Fall is the absolute best time of the year to explore Nova Scotia. From, the beauty of the vibrant autumn colours to amazing harvest celebrations, towns, and cities become packed with things to see and do. So, spend this fall check out the 25 fun things to do listed below and have a blast.
1. Visit the Pumpkin People
Pumpkin People are a fall staple in the Annapolis Valley and people come from all across the Maritimes to see them. See the many displays that are located all around the town of Kentville and you can even build your own pumpkin person.
2. Get Lost in a Corn Maze
Test your maze solving skills in a huge corn maze this fall. Have an excellent time exploring the maze with some friends or your family.
- Riverbreeze Farm & Cornmaze, 660 Onslow Road, Truro
- Noggins Farm, 10009 Highway 1, Greenwich
Hank’s Farm Market, 581 Kings Grove Road, North Sydney
3. Go Apple Picking
Apple picking is a fall staple and a wonderful family activity. Visit an apple orchard with the family and make a day of it when you pick your favourite varieties of apples. Check out our list of apple u-picks.
4. Pick the Perfect Pumpkin
Thousands of pumpkins await you this fall. So, take a walk through the pumpkin patch and see if you can find your perfect pumpkin to carve into a Jack-o-Lantern.
- Rendells Farm, 95 Point Acorn Road, Millcreek
- Elderkins’ Farm , 10362 Highway 1, Wolfville
- Noggins Corner Farm Market, 10009 Nova Scotia Trunk 1, Wolfville
5. Scream in a Haunted Corn Maze
When night falls, the spirits, zombies and other monsters head into the corn maze. Do you dare to enter the maze and see if you can make your way to other side?
- Riverbreeze Fear Farm, 660 Onslow Road, Truro
6. Enter a Haunted House
Get ready for some scares this fall when entering a haunted house. Entering is easy, leaving is the challenge.
- Phantoms Freak Show, 325 Main Street, Kentville
- Noggins Corner Haunted House, 9969 Hwy #1, Greenwich
- Haunted Places and Ghost Walks in Nova Scotia
7. Take a Hike
Enjoy fall in all its breathtaking forms when you go hiking on the many trails in Nova Scotia.
Experience awesome fall colours and depending on the area where you go hiking you may also find some water features and other interesting terrains. Check out our list of 25 fall hikes.
8. Visit a Farmers Market
Fall is harvest season for most fruits and vegetables. Taste the fruits of the hard work at the Farmers Market across Nova Scotia.
- Cape Breton Farmers Market, 15 Falmouth Street, Sydney
- Halifax Brewery Farmers Market, 1496 Lower Water Street, Halifax
- New Glasgow Farmer Market, 261 Glasgow Street, New Glasgow
9. Go on a Ghost Walk
Every town has it’s own ghost stories and ghosts. Hear chilling stories about Nova Scotia’s dark past while you go behind the scenes to see the darker places.
10. Go to the Largest Culinary Film Festival
Devour! The Food Film Fest is an iconic fall film festival. Foodies love the festival since the films explore food and Wolfville is packed with amazing restaurants and wineries where they can dine during the festival.
11. Take a Wine Tour
See how different varieties of grapes go from vine to bottle on a wine tour. Explore the winery, taste the fruits of their labour and find out what makes Nova Scotian wines special.
12. Warm up on the Chowder Trail
Seafood is a way of life in Nova Scotia. Chowder is the perfect way to warm up on a crisp fall day after playing in the leaves. There are lots of stops on Nova Scotia Chowder Trail.
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13. Drive the Cabot Trail
Thousands of people head to Nova Scotia each year just to drive the Cabot Trail in the Fall. Millions of trees showcase their breathtaking colours, and the blue ocean perfectly frames the scene. While you can drive the Cabot Trail in one day, it is best enjoyed with many stops along the way. Check out our list of Things to Do along Cabot Trail during Fall
14. Go Zip Lining
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Get a birds-eye view of the breathtaking fall foliage, while zipping through the crisp fall air.
- Anchors Above Zipline, 464 McGrath Mountain Road, French River
- OnTree, 370 Ski Martock Road, Windsor
- Mountain Pine Adventures, 3000 Cabot Trail, South Harbour
15. Stop along the Good Cheer Trail
Nova Scotia is home to many wonderful craft breweries, cideries, and distilleries. While you are going on your fall adventures, why not stop in, and take a tour to find out what makes each one of them truly special.
Good Cheer Trail
16. Stay at a Resort
Take a stay-cation at one of Nova Scotia’s lovely resorts. Book a relaxing weekend at a luxurious resort and enjoy a break from the hustle and stress of the city.
17. Go on a Wagon/Carriage Ride
Climb on a wagon, and relax as you go through valleys, fields, and past hills. It is a classic fall activity for a reason.
18. Hike to a Scenic Lookout
From the Halifax Regional Municipality to off the South Shore to the northern tip of Cape Breton, you’ll find hiking trails and lookouts for multiple points of interest to take in Fall colours.
19. Spend some time in a Cozy Cafe
Warm up on chilly fall days in a cozy cafe. Meet up with some friends and have great conversations over fantastic coffee. Most cafes will have the fall favorite, pumpkin spice latte on their menus.
- Steve-O-Reno’s Cafe, 1536 Brunswick Street, Halifax
- T.A.N Coffee, 378 Main Street, Wolfville
- Half Acres Cafe, 395 Main Street, Kentville
- Jimolly’s Bakery Cafe, 76 Inglis Place, Truro
20. Celebrate Oktoberfest
Covid-19 couldn’t stop Oktoberfest at Garrison Brewing & Stubborn Goat Beer Garden. For 10 days, there will be delicious food, great music, and exceptional beer. Even if you can’t make it, you can still celebrate Oktoberfest with great food and beer at your home.
21. See the Fall Colors from the Water
Set sail with your mates to take in the spectacular view of beautiful fall colours on a boat. Make sure to dress warmly because it can be chilly on the water.
- Salty Dog Sea Tours, 36 Treasure Dr, Western Shore
- Fall Colours Sail on the Tall Ship Silva, 1751 Water Street, Halifax
22. Visit Some Gardens
Gardens are not just for spring and summer. They look fabulous in autumn too all adorned in fall colours.
- Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens
- Halifax Public Gardens
- Cole Harbour Heritage Farm Museum
- The K.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre and Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens
23. Treat Yourself to a Spa Getaways
Take a break from the stress of your daily grind with a spa getaway. Whether it’s one relaxing day at the spa or a weekend with the girls, a spa getaway is the perfect way to spoil yourself this fall.
- Sensea Nordic Spa, 40 Sensea Road, Chester
- Spirit Urban Spa, 5540 Kaye Street, Halifax
- The Style Merchant, 46 Hawthorne Street, Yarmouth
24. Go to the Zoo
Fall is one of the best times to go to the zoo. The animals are more active and there are fewer crowds. Luckily, Nova Scotia is home to two zoos that you can take the family to visit.
- Oaklawn Farm Zoo, 1007 Ward Road, Aylesford
- Shubenacadie Wildlife Park, 149 Creighton Rd, Shubenacadie
25. Explore Cliffs of Fundy GeoPark
Designated a UNESCO site this year, the Cliffs of Fundy GeoPark is where you can see the world’s highest tides, Canada’s oldest dinosaur, and thousands of glorious fall coloured trees.