Feeling a little Insta-envy when scrolling through your feed is natural. Images of stunning landscapes, adorable animals, and crystal clear waters inspire instant travel FOMO — and we’re not about to make it any easier for you.
These incredible Instas will instantly transport you to the magical coastline of Nova Scotia, Canada. The province boasts immense natural beauty, which can be seen in its many red and white lighthouses and hidden coves, as well as urban adventures and mouth-watering dining options. Nova Scotia‘s capital city of Halifax is just a 1.5-hour flight (or a day’s drive) away from Boston, or you can take a quick trip to Halifax from Maine on the high-speed ferry The CAT. It acts as a gateway to a land of adventure and relaxation.
But don’t just take our word for it. Check out these seven Instagram pics that showcase the best that Nova Scotia has to offer (and start planning your trip while you’re at it!).
Nova Scotia has over 160 historic lighthouses but none are more iconic than Peggy’s Point Lighthouse in the small fishing village of Peggy’s Cove. An hour’s drive from Halifax, the village hosts a number of restaurants serving fresh lobster, fish and chips, seafood chowder, and crab cakes.
2. Cape Chignecto
Cape Chignecto offers 40 kilometres of wilderness trails and remote walk-in campsites boasting rare plants, sheltered coves, and remnant old-growth forests. The wilderness park has ample opportunities to kayak, plus a picnic area perched on the 600 foot cliffs overlooking the Bay of Fundy. There are also cabins available to book within the park that can accommodate 4–6 people.
3. Bay of Fundy
The Bay of Fundy is one of North America’s seven wonders, with the highest tides on the planet! Take a tour of Joggin’s fossil cliffs, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to see the imprint of ancient trees, ferns insects, and amphibians on the rock. Or, go kayaking or whale watching in the Fundy Aquarium Ecozone to see humpback, finback, and right whales.
Growing up taking an hour and half ferry ride to and from the Grand Manan Island in the Bay of Fundy where my dad is from, we saw whales all the time. On a whim, my sister and I went whale watching with some friends when we were back home a couple of summers ago. It was something we never thought to do. What a totally different and awesome experience it was to be that close to them. The people at Brier Island Whale Watch and Seabird Cruises really seemed to have a relationship with each of them and the whales genuinely seemed excited to show off for us! I think next time I will try the kodiak! It’s pretty fun being a tourist at home 😊
4. Town of Lunenburg
Lunenburg is a cheerful, quaint town with brightly painted houses on Nova Scotia’s south shore. The town was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its unique historical architecture. Go on a walking tour during the day to learn more about the 18th century buildings or one during the evening that unearths local haunted spots, if that’s more your style.
5. Fresh Atlantic seafood
A trip to Nova Scotia isn’t complete without trying its famous lobster. Lobster boat tours leave regularly from the harbor, or you can visit The Five Fishermen Restaurant and Grill in downtown Halifax for a more catered experience. This restaurant is located in one of the city’s most historic buildings with connections to the Titanic and Halifax Explosion. We suggest the classic lobster dinner, the grilled swordfish nicoise, the mussels Acadian — heck, just try it all!
6. Lawrencetown Beach
Catch some waves at Lawrencetown Beach, which is a convenient a 30-minute drive from Halifax. There are lifeguards on duty from June until early September, making it a great place for surfing beginners. In true Canadian style, more advanced surfers bring their wetsuits, gloves, and hoods to ride the waves in the winter.
7. Wine tasting in Halifax
Take a wine tasting class at Obladee Wine Bar in Halifax and experience the difference flavors of “natural wine.” Learn about the four main styles of Nova Scotian wine (which pair with four delectable cheeses) and aspects of the region as a whole. The spot often features live music, so sit back, sip on some vino, and enjoy some maritime charm with your dining experience.
Pale lemon? Or is it more straw? // intro to wine tasting @obladeewinebar // got to sit in on a class led by somm bud @stfnnlsn and shoot photos. 🍾. . . . . . . . #hfxfood #f52grams #feedfeed #eeeeats #nikond800 #wine #vin #vino #halifax #halifaxnoise #winebar #somm #sommelier #fwx #winespectator #drink #canada #wset #gastropost
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