When I was a kid we used to go to the Maritimes every summer. Truthfully, it was a bit boring for me – travelling without siblings and holing up in a massive old house without electricity or plumbing. But in Nova Scotia, there are plenty of points of interest for both adults and kids, which I wish I saw more of when I was younger.
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Nova Scotia points of interest
Despite the lack of running water at our family cottage, I have nothing but fond memories of my summers in the Maritimes. Wanting my daughter to have the same lovely experiences I did, I had her join me in Nova Scotia while researching my book: 25 Places in Canada Every Family Should Visit.
We didn’t exactly recreate the vacations of my youth, but it was pretty similar: lots of lobster, sussing out authentic fishing villages and playing in the waves. It was all about road tripping through Nova Scotia and hitting the top Nova Scotia points of interest, which I think we nailed.
Our trip was about kicking back, exploring a very different part of the country and trying new things. I’m now a huge fan of fried clams (but I’d take a pass on clam strips). We learned Eve doesn’t mind boats so much and we’re both keen to find out if her paternal grandfather entered Canada through Pier 21 in Halifax (Canada’s Ellis Island). There are many things to do in Nova Scotia, but in this post, I dish on the not to miss experiences for families.
Tidal bore rafting
Tidal bore rafting was hands down, one of the highlights for both of us. We rode the eddies produced in the Bay of Fundy when the tide comes in with a company called River Runners. I’ve been whitewater rafting on some serious rivers before, but this experience took the cake.
After a zippy ride in a Zodiak boat to where the incoming tide is at it’s best, you’ll roll along with the eddie’s gentle waves before doing an about face and crashing directly into them. At first you’ll only get slightly wet and then it really comes on. And on, and on. Hard and fast, the waves pummel the boat and over your head.
It’s like being doused in chocolate milk and just as much fun.