The Best Places to Unwind in Nova Scotia

Crystal Crescent Beach
Crystal Crescent Beach | Courtesy of Kate Horodyski

Are you looking for a little R & R? Nova Scotia is the perfect destination. With its quaint towns, ample beaches, and laid-back east coast lifestyle, it’s impossible not to leave here feeling rejuvenated. Keep reading for the best places to go to unwind in the province.

1. Shambhala’s Gampo Abbey Buddhist Monastery


Led by renowned Buddhist teacher Pema Chodron, Gampo Abbey offers programs, group retreats, and solitary retreats throughout the year. If you find yourself in Halifax, you can also visit the city’s Shambhala Centre and attend their weekly open house and meditations on Wednesday evenings.

2. Fox Harb’r Resort


A large, green golf course at Fox Harbr Resort, with sea views
Courtesy of Fox Harb'r Resort
Enjoy a luxurious getaway at Fox Harb’r Resort along the Northumberland Strait. Come for a day of golf or make it a full vacation and enjoy their dreamy accommodations, on-site spa, and fine dining.

Buddhayana Forest Retreat

Buddhayana is a self-directed Buddhist meditation retreat center located in the Cobequid Highlands. Cabins are free to rent, but visitors should be prepared for very basic accommodations with no electricity, running water, cell reception, or indoor plumbing. There is no teaching offered at Buddhayana; it’s simply a place for visitors to come and enjoy their own self-guided getaway.

3. Cape Breton Highlands National Park

Hiking Trail, Park

Cape Breton Highlands
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The stunning beauty of the Cape Breton Highlands is enough to put anyone instantly at ease. Spend your days hiking along trails, taking in gorgeous vistas, or relaxing on the beach. Nothing rejuvenates quite like time spent in nature.

Annapolis Valley Wine Tours

It doesn’t get any more relaxing than spending a day in Nova Scotia’s picturesque Annapolis Valley, sampling wine from the region’s many vineyards. You can choose between a self-guided tour or join one of the many available wine tours. Great views and even better wines are guaranteed.

Annapolis Valley


Nova Scotia has no shortage of beaches, and a day at the seaside is like instant therapy. Check out our guide to the province’s best beaches to find your perfect spot.



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