Top 9 Best Things To Do In Nova Scotia

things to do in Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia is one of Canada’s three maritime provinces and territories and one of the four Atlantic provinces.  By area, Nova Scotia is the country’s second smallest province and second-most densely populated, after prince Edward Island.

The peninsula which connects Nova Scotia’s mainland to the rest of North America is “The Isthmus of Chignecto.” 

Things To Do In Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia is a place where beauty and art live together. The beautiful landscapes, beaches, architecture, and culture are considered to be what makes Nova Scotia a complete destination for vacationing.

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Here are the top 9 best and prime things to do while visiting Nova Scotia.

1. Cape Breton Island

The Island of Nova Scotia is situated on Canada’s east coast Atlantic Coast. The beauty of this place can be apprised in many ways. Unama-‘ki’ is the real name of this Island.

Cape Breton Highlands is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean floor on the East, the Cabot trail to the North and East, and the Gulf of ST. Lawrence. Here you will find various birds, mammals, and sea birds.

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Clinging to the mountains, and rising from the sea, a winding mix of paths and roadways with a mesmerizing beauty, Cabot Trail is a lifetime amazing scenic drive experience.

Skyline Trail is a looping hiking trail at Cape Breton Highland National Park. The trail is known for its scenic hiking beauty.

Many hikers have spotted moose and black Bears along with the minke whale, harbour seal, humpback whales, harp seals, dolphins, and pilot whales.

At Blomidona, Cape Blomidon Provincial Park is a camping day-use park located on the shores of the Mines Basin in Nova Scotia. It is famous for its hiking and the world’s highest tides.

2. Joggins Fossil Cliff

Jogging Fossil is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which is enormously famous for holding fossils, including the earliest and old reptiles, which can be more than 300 million years old.

Including all the other adventures and activities, visit Joggins Fossil Cliff – one of the best experiences in Nova Scotia is to feature an extensive fossil specimen collection and manifest the stunning white sand Beach.

3. Fisheries And Canadian Museum

On the Nova Scotia bucket list, a tour of the living history Museum of the Atlantic in the UNESCO World Heritage Town of Lunenburg is one of the best things.

You can learn about August Gales, whales, lobster codes, and flounders.

The Canadian Museum is located at Pier 21. It is the national museum of Canada. This is the last remaining Ocean liner terminal and immigration shed from 1928 to 1971.

The Halifax Seaport Farmers Market is situated here, the oldest continuously operating market, founded in 1750.

4. Shubenacadie Provincial Park And Grand Pre

The only park in Nova Scotia’s provincial system is spread over 40 hectares. Shubenacadie is a wonderful place for wildlife watching that gives a glimpse of all the wild and giant animals- from humpback whales to tiny squirrels with an interpreting center and a picnic area.

On the other hand, a National Historic Site, Grand Pre gives us an experience that one cannot forget. The museum, the statue of Evangeline, and the giant willow trees will catch your attraction.

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The Statue of Evangeline reveals the tale of Le Grand Derangement, the heroine of Longfellow’s poem.

5. Halifax Public Gardens

This garden was established in the year of the Canadian Confederation in 1867. It is the oldest Victorian Garden.

In 1836, it was founded by the Nova Scotia Horticulture Society and recognized as a National Historic Site in 1984.

These are the only authentic historic and horticulture significance gardens, established in 1874 by combining two older parks.

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The featured lawns, flower beds, Rhododendrons, and tree-lined paths are the best things to experience in this place.

6. Annapolis Valley

Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley was established in 1605 under Sieur De Mons’s leadership and planned in 1970 to promote its heritage and culture.

The valley is an attractive, beautiful tidal bay representing more than 400 years of local history.

The Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens, the Rose garden, thousands of colourful, fragrant blossoms, the reconstructed Acadian house, and garden dykes are all based on Acadian life.

7. Ross Farm Museum And Peggy’s Cove

Ross Museum is located in New Nova Scotia and is an agricultural museum.

The historic Peggy’s Point lighthouse is also known as Peggy’s Cove. This is a traditional Acadian fishing village and active fishing community in Halifax.

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8. Royal Barge And Halifax Harbour

In the golden jubilee of Queen Victoria, in 1887, Burgoynes presented her with this Royal Barge in the Royal Borough of Kingston, Thames.

Later it was presented to the Maritime Museum of Canada by Queen Elizabeth II. It is one of the best things to explore on the Nova Scotia itinerary.

Halifax Harbour
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Downtown Halifax Harbour is situated in the eastern central portion of the Halifax peninsula. It is a central business district of Halifax. It is an hour-long guided tour in Nova Scotia.

9. Kejimkujik National Park

Kejimkujik Park protects 205 Birds, 40 Mammal species, 8 reptiles, 13 Amphibians, 5 Snakes, and 544 vascular plants. It is home to a few special and rare animal species.

You can visit this park to see the rare wildlife but do note that feeding wildlife is prohibited in the park. 


If you are planning to visit Nova Scotia, and have no clue how to spend your time, then do not worry; this is the place worth visiting.

We hope this article will come in handy for you to decide how to spend your precious time. 

Also read: Whale Watching Vancouver

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