From kicking your feet up and dancing on an authentic Nova Scotian lobster boat to an exclusive behind the scenes tour and feast at one of North America’s first European settlements, don’t miss these seven incredible cultural and historical experiences that you will only find here in Nova Scotia!
Party like it’s 1606! Visit Port Royal National Historic Site, one of North America’s first European settlements, and hear 400 years of stories in an exclusive, after-hours dinner party. During your private tour, be prepared to be fully immersed in authentic Acadian and Mi’kmaw history and culture.
Next, savor a four-course Nova Scotia feast featuring fresh lobster, scallops, Nova Scotia wines, spirits, and microbrews!
Finally, you will become a member of one of the oldest social clubs in North America – the Order of Good Time.
During your next visit to Nova Scotia, discover authentic Mi’kmaq culture on beautiful Goat Island in Eskasoni within the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve of Bras d’Or Lake. Learn about and experience traditional Mi’kmaq villages and their traditions including a smudging ceremony, traditional dance, and hunting and fishing techniques. You’ll learn the art of basketry, how to make traditional four cents cake, and how to play a traditional Mi’kmaq game. Your experience ends with a traditional snack and tea.
Visit beautiful Judique, located on Cape Breton Island, to become immersed in Celtic culture, hear live Celtic music, and learn Celtic folklore. Eat delicious, fresh seafood and sample amazing Nova Scotian wine, craft beer, and spirits during your afternoon, oceanside. Learn to step dance to traditional fiddle music during a private dance class overlooking the ocean.
As evening falls, put your newly learned dance skills to use during a sunset ceilidh (party) at sea on an authentic Nova Scotian lobster boat!
Make sure the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site, a star-shaped fort located in the heart of Halifax, is included in your next Nova Scotia travel itinerary. Since the British landed on the shores of Halifax in 1749, this fort on the hill has overlooked and defended the harbor below.
Today, you can easily fill a day on the Hill. Make sure to check out their offerings such as Soldier for a Day, where you will step back in time, don an authentic uniform, sign your enlistment forms, complete foot drills, and take in the firearms training (or drum training for soldiers under 16) to fire the authentic Snider-Enfield rifle.
Take a step back in time to when the French and English crowns fought for control of the New World and all of Nova Scotia was a battleground on a visit to the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site in Cape Breton.
The Fortress is the largest historical reconstruction in North America and offers an incredible snapshot of all aspects of life of our first European settlers. Take part in their exciting experiences, from Wake up in the Past! 18th Century Equipped Camping, where you will camp within the fortress walls, under the stars, to Fire a Musket, Have a Ball! where you will get a soldier's basic training (no push-ups required!). You will fire an exact replica of an 18th-century musket. Safe and fun, you'll never forget this incredible experience.
Visit Grand-Pré National Historic Site, located within UNESCO World Heritage Site The Landscape of Grand Pré, in the heart of the Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia’s rich, agricultural region. Known as the epicenter of Acadian culture, this site unites the Acadian people, commemorating the tragic Acadian deportation or Le grand dérangement of 1755 that continued until 1762.
This event was depicted and memorialized by Henry Longfellow’s poem “Evangeline,” featuring the love story of two fictional characters affected by the mass uprooting and subsequent deportation of these early Nova Scotian settlers. Explore the stunning grounds, take in the meticulously restored artifacts, and immerse yourself in the powerful history of this site.
Kejimkujik National Park & National Historic Site is a place where you can truly unwind and escape the hustle and bustle of the world while immersing yourself in the natural beauty of Nova Scotia.
Visit Keji, as it’s known to the locals, and connect with nature and Mi’kmaw culture. Experience Nova Scotia’s only Dark Sky preserve every night as tens of thousands of twinkling stars light up the sky. Get ready to be fascinated as you are immersed in thousands of years of Mi’kmaw culture, and view petroglyphs, traditional encampment areas, and canoe routes.