Our most recommended things to do in Nova Scotia

From Halifax: Peggy’s Cove Small-Group Tour with Transfers

1. From Halifax: Peggy’s Cove Small-Group Tour with Transfers

Explore the beautiful Peggy’s Cove, with an experienced, fun, and friendly local guide. Enjoy pickup from your downtown Halifax Peninsula hotel with express access to the iconic Peggy’s Cove. Explore the most photographed lighthouse in Canada, with a small and intimate group tour. Enjoy hotel pickup in the Downtown Halifax Peninsula and begin your fully guided tour towards Peggy's Cove. Ride in comfort and style with a high-end sprinter van, and small groups of less than 6 people. As you drive to this picturesque fishing village, learn fun local facts and tips from your guide and admire the stunning tree-lined landscape. Upon arrival in Peggy's Cove, grab the opportunity to take a picture with Peggy's Point Lighthouse. Take your free time to explore this quaint fishing village, which offers unique, small shops and stunning views of the ocean and surrounding nature. Sit on a sightseeing bench and ponder this turbulent coastal point, before heading back to Halifax.

From Halifax: Small Group Lunenberg Express Tour

2. From Halifax: Small Group Lunenberg Express Tour

Allow See Sight Tours to bring you on adventure from Halifax to Lunenburg. There is no better way to take a trip from Halifax to Lunenburg than on the Lunenburg Express From Halifax! One of our friendly guides will pick you up from your downtown Halifax hotel before setting off on your drive to Lunenburg. Relax as your driver gets you to your destination efficiently in the comfort and style of a Mercedes Metris van. Once you arrive, you will be blown away by all that Lunenburg has to offer. Marvel at the original colonial buildings from the 18th and 19th Centuries that greet you with their stunning colorful façades. If the option is selected, you will first stop by Salt and Shaker Deli where you will have the opportunity to enjoy a delicious lobster roll lunch. You will then have plenty of free time to explore the charming port town’s distinctive waterfront, incredible restaurants, distilleries, breweries, artisans, museums, galleries, and unique shops. Once you are finished with your exciting Lunenburg experience, your driver will get you back to your hotel in no time at all so that you can relax and reminisce on your fun trip.

Highlands National Park: Cabot Trail Tour w/ Ferry

3. Highlands National Park: Cabot Trail Tour w/ Ferry

Relax and enjoy your escapism of the natural beauty of our fair Isle. Breathtaking views of our mountainous areas where likely you may experience some Bald Eagles in flight . Explore the countryside and the peacefulness of your journey.

Sydney: Highland Village & Bell Museum Cruise Excursion

4. Sydney: Highland Village & Bell Museum Cruise Excursion

Blackwood Tours Ltd offers 6 hour tours for cruise ship passengers. We pick you up at the main dock or Liberty dock, where your guide will be waiting for you, dressed in Red jackets and holding a Blackwood Tours sign. If your ships schedule changes so will your tour time, we give you 1/2 hr (30mins) to get to your guide. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes and clothing, our tours operate rain or shine, so come prepared. Upon leaving the port of Sydney you will travel along the country roads and around the Bras d'Or lakes , Canada's inland sea, to the Highland Village. Immersed back in time when the first Scottish settlers came to Nova Scotia and settled in Iona, Cape Breton. They brought with them their music, which is featured still today all over Cape Breton. They are dressed in character and speak the Gaelic language, also taken with them from Scotland. From there you will cross Little Narrows by ferry. Onwards to the village of Baddeck, where you will enter the Bell Museum and explore how Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone. As a flying enthusiast, Bell also had the first flight in Canada with his Silver Dart plane, which there is a replica at his museum. Upon leaving Bell Museum we usually make a stop in the village of Baddeck where customers like to have lunch. As we head back to the port we will stop along the way for some beautiful photos of our fair Isle. So come, sit, relax and take in our history, culture and scenery, tapadh leibh ( thank you )

Halifax: Small Group Tour with Peggy's Cove Sunset Express

5. Halifax: Small Group Tour with Peggy's Cove Sunset Express

Discover Halifax at night with a local guide who will take you to witness the best views of the sunset at the famous Peggy's Cove. Take in beautiful, bustling downtown Halifax lit up at night and see key attractions on a guided tour that includes pickup, drop-off, and transportation. After hotel pickup, enjoy a scenic drive to Peggy's Cove just in time to watch the dazzling sunset. Marvel at the view as you watch the sky change color with the famous Peggy's Cove Lighthouse (also known as Peggy's Point Lighthouse) overlooking the Atlantic Ocean as your backdrop. Once the sun has set, be driven back towards the bustling downtown core. Listen to your guide's narration as you pass points of interest, such as Point Pleasant Park, Halifax Port, and Pier 21. Then, take in Halifax Seaport Market, the oldest continuously operating farmers' market in North America. Next, see the bustling Halifax Waterfront, Alexander Keith's iconic brewery, Dalhousie and Saint Mary's universities, and the beautiful City Gardens. Take in Fairview Lawn Cemetery, the final resting place for over 100 victims of the sinking of the Titanic. Finally, return to your hotel.

Halifax: Small-Group Tour with Citadel and Peggy's Cove

6. Halifax: Small-Group Tour with Citadel and Peggy's Cove

Your adventurous day begins with a scenic drive to Peggy’s Cove. Located about an hour’s drive away from Halifax, Peggy’s Cove is a picturesque fishing village with plenty to see and do. While driving up to Peggy’s Cove, your guide will point out notable sights, landmarks, and scenic views. Upon arrival to the cove you will be given plenty of free time in which you can explore the area around the historical lighthouse, stroll along the ocean looking for tidal pools, head into the village to watch the fishermen come and go, or go shopping in one of the small boutiques and shops. After exploring Peggy’s Cove, you will head back to downtown Halifax where you will stop at Citadel Hill where a historical guide will be waiting to take you on an amazing tour. Throughout the tour, you will explore prison cells and alleyways which date back to 1745.  The day ends on a high note with a driving tour of downtown Halifax. The driving tour will take you by the city’s most well-known buildings and landmarks, such as the Titanic Cemetery, the City Gardens, Pier 21, and the Halifax Farmers Market. At the end of the driving tour, you will be dropped off at a location of your choosing.

Cabot Trail Smartphone Audio Driving Tour

7. Cabot Trail Smartphone Audio Driving Tour

Discover the incredible and world famous Cabot Trail with your smartphone audio tour guide Jefferson! Transform this beautiful scenic drive into a sight-seeing, fact-finding, trivia-answering, family-friendly adventure. Learn how it works here --> https://youtu.be/m44LZUgXaDM You'll travel counter-clockwise around the Cabot Trail in order to get the best views, ending right back where you started. Along the way we'll point out must-see sights, tell you about things to do like attractions & museums and give you some background on the breathtaking vistas you'll see. Hear about the peoples that made the area famous like the Scots and Alexander Graham Bell. Pass by the Great Hall of the Clans, visit an abandoned Acadian Village and learn of the first Acadians. Hear from an Irish Settler, Saoirse herself, the French and original peoples of the land, the Mi’kmaq. We’ll tell you of the many wonderful trails along the route like the Barachois River Trail, MacIntosh Brook, the very accessible Beulach Ban Falls and look-offs at Cape Smokey and the most photographed spot on the Cabot Trail, the Skyline Trail. The Cape Breton Highlands National Park offers many trails to choose from and there’s even the Lake-Law Picnic Park, which is actually a super small Provincial Park where you can stop for a break. While taking in the panoramic views hear the history of the Plaister Mines and gypsum mining, the Bras d’Or terrane, crown land and wilderness, the Appalachians, the Acadian forest and many rivers you will be going by. You’ll hear of the mining at the Middle River Wilderness Area and some of the local wildlife that call the island home. Visit the famous Wreck Cove General Store, the communities of Ingonish, Neil’s Harbour, and the Keltic Highland of Middle Head. Take a magical 15 minute walk through 350 year old sugar maples to the Lone Shieling. Enjoy breathtaking views at The Veteran’s Monument and visit the Acadian town of Cheticamp and Grand Etang Harbour. See Canada’s largest inland sea, Bras d’Or Lakes, Goose Cove, and the Gulf of St. Lawrence where you can check out the interpretive panels telling the story of its sea life and maybe even see a whale. Visit the Wharf and beautiful coastline of Belle Cote and then cross the incredible bridge over the Margaree River.

Saint John: Fort La Tour and Martello Tower Guided Trip

8. Saint John: Fort La Tour and Martello Tower Guided Trip

Explore the natural wonders in St. John and its historical attractions with a fun and friendly local guide. Get to the best attractions such as the Carleton Martello Tower, Fort La Tour, Rockwood Park, and the City Market. Enjoy a small group and avoid long lines and wait times for attractions. Upgrade to experience Saint John’s Reversing Falls Rapids on a sightseeing jetboat ride. Embark in style with pickup from your hotel in a comfortable tour van. First, stop at the Saint John City Market, an iconic market dating back to the 1870's and the oldest farmers market in Canada. Browse the large variety of vendors that carry local produce, meats, seafood, and crafts. Next, sit back and relax on a fully narrated driving tour through Saint John. Pass many popular sites and attractions such as the beautiful Rockwood Park, located in the heart of the city and Saint John Port, the bustling Uptown. Drive around King Square, the thrilling Reversing Falls Rapids, Irving House, Red Rose Tea House, City Gardens, and historic Fort Howe while listening to the interesting narration of your guide. Take a step back in history at the Carleton Martello Tower, one of the nine surviving Martello Towers in Canada dating back to 1812. Here, you can look out over the city of Saint John, its harbor, and the skyline from the viewpoint. Make Fort La Tour your last stop, a National Historic Site of Canada and an archaeological site that contains the remains of a 17th-century fortified fur trading post in Saint John. Return back to your Downtown Saint John New Brunswick hotel. Experience the natural beauty of Saint John, New Brunswick.

Halifax: Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 Admission

9. Halifax: Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 Admission

Book in advance and enjoy flexible admission for the Canadian Museum of Immigration. Plan your visit around the weather and your travel schedule with a ticket allowing you to visit within 7 days either side of your booked date. The museum is located on Halifax's waterfront in the national historic site of Pier 21.. Step into the past and experience what it was like to immigrate to Canada. Join a passionate guide for a tour in English or French of the Pier 21 Story Exhibition. Your admission includes access to all exhibitions. Follow the evolution of immigration to Canada in the Canadian Immigration Story Exhibition. Dive into first-hand accounts of newcomers to Canada’s culture, economy, and way of life - from the past to the present. Watch an original 20-minute documentary 'In Canada' for compelling stories of journey and belonging. One of the museum's expert researchers can help you uncover your family's journey at the Scotiabank Family History Centre. You can also shop Canadian treasures at the museum's one-of-a-kind gift shop.

Halifax: Guided Harbourfront Food Walking Tour

10. Halifax: Guided Harbourfront Food Walking Tour

Your tour will begin with your friendly local guide meeting you outside of the Marriott Harbourfront Hotel before heading to your first yummy stop. You will begin your food journey with some deliciously fresh oysters. From there, you will make your way to your next destination, passing by the Halifax ferry terminal as well as the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic along the way. At your second food stop you will receive a creamy seafood chowder that will be sure to impress your taste buds. After you have finished your soup, you will head to your next tasty stop for an incredible donair. This unique Halifax wrap is an absolute must-try during your visit. When you’re in Halifax, having lobster is a necessity! For your last stop, you will have an incredibly fresh and delectable lobster roll. Alongside the roll you will also receive a sweet dessert to round off your food adventure. Take in the waterfront while satisfying your cravings as your tasty tour comes to a close.

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We toured on a very cool and windy day during the off season but the trip was still worth it. Our tour guide, Ethan, made the trip worth while by telling us informative stories regarding the history of Halifax, the landscapes we saw, Peggy’s Cove, and present day happenings. Definitely request Ethan for your tour. And, no, we are not related to him.

Our guide was waiting for us on the pier as arranged. Cher was friendly and knowledgeable about Saint John, adding background to each of our stops. When we expressed interest in something we had read about, she gracefully worked it into our allotted time.

Very easy to follow the guide. Very helpful and knowledgeable staff everywhere. Very good archives. Library helped me find relatives, took the time to do it. Overall great experience. I was an immigrant who came through those doors

It was a great experience to do while visiting Halifax ! We had explanations about the city and Peggy’s cove ! It was interesting! Thanks to our guide Jack !

Wonderful tour and an amazing tour guide, Cher! She was fun, knowledgeable and extremely accommodating. We had a very enjoyable trip around the city.