EPIC Reasons to Visit Nova Scotia

March 15, 2012

Dartmouth and Halifax are twin cities joined under the banner of the Halifax Regional Municipality, and the two bridges between them span the Second Largest Natural Harbour in the World.  As one of the earliest settlements in North America, this area is rich in history:

The Titanic – Halifax was the closest major port to the sinking of the Titanic and the location where most of the recovered victims and floating wreckage were brought.  This year is the 100th anniversary of the sinking, and a permanent exhibit at the Nova Scotia Museum is the one of premier Titanic sites in the World.

Halifax is also the site of The Halifax Explosion Dec 6th 1917. This accident was the single largest man made explosion in the world prior to the advent of the atomic bomb and Hiroshima.  Halifax sends a massive Christmas tree to the City of Boston each year as a remembrance of their help in this disaster.

While here for the race, you’ll hear the noon-day gun booming at 12 o’clock each day from the Halifax Citadel.  Now a National Historic site, the Halifax Citadel is the culmination of a series of fortifications that overlook Halifax Harbour, defending British North America, then Canada, and then North America from the mid 1700’s through the period of the Second World War.

Also a fantastic place to vacation in the modern day:

The Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo – Starting July 1st each year, this is the largest annual indoor show in the world, featuring over 2000 Canadian and international military and civilian performers. Book early for the best seats!

Enjoy lunch and a walk on the boardwalk at Fisherman’s Cove, located in Eastern Passage, just outside Dartmouth

Take a tour on the Harbour Hopper, or sail on a Tall Ship, directly from Halifax Harbour

Take the World’s Cheapest Cruise on the Halifax Harbour Ferries, or try your hand at a more adventurous crossing by surfing the wake behind!

Surrounded by beaches, Nova Scotia is “Canada’s Ocean Playground”, and with the ocean always so close, Sea Kayaking off the Nova Scotia coast is an experience not to miss.

Also, while you are here:

Peggy’s Cove:  Back in the days of 35mm photography, Kodak film declared the Peggy’s Cove Lighthouse as the most photographed scene in Canada.  Strikingly beautiful, this intersection between the Sea and the people who work it is worth the short drive from the City (also a great bike loop).

Experience the highest tides in the world, at the Bay of Fundy.  This is the only place in the world to go tidal bore rafting, you can even run a race across the ocean’s floor! It is a refreshing haven and an exhilarating playground, waiting to be explored.  You’ll find 300 Million year old fossils while walking down the beach at the Joggins Fossil Cliffs, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, or visit the dinosaurs at the Fundy Geological Museum.

A little further afield, take a drive around the Cabot Trail, home of the annual Cabot Trail Relay, and what National Geographic refers to as one of the “Drives of a Lifetime” While there, stop into the Alexander Graham Bell Museum, or go whale watching at any number of locations around Cape Breton Island

More to do in Halifax/Dartmouth.

More to do in Nova Scotia.