Things To Do in Nova Scotia

Half-Day Kayak Tour for Two or Four from Paddle Dog Kayak Tours (44% Off)

Paddle Dog Kayak Tours

Baddeck

C$88 C$49

Guides lead tours around Kidston Island with views of Alexander Graham Bell's estate, with a beach stop where eagle sightings are frequent

3-Lap Ride-Along or 5- or 15-Lap Race Car Driving Experience at Rusty Wallace Racing Experience (Up to 60% Off)

Rusty Wallace Racing Experience

Scotia Speedworld

$129 $64

Burn rubber in on a race track ride-along with a professional driver, or take the wheel of a sleek stock car

$40 for $80 Groupon — The Mystic Harp Yoga Studio

The Mystic Harp Yoga Studio

North End

$80 $40

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

5 or 10 Buckets of Range Balls at Emerson Ridge Driving Range (Up to 46% Off)

Emerson Ridge Driving Range

Emerson Ridge Driving Range

C$50 C$27

Golfers practice their swing mechanics at outdoor range while learning their club distances

Deep-Sea Fishing for One Adult and One Child or Two or Four Adults from Murphy's The Cable Wharf (Up to 47% Off)

Murphy's The Cable Wharf

Downtown Halifax

C$109.22 C$61

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Reel in cod, haddock, mackerel, and Boston bluefish from a boat equipped with a full bar

"Our Eliza" at Ship's Company Theatre, August 8–31 (Up to 44% Off)

"Our Eliza"

Ship's Company Theatre

C$31 C$20

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Drama follows the sometimes fractious relationship between a daughter expected to look after the home at a very young age and her father

One or Three Private Surfing Lessons or One Group Surf-Camp Session from DaCane Surf Shop (Up to 77% Off)

DaCane Surf Shop

Dartmouth

$199 $49

Private or small-group lessons with all equipment provided

One-Hour or 90-Minute Sail for Two Adults or a Family of Four Aboard "Tall Ship Silva" or Tall Ship "Mar" (Up to 40% Off)

Tall Ship Silva & Tall Ship Mar

Murphys the Cable Wharf

C$68.98 C$42

Historic Swedish and Danish schooners afford views of Halifax Harbour as passengers relax or help crew to hoist sails or steer the vessel

C$69 for River Rafting Trip for Two at Fundy Tidal Bore Adventures (C$138 Value). Choose from 19 Dates.

Fundy Tidal Bore Adventures

South Maitland

C$138 C$69

Seasoned guides pilot inflated motor-driven rafts over Shubenacadie River’s rare natural tidal waves that crest at 18 ft.

Five or Ten Drop-In Classes or Three Month Membership with Uniform at Atlantic Karate Club (Up to 62% Off)

Atlantic Karate Club

Armdale

C$50 C$19

Get fit and master a range of Chito Ryu karate arts, including sparring and weapons, at the oldest dojo in Atlantic Canada.

One or Three Months of Bojeon Taekwon-Do at Bojeon Taekwon-Do (Up to 63% Off)

Bojeon Taekwon-Do

Dartmouth

C$43.75 C$19

Students learn self-defense techniques while boosting self-control, perseverance, and integrity

One, Two, or Three Years of Online Guitar Lessons at Dangerous Guitar (Up to 91% Off) 

Dangerous Guitar

Online Deal

C$134.55 C$18

More than 650 high-definition videos give professional instruction in a wide range of playing styles

One or Two Games of Laser Tag for Up to Four at Alpha Strike Laser Tag (Half Off)

Alpha Strike Laser Tag

Dartmouth

C$28 C$14

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Control stations upgrade equipment as players battle during standard laser-tag matches or high-strategy game types

10 or 20 Classes at Sculptura Women's Fitness (Up to 70% Off)

Sculptura Women's Fitness

Sculptura Fitness

C$150 C$59

Fitness instructors help guests shed pounds in boot-camp sessions and increase flexibility in Pilates classes

C$99 for a VIP Membership and Classes for July or August at Daniel Nestor Tennis Centre (C$200 Value)

Daniel Nestor Tennis Centre

Bedford

C$200 C$99

Get your fill of forehands, backhands, and sizzling aces with a tennis club membership that includes access to tennis fitness classes

Maritime Museum of the Atlantic for Two Adults with Option for Two Kids (Up to 50% Off)

Maritime Museum of the Atlantic

Downtown Halifax

C$18.50 C$10

Special exhibit within Canada's oldest Maritime museum explores the effects and legacy of the War of 1812 on Nova Scotia

One Month of Unlimited Yoga Classes or 10 or 20 Yoga Classes at 108 Yoga (Up to 67% Off)

108 Yoga

Downtown Halifax

C$135 C$45

Yoga classes in disciplines such as Hatha and flow help students strengthen muscles, improve flexibility, and calm the busy mind

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Through trials and tribulations, Dacane Surf Shop owner Lance Moore has always strived to provide the best opportunities and gear for wave-tamers. Having hatched the shop's first incarnation in his mother's basement and moved on to locations where break-ins and robberies were rampant, he maintained his focus on learning his trade before finally settling in Halifax. Always looking to stay one step ahead of the sport, Lance and his team seek out the most cutting-edge surfing equipment available from reputable designers such as Channel Islands, Santa Cruz, and Watercooled. His instructors customize surf camps and lessons to help mould burgeoning aquanauts of all ages and skill levels, and hip threads from the likes of Quiksilver and Billabong keep them looking the part. The surf shack also sets up adventurists with stand-up paddleboards, skim boards, body boards, and all the accessories needed to coast the whitecaps or add authenticity to an online dating profile.

5239 Blowers Street
Halifax,
NS
CA

More than 110 vendors and exhibitors flock to Exhibition Park for the 30th annual Atlantic Outdoor Sports and RV Show—an homage to the entertainment and serenity found in nature. Displays by Leisure Days RV Centre, Wolf Spirit Accessories, and Cumberland Canoe, among others, brim with everything from new sport- and fly-fishing equipment to ATVs and backpacking gear. In addition to browsing the wares, visitors can check out motocross stunts, attend an educational seminar, or follow their spirit animal to the demonstration kitchen, where chefs prepare dishes using pheasant and venison.

200 Prospect Park
Halifax,
NS
CA

In the years since its 1938 construction, the Chester Playhouse has seen use as a movie theatre, live performance space, and even the home of a puppet theatre company. The venue grew in size as it bounced between owners and occupants, but it maintains the intimate feel of its community roots, and almost none of the feral marionettes. The cheery blue building, resembling a beach house with its wide outer balcony and strand of flags along its awning, hosts professional productions and musicians throughout the year, along with playing host to after school programs and summer theatre workshops.

22 Pleasant St
Chester,
NS
CA

202 Brownlow Avenue
Dartmouth,
NS
CA

Anchor’s Above Zipline Adventures sends riders soaring above the tree canopy with a dual set of ziplines. Experienced staff members will strap patrons into a harness and fling them into the open air on an exhilarating ride. The first zipline stands a towering 240 feet above the ground and descends six stories along a 1,100-foot track. The second line drops another 10 stories over 900 feet of track, depositing riders safely on the ground.

380 McGrath Mountain Rd
Thorburn,
NS
CA

He wears a beaming smile and a red cap, beneath which his eyes turn to meet those of the happy children who pass his way. He is 65 feet tall. He is a boat.

The fleet at Murphy's The Cable Wharf also includes seven other vessels, but the most recognizable is surely Theodore Too: an enormous, custom-built life-size replica of the friendly Theodore Tugboat, star of the CBC children's television show of the same name. He was originally commissioned to sail up and down the Eastern Seaboard, giving kids a chance to take harbor cruises that were previously only possible in their daydreams, until eventually the staff of Murphy's stepped in to give him a permanent home.

Theodore Too wasn't the first remarkable vessel in the Murphy's fleet. In the early 1980s, Captain Gerald Murphy purchased the Mar, a seasoned tall ship that had sailed around the world twice and been the subject of a documentary. He used this storied vessel to establish Murphy's The Cable Wharf, a sailing and tour company based in Halifax Harbour. With ships in the water, Murphy also planned a restaurant?repurposing the old Cable Ship Terminal, which was built in 1913 and had long been dormant.

Decades later, Murphy's nautical vision lives on. The Mar still glides across harbour waters for themed sailing tours and pirate cruises. The spacious Haligonian III embarks on whale-watching excursions that bring passengers face-to-face with minke whales and dolphins, and the Harbour Queen I?an old-fashioned Mississippi-style sternwheeler?embarks on narrated history tours.

The wharf restaurant, meanwhile, continues the nautical theme on dry land, showing off unobstructed views of the waterfront. It even brings a bit of the sea indoors: a lobster tank filled with more than 300 live crustaceans lets guests net their own meals, while a touch tank brings them face-to-face with native marine life. Coastal dishes, from a buttery lobster roll to pan-fried haddock, fuel more maritime adventures.

1751 Lower Water St.
Halifax,
NS
CA