Nova Scotia’s Top 12 of 2015 – A Year in Review

By nVanDusen, on Wed, 16 Dec 2015 | 0 Comments

Join us as we take a look back at some of the memorable highlights from what has been an amazing year! These posts from our Facebook and Instagram pages generated a lot of love from you, our followers!

1. Cabot Trail
While Nova Scotia is not considered an island as it is joined by a small piece of land to our neighbouring province of New Brunswick, we do have a considerable island region, Cape Breton Island, home to the stunningly beautiful Cabot Trail. This year we saw photos that took our breath away – vast spans of beauty and colour coupled with outstanding culinary delights and foot stomping Celtic music. When will you plan your visit to Cape Breton Island? 

Image by @jenmarietren

2. Bluenose II
Our pride and joy – adorned on the Canadian dime and our provincial license plates, the Bluenose II was back in action sailing the seas once again after undergoing a major overhaul.  This award winning schooner was once the fastest racing ship in the world and we are proud to see her back in dock and sailing the beautiful Atlantic Ocean once again. Be sure to check her website for the 2016 sailing schedule.


3. Lunenburg 
Oh beautiful Lunenburg - a UNESCO World Heritage Site, home of the Bluenose, rich heritage, an amazing distillery and outstanding culinary experiences, this stunning photo captured by the Planet D took our breath away. The rich history and beauty of this seaside town is a must-see while touring Nova Scotia. 

Image by the Planet D

4. Burntcoat Head Park
Home of the world’s highest recorded tides, with some of the most spectacular scenery in Nova Scotia, this is where you can walk on the ocean floor at low tide. Look far above as you walk about, at high tide the water rises to an average of 45 to 54 feet above where you are standing!

Image by @douglish

5. Dining on the Ocean Floor 
2015 introduced Dining on the Ocean Floor, a unique world class dining experience created by the Flying Apron Cookery and partners. Enjoy locally sourced and prepared food items in the most unique dining atmosphere – the ocean floor! Take a tour of the area and learn about the Bay of Fundy including foraging for local ingredients. Wines from local Avondale Sky Winery and beer from Meander River Brewery are paired with your meal. Can we say, ~happy sigh~!


6. Northern Lights
Typically seen in more northern regions, Nova Scotians were treated to this rare sight this summer! Also known as the Aurora Borealis, northern lights occur more commonly in northern climates due to weaker magnetic fields at the poles. It is very rare to even catch a glimpse this phenomenon in more southerly regions - you never know what unexpected delight will occur when visiting Nova Scotia!

Image by Jennifer Polson Photography 

7. Peggy’s Cove
Regardless of season or weather, we love seeing your images of this iconic Nova Scotian coastal village! Nestled in the middle of route 333 in a village of around 35 year round citizens, you will find the beautiful Peggy’s Point Lighthouse perched atop a mass of granite outcroppings, carved by glaciers at the end of the last ice age 12,000 years ago. Thousands of visitors come to this traditional fishing village every year, to authentically experience a taste of Nova Scotian life. To best enjoy the village, plan to visit in the earlier morning or later afternoon or evening to avoid the summer crowds!

Image by @bretthfx

8. Good Cheer Trail
Wines, spirits, beer, cider, whichever is your preference can be found locally made throughout Nova Scotia along the Good Cheer Trail. Inspired by the Order of Good Cheer, a social club first started here in Nova Scotia in 1606 by Samuel de Champlain, the Good Cheer Trail is the only trail of its kind in Canada. Introduced just this year, it has 36 locations throughout Nova Scotia, allowing you, to leave no stone unturned or no beverage untasted as you wind your way along our shores!  


9. Wines on the Water
Sail beautiful Halifax Harbour on the Tall Ship Silva while tasting wine from Luckett Vineyards and sampling locally prepared fare. Do we need to say more? 

Image by the Local Traveller

10. #novascotiaeats
Share the deliciousness - this year we launched #novascotiaeats, the perfect way to share your Nova Scotia culinary delights on social media. Simply use the hashtag to instantly share and showcase your Nova Scotia dining experience. The only thing we love more than seeing images of our mouthwatering delectable delights is sampling them ourselves!  


Image by @thecanteenns

11. Argyle Street
Nestled in the downtown core of historic Halifax is Argyle Street, home to many fun and delicious eateries and pubs.  This summer, visitors were delighted by the fun play on words and imagery as Argyle Street became closed to vehicle traffic and the road itself is now painted in a fun argyle sock theme! Just when we thought downtown Halifax couldn’t get more awesome!


12. Whale Watching on the Bay of Fundy
Last but definitely not least, we extend our heartfelt thanks to this beautiful humpback for putting on an outstanding show for us this summer. Whale watching in the Bay of Fundy, off of Brier Island is an excellent option while visiting Nova Scotia. Every summer, many humpbacks visit these waters to feed in this optimal ocean setting and delight whale watchers from all over the world. 

Image by Mariner Cruises Whale and Seabird Tours

We love following along with all of our visitors on social media - don’t forget to hashtag your photos #visitnovascotia so we can see (and maybe even feature) your photo!