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Nova Scotia is an island province in Canada that makes up the southeastern end of Canada and offers an array of natural beauty and historic landmarks. So important are many of these parts of the province that they have been designated as National Parks and National Historic Sites. In addition to the history and scenery you’ll find while in port during Nova Scotia cruises, there is delicious seafood to be had, with Digby Scallops being a famous seafood dish in Nova Scotia.
Our modern and luxurious Celebrity Summit ship sails to the ports of Sydney and Halifax in Nova Scotia on Canada and New England cruise itineraries. Celebrity Summit will take you to this beautiful province in style before you embark on cultural and scenic shore excursions.
It’s all about the history and surrounding nature when visiting Nova Scotia, and the top things to do during a cruise to Nova Scotia will include these aspects. Here are some of the highlights of Nova Scotia you won’t want to miss.
Coal mining is a big part of Nova Scotia’s past and is one of the more interesting things to learn about while visiting the province. In particular, the port of Sydney is known for its mining history and you can visit old mining sites and mining museums while there.
The craggy and wild coastline of Nova Scotia is a top thing to see during a Nova Scotia cruise. Head to Peggy’s Cove and see the picturesque Peggy’s Point Lighthouse, jutting up proudly from the rocks, or visit Point Pleasant Park for some scenic walking trails right by the coast.
Nova Scotia is home to some interesting museums. At the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic and HMCS Sackville, you’ll learn about maritime history and can tour an old WWII-era ship. See the works of local artists at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia and learn about 18th century living at Cossit House Museum.
The ports of call for Nova Scotia are located on both the south and north ends of the island province, providing cruisers with experiences along the more rural northern edge and the bustling harbor cities in the south, home to the capital city of Halifax.
During your cruise to Nova Scotia, experience some of its top attractions on a shore excursion that will give you a taste of the natural scenery, history, and city life of the province.
Cape Breton Highlands National Park takes up a large portion of Nova Scotia’s Cape Breton Island, where the Sydney cruise port is also located. Hiking shore excursions and scenic drives along the Cabot Trail are popular to do in the park, which consists of wild wilderness and craggy coastline.
This National Historic Site in Halifax is a former military fort called Fort George that dates back to 1749. This citadel with its strategic location high on a hill overlooking the sea is what originally brought the British military to Nova Scotia and from the original citadel, the rest of Halifax was built.
History abounds in Halifax at the aptly called Historic Properties, a beautifully restored part of the city located along the wharf boardwalk consisting of old warehouses built during the Napoleonic Wars. Today, it’s a great place to shop and eat, making it a popular stop on Halifax city excursions.
Though Nova Scotia is in Canada, it is actually directly across the bay from New England, making it easy to get to for cruisers who either embark on their cruise from Cape Liberty, New Jersey, or decide to set sail on their cruise from Boston, Massachusetts.
Our cruises to Nova Scotia start in May where guests can enjoy the bright colors of spring and go through October just in time for fall foliage season in southeastern Canada and the northeastern United State. If you are looking to get father away, but still want to cruise Nova Scotia, book an Iceland and Greenland itinerary that stops in Nova Scotia before traveling to the middle of the northern Atlantic Ocean.
Pack a good pair of hiking shoes, especially if you want to amble over the rocky terrain commonly found along Nova Scotia’s coastline. Layers are also wise to pack as the temperature can vary throughout the day in Nova Scotia from warm to cool.