Top 10 Things to Do in Nova Scotia

An insider’s list of the Top 10 things to do in Nova Scotia. A family-friendly travel guide for all budgets and all explorers.

Four years ago we made a lifestyle decision and chose Nova Scotia for our home province. You know the story. Ever since we’ve had many adventures exploring nearly every corner. We’ve road tripped from Yarmouth to Meat Cove, and from Advocate Harbour to Louisbourg. We’ve paddled in Kejimkujik and hiked in the Cape Breton Highlands.

One thing is certain: we love Nova Scotia more than ever. And I am so proud to bring you my list of top 10 things to do in this ocean province. Travel virtually with me, or make plans to come visit very soon.

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A wilderness reunion and what happened there

If a magical family reunion has to come to an end, at least wrap it up with a seven-foot charcuterie board and an enormous chocolate cake, right?

At least that was the plan, before an intense rainstorm blew down from the mountains, and I accidentally knocked myself out cold on the low eaves of a cabin.

Oh, and did I mention the roaming mama black bear and cubs? Don’t worry, it all worked out and a good time was had by all. Which is precisely why I’m sharing this tale.

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A Fall Escape to Cape Breton

Join me virtually for a culinary adventure around the world-famous Cabot Trail on beautiful Cape Breton Island.

Thanks to an Atlantic Canada travel bubble, those of us in the Maritimes are able to move around from province to province without needing to self-quarantine.

This has been the year for exploring locally, be it a family camping excursion, a PEI adventure or city staycation. Last weekend we crossed an item off the top of our Bucket List: driving the stunning Cape Breton Island Cabot Trail in peak autumn.

I know many of you are feeling stuck in your own neighbourhoods. Family travel feels like a lifetime ago – and future travel? Uncertain. For now, I’d encourage you to keep dreaming big and embrace armchair travel.

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A simple family vacation on Prince Edward Island

Inspiration and ideas for an easy and relaxing family vacation on Prince Edward Island. Created in partnership with Tourism PEI.

This is the year for exploring locally, be it a country road trip, camping excursion or city staycation. Thanks to an Atlantic Canada travel bubble, we’re able to move around from Maritime province to province without needing to self-quarantine.

Last weekend, in honour of my birthday, we enjoyed a relaxing family vacation to beautiful Prince Edward Island. For four days, it was just us, the red roads and endless beach.

So many of you followed along on Instagram and asked questions, so I thought I’d share a quick recap here with helpful links.

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Family Camping in Nova Scotia

A list of the best spots for family camping in Nova Scotia, including local attractions, top beaches and good eats.

In the two years leading up to our move from Quebec to Nova Scotia, I was an armchair explorer of my future province. Due to circumstances that were beyond our control, it took a while to make the transition, and every day I yearned to be on the coast.

From my laptop, I traveled the Lighthouse Route, memorized provincial parks and bookmarked future trails to explore. I scoped out campgrounds and read their message boards on Trip Advisor.

Eventually, I did find myself on the other side of the Montreal to Halifax journey. I booked those campsites, frequented those cafés and traversed more coastal trails than I ever dreamed existed. It was worth the wait – and I was so glad I had done my research. Our first summer as Maritimers was a complete dream.

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