Wherever you are in Nova Scotia it is impossible to be more than 56 kilometres (35 miles) from the sea. The shoreline - nearly 7,500 kilometres long (4,700 miles) - features beautiful unspoilt bays, inlets, coves and small islands.

Nova Scotia has more than 60 courses including a number that have a 4.5 star rating from Golf Digest 'Places to Play' or are in SCORE Golf's 'Top 100 Courses in Canada'.
The top-rated courses are:

  • Glen Arbour Golf Club, Hammonds Plains (15 miles from Halifax)
  • Highland Links Golf Course, Ingonish Beach, Cape Breton
  • Northumberland Links, Pugwash
  • Fox Harbour Resort, Wallace
  • Bell Bay Golf Club, Baddeck


Nova Scotia has four ski resorts that offer downhill skiing and snowboarding.

Features a 812ft vertical rise with the longest run coming in at 2.3 miles; 2 quad chair lifts, 1 T-bar, 2 rope tows. Also has snowboarding and snow tubing. Night skiing on three of the 20 alpine trails.

Features a 600ft vertical rise with the longest run approx. 1 mile; 1 quad chair, 2 T-bars, 2 rope tows. Activities available include skiing, snowboarding, canals for ice-skating and cross-country trails. All mountain trails are lit for night skiing.

Cape Smokey
Features a 1000ft vertical rise with the longest run consisting of 1.4 miles; 1 quad chair, 1 platter lift.

Ben Eion
Features a 490ft vertical rise with a longest run of 1km; 1 T-bar, 1 rope tow, 1 poma, 1 quad chair; night skiing.

Cross-country skiing
Nova Scotia also offers cross-country ski trails with a variety of facilities.
In addition to Martock and Ben Eoin above, the following also offer cross-country skiing:

Highland Ski Touring
Offers guides, equipment rental and warm shelters

North Highland Nordic Ski Trails
Rated 5 stars by users, with 12km of trails

Kejimkujik National Park
50 km of trails

With over 5,400 lakes in Nova Scotia you are never too far away from catching Salmon, Trout Bass or Carp - a true angler's paradise. A general fishing license or salmon fishing license is required and are readily available throughout the province.

Forest Lakes Country Club adjoins the Trans Canada Trail, an 18,000 km recreational corridor which passes through every Canadian province and territory, connecting three Oceans. This is the longest trail of its kind in the world.

You can find out more about the Trans Canada trail by clicking here

Events in Nova Scotia