things to do in nova scotia

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Nova Scotia is one of the most beautiful spots in the world. Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick make up Canada’s stunning Maritime provinces, and they’re all worth exploring. While you probably won’t be able to explore all of these spots on one trip, we’re sure you could knock off most of these Nova Scotian adventures in a week. Here are the 7 best things to do in Nova Scotia.

1. Tidal Bore Rafting

Nova Scotia is home to this unique experience that we absolutely love. The Bay of Fundy is home to the world’s highest tides, with one hundred billion tonnes of water flowing in and out of the bay every single day, twice a day. This results in some amazing whirlpools, currents, and waves that will get your adrenaline pumping. Be sure to go mud sliding after your trip.

2. Go whale watching

There are many places to go whale watching in the Maritimes, but we love Bay St. Lawrence along Nova Scotia’s most northern coastline at the Top of Cape Breton Island. Expect to get a glimpse of everything from long-finned pilot whales to white-sided dolphins, to baleen whales such as minke, humpback and fin whales.

3. Watch the sunset over the Atlantic

We’d recommend doing this at Cape Split Provincial Park. See below if you need our reasons why.

4. Go surfing

Yes, you read that right. There are plenty of amazing waves to catch in Nova Scotia, and lots of surfing schools to accommodate beginners. Lawrencetown Beach is the provinces surfing hub, so we’d recommend starting there.

5. Discover the wines of Nova Scotia

You may be surprised to learn this, but there are some incredible wines coming out of the NS. Nova Scotia was actually one of the first places in North America to have grapevines, and the province is home to incredible varietals. Experience such local vintages as L’Acadie Blanc, Seyval Blanc, Lucie Kuhlmann, New York Muscat, and Baco Noir.

6. Visit the seaside town of Lunenburg

You’ll think you just stepped foot in a small Norwegian fishing village. Lunenburg is home to amazing colors, delicious seafood, and some of the freshest air you’ll ever breathe into your lungs.

7. Crack open some fresh lobster

This might be the best food in the world, and it’s the best place to get it. Lobster in Nova Scotia won’t have the same hefty pricetag you’ll find in the most major cities, and it can be found on most restaurant menus here. We’d recommend attending a lobster boil if you can – there are even lobster festivals held yearly in Nova Scotia.