Thirty minutes drive – Downtown Halifax has become such a popular vacation destination because of the diverse array of things to do. The stunning waterfront boardwalk will allow you to watch the cruise ships come and go from this beautiful port city; shop in elegant European style boutiques, and delight your taste buds in some of the many restaurants, recommended in the highly acclaimed “Where to eat in Canada” as well as in “Taste of Nova Scotia”. The night life is hard to beat with sidewalk cafés, live music, and our world class Casino. The “Neptune Theatre” offers incredible live theatre productions, and the “Halifax Feast Dinner Theatre” provides you with enough laughter to last an entire evening. Point Pleasant Park is host to “Shakespeare by the Sea”, staging unique, outdoor live performances of several of William Shakespeare’s famous works. If it’s history you’re interested in, the options are plentiful. You can begin the day with a tour of Citadel Hill. This huge fortress in the heart of downtown Halifax, overlooks Halifax harbour and has within its walls a fabulous military and naval museum which will excited all ages. Just a two-minute walk from Citadel Hill will find you enjoying the delights of the first ever in Canada, Victorian Public Gardens and about a 5-10 minute walk from there, you can find yourself entering either the Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History pr of you make your way down to the water front you will find the beautiful Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. Following the waterfront boardwalk towards the Cruiseship terminal you will be guided towards the Halifax Farmers Market where you can find local produce, crafts and food and enjoy blending in with the locals. Not much further down you will arrive at Pier 21 Immigration Museum which is a unique museum telling the story of our ancestors when and how they arrived in Canada, maybey you will be able to spot one of your own family members names on the walls! These are just a sample of what this incredible diverse city has to offer.
70 minutes drive following the old coastal route – Renowned for being the birthplace of the famous Bluenose and Bluenose II, the town of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia has a long, proud seafaring history that continues to be reflected in its picturesque waterfront.
Lunenburg is truly a walking town, with everything centrally located and just a short distance from one another. Stroll past the colourful heritage properties (in case you’re wondering, Nova Scotia’s fishing towns often painted their homes bright colours so as to be easily seen from the water), visit the many gift and artisan shops scattered throughout the town or enjoy an ice cream along its boardwalk. If the steep hills seem intimidating, you can take a horse and carriage ride with a driver who will gladly point out all of Lunenburg’s famous sites.
Lunenburg is also a haven for many artists who find inspiration in its surrounding beauty. Throughout the summer, the town hosts art festivals that showcase local artists’ range of media and subjects. July includes the Lunenburg Street Festival and Art Walk and the Nova Scotia Folk Art Festival, while the Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival takes place in August, featuring traditional and contemporary folk music from around the province and region.
40 minutes drive – The colours of Main Street, with an assortment of artisan’s galleries, eclectic specialty shops, romantic restaurants, museums and inns, are simply charming and combine century old architecture with modern day amenities.
By land or sea, summer, fall or winter, ‘active’ fun is right at hand. Sail, cycle, golf & kayak in the warmer months. Hike and cross country ski the miles of trails in winter. Unwind with a spa day or stroll a sandy beach.
There’s no surprise that Fodor’s Travel Wire describes us as “a postcard perfect maritime town” but we’ll let you decide when you choose Mahone Bay as your next vacation destination.
If you’ve ever mentioned Mahone Bay to anyone that has visited they’ll say, “Oh I love Mahone Bay.” We are sure you’ll agree.
Once off Highway 103 at Exit 10 you’ll find Mahone Bay directly on the scenic ‘Lighthouse Route’ , following a coast that looks out to over 365 islands, one for every day of the year! It is only an hour and a half drive from the Halifax airport and about the same from New York and Boston! But that’s by plane, of course.
Steeped in nautical history and even a little piratical intrigue the town’s habour is carved out of Nova Scotia’s craggy South Shore. Protected waters and magnificent vistas make it a popular sailing, kayaking, cycling and hiking destination. Charming eateries & specialty stores make it a popular shopping destination.
Whether you come for a day, a weekend, a season or a lifetime Mahone Bay will leave an impression, and a good one at that!
1.5 hours – 2.5 hours drive – Located along Nova Scotia’s Bay of Fundy, the Annapolis Valley spans from Digby to Windsor and boasts some of the best soils and climatic conditions in eastern Canada. The region is recognized as the 3rd most important fruit growing area in Canada, and is noted for its high tides, orchards and vineyards.
The area is also rich in history. Some 400 years ago, early settlers established their forts, farms and fishing villages along the coast and in the Annapolis Valley.
ValleyTourism.ca is committed to showcasing the many attractions found in the Valley as well as promoting the quality businesses located here.
Ten minute drive – This picture perfect cove at the entrance to Hubbards Village is decorated with an array of colourful boats. This busy little village is where you’ll find the grocery store, hardware store, doctor’s office and pharmacy along with several restaurants and antique shops. Saturday mornings can be spent strolling through the lovely Farmers Market at the Hubbards Community Barn (8:00 AM – 1:00 PM) which was voted Canada’s Best Farmers Market in 2014. Here you can purchase fresh meats and seafood, local produce as well as lovely crafted souvenirs and folk art. Hubbards is also home of the “Shore Club”, Nova Scotia’s last original 1950’s style dance hall and famous lobster suppers!
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