Imagine a weekend getaway at a bed and breakfast in Canada that offers culinary adventures as well as opportunities for whale watching, sea kayaking, exploration, and relaxation. This vision is a reality in beautiful Nova Scotia. The small, coastal Canadian province is easy to get to whether you want to enjoy a scenic drive or ferry boat ride. You can also fly in. While a passport is required for access, your entry to this top vacation destination will allow you to leave the “real world” behind and exist only in Nova Scotia’s unique landscape and experiences.
Things to Do
Nova Scotia consists of a peninsula and several islands on the Atlantic Ocean. It was first inhabited by the Mi’kmaq people until French colonists established the first European settlement on the Bay of Fundy in the 1600s. As you might imagine, history surrounds you here. There are 87 Canadian National Historic Sites to explore including a fortress, the Halifax Public Gardens, and even a museum that celebrates inventor Alexander Graham Bell.
If you crave outdoor adventure, there are plenty of ways to get the blood flowing and test your limits! Take a day to explore the Cabot Trail. This coastline trek on nearby Cape Breton Island is where the mountains meet the sea. Or, for a one-of-a-kind rafting trip, head to the Bay of Fundy, home of the highest tide in the world. Nearly 160 billion tons of water moves in and out of the bay each day and guided rafting experiences give you the thrill of riding 20-foot waves on the incoming tide.
Canada's provinces and territories are vast wonderlands of so much of what travelers travel for: lively cities, outdoor adventure, history, attractions and entertainment, and natural wonders. Cities offer visitors the opportunity to experience Canada's unique vibe, including Canadians themselves. French is an official language, spoken in every province. Museums and art galleries are as stunning as the lighthouses that dot Canada's coastline and the whitewater rivers that wind through its interior.
Where to Eat & Drink
Iconic meals you can enjoy in Nova Scotia feature fresh lobster, scallops, and haddock. But be sure to try some of the local specialties including hodge podge, a creamy stew of brightly colored seasonal vegetables. Other local favorites include donair, which is a Canadian take on the gyro, and blueberry grunt, a comforting dessert of stewed blueberries with sweet dumplings.
Best Time to Visit
Plan to visit between spring and fall for the most access to outdoor activities and local festivals. If you love skiing, wintertime is the perfect time to experience any of the expertly groomed slopes or the Nordic terrain.
Where to Stay
Select Registry's property in Canada is a stunning lodge tucked away in Nova Scotia's Acadian Forest ecosystem. It's a luxurious eco-lodge that balances rugged, outdoor activities with locally inspired fine dining. Views from every room look out on one of the two rivers that surround the property: Tusket River and Napier River. Take a closer look at this bed and breakfast in Canada below and begin to outline your trip of a lifetime today.