11 Unique Dining Experiences You Have To Try At Least Once In Nova Scotia
These luxurious meals will take you all over the province.
Next time you have a group of friends visiting Nova Scotia for the first time, or you’re looking to impress an especially cool date, be sure to book a culinary experience at one of the restaurants we’ve included below! We researched farms and cruises all over the province that will provide you with the highest quality luxury dining experiences while introducing you to a variety of delicious local ingredients.
Camp overnight on Georges Island, or eat under the stars at the White Point Beach Resort this summer as part of one of the following high-end dining adventures we've put together.
Explore the Halifax Harbour by private boat, with private tours of McNabs and Georges Island, plus a night of camping in historic Fort Charlotte. Experience incredible views of the HRM during a kayaking tour of the harbour, and enjoy chef-prepared meals using ingredients native to Nova Scotia. Slots for this luxurious camping experience are only available between August 7th and August 20th, so if you’re interested be sure to call ASAP and make your reservation!
Every year between July 5th and September 30th The Flying Apron Inn and Cookery offers one of the most intriguing dining experiences in Canada, by inviting diners to enjoy a private “Shore Boil” seafood feast on the ocean floor of Burntcoat Head Park. Enjoy a luxurious three-course meal made with local ingredients on the red, sandy beach of the Minas Basin with an unprecedented view of the sunset.
Kayak out to Kidston Island, located in the UNESCO designated Bras d’Or Lake Biosphere Reserve, for a night of high-end local foods and music under the full moon. Explore all the wonders of this secluded island while enjoying a world-class meal prepared by chef Brian Picard of The Bite House in Baddeck. Drink Nova Scotian wine from Tidal Bay and beers from Big Spruce Brewery on the beach with a sky full of stars overhead. Spots are available for bookings between July 7th and August 5th, so give them a call ASAP!
Enjoy a luxurious feast on the beaches of White Point Resort while watching the sunset over the Atlantic Ocean. Executive Chef Alan Crosby will prepare guests a four course meal, accompanied by wine from the region recommended by sommelier Dan Tanner. Huddle around a bonfire and take in the constellations over White Point at this epic Nova Scotian dining experience running from June 25th to September 24th.
Travel through the Annapolis Valley Region of Nova Scotia and experience some of the best wine in Canada at a series of famous wineries in the region. Join Go North Tours as they take groups to Blomidon Estate Winery, Domain de Grand Pre and Gasperau Vineyards on a legendary vineyard hopping adventure that you’ll never forget. Each vineyard offers guests a meal created with local Nova Scotian ingredients and paired with the perfect wine from the region.
Visit the amazing restaurants covering Halifax’s downtown core with Halifax Food Tours, and stop off at restaurants like The Stubborn Goat, Five Fishermen, Salvatore’s and more! For only $70 you and a group of friends will be transported to restaurants all over the city with the help of a guide who will be able to recommend dishes and tell you more about the growing Halifax food scene.
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What Nova Scotian food tour would be complete without a lobster dinner? Head out to the Lightkeepers Kitchen in Cape d’Or for a three course lobster meal overlooking the Bay of Fundy with a fresh glass of Tidal Bay Wine in hand. Explore the nearby lighthouse with your guide, and retrieve water from the oceans edge for the chef to boil your lobster up in the most Nova Scotian way possible. There are only four lobster feast slots open this summer so be sure to book fast.
Head out to The Kilted Chef restaurant in Pictou where chef Alain Bosse will take you on a day-long culinary journey that involves selecting fresh seafood for dinner, chatting with farmers about their produce options and identifying what types of meat are required for the evenings meal. Afterwards chef Bosse will host a cooking class using all the ingredients selected throughout the day, which you’ll get to enjoy paired with the perfect glass of wine. Classes are available from late August to October, you can check them out by clicking the link in the title.
This trip is a little bit more focused on drinking versus feasting, but there will definitely be snacks along the way. Every Thursday between May and October Haligonians can hop on a bus and drive up to the Annapolis Valley, where they’ll get a chance to tour breweries, wineries, and cideries, with a stop at Luckett Vineyards for lunch! Transportation and tasting fees are covered in the cost of the excursion, and a tour guide will be on hand to recommend drinks and share historical facts about the land throughout your adventure!
Ye Olde Argyler Lodge is a legendary seafood restaurant in Yarmouth that all Nova Scotians should visit for a true maritime lobster dinner. Take a tour of the restaurant garden in search of fresh herbs and advice on how to grow your own ingredients at home, before heading down to the beach and building a fire for lobster boiling. Enjoy a classic Canadian seafood dinner on the water and made by your own hands at this unique dining experience, offered Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays between June 11th and September 13th.
You’ve probably heard of Devour! Film Fest in Wolfville, but did you know that they also offer a unique evening dining experience in the dyke lands of Grand Pre? Between July 7th and September 1st guests can dine amongst rows of vines overlooking the Bay of Fundy at Le Caveau Restaurant while enjoying a five course meal and watching a series of short films curated by the Devour! Food Film Festival team. Explore the restaurants vineyard and try fresh Nova Scotia oysters with your wine before sitting down to eat with the setting sun.