Gathering ideas of things to do on your next visit to Nova Scotia? From sunset hikes and dining on the ocean floor at low tide to digging for Canada's oldest dinosaurs and firing a rifle dressed as a soldier in 1869, we've pulled together 12 uniquely Nova Scotia adventures to kickstart your trip planning.
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Take a selfie at the most photographed lighthouse in Canada – Peggy’s Cove. The rolling granite rock formations and unique angles make Peggy’s Point Lighthouse a favourite
Tip: head there early in the morning or later in the evening to avoid the crowds and always be sure to stay off the black rocks! Learn from a local and check out the Peggy’s Cove Morning Light Tour with Picture Perfect Tours to get great photo tips and unique vantage points.
Raft the Tidal Bore
Discover the perfect roller coaster ride here in Nova Scotia when you venture out on a tidal bore rafting tour. Be on the receiving end of the incoming Bay of Fundy tide as it surges in, creating a leading wave, the tidal bore, on the Shubenacadie River. The force of the incoming flow of water turns a calm river into raging rapids right before your eyes, making for a thrilling ride on a zodiac.
Discover Halifax's official food: the donair
Nova Scotians are passionate about this spicy yet sweet street food that is similar to a doner kebab or gyro. What’s the difference? The secret is in the garlicky sweet sauce.
Where to find one? You’ll find them in most pizza shops throughout Nova Scotia or you can learn how to make your own with The Kilted Chef. If you find yourself in downtown Halifax, Taste Halifax Food Tours' Best of Halifax Foodie Adventure stops at Johnny K's for a donair fix.
Lighthouse and Lobsters
Explore the property and the amazing views and sleep in an original lightkeeper’s residence at the Lighthouse at Cape d’Or. Be sure to book your stay during one of the special Ultimate Lobster Feast dinners to enjoy a three-course lobster boil atop the stunning cliffs overlooking the Bay of Fundy.
Journey into the Night Sky
Explore the same starry sky that generations before us did when you visit the Dark Sky Preserve at Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site. Take your stargazing to the next level with guidance of Parks Canada Interpreters who share astronomy and the night sky Mi’kmaw cultural perspectives or take part in the Stellar Beach Feast at White Point Beach Resort that pairs dinner, wine and dark sky interpretation against the backdrop of the Atlantic Ocean.
Explore extraordinary Sable Island
This remote island, located 300km off mainland Nova Scotia, is known for its wild horses and seal colonies and is a bucket-list destination for nature lovers and photographers alike. One Ocean Expeditions' Canada's East Coast: Fins and Fiddles adventure sails to various ports in the North Atlantic stopping at this National Park Reserve where visitors will be treated to a guided tour, weather permitting.
Wine & Dine
Tour Nova Scotia’s award winning wineries and discover our crisp appellation white wine, Tidal Bay, which pairs perfectly with our abundance of seafood. Make the most of your visit by taking in a special culinary event such as Devour! The Vines – a fabulous evening of food and film in a vineyard - or The Tidal Bay Wine Tasting Adventure, which features a three-course gourmet dining experience that takes you to three amazing vineyards.
Explore a Jurassic beach with a paleontologist
The cliffs surrounding much of the Bay of Fundy have preserved millions of years of history for you to discover. Take part in the Tidal Reveal: Dig for Canada’s Oldest Dinosaurs adventure with the Fundy Geological Museum to dig for dinosaurs in a remote area on the Bay of Fundy.
Dining on the Ocean Floor
Join The Flying Apron Inn & Cookery and their culinary partners at Burntcoat Head Park, site of the highest recorded tides in the world, for an amazing meal in the most unique setting, sitting on the ocean floor at low tide.
As your dining experience comes to a close and the sun is beginning to set, retreat to the nearby campfire and watch as the tide rolls back in.
Spot a moose on the Skyline Trail
It’s not uncommon to spot moose in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park and one of the most popular hikes in Nova Scotia is also a popular spot to see moose. Be sure to watch for moose while you learn about the ecosystem and culture of the area as you hike the Skyline Trail on a guided sunset tour with Parks Canada staff.
Be a soldier for a day
Step back in time to 1863 as you suit up in your tartan kilt, participate in training and enjoy a private tour of the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site during your time as a soldier. You'll learn how to drum or fire an authentic rifle during this Canadian Signature Experience.
Camp inside an 18th century Fortress
Explore Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site, meeting its inhabitants and learning about its storied history... but don't let your adventure end there. Reserve one of their equipped tents (or, if you prefer a roof, Lartigue House) and stay the night within the fortress walls where you’ll have the fortress to yourself... unless you believe the ghost stories.