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Must-Try Adventure Activities in Nova Scotia

Posted June 16, 2022 in Travel Guide - Last updated November 3, 2023

Nova Scotia, Canada, is a hidden gem for outdoor enthusiasts, known for its beautiful forests, captivating ocean views, and myriad adventure activities. From exhilarating whale watching and serene paddle boarding to invigorating hikes along the stunning coastal trails, this maritime province offers every adventurer a diverse range of experiences. 

If you plan a trip to this adventure playground of Canada, don’t forget to include the following thrilling activities in your itinerary. Nova Scotia’s wilderness is calling, and your next great adventure awaits!

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1. Whale Watching in Nova Scotia

Whale Watching in Nova Scotia
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One of the unique experiences around Nova Scotia is Whale Watching. Although, at the same time, you can find whales in most places around Nova Scotia, the coast of Brier Island has the reputation of providing the best sightings. You can also head to the Bay of Fundy for a tour with a naturalist who will tell you about these majestic creatures. You can find other sea life too, depending on the year you visit this place. For example, you can spot white-sided dolphins from June to October, while the Minke and Finback whales can be found during the spring seasons.

2. Surfboarding

If you want to catch some waves on your vacation in Nova Scotia, you can head out to Clam Harbour or Lawrencetown Beach. The windy coastlines of this region make it a pleasure to go surfing out into the sea. You can find some teachers on the aforementioned beaches to learn the art of surfboarding. As for the surfboarding gear, you can easily rent it at an average rate of $20 per day. If you are a seasoned surfer with your gear, you can head out to Martinique Beach, White Point, and Port Michaud.

3. Jet Skiing on Cape Breton

Jet Skiing on Cape Breton
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If you are paddleboarding to Cape Breton, you can also try Jet Skiing. You can rent a jet ski from a seaside village called Baddeck, a beautiful destination. The jet ski rental can range from $60-180, and you can ski across the Sea-Doo and take in the sights of the village from the bay. If you are interested in exploring the city, you can also go for a Sea-Doo tour caught from the Halifax Waterfront.

4. Stand-Up Paddleboarding Experience

If you are bored of the regular paddleboarding activities, you can try stand-up paddleboarding around the LaHave Islands. Stand-up paddleboarding is fun, but you will also get a great workout. Then, you can lie down on your board to relax when you are tired. This is also a great way to catch the sunset. This activity provides an excellent opportunity to explore more things around this island, which comprises a fishing community. You will see beautiful lighthouses, untouched beaches, and sea life.

Another excellent adventure activity you should include if you enjoy paddleboarding is at Cape Breton. This one-of-a-kind experience will leave you in awe of the beauty of Nova Scotia. You will enjoy a breathtaking view of the gypsum cliffs and see the salt marshes, seaside caves, and oyster farms. You might also spot a flock of seabirds if you are lucky. People who have some paddleboarding experience can head out by themselves. However, there are guided tours as well for inexperienced paddlers.

5. Tidal Bore Rafting

If you want to experience the tides of the Bay of Fundy (widely considered the world’s highest tides), you should try tidal bore rafting on the Shubenacadie River. This adrenaline-pumping activity will give you an experience of a lifetime for just $70. In tidal bore rafting, you will climb aboard a raft; all you have to do is hold on tight as it takes you through the waves. There is also the option of Mud Sliding at the end of the tour.

6. Relax on a Yacht

You can book a private yacht for around $64-148 from Halifax Harbour for a more relaxing adventure. You can either choose a standard tour to learn sailing or an exclusive evening sail, including wine and cheese. If you book for a group, you might even get it cheaper. Once you have your private yacht, you can adventure around the Cape Breton Sailing Charters.

7. Dinner on the Ocean Floor

For an unforgettable experience in Nova Scotia, you can head out to Burntcoat Head Park for a luxurious dining experience near the Bay of Fundy. You can enjoy a three-course meal at the tables in this area when the tide goes out. You can witness the seaside scenery besides enjoying local wine, beer, and fresh seafood. This feast will undoubtedly turn out to be an adventure by itself.


Now that you have some great ideas for adventure activities in and around Nova Scotia, Canada, you can plan a trip that will be rich in experiences. Whether you like an adrenaline-pumping activity or some other adventure, Nova Scotia offers plenty of experiences to every ocean-loving travel persona.

And with the help of Travel-Wise, a free and user-friendly trip planner, organizing and managing your Nova Scotia adventure has never been easier. So start planning your trip now and prepare for an unforgettable Nova Scotia experience!

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