Citadel Hill, a National Historic Site - Halifax Public Gardens - Maritime Museum of the Atlantic - Pier 21 Immigration Museum - Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History - The Discovery Centre - Waterfront & Boardwalk - Seaport Farmers Market
Distance: 38 KM Travel time: 35 minutes
This unique landmark and historical fortress sits in the heart of the city and overlooks Halifax Harbour. A great spot for some panoramic photos, a picnic on the hill or a challenging run. It includes a fabulous military museum, our historic town clock and a view of the city that will take your breath away.
Just a short walk away you will find the Halifax Commons, our amazing intercity green space that includes the oval track for roller skating, a lovely fountain and numerous sporting events such as baseball and soccer. There is also a great playground and pool, a skateboard park and tennis courts.
A short walk from Halifax Commons you can stroll through the Victorian Public Gardens. This National Historic Site of Canada consists of sixteen acres of gorgeous gardens, historical fountains and plaques along with the ornate bandstand that was built in 1887. Sunday afternoons can be spent enjoying live music on the bandstand while you indulge in a delicious ice cream cone.
Your day walking tour is not over yet. You can continue on to the Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History, the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic and the Nova Scotia Art Gallery.
The Halifax Waterfront walk is sure to delight the entire family. It is a wonderful spot filled with restaurants, bars, play areas, historic ships, vendors, entertainers and artists. The famous Halifax Farmers Market and Pier 21, our outstanding immigration museum tells the story of thousands of immigrants whose point of entry into Canada was here at Pier 21. A great place to look for your family names on the walls where life in North America began for so many.
Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic - Bluenose II - Horse and Carriage ride through town - Whale Watching - Sailing
Distance: 68 KM Travel time: 65 minutes
A 65 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. This quaint town has something for everyone.
Lunenburg is a great town to explore on foot. Stroll past the colorful heritage properties (in case you’re wondering, Nova Scotia’s fishing towns often painted their homes bright colors 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 this 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.
Mahone Bay Museum - Charming Town Center - The Three Churches
Distance: 56 KM Travel time: 50 minutes
A 50 minute drive along the scenic "lighthouse route", you will find the colourful town of Mahone Bay following a coast that looks out to over 365 islands, one for every day of the year. There is an assortment of artisan galleries, romantic restaurants, museums and inns. Mahone Bay is a charming town, combining century old architecture with modern day amenities.
There is 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 will say, “Oh how I love Mahone Bay". We are sure you will feel the same after your visit.
Steeped in nautical history and even a little piratical intrigue, the town’s harbour 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 and specialty stores Mahone Bay is one place not to miss.
Distance: 35 KM Travel time: 30 minutes
Peggy's Cove can be found some 40 km east of Halifax on the far end of the peninsula at the entrance of St. Margaret's Bay. The town is your picture perfect Nova Scotia fishing community and harbour and home to the most famous lighthouse in Canada (and perhaps North America). Peggy´s Cove is a MUST visit while exploring our beautiful Province.
The town is easily navigated by foot and fun for young and old. There are numerous shops to be found from souvenirs & arts to treats and good eats. At the end of the twisty road through the community you will find the iconic red & white lighthouse perched atop of the granite plateau rocks.
The iconic lighthouse has been safely guiding visitors for more then a decade. The first original lighthouse at Peggy's Cove was built in 1868 and was a wooden house with a beacon on the roof. At sundown, the keeper would light a kerosene oil lamp magnified by a catoptric reflector (a silver-plated mirror) creating the red beacon light marking the eastern entrance to St. Margaret's Bay. That lighthouse was replaced by the current structure, which was built in 1914.
If you are up for a small adventure and perhaps feel like working up an apetite, you can take your time exploring the large granite plateau rocks stretching along the shore before heading back to town. Be sure to watch your step and keep a safe distance from the edge of the water.
Tour Oak Island
Distance: 46 KM Travel time: 45 minutes
The fabled treasure of Oak Island has had people searching for more then 200 years, ever since the discovery of the famous "Money Pit", back in 1795. In 2014 new life was given to the hunt by the Lagina brothers who started their search on the island in partnership with the History Channel. The reality show "The Curse of Oak Island" has been a hit ever since the start of the first season, drawing attention from visitors world wide.
If this got you excited, then what better way to experience the worlds largest and most famous treasure hunt other then visiting Oak Island yourself.
Salty Dog Sea Tours offers an amazing coastal experience with guidance from people who have been (and are still) involved in the search for treasure. Their friendly and knowledgeable crew are excited to share their stories and experiences with you aboard their boat, touring the island, giving you an experience of a lifetime. You can book one of their amazing tours on their website saltydogtours.com
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
Distance: 100 KM Travel time: 75 minutes
A one to two hour 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 into 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.
The Shore Club - Hubbards Farmers Market (on Saturdays)
Distance: 12 KM Travel time: 10 minutes
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 morning 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. Each Saturday during the summer months (June - October) the dance hall comes alive with a great band and a fantastic old fashioned vibe while locals and tourists are dancing and enjoying life. This is a true Maritime experience.
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