At a glance
Wedged between New Brunswick and Newfoundland, Nova Scotia – or New Scotland in Latin, has a distinctly Celtic feel to it. Rolling hills, sandy beaches and secluded bays are interrupted only by the occasional cottage or lonely lighthouse, whilst in town contemporary architecture is contrasted with eighteenth century buildings and the occasional burst of music from a military marching band or set of bagpipes. Explore the secluded cluster of islands off the region’s eastern shores or hike amongst heavily forested parklands and glass-like lakes, stopping off for a quick paddle in a canoe.
Where to go
Kick off your Nova Scotia adventure in Halifax, the region’s capital and a fantastic gateway into city life in the Maritime Provinces. Explore the downtown district overlooking the city’s bustling harbor and feast on fresh seafood before hopping on a boat and sailing round the sweeping stretch of shoreline. For an island getaway, head off to Cape Breton, set just off the northwest coast of the mainland. Packed full of wildlife, this is a top spot for whale watching, as well as nature trails through the dense highland areas of the Cape Breton National Park. For those after a more comprehensive hiking experience, head to the Kejimkujik National Park where you may even spot a black bear…we’re assured they’re almost harmless.
Why we love it
With its vast hills and coastal mountains, Nova Scotia is more than a little reminiscent of Scotland, but with a distinctive cultural melting pot of native Mi’kmaw ancestry and French influence. Boasting ultra-modern cities and sleepy seaside towns, you’re guaranteed to find the vibe you’re looking for – whether that’s a good dose of café culture or canoe-based excursions around secluded coves and hidden lakes.