Experience history, culture and picturesque settings as you go back in time to capture the flavour of county life in early Nova Scotia and the birth place of ice hockey. Take part in a variety of activities such as sailing, canoeing, surfing, bird-watching, hiking, bicycling, beachcombing or perhaps stroll the scenic harbours with their fleets of fishing boats known as Canada’s Ocean Playground. Enjoy an abundance of intriguing, ancient history of the native Mi’kmaq people and their artefacts dating back to over 12,000 years ago! Play golf in one of the many lush green freeways, dine on fresh succulent lobster and clams before exploring sandy beaches and glacier-shorn cliffs. No matter where you are in the region you can savour magnificent views and relax in an impressive selection of bed and breakfast in Nova Scotia Canada!
Explore Nova Scotia's Evangeline Trail area where the land and sea merge punctuated by idyllic harbours, coves and inlets. The famous trail begins in Yarmouth County where little towns like Freeport, Centreville and Bear River are located on the phenomenal Bay of Fundy where you can taste the mouth watering lobster, clams and scallops at the waterfront restaurants. As you learn about the dramatic tides of the Bay of Fundy, world famous for its extreme tides, travel along the Annapolis Basin to Annapolis Royal, another picture-postcard fishing port with its bustling harbor and one of Nova Scotia’s most popular summer destinations. Stop off at historic landmarks such at the Annapolis Royal Area, the Grand Pre National Historic Site commemorating Acadians history, that is the setting of Longfellow's tragic love story, Evangeline and Fort Edward National Historic Site exhibiting Nova Scotia’s Scottish, Acardians and Indian heritage. Stroll through the beautiful Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens consisting of 10 acres of theme gardens displays reflecting the history of the region. Special features include Victorian Garden, Governor's Garden, Rose Collection, Innovative Garden and the Acadia Cottage and Garden.
The Annapolis Valley, although famous for its apple harvest, it boasts excellent opportunities for recreational activities where you can enjoy the great outdoors and incredible scenery. Visit Canning known as the ‘Land of Orchards and Tides’ for some spectacular panoramic views of the Annapolis Valley and the Minas Basin. Visit Look-off one of the Evangeline Trail's most popular attractions, look out and down on the valley's rolling farmlands, orchards and woods. Other villages nearby of interest are Coldbrook, Bridgetown and Berwick, known as the ‘Apple Capital of Nova Scotia’. You’ll find glorious coastal vistas, theatres, museums, craft shops, golfing and wonderful Rainforth and Centennial Parks, providing endless entertainment and spots for families and sports-lovers alike.
Visit The Glooscap Trail area with its mysteries and images of ancient legends of the Mi'kmaq. Listen to mighty Glooscap who it is told created Five Islands and controlled the great tides with his magic. Due to the strange and magical tides you are able to experience the thrill of white water rafting upriver on the tidal bore, or even walk on the ocean floor before the tide comes rushing in again. The Glooscap Trail takes you along the spectacular shoreline of the Minas Basin, arguably one of North America's great natural treasures. Explore the pristine beaches, hike through the deep lush forest trail to a spectacular cascading waterfall, or enjoy the endless views from high atop towering sea cliffs where you may get to see eagles and osprey soaring high in the clear blue skies and where you can see moose graze in quiet marshes and during the fall there are thousands upon thousands of migratory shorebirds. Known, as the Hub of Nova Scotia is the town of Truro where the majestic power of the world's highest tides have shaped a landscape of unforgettable splendour. Among the many activities are the Tidal Bore rafting and kayaking or for the more relaxing, there are the Acres of Golden Pheasant Bird Sanctuary and the 1000-acre Victoria Park. You’ll find plenty of historical sights, museums, shops and fine restaurants and other amusement for all the family as well as great golf courses and excellent hiking areas. Other good nearby localities are: Parrsboro, Economy and Maitland.
Gently rolling farmlands, beautiful wooded landscapes, sparkling blue waters of the Northumberland Strait set the scene for the Sunrise trail area. The country roads wind majestically along beautifully sandy shores. Explore sleepy towns and villages, celebrate the charming and rich Scottish heritage at the world-famous Highland Games near Amherst, or get blown away by the captivating music of the bagpipes, fiddles and traditional dancing at a colourful gathering of the clans. You’ll find 280 miles of shoreline for swimmers and beachcombers, with over thirty exquisite sandy beaches. There are excellent and accommodating bed and breakfast in Nova Scotia Canada all offering great facilities.
Perhaps one of the most beautiful scenic drives in the world is the Cape Breton Trails region, the Cabot Trail winds around the rocky splendour of Cape Breton's northern shore, ascending to the incredible plateaus of Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Explore the Hector Heritage Quay, where the first Scottish settlers arrived in 1773, drive through tranquil scenery and small communities such as Port Hawkesbury, River Bourgeois, Margaree Harbour, Iona and Blacketts Lake where you can enjoy activities such as sailing, fishing, hiking, golfing and tennis. Drive along the shores of Cape Breton Island, taking the Cabot Trail into the highlands, driving past lochs and glens settled by Scottish Highlanders,
a landscape that strikingly resembles Scottish coastal regions.
Observe a variety of wildlife in Cape Breton Highlands National Park, one of Canada's most exceptional wilderness areas of stunning mountain and coastal landscapes and a heavily forested park and sanctuary for moose, deer, lynx, bears and beavers. Continue southbound on the Cabot Trail passing other charming Maritime communities and make your way to the historic city of Sydney, originally known as Spanish Bay. Discover the eastern part of Cape Breton Island by circumnavigating the great island sea of Bras d’Or Lake, the lakes are an international cruising destination attracting hundreds of boating enthusiasts every year. Tour the Fortress of Louisburg, one of the most historically significant locations of North America, with its 18th century reconstruction and interaction. Take the Marine Drive, a very scenic route with great natural habitats, beach parks and rugged coastlines.
The Marine Drive is a special route through a land of stunning coastal beauty, where quiet roads lead through romantic seaside villages and all the glorious wilderness in between the communities of Englishtown, Porters Lake and Tangier. You’ll find a fantastic array of things to see and do, anglers and paddlers can enjoy the numerous lakes and ponds, history buffs can experience the sights and sounds of Nova Scotia's living-history museums, step aboard for a short boat ride to Grassy Island National Historic Site to see, one of our earliest European settlements. The Marine Drive is also a playground for nature lovers offering a world of magnificent coastal beauty and unspoiled sandy beaches and tidal inlets. There are superb hiking trails, look out for the salt marshes for birds and wildlife, or check out the wonderful ruggedly diverse coastline, it is also considered as a world-class destination for sea kayakers.
Visit the cultural city of Halifax, capital of Nova Scotia and admire the superb natural maritime scenery and traditions in this sparsely populated region of Canada. It’s exciting, romantic and eclectic, perfect for exploring on foot, with tree-lined avenues and international restaurants, shops, galleries and museums and a skyline of elegant 18th and 19th century architecture styles alongside ultra-modern towers of glass and steel. Explore this modern and historical harbour-side city with its maritime heritage, the bustling harbour, which entertains ship traffic from every corner of the globe and some of the most fascinating historical landmarks. Visit the Citadel, which includes the star-shaped structure that has guarded the city since the 18th century, as well as the lovely Public Gardens or choose from an amazing selection of golf courses. Savour a wealth of entertainment or indulge in the excitement of a waterfront casino. Whatever you do you’ll discover some intriguing history and heritage in this lovely city. The splendour almost defies description, whether you want a short break or a touring vacation you’ll find the bed and breakfast in Nova Scotia Canada charming and ideal for families as well as couples alike.
For true timeless romance of the sea, the Lighthouse Route journeys through an unforgettable landscape savouring magnificent views of coastal beauty and historic charm that has captured the hearts and minds of visitors for generations. Visit picturesque fishing villages and jugged coastal landscapes. From rugged coastline, colourful lighthouses and the breathtaking historic harbour of Lunenburg with its cute narrow streets and captivating wooden architecture. It is where you may wish to visit the renowned world-class Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic and you can observe many tanks of live sea creatures and interact with some of them in the touch pools. There are many things to see on a Lunenburg Whale Watching Tour, check out the sleek Bluenose II in particular. Take a tour to watch whale species and other marine life available from the town's waterfront that offer a rare opportunity to observe Atlantic marine wildlife in its natural habitat.
Not far are some of Nova Scotia's finest white sand beaches, or you can meander along the shore toward Mahone Bay for breathtaking views from the scenic coastal region and its tranquil island-studded bays. You'll find beautiful quiet country roads where ox teams still haul lumber and the coastal villages where fishermen still row wooden dories out to sea. Explore the historic towns of weathered fishing villages where legends of the sea come alive, stop at Bridgewater, Seabright, Shelburne, Hubbards or Chester for captivating scenery and fun. Visit the towering Cape Forchu lighthouse at Yarmouth and the dramatic beauty of the famous lighthouse at postcard-pretty Peggy's Cove, one of the most photographed locations in Canada. Nature lovers will find warm, secluded beaches and quiet inlets.
Explore the picturesque wilderness of Kejimkujik National Park along the centuries-old Mi’kmaq canoe routes, or follow the hiking trails into its forested heartland and unparalleled scenic beauty. "Keji" as the park is intimately called abounds with wildlife, including rare Blanding's turtles. During the summer months the park interpreters conduct nature talks 4-miles in length through scenic woodlands and along waterways. There is something for every one of all ages and tastes and the bed and breakfast in Nova Scotia Canada is stylish, cosy and good value for money!