique churches should be on your list of attractions, including: Our Lady of Sorrows Chapel, built in ONE day in 1843; St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Britain’s first overseas cathedral; and St. George’s round church, a circular Palladian structure. Take a stroll on Dartmouth’s Heritage Walk, where you can explore history dating back to 1796.
You are going to be thrilled by the highest tides in the world! So much higher, that you can even walk on the ocean floor at low tide at the incredible Bay of Fundy. The Bay is rich with sealife, including whales, porpoises, seals and dolphins; hike, comb the beaches or dig for clams at Five Islands Provincial Park.
As you are exploring the peninsula, stop in Springhill to see memorabilia representing favorite daughter Anne Murray’s renowned singing career at the Centre, or the Hank Snow Home Town Museum in Liverpool, which preserves the history of country music.
See the famous Lighthouse at Peggy’s Cove, just one of the 160 famous Nova Scotia lighthouses which dot its picturesque coastline. This area can be quite foggy, so the historic lighthouses indeed continue to serve the province well. Charming seaside towns are tucked into the coastline’s nooks and crannies – you can explore over a hundred beaches if you care to count!
Cape Breton Highlands National Park is at the far north end of the Halifax Peninsula; the Cabot Trail is an iconic scenic drive through this area. The Park offers 25 hiking trails which serve up amazing views of the Atlantic Ocean and towering cliffs. At the extreme north tip of the peninsula, you can see where explorer John Cabot discovered North America in 1497 at Cabot Landing Provincial Park. Sydney, a major cruise ship port, is just south of this park. Kejimkujik National Park is found at the opposite end of the peninsula; you can swim in the lake, canoe turquoise waters and see ancient Mi’kmaw petroglyphs. If time allows, reconnect with nature at rugged Brier Island, the province’s westernmost point.
Acres of vineyards are carefully tended at eight thriving wineries which produce award-winning wines which will astound even the most discriminating of palates. Perhaps you might enjoy a sommelier-led tour, or better yet, a stroll through the courtyard gardens arm-in-arm with your loved one. This is the place to completely unwind and let your cares drift away on a soft breeze! Area restaurants pair many of these delicious varieties with the freshest seafood imaginable. Can’t you just taste the sweet lobster pasta?
One more thing - Tidal Bore river rafting is a renowned local adventure, so don’t miss this spray-in-the-face thrill! Nova Scotia is a land filled with surprises and adventures – plan a visit today!