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Explore Nova Scotia by train
Nova Scotia, described as "Canada's Ocean Playground" is surrounded by the Gulf of Saint Lawrence, the Bay of Fundy, the Gulf of Maine and the Atlantic Ocean and has no shortage of coastline to enjoy! Hop on the train and get ready for an unforgettable stay.
Explore Nova Scotia's capital city with its cultural effervescence, plentiful gastronomical options and proximity to the ocean.
- Head to the harbour for a stroll on the four-kilometer long waterfront boardwalk. Take the time to visit Halifax Seaport farmer's market, a local institution with more than 270 years of history.
- Get the best view on the harbour and the coastline: do a canoe or kayak excursion in the bay or take a ride to Dartmouth aboard the oldest saltwater ferry in North America.
- Sit on the patio of a brewery to sip on locally crafted beers. Get ready to discover unique brews that include locally sourced ingredients like spruce, maple, pumpkin, jalapeño and lobster (yes, you read that correctly!).
- Get your share of cultural experiences: become a soldier for a day at the Halifax Citadel Historic Site, visit the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 and the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic or attend one of the many events that the city's bustling artistic scene has to offer.
- Take a day trip to explore Halifax's surroundings. Visit the picturesque villages of Peggy's Cove and Mahone Bay, discover Lunenburg's colourful houses and learn more about the Native history of the area at Kejimujik National Park, home to Mi'kmaw petroglyphs.
- Go to one of the many beaches around Halifax for a swim or a picnic. Martinique and Crystal Crescent, at the entrance to the harbour, are particularly popular among locals.
The massive new Seaport Farmers’ Market (heated by geothermal and solar power and cooled by a green roof) brings food in from all over the province…
Visit the largest town in Pictou County, which is an entry point into the majestic territories of northern and eastern Nova Scotia.
- Attend a show at the Glasgow Square Theater. Every year, this outdoor amphitheater welcomes the Jubilee, a three-day festival featuring some of the greatest names in Canadian and East Coast music.
- Take a guided tour of the Museum of Industry and learn more about the people behind the work and the working conditions in the manufacturing sector in the 19th and 20th centuries.
- Walk the urban trails along the East Pictou River and stop on a bridge for a view of the cityscape.
- Spend a day at Melmerby Beach, known and loved for its warm waters.
- Visit the nearby city of Pictou and discover its historical attractions, including the Hector Heritage Quay and the Northumberland Fishing Museum. You can also attend a concert at the DeCoste Center for Arts & Creativity, or take the ferry to Pictou Island and catch a glimpse of the seals hanging out on the rocks.
- Take a day trip to the university town of Antigonish, known as the "Highland Heart of Nova Scotia". Walk along the shore, hike or bike on Keppoch Mountain, visit the Cape George Point Lighthouse, take a tour of the award-winning Steinhart Distillery and taste classic East Coast dishes at one of the cosy downtown restaurants.
- Don't miss the opportunity to visit Cape Breton Island. Home to the world-renowned Cabot Trail, this island covered with thick forest and glimmering lakes offers spectacular views on the coast and the Gulf of Saint Lawrence. Explore the beautiful hiking trails, play golf on world-class courses and discover a dynamic music scene infused with celtic culture.
Discover Colchester County's chief town and fall under the spell of the enchanting landscapes that surround it.
- Visit Truro's historical center: shop in the charming Inglis Street's stores, discover the work of local artisans and stop by the beautiful red brick library on Prince Street.
- Head to the Truro Tidal Bore Viewing Visitor Center to watch the tidal bore that fills the rivers twice a day under the influence of Bay of Fundy's high tides.
- Get your fill of urban nature at Victoria Park, one of the oldest public parks in Nova Scotia: 20 kilometers of trails welcome hikers in the summer and skiers in the winter. If you feel up to a challenge, try climbing the 175 steps of Jacob's Ladder stairway.
- Enjoy spectacular scenery along Cobequid Trail and discover everything Nova Scotia's countryside has to offer on Rogart Mountain's hiking paths: streams, waterfalls, stone walls... The views are worth the trip!
Enjoy the historical character of this town located in Cumberland County, at the border of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.
- Admire the beautifully restored Victorian houses that line the streets, many of which have been converted into inns or guest houses.
- Make your own crochet piece or try your hand at knotted rug weaving in one of the town center's artisan's workshops.
- Make delicious gastronomical discoveries in the town's many restaurants. Enjoy a plate of fresh lobster eggs Benedict or have an afternoon high tea in fine porcelain at Birkinshaw's, awarded Canada's "Tea Room of the Year".
- Set out to explore the area: discover the natural richness of Tantramar salted marshes and hike the trails of Amherst Point Bird Sanctuary. You may even catch a glimpse of an American black duck, a northern pintail or a blue-winged teal.
- Revisit Nova Scotia's military past at Fort-Beauséjour, a fortress built in 1751 with plans similar to those of the Halifax Citadel. Visit the museum and interpretation center to learn more about the history of the site, then take a moment to walk along the walls and explore the network of stone tunnels under the fortress.
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