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Things to do in Nova Scotia

 

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Cape Breton Highlands National Park (Ingonish)
Ranked #1 of 495 attractions in Nova Scotia
Category: National Parks

Cheticamp is a simple Acadian fishing village at the gateway to the Cape Breton Highlands National Park. The restaurants aren't fancy and aren't geared toward fine dining, but... more »

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Cabot Trail (Cape Breton Island)
Ranked #2 of 495 attractions in Nova Scotia
Category: Scenic Drives; Hiking Trails
Owner description: One of the most magnificent loop drives in North America treats visitors to the spectacular scenery of the Cape Breton... more » Owner description: One of the most magnificent loop drives in North America treats visitors to the spectacular scenery of the Cape Breton Highlands. « less
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Ranked #3 of 495 attractions in Nova Scotia
Category: Parks
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Ranked #4 of 495 attractions in Nova Scotia
Category: Performances
Owner description: The Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo is a week-long event held every year in one of Canada’s most beautiful... more » Owner description: The Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo is a week-long event held every year in one of Canada’s most beautiful provinces.Take part in educational workshops, exciting festival events and of course, our daily two-and-a-half hour show jam-packed with world-class entertainment, sure to delight the whole family.This show is fast-paced – every scene only lasts about 3-6 minutes, so there is always something new to see and experience.Looking for a taste of true Nova Scotia? There’s bagpipes, highland dancers, la culture de l’acadie and military traditions.Hoping for something more modern? The Tattoo also features innovative acrobatic acts, modern music, contemporary dancing, trampoline routines and cutting-edge videos.Don't miss the world’s largest annual indoor show. Only in Nova Scotia. « less
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Ranked #5 of 495 attractions in Nova Scotia
Travelers' Choice® 2013 Winner Attractions
Category: Historic Sites; Military Bases/ Facilities; Specialty Museums
Owner description: Welcome to the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site, a magical place on the edge of a continent where past and... more » Owner description: Welcome to the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site, a magical place on the edge of a continent where past and present come together to celebrate Canada’s diverse heritage. Visit during peak season and take in a full range of services: make friends with a costumed ‘resident’ and enjoy a delicious period meal in a themed restaurant. Feel the ground tremble with the boom of the cannon. Explore the beautiful beach and scenic hiking trails nearby. Then after the sun goes down, figure out ‘whodunnit’ at our murder mystery or take in our dinner theatre, where great comedy and wonderful cuisine is always on the menu. Visit in the shoulder season for some services and to discover the exterior architecture of the Fortress’ reconstructed buildings. Marvel at the stunning views of both the sea and the Fortress from one of our hiking trails, open throughout the year. Take in the quiet and tranquility of the streets in the off-season. Close your eyes to listen to the crash of the waves in the distance. « less
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Ranked #6 of 495 attractions in Nova Scotia
Category: Gardens
Owner description: This beautiful Victorian-inspired garden has been open to the public since 1875 and remains as one of Halifax's most... more » Owner description: This beautiful Victorian-inspired garden has been open to the public since 1875 and remains as one of Halifax's most beautiful and cherished sites. « less
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Ranked #7 of 495 attractions in Nova Scotia
Category: Gardens; Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Owner description: ESCAPE from the hectic pace of everyday life with a visit to Annapolis Royal’s beautiful Historic Gardens!In a beautiful... more » Owner description: ESCAPE from the hectic pace of everyday life with a visit to Annapolis Royal’s beautiful Historic Gardens!In a beautiful setting overlooking a tidal river valley, the 17 acre Historic Gardens is a premiere Nova Scotia attraction showcasing gardening methods, designs and materials representing more than four hundred years of local history. Highlights include a Rose collection of more than 270 cultivars, an Acadian House representing pre-deportation 1671 time period, and much more… « less
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Skyline Trail (Cape Breton Island)
Ranked #8 of 495 attractions in Nova Scotia
Category: Hiking Trails
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Ranked #9 of 495 attractions in Nova Scotia
Category: Lighthouses
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Ranked #10 of 495 attractions in Nova Scotia
Category: Historic Sites; History Museums
Owner description: This museum chronicles the life and career of Alexander Graham Bell with its rich collection of artifacts and documents... more » Owner description: This museum chronicles the life and career of Alexander Graham Bell with its rich collection of artifacts and documents accumulated by Dr. Bell and his family during their time in Nova Scotia. « less
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Louisbourg Playhouse (Louisbourg)
Ranked #11 of 495 attractions in Nova Scotia
Category: Theaters
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Cape Breton Miners' Museum (Cape Breton Island)
Ranked #12 of 495 attractions in Nova Scotia
Category: Specialty Museums; Mines
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Cape Smokey (Ingonish)
Ranked #13 of 495 attractions in Nova Scotia
Category: Ski/ Snowboard Areas
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Ranked #14 of 495 attractions in Nova Scotia
Category: Lighthouses
Owner description: The Lighthouse Route begins at one of Nova Scotia’s most photographed lighthouse, the Cape Forchu Lightstation. With over 160... more » Owner description: The Lighthouse Route begins at one of Nova Scotia’s most photographed lighthouse, the Cape Forchu Lightstation. With over 160 lighthouses in Nova Scotia, the most in any other province in Canada, they have become a shared symbol of our culture! « less
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Ranked #15 of 495 attractions in Nova Scotia
Category: Specialty Museums; History Museums
Owner description: This museum tips its hat to the rich fishing heritage of Canada's Atlantic Coast by offering a wealth of attractions and... more » Owner description: This museum tips its hat to the rich fishing heritage of Canada's Atlantic Coast by offering a wealth of attractions and activities, from boarding the banks schooner Theresa E. Connor to talking with "old salts" who fished the North Atlantic. « less
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Ranked #16 of 495 attractions in Nova Scotia
Travelers' Choice® 2013 Winner Attractions
Category: Historic Sites; Military Museums; Lookouts
Owner description: Experience an exciting part of Canada's history by visiting this 19th-century fort with a sweeping view of downtown Halifax.... more » Owner description: Experience an exciting part of Canada's history by visiting this 19th-century fort with a sweeping view of downtown Halifax. Between May and October, the Citadel is brought to life by two historic regiments of the British Army - the pageantry of the 78th Highlanders and the precision of the Royal Artillery thrill visitors daily with live re-enactments. The skirl of the bagpipes mixes with the crack of a rifle and the assembly of recruits for the next foot drill. There's no shortage of authentic experiences to view and participate in! Kids will love the Xplorers Program - an activity book just for them. When the sun sets, it's time to experience the other side of the Citadel - join the Citadel Ghost Walk and experience the dark and errie lore from the early 1800's. Tours start mid-July and run every Friday and Saturday nights starting at 8:30pm until the end of October. Cash at the front gate. « less
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Ranked #17 of 495 attractions in Nova Scotia
Travelers' Choice® 2013 Winner Attractions
Category: Parks; Jogging Paths/ Tracks
Have a picnic with sweeping ocean views or hike through 186 acres of forest in one of Halifax's most cherished parks.
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Ranked #18 of 495 attractions in Nova Scotia
Travelers' Choice® 2013 Winner Attractions
Category: Specialty Museums; History Museums; Military Museums
Owner description: Immerse yourself in the rich marine history depicted by this museum's vast collection from binnacles and buoys to anchors and... more » Owner description: Immerse yourself in the rich marine history depicted by this museum's vast collection from binnacles and buoys to anchors and armaments. « less
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Ranked #19 of 495 attractions in Nova Scotia
Category: Historic Sites
Owner description: Experience the lifestyle of the Scots in Nova Scotia at the Village's Outdoor Pioneer Museum or look up your Cape Breton... more » Owner description: Experience the lifestyle of the Scots in Nova Scotia at the Village's Outdoor Pioneer Museum or look up your Cape Breton roots at the Genealogy and Family History Centre. The Highland Village is situated on a beautiful site overlooking the Bras d'Or Lakes and is open from May to mid October. « less
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Ranked #20 of 495 attractions in Nova Scotia
Category: Ferries/ Boats

HALIFAX HARBOUR FERRY Taking the municipal ferry across to Dartmouth provided an excellent view Halifax from the water. There are many expensive organized cruises or tours... more »

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Ranked #21 of 495 attractions in Nova Scotia
Category: Historic Sites
Owner description: Historic site brings to life that part of Canada's past when conflict between Europe's empire-builders took place on the... more » Owner description: Historic site brings to life that part of Canada's past when conflict between Europe's empire-builders took place on the shore of the Annapolis River. « less
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Ranked #22 of 495 attractions in Nova Scotia
Category: Historic Sites; History Museums; Museums

As with most historic reconstructions, the National Historic Site at Annapolis Royal allows you to see, first hand, the physical context in which the people lived in the late 17th... more »

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Oaklawn Farm Zoo (Aylesford)
Ranked #23 of 495 attractions in Nova Scotia
Category: Zoos
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Ranked #24 of 495 attractions in Nova Scotia
Category: Hiking Trails; Waterfalls
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Ranked #25 of 495 attractions in Nova Scotia
Category: Tourist/ Visitor Centers
Owner description: The Mission Statement of the Celtic Music Interpretive Centre is to collect, preserve and promote the traditional Celtic... more » Owner description: The Mission Statement of the Celtic Music Interpretive Centre is to collect, preserve and promote the traditional Celtic music of Cape Breton Island through Education, Research and Performance. « less
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Ranked #26 of 495 attractions in Nova Scotia
Category: Hiking Trails
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Bras d'Or Lake (Cape Breton Island)
Ranked #27 of 495 attractions in Nova Scotia
Category: Bodies of Water
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Ranked #28 of 495 attractions in Nova Scotia
Category: History Museums; Historic Sites
Owner description: Plan a visit to this national testament to the Canadian immigration experience, which pays tribute to the citizens of Canada... more » Owner description: Plan a visit to this national testament to the Canadian immigration experience, which pays tribute to the citizens of Canada who have enriched this culturally diverse country. « less
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Ranked #29 of 495 attractions in Nova Scotia
Category: Ships; Historic Sites
Owner description: HMCS Sackville, the last remaining Flower Class corvette in the world, symbolizes the extraordinary effort of Canadians... more » Owner description: HMCS Sackville, the last remaining Flower Class corvette in the world, symbolizes the extraordinary effort of Canadians seventy years ago during the Second World War. Restored to her wartime configuration she serves as a museum and memorial to those lost during the Battle of the Atlantic and to honour those who serve and continue to serve in the Naval Service of Canada. HMCS Sackville is berthed at Sackville Landing adjacent to the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic in the summer and in HMC Dockyard during the winter. « less
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Ranked #30 of 495 attractions in Nova Scotia
Category: Museums
Owner description: Our Museum can be found in Northern Cape Breton along the Cabot Trail Nova Scotia in the "Top of the Island" Region. We have... more » Owner description: Our Museum can be found in Northern Cape Breton along the Cabot Trail Nova Scotia in the "Top of the Island" Region. We have a beautiful exhibit hall that includes local artifacts along with professional displays that take you back in time while getting a taste of our local heritage. We also have an operating blacksmith forge, settlers' garden, and a historic Church building that has become our Culture Centre. « less
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