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 12 to 15, 2021.
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Winter Sportfishing Weekend
Anglers can take advantage of the annual winter sportfishing weekend Feb. 13 to Feb. 15, 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
Maritime Museum of the Atlantic celebrates Nova Scotia’s rich maritime heritage. Hear stories of events and people that have come to define Nova Scotia and its relationship with the sea.
1675 Lower Water St, Halifax – Know before you go
Open on Monday, February 15 | 9:30 M – 4:00 PM – Free admission
Discovery Centre – Halifax
Head over to see Discovery Centre’s featured exhibit, JoyLab! Experience the wonder of appearing sideways, hanging among the clouds, or walking through a kaleidoscopic light tunnel. These Instagram-ready experiences will leave you feeling more joyful and ready to create unforgettable memories.
Discovery Centre, 1215 Lower Water Street, Halifax, NS
Thursday – Sunday | 9am-12pm & 1pm-4pm
$12 – $15; Register
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 – Know before you go
Adult – $8.30, Youth (6-17) – $6.05, Senior – $7.70. Student – $7.25, Family A – $17.95 (2 adults and children under 17), Family B – $12.50 (1 adult and children under 17), Child (5 and under) Free
Sackville Snow Days – Lower Sackville
Snow Day Festival brings you a fun time in the snow. Though most activities will be a little different, the fun remains the same. Enjoy colouring contests, virtual concerts, snowman contests, scavenger hunts, and more.
February 12 to 15, 2021
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 open from 9 am to 9 pm.
14595 NS-4, Wentworth
Lift tickets: $10 – $50
Art Gallery of Nova Scotia – Halifax
At a time when many people are unable to spend time with their loved ones, The Very Mention of Home evokes a nostalgic feeling in us. The exhibition, by Deanne Fitzpatrick, is colourful and vibrant with scenes depicting Maritime geography and architecture and illustrate the artist’s relationship with, and ideas about, the notion of home.
1723 Hollis Street, Halifax
Thursdays – Sundays
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.
You can also check out their Valentine’s Day Package which includes a 3-course dinner.
75 White Point Beach Resort Road, White Point
From $653 per family for 2 nights
Shovel Racing – Ingonish Beach
Join us on heritage day for shovel racing! Race down the hill on ANY shovel-based device you create or choose, as long as no engine/motor is incorporated and you can prove that it can shovel snow!
Ski Cape Smokey, 38696 Cabot Trail, Ingonish Beach
Monday, February 15 | Races start at 11am
$10 Reg fee
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
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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
Family Winter Playcation – Cape Breton
Enjoy a two-night package at Inverary Resort in Baddeck with snowshoeing, outdoor skating, Cape Breton music session, and gourmet brunches.
Strap on your snowshoes and explore the many local trails in the area or enjoy a Bras D’Or Lakes family skate on our cove (Mother Nature willing). Later settle in at the Stone Hearth Pub and enjoy a delicious dinner from the skilled hand of our Red Seal chef along with a lively Cape Breton music session. Sleep in each day and enjoy a hearty Brunch both days.
Inverary Resort, 368 Shore Road, Baddeck
Available through April 01, 2021 (Friday Arrivals Only)
Starting at 139 per person
Victoria Park – Truro
Located in the heart of Truro is an urban park that features a gorge, a winding river, cascading waterfalls, and an Eastern Hemlock forest. Enjoy hiking, photography, birdwatching, picnics, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, cycling, and more.
29 Park Road, Truro
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.
February 15, 2021
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 Colette Deveaux – Cabot Shores
Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Cabot Shores. Join us for an evening of delicious food and fantastic music with singer Colette Deveaux! You can choose to stay one or two nights and enjoy an all-inclusive Valentine’s Dinner and Concert Package.
30 Buchanan Dr., Englishtown, NS
February 13, 2021 from 5:30 pm to 10 pm
Buffet & Concert Bundle $55+tax (includes dinner and concert admission. Gratuity extra).
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.
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. Snowshoe the trails, try your hand at “sugar-on-snow”, enjoy a take-out meal, and more.
221 Alex MacDonald Rd, Tatamagouche
Saturday and Sunday, February 13 – 14, 2021 | 10 AM – 3 PM
Varies depending on the item ordered; Reserve in advance
Cape Split Provincial Park – Scots Bay
Overlooking the Bay of Fundy, Cape Split is a popular hiking site. If you are planning a hiking trip here, plan ahead to view the impressive action of the Bay of Fundy tide. You can also custom order a picnic basket from Tatting Stone Inn. You can choose from a traditional wicker basket or a backpack-style packet filled to order with an assortment of charcuterie style snacks, or a traditional gourmet sandwich with the fix-“in’s”!
999 Cape Split Road, Scots Bay
North Highlands Nordic Cross-Country Ski Facility – Cape North
Spend a relaxing day cross-country skiing around the North Highlands Nordic Cross-Country Ski Facility. There is 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
Sheffield Mills Eagle Watch – Sheffield Mills
From December to February Sheffield Mills, outside of Canning, becomes a great sightseeing destination for those who enjoy eagles.
Eagle watching takes place on the corner of Middle Dyke and Bains Roads. Please drive slowly and be mindful of pedestrians.
Go Skating at the Emera Oval – Halifax
Spend some time outdoors with the family during the long weekend at the Emera Oval. You must pre-book your slots to enjoy a skate. Booking can be done up to 48 hours in advance of your desired skate time.
5775 Cogswell St, Halifax
Ross Farm Museum – New Ross
Travel back in time and learn about Nova Scotia’s history at the Ross Farm Museum. 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