With its stunning scenery, Scottish-inspired culture, and so many delicious dining and drinking options, it’s no wonder why Nova Scotia (or New Scotland) is such a prime vacation destination.
Are you thinking about or planning a trip to Nova Scotia, but aren’t sure what you should put on the itinerary? After all, there’s so much to see, do, eat, and drink in this beautiful Canadian province…it can be difficult to decide!
Not to worry, though, because we’ve got you covered.
We’ve found 10 great tours in Nova Scotia you need to experience, so you can focus on the best parts of traveling – trying new things, seeing the sights, and sampling the delicious local cuisine.
Let’s take a look!
1. Brave a Bus Tour
Bus tours aren’t for everyone. Some people just can’t stand sitting in one spot for an extended period of time.
If you want to travel, sightsee, and meet new people along the way, however, bus tours provide the perfect opportunity.
Ambassatours offers bus tours of the popular Peggy’s Cove and the Lunenburg and Mahone Bay areas. Both tours vary in rates and length.
2. Do a Double Decker Winery Tour
How does the only hop-on, hop-off winery tour on a British double-decker bus in North America sound?
With the Wolfville Magic Winery Bus, you get just that. It continuously travels the one-hour loop all day, and participants can expect to enjoy four different wineries.
Take a tour of Nova Scotia’s best wineries and experience the magic for yourself.
3. Go Between the Vines
At the Between the Vines tour that Uncork Nova Scotia offers, foodies and winos alike take a trip to the Annapolis Valley and visit three award-winning wineries for tours and tastings.
To curb your cravings, a two-course gourmet lunch is served at Restaurant Le Caveau as well.
With only 8 guests per tour, it’s a small group. This way, you’ll be able to really spend time with one another and get to know each other.
In addition to tasting great wine and having a delicious gourmet meal, you just might make a new friend or acquaintance, too. What’s not to love?
4. Grab a Cup of Craft Beer
If wine isn’t your thing, that’s perfectly OK! Thanks to the beer bus, you can be included in the alcohol-infused tours in Nova Scotia too.
During this tour, you’ll learn about Halifax and try tasty brews at four different breweries, cideries, and pubs.
Wondering what to pair with your wine or craft beer? Check out these 10 restaurants in Nova Scotia you need to visit and find your perfect pairing today.
5. Book a Bike Tour
Biking is a great way to see the sights quickly and efficiently, whether you’re in the city center, or on a hiking trail.
If you’re looking to see the capital city, I Heart Bikes has a 2-hour tour that’ll show you the best Halifax in a short period of time. From the Harbor to the Titanic House, Downtown Halifax and more, I Heart Bikes packs this tour full of great sights.
Feeling more like a country ride? Check out The Lighthouse Route and Bay of Fundy bike tours in Nova Scotia by Backroads Travel.
6. Hop in a Kayak
What’s one of the best ways to check out this eastern Canadian maritime province? In the water, of course!
If you’re in Halifax, you can book a kayak tour 7 days a week (weather permitting) with Kayak Halifax. And you don’t need to have any previous experience to book a tour, either.
Take a 2-hour explora-tour or go on a day-long or overnight adventure.
7. Jump in a Jeep
If you and up to four passengers want to get around Nova Scotia with ease, why not take a jeep tour? For all four passengers, they’re only $70 per hour and can be customized depending on what you and your travel companions wish to see and do.
Want to learn more? Head over to the Open Top Tours website and book a guided tour in your 4X4 today.
8. See Some Stars
In the summer and fall, some of the best stargazing can be had in Nova Scotia – and you might even be lucky enough to see the Northern Lights! All you need to know is where to go.
That’s where the Trout Point Lodge comes in.
They offer some of the best star walking tours and solar viewing in all of North America. In fact, they were recommended by National Geographic Traveler and The Independent.
9. Get in Some Instagramming
For the photo fanatics traveling in Nova Scotia, there’s a tour for you, too. Picture Perfect Tours is exactly what it sounds like.
Photographers local to the Halifax area will guide you around and show you their favorite vantage points and secret places to shoot.
They’ll also offer helpful tips and ticks, so you can step up your game on the ‘Gram.
How’s that for a photo op?
10. Take a Historic Tour of Halifax
Back in Time: Halifax History Tours aims to bring you back in time with a look at the city’s rich history through the lens of its vestiges. Tours are hosted by local history buffs, Todd and Kristin Mullins.
If you fancy yourself a look at historic Halifax, log on and book your tour today!
Try One of These Tours in Nova Scotia Today
From fans of the outdoors, to foodies, craft beer connoisseurs, and the Instagram-immersed, there are tours in Nova Scotia for everyone. Whether you choose to hop in a kayak, on a paddleboard, or in a Jeep, you’re sure to find something exciting to try.
And if you’re looking for some warm and welcoming accommodations during your stay, check ours out today.
You’ll wake up feeling refreshed and ready to get out and explore!