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One of the easternmost provinces of Canada, Nova Scotia is defined by its relationship to the Atlantic Ocean. Consisting of a peninsula joined to the mainland by a thin strip of land (as well as various islands) it’s famed for its lobsters - amongst other incredible seafood - and lighthouses. Home to hip and historic Halifax, the capital, as well as vast rivers, forests and plenty more, it’s a combination of beautiful landscapes and charming urban environments and a great place to book a hotel. With the combined English and French heritage to explore, there’s also some top dining and the east coast’s best nightlife to enjoy.
Cape Breton Island - Home to a vibrant tourism industry, this large island is found at the north-eastern end of Novia Scotia, and has a good mix of cultural and historical attractions.
Halifax - One of the oldest and biggest cities on the east coast, Halifax is the place to book a hotel and discover hip neighbourhoods, varied entertainment and some of the best dining options in the province.
Annapolis Valley - This valley sits along the west coast of the peninsula between two large and spectacular mountain ranges and it’s the best place to take whale watching boat tours out into the Bay of Fundy.
South Shore - With a good choice of attractions, including the Kejimkujik National Park and great beaches around the Riverport area, this is a popular destination for visitors coming to Nova Scotia. The UNESCO World Heritage Site at Lunenburg is home to a number of major summer festivals too.
Cumberland - Forming the natural land bridge that connects Nova Scotia back to mainland Canada, Cumberland County is rich in forest and natural environment as well as containing charming towns like Amherst and Oxford.
Nova Scotia is famous for its lighthouses, with Peggy’s Cove being perhaps the most famous example on the peninsula. It’s a small community with a post office and restaurant with some stunning views. Visit the Cape Breton Highlands for great walking, especially in autumn when the leaves turn incredible colours. Citadel Hill in the capital Halifax is one of the most historically significant places in the province, overlooking the huge natural harbour and beautiful waterfront.
The natural world has provided Nova Scotia with a huge array of attractions. Take a boat out whale watching in the Bay of Fundy or experience the highest tidal range in the world on a tidal bore rafting adventure. There’s great cycling, camping and kayaking adventures all around the peninsula, as well as more urban excitement to be found in Halifax. All across the province, the seafood is to die for, especially the famous lobster dishes, with lobster rolls a real local speciality.