The Best Things to Do in Spring in Nova Scotia

Moose along the Cabot Trail in Cape Breton Highlands National Park near Cheticamp, Nova Scotia, Canada
Moose along the Cabot Trail in Cape Breton Highlands National Park near Cheticamp, Nova Scotia, Canada | Courtesy of Nova Scotia Tourism

Most Canadian provinces have a spring season filled with warm weather and blooming flowers. In Halifax, however, the weather tends to be more damp and rainy—this doesn’t mean there isn’t a lot to do though! Check out our guide to the best Nova Scotian spring activities.

Take a road trip

Spring is a perfect time to explore the province before the craziness of tourist season hits. Enjoy drives along the coastline, through the Annapolis Valley, or along the famed Cabot Trail.

Cabot Trail

Go to a Mooseheads game

If the Halifax Mooseheads (the city’s QMJHL team) make it to playoffs, you can potentially catch games until mid-May. Join thousands of fans in cheering on the local team!

Go beachcombing

Spring is definitely not the time to be pulling out your bikini in Nova Scotia, but that doesn’t mean you need to avoid the beach! Winter storms bring up lots of treasures from the ocean, so spring is an excellent time to go beachcombing.

Nova Scotia

Visit a museum

As previously mentioned, spring can be very wet in Nova Scotia, so indoor plans are a staple! There are great museums and art galleries located all around the province.

Pier 21

Attend the festivals

Nova Scotia has a full calendar of events throughout the spring, including the Shelburne County Lobster Festival in early June, the Scotia Festival of Music in May, and Halifax Comedy Fest in April.

Enjoy Halifax Burger Week

Haligonians go nuts for Burger Week, which takes place annually around the end of March. For a full week, restaurants around the city offer unique burger flavors for a seriously discounted price.

Go for a hike

Once the snow (finally) melts, the many hiking trails around the province fill up with hikers again—just be sure to wear waterproof boots because many of the trails stay slushy and wet well into the spring.


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