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Cruise to Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia is a place where travellers discover stunning natural beauty, diverse culture, and a rich heritage everywhere they turn. With 5 UNESCO sites, the world’s highest tides, the spectacular Cabot Trail, and 13,300 km of seacoast offering tourists a lifetime of memories, visitors are continually drawn to the province’s world-renowned icons for a unique look at coastal life.

As part of the Canada-New England Cruise Corridor, cruise lines visit our 9 unique ports-of-call every year. From the marquee port of Halifax to Cape Breton’s gateway, Sydney, and our diverse small ports, Nova Scotia is a cruise destination unlike any other. 

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Nova Scotia’s Ports-of-Call

Nova Scotia's ports of call are located within Atlantic Canada and are part of the Canada/New England cruise itinerary. Each port of call offers a different and exciting experience for your guests.

Nova Scotia Shore Excursions


Halifax, Nova Scotia’s marquee port-of-call is situated on one of the deepest and largest natural, ice-free harbours in the world. Welcoming guests for more than 260 years, Halifax offers the exciting pulse of Atlantic Canada’s largest city, coupled with the culture and heritage of one of Canada’s most historic communities. 


The first sight for those entering the port of Sydney will probably be that of the world’s largest fiddle. This historic city is considered the urban heart of Cape Breton Island, delivering the rich cultural heritage which is so entwined with it. 


Stretching along the shores of the Bras d’Or Lake, Baddeck is a village rich in natural beauty. Alexander Graham Bell, world-renowned inventor of the telephone, was so taken with its beauty that he chose here for his summer residence.  Be sure to visit the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site in Baddeck which overlooks Baddeck Bay where the Silver Dart first took flight in Canada.


Chéticamp, located along the western coast of Cape Breton, is steeped in Acadian history and culture. Today it is world-renowned for its unique hooked rugs, still made locally from Old World traditions. This area is also considered the gateway to the Cabot Trail, one of the world’s most scenic drives.


Overlooking the picturesque Annapolis Valley, Digby, Canada's scallop capital, is a charming fishing town nestled along the shores of the Bay of Fundy, home of the world's highest tides. Drive along Digby Neck to Long Island and Brier Island to experience some of the best whale watching in North America.


Not far from Sydney, the port of Louisbourg, home to the largest historical reconstruction in North America - Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site - offers a one-of-a-kind in-depth experience of 1744 New France. Be prepared to immerse yourself in numerous experiences as you walk through the Fortress grounds - take in architecture, culinary experiences, soldier drills, organic gardening and chocolate.


Lunenburg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was established in 1753 as a planned British colonial settlement. The Old Town is the best surviving example of this type of settlement. Lunenburg is also famous for building traditional wooden ships such as the Bluenose II.


As the winsome sounds of highland bagpipes float across the water to greet cruise passengers to the port of Pictou, there is an immediate sense of the area’s proud Scottish heritage. Established with the arrival of the first Scottish settlers on the tall ship Hector, you will be fascinated by this picturesque small town.


Nestled in one of the finest natural harbours in the world, Shelburne was once the fourth largest community in all of North America. Settled by United Empire Loyalists from New York City, today their legacy continues with Historic Dock Street retaining its 18th century aura.

Nova Scotia Shore Excursions