Canada’s Ocean Playground
Date Posted: October 13, 2017Reading time: 2 minutes
IF YOU ONLY KNEW…NOVA SCOTIA
We’re taking a weekly look at something or some place we love in Nova Scotia! Follow along each week this summer as we celebrate well-known favourites and local hidden gems.
Despite the fact that Nova Scotia is Canada’s second smallest province, only spanning a little over 700 km from tip to tip, we have over 7500 km of coastline in this beautiful province, along with 3800 islands to explore. It’s no wonder our licence plates have proudly claimed “Canada’s Ocean Playground” since 1972, with so much to see and do here, from the water.
As we wrap up another summer season and admire the beauty of the changing leaves, we thought we’d share with you some of our favourite ocean adventures here in Nova Scotia, for one last hurrah out on the water before snowfall.
Paddling the South Shore
- Feel the open ocean while still having the shelter of the hundreds of bays and islands that Nova Scotia offers at Kejimkujik Seaside
- Spot seals and take in views of the charming old fishing village of Blue Rocks, a top sea-kayaking destination and adventurous archipelago of over fifty islands for paddlers to weave in and out of (not to mention actual BLUE rocks!)
- Explore the Ovens Sea Caves, LaHave Islands and the historic waterfront of Lunenburg
- Sail and stay in Chester, a picturesque coastal town offering abundant B&B’s, restaurants and unique shops
- Explore the 365 islands of Mahone Bay
- Head up to Baddeck and sail Bras d’Or Lake, the famous ‘inland sea’ in the middle of Cape Breton Island
Halifax Harbour Cruises
- Hop on the Tall Ship Silva schooner and enjoy a few cocktails on the deck while taking in views of the harbour from the sea
- Take a water taxi tour at sunset, with views of the historic harbour, Point Pleasant Park and vintage sailboats and luxurious waterfront homes along the Northwest Arm
Here’s to wrapping up another awesome summer in Halifax – we’re counting down the days until next season already!
- Stretching over 7500 km, Nova Scotia has more coastline than all of New England
- Nova Scotia offers over 55 boat tours, 25 kayaking tours and 13 canoeing tours across the province
- The CAT high-speed ferry runs between Maine and Nova Scotia with a crossing time of just 5.5 hours