The Best Things to Do in Summer in Nova Scotia

Photo of Kate Horodyski
31 December 2017

Nova Scotia is fun year-round, but it really shines in the summer! Grab your beach towel and your lobster fork, and check out our guide to the best things to do in this coastal province.

Go to the beach

Seeing as Nova Scotia is almost entirely surrounded by ocean, it’s not surprising that it’s home to beaches galore! A visit to the province wouldn’t be complete without at least one beach day.

Nova Scotia | © Tourism Nova Scotia / James Ingram

Check out festivals

Nova Scotia hosts scores of festivals over the summer, and there’s something for everyone! Check out local favorites including the Halifax Busker Festival, Ribfest, Beerfest, and the Halifax Jazz Festival.

Enjoy a seafood dinner

There’s nothing much better than a fresh seafood dinner enjoyed on a Nova Scotia summer evening. Mussels, lobster, oysters, salmon—you name it, and they’ve got it!

Oysters | Courtesy of Discover Halifax

Visit waterfalls

There are thousands of waterfalls around Nova Scotia, and a hike followed by a dip in the falls is a wonderfully refreshing summer activity—not to mention a great photo op!

Bar Hop in Halifax

Downtown Halifax is the place to be for a night on the town. Enjoy the city’s many breweries, patios, and beer gardens. Summer is also a great time to visit the province’s many breweries and distilleries.

Halifax | Courtesy of Discover Halifax


If you want to get away from it all, go on a camping trip in one of Nova Scotia’s beautiful national and provincial parks. There are campgrounds all over the province, but Kejimkujik National Park and Cape Breton Highlands National Park are particularly stunning.

Take a sailing trip

You’ll find sailing tours in almost every coastal town around the province, including Halifax, Lunenburg, and Yarmouth. Sailing is a favorite summer activity in Nova Scotia, and it’s a perfect way to enjoy the ocean.

Nova Scotia | © Kate Horodyski

Kayaking in the Bay of Fundy

Given the province’s abundance of lakes and coastline, there are countless kayaking spots to enjoy, but the Bay of Fundy is the most spectacular of all. Along the way, you’ll witness beautiful views and encounter lots of wildlife.

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