Some popular tourist destinations in Nova Scotia include the province's capital city Halifax with its waterfront, citadel, museums and public gardens; Cape Breton Island for its wildlife, mountains, beaches and scenic Cabot Trail; and Peggy's Cove with its iconic lighthouse, fishing wharves and heritage homes. The Shubenacadie Provincial Wildlife Park in Lake Egmont and Kejimkujik National Park in Maitland Bridge are popular destinations for outdoor enthusiasts, while the Louisbourg and Port-Royal National Historic Sites offer insights into Nova Scotia's past.
Nova Scotia is a peninsula on Canada's east coast. Its long Atlantic coastline has plenty of picturesque fishing villages and harbors offering tourists boat trips to view whales and other sea life. Inland, visitors have opportunities to see moose, beaver, wolves, black bears and eagles, while touring the national parks. Several sightseeing cruises set out from Halifax harbor, where a boardwalk contains the Pier 21 Museum, the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic and the Halifax Seaport Farmers Market. Close to the ferry terminal is a group of restored heritage buildings offering shops and restaurants.
The easiest way for U.S. tourists to reach Nova Scotia is by flying into Halifax Stanfield International Airport, located 20 miles from the capital city, or by driving to Portland, Maine and taking the ferry to Yarmouth, Nova Scotia.