Five can’t-miss activities in Nova Scotia

Take the drive of a lifetime on the Cabot Trail

This is your chance to navigate one of the National Geographic’s Drives of a Lifetime—by car, bike or motorcycle. With 24 look-offs to explore, the Cabot Trail is the best way to fully appreciate the gorgeous and rugged Cape Breton Highlands. Discover your own personal adventure along the way: play a round of golf at the famous Highland Links, hike and camp at Cape Breton Highlands National Park, or linger over hand-crafted hooked rugs in Cheticamp. This is truly one of the world’s great road trips.

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Learn about local history in Lunenburg

This UNESCO World Heritage site – with its narrow streets and unique architecture – is also the home port of Nova Scotia’s sailing ambassador, the Bluenose II. The graceful ship is a replica of the original fishing boat that found fame as a racing schooner.

Wander Old Town Lunenburg’s distinctive waterfront with its colorful buildings, listen for salty tales of seafaring and rum-running, and discover what life is like on the open ocean at the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic.

Explore the Halifax Waterfront

Walk the ocean’s edge along the historic Halifax waterfront. Start at Pier 21 – the gateway into Canada for one million immigrants – and then explore eclectic shops, some of the city’s best restaurants, and ships including the last of the WWII convoy escort corvettes. Discover the oldest continuously operating farmers’ market in North America, and exhibits at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic including displays on the city’s link to the Titanic disaster. End at the timber-frame & stone warehouses of Historic– originally built to safeguard booty captured by legalized pirates called privateers.

Try the fresh lobster

If you haven’t eaten lobster in Nova Scotia, then you haven’t really eaten lobster. This popular seafood is still the lifeblood of our many working fishing communities, and when you visit Lobster in the Rough in Halls Harbour you’ll be able to pluck a lobster from the pound, stroll the wharf while lobster boats ply the ocean, and wait for your lobster to be cooked to perfection. Savor a lobster picnic overlooking the water at Stanley’s in Yarmouth, or adopt a lobster at the Northumberland Fisheries Museum and learn about its life cycle. Foodies can rejoice – there’s lobster to enjoy in every corner of the province.

Sample some Nova Scotian wine

The soil and weather in Nova Scotia are ideal for producing the grapes that result in our character-rich and and award-winning wines. Nova Scotia is home to 11 wineries, each a testament to commitment and dedication to the craft. Sip the flavour of this place by sampling wines from traditional to icewine to our signature appellation Tidal Bay, a crisp, aromatic white with the unique characteristics of our cool climate.