The Best Things to See and Do in Nova Scotia

Sail Boats | Courtesy of Destination Halifax
Sail Boats | Courtesy of Destination Halifax
Photo of Kate Horodyski
14 September 2017
Sail Boats | Courtesy of Destination Halifax

Sip on wine, head to the beach, golf on a first class range, gorge on seafood and so much more! We’ve got the lowdown on the best things to see and do in Nova Scotia!


You can’t come to a seaside province and not hit the open seas! Sailing is a popular pastime among locals, and there’s nothing quite like spending the day on a sailboat. You’ll find tour companies offering sailing trips at any of the coastal towns including Halifax, Lunenburg and Digby.

Go to the Beach

Nova Scotia is home to gorgeous beaches located all around the province and a visit to at least one is a necessary part of any trip! Close to Halifax, you’ll find Crystal Crescent, Rainbow Haven and Queensland, to name a few. Grab a board and go surfing at Lawrencetown Beach (its surf is known world wide), or check out the white sand beach of Carter’s Beach.

Crystal Crescent Beach | Courtesy of Kate Horodyski

Explore Halifax

Halifax is a true gem of Canada’s East Coast, and this beautiful coastal city is not to be missed! Among the many things to do, we recommend a walk a long the waterfront, a visit to one of the many amazing restaurants, check out the many museums and so much more!

Halifax | Courtesy of Destination Halifax

Go on a Hike

Explore Nova Scotia’s wilderness with a hike in one of the many national and provincial parks. Kejimkujik Park, Cape Breton Highlands Park, Cape Split and Blomidon are just a few of our top picks.


Nova Scotia has its fair share of first class golf courses, many of which are connected to beautiful beachfront resorts. Make a day trip of it or a full vacation. Some of our top picks are Fox Harb’r, Glen Arbour and Cabot Links.

Fox Harb'r Gold Resort | Courtesy of Fox Harb'r

Visit a Winery

Nova Scotia is home to more than 16 wineries and vineyards (and a total of 50+ distilleries, cideries, breweries and wineries combined), and a tour through one is a great way to experience the region’s unique flavours! Plan a visit on your own or sign up for one of the many winery tours.


Seafood, of course, is a must, but that is just the beginning of the amazing cuisine you’ll find in Nova Scotia! The farm-to-table movement has been popular here long before it was trendy, and the province is quickly becoming a new culinary hot spot in Canada.

Halifax | Courtesy of Destination Halifax

Drive the Cabot Trail

Technically, this could fit under the category above, but the Cabot Trail is so worthwhile that it deserves its own category. Cape Breton has been rated as one of the top 10 islands in the world, and a drive along its famous trail is a truly unforgettable experience.

Cabot Trail | © Tony Webster/WikiCommons

Take a Road Trip

Due to its small size and large variety in geography and culture, taking a road trip is a great way to explore the province. Drive through the Annapolis Valley, head down the coast through the South Shore, explore the warm beaches along the Northumberland Shore and so much more.

The Bay of Fundy

Boasting the highest tides in the world, the Bay of Fundy draws thousands of visitors every year and is a unique and beautiful part of the province! Enjoy clamming, sailing, golfing, beaching and so much more.