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Cities & Towns

You’re never far from the sea in Nova Scotia – or far from an urban centre.

In the capital of Halifax, be seen at the vibrant film, music and theatre scenes, take in an art show, explore a museum, or roll the dice at a casino. With more pubs and clubs per capita than almost anywhere in Canada. And all this only minutes away from some of the best hiking and sea-kayaking trails around.

Sydney is a city with a proud coal-mining and steel-making past that is a gateway to the attractions of Cape Breton Island – including the Celtic Colours Festival, a unique showcase of culture. It’s no second fiddle to celebrations anywhere else, with Gaelic story-telling, local dance, and lots of music on tap.

Mahone Bay is a scenic town carved out of Nova Scotia’s craggy Lighthouse Route, its protective waters a popular destination for sailing and paddling. Baddeck – the beginning and end of the world-renown Cabot Trail – stretches along the shores of the Bras d’Or Lakes, Nova Scotia’s inland sea. So taken by the beauty of the place, Alexander Graham Bell chose Baddeck as his summer home.

And in the town of…well, we could go on, but we’re hoping you’re in your car by now and pointed in the direction of curiosity.