With so much seacoast to enjoy on a three-day Nova Scotia getaway, your fingers could be “prune-y” for days! Uniquely Nova Scotian activities like the Harbour Hopper and Theodore 2 Tugboat tours on the Halifax waterfront will give you your sea legs so that you’re ready to beach-hop and then explore the quaintest fishing village you’ve ever seen. Yup, that’s right, you’re heading for Nova Scotia’s famous South Shore.
Have your kids ever imagined what it might be like to travel à la frog? Even if they haven’t, Halifax is so much cooler from on top of the amphibious Harbour Hopper — it’s the only tour we know of that floats and drives in the same trip! Native Nova Scotian Theodore 2 Tugboat is harbour-guide extraordinaire for kids of any age (they like his ball hat) — this Halifax tour is one they’ll remember for a lifetime. Bet you can’t find our tallest building! Then it’s back on dry land for a close-up look at the treasures of the sea at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. On your way up the cobblestone streets, don’t forget to plug your ears when the noonday cannon fires as you enjoy a quick sugar fix at the Freak Lunchbox — a perfect afternoon treat. Get some matching “electrifying” hairstyles at the Discovery Centre and finish off the day with a visit to the Halifax Citadel — just try to make the guards smile, we dare you!
The child in you will want to collect some seashells by the seashore at a Nova Scotia beach on the South Shore. After your day on the Halifax waterfront, pack a picnic, drive southwest and stop anywhere — we have 7600 kilometres of seacoast so we have beaches to spare. Make sure you bring a kite, some buckets, and a bathing suit for your day in the salt water and air! Only an hour’s drive from the city, Queensland Beach is the perfect spot for sandcastles and any parent will love being buried in the soft sand at Rissers Beach just past Lunenburg. Don’t worry, the waves will free you when the tide comes in!
Your first day was spent about a modern contraption on your Halifax tour, but the last of your three days here will be a fun trip back in time through Nova Scotia’s seafaring past. About an hour and a half down the Lighthouse Route, you’ll end up in Lunenburg — a real life fishing village (an important UNESCO Heritage site for you history buffs). Squeeze the whole family into a horse and buggy and take a tour of the streets of “old Town Lunenburg”. What is a Lunenburg bump anyway? You’re in luck if the Bluenose II is in port! A Nova Scotia cruise is the only way to get around for fun on the water. At the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic you can learn to tie a knot in a fishing net or even pat a lobster. The town’s working marine blacksmith can show you how some of Nova Scotia’s most beautiful ships came to be. Before you leave, stop by the take-out bus for a final taste from the sea – our famous fish and chips.