Situated on one of the cooler climate limits for vines, Nova Scotia’s soil and mesoclimates create some of the most distinctive premium-quality grapes in North America. We have a long and rich tradition for growing grapes for wine dating back to the 1600s, when this was one of the first areas to cultivate grapes in North America. There are over 70 grape growers and more than 550 acres under vine in seven different regions across the province. Our wineries who have garnered international acclaim for their efforts and genuine passion, including the introduction of our appellation wine, Tidal Bay. 2014 will see the addition of Planters Ridge and Rines Creek to our winery family, bringing our total to 15 and counting!
Once a decidedly niche sector, the province’s craft beer industry is growing exponentially:
There’s no other region for growing local quite like Nova Scotia. Unique spirits are not found only in our people, but in our products as well. No wonder we're producing much more than wine and beer!
- Ironworks Distillery is situated in an old blacksmith shop in old town Lunenburg where they create small batches of artisan spirits & liqueurs using produce grown in Nova Scotia.
- As you travel Route 19 in Cape Breton you arrive in the small village of Glenville, home to Glenora Inn & Distillery who make Glen Breton Rare, North America’s First Single Malt Whisky
- The fruits and herbs in Tangled Garden’s liqueurs, harvested in the Annapolis Valley are steeped to yield a magical elixir of liqueurs that are best enjoyed young for peak flavours but will keep for many years. Popular flavours include dazzling Damson plum & sweet basil, sensual strawberry & blue lavender, radiant raspberry & rose geranium, passionate pear & rosemary more.
Already deemed as “Canada’s next great golf course”, Cabot Links opened itss entire 18 holes to the world! Also new is Cabot Lodge, where every room has a veiw of the course and the ocean. Located in Inverness, this walking-only, oceanfront golf course on the West Coast of Cape Breton Island is designed by Canadian architect Rod Whitman and will start in the town of Inverness and roll gently down to the beach.
Attractions & Authentic Experiences
She's back! Nova Scotia's famous sailing ambassador, The Bluenose II, is back, refitted like new and better than ever.
Nova Scotia is growing its membership with UNESCO! Grand Pre is the third World Heritage Site in the Province, designated as such for its attention on the agricultural value of the dykelands and on the symbolic importance of the landscape to Acadians worldwide. Previous additions include Old Town Lunenburg, the Joggins Fossil Cliffs, the Southwest Nova Biosphere Reserve and the Bras d'Or Lake Biosphere Reserve.
The Bay of Fundy was Canada’s only finalist in the Official New 7 Wonders of Nature contest. But its no wonder its still ranked one of the top must-do experiences in North America! Experience for yourself what makes the home of the world’s highest tides so special: tidal bore rafting, walking the ocean floor, kayaking along giant sea cliffs, going whale watching or discovering 300 million year old fossils.
Join in an unforgettable, exhilarating, action packed 2 or 4 hour tidal bore rafting experience in versatile Zodiacs as you ride the roller coaster rapids of the Shubenacadie River. Check out these operators for your adventure like no other: Shubenacadie River Adventure Tours, Shubenacadie River Runners, Tidal Bore Rafting Park or Whitewater Adventures.
I ♥ Bikes is Halifax’s new bicycle rental service where customers can experience the best that Halifax has to offer through five carefully crafted routes bringing together different aspects of the city including nature, food, architecture, art and history.
Lunenburg Town Walking Tours, under new ownership, had added evening lantern tours to its regular lineup of authentic and entertaining strolls through the UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Canadian Tourism Commission has launched it’s Signature Experiences Collection®. This collection of travel experiences will show the world what Canada is all about. In Nova Scotia, the following experiences are part of the growing members nation-wide: Alexander Keith’s Nova Scotia Brewery; Halifax Citadel National Historic Site of Canada; Freewheeling Adventures; Shubenacadie Tidal Bore Rafting Park & Cottages; Fortress Louisbourg National Historic Site; Nova Scotia Seafood Cooking School at Trout Point; and Celtic Colours International Festival.
Spend the night in the O'TENT'iks at Kejimkujik National Park and then discover the darkest skies of Nova Scotia within the Park, which is a designated Royal Astronomical Society of Canada Dark Sky Preserve. In the heart of Keji’s wilderness, you can take a journey into the night sky, surrounded by the protected forests, to a rare place uninhabited by light pollution. Experience the night the same way the Mi’kmaq experienced the skies of Keji a thousand years ago.
New hotel properties! Hampton & Homewood Suites, with 270 rooms, will open in downtown Halifax early 2014.
Don't Miss Events
Liverpool will host the 2014 M&M Meat Shops Canadian Junior Men’s and Women’s Curling Championships January 18-26, 2014, with round robin games at both the Liverpool Curling Club and Queens Place Emera Centre, a multi-purpose facility with an NHL-size arena, indoor track, fitness centre and basketball courts. The playoff games and finals will be played at Queens Place Emera Centre.