Come early, stay late… Halifax and the entire province of Nova Scotia is filled with incredible destinations for getaways before or after (or both!) a meeting or convention.
As Atlantic Canada’s entertainment and cultural capital, Halifax is a melding of old and new worlds. Modern office towers of glass and steel stand beside historic buildings that once stored the booty of privateers.
Located on the second largest natural harbour in the world, life here revolves around the sea and the surrounding areas offer plenty of fun activities on land, water and in the air… One of life’s few places where you can enjoy urban flair and coastal retreats all in the same day! Halifax truly is a vibrant urban centre resting on the edge of nature.
A trip to the South Shore is a journey of discovery, both the expected and unexpected.
From the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Old Town Lunenburg to the inspiring views of the coast and its 40 plus lighthouses, this area of Nova Scotia is home to some of our most recognizable and acclaimed icons – does the Bluenose II and Peggy’s Cove ring a bell?
Yarmouth & the Acadian Shore
You know what they say… when you come to a fork in the road, take it. Yarmouth lies at the intersection of two founding cultures in Nova Scotia, and the seaport is a launching point for travels into French-speaking Acadie and English-speaking communities founded by settlers known as the Planters.
Bay of Fundy & Annapolis Valley
It’s discovery from top to bottom in the Bay of Fundy & Annapolis Valley region. Hike to the top of 300 foot cliffs overlooking waters where 15 species of whales come to mate, play and feast on plankton.
Then walk on the bottom of the ocean when the tide drops the height of a four-storey building. And with a taste of the ocean still fresh in your memories, here’s a reminder that lobster, scallops, mussels and smoked salmon complement the offerings of the area’s 11 wineries.
As the Birthplace of New Scotland, the cultural roots of early Scottish settlers run deep here – names like New Glasgow give it away. In 1773, the Hector arrived from Scotland and the first of many waves of Gaelic immigrants walked down the gangplank. Board a replica of this three-master, fully rigged ship and try to imagine how those 170 pioneers endured 11 arduous weeks at sea!
Cape Breton Island
This special island resting on the edge of our continent earns large accolades such as National Geographic’s one of “20 Must See Places in 2013″ and Forbes Magazines’ “Hottest Island in Golf.” Cape Breton is rich and full with experiences such as Canada’s only true links golf course, Cabot Links, the world renowned Cabot Trail, and home to phenomenal historic sites such as the Fortress of Louisbourg.
We suggest taking advantage of your visit to Halifax, by allowing time to rejuvenate and unwind before or after your conference… Your heart will never leave.
Off the beaten path, and conducive to ensuring the solitude being sought to rejuvenate the senses – this is a place where you can hang ten year round as the pounding waves at Lawrencetown and Martinique beaches are music to the ears of longboarders.
And then there is our part of Nova Scotia’s history – the gold rush, the ship building boom years and the fisherman’s plight. All of this history is well preserved by our many museums and the storytellers who will welcome you at each one. Come create your own memories.