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Clinging to its maritime past, Nova Scotia is a largely unspoilt land of green hills, rocky coastline and fishing towns and villages whose appearance and traditions have changed little over the centuries. Our specialists have explored this corner of Canada extensively and can plan a holiday to Nova Scotia around your interests that takes in the province’s best bits.

You’ll begin your visit in the provincial capital, Halifax. It’s a city where Celtic music and old sea shanties ring out of pubs, fresh seafood chowder is ladled into bowls in waterfront restaurants, and museums fill you in on the region’s past, from its military history to its role in welcoming immigrants to Canada.

Take the scenic Lighthouse Route along the coast and you’ll pass through Peggy’s Cove, a small fishing village where you can visit one of the most photographed lighthouses in the country. The road hugs the coastline until it reaches the town of Lunenburg. Here, a rabble of red-painted wooden houses covers the hillside, and shops and galleries line the narrow streets.

The Cabot Trail, Cape Breton IslandElsewhere in Nova Scotia, we recommend driving the Cabot Trail. This 297 km (185 mile) coast road winds around the highlands of Cape Breton Island, presenting a different view over the ocean at every turn. You could drive it all in one go, or our specialists can arrange for you to stay overnight, giving you time to explore the walking trails of Cape Breton Highlands National Park.

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Places to visit in Nova Scotia

Featuring heavily on our experiences of visiting Nova Scotia, these selected places are destinations that also prove consistently popular with our travellers. Our specialists can help you choose how to include them in your wider trip, based on your preferences.

Suggested itineraries featuring Nova Scotia

Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Nova Scotia, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

Map of Nova Scotia

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    Places in and around Nova Scotia

    Our expert guides to exploring Nova Scotia

    Written by our specialists from their own experiences of visiting Nova Scotia, these guides will help you make the most of your time there. We share both our practical recommendations and the best ways to appreciate Nova Scotia at its best.

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      Canada’s Maritime Provinces

      Canada’s Maritime Provinces

      Canada’s Maritime Provinces offer a quieter alternative to the west coast. Here, you can follow coastal roads to secluded coves and traditional lighthouses. Visit peaceful fishing villages where saltbox houses line the waterfront. And, explore the area’s Celtic roots. Canada specialist Jon shares his highlights of the region.

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    Accommodation choices for Nova Scotia

    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Nova Scotia. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.

    • Liscombe Lodge, Liscomb Mills

      Liscombe Lodge

      Medium

      Liscombe Lodge enjoys a beautiful riverside setting. Accommodation here includes cottages and chalets, and each of the river-view lodge rooms has its own private balcony.

    • Point of View Suites, Louisbourg

      Point of View Suites

      Simple

      This hotel makes a good base for exploring Louisbourg thanks to its views sunny ocean-view rooms, a convenient location just minutes away from the fortress, and a restaurant that features costumed servers and an authentic Cape Breton menu.

    • Queen Anne Inn, Annapolis Royal

      Queen Anne Inn

      Medium

      This Victorian-era heritage property is located on George Street, one of the oldest streets in Canada. The historic inn showcases antique furniture with Victorian-style wallpaper and rugs while still offering modern amenities. With a great location, beautiful elm tree-studded grounds and memorable 3-course breakfast, this is one of our top choices in the area.

    • Lantern Hill and Hollow, Ingonish

      Lantern Hill and Hollow

      Simple

      A choice of sleek, modern rooms and cottages set on a private beach make this welcoming inn a rewarding choice on the Cabot Trail. With a scenic setting and numerous outdoor activities on the doorstep, it makes a good base for exploring the area.

    • Seascape Coastal Retreat,Ingonish,Canada

      Seascape Coastal Retreat

      Simple

      Spacious cottages with private decks provide a comfortable base for exploring Cape Breton's forested hills and weather-beaten coastline. With ocean views and easy access to a variety of hiking trails, it's a convenient and comfortable base for exploring the area.

    • The Lunenburg Arms

      The Lunenburg Arms

      Simple

      Located in the heart of Lunenburg, the Lunenburg Arms Hotel and Spa provides a comfortable, Maritime-themed stay with easy access to local attractions and restaurants. The hotel has more facilities than others in the area, including a well-reputed spa.

    • Mariner King Historic Inn, Lunenburg

      Mariner King Historic Inn

      Medium

      Located in the core of Lunenburg, the Mariner King Inn is within a short walking distance of the seaside town’s cafes, restaurants and local attractions. This historic inn is named after King William, the first Britain to visit Nova Scotia and has a Georgian feel, with period furniture and plush fabrics.

    • Louisbourg Harbour Inn, Louisbourg

      Louisbourg Harbour Inn

      Simple

      Located just off Main Street, Louisbourg Harbour has eight beautifully decorated guest rooms, six of which overlook the historic harbour.

    • Seawind Landing Country Inn, Charlos Cove

      Seawind Landing

      Medium

      Located on the eastern shore of Nova Scotia, Seawind Landing is a secluded getaway offering gourmet meals and an extensive wine cellar.

    • Pictou Lodge Resort, Pictou

      Pictou Lodge Resort

      Medium

      Pictou Lodge Resort is just minutes from both Pictou and the PEI ferry, and features authentic log cottages set beside expansive private beaches.

    • Evening Sail B&B, Pictou

      Evening Sail B & B

      Simple

      Evening Sail B&B is a lovely, historic property situated within colourful gardens, consisting of just six rooms and suites.

    • The Lord Nelson Hotel, Halifax

      Lord Nelson Hotel & Suites

      Medium

      The grande dame of Halifax hotels, the Lord Nelson Hotel & Suites is conveniently located and seamlessly blends period charm and modern conveniences with classically elegant public spaces and sleek, contemporary rooms.

    • Cambridge Suites Hotel, Halifax

      Cambridge Suites Hotel

      Medium

      The Cambridge Suites is a modern, all-suites property located in downtown Halifax. Ideal for longer stays, this hotel is popular with both families and couples.

    • The Halliburton, Halifax

      Halliburton House

      Simple

      Just a short, pleasant stroll from the waterfront, the Halliburton offers an intimate selection of rooms and suites across three heritage town homes. Because of the historical nature of the buildings, each room has its distinct shape, size and character.

    • Addington Arms B&B, Lunenburg

      Addington Arms B&B

      Simple

      Set in the heart of Lunenburg, the Addington Arms B&B offers spacious rooms, just minutes from the waterfront, restaurants, cafes and art shops.

    • Prince George Hotel, Halifax

      Prince George Hotel

      First Class

      Centrally located in downtown Halifax, the Prince George Hotel offers comfortable accommodation with first class service, and is within walking distance of Halifax's major attractions.