We’re no strangers to winter weather on the East Coast, and if you’re visiting in winter months you’re likely to see your share of snow. Luckily, with ski hills, coastal hikes, cross-country trails, sugar cabins, and more, there’s no end to the winter fun you can have in Nova Scotia!
So grab that toque and enjoy the crisp, coastal air—you and your family will have a blast with these things to do in winter in Nova Scotia.
Nova Scotia boasts some pretty spectacular hiking trails, many of which are maintained throughout the winter months.
From the panoramic views at the top of Cape Split, to the windswept majesty of Peggy’s Cove after a snowfall, to the rugged coastal landscape of Crystal Crescent Beach Provincial Park, you’ve got your pick of beautiful winter surroundings to explore, whether you want to hike for a couple of hours or all day long.
Make traversing the snow-covered back trails of Nova Scotia a little bit easier by renting snowshoes! There are outlets throughout the province that provide rentals. For a fun weekend activity, head to Shubenacadie Wildlife Park, where you can borrow snowshoes from their Wetland Centre to do some trekking before visiting with the animals.
If you prefer the speed and aerobics of cross-country skiing, you’re in luck! Cross Country Nova Scotia grooms several trails for cross-country fanatics and beginners alike.
Of course, when it comes to skiing, you also have two ski hills in Nova Scotia to choose from! Both Ski Martock and Ski Wentworth offer cross-country and downhill ski rentals, snowboard rentals, as well as lessons and lift passes.
If you’re in the Halifax area, the Emera Oval is a must-stop for winter fun! Grab a pair of rental skates (they’re free) and take some laps around the largest artificially refrigerated outdoor skating rink east of Quebec City. You can even try speed skating! Then grab a hot chocolate or baked treat from one of the onsite vendors to warm up.
For a day of fun the whole family will love, head to Sugar Moon Farm, where you can explore over 30km of trails, then warm up with a tour of their maple sugar camp—and sample some maple, of course!
Sugar Moon also has an onsite restaurant where you can fill up on a stellar home-cooked meal at the end of the day. Keep an eye out for special events throughout the winter as well, like their popular Chef Nights.
Slow down and trot back in time with a scenic sleigh ride. It’s a unique and relaxing way to take in the beauty of Nova Scotia in winter, and there are several places throughout the province that offer sleigh rides all season long. One of our favourites is at Hatfield Farms.
If your definition of “winter fun” is staying warm and dry, don’t fret! Nova Scotia is filled with exciting indoor activities to entertain.
Stop by one of our incredible art galleries—both locations of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia are open year round, spend a day with the family at the Discovery Centre, or become a blacksmith for the day at Firehouse Ironworks.