Travelzoo Tips: Nova Scotia

May 30, 2018

We asked our members to share the must-see places in their own communities. Here are their tips for Nova Scotia.

"Why Everyone Needs to Try a Halifax Donair," a guest blog by Lola Augustine Brown. Read it here!

Try a new take on camping in Canada's National Parks

Credit: Parks Canada

In her guest blog, Claudia Laroye -- also known as The Travelling Mom -- shares four unique ways to camp, from yurts to "cocoons."

Drive the "Lighthouse Route" (Highway#3) on the South Shore of Nova Scotia

"It's the slow, winding road along the coastline, so you get to see and smell the ocean with your car windows down. And you can also stop at quirky or interesting little shops and cafes. --Member Marjorie

Drive the Cabot Trail on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia

"It’s a natural Canadian gem. On the Cabot Trail, you’ll experience the convergence of land, sea and sky. At some point on your journey, you must turn off the engine of your vehicle and stand outside and listen. While the visuals may be stunning, so is the orchestration of the sounds emanating from those three sources, resulting in a truly soulful experience."

-- Member Alf

Eat a Lobster Roll from Atlantic Canada

"Sandwiches don't get much more Canadian than the red-and-white lobster roll!" -- Member Jennifer

Go Back in Time in Louisbourg, N.S.

"The reconstructed Fortress of Louisbourg is well worth a visit. (You may have to negotiate a deal -- in French -- with one of the period guards to get in!) Also, don’t miss a performance of Cape Breton music and humour at the Playhouse in the town of Louisbourg. And, of course, be sure to sample the seafood." -- Member Dan

See Horses and Shipwrecks at Sable Island, N.S.

Sable Island horses. Flickr photo by Sorus Nomad
"The Sable Island National Park Reserve  (300 km southeast of Halifax) is home to more than 400 wild horses and the world’s biggest breeding colony of grey seals. You need to register with Parks Canada before you visit. Sable Island is nicknamed the "Graveyard of the Atlantic," as more than 350 ships have run aground on its sandbars. -- Member Liza

Plan a Pensive Visit to Pugwash, NS

Thinkers Lodge National Historic Site in Pugwash, Nova Scotia hosted crucial conferences and played a "role in ensuring world peace," says member Lily. "My father would joke about his village being 'the Home of the Thinkers,' but I just enjoyed the little the little beach where we would go for our evening swim."

The Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs is comprised of scholars and public figures, who work towards reducing the danger of armed conflict and to seek solutions to global security threats.

Tip 128: Rushton’s Beach Provincial Park, Nova Scotia

"Located between the villages of Brule and River John, N.S., this park overlooks Tatamagouche Bay, which boasts the 'warmest waters north of the Carolinas' -- and it’s true! At low tide there are acres of sand bar for kids to play on." -- Travelzoo member John  

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