In partnership with Visit Nova Scotia

A six hour flight from London, it’s quicker to get to New Scotland than it is to drive to Old Scotland. Oh, New Scotland? It’s what Nova Scotia translates to, and it’s the Canadian province you need to get to know.

And now we’re all able to travel to Canada again there are many reasons above the relatively short journey time why Nova Scotia should be at the top of your post-pandemic holiday list. From the beauty, the culture and the food to the history and people this is an absolute must visit spot.

Here are ten reasons to visit Nova Scotia…

1 – It’s the gateway to Atlantic Canada!

Nova Scotia is a distillation of the vast country of Canada, all served in a Scotland-sized bottle. Not only is it incredibly accessible, a hop from Heathrow, but it really does have everything.

You can experience the diverse cultures, spectacular scenery and the majesty of nature (whale watching is a must) in this bite-sized province. And if you love Nova Scotia then it’s the ideal gateway into the rest of this incredible country.

2 – Roadtrip perfection

Buy, beg, borrow or hijack a car and drive the Cabot Trail, you won’t regret it. Repeatedly lauded as one of the world’s most scenic drives, it’s unmissable.

Take in the seaside inlets and spectacular beaches along with breathtaking scenery as you pootle up the coast.

You can do it end-to-end in just five hours, but with so many places to stop and oggle the surroundings you can instead opt to spend a couple of days making the most of it.

3 – Take up stargazing

There are few places on earth better suited to gazing into the night sky than Nova Scotia. It’s home to the Acadian Skies and Mi’kmaq Lands, the first designated Starlight Tourism Destination and Reserve in North America to be certified by UNESCO’s Starlight Foundation.

Enjoy the clear skies with a guided hike or bike tour, or spend the night in a bubble, where all you have to do is lie back and enjoy the view.

Another great place to see the celestial light-show that Nova Scotia puts on nightly is Kejimkujik National Park & National Historic Site. Designated as a Dark Sky Preserve by the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada in 2010, it’s a stargazer’s paradise.

4 – Discover Halifax’s Waterfront

Nova Scotia’s capital city, Halifax, is located on the world’s second largest natural harbour and combines the perfect blend of modernity and history, charm and culture.

Stroll the city’s waterfront boardwalk, a two and a half mile attraction stretching from the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 to Casino Nova Scotia. The most-visited destination in the whole of Nova Scotia, the waterfront is packed with museums, boutique shops and waterfront restaurants.

Take a harbour tour or take a ferry to Dartmouth and watch the sun setting over the harbour. It’s stunning.

5 – Find your lobster!

Nova Scotia is one of the world’s leading lobster producers with over 50,000 tonnes of the crustacean hauled from Nova Scotia waters each year.

The best way to experience the delicacy is to hit the Lobster Trail, which showcases over 40 Nova Scotian restaurants serving up lobster served in every way imaginable, from traditional lobster dinners to lobster rolls, lobster poutine and even lobster pizza.

You’ve not eaten lobster properly if you’ve not tried the delicacy in Nova Scotia.

6 – Go on a glamping adventure

Why not try island-hopping by kayak on the Nova Scotia coast? Or even experience yoga on a stand-up paddleboard?

Kayak through the colourful fishing communities and along the pristine coasts of the province and enjoy fresh seafood along the way while you glamp beneath the stars.

Paddle toward your private island and experience the array of marine wildlife like seals, otters, osprey, cormorants and eagles. While you make your way to the glampsite, enjoy oysters and local wines  and meals featuring local produce and seafood.

7 – Have foodie fun in Halifax

Halifax’s hippest neighbourhoods are laden with brilliant dining destinations. Perhaps the best way to get the measure of the capital’s foodie options is to take a foodie tour. Tours like Taste Halifax Food & Beer or Halifax Foodie Adventure offers visitors a great way to see and experience the hottest Halifax destinations and eat and drink some of the best dishes in Canada along the way.

From food trucks to top-end restaurants, breweries and wine bars (Halifax apparently has the most pubs-per-capita in Canada) there’s an incredible array of options to take in.

8 – Wine!

Did you know that Nova Scotia is a great wine producer? If your dream holiday includes road-tripping from one perfect boutique winery to another and chatting with passionate vintners about their art, then Nova Scotia is a sure hit with wine lovers. 

With a long and rich tradition for growing grapes stretching back to the 1600s, this was one of the very first areas to cultivate grapes in North America.

Tidal Bay is Nova Scotia’s premier white wine (it is the province’s first appellation wine) and the producer can be found alongside many vineyards throughout the Annapolis Valley. Visit a winery, learn about the region’s varietals and enjoy!

9 – Check out Halifax’s Seaport Farmers’ Market

Nova Scotia produces a wide variety of fruit and vegetables, not to mention wines, spirits and beer. Pick them all up at Halifax Seaport Farmer’s Market.

The market dates back to 1750 and has existed in various locations, settling at the Halifax Seaport in 2010, making it the longest continuously running market in North America. Enjoy carefully crafted artisanal goods and baked treats alongside the the usual rural fare.

10 – And all in an insanely beautiful environment

The natural beauty of Nova Scotia simply cannot be over-stated. From rugged coasts to colourful fishing villages, vast forests and vineyards, it’s got it all.

Overlaid is a huge diversity of wildlife, from whales to Atlantic puffins, cormorants to moose. You are never far from the most stunning excesses of nature in Nova Scotia.

The only question left is ‘when are you coming?’, with such a range of compelling reasons, from the foodie and wine experiences to the Halifax Waterfront and one of the world’s most impressive driving routes, there’s almost no excuse to not make Nova Scotia your next holiday destination!


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