Taste of Nova Scotia: Some of the country’s best restaurants, top chefs, award-winning wineries and internationally-renowned culinary vacation experiences are on the menu in Nova Scotia! Whether traditional or contemporary, their fare reflects the culinary and cultural heritage of Nova Scotia. This tour will take you through the heart of the southwestern corner of the province to taste our delicacies, like smoked salmon, maple syrup and blueberries, and meet our innovative operators to learn how they are bringing Nova Scotia to the forefront on the international cuisine scene.
Mainland Adventures: From the rolling orchards and dykelands of the Annapolis Valley to the glacial boulders of Peggy’s Cove and the geological formations of the Bay of Fundy, from the warm sands of the Northumberland Strait to the rugged shores of the Lighthouse Route – this is a hiking, cycling, paddling, sailing and just plain playing paradise.
Celtic Connections: There are as many different ways to soak up a memorable celtic experience here as there are varieties of music. Legendary Cape Breton Island kitchen parties and Ceilidhs are where musicians like Natalie MacMaster, the Rankins, Gordie Sampson and the Barra MacNeils honed their skills while friends and family danced to their jigs and reels. Annual festivals like the Celtic Colours International Festival and the Deep Roots Festival put local and international stars in the spotlight. Cape Breton Island, in particular, offers a chance to truly explore Celtic culture and history. There is a saying common here: Ciad mile failte. It means “a hundred thousand welcomes” and is typical of the warm greeting visitors can expect.
Family Fun: Those who have young kids are well aware that a perfect road trip often means not spending too much time in the car. Nova Scotia is full of destinations that will provide hours of memory-making family adventure all in one stop.
Nova Scotia's Masterpiece ... Cape Breton Island: Alexander Graham Bell said it best: “I have traveled around the globe. I have seen the Canadian and American Rockies, the Andes and the Alps, and the Highlands of Scotland, but for simple beauty Cape Breton outrivals them all.” Cape Breton Island is often referred to as Nova Scotia’s masterpiece. If you’ve never been there, it should be on your bucket list. Why has this island, perched inconspicuously between the Gulf of St. Laurence and the North Atlantic, made a lasting impression on so many? Maybe it’s the ability to watch pods of Pilot whales play in the shimmering waters of the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Or it could be strolling the grassy shores along the Bras d'Or Lake. Maybe it’s the chance to step back to the 18th century at the Fortress Louisbourg, the largest reconstruction of its kind in North America or being able to descend to the deeps on a coal mine tour a mile beneath the ocean floor. Join us on this whirlwind adventure and you’ll soon understand…