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Top 5: Tourist Attractions in Nova Scotia

by Benjamin Kerns

Apr 27, 2016

Lunenburg, Nova Scotia © Manon Ringuette | Dreamstime

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The lengthy coastline of Canada’s second smallest province has more beautiful landscapes and attractions than you can possibly fit in during one trip. Here are the top five you need to see.


Cabot Trail, Nova Scotia © Ben Graham | Dreamstime 31505282

© Ben Graham | Dreamstime


Cabot Trail

The Cabot Trail is a 300-kilometer drive down the northwest coast of Nova Scotia where the region’s largest mountains meet the Gulf of St. Lawrence. It’s best visited during autumn when the colors are at their most vibrant.


Lunenburg, Nova Scotia © Anne M. Fearon-wood | Dreamstime 27109210

© Anne M. Fearon-wood | Dreamstime



Lunenburg has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site for its decades-long stand as a working port in Nova Scotia. The brightly-colored buildings and its award-winning Bluenose schooner, which won numerous international racing competitions before sinking in 1921, are the best attractions.


Shubenacadie Wildlife Park, Nova Scotia © Dennis Jarvis | Flickr

© Dennis Jarvis | Flickr


Shubenacadie Provincial Wildlife Park

This wildlife park located just 40 kilometers outside of Halifax is home to dozens of native and exotic creatures including black bears, cougars and wolves. Its most prized animal, though, is the Sable Island horse. It’s the only park in the world where you can see them.


Halifax Waterfront, Nova Scotia, Canada © Daniel Dupuis | Dreamstime 6380843

i Daniel Dupuis | Dreamstime


Halifax Harbour

The boardwalk lining Halifax Harbour holds some of the best museums and markets in the province, including the Halifax Seaport Farmer’s Market and the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic.


McDonald Brothers Sawmill, Sherbrooke, Nova Scotia © Dennis Jarvis | Flickr

© Dennis Jarvis | Flickr


Sherbrooke Village

Sherbrooke Village contains roughly 25 buildings harkening back to Nova Scotia living at the turn of the 20th century. While you can step inside and have a peek back in time in many of the buildings, a few of them are off limits. Come around Christmas for a beautiful display.



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