Nova Scotia is brimming with beautiful parks with environments ranging from white sand beaches to rolling highlands. While there is no shortage of stunning spots to explore, we’ve put together a list of the best that the province has to offer.
Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site
Kejimkujik is actually one park split into two locations. Explore the main park, located inland, or head to the Seaside Adjunct along the South Shore. The park’s name is a Mi’kmaq word believed to mean “land where fairies abound,” which perfectly describes the magic and beauty of the park.
One of the most stunning parks not only in Nova Scotia but all of Canada, Cape Breton Highlands National Park is a must-visit on your next trip to Cape Breton Island. The rolling Highlands give way to the Atlantic Ocean, offering visitors unparalleled views. With 26 hiking trails, there’s a lot to explore in this beautiful spot.
The Ovens Natural Park gets its name from the sea caves, or “ovens,” that run along the shoreline. This scenic spot offers spectacular ocean views, hiking trails, a campground, kayaking, and more. Come for the day or make it a full vacation!
Must haves for Cape Chignecto include hiking shoes, kayaks, and a camera. This stunning park, located along the Bay of Fundy, offers amazing views and tons of fun outdoor activities. It also has numerous overnight accommodations, including campsites, a bunkhouse, and cabins.
Visitors can easily spend an entire day exploring the beautiful 1,000-acre Victoria Park in Truro. Natural attractions include waterfalls, a winding river, hiking trails, and a steep-sided gorge, and there are plenty of opportunities for recreational activities, including swimming, cross-country skiing, tennis, cycling, cultural events, and more.
Located just minutes from downtown Halifax, Point Pleasant Park provides a beautiful escape from city life and is a favorite among locals. The park offers wooded areas, hiking trails, look-offs, picnic tables, old fortresses, and a small beach.
Head to Summerville Beach Provincial Park for its warm waters and long stretches of fine white sand. The park is home to one of the province’s prettiest beaches, and you can enjoy a delicious meal at the nearby Quarterdeck restaurant.