The Eastern Canadian Province of Nova Scotia provides the perfect mix of culture, Canadian history, sea, sand and outdoor adventure. Wherever you go in Nova Scotia, you are never far away from the ocean: visiting fishing towns and villages, enjoying their famous seafood, or spending your days leisurely exploring the beaches and national parks. The people are warm and friendly, and always willing to share their treasures, whether with their rich musical heritage, the world-famous lobster and seafood, or their lively art and theatre scene. The capital city of Halifax is modern and cosmopolitan, with a large casino, hotel and entertainment complex located on the harbor. The shopping in the downtown district is excellent, and there are plenty of great restaurants, bars and live music venues.
From Halifax, it’s only a short drive away to Nova Scotia wine country, the Annapolis Valley. Along the over four thousand kilometers of rugged shoreline, you will find picturesque lighthouses, historical churches and First Nations artifacts, along with endless opportunities to linger over ocean vistas where you might easily see a pod of whales, tall ships, or one of several shipwrecks.
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Halifax is an urban city and seacoast in one: the bustling downtown core is easily walked in an afternoon, with many different kinds of shops to explore, ranging from one of a kind boutiques, to antique and vintage stores, wine shops, fabulous cafés and restaurants and several live music venues that feature everything from local singer-songwriters and folk musicians to international rock bands.
A short drive away, the Annapolis Valley features dozens of wineries that are open for tasting. Several companies offer specialized all-inclusive wine tours, some with lunch or dinner packages, cheese tastings, and your tour can also include a couple of craft breweries.
The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic is located in Halifax, and there you can discover the Nova Scotia connection to the sinking of the famous Titanic. Besides the Titanic, over twenty five thousand shipwrecks have been recorded in the area, and this is the place to discover their history, complete with castaway stories and objects recovered by divers.
A trip to Cape Breton is a must for the outdoorsy types, with hiking trails, beaches, several campgrounds, waterfalls, and a top rated golf course, not to mention all the breathtaking lookout points over deep river canyons and forested plateaus. Cape Breton also boasts a rich musical tradition, characterized by its own brand of fiddle-laden folk music culled from French, Celtic and Mi’qmak cultures. Several live music venues feature local musicians and Ceilidh, which is local/Celtic terminology for a party featuring music, dancing and storytelling.
Nova Scotia has something for everyone, from the honeymooning couple to the family on holiday. Here’s a few of our top tips to help you get the best out of your holiday:
- Halifax: Halifax is always bustling with things to do. Theatres and galleries, boutique shopping, live music and fine dining can be found at every turn. For some high-rolling fun, visit Casino Halifax, and enjoy fine restaurants, an array of gaming options, and top-flight entertainment in their theatre
- Cape Breton: Home to the Cabot Trail, Cape Breton has options for the whole family. Its traditional fiddle music is delivered in small venues and at the many festivals that pepper the warmer months. Cruise the coastlines, visit quaint villages and historic fortresses, or set camp at any of the eight campgrounds located in Cape Breton Highlands National Park.
- Annapolis Valley Wine Region: Several companies offer guided and all-inclusive tours, but depending on your style, you may want to choose your own destinations, pack a picnic lunch and find a place to take in the beautiful view.
- Shipwrecks: Just over twenty kilometers from Halifax in Terrence Bay, you’ll find the SS Atlantic Heritage Park, which houses a collection of artifacts recovered from the historic wreck. There are over twenty five thousand documented shipwrecks around Nova Scotia, which include the fated Titanic, some of its artifacts featured at The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic in Halifax.