From hiking through the colourful fall foliage, canoeing along quiet rivers and traipsing through family farms to tasting local wines at vineyards and visiting heritage sites here’s a look at some of the top fall experiences in Nova Scotia.
Harvest time is a great time to enjoy a visit to a Nova Scotia winery with a raft of options covering the South Shore, the Northumberland Shore, and the Annapolis Valley. There is even a winery which overlooks the Bras D’Or Lake and is Cape Breton’s first and only estate winery.
“Visiting a winery during fall is the best time because the grapes are beautiful and full, and you may get an insider peek at picking and processing”, says Geena Luckett with Luckett Vineyards.
“The grapes are bursting ready to be picked, the smell and feel of the air changes and every corner you drive around there are farmers markets and stands bursting with incredible fresh produce. It really is the most magical time of the year in the Valley.”
Drive the Cabot Trail
If your thing is more looking for hidden gems, photo spots and top hiking trails, then the Cabot Trail is the answer. Plan for at least two days to take in the breath-taking patchwork of colours from the many designated look-offs to capture the stunning coastal views set against the fall colours. Drive out to Ingonish to catch the changing leaves at Cape Smokey. Walk along the Skyline Trail for dramatic views of the changing leaves. Or take a stroll along a secluded beach.
Fall is an incredible time to visit the Cape Breton Highlands National Park says Bonnie MacLeod with Parks Canada: “The cooler September weather and smaller crowds make for an ideal time to hike, cycle and sight-see.
“Trails like the Acadian trail on the Chéticamp side and Franey on the Ingonish side will reward you with unbelievable panoramic views, where spectacular fall colours and ocean vistas collide.”
Discover the South Shore
Home to the Old Town Lunenburg UNESCO World Heritage Site and the Bluenose II (Canada’s most famous tall ship), the South Shore is a brilliant setting for sunsets at Peggy’s Cove or one of the many stretches of white sand beaches.
The Ross Farm Museum lets the whole family explore the buildings, fields and barns of this historical farm during a traditional harvest season. Chat with friendly interpreters as they demonstrate various heritage skills or get up close and personal with the farm animals. Further along the shore is Kejimkujik National Park and Historic Site where you can enjoy a slow, scenic paddle along lakes and rivers or hike along the trails to embrace the fall foliage.
With awe-inspiring views of the coast, fresh and local seafood, oceanside accommodations and dozens of lighthouses, the South Shore is a natural destination to experience all the delights that autumn offers.