Nova Scotia, Canadian Maritimes

Hankering for culture? Head for Halifax's rich artistic heritage, boasting theatres, maritime centres and an excellent ethnic history museum. The Cabot Trail in Cape Breton is one of the best in the world, and not to be missed.

Nova Scotia Tours

Nova Scotia ToursEven though Nova Scotia is Canada's second-smallest province it still holds some of the country's most stunning natural sights.

With a strong ethnic heritage as well as two national parks, this is an excellent location and one of the most beautiful in all of the Canadian MaritimesCape Breton falls under the Nova Scotian banner and if you're into riverside walks and hiking trails within a rich variety of habitats, then you've certainly plumped for the right spot.

For anyone who's encountered the Scottish Highlands, you may get a slight feeling of déjà vu and it will come as no surprise that the French translation for Nova Scotia is, in fact, New Scotland.

From the maritime heritage of port towns, such as Halifax and Lunenburg, to the picturesque fishing villages along the rugged shoreline, Nova Scotia is a captivating place and a superb choice for all lovers of knitted jumpers and lobster suppers. 

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Nova Scotia, Canadian Maritimes

Nova Scotia Insider Tips

Halifax farmers market
The Farmers' Market in Halifax is where the locals and the tourists come to mingle amongst an array of art, craft and food stalls displaying a whole host of Nova Scotian goodies. The boardwalk location, at the end of Halifax waterfront, gives you easy access to loads of different vendors. Stroll a little further to Garrison's micro-brewery and wash down all that artisan bread and lobster with a drop of the local ale. Saturdays are the best time to visit and if you're looking to take home some authentic souvenirs you may want to create some extra space in your suitcase.
When to go
As Nova Scotia holds some of its most popular festivals in the summer, including the International Tattoo and Halifax Jazz, you may wish to time your visit accordingly as the island really comes alive. As far as the climate is concerned, springtime is usually pretty changeable so any time after late May is great if you're hoping to avoid showers and enjoy fresher conditions. July and August give the best chance of warmth. The autumnal foliage is out in full force from late September and a trip to Cape Breton National Park presents the best of the best.
Highlights & Activities

Nova Scotia Tour Highlights

Cape Breton Highlands National Park
Any trip to eastern Canada will be complimented with a day spent within Cape Breton Highlands National Park and from the Skyline Trail to the Cabot Trail this is an exceptional area for lovers of rugged Atlantic scenery. Hikes within the park are a superb way to get to know the natural beauty of...
Wildlife Viewing
Moose, turtles, deer and beaver are all inhabitants of this eastern Canadian province and if you're really lucky you may just get to spot a bald eagle wheeling overhead. Coastal walkers will be treated to a plethora of gannets and gulls with a glimpse of a whale's tale rising from the...
Sea Kayaking
Sea kayaking in scenic spots, such as Cape Breton, allows you to observe life from a whole new perspective and from filling your lungs with sea air to finding hidden caves, waterfalls and eagle's nests, there's no better way to explore the coast. Your professional guide will help you...
The capital of Nova Scotia has a deep maritime and ethnic heritage which is reflected in the town's museums and cultural centres. Stroll a little further and the fortifications on Citadel Hill allow some excellent views of the bay. From harbour trails and waterfront cafés to art galleries...

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