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Things to do in Nova Scotia

Explore the 160 lighthouses

Nova Scotia has the largest number of lighthouses of any province in Canada. Some of the most famous lighthouses include Peggy’s Point Lighthouse (which is located just an hour from Halifax), the Cape d’Or lighthouse (which is perched on a cliff that sticks out into the Bay of Fundy), and the lighthouse at Cape Forchu near Yarmouth. 

Visit five UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Nova Scotia boasts five UNESCO designated sites, several are so close together you can explore them all in a few days. These are: 

  • The Landscape of Grand Pré
  • Old Town Lunenburg
  • Joggins Fossil Cliffs
  • Bras d’Or Lake Biosphere Reserve
  • Southwest Nova Biosphere Reserve

Embark on a hike

Nova Scotia is home to seaside trails, backcountry hikes and leisurely strolls - covering a variety of terrain for all experience levels. The Skyline Trail on Cape Breton Island is the most popular and provides an eagle’s eye view of the Cabot Trail, overlooking the Gulf of St. Lawrence. 

Book a whale-watching excursion

Experience whales in their natural habitat as well as other Atlantic marine wildlife including seals, dolphins and sea birds. Whale watching boat tours are found throughout Nova Scotia, but the best whale-watching opportunities are found along Cape Breton’s world-famous Cabot Trail and alongside Nova Scotia's Bay of Fundy.

Soak yourself with some watersports

Nova Scotia is surrounded by water and, naturally, the locals take advantage of this. Rafting, kayaking, and surfing are all popular pastimes. You can also visit the Bay of Fundy and engage in some Tidal Bore Rafting, where you'll be flung over some of the highest waves in the world. 

Gaze at the stars

Part of Southwest Nova Scotia has been designated as the first Starlight Tourism Destination in North America by the UNESCO-affiliated International Starlight Federation. Here you can witness the night sky as it's meant to be seen: pure, clear of smog, and sparkling with stars!