Top 8 Things to Do in Nova Scotia

Bucket List Nova Scotia: Top 8 Things to Do

If relaxing on the beach, wandering along scenic hiking trails, and sipping chilled expertly crafted beers sounds like your type of vacation, then Nova Scotia should be added to your bucket list of destinations immediately. Here are the top 8 things to see and do on your trip to Nova Scotia, Canada.

Visit the UNESCO Town of Lunenburg

The port town of Lunenberg has a well-deserved place amongst the 5 UNESCO heritage sites Nova Scotia has to offer and this historic coastal community is the perfect spot to do some shopping, eat at quaint restaurants, and stroll along the charming waterfront.

Explore the UNESCO Landscape of the Grand Pré

The 5 square mile landscape of Grand Pré is located in the Bay of Fundy in Annapolis Valley and is another of the 5 UNESCO heritage sites in Nova Scotia. The marshland and archaeological sites are evidence of the technology of the 17th century and the best views can be seen from View Park on Old Post Road.

Observe Dramatic Changes in Tide

Nova Scotia’s tides can change at a rate of 1 inch per minute and offers some of the most dramatic tide changes in the world. Visit the small fishing village of Hall’s Harbour to feast on freshly caught lobster and enjoy one of the best places to witness these fluctuations.

Experience Tidal Bore Rafting

The dramatic tidal fluctuations of Nova Scotia cause 160 billion tons of water to flow through the Bay of Fundy twice a day, feeding the Shubenacadie River – it’s almost as thrilling as bingo for money!  An once-in-a-lifetime adventure is created thanks to this upwelling of seawater – tidal bore rafting. Zip through 10 foot waves as they crash over your motorised raft, drenching you from head to toe!

Candlelit Graveyard Tour in Annapolis Royal

Starting at Fort Anne, the Garrison Cemetery in Annapolis Royal comes alive with a fun candlelit tour perfect for those that enjoy something a little spookier. Tour guides lead you through the graveyard telling stories of those buried there, some dating back as far as the 1700s.

Drive the Cabot Trail, Cape Breton Island

The 185 mile driving loop of the Cabot Trail on Cape Breton Island has picturesque lookout points, hiking trails, abundant forests, and it 360 degree beauty will leave you awestruck. Be sure to visit their craft shops, fish eateries, and enjoy the scenic vistas.

Hike the Skyline Trail

The Skyline Trail is the most famous attraction of the Cabot Trail with outrageous views, the chance to spot a moose or two, and will take approximately 2.5 hours to complete.

Go Clamming

Head to Clam Harbour and go on a clam digging adventure! Not only will you receive an informational lesson on clams, you’ll also learn how to find your prize mollusc by using a clam fork. Once you’ve done your dig, you’ll be rewarded with a freshly steamed clam feed.

Walk the Boardwalk in Halifax

One of the longest boardwalks in the world, the approximately 3km long wooden boardwalk in Halifax winds along the waterfront, passing ships at dock, quaint shops, heritage buildings, restaurants, and eateries.