Obviously, whale-watching is your main reason for visiting. However, while you are in Nova Scotia don’t miss out on some of the other marvellous experiences it offers visitors.
Nova Scotia is one of Canada’s Maritime Provinces. Comprising a peninsula and offshore islands, it is attached to the mainland by the Isthmus of Chignecto. The province is situated in the Appalachian Mountains and benefits from a variety of awe-inspiring natural scenery to explore, from forests and lush valleys to more mountainous areas. Coastal geography ranges from rugged coastline to sprawling sandy beaches. For a visual preview of what different regions of Nova Scotia offer, take a peek at this webcam.
Maritime Museum of the Atlantic
Situated in Halifax, the capital of Nova Scotia, on the city’s historic waterfront, this is Canada’s oldest and largest maritime museum. Containing comprehensive exhibits charting the maritime history of the region and its relationship with the sea, it offers a wealth of artefacts as well as photographic documentation (over 20,000 photographs), including over 300 ship portraits. It also hosts talks and live music events, with a mixture of contemporary and traditional music.
A very vibrant and eclectic location on the Dartmouth Waterfront, Alderney Landing is a cultural and performing arts centre, with indoor events and an outdoor plaza. It is run as a non-profit making venture, with the community’s interests at its heart. Consequently, the cultural diversity of the region is a central theme, and it holds many events celebrating and exploring these, for example the Multicultural Festival in July. As well as this, it has a diverse range of facilities for residents and visitors alike, such as a weekend farmers’ and crafts market, a visual arts gallery and a marina and harbourside park.
Kejimkujik, Dark Sky Preserve.
Ever tried to observe the stars from a city and felt frustrated by the city lights getting in the way? The Dark Sky Preserve at Kejimkujik is the perfect solution. Run by the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, it is in the midst of the wilderness and free from artificial light pollution.
The experience is two-fold: firstly, it offers the opportunity to explore the stars without light pollution. Secondly, it relates what can be seen to the cultural perspectives of the First Nations Mi’kmaw people indigenous to the region. The Preserve offers Dark Sky weekends, when interpretation talks and night sky telescopes are available. It would be advisable to check before your trip whether these would be available during the time you would be there.
Anchors Above Zipline
If you are feeling very adventurous, or perhaps daring, then this activity offers an unforgettable experience! Situated on the Northumberland Shore, it is perhaps not for the faint-hearted as it has not one but two cables per ride. After hiking up a ten-minute trail from the car park, the first and second ziplines are 1100-foot-long and 900 foot long respectively. The first zipline descends slowly enough to let you enjoy the stunning forest and mountain scenery (if you keep your eyes open). The second is steeper and therefore slightly faster.