What's New in 2017

Celebrate Canada's 150th in Nova Scotia!

Discover Canada’s national parks, heritage spaces and rich history in 2017. There is something for everyone!  And remember, all Parks Canada sites have free admission in 2017.  Here are just a few of Nova Scotia's contributions to the celebrations!

  • The Halifax Citadel National Historic Site has created a new flagship exhibit to present its stories in interactive ways.  Also for 2017 is "Ready, Aim, Fire!" ... step up and take your turn as a 78th Highlander firing an authentic Snider-Enfield Rifle! 
  • Fort Anne National Historic Site will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2017 commemorating its designation as Canada’s first National Historic Site in 1917.  
  • Wake up in the past after spending the night in the 18th century at Fortress Louisbourg.  Enjoy all equipped 18th-century style period camping.  Or stay in the heart of the fortified town at Rodrique House, offering a unique and fun experience for everyone. 
  • Rendez-vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta is a 7,000-nautical mile transatlantic race, visiting six countries and a key Canada 150 event. Halifax will be the Canadian race start port on the last leg of this transatlantic race, July 28-31, 2017. 
  • White Point Beach Resort will introduce a new monthly s’more flavor that is infused with an ingredient from a province or territory, concluding with a Canada 150 feature in December. 

Sociable!

If you’ve had the pleasure of visiting Nova Scotia and have spent an afternoon on a deck or an evening dancing the night away to a local band, you know this familiar greeting is always traditionally followed with a drink of a favourite Nova Scotian beverage. Here in Nova Scotia, a province known for lively tales of its rum-running past and for having a capital city with the most pubs per capita in Canada, you will be delighted to discover our many outstanding microbreweries and award-winning wineries and every growing list of distilleries.

EXCELL-ent New Experiences

We're excited to have worked with some of our exceptional operators to develop these new World Class Experiences that are uniquely Nova Scotian! 

  • Ultimate Lobster Feast:  Indulge in fresh lobster at the Cape d'Or Lighthouse. Start with a gals of Nova Scotia wine before heading down to the beach for an authentic lobster boil.  Learn from an Advocate Harbour lobster monger how lobsters are caught and regale in his stories about one of our most important fisheries.
  • Best of Halifax Foodie Adventures:  Halifax loves foodies and foodies love Halifax.  Taste Halifax Tours takes you through Halifax's higgest neighbourhoods and create local connections with business owners, chefs and culinary artisans.  From Halifax's offical food the donair to oyster tastings to seafood chowder, these are just a few of the must-try flacours on this culinary adventures.  The experience also includes a behind-the-scenes tasting at the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site.
  • Stellar Beach Feast:  Savour mussels and sparkling wine fire-side at White Point Beach Resort before heading to your private chandelier-lit table on the beach for a chef-prepared, exclusive gourmet meal by the sea at sunset. Then enjoy an exhilarating and star-studded night beach walk with a dark sky expert sharing local Mi'kmaq legends and sea-faring tales connected to the constellations.  The evening concludes with a blind tasting of amazing Nova Scotia wines with your private sommelier. 
  • Devour the Vines Pop Up Vineyard Dinner:  With the scenic backdrop of Grand Pre UNESCO World Heritage Site, this experience pairs delicious local wines, award winning chefs and Nova Scotia flavours with the world's largest culinary film festival, Devour! The Food Film Fest.  The gourmet meal is served in the vineyard at Grand Pre Winery and is paired with a short culinary film.
  • Lighthouse Bites:  Take an evening kayak with North River Kayak to an island in the Bras d’Or Lake, Canada’s largest inland sea, for a music filled dinner in the shadow of an authentic lighthouse.  Then paddle back to shore under the glow of the moonlight.   
  • Tidal Bay Tasting Adventure:  Go North Tours provides an opportunity to treat your senses to Tidal Bay, Nova Scotia’s award-winning appellation white wine, with an exclusive progressive dinner to three vineyards in the Annapolis Valley, taste our unique terroir along the way (yes – lobster is included!) 
  • Dig for Canada's Oldest Dinosaurs:  Help paleontologists dig for Canada’s oldest dinosaurs with a special behind the scenes tour with the Fundy Geological Museum Fossil Research Lab.  Museum experts lead an ocean floor walk alongside specatcular cliffs formed over 200 million years ago.   Work up an appetite digging and then enjoy a lobster roll lunch on the Bay of Fundy.  
  • Hiking & Glamping on Halifax's Harbour Islands:  Experience a thrilling and coastal adventure in the heart of the city with Kayak Halifax.  Kayak to the islands in Halifax’s historic harbour (McNab's Island and George's Island)  before pulling ashore for an overnight dining and glamping experience with the sparking lights of the city as your backdrop. 
  • Dining on the Ocean Floor:  Take part in a true bucket list experience. The Flying Apron Inn & Cookery is once again offering a Dining on the Ocean Floor experience. This adventure includes an intimate 4-course meal prepared by Chef Chris Velden, beverage pairings from Avondale Sky Winery and Meander River Farm & Brewery, a foraging tour with Jonathan Newell, and a private guided tour of Burntcoat Head Park.  All this on the ocean floor at low tide at Burntcoat Head Park on the Bay of Fundy!  

More New to You

  • The Timber Lounge is inspired by our traditional lumberjack heritage and brings the thrill of axe throwing to Nova Scotia’s urban centre of Halifax.  Or spend a day learning the lumberjack ways at Wild AXEperiences in Barrington Passage. 
  • The SPLASHDOME is a new 4D experience on the Halifax Waterfront.  Thrill your senses in this fully immersive 360 degree virtual journey aboard Nova Scotia’s iconic vessel, The Bluenose II, with a 15 minute cinematic experience delivered inside a 50 ft. geodesic dome.
  • The Discovery Centre’s 40,000 sq. ft. new waterfront location will be an architectural delight when it opens with four floors of exhibit and programming space in 2017.  It will be home to an Innovation Lab - the first of its kind in the region.  Other key spaces include five themed marquee galleries along with an Atrium and a Travelling Exhibit Gallery.

Accommodation News

  • The Holiday Inn Halifax Harbourview is undergoing major renovations and will be rebranded as a DoubleTree by Hilton in 2017.
  • The Lord Nelson is undergoing a transformation of their guestrooms and meeting facilities - combining modern comfort and elegance while enhancing the original splendor of an historic landmark.  
  • The Halifax Marriott Harbourfront created an outdoor greenspace on the Acadia Terrace where guests can enjoy casual seating and a pergola overlooking the Halifax Harbour.  
  • The River Nest Wilderness Cabins are new boutique “birdhouses” nestled amongst the trees overlooking the North River, providing a serene overnight camping experience.

Getting to Nova Scotia

  • The CAT is back!  After a successful relaunch in 2016, Bay Ferries' The CAT returns for the 2017 with an extended operating season between Portland, Maine and Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. The service will commence operations on June 1, 2017 and will conclude in mid October.  With a crossing time of just 5.5 hours (about half the time it would take to drive from Portland to Yarmouth), there are plenty of onboard amenities and a knowledgeable local staff and crew to make your journey more than just fast — it will be downright pleasant too!
  • Halifax Stanfield International Airport (HSIA) features Canada-US pre-clearance and has recently installed new BorderXpress Automated Passport Control kiosks to help speed up the U.S. Customs process. HSIA been rated by passengers as among the world’s best, receiving a Skytrax World Airport Award. New retail highlight (post-security) includes Liquid Assets whose focus is exclusively on Nova Scotia’s hand-crafted beverage alcohol artisans. With over 13 wineries, 12 craft breweries, 7 artisan distillers and 4 cideries, Nova Scotia has a wealth of products to offer.

More Story Ideas for 2017

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