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Nova Scotia in April

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Nova Scotia in April

Not sure the last one worked - apologies if this is a repeat. We are planning to be in NS April 24-28. What can you recommend for places to go/see and things to do? We are interested in culture, hiking, scenery, just exploring.

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1. Re: Nova Scotia in April

If you have access to a car, I would drive down to Peggy's Cove. Go to Google Maps, and map it out from there. Get on the 103 Highway, and take exit #6 (It's about 10 minutes farther, but a prettier drive) Off exit #6, come back towards Halifax along the #3 highway through Hubbards. Very scenic drive. Take the #333 highway in Upper Tantallon, (first set of traffic lights you come to) and it will bring you right to Peggy's Cove. Keep going on the #333, and it will bring you back to Halifax. The drive will take you anywhere from 2-5 hours, depending on where and how often you stop.

Take in a visit to the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. You can visit their web site here


I'd recommend the Harbour Hopper Tour of Halifax, it's a bus/boat that tours around the downtown core, and then goes out into the harbour.


The Halifax Citadel is steeped in History, and each day at noon, the canon goes off, and scares the living daylights out of tourists that don't know what's going on! Haha


There are also evening dinner cruises that are really nice :


These ideas should get you started. I'm sure there are some other people that will add to this post. Enjoy Halifax!

Halifax, NS
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2. Re: Nova Scotia in April

Have you got your copy of the 'Doers & Dreamers Guide' yet? You can get it at: www.novascotia.com:80/en/home/default.aspx

It will help you narrow down the areas that you want to visit. 4 days isn't much, so where you visit could be limited by your entry point into the province. Will you be arriving from Maine, NB or PEI?

If you put some key words like: itinerary, culture, hiking, museums, etc. into the NS forums search function, you'll find all sorts of recommendations. In addition, here are 2 websites that cover hiking and that I don't think have been mentioned before:



Do let us know your entry point. If it's NB or PEI, you might want to spend all your time in Cape Breton. If you're arriving in Yarmouth or Digby, you'd probably want to concentrate on the southwestern part of the province.

Chester Basin...
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3. Re: Nova Scotia in April

Yes--tell us your point of entry and we would be glad to give you some suggestions..

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4. Re: Nova Scotia in April

Thanks for the answers so far. We will be coming from Sackville NB

Halifax, NS
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5. Re: Nova Scotia in April

Since you're arriving from NB, I'd suggest spending your time in Cape Breton. Lots of 'culture, hiking, scenery, and exploring' there. If you do a search with the words Cape Breton you'll get lots of ideas and I'm sure the Cape Bretoners on this Forum will help out.

Chester Basin...
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6. Re: Nova Scotia in April

Hello Ergeek"

Is unfortunate that you will be here just a few weeks shy of our Provincial Park openings. Five Islands and Chegnecto have some excellent hiking trails. Nove Scotia has over 4600 miles of hiking trails so not to worry that they are all in the Provincial Parks, as they surely are not.

Cape Breton Island as suggested would be an idea. Use the www.novascotia.com site to map out your interests and check out the attractions for each area of interest.

Another alternative would be to make your way down towards Halifax and spend some time in the city. Almost everything you are seeking can be found there as well.

A day trip to Peggys Cove along the coastline before the busy tourist season begins. Lots of good hiking in the area. For scenery close by that area, I would suggest Shad Bay, Prospect, Whites Lake and Terence Bay. Another close drive outside Halifax would be Purcell's Cove, Herring Cove, Portuguese Cove, Duncans Cove, Ketch Harbour and Sambro. Farther down Route # 349 is Crystal Crescent Beach. Hiking trails at the south end of the beach lead along the coastline to Pennant Point. Route # 306 from Sambro completes the loop back to downtown Halifax. Those are 2 very good scenic routes close to the city if you should choose to use Halifax as a base point.

You will benefit where accomodations are concerned being here at this time. The choice is basically yours and prices should be very reasonable for downtown hotels, oceanfront cottages, chalets or B&B"s.


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7. Re: Nova Scotia in April

Unfortunitely most of the main attractions and things to do in Cape Breton do not start up until May/June. The Cape Breton Highlands National Park is open all year round but not full service until June. Cape Breton is very "seasonable". For great hiking www.capebretonhighlands.com or www.hikethehighlands.com.

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8. Re: Nova Scotia in April

Hi ergeek, there is a nice hiking trail that is little known near Peggy's Cove. It goes to Pollys Cove, hard to find but worth the effort. Some great sea kayaking close by leaving from East Dover also, they can get you to the trail.