It’s easy to get excited for 2017 when so much is going on in Nova Scotia! We planned out the perfect provincial road trip for you to take with your friends in the new year, and listed something awesome to see in cities and towns all across NS.
Every month there’s a new adventure to take, so get these events on your calendar asap!
1. Nova Scotia Icewine Festival
Start your 2017 Nova Scotian road trip on the weekend of February 25th at the annual Icewine Festival at Domaine de Grand Pré near Wolfville. Sample a variety of ice wines from a variety of local vineyards including Luckett Vineyards, Blomidon Estate Winery and L’Acadie Vineyards. Warm up this winter over the course of two weekend events at the Domaine de Grand Pré by sampling some amazing Nova Scotian wines! For more information and tickets click here.
2. Halifax Comedy Festival
Start your spring in the city at the Halifax Comedy Festival, held from April 26th to the 29th at over 14 stages across the HRM. More than 30 comedians from all over Canada will come to Halifax for a weekend full of laughs on the 22nd year of this awesome Atlantic comedy festival. For more information and tickets click here.
3. Shelburne County Lobster Fest
From June 1st to June 4th drive out to the Lobster Capital of Canada and experience some of the most delicious seafood available in North America. Hosted in June to celebrate the end of lobster fishing season, partake in this lively Nova Scotian festival and try lobster in ways you never thought possible! For more information and tickets click here.
4. Antigonish Highland Games
Founded in 1863, the annual Antigonish Highland Games is a unique celebration of Nova Scotian culture that you will not want to miss. From July 1st to the 9th participate in a weekend full of highland dance, live music, ceilidh, bag piping, tug-of-war and tons of traditional Scottish Heavy Weight competitions. For more informaiton about the 2017 Highland Games schedule click here.
5. Go Whale Watching
This is a bit of a detour but if you have the time take a bird and whale watching expedition during the summer months with the Brier Island Whale and Seabird Cruises for the chance to encounter some incredible wildlife unique to the waters of Nova Scotia. For 2017 tour information click here.
6. Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival
Continue the celebrations of Nova Scotian culture in the historic town of Lunenburg at their annual Folk Harbour Festival from August 10th to the 13th. Canadian folk musicians travel east to perform at indoor and outdoor venues all over this UNESCO World Heritage Town to continue this traditional festival - the oldest of it’s kind in Nova Scotia. For ticket and scheduling information click here.
7. Chester Race Week
Finish up your summer by driving out to Chester for the race week celebrations from August 16th to the 19th. Watch sailors from all over the country come together at Canada’s largest Keel Boat Regatta, hosted by the Chester Yacht Club. Explore the beautiful town of Chester in late summer, cheer on your favorite sailors! For more information about the 2017 race week schedule click here.
8. Drive the Lighthouse Trail
On your way out of Chester take the opportunity to drive along the famous Nova Scotian lighthouse trail. Go for a drive along Nova Scotia’s scenic South Shore, and take in more than 20 lighthouses that line the coast throughout this gorgeous twelve-day journey between Halifax and Yarmouth.
9. Wild Blueberry Harvest
Towns all throughout Central Nova Scotia will be celebrating the wild blueberry harvest from August 18th to September 2nd. Enjoy local blueberries in all your meals in restaurants and festivals across Amherst, Truro, Parrsboro and Tatamagouche. There will be picnics and mustic festivals to celebrate the harvest – click here for more information about the 2017 festival!
10. Camp along the Skyline Trail
Continue driving along to Cape Breton during early fall and explore the Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Hike along the famous 7km Skyline Trail for unprecedented views of of ocean, and book a campsite on a warm night to fully experience the beauty of the park. To learn more about booking a site at the park click here.
11. Celtic Colours International Festival
Continue celebrating Nova Scotian culture late into the fall with the 21st annual Celtic Colours International Festival, from October 6th through to October 14th. Celebrate in over 30 Cape Breton communities with artists from all over the world as they play traditional Celtic music and put on dances and workshops for the whole community. For more information about the 2017 festival click here.