Five Reasons to Visit Nova Scotia

With more coastline than anywhere else in Canada, Nova Scotia is a sightseers dream vacation.  Surrounded by sand and surf, this Maritime province welcomes tourists with a gentle ocean breeze and the unmistakable scent of salt air. If you’re heading east, here are five reasons to explore Canada’s ocean playground:

Cape Breton Island

The Giant Cape Breton FiddleCredit: megabeth on Flickr.com

Home to the world-famous Cabot Trail, Cape Breton is one spectacular view after another.  Recently voted the number one island destination in Canada and the continental United States, Cape Breton and its people will not disappoint.  From the historical Fortress of Louisbourg (the largest historical reconstruction in North America) to the world’s largest fiddle, the islands charm, music and distinct personality will leave you wanting more.

 Halifax

Downtown HalifaxCredit: johnselig.com

Nova Scotia’s capital has big city attractions with small town charm.  A stroll through its downtown is a winding path of friendly pubs, international cuisine and a spirited arts scene.  With more universities per capita than anywhere else in the country, Halifax’s youthful vibe makes for an abundant nightlife.  Take a stroll along its expansive boardwalk; enjoy a pint of ale at the Alexander Keith’s Brewery and soak in the sights and sounds of this historic port city.

 Lunenberg

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A designated UNESCO world heritage site, old town Lunenberg is a cultural showcase. Described as being the best surviving example of a planned British colonial settlement in North America, Lunenberg has over 400 buildings of historical significance.  Its steep streets and vernacular architecture make for an invigorating walk through one of Canada’s best-preserved towns. Nova Scotia’s famous sailing ambassador, Bluenose II, is now docked at the Lunenberg shipyard where it was originally built in 1921. Although undergoing restoration, Bluenose II is a true celebration of Maritime shipbuilding tradition.

 Annapolis Valley

Annapolis ValleyCredit: Great E.A.R.T.H Expeditions

Stretching from the scallop rich waters of Digby to the birthplace of hockey in Windsor, the Annapolis valley is home to fragrant apple orchards, seamless vineyards and some of the highest tides in the world.  With an endless assortment of charming Inns and B&B’s, the Annapolis Valley is the perfect backdrop for a winery tour, a cycling adventure through historic farmlands or a rare walk along the ocean floor.

 The People

What do all of these places have in common? Some of the friendliest, funniest most hospitable people you will ever meet.  Regardless of where you travel in Nova Scotia, you’ll be greeted with a warm welcome or as the say in Gaelic, “Cead mile failte.”  Don’t be surprised if you get invited to an impromptu kitchen party or an oceanside feed of lobster.  In Nova Scotia, the options are endless…and so are the smiles. 

Smiles(110010)Credit: NovaScotia.com