Distance: 38 KM Travel time: 35 minutes
Waterfront and Boardwalk - Citadel Hill, a National Historic Site - Maritime Museum of the Atlantic - Pier 21 Immigration Museum - Halifax Public Gardens - Seaport Farmers Market - Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History - The Discovery Centre
Downtown Halifax is a must visit 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 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.
Halifax is known for its history and the options to experience that are plentiful. You can begin the day with a tour of Citadel Hill. This huge fortress in the heart the city overlooking Halifax harbour and has, within its walls, a fabulous military and naval museum which will excited all ages! Just a short walk from Citadel Hill you will find you the enjoyment of the first Canadian, Victorian Public Gardens and about a 10 minute walk from there, you can find yourself entering either the Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History or of you make your way down to the waterfront were you will find the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic.
Following the waterfront boardwalk towards the Cruise ship terminal you will be guided towards the Halifax Farmers Market where you can find Nova Scotia grown produce, crafts and food and enjoy blending in with the locals. Not much further down the you will arrive at Pier 21 Immigration Museum which is a unique museum telling the story of many of our ancestors about when and how they arrived in Canada. Maybe you will be able to spot one of your own family members names on the walls!
Distance: 68 KM Travel time: 70 minutes
Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic - Bluenose II - Horse and Carriage ride through town - Sailing
A 70 minute drive along the scenic coastal route brings you to the UNESCO World Heritage town of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia.
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 and amazing museum, fun for young and old!
Lunenburg is truly a walking town, with everything centrally located and just a short distance from one another. Stroll past the colorful heritage properties (in case you’re wondering, Nova Scotia’s fishing towns often painted their homes bright colors 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 predominantly known for its ocean adventures and seaside location and getting out on the water is one of the best ways to experience the beautiful port town. There are several options such as sailing tours, whale watching, kayaking or deep sea fishing!
The town 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 artist's 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.
Distance: 56 KM Travel time: 50 minutes
Mahone Bay Museum - Charming Town Center - The Three Churches
A 40 minute drive along the scenic "lighthouse route", you will find the colorful town of Mahone Bay following a coast that looks out to over 365 islands, one for every day of the year! With an assortment of artisan’s galleries, romantic restaurants, museums and inns. Mahone Bay is a charming town, combining century old architecture with modern day amenities.
There’s no surprise that Fodor’s Travel Wire describes Mahone Bay as “a postcard perfect maritime town”. If you’ve ever mentioned Mahone Bay to anyone that has visited they’ll say, “Oh I love Mahone Bay. and we are sure you’ll agree.
Steeped in nautical history and even a little piratical intrigue, the town’s habour is carved out of Nova Scotia’s craggy South Shore. Its protected waters and magnificent vistas make it a popular sailing, kayaking, cycling destination along with charming eateries & specialty stores Mahone Bay is one place not to miss!
Distance: 100 KM Travel time: 75 minutes
Town of Wolfville - Grand-Pre National Historic Site - Halls Harbour - Blomidon Provincial Park & Look off - Town of Kentville - Tidal Bore Rafting - Visiting one of the many Vineyards
A 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 of which many are open to the public for a visit!
The area is rich in history. Some 400 years ago, early settlers established their forts, farms and fishing villages along the coast and in the Annapolis Valley and the Grand-Pre National Historic Site is a must visit to understand and learn more about the history of this beautiful area.
If you like adventure and are more of a daredevil, Tidal Bore Rafting will be for you as the highest tides around the world will turn the Shubenacadie river in to a wild ride!
If are looking for lesser "wild" outdoor adventures, perhaps visit the Blomidon Provincial Park and Look-off where you can enjoy some magnificent views of the Minas Basin (part of the Bay of Fundy) and, on low tide, you are able to make your way down to the basin floor (be aware, it can be muddy!), walk out to meet the tide and see the coastline from a totally new and amazing perspective.
Distance: 12 KM Travel time: 10 minutes
the Shore Club - Hubbards Farmers Market (on Saturdays)
This picture perfect cove at the entrance to Hubbards Village is decorated with an array of boats. This quaint little village supports arguably the best farmers market in Nova Scotia every Saturday mornings at the Hubbards Community Barn (8:00 AM – 1:00 PM) and was even 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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