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The Best Places to Unwind in Nova Scotia

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Updated: 21 January 2018

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.


Halifax

You probably wouldn’t expect a city to kick off this list, but the beauty of Nova Scotia is that you’re going to find a laid-back vibe everywhere you go. Enjoy a relaxing visit to Halifax by heading to its many parks, relaxing in hammocks along the waterfront, and lounging on the many bar patios and beer gardens around downtown.

Halifax, NS, Canada

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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.

Gampa Abbey, Pleasant Bay, Cape Breton, NS, Canada, +1 902 224 2752


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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.

Fox Harb’r Resort, 1337 Fox Harbour Rd, Wallace, Canada, +1 902 257 1801

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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.

Cape Breton Highlands National Park

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.

Cape Breton Highlands National Park, NS, Canada, +1 902 224 2306

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Kejimkujik National Park

Kejimkujik is a stunning national park filled with natural beauty and outdoor activities. It’s also been designated as a Dark Sky Preserve, and on a clear night, it’s one of the best places to go stargazing in all of North America. And what’s more relaxing than that?

Kejimkujik National Park, 3005 Kejimkujik Main Parkway, Maitland Bridge, NS, Canada, +1 902 682 2772

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.

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Annapolis Valley | © Nova Scotia Tourism / George Simhoni


Cabot Shores Wellness Retreat

A visit to Cabot Shores is like a choose-your-own-adventure getaway. They offer a variety of accommodations, activities, and healing treatments. You can stay in chalets, lodges, yurts or domes. As for adventures, you can hang out in the hot tub, go hiking, or even learn how to make cider. You can also enjoy a massage, Reiki treatment, or yoga class. The choices are up to you, but either way, you’ll leave feeling renewed and reenergized.

Cabot Shores Wellness Retreat, 30 Buchanan Dr, Englishtown, Canada, +1 902 929 2584

Beaches

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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