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Canada's Ocean Playground

WHERE TO GO

Where to Go in Nova Scotia

Take a virtual tour of Nova Scotia. From the iconic Peggy's Cove Light on the historic south shore to the world-renowned Cabot Trail on Cape Breton Island, explore our growing collection of Nova Scotia destinations.

PLACES TO STAY

Places to Stay in Nova Scotia

Choose from spacious campgrounds and RV parks, quiet bed and breakfasts, oceanfront cottages, historic country inns, luxury hotels and seaside resorts. Nova Scotia offers a wide variety of accommodations to suit every taste.

THINGS TO DO

Things to Do in Nova Scotia

Hike a coastal trail and view the world's highest tides, experience the thrill of a whale watching cruise, or enjoy a quiet paddle on a heritage river system. Nova Scotia offers a wealth of outdoor activities to suit all tastes.

Welcome to Nova Scotia

Nova scotia is located in easternmost canada ( upper east coast of north america ), and is one of four atlantic provinces.  almost completely surrounded by the atlantic ocean, "canada's ocean playground" offers plenty of coastline to explore, including the world famous bay of fundy.  discover nova scotia's must-see signature attractions including the iconic peggy's cove lighthouse, the joggins fossil cliffs (a unesco world heritage site), and the scenic cabot trail on cape breton island. come enjoy our warm east coast hospitality, and sample our fresh atlantic canada seafood.

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Nova Scotia

Facing the wild swells of the Atlantic, Nova Scotia is heavily influenced by the sea. With its candy-striped lighthouses, salty fishing towns and towering red cliffs, this Maritime province feels thrillingly rugged and wild, especially in winter, when storms thrash the coastline and the ocean freezes. But come summer it's a different picture: Nova Scotians emerge to hike the trails, lounge on the beaches, tuck into gigantic lobster suppers and celebrate their Celtic roots with lively ceilidhs (parties with music and dancing). Life here has always been tough, but the locals' warm-hearted humor can't fail to make you feel welcome.

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Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site

Cape Breton Island

The fortunes of the province that became Nova Scotia are inextricably bound up with this mighty fortress, built by the French but battled over countless…

Exterior of the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site in the town of Baddeck at the start of the Cabot Trail, Bras dOr Lakes, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada. Bell was a famous inventer who among many other things invented the telephone.

Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site

Telecommunications pioneer and inventor Alexander Graham Bell fell in love with Bras d'Or during a family holiday – apparently the hilly scenery reminded…

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Citadel Hill National Historic Site

Perched atop the grassy hillock looming over town, this star-shaped fort played a key role in Halifax's founding. Construction began in 1749; the current…

Cape Chignecto Provincial Park

Cape Chignecto Provincial Park

This isolated wilderness on the Bay of Fundy offers some of the best coastal hiking in Nova Scotia. The 55km coastal loop usually takes three days to…

Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21

Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21

There's an argument that this dockside museum is Canada's most important institution. Between 1928 and 1971, Pier 21 was the Canadian version of the USA's…

Joggins Fossil Cliffs

Joggins Fossil Cliffs

Located on the site of the Old Joggins No 7 Coal Mine, this impressive visitor center relates the story of the World Heritage–listed Joggins Fossil Cliffs…

Fort Anne National Historic Site

Fort Anne National Historic Site

Annapolis Valley

The strategic importance of Annapolis Royal, particularly its access to the Annapolis River, led to decades of conflict, mostly centered on this…

Grand Pré National Historic Site

Grand Pré National Historic Site

This interpretive center explains the historical context for the deportation of the French-Acadian people from Acadian, Mi'kmaw and British perspectives,…

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Trout Point Lodge

Trout Point Lodge

Situated at the edge of the Tobeatic Wilderness Area, this fabulously luxurious forest lodge offers a taste of the wild blended with old-fashioned country…

Sunset at Peggys Cove after a violent wind storm the previous day

Peggy's Point Lighthouse

The highlight of the cove is this picture-perfect lighthouse, built in 1914. It's supposedly the most photographed lighthouse in Canada, and for many…

Cape George Point Lighthouse

Cape George Point Lighthouse

This handsome, scarlet-topped 110m lighthouse atop Cape George Point overlooks the calm waters of St Georges Bay. The present light (the third) was built…

The top 15 free things to do in Nova Scotia

Église Ste-Marie

Église Ste-Marie

The town of Church Point, also commonly known as Pointe de l'Église, takes its name from Église Ste-Marie, which towers over the town. Built between 1903…

Halifax Public Gardens

Halifax Public Gardens

Established in 1867 to mark Confederation, but formally opened to the public in 1875, Halifax's delightful 6.5-hectare public gardens are a fine example…

Fort Point Lighthouse

Fort Point Lighthouse

Built in 1885, this lighthouse at the end of the spit of land overlooking Liverpool harbor stands on the place where Frenchmen Pierre Dugua and Samuel de…

St Paul's Church

St Paul's Church

The oldest surviving building in Halifax is also the oldest Protestant place of worship in Canada. Established in 1749 with the founding of Halifax, St…

Africville Heritage Trust Museum

Africville Heritage Trust Museum

Learn the story of Africville, Halifax's predominantly African suburb, the residents of which were evicted and their homes razed in what became the local…

William E deGarthe Gallery & Monument

William E deGarthe Gallery & Monument

Finnish-born local artist William deGarthe (1907–83) carved the magnificent Lasting Monument to Nova Scotian Fishermen into a 30m granite outcrop behind…

Cape Forchu Lightstation

Cape Forchu Lightstation

Instantly recognisable thanks to its strange 'apple core' shape (designed to deflect winds around the structure), the present-day lighthouse on the lonely…

Maritime Museum of the Atlantic

Maritime Museum of the Atlantic

Sea dogs will love this briny museum on the waterfront, which houses a huge collection of maritime memorabilia relating to Atlantic Canada's many nautical…

Bluenose II

Bluenose II

Launched in 1963, this handsome replica of the Bluenose racing schooner (arguably the most famous boat in Canadian history, and certainly the only one to…

Planning Tools

Expert guidance to help you plan your trip.

Things to Know

Nova Scotia in Canada is a welcoming place, but there are a few things you should know. Get the most out of your visit with these local tips and insight.

Transportation

This Maritime province on Canada’s eastern coast is a pleasure to explore by car, bus, plane or bicycle. Here’s how.

Money and Costs

Even though it's considered "Canada's ocean playground," Nova Scotia doesn't break the bank – here are our tips for traveling this province on a budget.

Free Things to Do

Put away your wallet, grab your sunscreen and relax: many of the best things to do in Nova Scotia are free. 

Best Road Trips

Explore the scenery and culture of Nova Scotia by road with these top driving routes.

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  1. Travel Guide

    Discover where to go and what to do on your next Nova Scotia adventure with our comprehensive Doers & Dreamers Travel Guide. Get yours to start planning. Download a copy of the Doers & Dreamers travel guide or view online, learn where to get a Nova Scotia road map, and view regional travel guides from around Nova Scotia.

  2. 16 things to know before visiting Nova Scotia, Canada

    1. Plan to spend at least three days in Nova Scotia. A common misconception among visitors to Nova Scotia is that it’s driveable in a single day. While technically true – a one-way trip tip-to-tip takes eight hours – you’ll want to immerse yourself in its rural charms and urban panache.

  3. Explore Nova Scotia

    Discover Nova Scotia's must-see signature attractions including the iconic Peggy's Cove Lighthouse, the Joggins Fossil Cliffs (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), and the scenic Cabot Trail on Cape Breton Island. Come enjoy our warm East Coast Hospitality, and sample our fresh Atlantic Canada Seafood!

  4. Top 25

    There’s no question the hardest part about your visit to Nova Scotia is deciding what to do next. Make the most of your time by exploring our Top 25 things to see and do in Nova Scotia... with a little off-the-beaten-path adventure mixed in.

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    Home | Tourism Nova Scotia. WELCOME TO TOURISM NOVA SCOTIA'S. CORPORATE WEBSITE. Working with our partners to grow tourism. Looking for Trip Planning Information? Visit NovaScotia.com. Growing Local Tourism. Emerging Destinations Program.

  6. 11 best places to visit in Nova Scotia

    1. Halifax. Best for a day on the waterfront. A stroll along the Halifax harborside boardwalk is the best way to get to know Nova Scotia’s capital city and its rich history. Begin at the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, where waves of immigrants entered Canada.

  7. Itineraries

    From a quick weekend getaway to an extended visit, with so much to see and do in Nova Scotia, consider these suggestions to get your trip planning started. Mix and match ideas from these itineraries to create your own customized Nova Scotia road trip adventure!

  8. Nova Scotia travel

    Nova Scotia. Canada, North America. Facing the wild swells of the Atlantic, Nova Scotia is heavily influenced by the sea. With its candy-striped lighthouses, salty fishing towns and towering red cliffs, this Maritime province feels thrillingly rugged and wild, especially in winter, when storms thrash the coastline and the ocean freezes.