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Top 5 Things to Do

Nova Scotia, Canada

Top 5 Things to Do...

...in the Annapolis Royal Area.
...in the Canning Area (near Wolfville).
...in the Charlos Cove Area (Guysborough County).
...in the Halifax Area.
...in the Parrsboro Area.
...in the Port Williams Area (near Wolfville).
...in the Saint John Area.
...in the Shelburne Area.
...in the Smith's Cove Area (near Digby).
...in the Wolfville Area.
 

Top 5 Things to do in the Annapolis Royal Area

1. Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens - These world class gardens are based on the rich history of the area.  Special highlights include a Victorian Garden, Governor’s Garden, and a 2000 bush Rose Collection.

2. Candlelight Graveyard Tours - For a truly unique experience be certain to take the award-winning Candlelight Graveyard Tour offered by internationally acclaimed Heritage Interpreter, Alan Melanson.

3. Fort Anne National Historic Site - Canada's oldest National Historic Site reflects both the French and English periods of domination in Annapolis Royal. Beautifully preserved grounds. The museum boasts an impressive Heritage Tapestry which depicts 400 years of history.

4. Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site - Located only 45 minutes from Annapolis Royal, visitors can enjoy historic canoe routes; experience Mi’kmaw petroglyphs, hiking and biking routes then swim in the warm waters of Kejimkujik Lake.

5. Port Royal National Historic Site - This site is a reconstruction of the original Port Royal Habitation (1605), one of the earliest settlements in North America discovered by Sieur de Mons and Samuel Champlain. Enjoy a chat with the costume animators and watch history come alive.

 

Top 5 Things To Do in the Canning Area (near Wolfville)

1. View the World’s Highest Tides -  We suggest a three stop tour of the tides: Scots Bay, the Minas Basin (Blomidon Park) and Halls Harbour.   Depending on the tide times, we will help you plan a specific route each day for the optimum experience.  A MUST SEE!

2. Vineyards and Winery Tours
7 in total – you can choose to do them on your own or we can reserve an intimate wine tour on your behalf (they pick you up at the Inn). Blomidon Estate Winery, Planters Ridge Winery, Lucketts Vineyard, Lightfoot in Wolfville, Gaspereau Vineyards, Domaine de Grand-Pre, L'Acadie Vineyards.

3. Cape Split Hiking Trail –– One of Nova Scotia’s most famous hiking trails (16km/10mile round-trip) . Cape Split is a fishhook shaped peninsula sticking out into the Bay of Fundy and is one of the most phenomenal landscapes on the East Coast. The trail takes you through a forest in the beginning, so don’t be discouraged. The trail starts at sea level and ends about 300′ above the rocky shoreline in an open grassy field. This day hike is 16km return so leave enough time to get out and back before it gets dark. Moderate hike.

4. A lobster dinner at Halls Harbour -- Hall's Harbour is a picturesque fishing community located along the shore of the Bay of Fundy where you will see the tides at their highest (50 feet) and at their lowest where the boats sit on their bellies. The area is very scenic and the hamlet itself has been declared a Nova Scotia Tourism Destination Area. The Harbour is also known for the famous lobster pound restaurant, artists’ studios, antiques and artisans galleries.

5.  Culinary delights – Live Theater
Enjoy the culinary delights in one of our many fine restaurants such as Crystany’s Brassiere (Canning), Le Caveau at the Domaine de Grand Pre Winery, Privet House (Wolfville), The Port, The Noodle Guy (Port Williams) and Halls Harbour Lobster Pound (Halls Harbour).
·       2 Planks and a theater – Ross Creek Center of the Arts –Outdoor theater (July – August)
·       Center Stage – Community Theater - New performances monthly
·       Acadia Cinema - Is a unique nonprofit community arts cooperative established (2002

 

Top 5 Things To Do in Charlos Cove Area (Guysborough County)

1. Tor Bay Provincial Park of the Atlantic, Tor Bay
One of our favorite parks is located only ten minutes away. Sand, sun, and surf combine to create a beautiful place for a picnic or quiet contemplation. Quite often you will have the whole place to yourself. Truly a hidden gem!

2. Le Parc de Nos Ancêtres, Larry’s River
Experience the moving and unique depiction of the local Acadian history at Le Parc de nos Ancêtres in Larry’s River. The challenges of the past and the resilience and determination of the local Acadian people to survive and prosper is captured on stone along with bilingual interpretative panels. Beautifully done.

3. Black Duck Cove, Little Dover
A picture perfect gentle stroll along a very pretty stretch of coast. Gravel paths or boardwalk make this an easy stroll.

4. Queensport Road Hiking Trail
This old road leads to the remains of a WWII Air Force radar base, huge glacial erratics (rocks left from the ice age) and on a clear day, a spectacular view!

5. Out of the Fog Museum, Half Island Cove
Don’t let the size of this little museum fool you for inside this volunteer curated and operated museum lies a lot of heart. The Keepers of the Beacons Society maintain the museum. Its members are former lightkeepers and their families, fishermen and others with close ties to this once essential occupation. In addition to their great collection of artifacts, expect to hear a few great stories.

 

Top 5 Things To Do in the Halifax Area

1. Pier 21 -  History of Pier 21 in the Halifax port, where one million immigrants landed between 1928-1971.

2. Maritime Museum of the Atlantic - The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic is the oldest and largest maritime museum in Canada with a collection of over 30,000 artifacts including 70 small craft, exhibits on the Halifax Explosion, the Titanic and a steamship: the CSS Acadia, a 180 foot steam-powered ship launched in 1913.

3. Harbourfront Boardwalk - Sparkling water, a variety of pubs featuring Celtic flavoured music, restaurants and shops, a working port and harbour traffic combine to make the Halifax waterfront both a picturesque destination – and one of Nova Scotia’s most visited locations.

4. Spring Garden Road and the Public Gardens - The Spring Garden Area is home to lovely parks, a new central downtown library, shops, bars, restaurants and impressive architecture. History buffs will appreciate the museums and historical landmarks, while the Halifax Public Gardens are not to be missed.

5. Halifax Citadel Fortress - Experience the Halifax Citadel, where the sounds of a modern, bustling port city are exchanged for the crack of rifle-fire and the skirl of bagpipes. The present Citadel was completed in 1856 and is the fourth in a series of British forts on this site.

 

Top 5 Things to do in the Parrsboro Area

1. Sea kayaking in the Bay of Fundy to the iconic Three Sisters rock formation with NovaShores Adventures and experience how the Fundy tides have carved the rock creating caves and pinnacle rocks.

2. Hike the coastal trails of Cape Chignecto and experience 600 foot cliffs, deep forest ravines and deserted driftwood beaches.  Over 50 km of backcountry and day hiking trails await.

3. Visit Cap D'Or Lighthouse, one of Nova Scotia's most scenic lighthouses and witness the power of the Fundy tides create rip tides and whirlpools. Stay for a spectacular sunset.

4. Follow Darwin's footsteps to explore the internationally acclaimed fossil rich tidal beaches of Parrsboro and Joggins where the Triassic and Jurassic epochs meet at the earth's surface, and perhaps find dinosaur fossils and gem stones.

5. Enjoy fresh regional cuisine and selections of Nova Scotia wines and beers at BlackRock Bistro. After dinner attend a play or concert at Ship's Company Theatre.

 

Top 5 Things to do in the Port Williams Area (near Wolfville)

1. Experience incredible walking, hiking, cycling in the summer and snowshoeing or cross country skiing in the winter;

2. Buy fresh produce and meats at local Farm Markets and enjoy Farm Adventures including the Starr's Point Loop; 

3. Visit local Wineries and Craft Breweries to sample some of Nova Scotia's finest;

4. Tour local Art Galleries and Studios, go antique shopping and visit our Museums;

5. Enjoy fine dining or down home cooking at our unique local restaurants and eateries.

 

Top 5 Things To Do in the Saint John Area

1. Best dining experience - Hard to pick just one spot as there are so many good places for food in our urban centre. We make your meal booking once we have had a chance to chat with folks

2. Best nightlife - O'Leary’s Pub for live music and cold beer

3. Best Places to Visit - Stay at Homeport and visit the world famous reversing falls and see the power of the mighty Bay of Fundy tides in action. And don’t miss the historic Old City Market and Trinity royal district located close to Homeport.

4. Where to get the best picture - The Homeport back yard at sunset or sunrise.

5. Best local souvenir - Handworks Gallery for superb local art and crafts located in City centre

 

Top 5 Things to do in the Shelburne Area

1. Black Loyalist Heritage Centre - One of Canada’s best kept secrets, the largest free Black Settlement in the 1780’s, where people voted with their feet. Brand new world class facility opening in June 2015.  Live the experience of the Book of Negroes.

2. Harbour Tour - Join Captain Kenn Taylor an first mate Sherri Taylor aboard the “Brown Eyed Girl”  Explore the 3rd best natural harbour in the world.  Three daily tours.

3. Charlotte Lane Cafe - Have Chef Roland Glauser prepare a meal you won’t forget.  This is a multi award winning restaurant and lovely gift shop offering maritime handmade items.

4. Shelburne County Museum Complex - Stroll down Dock Street to enter this world through 3 fascinating museums.  Learn the time honoured craft of Dory building in the Dory Shop. Enter the past through the doors of the Shelburne Museum  with exhibits on Ship building and the Loyalists. And finally The Ross Thompson House and Store where you can see the tobacco, molasses and dry goods sold to the townsfolk in exchange for cod and pine timber.

5. Kejimkujik National Park Seaside Adjunct - Explore 22 sq.km. of unspoiled Atlantic coastline.  There are two scenic trails…..  The Harbour Rocks Trail and the Port Joli Head Trail.

 

Top 5 Things To Do in the Smith's Cove Area (near Digby)

1. Whale Watching is the prime attraction in our area is whale watching on the Bay of Fundy, an interesting and educational experience where whales gather in large numbers to feed during the summer months.

2. Sample some Nova Scotian wines at the two wineries in the little village of Bear River and be amazed at the unique and interesting Flight of Fancy, an award winning boutique also in Bear River.

3. The Point Prim lighthouse has fantastic views and its spectacular sunsets provide a great location for a romantic end for your day!

4. Explore Digby Neck, hike to the Balancing Rock, collect seashells and rocks on the Sandy Cove beach and bird watch on Brier Island. And finish your day with a delicious seafood dinner at Lavena's Catch Cafe.

5. Learn about the deportation of the French Acadian settlers from Nova Scotia and how they persevered and thrived. Visit the largest wooden church in North America, sample some Acadian cuisine at Chez Robichaud....all on the "French Shore"!

 

Top 5 Things to Do in the Wolfville Area

1. Ride the Magic Wine Bus, a double decker British bus, for a hop on, hop off tour of the wineries in Grand Pre and the Gaspereau Valley.

2. Visit the UNESCO Heritage site "Landscape of Grand Pre" along with the National Historic Site that details the History of the Acadian expulsion in Nova Scotia.

3. View the world's highest tides on the Bay of Fundy/Minas Basin from the Lookoff, Blomidon Provincial Park, Halls Harbour, or at Evangeline Beach 

4. Experience the spectacular views of the Bay of Fundy after having hiked the Cape Split walking trail. The trail begins and ends at Scott's Bay.

5. Enjoy the culinary delights in one of our many fine restaurants such as Le Caveau at the Domaine de Grand Pre Winery, Privet House (Wolfville), Halls Harbour Lobster Pound (Halls Harbour), Between the Bushes ( Canning) or Cocoa Pesto (Windsor).