Nova Scotia Good Cheer Trail

Good Cheer Trail

The Nova Scotia Good Cheer Trail, Canada’s first winery, craft brewery, cidery and distillery trail, is a toast to the craftmanship and creativity of our many wineries, craft breweries, cideries and distilleries.

From Yarmouth to Sydney, discover new favourites as you sample locally produced wines, beers, ciders, and spirits at any of the 50 stops on the Good Cheer Trail. Whether you're interested in trying the latest vintage of Tidal Bay, meeting an award-winning brewmaster or sampling a fresh cider or single malt whisky straight from the barrel, the Good Cheer Trail has you covered. Be sure to pick up a Good Cheer Trail passport to help you as your plan your road trip adventure.

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Wineries & Vineyards

Nova Scotia has a long and rich history of growing grapes for wine - dating as far back as the 1600s - as the climate and soil conditions in Nova Scotia favour unique and distinctive grape varietals like L’Acadie Blanc, Seyval Blanc, Lucie Kuhlmann and Baco Noir.

Visit any of the 15 vineyards on the Good Cheer Trail to discover award-winning Nova Scotia wines including Nova Scotia's appellation white wine, Tidal Bay.

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Distilleries

From the meandering paths at Tangled Garden that provide fresh ingredients for liqueurs and North America’s first single malt whisky at Glenora Distillery, to Pear Eau de Vie (with the pear in the bottle) at Ironworks Distillery, decadent maple vodka made with Nova Scotia maple syrup at Steinhart Distillery, and Caribbean and Canadian rums that are oak-matured and craft-blended in the Authentic Seacoast Distilling, our Nova Scotia distilleries continue to push the envelope in creating quality distilled products with local ingredients.

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Craft Breweries

Craft beer brewing in Nova Scotia has exploded over the past few years which means it's never been so easy to discover new local favourites to quench your thirst!

Throughout the Good Cheer Trail, you’ll find innovative, as well as traditional beers, and you'll meet our brewmasters and discover their stories.

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Brew Pubs

Brew pubs offer the best of both worlds: local food and local drink in one location.

Our brew pubs offer you the finest Nova Scotia products from our land and sea paired with delicious craft beer in a lively pub environment. Try a sampler with your lunch, or order a glass of your favourite beer with your seafood chowder and get ready to stay for the evening. You can’t go wrong with this combination of food, beer and live music.

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Cideries

Nova Scotia has long tradition of apple growing and some of the first apple trees planted in the province were cider apple varieties used exclusively for the production of hard cider.

In recent years there has been a craft cider resurgence in province, with several producers in the province creating distinctive ciders. Not unlike wine, Nova Scotia’s craft ciders reflect the terroir of the region. Craft cideries offer visitors the opportunity to meet the cider makers, learn about unique apple varieties and sample the delicious products.

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Historical Experiences

Port-Royal National Historic Site: In 1606, Samuel de Champlain established the Order of Good Cheer in Port Royal. Today, step back in time with a visit to the Port-Royal National Historic Site of Canada to experience the earliest days of French exploration and to stand on the site where possibly one of the first gastronomic societies in North America was formed.

Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site: Fortress Rum is the first rum to be matured onsite at the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site in almost 300 years. In the 18th century, Louisbourg was one of North America’s busiest seaports, France’s centre of trade and military strength in the New World, and Caribbean rum was a major trading good of the times.

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