Nova Scotia is place that holds the door wide open for those who come alive when they go outside. Step through, throw away your map, and discover a world of outdoor adventure waiting to be explored on this beautifully rugged and welcoming Canadian coastal province.
There is little that can prepare you for the thrill of witnessing a whale breaching the ocean surface. Although whales can be found in the waters all around Nova Scotia, the best whale watching experiences are on the Bay of Fundy, in Digby Neck, or along the Cabot Trail on Cape Breton Island. In addition to several species of whales, you might also catch sight of dolphins, seals, seabirds, and other marine life while on a whale watching cruise.
Hop on your bicycle and tour the Celtic Shores Coastal Trail, spanning from Port Hastings to the Town of Inverness on Cape Breton Island. Ninety-two kilometers of trail hug the coastline, taking you through thriving fishing communities and along warm-water beaches, while plenty of live Celtic music provides a celebratory soundtrack.
Nothing is quite as invigorating as plunging into the waters of the Atlantic Ocean with surfboard in tow. Beginners can learn to surf from at White Point Beach Resort or Lawrencetown Provincial Park. No matter what your skill level, Nova Scotia is an ideal surfing destination for thrill-seekers at any time of year.
Nova Scotia’s beautiful coastline is even more striking when experienced from the water. And there is no more peaceful way to explore it than at your own pace, while paddling along thousands of kilometers of unspoiled beaches, coves and harbors. Set out on your own, or take advantage of the many guided tours offered around the province.
Sun and Sand
Unwind in the rolling waves and inhale the salt air that waits for you all along Nova Scotia’s 13,000 km of seacoast. Explore, play, or simply relax on the warm sand with a good book. Travel the popular Lighthouse Route where you’ll discover one historic seaside town after another, full of find food, one-of-a-kind shops, and no end of beaches.
Whether you want to explore the breezy coastline, wander the backcountry, or stroll rolling valley hills - you’ll find the adventure you’re looking for in Nova Scotia. The province is home to thousands of kilometers of hiking trails suited for all experience levels. Two of the most popular hiking destinations are the world-renowned trails of Cape Chignecto on the Bay of Fundy and Cape Breton’s Skyline Trail.
Tidal Bore Rafting
Feel the rush of riding the waves on a whitewater raft as 100 billion tons of ocean surge in and out of the Shubenacadie River. The tidal bore is created by the world’s highest tides and provides a rafting experience unlike any other on the planet. When the rapids subside, keep your eyes peeled for bald eagles and learn about the history of the area, as expert guides take you on this incredible adventure.
Drive Cabot Trail
Navigate one of the National Geographic’s Drives of a Lifetime - by car, bike or motorcycle. Traveling the Cabot Trail is the best way to fully appreciate the gorgeous and rugged Cape Breton Highlands. Along the way you can play a round of golf at the famous Highland Links, hike and camp at Cape Breton Highlands National Park, or explore the many seaside villages and towns. This is truly one of the world’s great road trips.
Golf Cape Breton
Tee off at some of Canada’s finest golf courses. Cape Breton is home to Bell Bay, Dundee Resort, Le Portage, The Lakes, the award winning Highland Links, and Cabot Links - the first true links course in North America. Each course has a distinctive flavor and features breathtaking views of land and sea. So relax, line up your drive, and test yourself against Cape Breton’s Spectacular Six.
Barhop in Halifax
Pull up a stool in a city that boasts the most pubs per-capita in Canada. There is a culture of celebration in Nova Scotia that welcomes all who wish to join in the fun. You’ll discover many friendly pubs featuring live music with traditional roots flair. The city is also home to a rich modern music scene that has been fostered by a city that just loves to leave the house and head out for a good time.