Nova Scotia is a Winter Wonderland

Oh, the weather outside’s not frightful! In fact, we think it’s delightful! Here are a few of our favourite things to do in the winter wonderland of Nova Scotia.

For many, the winter is a time to hibernate. To stay inside and wait for the first signs of spring. But for us, it’s a time to get out and discover some of the best Nova Scotia has to offer! It shouldn’t surprise you that we love the winter—and all the fun that comes with it. It’s the perfect time to get outside and try new sports, see new sights, and discover Nova Scotia in an entirely new light.

If you’re ready to learn more about winter fun across Nova Scotia, you’ve come to the right place! We’ve already written about the best ways to spend a winter day in Halifax, now, here are a few of our favourite winter activities from all across Canada’s Ocean Playground.

Visit Sugar Moon Farm

Tucked away in the sugar woods of Northern Nova Scotia, Sugar Moon Farm has become a Nova Scotian institution over the last several years. Folks from all over love to stop in for tours of the sugar camps (where they can see the process used for making maple syrup first hand), to do some shopping for sweet treats, and enjoy their all-day maple brunch! Elsewhere in the area, nature trails such as the Rogart Mountain Trail offer beautiful views and are perfect for snowshoeing.

Throughout the winter (and the rest of the year) Sugar Moon Farms also plays host to Chef Nights—where you can have an unforgettable maple dining experience. Enjoying a world-class meal prepared by some of the finest chefs in the Maritimes? Sounds perfect to us!

Hit the Slopes

Young girl on alpine skiing on a snowy track against the sky.

Calling all skiers and snowboarders—Nova Scotia is the perfect place to do some serious shredding this winter! You’ll find four ski hills across the province—Martock (in Windsor), Wentworth (in the Wentworth Valley), Ben Eoin, and Cape Smokey (both in Cape Breton)—each of which offers unique terrain for guests of all skill levels. Grab your gear (including a helmet!) and make your way up the chair lift for a fun day of learning the basics or carving like a pro!

Check out the NS Icewine Festival

An ice wine vineyard at night.

Wine lovers will definitely want to make their way to the Annapolis Valley this February for the NS Icewine Festival. Taking place over the weekends of February 16-17 and 23-24, the Icewine Festival is the perfect celebration of Nova Scotia wine country. Spend your weekend sampling and savouring all that Nova Scotia wine country has to offer, including delicious wines paired with edibles prepared by local chefs, dinners hosted by local wineries, and even special ghost walks where sipping and spooking go hand in hand!

Make Some Noise for the Mooseheads! 

Ice Hockey Stick and Puck in Rink With Copy Space

If you’re in Halifax, you’ll love cheering on the Mooseheads at the Scotiabank Centre as the compete against other teams from across the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL). Over the years, many future NHL stars have suited up for the Mooseheads, including Jean-Sébastien Giguère, Brad Marchand, and Nathan MacKinnon. Who knows, maybe you’ll see the next Wayne Gretzky take the ice when you come to watch the Mooseheads play.

Of course, if you’re in Cape Breton, you’ll want to…

Scream Along with the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles!

Another QMJHL team, the Screaming Eagles play in Sydney, Nova Scotia. The most famous alumni of the Screaming Eagles is Marc-André Fleury, a goalie who is a three-time Stanley Cup Champion, a three-time NHL All-Star, and was voted team MVP for the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2011 (where one of his teammates was Nova Scotia native and hockey icon, Sidney Crosby).

Join in on the South Shore Lobster Crawl

Lobster with browned butter and lemon wedges.

The South Shore Lobster Crawl is the best way to sample a Nova Scotian staple, lobster! Between February 1-18, more than 60 venues will be hosting unique Lobster Crawl experiences along the South Shore. Highlights of the festival include the 2019 Best Lobster Roll Challenge and the Lobster Crawl Craft Beer Festival—where you can sample some local drinks (including Lobster Ale) while cracking into your delicious dinner!

Take a Winter Ferry Ride

fundy rose ship

Maybe we’re biased, but in our opinion, there’s no better way to spend a winter day than by travelling across the Bay of Fundy on a snowy sail with the mv Fundy Rose. Whether you’re travelling from Saint John for a winter weekend getaway in Nova Scotia or leaving Canada’s Ocean Playground to explore even more of the Maritimes in New Brunswick, the Fundy Rose is the best way to travel. Less winter driving, more time relaxing, and an adventure on the water you and your family will never forget. The mv Fundy Rose sails all year long, so you’ll never have to worry about joining us on board. Book your tickets today!

Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean the fun has to end! Get out there and explore the Maritimes—snow and all. You’re sure to have a great time.

We’re looking forward to seeing you out there making the most of the snowy season!

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