Things to Do February Long Weekend in Nova Scotia
Plan to spend some time learning about Nova Scotia’s history or just having fun with your friends and family on this special long weekend with these fun events and festivals happening during this long weekend: February 14 to 17, 2020.
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Winter Sportfishing Weekend
Anglers can take advantage of the annual winter sportfishing weekend Feb. 15 to Feb. 17, when residents and non-residents can fish in open winter sportfishing areas without a licence. The Nova Scotia Anglers’ Handbook is available online. Information on winter fishing regulations and open lakes are on pages 48-50.
Maritime Museum of the Atlantic – Halifax
On February 15th, 2020 the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic is hosting Contra Dancing as a part of their ‘Spring Into the Art Series’. Dance the night away with folk music and dance and kick off the Heritage Day weekend with a bang. The museum will be open the rest of the weekend with their regular hours.
1675 Lower Water St, Halifax
$10 per person or non-perishable donation
Museum of Natural History – Halifax
Explore Nova Scotia’s and the world’s history at the Museum of Natural History. See glittering gold, stunning Mi’kmaq artifacts, sea creatures, frogs, snakes and a whale skeleton. Interact with the Netukulimk exhibit and learn the sights and sounds of Nova Scotia’s forests or go to the Moon and Mars with our Science on a Sphere. Come visit Gus the Gopher Tortoise, who has been delighting Museum visitors for more than 70 years.
1747 Summer St, Halifax
Adult – $6.30, Child – $4.05, Senior – $5.70. Student – $5.25, Family A – $17.95 (2 adults and children under 17), Family B – $12.50 (1 adults and children under 17)
Visit Pier 21 – Halifax
Pier 21 has played a huge role in Nova Scotia’s and Canada’s history. The museum is usually closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. However, they will be open Heritage Day, February 17, 2020. On February 18, in honour of African Heritage Month, we welcome internationally acclaimed Canadian author Esi Edugyan to speak about her experience writing the Giller Prize-winning novel, Washington Black and answer your questions.
1055 Marginal Rd, Halifax, NS
Adult $14.50, Senior (60+) $11.25, Youth (6 – 16 yrs) $9.25, Children under 5 – free, Family Rate (2 adults/3 children) $34.50, Additional Child $3.45, Student Rate (with valid ID) $9.25, Group Rate (per person) $9.20
Sackville Snow Days – Lower Sackville
If you are looking for a weekend full of family fun, head to Lower Sackville for the annual Snow Day Festival. Start the long weekend on Thursday with free skating at the Sackville Sports Stadium. The weekend is full of fun all ages across Sackville. Make sure to watch the Snow Day Parade on Monday at 2pm.
February 14 to 17, 2020
Varies depending on the event
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Go Skiing at Ski Wentworth – Wentworth
Head to the largest ski area in the Maritimes this Heritage Day Weekend. Ski Wentworth is home to 25 alpine trails, 10km of cross country trails, a terrain park and much more. Skiing and snowboarding lessons are available. If you need to warm up, there is a cafeteria and bar. On Heritage Day, they will be offering 2 for 1 night lift tickets and extended hours.
14595 NS-4, Wentworth
February 17, 2020
Best deal is $75.00 for Lift ticket and Gear for the day.
Art Gallery of Nova Scotia – Yarmouth
The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia in Yarmouth hosts Family Sundays every week, an artist-facilitated afternoon of studio activities. This Family Sunday is inspired by the piece Bubble by Lucy Pullen, now on view in the exhibition First You Dream: Celebrating 75 Years of the Nova Scotia Talent Trust. In this workshop, create your own art inspired by the wonder of spirals using a variety of media with artist Travis Doyle.
341 Main Street, Yarmouth
Sunday, February 16, 2020 | 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Regular admission; Call to register 902 749 2248
Getaway at White Point Beach Resort – White Point
Enjoy the long weekend by taking a short staycation at White Point Beach Resort. Their Family Beach Break is a great package that includes two night accommodation at the lovely hotel. The package comes with a family pass to the Queens Country Museum and access to the recreation facilities and events.
75 White Point Beach Resort Road, White Point
February 15 – 17, 2020
From $641 per family for 2 nights
Free Family Skate at The Old Sackville Arena – Sackville
On Heritage Day, head to the Old Sackville Arena from 12pm to 2pm for a free family event. There will be chili and buns, coffee and tea.
91 First Lake Dr., Lower Sackville, NS
Monday, February 17 | 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Hit the Slopes at Ski Ben Eoin – Ben Eoin
Get ready to hit the ski and snowboarding slopes at Ski Ben Eoin, while taking in the stunning views of Cape Breton. Ski Ben Eoin has been open for over 50 years. There is something to do for all ages and skill levels at this popular ski resort.
5101 NS-4, Ben Eoin, NS
Varies in price depending on the package you want
Hike Around Miners Marsh – Kentville
In the heart of Kentville is Miners Marsh. The marsh is a Ducks Unlimited Site that is open year round. It is a great place to go for a winter hike and take breathtaking landscape photos. When the marsh is completely frozen over, local kids and adult go ‘Pond Skating’ or play ‘Pond Hockey’.
Miners Marsh, Kentville NS
Surfing at White Point Beach Resort – White Point
On February 16th, 2020 from 12pm to 2pm, White Point Beach Resort will be offering their popular Surfing Lessons during the LOBSTER season so you’ll get the chance to see what it feels like to be just like them in the ocean. East Coast Surf School will be on-site to teach you everything you know about surfing and help you catch some waves.
75 White Point Beach Resort Rd, Hunts Point, NS
February 16th, 2020 from 12pm to 2pm
Overnight Guests: $90 per person plus tax
Day Guests: $100 per person plus tax; Min 10 ppl, Max 15
Nova Scotia Icewine Festival – Wolfville
The 2020 Nova Scotia Icewine Festival kicks out of the Heritage Day Weekend. Tasting events and ghost walks around Wolfville will take place on February 15, 16 & 22, 2020. Local restaurants will be hosting specials during the festival that pair well with the local wines.
Lightfoot & Wolfville Winery
February 14 & 15 and February 22 & 23, 2020
Varies depending on the event/meal
Go on a Guided Hike
Go for a Guided Hike with Nova Scotia HikeGet outdoors this Heritage Day weekend with a guided hike. Many Nova Scotia hikes are free and some will need pre-registration. Local folks and guides will take you through and around the amazing trails around Nova Scotia.
First Lake Trail, Lequille (Snowshoe event) – must pre-register
February 17, 2020 at 1pm
Ski Cape Smokey – Ingonish Beach
Spend the long weekend hitting the slopes at Ski Cape Smokey. At the top of the mountain are breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean. Ski Cape Smokey has an amazing metre vertical drop that skiers and snowboarders love.
38696 Cabot Trail, Ingonish Beach, NS
Valentine’s Weekend Dinner & Concert with Jordan Musycsyn – Cabot Shores
Head out for an evening of wonderful music and delicious food at the Cabot Shores. You will definitely enjoy a late Valentine’s Day buffet. Jordan Musycsyn will take the stage from 8 pm to 10 pm on February 15, 2020.
30 Buchanan Dr., Englishtown, NS
February 15, 2020 from 6 pm to 10 pm.
Buffet & Concert Bundle $55+tax (includes dinner and concert admission. Gratuity extra). $15+tax (concert only). Reservations required.
Experience a winter yoga and nature retreat
Join us this holiday long weekend to help nourish yourself with a restorative winter experience. Taking in the elements of the outdoors through guided snowshoeing, fresh air, and star-gazing from the hot tub, and then warm up inside with some blankets and yoga props to enjoy the stillness of cozy candlelit Restorative and Yin practices in the evenings, and gentle mindful movement in the mornings.
Cabot Shores Wilderness Resort, 30 Buchanan Drive, Indian Brook, NS
February 15 – 17, 2020
Various lodging options
Go on a Family Round Up Adventure at Hatfield Farm – Hammonds Plains
Every Saturday and Sunday, you can go to the Family Round Up Adventure. This is one of their most popular events and you may want to show up early, especially on a long weekend. The event includes a horse and wagon ride, petting pen, zip lines, all-you-can-eat hot dogs and much more. Sign up starts at 10:30 am.
1840 Hammonds Plains Road, Hammonds Plains
$15.99 + HST per person. Kids 2 and under are free!
Ski Martock – Martock
Just minutes from Halifax, Ski Martock is a great option for a weekend getaway and something to keep the boredom away during a long weekend. There are 8 trails and two terrain parks that will challenge all levels of skiers and snowboarders. They also have a nice lounge where you can warm up after being on the slopes.
370 Ski Martock Rd
Varies due to packages
Visit Sugar Moon Farm
Sugar Moon Farms is one of Nova Scotia’s most popular maple sugar woods. The farm will be open on Heritage Day when you can enjoy Brunch all day, sugar camp tours and sugar-on-snow plus snowshoe rental and beautiful trails.
221 Alex MacDonald Rd, Tatamagouche
February 17, 2020 from 10 am – 4 pm
Varies depending on the item ordered; Reserve in advance
Learn Something New at The Discovery Centre – Halifax
This long weekend, spend some time learning something new while having fun at The Discovery Centre. The over 40,000 square foot facility is located near Halifax’s waterfront. The four floors are packed with a lot of fun interactive learning experiences. The Feature Exhibit does change 3 to 4 times a year, so make sure to check it out when you visit.
1215 Lower Water St, Halifax, NS
Adults: $12, Senior: $10, Child: $10, 2 & under: Free, Family*: $40 – *2 adults + 2 kids (Plus HST)
North Highlands Nordic Cross-Country Ski Facility – Cape North
Spend a relaxing day cross-country skiing at around the North Highlands Nordic Cross-Country Ski Facility. There are over 10km of groomed trails that are groomed daily, weather permitting. If you are not a fan of cross-country skiing, you can snowshoe along the winter walking trails.
29481 Cabot Trail, Cape North, NS
DAILY RATES: Adult Trail Pass – $15.00, Student Trail Pass (Primary – Grade 12) – $10.00, Adult Ski Rental – $15.00, Student Ski Rental – $ 10.00.
Go Snowshoeing at the Amherst Point Bird Sanctuary – Amherst
Go snowshoeing or snowmobiling at the Amherst Point Bird Sanctuary. The trail around the bird sanctuary is wide and well-marked. The 3-mile loop will take you to plenty of water view areas. You should be sure to bring some bird feed with you because there are many places where you can stop and feed the local winter birds.
946 Southampton Rd, Amherst, NS
SkyWolf K-9 Dog Sledding – Newport Corner
Dog sledding has played a huge part in Canada’s history, but very few people have ever gone dog sledding. Check dog sledding off your bucket list at SkyWolf K-9 Dog Sledding. Spend a few hours meeting the dogs and gliding quietly through the gorgeous snowy landscapes.
50 Lynch Rd, Ellershouse, NS
Call phone number on website for prices
Go Skating at the Emera Oval – Halifax
Spend some time outdoors with the family during the long weekend at the Emera Oval. There are free public skates all winter long. On Heritage Day, there will be a Character Skate from 1 pm to 3 pm. So, get the family dressed up in costumes and head on over to the Oval for a fun time.
5775 Cogswell St, Halifax
February 17, 2020 from 1 pm to 3pm
Ross Farm Museum – New Ross
Travel back in time and learn about Nova Scotia’s history at the Ross Farm Museum this Heritage Day, since they are open on Monday, February 17th, 2020. The living heritage site has remained the same since the 1800’s. While you are there, you can go on a sleigh ride and meet the farm animals.
4568 NS-12, New Ross, NS
Adult -$10.00, Senior (65+) – $8.00, Student (University/College with Student ID)$8.00, Child (6-17) – $4.00, Child (5 & under) Free, Family (max 2 adults) – $25.00
Other packages are available for bus tours, etc.