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20 Must Visit Attractions in Nova Scotia

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Updated: 12 September 2017

There is just so much to do in Nova Scotia, one trip is never enough to take it all in! Get started with our list of the top 20 attractions in the province.

Cabot Trail

One of Canada’s most famous drives, tourists flock from around the world to take in the gorgeous Cabot Trail. Along the stunning three to five day drive, you’ll experience jaw dropping ocean views, quaint villages, and amazing restaurants serving fresh, local cuisine. The trail is particularly popular in the fall when visitors come to marvel at the autumnal colours.

Peggy’s Cove

Nova Scotia is known as “Canada’s Ocean Playground,” and you’ll understand why after a trip to Peggy’s Cove. This tiny town is home to one of Canada’s most famous lighthouses, and visitors come to hike and explore on the huge rocks surrounding the town. Between the ocean views, lighthouse, and fishing village, your camera will be snapping non-stop!


Considered to be the best surviving British colonial town in North America, Old Town Lunenburg has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site. This picture-perfect coastal town features colourful heritage homes, boat tours, shops, and restaurants serving local cuisine.

Halifax Waterfront

A trip to Halifax isn’t complete without a stroll along its famous boardwalk. Popular with both tourists and locals, the boardwalk offers a beautiful view of the harbour and is lined with restaurants, bars, food stalls, shops, and plenty of seating areas.

Top 20 Attractions in Nova Scotia

Halifax Waterfront | © Courtesy of Destination Halifax

Kejimkujik National Park

Get back to nature at beautiful inland Keji Park and enjoy camping, hiking, canoeing, and so much more. If the ocean is more your thing, check out the park’s seaside adjunct.

Annapolis Valley

Most tourists think to head right to the coast when they visit Nova Scotia, but the valley is a not-to-be-missed destination! With award-winning wineries, top notch restaurants, gorgeous hikes, and stunning landscape, the valley is a beautiful and unique region. Use the town of Wolfville as your base and start exploring.

The Bay of Fundy

Home to the highest recorded tides in the world, a visit to the Bay of Fundy is a must. Golfing, biking, camping, skydiving, and boating, are just some of the many adventures to take in in this scenic part of the province.

Halifax’s North End

Think of the North End as Halifax’s version of Brooklyn. Filled with hipster cafes, cool thrift stores, and an abundance of bars and restaurants, this hip neighbourhood is a must visit on your trip to Halifax.

Surfing at Lawrencetown Beach

Lawrencetown Beach is an internationally recognized year-round surf destination located 40 minutes from Halifax. If you’re new to surfing, sign up for a lesson.


A trip to Nova Scotia isn’t complete without a visit to at least a few of the provinces’ gorgeous beaches. Rissers, Crystal Crescent, Carter’s, and Martinique are among the most popular spots.

Cape Split

Located along The Bay of Fundy, Cape Split is a 16 km trail through the forest and out to the ocean. The trail is one of the most popular hikes in the province and makes for a fun and memorable day trip.

Nova Scotia Good Cheer Trail

Running from one end of the province to the other, the Nova Scotia Good Cheer Trail includes 50+ wineries, distilleries, cideries and breweries. Explore the trip on your own or go with one of the many tour companies, such as the Wolfville Magic Winery Bus.

Citadel National Historic Site

One of the most recognized attractions in Halifax, Citadel provides a fun and fascinating look at Halifax’s past. Learn about the city’s origins at this historic hilltop fortress. After your visit to the site, enjoy a picnic on Citadel Hill and take in the view of the city.

Top 20 Attractions in Nova Scotia

Citadel National Historic Site | © Courtesy of Destination Halifax

Cape Breton Highlands National Park

With 26 hiking and walking trails, six beaches, eight campgrounds, and waterfalls, a visit to the Cape Breton National Park provides a great trip. Marvel at the stunning scenery and enjoy the many events and attractions the park has to offer.


Check out the museums in Halifax and around Nova Scotia for a fun and interactive look at the provinces’ rich culture and history.

Maritime Museum of the Atlantic | © Courtesy of Province of Nova Scotia

Whale Watching

Whale watching in Nova Scotia is a trip highlight for many. There are numerous spots around the province to spot whales, but head to the Bay of Fundy and Cabot Trail for the best experiences.

Unwind at a Resort

Nova Scotia has a number of high-end resorts that are perfect for both couples and families. Enjoy beautiful beach front accommodations, spas, golf courses, and much more.

Top 20 Attractions in Nova Scotia

Keltic Lodge | © Courtesy of Keltic Lodge

Halifax’s Food Scene

Halifax has been getting some major attention lately for its burgeoning culinary scene, and a trip to the city isn’t complete without checking out at least a few of their most popular spots. Expect lots of seasonal farm-to-table options with an emphasis on fresh, local dishes.

Tidal Bore Rafting

Take a ride through the white capped waves of the Shubenacadie River on tidal bore rafting trip. Located on the Bay of Fundy, this fun-filled adventure was named a Canadian Signature Experience!


The first thing that comes to mind when you think of Nova Scotian cuisine is lobster, and for good reason! But your seafood indulgence shouldn’t stop there – make sure you fill up on scallops, shrimp, mussels, and other regional seafood.

Top 20 Attractions in Nova Scotia

Oysters | © Courtesy of Destination Halifax