Cabot Trail, Cape Breton

5 awesome things you need to do in Nova Scotia

Author: Fran McElhone

Located on the southeastern tip of Canada, Nova Scotia is the country’s second smallest province but it’s packed with fun. Here are seven great suggestions of how to spend your time there…

1. Surfing

Surfing Lawrencetown, Nova ScotiaPhoto: Paul B

Rent surf boards at Lawrencetown Beach in the Eastern Shore region, or simply enjoy the intriguing scenery here.

2. The Cabot Trail

Cabot Trail, Cape BretonPhoto: Nicolas Raymond

Go for a road trip around Cape Breton’s scenic roadway the Cabot Trail – camp or stay in motels, hike the trails and hop on a whale-watching trip to glimpse humpbacks.

3. Skiing and snowboarding

Skiing Wentworth, Nova ScotiaPhoto: Colin Busby

In winter, go cross country skiing, skiing or snowboarding at Ski Martock near Windsor, Ski Wentworth in the Wentworth Valley or Ben Eoin at Cape Breton.

4. Road trip

Peggy's Cove, Nova ScotiaPhoto: Paul Bica

Nova Scotia, in its rugged entirety, is beautiful, and hiring a car and going on a road trip is the best way of seeing the province. Head along the South Shore region via Peggy’s Cove where you can clamber over the rocks and bask in the sunshine looking out over the Atlantic, or head up towards Annapolis Valley and the remote Scots Bay and feel like you are miles from anywhere and anyone.

5. Food, art and music

Port Dufferin, Nova Scotia lobster trapsPhoto: Dennis Jarvis

Delve into the Halifax art, music and foodie scene. Restaurants serve up delicious locally caught seafood, including Digby scallops and Nova Scotia lobster. There are plenty of galleries and music venues, plus a host of festivals, from the Halifax International Busker Festival to the Halifax Tall Ships Festival and the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo.

This article first appeared in a wider feature about Nova Scotia in Adventure Travel magazine issue 119.