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Nova Scotia

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Overview

Nova Scotia, on Canada’s Eastern coast, is a great destination to include on any holiday to Canada. One of Canada’s four Maritime Provinces, this beautiful island is surrounded almost completely by water, making it ideal for strolls along the beach and water-based activities such as kayaking and paddle boarding.

The continental climate means the summer months are warm so you can enjoy spending plenty of time outdoors. Driving through the province is optional as there are so many other ways to get around – by bike, on foot, or even by boat and canoe, with stops to see the local sights and culture.

Nova Scotia has an incredible 7,600km of coastline so there is plenty of water to enjoy. Try tidal bore rafting in the beautiful Bay of Fundy, between Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, kayaking in Keji National Park, or even mud sliding along the Shubencadie River bed! Animal-lovers should look out for seals, porpoises, seabirds and at least 15 different species of whales in the water.

Nova Scotia is full of Canadian history and this is apparent in the beautiful lighthouses dotted around the island. Take a trip to visit Peggy’s Cove and see the lighthouse built in 1868, which is the most photographed in Canada. Also discover two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, as well as museums and other historic sites in Nova Scotia.

Nova Scotia is one of Canada’s most delectable provinces! The fresh sea food is legendary - sample local lobster or the famous Digby scallops and mussels from the Mahone Bay. Also home to 11 wineries, you can taste the flavours of Halifax in the local vintage, or in a glass of traditional ice wine. Sipped whilst looking across the water, this is a really relaxing way to end your day.

The province’s capital, Halifax, is the largest city in Atlantic Canada. A vibrant and cultural city, this is one of the country’s best kept secrets. History buffs should visit Pier 21 to learn about Canada’s interesting immigration history and Halifax Farmer’s Market is great for foodies.

Only a 6-hour flight from the UK to Canada, you’ll be feeling the rhythm of the ocean and fresh salt air in your lungs in no time on an exciting holiday to Nova Scotia!

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Things to do

For those who prefer to keep their feet firmly on the ground, hike along the spectacular coastal cliffs of Cape Chignecto Provincial Park or simply relax in the serenity of an unspoiled coastal landscape at Martinique Beach.

Discover what life was like for some of Canada’s earliest settlers in one of Nova Scotia’s many historical sites. Joggins Fossil Cliffs is a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site home to 300 million year-old fossils. A trip to the capital city, Halifax, is also a must. Learn more about the province’s connection to the Titanic at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic before enjoying fresh local food in a restaurant overlooking one of the world’s deepest harbours.

Nova Scotia is renowned for its seafood and your holiday will not be complete without sampling Digby Scallops and mussels from the pristine waters of Mahone Bay, to name but a few. With history at its heart, and beautiful scenery along the shores, an unforgettable holiday is waiting for you in Nova Scotia.

Popular things to do in Nova Scotia

  • Deluxe Halifax City Tour

    £36pp

    Discover this vibrant, seafaring city viewing historic buildings alongside modern high-rise. Stop at the Fairview Lawn cemetery where 121 victims of the Titanic disaster are buried and hear the stories of the victims who rest in Halifax. View the Citadel perched high above the city and visit the Victorian Public Gardens an oasis in the city centre.

    Departures: Daily between Jun 1 to Oct 15, 2015
    Duration: 2.5 hours

  • Halifax – Whalewatching & Wildlife Viewing

    £31pp

    Your adventure begins aboard the Haligonian III, a 200-passenger vessel. You will depart from Halifax Harbour for a memorable whalewatching cruise to Chebucto Head. On board, experienced naturalists will offer local history and geography information as you scan the waters for the telltale flukes of whales and other marine wildlife.

    Departures: Daily May 15 to Sep 30, 2015
    Duration: 2.5 hours

  • Lobsters Tales Tour

    £38pp

    Visit New Brunswick known as the ‘lobster capital of the world’ and experience the lively charms of Acadia hospitality in this beautiful coastal area. On this ocean cruise you will learn to haul real lobster traps, prepare them in the traditional Shediac way, and finally savour a mouth-watering lobster dinner on board an authentic Atlantic fishing boat.  Departure from Shediac.

    Departures: Daily Between Jun 24 to Sep 10, 2016
    Duration: 2.5 hours

  • Lunenburg and Mahone Bay tour

    £63pp

    Departing from Halifax, explore the south shore, filled with the history of fishing, boat building, the pirates of Oak Island and the rum running along this craggy coastline. Lunenburg is home to Nova Scotia’s largest fishing fleet, the Lunenburg academy, extraordinary architecture, supreme shops and more. Also enjoy a guided walking tour of Lunenburg or entrance to the fisheries museums of the Atlantic. Continue to Mahone Bay, famous for its churches along the coastline and picturesque beauty. Returning to Halifax.

    Departures: Selected dates between Jun 15 to Oct 15, 2015
    Duration: 6 hours

  • Peggy’s Cove Tour

    £32pp

    Peggy’s Cove has been an artist and explorer's paradise for well over 150 years. This picture-postcard village, located on rugged Atlantic shoreline, stands on solid rock above the crashing surf, and its lighthouse is the most photographed lighthouse in the world. Enjoy some free time to exploring the rocks, the trails, the village and the gift shops.

    Departures: Selected dates between Jun 15 to Oct 15, 2015
    Duration: 3 hours

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A visit to Nova Scotia would be incomplete without photographing the abundance of wildlife – whales, seals and porpoises swim below kayakers as thousands of seabirds fly above hikers.

The province is also home to a wealth of historical sites for those who wish to immerse themselves in Canadian history while on holiday. With a thriving culinary scene, sit back and reflect on the day’s adventures as you enjoy freshly caught seafood and taste the flavours of Nova Scotia in the local vintage wines.

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Top tips

Top tips for visiting Nova Scotia

Top Tip 1

• Nova Scotia has an incredible 7,600km of coastline so there is plenty of water to enjoy. Try tidal bore rafting in the beautiful Bay of Fundy, between Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, kayaking in Keji National Park, or even mud sliding along the Shubencadie River bed.

Top Tip 2

• Animal-lovers are in for a treat here - look out for seals, porpoises, seabirds and at least 15 different species of whales in Nova Scotia’s waters.

Top Tip 3

• Grab your walking boots and hike the world-renowned trails of Cape Chignecto on the Bay of Fundy or Cape Breton’s Skyline Trail – Nova Scotia is popular with those seeking the perfect walking holiday.

Top Tip 4

• Soak up the local history by visiting Peggy’s Cove to see the lighthouse built in 1868, which is also the most photographed in Canada. Discover two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, as well as museums and other historic sites in Nova Scotia.

Top Tip 5

• Sample some of the world’s freshest sea food, such as the local lobster or the famous Digby scallops and mussels from the Mahone Bay. Also home to 11 wineries, you can taste the flavours of Halifax in the local vintage stores, or in a glass of traditional ice wine.

Top Tip 6

• Visit Halifax, which is the largest city in Atlantic Canada. A vibrant and cultural hot spot, this is one of the country’s best kept secrets. History buffs should visit Pier 21 to learn about Canada’s interesting immigration history and Halifax Farmer’s Market is great for foodies.

Top Tip 7

• Meet the local people who will welcome you to the region with open arms. Nova Scotia is a province of talented storytellers, artists and musicians, who want nothing more than to share the history and beauty of their land.

Top Tip 8

• Carry a sweater – the regions moderate climate means that temperatures regularly fluctuate. If you spend the morning in Halifax, the afternoon in Wolfville and end up in Yarmouth for the evening, the weather and temperatures can be differ greatly.

Top Tip 9

• Leave the hire car behind and make the most of being outdoors – cycle, walk or even canoe around the province for a refreshing active holiday!

If you’d like more information about booking your holiday to Nova Scotia call one of our dedicated team of experts who will help you plan the trip of a lifetime!

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