Things to do for Backpackers in Nova Scotia, Canada 

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    Peggy's Point Lighthouse

    5 reviews

    This picture-perfect red-and-white lighthouse was built in 1914. It is made of reinforced concrete and stands almost 15 metres high. The lighthouse is one of the most-photographed structures in Atlantic Canada and one of the most recognizable lighthouses in the world.

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    The Halifax Public Gardens

    8 reviews

    Love! A walk though here makes is so happiness inducing. The perfect place for a picnic, hand paddled ice cream, reading a book or just sitting back an enjoying the sun!

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    Point Pleasant Park

    8 reviews

    Good park within the city. Good place to walk your dog or go for a run. Don't swim at the beach, water is very polluted!

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    Maritime Museum of the Atlantic

    5 reviews

    Located in the heart of Halifax’s waterfront, there’s no better place to immerse yourself in Nova Scotia’s rich maritime heritage than the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. From small craft boatbuilding to World War Convoys, the Days of Sail to the Age of Steam, the Titanic to the Halifax Explosion, you’ll discover the stories, events and people that have come ...

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    Cabot Trail

    5 reviews

    The Cabot Trail was awesome! A highlight was reaching the top of the mountain and looking at the beautiful view.

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    Pier 21

    4 reviews

    Canada's immigration museum. I visited in 1999, and according to wikipedia that was the year the museum opened. Two years earlier I had been to Ellis Island, and there are similarities but Pier 21 is still worth the visit.

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    Halifax Seaport Farmers' Market

    3 reviews

    If you are around on the weekend, especially Saturday, this is the place to be. Oldest continually operated farmers market in North America now housed in a brand new energy efficient building, you'll find the best food on offer in Nova Scotia in a bustling atmosphere.

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    Alexander Keith's Brewery Tour

    4 reviews

    I *highly* recommend the Alexander Keith brewery tour! It's a fantastic experience to tour a historic building in Halifax and taste some delicious Nova Scotian beer. The tour guides dress up in old-fashioned garb and do a bit of fun role-play to make the experience a bit more "authentic", and you'll learn a ton of about the history of Halifax ...

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  • 9

    Old Town Lunenburg

    4 reviews

    Idyllic town that straddles a large hill which dips down into a protected bay. Named a UNESCO Heritage site and it's obvious why. Classic architecture of homes and buildings, tons of tourist shopping, activities, and restaurants. Don't miss the Fisheries Museum. Drive up the LaHave River and take the LaHave Ferry for a shortcut to get to Lunenburg from our ...

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  • 10

    Taylor Head Beach

    2 reviews

    Taylor Head Beach is a provincial park in Nova Scotia. It has a sandy beach, hiking trails and is one of only a few locations in Nova Scotia where sand volcanoes are found. It is one of those special places to get away from it all.

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    Upper Clements Amusement Park

    2 reviews

    Upper Clements is well worth coming to visit. We spent most of our time in the sister Adventure Park which is obstacle courses and zip lines. For $30 each we spent 3-4 hours doing a guided obstacle course which was so much fun. At the end of each course there was a short zip line. To finish off there were ...

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  • 12

    Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site

    2 reviews

    Teacher, scientist and inventor, Bell devoted his life, with unusual success, to the benefit of mankind. Known chiefly as the inventor of the telephone, he also produced important inventions and discoveries in medecine, aeronautics, marine engineering, genetics and electrical science, and greatly advanced the methods and practices of teaching the deaf. Born in Scotland, citizen of the United Sates and ...

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  • 13

    Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens

    2 reviews

    These award-winning gardens are frequently rated among the best in Canada. Lovely!

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  • 14

    Antigonish Farms Market Association

    2 reviews

    Bustling market all summer, great food, local meat and produce, arts and crafts.

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    Halifax Citadel National Historic Site

    2 reviews

    A national historic site of Canada, the Halifax Citadel is a gateway to a bygone era. Enter and you will discover the important role it has played in the birth of this city and in the development of a nation. Restored facilities combine with modern exhibits to showcase why this fort holds a special place in the hearts of Canadians. ...

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    Canso Causeway

    2 reviews

    Great place to storm watch.

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    Halifax Town Clock

    3 reviews

    The Town Clock is a three storey, irregular octagon tower atop a one storey white clapboard of Palladian characteristics. The clock face is four-sided and it displays Roman numerals. It has been keeping time since 1803 and its mechanism is wound twice weekly.

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    The Dome

    2 reviews

    The "Dome" is a series of bars & club that are all attached to each other, thus making it a mesmerizing and never-ending drinking labyrinth. Filled with lots of students.

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    Port Royal National Historic Site

    2 reviews

    Costumed interpreters and period demonstrations help recreate the look and feel of Port-Royal, one of the earliest settlements in North America. Visitors can also take in the panoramic view of the Annapolis River and Basin.

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    The Carleton Music Bar And Grill

    1 review

    My favourite place for live music plus excellent food and service

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