Nova Scotia is a beautiful place for a winter vacation. Nestled on the auspices of the Atlantic Provinces, it’s abound with natural beauty which only increases its appeal during the winter months when snow is all you can see for miles and miles. If you’re spending your winter vacation in Nova Scotia, here are ten getaway options for you!
Skiing at Martock Ski Resort
If you came to Nova Scotia to enjoy the skiing that the province offers, well, your first stop should be Martock Ski Resort near Windsor. Skiing is not only a great exercise activity, it’s also great fun! And Martock is one of the best ski resorts in the Maritimes, it provides equipment rentals, lessons and even season passes for those seeking to return in the future. Adding to the atmosphere, is also the opportunity to ski at night! Martock provides great for each course, thereby ensuring your skiing doesn’t have to end when the sun goes down. For those seeking to spend a few days on the slopes, Martock Ski Resort is the place to go in Nova Scotia.
Outdoor Winter Fun at Cape Breton Highlands National Park
Cape Breton Highlands National Park is always a provincial treasure for Nova Scotia. It’s open year-round, but as with much of the Maritimes’ natural beauty, there’s something a little extra special about it during the winter. Whether it’s the snow-topped trees for miles and miles, or the lakes frozen so thick that you can walk on them, or the whole new world of trails and pathways that open up for you as the snow blankets the earth, making the impassable, passable. Cape Breton Highlands also boasts six campgrounds, both back-country, ‘front-country camping and oTENTik buildings. Whether you’re at Cape Breton Highlands to ski, snowboard, or snowshoe, one of Nova Scotia’s most beautiful national parks offers outdoor fun in abundance.
Winters in the City of Halifax
Halifax is one of Nova Scotia’s most beautiful cities and the provincial capital. Well, in the wintertime, it presents a whole new side to itself, as the snow-lined streets and spectacular atmosphere take over from the fall foliage. While winters in Halifax can be fairly harsh, as it is located right on the waterfront and the winds and snow slam into the city — it can equally be beautiful and packed with opportunities for enjoyment. The Emera Oval is one of Halifax’s most popular skating rinks, couple that with sledding at Citadel Hill and the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame, as well as the occasional hockey game of the local team, the Halifax Mooseheads – and you’ll find plenty more things to do in a city which is surprisingly vibrant and beautifully picturesque during the winter.
A sweet taste of the East at Sugar Moon Farm!
Sugar Moon Farm is one of the must-visit locations for folks vacationing in Nova Scotia this winter! It’s a maple tree farm, but that’s not all! If offers a substantial network of snowshoeing trails — in fact there are over 30km of them! There are also workshops on how to tap your own maple trees and tours of the camp and you can see maple sap being made into syrup and then used for various sweets! There is also a restaurant where you can enjoy a variety of foods and delicious desserts. They’re also able to accommodate gluten-free and vegan eaters. If you’re looking for a great place to spend a couple of days in Nova Scotia, then be sure to check out the Sugar Moon Farm!
Take in the Ice Wine Festival!
Nova Scotia’s Ice Wine Festival is one of only two ice-wine festivals that take place across Canada in the winter – the other being in Niagara Falls. Nova Scotia’s winter wine festival seeks to showcase local wineries and their delicious beverages whilst also providing a fun atmosphere for wine-tasting. The festival itself takes place on February 24th and 25th and March 3rd and March 4th of this year — the festival is usually fairly late in the winter season, so if you’re planning an end of winter soiree to the East Coast, then you’d better spend the week or so in the Wolfville area to take in the full two weekends worth of festivities.
Eagle Watching in the Winter
You wouldn’t have thought that there’d be eagle watching in the winter in Eastern Canada now, would you? Well, for the weekend of January 28th and 29th and February 4th and 5th, there are opportunities for you to see magnificent bald eagles soaring. For those wishing to spend a week in the quiet solitude of rural Nova Scotia, the small community of Sheffield Mills is exactly that sort of place. Nestled in Annapolis Valley, the community has turned the eagle watching into something of an event – with a pancake breakfast being served and musical entertainment offered during the evening. Will you be one of the over 1000 annual visitors to the eagle watching – and witness perhaps no finer sight than a bird of prey soaring above searching for food?
Dog-Sledding in Colchester County.
Dog sledding is high on everyone’s bucket list. There’s no experience quite like it. For those of you with a thrill-seeking disposition and a love of the outdoors in wintertime, SkyWolf K-9 dog sledding should be your go-to for outdoor adventures in Nova Scotia. Located in Windsor and run by veteran musher Debra Knight, Skywolf K-9 offers an outdoor adventure experience like no other. If you’d like to spend a few days gliding quietly through the snow for your winter vacation, be sure to check them out.
Music, in the Dead of Winter.
The “In The Dead of Winter” music festival is one of Halifax’s premiere winter festivals. Lasting three days between January 18th and 20th, the Festival features prominent and up-and-coming local and regional singer-songwriters, usually with a Blues theme If you’re looking for a way to warm up during the colder days of January, then the “In the Dead of Winter” festival is definitely the festival for you. It’s a great way to spend a weekend in Halifax.
Visit the Hatfield Farm!
The Hatfield Farm is a fantastic place to spend a few days in Nova Scotia during the winter. If only for the fact that they have sleigh rides and hot chocolate in abundance — and all you can eat hotdogs! The Hatfield Farm is a very functional farm, featuring goats and horses and sheep and cows — a great outing for a family with small children! Located in Hammonds Plain in the Halifax Dartmouth Area – and minutes away from Woodhaven Park campground, the Hatfield Farm can act as your escape from the city hustle-and-bustle during your visit.
Tis’ the SEAson Festival
Nova Scotia’s South Shore is incredibly popular during the summer months as Peggy’s Cove finds itself as the centre of attention. However, that same area is also alive in the winter with the Tis’ the SEAson Festival. The festival itself is an amalgamation of many small events in the area from November 17th to January 6th, whether that’s sleigh rides or gingerbread house making craft shows or a Festival of Lights, highlighting (pun fully intended) some of the best-decorated Christmas trees of the area in late November and of course, celebrations to mark Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. If you’re planning on spending a few days near Peggy’s Cove this winter, be sure to keep up to date with Tis’ the SEAson events.
Regardless of how you choose to spend your time in Nova Scotia this winter — you’re sure to make memories that last a lifetime, as one of eastern Canada’s most treasured provinces comes alive in all new ways under a blanket of snow.