Nova Scotia's regions
Nova Scotia's capital, Halifax, is the largest city in Atlantic Canada. A vibrant and cultural city, this is one of Canada’s best kept secrets. History buffs should visit Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21. Foodies will love the Halifax Seaport Farmer’s Market - the perfect place to sample fresher-than-fresh lobsters, scallops and mussels. Plus, Halifax is under a 7-hour flight from the UK, making it one of the closest spots in Canada to visit!
Kejimkujik & Bay of FundyKejimkujik National Park - or Keji to the locals - is an oasis of tranquil forests dotted with lakes and meandering rivers. It's the perfect place for hiking, cycling and kayaking. Meanwhile, the Bay of Fundy boasts dramatic cliffs, rock formations and the highest tides in the world. This is one of the top spots for whale watching in the area. You'll find both of these beautiful regions on the province's north coast.
Cape Breton IslandCape Breton Island is home to some of the most iconic experiences in Nova Scotia. It's here that you'll find the fabled Cabot Trail - a stunning, clifftop drive often voted one of the best road trips in the world. The Bras d'Or inland sea is also here. Cape Breton Highlands National Park offers some unrivalled hiking and is an incredible place to watch a sunset from the famous Skyline Trail.
Northumberland ShoreThis glorious stretch of coastline is known for its fabulous long, sandy beaches and has some of the warmest shores in Canada. The town of Pictou, known as the birthplace of New Scotland, can be found here. It is rich in Gaelic heritage with plenty of opportunities to learn about the history of the first settlers. Don't forget to sample the delicious local wines and freshly caught lobster.
Yarmouth & Acadian ShoresYarmouth nestles at the intersection between two founding cultures in Nova Scotia - the French-speaking Acadie and the English-speaking communities. There is a strong Acadian culture here and it's a good place to learn about the province's varied heritage. Visit 400-year-old fishing villages, North America's largest wooden church and fantastic maritime architecture. The Living Wharves and Cape Forchu Lightstation give an insight into a fisherman's way of life.
South ShoreThe South Shore is home to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Old Town Lunenburg. This iconic town and harbour is famous for its colourful waterfront buildings. Explore the South Shore and you'll also find one of Nova Scotia's most celebrated landmarks - Peggy's Cove and Lighthouse. The quaint fishing village is charming to stroll through, and a photo of the iconic lighthouse is a must!
Eastern ShoreThe Eastern Shore is where you'll find Martinique Beach Provincial Park, the longest sandy beach in Nova Scotia! Surf culture is king in this laid-back area resplendent with windswept dunes and soft sand beaches. You can also get stuck into watersports like paddleboarding and kayaking. The coastal trail systems offer fantastic hiking and cycling too. One of the finest coastal trail systems in North America is that at Taylor Head Provincial Park.
Things to do
A coastal way of lifeNova Scotia has an incredible 13,300km of coastline so there is plenty of water to enjoy. Try tidal bore rafting on the Shubenacadie River, located along the Bay of Fundy, or kayaking in Kejimkujik National Park. A thrilling adventure aboard the Brier Island Whale and Seabird Cruise from Digby will get you close to humpbacks, fin whales and rare right whales, as well as dolphins, porpoises and seabirds. Just give us a call to book the perfect excursion for you.
Maritime HeritageNova Scotia is rich in Canadian history, apparent in the 150+ lighthouses dotted around the province. Join an excursion to picture-postcard Peggy’s Cove with us to see the lighthouse built in 1868, which is the most photographed in Canada. Also discover three UNESCO World Heritage Sites, 26 national historic sites and 28 provincial museums in Nova Scotia. Joggins Fossil Cliffs is a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site home to 300 million year-old fossils.
The great outdoorsGet outdoors to appreciate those stunning coastal views! The continental climate means warm summer months that are perfect for exploring Provincial Parks, from sandy beaches to the world's highest tides at the Bay of Fundy. Call us to join a kilted guide in ‘New Scotland’ for an enchanting tour of Lunenburg and Mahone Bay. You'll explore the South Shore, filled with the history the pirates of Oak Island and rum-running along this craggy coastline.
Flying to Halifax
Arrive in under 7 hoursIt couldn't be easier to get from the UK to Nova Scotia. We offer direct flights from a choice of UK airports to Halifax. This is the closest point in Canada to the UK and the flight takes less than 7 hours! Once in Nova Scotia's capital city, it's easy to explore the rest of the province by car, coach or motorhome. Visit between June and September to get the most from the province as attractions close outside of the summer months.
Exploring Atlantic CanadaIf you fancy exploring beyond Nova Scotia into the Canadian Maritimes and Atlantic Canada, we've got you covered. We also offer flights from the UK into St. John's in Newfoundland and Labrador. This gives you another option when planning your tour and helps to keep things flexible. We can arrange connecting flights from other airports with a range of airlines. Just give us a call if you have a certain trip in mind and we can help you find the perfect flights.
Discover Atlantic Canada
See more of Canada's coastThe four coastal provinces of Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick and Newfoundland & Labrador together make up the region of Atlantic Canada. A maritime heritage, stunning views and sublime seafood unite these provinces, but each one maintains a unique flavour. Our tours offer unique adventures into this region. Join a bear watching trip in New Brunswick's Acadieville or spot icebergs and whales on a cruise off Newfoundland's St Anthony.
How to get aroundIt couldn't be simpler to indulge in Atlantic Canada's fascinating seafaring culture. These roads are made for driving, with some of the most iconic and beautiful routes in the world. Hiring a car to drive around the provinces is a great choice. For even greater freedom, choose a motorhome. Or if you'd prefer to sit back and leave the driving to someone else, opt for an expert escorted tour. Ferry crossings add another dimension to getting around too!
Tailoring your tripOur carefully packaged tours are curated by our experts. That means you'll get a seamless experience detailed with insider knowledge of Nova Scotia and its surrounds. Book our packages as you see them, or use them to inspire your own trip. Just give us a call and we'll help to build a unique holiday tailored to you. Whether it's the hotel with the best view, the yummiest lobster roll or a starfish walking tour with a local fisherman, we'll find it for you.
The freshest seafood aroundNova Scotia is one of Canada’s most delectable provinces! The fresh seafood is legendary - sample local lobster, the famous Digby scallops or the mussels from pristine Mahone Bay. A holiday here wouldn't be complete without a hot, buttered lobster roll! Also home to 16 wineries and vineyards, 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.
Lobster Tales TourIf sampling the local lobster is high up on your list, we've got the perfect excursion for you. On this ocean cruise from Nova Scotia's Shediac you will learn to haul real lobster traps, prepare them in the traditional Shediac way, and finally savour a mouthwatering lobster dinner on board an authentic Atlantic fishing boat.
This tour lasts two-and-a-half hours and is the perfect addition to your holiday. You can book onto it by giving our advisers a call.
Taste the Town TourCharlottetown is the quaint and charming capital of Prince Edward Island. If you're touring Atlantic Canada, you shouldn't miss a visit here to join in the Taste the Town Walking Tour. History and food unite on this leisurely stroll through historic downtown Charlottetown. Sample some of the Island’s most unique foods and beverages while also meeting some of the people who produce or prepare them.
This tour lasts 3 hours. Give our experts a call to book your excursion.
Nova Scotia Holidays
See the beauty of this coastal region with our hand-crafted tours through Nova Scotia, the Maritimes & Atlantic Canada. Visit between June & September for the best experience.
- Explore Nova Scotia's national parks, cities & maritime towns
- Flights, hotels & car hire included
- Visit Cape Breton Island and drive the Cabot Trail
- Take in the famous Bay of Fundy with the world's highest tides
- Explore Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick and Newfoundland & Labrador
- Flights, hotels & car hire included
- Ferries between Nova Scotia and Newfoundland & Labrador
- Entry to Gros Morne National Park
- Visit Nova Scotia, New Brunswick & Prince Edward Island
- Flights, transfers & modern coach travel included
- Includes whale watching tour, sightseeing tour & winery tour
- Entry to national parks & historic sites
- Travel VIA Rail's 'The Ocean' route between Halifax & Quebec City followed by 'The Corridor' route to Toronto
- Flights, hotels & VIA Rail included
- See the vibrant cities of Toronto, Montreal, Quebec City & Halifax
- Montreal sightseeing tour
Explore Atlantic Canada
The provinces of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland & Labrador together make up Atlantic Canada.
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Nova Scotia, on Canada’s east coast, is a must-see area on any holiday to Canada. One of Canada’s three Maritime Provinces, this beautiful destination is surrounded almost completely by water, making it ideal for strolls along the beach and water-based activities such as kayaking and paddleboarding. The continental climate means the summer months are warm so you can enjoy spending plenty of time outdoors. Explore the province by car, by bike, on foot, or even by boat and canoe, with stops to see the local sights and culture.
A diverse and beautiful destination, visitors are never short of things to do on holiday in Nova Scotia. Boasting 13,300kms of stunning coastline, you can join a whale watching tour or kayak in water the height of a five-storey building in the phenomenal Bay of Fundy. 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. With a flight from the UK to Canada in under seven hours, you’ll be feeling the rhythm of the ocean and fresh air in your lungs in no time on an exciting holiday to Nova Scotia!
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