At this point in the year, a hot sunny day in Nova Scotia is still a true novelty.  As soon as the temperature gets above 15 and the sun is out, people are on the patio, enjoying drinks, and spending as much time tanning as possible.  You’ve probably experienced that late spring sunburn that comes from thinking you don’t need sunscreen yet.  If you’re a true optimist you may have even broken out those cargo shorts once or twice in 2017.

As the first of June quickly approaches, we look forward to having three solid months of summery weather that’s only going to keep getting better and better.  Scroll through the list below and pick a bunch of hikes, bike routes, boat tours and beaches that you and your friends need to hit at some point this summer.

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Grab some beers and an ice cream cone at the Stillwell Beer Garden

Cool off on the Sissiboo Sizzler Flume Ride at Upper Clements water park

See Deadmau5 and Matt Mays play a free concert in The Common on Canada Day

Embark on a food tour of historic Lunenburg

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Zipline over this insane gypsum quarry in Cheticamp

Take in an awesome view of the boardwalk with a drink in hand on the Gahan House patio

Go kayaking through the Halifax Harbour for an unreal view of the city

Try some locally made Kombucha at the North by Night Market in Squiggle Park

Camp out in a geodesic dome above the treetops on Cape Breton

See the HRM like never before with an epic bike ride through Musquodoboit Harbour

Spend a Saturday morning chowing down on local goodies at the Seaport Farmers’ Market

Trek to the top of Citadel Hill with a picnic to experience some unreal views of Halifax

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Hike out to the end of Cape Split for some of the best ocean views you’ll ever experience in Nova Scotia

Overwhelm yourself with furry cuteness at Weinerpawlooza in Shubie Park

Mix things up with a road trip south of the border through New England

Catch a rare performance from Akon, live at Pacifico June 28th

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Explore Cape Breton Highlands National Park with a breathtaking hike along the Skyline Trail

Pretend you’re a character on Riverdale and grab milkshakes with the squad at The Chickenburger

Sit out on the patio of Sea Level Brewing in Port Williams and take in the incredible Cornwallis River over some cold, locally made beers

See Halifax like never before aboard the free downtown community train from Murphy’s

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It wouldn’t be summer in Nova Scotia without spending an afternoon tanning in Rainbow Haven or on Carter’s Beach

Take your date out for an ice cream sundae at Sea Cones Ice Cream Boat in Halls Harbour

Explore the shipwrecks of Louisbourg Harbour with a scuba diving expedition

Road trip along the incredible Cabot Trail, and stop off in Ingonish for some unreal hiking and spectacular ocean views

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Enjoy some much-needed R&R with the squad at Digby Pines Resort

Next time you find yourself in Truro, be sure to make a stop at The Nook and Cranny for lunch!

Make the trip out to 100 Wild Islands, a pristine east coast archipelago preserved by the Nova Scotia Nature Trust

Stargaze in the UNESCO designated Dark Sky Preserve that is Kejimkujik National Park

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Visit the K.C Irving Botanical Gardens in Wolfville and continue hiking along the nearby 1.5km trail

Drive your way through Nova Scotia’s Golf Trail in Cape Breton to experience some of the provinces best courses

Spend an afternoon in the sun, drinking on the rooftop patio at Your Father’s Moustache

Visit your favorite vineyards in the Annapolis Valley on the Magic Winery Bus Tour

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Enjoy a solid east coast feed with the Lobster Supper in Baddeck

Get spooked at the Churchill Mansion Inn in Yarmouth

Ball out with a trip to Chester Race Week and try to get invited onto someone’s yacht

Take a helicopter tour of Peggy’s Cove from above with Vision Air

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Embrace your inner tourist and go on a whale watching cruise from Brier Island

Swim underneath the North River Falls in Baddeck when the water warms up

Book a waterfront cottage for a weekend and take your partner out of the city for a romantic retreat

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