Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens - These world class gardens are based on the rich history of the area. Special highlights include a Victorian Garden, Governor’s Garden, and a 2000 bush Rose Collection.
Candlelight Graveyard Tours - For a truly unique experience be certain to take the award-winning Candlelight Graveyard Tour offered by internationally acclaimed Heritage Interpreter, Alan Melanson.
Fort Anne National Historic Site - Canada's oldest National Historic Site reflects both the French and English periods of domination in Annapolis Royal. Beautifully preserved grounds. The museum boasts an impressive Heritage Tapestry which depicts 400 years of history.
Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site - Located only 45 minutes from Annapolis Royal, visitors can enjoy historic canoe routes; experience Mi’kmaw petroglyphs, hiking and biking routes then swim in the warm waters of Kejimkujik Lake.
Port Royal National Historic Site - This site is a reconstruction of the original Port Royal Habitation (1605), one of the earliest settlements in North America discovered by Sieur de Mons and Samuel Champlain. Enjoy a chat with the costume animators and watch history come alive.
Top 5 Things To Do in the Canning Area (near Wolfville)
View the World's Highest Tides - We suggest a three stop tour of the tides: Scots Bay, the Minas Basin (Blomidon Park) and Halls Harbour. Depending on the tide times, we will help you plan a specific route each day for the optimum experience. A MUST SEE!
Vineyards and Winery Tours – 7 in total – you can choose to do them on your own or we can reserve an intimate wine tour on your behalf (they pick you up at the Inn). Blomidon Estate Winery, Planters Ridge Winery, Lucketts Vineyard, Lightfoot in Wolfville, Gaspereau Vineyards, Domaine de Grand-Pre, L'Acadie Vineyards.
Cape Split Hiking Trail – One of Nova Scotia’s most famous hiking trails (16km/10mile round-trip) . Cape Split is a fishhook shaped peninsula sticking out into the Bay of Fundy and is one of the most phenomenal landscapes on the East Coast. The trail takes you through a forest in the beginning, so don’t be discouraged. The trail starts at sea level and ends about 300′ above the rocky shoreline in an open grassy field. This day hike is 16km return so leave enough time to get out and back before it gets dark. Moderate hike.
A lobster dinner at Halls Harbour -- Hall's Harbour is a picturesque fishing community located along the shore of the Bay of Fundy where you will see the tides at their highest (50 feet) and at their lowest where the boats sit on their bellies. The area is very scenic and the hamlet itself has been declared a Nova Scotia Tourism Destination Area. The Harbour is also known for the famous lobster pound restaurant, artists’ studios, antiques and artisans galleries.
Culinary delights / Live Theater - Enjoy the culinary delights in one of our many fine restaurants such as Crystany’s Brassiere (Canning), Le Caveau at the Domaine de Grand Pre Winery, Privet House (Wolfville), The Port, The Noodle Guy (Port Williams) and Halls Harbour Lobster Pound (Halls Harbour).
Top 5 Things To Do in Charlos Cove Area (Guysborough County)
Tor Bay Provincial Park of the Atlantic - One of our favorite parks is located only ten minutes away. Sand, sun, and surf combine to create a beautiful place for a picnic or quiet contemplation. Quite often you will have the whole place to yourself. Truly a hidden gem!
Le Parc de Nos Ancêtres, Larry’s River - Experience the moving and unique depiction of the local Acadian history at Le Parc de nos Ancêtres in Larry’s River. The challenges of the past and the resilience and determination of the local Acadian people to survive and prosper is captured on stone along with bilingual interpretative panels. Beautifully done.
Black Duck Cove, Little Dover - A picture perfect gentle stroll along a very pretty stretch of coast. Gravel paths or boardwalk make this an easy stroll.
Queensport Road Hiking Trail - This old road leads to the remains of a WWII Air Force radar base, huge glacial erratics (rocks left from the ice age) and on a clear day, a spectacular view!
Out of the Fog Museum, Half Island Cove - Don't let the size of this little museum fool you for inside this volunteer curated and operated museum lies a lot of heart. The Keepers of the Beacons Society maintain the museum. Its members are former lightkeepers and their families, fishermen and others with close ties to this once essential occupation. In addition to their great collection of artifacts, expect to hear a few great stories.
Top 5 Things To Do in the Halifax Area
Pier 21 - History of Pier 21 in the Halifax port, where one million immigrants landed between 1928-1971.
Maritime Museum of the Atlantic - The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic is the oldest and largest maritime museum in Canada with a collection of over 30,000 artifacts including 70 small craft, exhibits on the Halifax Explosion, the Titanic and a steamship: the CSS Acadia, a 180 foot steam-powered ship launched in 1913.
Harbourfront Boardwalk - Sparkling water, a variety of pubs featuring Celtic flavoured music, restaurants and shops, a working port and harbour traffic combine to make the Halifax waterfront both a picturesque destination – and one of Nova Scotia’s most visited locations.
Spring Garden Road and the Public Gardens - The Spring Garden Area is home to lovely parks, a new central downtown library, shops, bars, restaurants and impressive architecture. History buffs will appreciate the museums and historical landmarks, while the Halifax Public Gardens are not to be missed.
Halifax Citadel Fortress - Experience the Halifax Citadel, where the sounds of a modern, bustling port city are exchanged for the crack of rifle-fire and the skirl of bagpipes. The present Citadel was completed in 1856 and is the fourth in a series of British forts on this site.
Top 5 Things to Do in the Louisbourg Area
Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site – Friendly and knowledgeable guides and re-enactors welcome you to the largest historical reconstruction in North America and what was once one of the largest military and commercial centers on the continent.
Lighthouse Trail – Louisbourg’s majestic lighthouse overlooks the entrance to historic Louisbourg Harbour and marks the beginning of a coastal hiking trail that winds along Cape Breton’s most rugged stretch of Atlantic coastline.
Louisbourg Playhouse – Noted for its acoustics, the Louisbourg Playhouse is a wonderful showcase for the multi-talented performers who come from across the Island to captivate audiences with their amazing musical talents.
Kennington Cove – Once the landing site of the invading British forces (1745 and 1758) and later, home to Scottish settlers, the beaches of Kennington Cove today are arguably two of the nicest in Nova Scotia.
Cape Breton Miners' Museum – This popular museum in nearby Glace Bay invites you to join a retired coal miner for an underground mine tour and hear fascinating stories of miners and their families, and the resource that helped build a nation.
Top 5 Things to do in the Parrsboro Area
Sea kayaking on the Bay of Fundy - to the iconic Three Sisters rock formation with NovaShores Adventures and experience how the Fundy tides have carved the rock creating caves and pinnacle rocks.
Hike the coastal trails of Cape Chignecto - and experience 600 foot cliffs, deep forest ravines and deserted driftwood beaches. Over 50 km of backcountry and day hiking trails await.
Visit Cap D'Or Lighthouse - one of Nova Scotia's most scenic lighthouses and witness the power of the Fundy tides create rip tides and whirlpools. Stay for a spectacular sunset.
Follow Darwin's footsteps - to explore the internationally acclaimed fossil rich tidal beaches of Parrsboro and Joggins where the Triassic and Jurassic epochs meet at the earth's surface, and perhaps find dinosaur fossils and gem stones.
Enjoy fresh regional cuisine - and selections of Nova Scotia wines and beers at BlackRock Bistro. After dinner attend a play or concert at Ship's Company Theatre.
Top 5 Things To Do in the Saint John Area
Best dining experience - Hard to pick just one spot as there are so many good places for food in our urban centre. We make your meal booking once we have had a chance to chat with folks.
Best nightlife - O'Leary’s Pub for live music and cold beer.
Best Places to Visit - Stay at Homeport and visit the world famous reversing falls and see the power of the mighty Bay of Fundy tides in action. And don’t miss the historic Old City Market and Trinity royal district located close to Homeport.
Where to get the best picture - The Homeport back yard at sunset or sunrise.
Best local souvenir - Handworks Gallery for superb local art and crafts located in City centre.
Top 5 Things to do in the Shelburne Area
Black Loyalist Heritage Centre - One of Canada's best kept secrets, the largest free Black Settlement in the 1780’s, where people voted with their feet. Brand new world class facility opening in June 2015. Live the experience of the Book of Negroes.
Harbour Tour - Join Captain Kenn Taylor an first mate Sherri Taylor aboard the “Brown Eyed Girl” Explore the 3rd best natural harbour in the world. Three daily tours.
Charlotte Lane Cafe - Have Chef Roland Glauser prepare a meal you won’t forget. This is a multi award winning restaurant and lovely gift shop offering maritime handmade items.
Shelburne County Museum Complex - Stroll down Dock Street to enter this world through 3 fascinating museums. Learn the time honoured craft of Dory building in the Dory Shop. Enter the past through the doors of the Shelburne Museum with exhibits on Ship building and the Loyalists. And finally The Ross Thompson House and Store where you can see the tobacco, molasses and dry goods sold to the townsfolk in exchange for cod and pine timber.
Kejimkujik National Park Seaside Adjunct - Explore 22 sq.km. of unspoiled Atlantic coastline. There are two scenic trails….. The Harbour Rocks Trail and the Port Joli Head Trail.
Top 5 Things To Do in the Smith's Cove Area (near Digby)
Whale Watching - is the prime attraction in our area is whale watching on the Bay of Fundy, an interesting and educational experience where whales gather in large numbers to feed during the summer months.
Sample some Nova Scotian wines - at the two wineries in the little village of Bear River and be amazed at the unique and interesting Flight of Fancy, an award winning boutique also in Bear River.
The Point Prim lighthouse - has fantastic views and its spectacular sunsets provide a great location for a romantic end for your day!
Explore Digby Neck - hike to the Balancing Rock, collect seashells and rocks on the Sandy Cove beach and bird watch on Brier Island. And finish your day with a delicious seafood dinner at Lavena's Catch Cafe.
Learn about the deportation of the French Acadian settlers - from Nova Scotia and how they persevered and thrived. Visit the largest wooden church in North America, sample some Acadian cuisine at Chez Robichaud....all on the "French Shore"!
Top 5 things to do in the Tatamagouche Area
Tatamagouche Brewing Co. - Browse the Tatabrew merch, sample one of the many brews on tap, watch Brewmasters Christiane & Matt hard at work on a new concoction or enjoy a flight of your new favorite beers out on the balcony.
Creamery Square - There's lots to look at here. Visit the museum or brush up on the local genealogy in the Heritage Centre. Catch a show at The Grace. Browse the goods & wares at the Farmer’s Market or grab Nova Scotia’s best lobster roll at the Grain Elevator Market next door.
Road Train - All aboard and full steam ahead as you cruise the village in style. The Tata Road Train is a round trip through the village and back. Choo, choo!
Trans Canada Trail - If you are in the mood for a beautiful walk, you found it. The old railbed now the “Great Trail” strolls along Tatamagouche Bay, across 2 train bridges, past the historic train station, past a prairie style grain elevator, through Creamery Square & Patterson Wharf Park. If it’s time for a break stop for a picnic in one of the public garden gazebos at Nelson’s Park.
Tatamagouche Railway Dining Car - Let the romance of the rails whisk you away as you relax into an evening meal on a vintage 1928 railway dining car.
Top 5 Things to Do in the Wolfville Area
Ride the Magic Wine Bus - a double decker British bus, for a hop on, hop off tour of the wineries in Grand Pre and the Gaspereau Valley.
Visit the UNESCO Heritage site "Landscape of Grand Pre" - along with the National Historic Site that details the History of the Acadian expulsion in Nova Scotia.
View the world's highest tides - on the Bay of Fundy/Minas Basin from the Lookoff, Blomidon Provincial Park, Halls Harbour, or at Evangeline Beach.
Experience the spectacular views of the Bay of Fundy - after having hiked the Cape Split walking trail. The trail begins and ends at Scott's Bay.
Enjoy the culinary delights - in one of our many fine restaurants such as Le Caveau at the Domaine de Grand Pre Winery, Privet House (Wolfville), Halls Harbour Lobster Pound (Halls Harbour), Between the Bushes ( Canning) or Cocoa Pesto (Windsor).
Top 5 Things to do in the Yarmouth Area
Kayaking Tours - with Song of the Paddle in beautiful Yarmouth County, Nova Scotia, where the view from the air looks more like a series of lakes joined by pieces of land than vice versa so finding a paddling destination to meet your paddling comfort and experience level is easier than you might think.
Yarmouth County Museum - an award-winning which has over 20,000 artifacts that document Yarmouth County heritage and has the largest ship portrait collection in Canada.
Mavillette Beach - is only 20 minutes north of Yarmouth with a long black sanding beach, cliffs and fishing village. Mavillette Beach Provincial Park, located in the Yarmouth and Acadian Shores region, is a 1.5 km long sandy beach backed by fragile marram grass-covered dunes protected by boardwalks. Low tide exposes sand flats; then the hot sand warms the water.
Tusket Island Tours - actually being taken on a professional fishing vessel and your entertained, wonderful lunch on a Tusket Island and being educated on the fishing life.
Firefighters Museum - to discover the history of firefighting in the province. See the different types of engines used from the 1800’s to the 1930’s.