This one is for the water lovers.
Oceanside destinations have so much more to offer than just sunset views and sandy beaches. If you're craving one-of-a-kind experiences, salty breezes and wild, rugged seascapes, you'll want to stay awhile in Nova Scotia.
With 13,300 kilometres of coastline, this East Coast province offers plenty of adventurous activities that take place in, on or around the water. From paddleboarding to relaxing on a private yacht, you have plenty of things to do in this easy-going province — just remember to carve out enough time in your itinerary to do everything.
There's a lot to be said for spending a week or longer in Nova Scotia. If you want to build up a skill, like surfing or kayaking, you'll have time. If you'd like to spend a day whale watching or touring on a Sea-Doo, you'll be able to. And you won't have to rush a once-in-a-lifetime experience like dining on the ocean floor, either.
So go ahead, book that vacation time and start planning your trip to Nova Scotia. These eight adventure activities on or near the water will help you experience some of the best things that Canada's ocean playground has to offer.
Go Whale Watching
Price: $42 for students, $50 for adults
Address: Brier Island, Westport, NS
Why You Need To Go: While you can go whale watching all around Nova Scotia, the coast off of Brier Island has a reputation for consistently great whale sightings. Head out into the Bay of Fundy for the day as a local naturalist tells you all about these amazing animals.
Depending on what time of year you visit, you'll spot different sea life. For example, finback and minke whales arrive in spring, while humpbacks and Atlantic white-sided dolphins can be seen from June to October.
Get Your Paddle On
Price: Rentals from $35
Address: 299 Shore Rd., Dingwall, NS and throughout the province
Why You Need To Go: Imagine seeing the gypsum cliffs of Cape Breton kiss the water, from the water. This breathtaking experience is one of a kind in Nova Scotia and will bring you close to seaside caves, salt marshes, oyster farms and flocks of seabirds.
Veteran paddlers can head out on their own while those new to paddling might want to look into a guided tour that comes with everything you need for this unique adventure.
Catch Some Waves
Price: Surfboards and wetsuit rentals average $20 per day
Address: Lawrencetown or Clam Harbour Beach, NS
Why You Need To Go: The windy coastline in Nova Scotia makes it an ideal province for surfing. For seasoned surfers with their own gear, there are tons of options to choose from like Port Michaud, Martinique Beach and White Point.
If you're a beginner, don't worry. Surfing hot spots like Lawrencetown Beach and Clam Harbour are close to Halifax and offer plenty of opportunities to learn. Rent your gear nearby, find yourself a teacher and you'll be catching waves in no time.
Rent A Jet Ski
Address: 368 Shore Rd., Baddeck, NS
Why You Need To Go: If you're looking for another activity to fill your time on Cape Breton Island, check out Jet Ski Baddeck. This seaside village of Baddeck is a destination in itself, and you'll get to see it from the bay as you rip around on a Sea-Doo.
If you're exploring the city, you can sign up for a Sea-Doo tour of the Halifax Waterfront.
Go Stand-Up Paddle Boarding
Address: 14 Bells Cove Rd., Dublin Shore, NS and throughout the province
Why You Need To Go: One great thing about stand-up paddleboarding is how versatile it is. You can paddle out to your destination, get a workout in and then lay down on the board to relax, soak up some rays or watch the sunset.
Paddling is also a fantastic way to do more around the LaHave Islands. This idyllic fishing community is where you'll get to see untouched beaches, stoic lighthouses and lots of sea life.
Experience Tidal Bore Rafting
Price: Adults from $70
Address: 12215 Hwy. 215, Urbania, NS
Why You Need To Go: The Bay of Fundy is home to the world's highest tides, and you can experience them in action on the Shubenacadie River with tidal bore rafting. This is one special Nova Scotian adventure activity that'll get the adrenaline pumping.
All you have to do is hop onto a raft and hold on tight as you ride the waves. Mud sliding at the end of the tour is also an option. If you'd like to stay nearby, check out Tidal Bore Rafting Resort for somewhere to clean up and get cozy.
Book A Private Yacht
Address: 1655 Lower Water St., Halifax, NS
Why You Need To Go: Brace yourself for some seriously Instagrammable moments aboard your own private yacht. Setting sail from the Halifax Harbour, yacht tours are more affordable than you might think (and even cheaper if you book as a group). You can also book a private sailing adventure with Cape Breton Sailing Charters.
Choose from a standard tour, evening sail, wine and cheese tour or learn to sail from the pros. By the end, you'll be tacking, gybing and turning the winches without having to Google any of it.
Dine On The Ocean Floor
Price: $1,307 per couple (tax and gratuities included)
Address: Burntcoat Head Park, NS
Why You Need To Go: This luxurious experience is Nova Scotia at its finest: fresh seafood, local beer and wine, seaside scenery and great conversation.
When the Bay of Fundy tide goes out, that's when the tables get set up for a three-course meal. The menu is full of Nova Scotian ingredients like lobster tail, pasture-raised beef and artisanal cheeses. Each dish is paired with a local beer or wine, and after your feast, you can sip tea or coffee around a crackling fire.
No matter what kind of adventurer you are, Nova Scotia has a seaside activity to feed your ocean-loving soul. As you plan your extended stay in this beautiful, expansive East Coast province, use the activities in this list as inspiration for your perfect seaside getaway.
From relaxed activities like sailing and paddling to intrepid options like surfing and tidal-bore rafting, you'll have no shortage of things to do when you head to Nova Scotia.
Do more in Nova Scotia. To learn more and start planning your trip, check out Tourism Nova Scotia's website or visit their Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or YouTube for travel inspiration.
Before you get going, check our Responsible Travel Guide so you can be informed, be safe, be smart, and most of all, be respectful on your adventure.
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