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A Solo Traveler’s Guide to Halifax

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Updated: 4 October 2017
Solo travel is always an amazing experience, and a solo trip to Nova Scotia is no exception. In fact, a number of factors make it an ideal destination to visit on your own including its safety, the gorgeous scenery, and the relatively small size of the region. And seeing as the locals are considered the friendliest in Canada, there’s a good chance you’ll start your trip solo, but you’ll leave with many new friends.

Halifax

Spending a few days in Halifax is a must. This vibrant town is buzzing with life and activity, and it’s small enough that you can explore on foot. It’s safe, home to the friendliest locals, and absolutely brimming with fun spots including bars, cafés, markets, boutiques, and restaurants. Stroll along the waterfront, through the cool yet historic downtown, and the city’s hippest new neighbourhood, the North End. Book a hotel room if you’d like to keep your trip solo, or stay in one of the hostels and B&Bs if you’d like to socialize.

A park in Halifax, Nova Scotia
A park in Halifax, Nova Scotia | © strecosa / Pixabay

Road trips

Whether you want a quick day trip from Halifax or a week or longer trip around the province, there is so much to see on a visit to Nova Scotia. From Halifax, places such as Wolfville, Mahone Bay, and Lunenburg are not to be missed (Mahone Bay and Lunenburg can be done in the same day), and throughout the province, we recommend the Bay of Fundy, Cabot Trail, and Northumberland Shore, just as a starting off point. Due to the province’s relatively small size, it’s an easy drive for a solo traveler. Tourism Nova Scotia offers some great road trip itineraries.

a little tea and a lot of ocean. #views #exploreNS

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Beaches

If there’s anything better than spending a day on a gorgeous beach with a good book, we haven’t found it. Grab a beach read and snacks and head to any of the province’s stunning beaches for some serious R&R. Close to Halifax, we recommend Rainbow Haven, Crystal Crescent, and Bayswater (to name a few), and around the province you’ll find everything from white sand and crystal-clear water to cool surf spots. Check out Carter’s, Lawrencetown, Martinique, and Summerville to get started.

Wineries

Nova Scotia’s burgeoning wine scene is drawing fans from around North America, and our favourite way to enjoy them is with a wine tour. The majority of the province’s wineries and vineyards are found in the Annapolis Valley, and the region offers a number of wine tours. Enjoy the beautiful valley, drink delicious wine, and meet new friends. Win, win, win!

Pretty pretty pretty location for tonight’s @devour_fest film preview dinner. @planters_ridge

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Tours

There are tours available for almost any activity you can think of in the province. Whether you’re interested in whale watching, biking, hiking, eating, drinking, or anything in between, chances are there’s a tour for it! Mixing in group tours with solo travel is a great way to keep your trip interesting.