Take the road less travelled and discover the best of Canada’s Ocean Playground.

From the moment you arrive, you’re never far from exciting things to do in Nova Scotia. This province is famous for many things, but it’s also home to many off-the-beaten-path adventures for you to discover. If you’re interested in doing something different when you step off The CAT, MV Fundy Rose, or Northumberland Ferries, you’re in luck. Here are 7 of our favourite things to do in Nova Scotia that you might not know about.

A wooden spoon runs along maple sugar and snow at a sugar shack
Location: Sugar Moon Farms / Credit: Tourism Nova Scotia

Satisfy your sweet tooth at Sugar Moon Farms

Nova Scotians are well known for being sweet, so it’s no wonder Sugar Moon Farm calls the province home! This maple syrup farm is in the sugar woods on Nova Scotia’s north shore, about 45 minutes from the NFL Ferry terminal. When you arrive at Sugar Moon Farms, you’ll have the opportunity to learn about making maple syrup and the history of this delicious product. From here, head to their award-winning restaurant and try their legendary Maple Mac n’ Cheese. And don’t forget to stop in the gift shop to pick up some sweet souvenirs!

Sugar Moon Farm is open year-round. If you’re visiting in the winter, we recommend trying Sugar-on-Snow, which is exactly what it sounds like (and as delicious as you expect).

The fossil cliffs at Joggins
Location: Joggins Fossil Cliffs / Credit: Tourism Nova Scotia

Uncover a piece of history at the Joggins Fossil Cliffs

The Joggins Fossil Cliffs offer visitors an opportunity to take a 300-million-year trip back in time to view the world’s most-complete fossil record of the Coal Age. As you explore the area, you’ll learn about the important scientific discoveries that have taken place in the region and browse the extensive fossil specimen collection. Because this region is always changing, new fossils are constantly being discovered. Maybe you will discover an important missing link in history on your journey!

A hiker descends a stairway through a wooded park
Location: Victoria Park, Truro, N.S. / Credit: Tourism Nova Scotia

Visit the waterfalls and climb Jacob’s Ladder in Victoria Park

Located in the heart of the town of Truro, Victoria Park offers over 1,000 acres of natural woodland to explore and enjoy. Victoria Park’s extensive trail system is home to two of its most-famous landmarks: Jacob’s Ladder and the Lepper Brook waterfalls.

Jacob’s Ladder is a 175-step ladder with two resting spots for you to take in the view mid-climb. Enjoy a slow climb up the ladder, or time yourself for an added athletic challenge.

Not far from Jacob’s Ladder, you’ll find two beautiful sets of waterfalls. These waterfalls, known as the Joseph Howe Falls and Waddell Falls, are well known by Truro residents, and are a great location to take a photo to commemorate your adventure through Nova Scotia!

The giant fiddle in Sydney, Nova Scotia
Location: Sydney, Nova Scotia / Credit: Tourism Nova Scotia

Visit the world’s largest fiddle for a smile and a song

Cape Breton is home to many legendary fiddle players and one giant fiddle! In fact, this 60-foot fiddle is the biggest in the world. Located on the Sydney Waterfront, you can’t miss this fiddle (and because it’s so big, we mean that literally). The fiddle represents Cape Breton’s strong connection to its Celtic roots. Throughout the day, it plays a medley of songs composed by local musician Kinnon Beaton that is certain to delight. Afterward, take a walk along Sydney’s beautiful waterfront or stop for a meal at Flavor on the Water.

Patrons visit the Titanic exhibit at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic
Location: Maritime Museum of the Atlantic / Credit: Tourism Nova Scotia

Learn about Nova Scotia’s special connection to the ocean

If you arrived on one of our ferries, you’ve already had the pleasure of seeing Nova Scotia from the ocean. And when you visit the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, you’ll learn why our connection to the water is so important. This museum allows you to dive into Nova Scotia’s maritime history by showcasing photographs, artifacts, and souvenirs from aboard many ships that have sailed our waters. Learn about Nova Scotia’s connection to the Titanic, walk on the only ship to survive WWI, WWII, and the Halifax Explosion, take a close look at intricate scale models, and more!

Diners enjoy a meal during low tide at Burntcoat Head Park
Location: Burncoat Head Park / Credit: Tourism Nova Scotia

Drive up the coast and a walk along the ocean floor

When you arrive in Digby after your voyage from on the MV Fundy Rose, travel up the coast for stunning views and an opportunity to walk along the ocean floor at Burntcoat Head Park. In 1975, the Guinness Book of World Records listed Burntcoat Head as home to the world’s greatest average tides at 47.5 feet. Watching these tides rush in is an amazing experience, but it’s when the tides go out that your adventure begins. During low tide, you can actually take a walk on the ocean floor, discover the mudflats, search for ocean life, and enjoy a quick snack in a spot that will be submerged in 50 feet of water a mere six hours later!

The winding road of the Cabot Trail, at the base of the red-tree lined mountains in fall
Location: Cabot Trail / Credit: Tourism Nova Scotia

Meet the famous goats of the Cabot Trail

Everyone who visits Nova Scotia should experience the Cabot Trail. This beautiful drive is full of unbelievable scenery that will remain with you long after you finish your trip. It’s also home to the goats (and people) of the Groovy Goat Farm & Soap Company. At the farm, you’ll have an opportunity to shop for amazing goat milk soaps, bath bombs, lotions, and more. Perhaps more importantly, you’ll also have a chance to groove with the groovy goats at the petting farm, which is open during store hours. The goats are very friendly and love meeting new people of all ages. If you arrive at the right time, you may also have an opportunity to help feed the goats or bottle-feed one of the new calves! The Groovy Goat Farm is also home to many chickens, pigs, and rabbits who are all looking forward to meeting you.

In Nova Scotia, there’s an entire world to uncover

Nova Scotia is home to many unique characters and attractions waiting for you to jump off the beaten path to discover them. To learn more about Canada’s Ocean Playground, be sure to visit Explore The Maritimes and start planning your east-coast adventure!