An Adventure Traveler’s Guide to Nova Scotia

Kayaking in Nova Scotia | © Ryk Venema
Kayaking in Nova Scotia | © Ryk Venema
Adventure travel in Nova Scotia is almost a given, seeing as the province is surrounded by ocean and brimming with wilderness, waterfalls, and lakes. If your ideal vacation involves sailing, hiking, climbing, and more, keep reading for adventure travel highlights.


Take in the province’s stunning scenery and rugged coastline with a hiking trip. Popular spots include Blomidon, Cape Split, Duncan’s Cove, and Cape Breton Highlands Park. There are also thousands of waterfalls around the province, which are a really fun hiking destination. Head here for some of the top spots.


With 20 provincial parks and over 100 privately owned campgrounds in Nova Scotia, there is no shortage of amazing camping spots. Just to get you started, we recommend checking out Kejimkujik National Park, Cape Breton Highlands Park, and the Ovens.


Nova Scotia is known as ‘Canada’s Ocean Playground’ for a reason, and a sail is a quintessential maritime experience. Sailing tours are available all over Nova Scotia’s coastline and make for a fantastic day trip.

#sailracing #chesterraceweek #chesteraceweek2017 #sailing

A post shared by Matthew C Moore (@matthewcharlesmoore) on


Why walk when you can zip? See Nova Scotia from above with one of four ziplining companies in the province: Upper Clements Adventure Park, Anchors Above Zipline Adventures, Shubenacadie River Adventure Tours, and Ontree.


Twice a day, 160 billion tons of water rushes in and out of the Bay of Fundy. Hold on tight and ride the eight-foot waves in one of the area’s whitewater rafting tours.


The Atlantic School of Skydiving offers both tandem and solo skydiving adventures. This is a fun and exhilarating one-day activity that you won’t forget any time soon.


You might be surprised to hear it, but Nova Scotia’s Eastern Shore is an internationally recognized surfing destination. Hurricane season (from August until November) brings large swells up the coast, so grab your surfboard or boogie board and head to Lawrencetown beach to hit the waves. You can go solo or take a surf lesson.

Surfing 🏄 in canada 🇨🇦 #lawrencetownbeach #surftrip #firsttime #happyhippos #explorecanada

A post shared by rahelkaes (@rahelkaes) on


Sailing isn’t the only way to explore the ocean. Kayaking is another of our favourite ways to hit the water. Kayak rentals and tours are available all over the province, but we especially recommend renting at the Bay of Fundy and the Halifax Harbour.