Nova Scotia is the second smallest province in Canada, but do not let its size fool you. It is often said by those who have been to this place that the toughest part about traveling is deciding what to do next… and for a good thing! Nova Scotia has so much to offer; sometimes, a single visit just isn’t enough. From stunning hiking trails to lively fishing towns to scenic coastlines—Nova Scotia group tours will keep you busy.
Now, we do not claim to give you the penultimate list of Nova Scotia travel destinations (it is almost impossible to do!), but we hope our list of attractions below will help you decide what to do and where to go.
Nova Scotia Highlights and Features
1. Dover Island
Also known as Nova Scotia’s Granite Playground, Dover Island may seem like the remotest place on Earth, although it is relatively close to the Capital. It is the best place for hikers, rock climbers, bird watchers, and surf catchers. Every summer, Climb Nova Scotia hosts the annual Boulderfest, which is a weekend-long camping and climbing trip. Tickets normally sell out within 24 hours and are the only way to get into Dover Island during that weekend. If you do decide to visit on other days, you should be able enter without problems. Dover Island is your little paradise where you can enjoy the beautiful ocean, challenging trails, and various campsites. Camping on the island is free, but be sure to bring the necessary essentials, including fresh water.
2. Cape Forchu Lighthouse
Existing since 1840, Cape Forchu Lightstation stands 75 feet above picture-perfect volcanic rocks. After being turned over to the Municipality of the District of Yarmouth in 2000-2001, the area is an ideal picnic spot across 19 acres of landscaped grounds. It also offers a museum and an unobstructed view of the pristine shorelines. There is a seasonal café and small gift shop as well. There is also a trail that gives visitors easier access to the land surrounding the lighthouse. Be sure to include this in your Nova Scotia photography adventure. It is easily among the most photogenic attractions in the province.
3. Annapolis Valley
Annapolis Valley is said to be among Canada’s most important fruit-growing regions. It is known for its sprawling orchards and world-famous wineries. The charming valley runs from Digby to the coastline of the Bay of Fundy (in this area, you will find world-record waves). Our favorite, however, are the first-rate restaurants known for their fresh produce. It is really something straight from a fairy tale. It is possible to tour the area for half a day, but when you are surrounded by this much beauty, you may want more time.
These three are just some of the best places to visit in Nova Scotia. It has something for everybody: from those looking for some adrenaline rush to those who wish to spend a quiet afternoon drinking wine. Nova Scotia group tours have them all.