Welcome to Nova Scotia
From the historic south shore to the world-renowned Cabot Trail, explore Nova Scotia in your recreational vehicle. See the bustling harbor of Halifax, or explore Marine Drive's open spaces.
Bay of Fundy & Annapolis Valley
The Evangeline Trail follows the Fundy seacoast back through time. Enjoy picturesque French-speaking Acadian villages; visit Digby, home to a large scallop fleet; and drive through the rich farmland, orchards and wine-country in the Annapolis Valley.
Comb the beaches at low tide and examine 350 million-year-old fossils at Joggins Fossil Cliffs UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Port-Royal National Historic Site features a reconstruction of early 17th- century buildings representing the former French colony.
Named after Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's immortal epic poem Evangeline: A Tale of Acadie (1847), Grand Pré National Historic Site commemorates the Acadians and the Deportation of 1755. The site features formal gardens and a statue of Evangeline in front of the Memorial Church.
As the scene of numerous battles for control of North America in the 17th and 18th centuries, Fort Anne National Historic Site played a pivotal role in Canadian history.
Cape Breton Island
Cabot Trail stretches 185 miles along the seacoast and through rugged mountains.
The Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Park includes a reconstruction of the largest 18th-century French fortified town in North America. Today, Louisbourg appears as it did in 1744, complete with guides outfitted in colonial garb and restored buildings.
Overlooking scenic Bras d'Or Lake in Baddeck, the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site is home to the most comprehensive collection on Alexander Graham Bell's scientific and humanitarian achievements.
Marconi National Historic Site honors Marconi's role in the development of global communications. In 1902, the first official wireless message was sent from this site across the Atlantic Ocean to England.
Nova Scotia's rich Scottish Gaelic culture comes alive at Highland Village in Iona. Take part in a Ceilidh wherever you find one—at a concert hall, at the Highland Village, or a pub.
Marine Drive guides visitors along the unspoiled shoreline and rugged beauty of the Eastern Shore to Auld's Cove and Canso Causeway. Canso Islands National Historic Site features the ruins of 18th century fortifications and the remains of a colonial New England fishing station.
Sherbrooke Village Museum depicts a typical Nova Scotia village from the late 1800s and early 1900s. Tour Memory Lane Heritage Village and discover how tractors, cars, washing machines and electric lights changed the lives of rural Nova Scotia forever.
Founded in 1749, history and seafaring culture come together in Halifax, the capital city by the sea with the second largest harbor in the world. A walk along the historic Halifax waterfront reveals everything from tall ships and museums to harbor cruises. Visit the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 and browse the stands at the Halifax Seaport Farmers' Market.
Tour Province House and see where political history has been made for over 250 years.
Halifax was founded as a military settlement and the crown jewel in its defenses was the Citadel. Visitors to the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site can stroll through this massive star-shaped fortress, walk the ramparts and watch the kilted 78th Highland Regiment at drill.
Down the hill from the Citadel on the Halifax waterfront, the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic commemorates the city's vital link with the sea and seafaring life. Explore the wonders of Nova Scotia's land and sea at the Museum of Natural History. The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia is the largest art museum in Atlantic Canada.
Yarmouth & Acadian Shores
The southwestern tip of Nova Scotia is renowned for its Acadian roots and colorful fishing villages. The Argyle Township Courthouse in Tusket is the oldest courthouse in Canada. To the north, tiny villages are overshadowed by lofty churches, such as Musée Église Sainte-Marie, the largest wooden church in North America. Explore the 400-year-old Acadian heritage at Le Village historique acadien de la Nouvelle-Écosse or Rendez-vous de la Baie Interpretive Centre in Pubnico. Be sure to try local culinary specialties like creamed lobster and rappie pie.
The Northumberland Shore offers warm water ocean beaches, freshly caught lobster and wild blueberries. Drive the Sunrise Trail through rolling farmland, country roads and timeless villages.
Follow the Lighthouse Route along the South Shore with its rugged headlands, historic shipbuilding communities and traditional fishing villages. And yes, there are lighthouses; over twenty dot this rugged coastline including the famous lighthouse at Peggy's Cove.
Renowned for being the birthplace of the famous Bluenose and Bluenose II, Lunenburg has a long seafaring history that continues to be reflected in its picturesque waterfront. Built in 1921 the Bluenose remained undefeated in international racing for 17 years and the Bluenose II, has gone on to act as Nova Scotia's sailing ambassador around the world. In 1992, Old Town Lunenburg was designated a National Historic District and in 1995, UNESCO added it to their World Heritage List. The breath-taking Lunenburg waterfront is the home of the world-class Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic.
Discover Barrington Woolen Mill, a turbine-driven mill established in 1882. Built in 1860, the Wile Carding Mill, a water-powered mill in Bridgewater lightened the workload for local farm families.