Nova Scotia is full of historic sites, parks and beaches. There is plenty awaiting to be discovered and explored. We’ve put together a list of five places that are some of the most popular in the province. These are five of our favourite places and you are truly 100% Nova Scotian if you have visited them all.
1 – Halifax Citadel National Historic Site
Halifax Citadel National Historic Site is the most visited historic site in Canada. Perhaps because it’s literally in the middle of our capital. It also doesn’t hurt that we’re a tourist town in the summer. Each day the noon gun is fired from a top the fortress to mark the noon hour. There’s actually a Twitter account inspired by the noon gun. It tweets “boom”, everyday at 12:00pm.
2 – Cape Breton Highlands National Park
The Cape Breton Highlands National Park is an expansive vista of rolling hills, wildlife and views that will take your breath away. It’s a destination year round, but in the fall, the colours on the leaves are a canvas of red orange and yellow. It’s definitely one of the gems in our province.
3 – Rainbow Haven Beach Provincial Park
Rainbow Haven Beach Provincial Park is one of the most popular provincial beaches in the province. It is close to Halifax and near the community of Cole Harbour. Rainbow Haven’s parking lot overflows with cars on warm summers days. It’s a very popular place for city dwellers and tourists to keep cool and enjoy the sand, water and boardwalks.
4 – Fortress of Louisburg National Historic Site
At Fortress of Louisburg National Historic Site, you’re taken back 300 years in time to when French soldiers marched down the streets of the fort. Muskets firing and drums beating with soldiers marching are everyday occurrences at Louisburg.
5 – Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site
At Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site you can paddle, hike, camp, and be connected to nature. Keji is located in Nova Scotia’s only Dark Sky Preserve. At night the skies put on an amazing light how. Rock engravings known as petroglyphs, canoe routes and traditional encampment areas bring to life the presence of the Mi’kmaw people who have called Nova Scotia home for thousands of years.
At Kejimujik National Park Seaside you experience white sand beaches, clear waters, coastal bogs, wildflowers, lagoon systems, and coastal wildlife.
Bonus Points – Georges Island National Historic Site
Georges Island National Historic Site is located right in the middle of Halifax Harbour. It is a historic and fortified island that you can visit in the summer. The island and its fortifications played a role as a prison, as an internment camp for Acadians, in the development of Nova Scotia and the defence of Canada. The island is one of five national historic sites in the Halifax area known as the Halifax Defence Complex.