Residents of Nova Scotia, we encourage you to explore the beauty in our own backyard. Be sure to check ahead with restaurants, accommodations, and attractions to ensure they are open and to learn what safety precautions are required before you go.
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Swim in the warmest waters north of the Carolina’s on the Northumberland Shore. Try your luck at hanging 10 by surfing on the Eastern Shore. Step on the Great Trail, or hop aboard a guided boat tour. Paddle the many water ways that our shores are blessed with. Whatever you choose to do, take a deep breath and escape into our great outdoors.
Boat Tours from Pictou Harbour, 3 different boat tours to choose from.
A day-use Provincial Park with a boardwalk that leads to a beautiful sandy beach with a shoreline walking trail.
A park located in Stellarton with playground equipment, benches and green space.
A combined sandy and rocky beach that stretches for kilometers.
On the outskirts of Antigonish, Keppoch Mountain is bustling with adventures.
This series of connected loops, varying in length and difficulty, totals 38 km.
This maintained 6 km trail offers a breathtaking view of the Antigonish lowlands through a dense white spruce forest.
A coastal and inland walking trail. The trailhead is located at the Chez Deslauriers property.
Routes ranging from a short 20-minute, 3-km stroll to a 4-hour, 10.8-km hike.
Sightseeing boat tours beginning July 15th. Lobster fishing tours mid-May to mid-June.
An 18 hole golf course set on the beautiful landscape of Frasers Mountain, New Glasgow.
Trail, pony and wagon rides, petting farm, axe throwing, and mechanical bull.
This trail runs along the Canso waterfront overlooking the Grassy Island.
A 14 km system of trails provides access to a variety of habitats and numerous scenic look-offs within the park.
Musquodoboit Trailway is an abandoned rail corridor where the famed “Blueberry Express” used to run.
This 16 km hiking trail system offers a variety of scenic trail loops in a forested wilderness landscape.
A 10.5 km moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Seaforth, Nova Scotia.
10km trail that runs on a former railbed between West Lawrencetown Road and Causeway Road in Lawrencetown.
This section of The Great Trail is a multi-use linked trail system on a former railbed.
A short loop around a saltwater estuary leads, via a bridge, to a full two-hour hike along shoreline and woodland.
This well-groomed wilderness trail extends one way from Scotsburn to Millsville.
An accessible multi-use trail that connects the Pictou County Wellness Centre and the Pioneer Coal Athletics Field.
A community centre with a playground for all ages!
Cape to Cape is Nova Scotia’s first long-distance footpath. It expands over parts of Pictou & Antigonish Counties.
The Great Trail stretches nearly 24,000 km, making it the longest recreational trail in the world.
The trail follows along each side of the Liscomb river, with parking in the Liscombe Lodge parking area.
This 4.8 km return trip gravel trail follows an abandoned road along the river.
Starting at the interpretation centre, the 1.6 km winding trail loops towards the shore through a white spruce forest.
Trenton Park offers 6.5 km of walking/hiking trails winding their way through 565 acres of century-old coniferous trees.
This trail runs from Brown’s point to the Pictou County border near River John. It has many accessible points and it a multi-use trail.
This 2.35 km multi-use trail is located within the beautiful Acadia Park.
A park designed for children ages 3 to 10, located in New Glasgow.
Following the bed of Canada’s first iron railroad, the 4 km trail hugs the bank of the East River.
Much of the 3 km trail runs along former railway lines. A covered bridge spans 37 metres across the gorge that runs along Potter’s Brook.
A 3 km trail starting at Duff Pioneer Cemetery, that runs south along the East River.
This beautiful recreational trail runs west along the shoreline of Pictou Harbour to Brown’s Point.
A sand and cobble beach park on Chedabucto Bay. Picnic tables are scattered on the back beach.
A beautiful riverside park in the heart of downtown New Glasgow, with access to the Samson Trail.
Playground and park facilities, including swings, slides, climbing structures, picnic shelters and tennis courts.
The centre is owned by the Town of New Glasgow and operated by a volunteer board of directors.
Park visitors can enjoy a leisurely stroll or sit and have a picnic in front of the East River.
Laurie Peace Park, in New Glasgow, is a living legacy of Canada’s commitment to world peace and a healthy environment.
Three scenic look-offs for visitors to enjoy spectacular views and history.
This park has a small picnic area, trails with beautiful views of Antigonish and Cape Breton Island.
Provides a spot with interpretive panels of the community history, picnic tables and a warm sandy beach.
Popular beach featuring the warm salt waters of the Northumberland Strait.
A picturesque roadside park with a view of offshore islands providing carry-in boating opportunities
A small beach with a history lesson – Also a view of Queensport Lighthouse.
The walking trail system is made up of seven trails totaling about 3 1/2 km through a unique range of coastal terrain.
A small picturesque picnic area on a rocky point looking out to the open Atlantic.
A quiet area with picnic tables under mixed wood trees beside an open field and overlooking Lochiel Lake.
A small picnic park on the bank of the St. Mary’s River in the Eastern Shore.
The park encompasses the entirety of a 6.5km peninsula which cuts into the Atlantic Ocean.
A long, wide, natural sandy beach, located in Clam Harbour on the Eastern Shore.
This park offers an extensive boardwalk that provides coastal walking opportunities and beautiful views.
Small sandy beach in Lawrencetown!
A white-sand beach with open and wooded picnic areas behind the dunes.
Situated on a large lake not far from the Musquodoboit Valley, Dollar Lake Provincial Park is the perfect escape.
Quiet lakeside setting offers a wide range of outdoor opportunities including camping, boating, and swimming.
A breath-taking view of one of the most popular beaches.
This large sand-and-cobble beach has boardwalks, change houses, and showers.
Learn how to surf with lessons and rentals at Lawrencetown Beach Provincial Park.
Bayfield Beach Provincial Park is a small popular beach on St. Georges Bay, near Antigonish.
A large day-use park with shoreline access to the warmest salt water in Nova Scotia.
Cape George Day Park overlooks St George’s Bay in the Northumberland Shore region.
This 3 km beach has the best example of dune succession in Nova Scotia with gentle slope and occasional sand bars.
Park is known for its fascinating geology and fossils.
A popular 2-km (1.25-mi) beach with boardwalks, that is known for its warm waters.
Park visitors can enjoy a leisurely stroll, picnic, biking and a playground.
Salt Springs Provincial Park was formerly a campground and is now a day park.
Green Hill Provincial Park is a picnic park with magnificent panoramic views of the farmlands of Pictou County.
A combination of a long sandy beach, salt marsh and open farmland with picnic tables.
A picnic park with a view of the harbour. The facility also has a boat launch.
A day park with many picnic areas!
Hike around the island and the beautiful sandy beach.
Offer visitors the opportunity to fight some of the biggest fish in the sea.
Come fish for giant bluefin with Captain John Gavin and the crew of Giant Bluefin Tuna Charters.
Hourly, half day, daily or custom rentals of biking, fishing, paddle boarding, kayaking or canoeing equipment available.
40 years of offering sea kayaking tours and coastal paddling excursions.
Welcome aboard the Ryan, a Cape Island-style wooden boat offering coastal island tours, fishing tours and more.
Explore the trails, take in the waterfront, or attend a workshop.
A gardener’s delight featuring over 800 varieties of daylilies and 100 varieties of rare Japanese irises.
This outdoor play space helps kids of all ages explore, experience, and connect with nature.
Nova Scotia’s largest wooden playground that is made up of giant wooden structures.
Rehabilitation facility for injured and orphaned wildlife, with a goal of connecting people to wildlife through knowledge and understanding.
Come for a walk, picnic, visit the local Miner’s Monument, or let the kids burn off some energy.
Welcome aboard the Whaly for an unforgettable experience visiting the largest coastal island wilderness area in Nova Scotia.
9 hole Par 3 course with a lighted grass and sheltered driving range.
Premier golf destination that satisfies all skill levels, from beginner to pro.
An immaculate 18 hole course carved through the Highland Heart of Nova Scotia.
River Oaks features complete facilities, including a putting green, club and cart rentals, a pro shop and a licensed dining room.