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Nova Scotia - Unique Experiences and Wildlife

Nova Scotia is home to stunning natural beauty, an exciting and diverse culture, a rich heritage and breathtaking experiences. With iconic sites such as Lunenburg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Halifax Citadel, Halifax’s star-shaped fortress, the Cape Breton Highland’s Skyline Trail, located along the Cabot Trail and our newest UNESCO Site, the Landscape of Grand Pré, in the Annapolis Valley, there is no shortage of world-class attractions to explore.

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For nine days in October, Cape Breton Island is home to a world-class celebration of music and culture. The Celtic Colours International Festival presents dozens of concerts, an extensive line-up of community events, and a nightly Festival Club, as the brilliant backdrop of red, orange and yellow leaves brings the island’s breathtaking scenery to life. Artists come from the UK, Europe, the US, and across Canada to join the finest of Cape Breton’s musicians, singers, dancers, storytellers and tradition-bearers for the annual island-wide celebration. Since its introduction in 1997, Celtic Colours has grown to become one of Canada’s premiere musical events and a cultural highlight of Nova Scotia’s tourism season. The 21st Celtic Colours International Festival takes place October 6-14, 2017.

Outdoor enthusiasts can canoe in Keji or raft the tidal bore on the highest tides in the world. Culinary inspiration doesn’t stop with land and sea. Check out the wineries, microbreweries and microdistilleries around Nova Scotia. Or be in awe of 300 million years of Earth history at Joggins Fossil Cliffs.

Top 10 Things to See and Do:

  1. Visit Peggy’s Cove, Canada’s most photographed lighthouse
  2. Stroll the Halifax Harbour’s accessible and busy waterfront boardwalk
  3. Talk a walking tour of Lunenburg’s “Old Town”, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  4. Hike the Skyline Trail, in Cape Breton Highlands National Park
  5. Step back into 1744 New France at the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site
  6. Do a wine-tasting at one of 18 different Nova Scotia award-winning wineries
  7. Take a thrilling tidal bore rafting adventure as you ride the highest tides of the Bay of Fundy
  8. Guided tour of 300-million-year-old fossils at Joggins, revealed by the Bay of Fundy tides
  9. Take a road trip along the magnificent Cabot Trail, an experience unlike any other
  10. Discover the story of Acadian settlement and history at Grand Pré National Historic Site

Travel Tips:

The best time to travel is mid-May to mid-October

Provincial Visitor Information Centres (VICs) are located at all entry points into Nova Scotia. For additional personalized information, call 1-800-565-000

Look for the Community Access program sign (CAP) offering visitor internet access or visit www.halifaxcap.ca

For services for people with special needs, visit www.accessadvisor.ca

Did you know Nova Scotia has Canada’s highest recycle rate? For information on how to keep Nova Scotia beautiful, visit www.putwasteinitsplace.ca

Weather/ Climate:

Season: Temperature Range (Celsius) Seasonal Comments
Spring:   10°C to 20°C  mid-Mar to mid-June
Summer:   20°C to 25°C  mid-June to mid-Sept
Fall:  10°C to 20°C  mid-Sept to mid-Nov
Winter:   0°C to -15°C  mid-Nov to mid-Mar

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