Nova Scotia Vacation Ideas

Looking for some great, kid friendly Nova Scotia Vacation ideas for your family? My family vacation ideas toured this maritime province, rich and wild in natural beauty and tradition recently and found it really is a destination worth bringing your family too. Here are a few of our top family friendly finds.

Peggys CovePeggy's Cove

VIDEO: Our trip to Nova Scotia

VIDEO: Nova Scotia Tourism

The Cabot Trail

VIDEO: Spotting a Mouse on the Cabot Trail on Cape Breton Island

The Cabot Trail is on the tip of Cape Breton Island and you can get around it isn't a day if you drive lots. But there is not any need for that kind of haste with lots to see and do here for families.

When I first visited the Cabot Trail in the summer I could not believe the quality of the beaches. Fine white sands and set against equally beautiful lakes or mountains.

Driving around the mountain slopes was an adventure of not knowing quite what majestic scenery to encounter the next time we turned around another corner.

 While we didn't see any whales on our trip we were fortunate enough to encounter a mouse and her baby on an environmental trail surrounding some marshland.

  Only later did we learn that the marsh between us and the animals we expected was keeping us safe and the mouse at ease really only psychological. In retrospect the Mouse must have been happy for us to at it. See here for more information on the Cabot Trail.

This video takes you through some of the misadventures of you can have on the Cabot trail and how to make your adventure a little more entertaining for the whole family.

VIDEO: Avoiding A Cabot Trail Misadventure

Fortress Louisbourg

Also on Cape Breton Island this is the home of the biggest reconstruction project in North America. Originally settled in 1713 the actors and staff that bring to life this village into an 18th century recreation do a great job. Your kids will marvel at the experience of what life was like at the time.

VIDEO: The Fortress of Louisbourg

For lunch we decided to eat at the lower class restaurant because it was cheaper and the ingredients seemed much more wholesome. Who would have thought white bread was reserved for the upper class. We had our big wooden spoons and hoed into some simple but delicious soup and plowman's bread of the times. Then continued through the maze of buildings meeting lots of characters from different walks of life. A real honor to hear their stories and allow the children to ask questions of settlers from another era.

See more information on Fortress Louisbourg.

VIDEO: Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site

Kids Talk About Nova Sotia

VIDEO: Lovin' Nova Scotia Video Medley

Lunenburg Folk Festival

World Heritage listed Lunenburg is an amazing enough place on it's own to bring your family, but combine that with an outstanding dry festival made for families and adults alike, and you have the ingredients for a great family vacation.

Find out more about the festival and the attractions of Lunenburg.

VIDEO: Lunenburg, Nova Scotia

VIDEO: Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival - Nova Scotia, Canada

Halifax Family Attractions

Sometime during your visit to Nova Scotia you are going to find yourself in Halifax. The Citadel is on of the main events and attractions


. But we found it quite frankly, wasn't that amazing for families.  To much fighting and celebration of bloodshed for my liking. Try Fortress Louisbourg for a more interesting historic experience. 

Check out some of the attractions in the  Halifax area for families or head out to Peggy's cove lighthouse for a great day trip with only a couple of hours driving involved.

Peggy's cove lighthouse
Peggy's cove lighthouse
Peggy's cove lighthouse

Bay of Fundy Nova Scotia


Let's not forget also some of the worlds highest tides and the magnificent natural location of the Bay of Fundy. See more about this location on our New Brunswick review. 

VIDEO: Bay of Fundy, Nova Scotia


Family Vacation Deals

 The video below will help you see how to find the top family friendly accommodation options anywhere.

We recommend always to check reviews on TripAdvisor (use this link) before booking any travel deals. 

  • Accorhotels -  50% off the second room for kids.
  • All Inclusive-  The top family all inclusive discounts
  • Atlantis, Paradise Island, Bahamas -  Save up to 40%
  • Beaches Luxury Family Resorts-  65% off, free scuba and more.
  • -  Cheap Airfares 
  • Cheap Caribbean - Great family packaged deals by this network are available all over the Caribbean. Including up to 65% off.
  • Cruisedirect - Up to 80% OFF. .
  • Expedia - Discounted Family Vacation packages and last minute deals.
  • First Choice - Amazing all inclusive family holiday specialist in Europe.
  • FlipKey - Family Vacation Rentals in  1200 locations
  • Intrepid Family Adventure - Find Family adventures with 1600 itineraries.
  • G Family Adventures -Big clearance on last minute family itineraries worldwide.
  • Holiday Inn  - Kids Stay and Eat for Free
  • HomeExchange - We are into the sharing economy in a big way and this site makes it easy.
  • HomeForExchange - Another great family home exchange with 13,000 listings in 80+ countries
  • Motel 6 - Pet-Friendly and budget offers. With kids stay free and rooms from $39 road trips are now affordable.
  • Priceline - Save with bidding and Package Offers of up to $500 off
  • TripAdvisor - Allows you to search by family friendly option. Go to place to read reviews. Also one of the best places to find vacation rentals.

Return to the top of Nova Scotia Vacation Ideas.