Places to visit in Nova Scotia
Just six hours from the UK, Halifax is where almost everyone starts their Nova Scotia adventure. During the day you can explore one of its museums (the Maritime Museum is home to the biggest collection of Titanic artefacts in the world), cycling along the waterfront, and tuck into some fresh seafood. Then at night, you can tap your toes to the live music in the Downtown Halifax pubs.
Cape Breton Island and the Cabot Trail
Located a 4-hour drive from Halifax, your journey to Nova Scotia would be incomplete without experiencing the breathtaking Cabot Trail. This route is considered one of the world’s most scenic destinations, and the steep hills will make you feel like you are plunging into the ocean. On your drive, you will stop to see lush ancient forests, giant cliff-faces and glaciers, panoramic ocean vistas and the mysterious Cape Breton highlights. Do this journey in late Spring and you might be lucky enough to see icebergs floating alongside you.
When you step foot in Peggy's Cove, you'll immediately recognise it. While Nova Scotia might be home to 160 historic lighthouses, none are as photographed as Peggy’s Point Lighthouse. Surrounding the lighthouse are rocks smoothed by the fresh ocean waves, wooden fishing houses, and scenic hiking trails.
Lunenburg and Mahone Bay
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Lunenburg is located 1 hour away from Halifax and enchants visitors with its charming streets and unique architecture. Take some time to explore the picturesque waterfront before visiting the Bluenose II, Nova Scotia’s sailing ambassador and a replica of the schooner who raced undefeated for 17 years. Featured on Canada’s currency and passport, this is a landmark not to be missed.
Bay of Fundy
Situated along the north-west coast of Nova Scotia with Prince Edward Island just across the water, the Bay of Fundy is home to the highest tide in the world. Adventurous types can sign themselves up for tidal boarding where you'll be flung about in the tidal bore waves. The Shubenacadie River in Nova Scotia meets the Bay of Fundy, where the water suddenly starts flowing in a different direction. It's one of the few places in the world where this happens.