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All About Nova Scotia
Bordering the Atlantic Ocean, Nova Scotia’s coastline extends for miles, with travelers often visiting to take in the rolling landscapes that give way to natural vistas. The South Shore is one of Nova Scotia’s most visited coastlines, with travelers flocking there to take in the picturesque lighthouse, white beaches, and fishing towns. Visitors can hike some of the many trails Nova Scotia has to offer, including the Celtic Trails Coastal Trail, with its sweeping view of the ocean. For those looking for a more urban visit, Halifax offers many trendy restaurants, bars, and nightclubs.
Along with the coastline trails, the traditions of the Mi’kmaq, Acadian, African Nova Scotian, and Gaelic influences live strong everyday. While visiting the province, you’ll have the chance to experience this rich cultural diversity firsthand. Halifax is home to the only mouth-blown, hand-cut crystal makers in North America, and the Cabot Trail features an established artisan loop where makers share their handcrafted items, including pottery, silver, glass, wood, photography, leather, and kiltmaking.
The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Nova Scotia
To experience all that Nova Scotia has to offer, visit between May and October. Autumn is quite appealing, when you can take in the fall colours while staying at your cottage rental in Nova Scotia. You can also experience many of the festivals that occur in Nova Scotia throughout the year, like the Halifax Pop Explosion in the fall, which offers live music and food, and July’s Halifax Jazz Festival. Be aware that in winter some restaurants and shops may close for the season. The late spring offers warm weather, allowing visitors to explore the outdoors as much as they want.
Top things to do in Nova Scotia
Peggy’s Cove Lighthouse
Nova Scotia has more than 160 lighthouses, but none are quite like Peggy’s Cove Lighthouse. Built in 1915, this red-topped lighthouse stands above a rocky shore overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. And although the lighthouse and its surroundings are designated as a preservation area, it is still an active beacon for ships passing by this vibrant fishing community. Take a hike on nearby trails or enjoy a lobster feast at one of the local restaurants.
The town of Lunenburg is a historic Nova Scotia coastal community and a UNESCO world heritage site. Seventy percent of the original colonial buildings still greet visitors with their colourful facades. Visit one of the quaint local coffee shops or enjoy the independent shops around town. Tour the local distillery and sample their famous raspberry liqueur, or dine on comfort food like vegan fish and chips or beet gnocchi at nearby restaurants.
Nova Scotia has some of the most dramatic tide changes in the world, with some happening at a rate of one inch per minute. From the fishing village of Hall’s Harbour, snack on local lobster and witness the tide fluctuations. At low tide, the wharf is completely dry, leaving the local fishing boats sitting on the rocky floor of the harbour. But only a few hours later, the same boats bob in the water ready to fetch fresh fish.