Why Nova Scotia is Canada’s Most Exciting Province right now

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Everything is changing in one of Canada’s east coast provinces. The city of Halifax with its Atlantic surroundings and its maritime museums stood out during the 100th Titanic‘s sinking in 2012 and the docks that once dispatched rescue teams to the doomed ocean liner have sailed into the future with a modern eco makeover.

Get lost in the Queen’s Marque area, which is the city’s waterfront with a combination of residential, recreational and commercial spaces powered by seawater with innovative “green” canopies to reduce carbon emissions , has redesigned. Find a sweet spot at Peace by Chocolate, the great new boutique for Nova Scotia-based Syrian chocolatiers.

And, as befits a queen, the district is home to the province’s first five-star hotel, The Muir, which opens this month with a multi-million dollar collection of art throughout the property, along with a full range of luxury experiences: Pools, a salt room, a private yacht, SUPs and kayaks for guests and even a custom tartan in the guest rooms – a nod to Nova Scotia’s rich Celtic heritage.

This is the closest North American region geographically to the United Kingdom. Around six hours of direct flight, big skies, open roads, wild coastlines and the 12 species of whale visible offshore are closer than you think.

Read more: How to Experience Halifax, Nova Scotia Like a Local

Three new outdoor experiences in Nova Scotia

1. Into the trees
Almost 30 meters above Cape Breton, a new canopy walkway at Cape Smokey offers spectacular views of the whale-rich waters of Nova Scotia, which can be reached by gondola or nature trails through the surrounding Mi’kmak indigenous land.

2nd Bluenose II birthday
In 2021 the fishing schooner celebrates its 100th anniversary Blue nose II, started from Lunenburg, just outside Halifax. This summer a new exhibition space will open dedicated to the “Queen of the North Atlantic”.

3. Starry
Trout Point, Nova Scotia’s landmark of the luxurious eco-lodge in Kejimkujik National Park, is now the world’s first certified Starlight Hotel (awarded by UNESCO partner Starlight Foundation) and offers forest bathing under the stars.

Where to sleep? Here are three new retreats

1. Best for wine lovers
The Inn at the Winery, amid the rolling vineyards of the Annapolis Valley, is offering accommodation for wine lovers in the former homestead of this family-run farm starting this spring. Don’t miss fine Nova Scotian dishes at Le Caveau Restaurant.

2. Best for wild encounters
Do you fancy a different kind of tree house? Ôasis is made up of five teardrop-shaped duplex pods deep in Kejimkujik National Park. Expect bear watching from the hammock loft or leafing through the double bed.

3. Best for history buffs
Sleep in one of the new oTENTik cabins in the Grand-Pré National Historic Site, one of Nova Scotia’s earliest Acadian settlements from the late 17th century. There is also another campsite in Kejimakujik National Park.

Published in the June 2021 issue of National Geographic Traveler (UK)

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