Your Guide to a true Nova Scotia experience

Nova Scotia is buzzing with activity during the summer months. Between the enriched culture, breathtaking views of nature, and animating festivals, Nova Scotia is the place to be during the summer months, and fortunately, Forest Lakes is settled right in the middle of all the excitement!

If you’re wondering what makes Nova Scotia a hotspot for adventures, look no further. We are going to show you all of the unique experiences that you can partake in while in Nova Scotia, and the best part is that every attraction is within approximately one hour of Forest Lakes. Are you a wine lover? A history buff? An outdoors enthusiast? Nova Scotia has something for everyone. Now is the time to start planning your perfect Nova Scotia experience and make memories that are everlasting.

Cape Split

Reward yourself with a breathtaking view at the top of a famous coastal hike. If you are looking for an enjoyable outdoor adventure in nature, this 16 km return hiking trail is a must. Plan for a day trip as you will be engulfed in a splendid coastal environment for 4-5 hours. The drive from Forest Lakes to the Cape Split trailhead is a treat in its own, as this hour-long commute offers beautiful scenery of farmland and vineyards.


Grand-Pré National Historic Site

If you are a history seeker, Grand-Pré is enriched in Acadian history. This site is settled in the beautiful rural region of the Annapolis Valley and is a must see if you are looking for compelling history on what shaped the culture of today’s Acadians.


Due to Nova Scotia’s climate, grape varieties grown are unique and produce wines like no other. Nova Scotia is home to 18 wineries across the province, most of which are anchored in the rich soil of the Annapolis Valley. There are three magnificent wine tour companies that will provide authentic wine experiences: Uncork Nova Scotia, Grape Escapes Nova Scotia Wine Tours, and Wolfville Magic Winery Bus. You do not want to miss out on these award-winning wine estates.

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Shubenacadie Tidal Bore Rafting Resort

Looking for a thrill? The Bay of Fundy is home to some of the highest tides. This tidal bore experience will provide you with excitement and adventure. There are two durations offered, a two-hour tour as well as a four-hour tour. If you are looking for an adrenaline rush this tour will certainly provide that and more.

Halifax Waterfront

This historical port is a lively spot in downtown Halifax and is only a quick trip from Forest Lakes. Enjoy a stroll across the boardwalk while stopping at museums, gift shops, and restaurants along the way. On the weekends, pop by the Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market to enjoy local crafts and cuisines. Interested in boat tours? Murphy’s On The Water offers a variety of boat tour options to choose from, from deep sea fishing to cruising. You are sure to have an intriguing experience at the Halifax Waterfront no matter the season.

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Halifax Citadel National Historic Site of Canada

Looking to learn more about the rich history of Nova Scotia’s capital city, Halifax? The Halifax Citadel was once built as a military fortification and is now home to preserved history. This setting offers you an authentic experience and is a must stop location if you are charmed by the city of Halifax and the history it has to share.

Cideries, Breweries & Distilleries

Like wineries, Nova Scotia is becoming home to many unique and quality cideries, breweries, and distilleries. Enjoy the taste of our seafaring province by sampling these local handcrafted ciders, brews, and spirits. You will be able to taste the rich and unique elements of Nova Scotia’s climate and crops with each sip.

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Festivals & Events

A great event for the whole family to enjoy is the Annapolis Valley Apple Blossom Festival. This festival is an agricultural celebration held throughout the Annapolis Valley, it features 30+ events over the span of six days. From street parades, fireworks, the coronation of Queen Annapolisa LXXXVI, and much more. This spring festival is coming up on May 23rd – 28th.

Another well-known event is the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo which will engage you in culture and intriguing entertainment. This event is being held from June 26th – July 2nd.

The TD Halifax Jazz Festival is a perfect event to attend if you are looking for great musical talent. The 2018 dates are July 11th – 15th.

Looking for fun for all ages? The Halifax Busker Festival features top street performers from all around the world. They provide entertainment through fire-breathing, comedy, acrobatics, and magic! This festival takes place over the Natal Day long weekend, August 1st – 6th this summer. These are definitely events you will want to attend.

Peggy’s Cove

Looking to capture that perfect sunset photograph? The Peggy’s Cove lighthouse is the most photographed lighthouse in Canada and is the perfect place to watch the sun descend over the quaint fishing village. Enjoy this magnificent view morning, afternoon, or evening and savour in a coastal experience like no other.

No matter what you wish to experience in our beautiful province, there is something for everyone and Forest Lakes is proud to be located in the heart of it all.