Winter weather can discourage weekend adventures and keep Nova Scotians hibernating indoors with Netflix and coffee.  All over the province there are carnivals and activities unique to the season that you have to take advantage of before all the snow melts!

Hit the road and visit some of these adorable towns for a weekend of cross country skiing, wine, sleigh rides and much more.

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Visit Wolfville for the weekend of February 25th or March 4th and attend the nearby Ice Wine Festival that will be taking place at Domain de Grand Pré. Sample a variety of ice wines from some amazing local vineyards, including Luckett Vineyards, Blomidon Estate Winery and L’Acadie Vineyards. Rent a spot in town and spend the weekend exploring everything Wolfville has to offer! For more information and tickets for the Ice Wine Festival, click here.

Distance: 1 hour and 25 minutes

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Spend a weekend in Sydney, Nova Scotia visiting The Big Fiddle and grabbing lunch at The Governors Pub and Eatery. If you’re looking for something more active to do, take a day trip out to the Ben Eoin ski hill nearby and tear up the slopes!

Distance: 4 hours and 30 minutes

Annapolis Royal

There’s always tons to do in the Annapolis Valley no matter what season you visit during! If you’ve never been dogsledding, visit nearby Snowpak Kennels, and explore 5km worth of trails by sled, snowshoe, or on cross country skis. There’s also tons of live music playing in town every night, and lots of local shops to visit.

Distance: 2 hours and 30 minutes


If you’ve never visited this small Colchester County community, be sure to drive out and experience their famous Sugar Moon Farm – a 200-acre farm with that does guided tours and serves up lots of homemade maple inspired dishes all year round. Visit during sugar season in February and warm up with their famous maple brunch!

Distance: 1 hour and 35 minutes


The scenic town of Mabou is always a must-see on any Nova Scotian road trip. Stay in town for a couple nights and try your hand at smithing in the nearby community of Whycocomagh. This tiny rural community is home to Fire House Ironworks, an old school metal working facility where visitors can try their hand at being a blacksmith for a day.

Distance: 3 hours and 30 minutes

Sherbrooke Village 

During the weeks leading up to Christmas the Sherbrooke Village Museum is covered in lights and decorations, celebrating the season with caroling ceremonies and fireworks that you should definitely try to see next year! Their visiting season is over currently but the seventeenth century town will be open to visitors again in June.

Distance: 3 hours


No Nova Scotian road trip would be complete without a visit to Cape Breton. Hike the nearby Cabot Trail while it’s covered in snow, or rent a cabin at Knotty Pines Cottages. The Mary Ann Falls nearby make for a great hiking trip if the conditions are ideal!

Distance: 5 hours


Drive out to the birthplace of New Scotland on the weekend of February 10th for their three day Take The Roof Off Winter carnival! Take part in the polar bear swim, go snow shoeing, try a sleigh ride and eat tons of delicious pancakes for really affordable prices. For the carnival schedule click here.

Distance: 2 hours

Bear River

This village at the head of Bear River has another popular Winter Carnival that’s defiantly worth visiting! February 10th to the 12th will mark the 10th annual festival for the town, and will include cross country skiing, ice carving and snowmobiling events. Be sure to swing by if you’ve never visited before!

Distance: 2 hours and 30 minutes

Hammonds Plains

If you’re not looking to go far from Halifax, drive up to the suburb of Hammonds Plains and visit Hatfield Farm for some festive sleigh rides and winter fun. Go for a winter hike in the woods, snowshoes and enjoy some delicious home style cooking on this easy day trip.

Distance: 45 minutes

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