If you’re looking for rugged wilderness, endless ocean views, and friendly smiles everywhere you turn, it’s time to start planning a Nova Scotia vacation. It may be Canada’s second-smallest province, but Nova Scotia definitely has the biggest heart. You’ll come for the rich European history, the salty little fishing villages, the colorful lighthouses, and the wild beauty of the sea, but it’s the warm-hearted locals who will steal your heart. Tourlane makes it easy to book an unforgettable travel adventure of this picturesque slice of the Maritimes–you can book your flights, transfers, accommodation, and guides all in place. Get in touch with a Travel Expert today!
Wondering where to start? Discover the must-see places our Travel Experts recommend visiting during your Nova Scotia vacation.
Halifax is Nova Scotia’s bustling capital city—home to six universities, a thriving music scene, countless trendy bars and breweries, mouthwatering seafood, and a vibrant nightlife. While it’s busier than some of the more rustic rural areas of Nova Scotia, Halifax is still a charming seaside town to its core. It’s an ideal balance of historic and hip with a lively waterfront promenade, numerous museums and galleries, and some of the country’s most outstanding craft breweries.
If you’re looking for a quintessential example of a Nova Scotia port town, Lunenburg is the place for you. Nestled along the scenic shores of the Atlantic Ocean, Lunenburg looks like a nautical postcard straight out of the past with its brightly painted British Colonial buildings, slate-roofed churches, and picture-perfect harbor. Head to the historic waterfront to soak up the sun and enjoy fantastic cuisine as you look out over the sparkling waves of Lunenburg Bay.
Soft white sandy beaches, brilliant turquoise waters, and salty sea air. It might sound like the Caribbean, but you’re still in Canada. Sitting just off the eastern coast of Nova Scotia lies a hidden natural gem most locals don’t even know about—a vast and beautiful archipelago of over a hundred wild islands. These stunning islands have remained almost undisturbed for the last 10,000 years, boasting a unique coastal environment of boreal rainforests, bogs, sheltered bays, and rugged headlands. Whether you prefer to explore by chartered boat or a multi-day kayak tour, this unforgettable island paradise should be on every travel bucket list!
Voted as the top Canada Island, Cape Breton Island is one of Canada’s best-kept secrets. Connected to the mainland by a causeway, Cape Breton has earned its share of accolades for its dramatic coastal views, rugged mountains, and rich Celtic heritage. While its famous scenic roadway, the Cabot Trail, gets plenty of attention, the island offers an endless array of activities that will satisfy even the pickiest of travelers. Cape Breton has something for everyone, from hiking expansive trails or wandering sandy beaches to sailing on the Bras d’Or Lake. And in the evening, make sure you head to a ceilidh, a traditional Celtic kitchen party, where you can kick up your heels to the joyful sound of fiddles and bagpipes.
Craggy red cliffs, thundering waves, and the highest tides in the world. These are just some of the remarkable things that make the Bay of Fundy one of the seven wonders of North America. Water levels as the bay rise and fall by as much as 48 feet every day, sculpting boulders into incredible rock formations that dot the miles of sand. Of course, there’s more than just tides—the bay is home to a wide variety of marine life, including whales, dolphins, harbor porpoises, millions of shorebirds, and even adorable Atlantic puffins. Less
A lobster dinner (or two...or three) is a must-have culinary experience when you visit Nova Scotia. Head to any of the restaurants on the Nova Scotia Lobster Trail for creative lobster dining experiences, from lobster poutine to upscale dinners to rustic lobster boils.
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