The Best Wildlife Experiences in Nova Scotia

Photo of Kate Horodyski
15 December 2017

From giant humpback whales to tiny red squirrels, Nova Scotia is full of fascinating and adorable wildlife. Check out our list of the best ways to get up close and personal in the great Canadian wilderness.

Eagle Watch

Eagle Watch is an annual event held in winter that draws visitors from far and wide. It takes place in Sheffield Mills, the largest winter home for bald eagles in North America east of the Rocky Mountains.

Bald Eagle at Shubenacadie Wildlife Park | © Dennis Jarvis

Shubenacadie Wildlife Park

Shubenacadie Wildlife Park is a provincially-owned park that is home to many animals who have either come from different zoological facilities around North America or who were injured or orphaned. Visitors can come visit the park and enjoy seeing the animals in large, humane enclosures.

Hope for Wildlife

Hope for Wildlife is a wonderful organization on Nova Scotia’s Eastern Shore dedicated to rehabilitating injured and orphaned wildlife. Visitors are welcome to come meet the animals and visit the Learning Centre and Wildlife Gardens.

Whale watching

Probably the most popular wildlife experience for visitors is whale watching, and it’s easy to see why. It’s truly an unforgettable experience to get the chance to be near these giant sea mammals. While whale watching tours are available around the provinces, the best spots to go are the Digby/Brier Island area in the Bay of Fundy and Cape Breton’s Cabot Trail.

Whale watching in the Bay of Fundy | © Jimfbleak/WikiCommons

Bird watching

Nova Scotia is one of the top bird watching destinations in North America and opportunities here abound! For more information, take a look at Nova Scotia Bird Society’s website and our list of the best bird watching spots in the province.

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