A trip to Nova Scotia means you will be spending time in the second-smallest province in Canada. Despite its size, nearly a million people call it home – and for good reason. Almost entirely surrounded by water, Nova Scotia possesses some of the most breathtaking scenery in North America. Ranging from Cape Breton Island in the northeast all the way to Yarmouth in the southwest, the province has a ton to offer. Here are just a few tidbits regarding the Nova Scotia tourism scene that you will find handy during your vacation.
Travel to Nova Scotia
You can always fly or drive to Nova Scotia, but in May of 2014 there will be a new option to get to the province from the United States. Nova Star Cruises is opening up a ferry route from Portland, ME, to Yarmouth, NS. Ferries are scheduled to depart Portland at 9 p.m. EST on a daily basis and arrive at Yarmouth at 8 a.m. AST. The following day, the ship will sale from Yarmouth at 10 a.m. AST and get back to Portland at 7 p.m. EST.
Explore Nova Scotia
Cape Breton Highlands National Park
You can find everything you might want to do at Cape Breton Highlands National Park. From hiking trails to beaches to golf courses, the park is filled with fun activities. Getting to the park is also a grand adventure in and of itself, as you can take the famous Cabot Trail to and through the area.
Cape Forchu Lightstation
Go see this amazing lighthouse just off the coast of Yarmouth. The Cape Forchu grounds are small but filled with beauty and history. You can see the lighthouse shaped like an apple core, take a tour through the museum, or go for a walk along the scenic path.
Kejimkujik National Park
Listen for the call of the loon when you travel to Kejimkujik National Park, located in the western part of the province. You can canoe, hike, or camp at the park. In addition, you can take about an hour drive and see Kejimkujik Seaside, which is an incredible way to see the coast.
Eat in Nova Scotia
Rated as the best restaurant in Yarmouth, Stanley Lobster is a unique experience. This isn’t a restaurant where you will place an order and then wait for it to come back from the kitchen. At Stanley Lobster, you will pick the exact lobster that will soon rest on your plate. You’ll also be able to eat while overlooking the Bay of Fundy.
Charlotte Lane Café & Gift Shop
Open for lunch and dinner, the Charlotte Lane Café offers delicious pasta and seafood dishes. You’ll want to check out this restaurant in Shelburne that won the Best Small Restaurant Award in 2013 from the Restaurant Association of Nova Scotia.
Chives Canadian Bistro
In the capital city of Halifax, Chives Canadian Bistro features a menu that changes with the seasons. Expect fish, steak or duck prepared to perfection and end your meal with a delicious dessert.
Stay in Nova Scotia
The best place to stay in the province is at the Trout Point Lodge of Nova Scotia – a distinguished Select Registry member. Located near the Acadian Shores in the Bon Temps region, the Trout Point Lodge of Nova Scotia is off the beaten path and offers a truly unique getaway experience. Built with a log cabin feel, the lodge provides luxury accommodations on your trip. With it being a Select Registry inn, you know you will be staying at a place that has gone above and beyond normal expectations.
Photo courtesy Barney Moss