The temperatures have dropped and the leaves are quickly turning shades of orange and red. That means it’s time to compile your Nova Scotia Fall Activities bucket list and we’re here to help. Now that the back-to-school crazy is over, there’s tons of time left to enjoy cozy time of year.
Oh, and in the spirit of delivering these lists in a way that works of you, we also did a live show on the topic if you prefer to watch! If you’d rather skip our shenanigans and get straight to the list, keep scrolling.
11 Nova Scotia Fall Activities
1. Visit A Haunted House
OK, this wasn’t on the top of Brent’s list but I’m putting at the top of mine because I LOVE THIS S$%*! Haunted houses are, to me, the best part of October and I thoroughly enjoy getting the pants scared off me. And, good news! Nova Scotia’s got plenty of haunted houses to choose from. In fact, last year we did 8 of them (check out the list here).
2. Visit a Farm
Whether you’ve got kiddos or not, visiting a working farm during the fall is a great way to spend an afternoon. There are plenty to choose from but our top picks would be Ross Farm in New Ross, Hatfield Farms in Hammonds Plains, or Lismore Sheep Farm in River John.
3. Take Ghost Tour
Most old cities offer some sort of Ghost Tour and aside from being spooky (which I love), they actually offer a great history lesson. We’ve done several of these tours now and have really come to enjoy them! Most recently, we did the Liverpool Burial Grounds Ghost Tour but they’ve also got them in Halifax.
3. Visit The Kentville Pumpkin People
Does this really need an explanation? If you’re not from these parts here’s the scoop. The entire town of Kentville (and surrounding area) get together and craft an incredible number of pumpkin people throughout the town. They act out all sorts of different scenes and remain up for the month of October.
4. Tackle a Corn Maze
It only happens this time of year and it’s good clean (or dirty) fun to try you hand at navigating a 10ft maze of corn stalks. Fair warning: wear your boots because it can be messy!
5. Celtic Colors, Cape Breton
The Celtic Colors festival in Cape Breton spans an entire week and covers just about the whole island. If you love music and culture; this is the festival for you! We’d recommend booking accommodations early because it’s a busy spot but well worth the effort. Plus, you’re in Cape Breton so you can take in some other Nova Scotia fall activities on our list while you’re there!
6. Wentworth Valley Fall Festival of Colors
Hop on the chairlift at Wentworth Ski hill and hitch a ride to the top where you’ll find breathtaking views of the valley below. You can either walk down the hill when you’re finished or continue on hiking some of the trails. They’ve also got other onsite activities like a petting zoo, obstacle course for the kids and snacks available.
Pro Tip: While you’re there, head to the Wentworth Falls (just down the road) and take the short hike in. It’s only about 1km and leads to a beautiful set of waterfalls! To find the trail head, just find the highway sign for “Wentworth” and the entrance is directly across from that (about 1 minute before the ski hill).
7. Shelburne County Giant Pumpkin Festival
This is just one of many festivals available, of course, but we wanted to be specific. They’ve got pumpkin weigh ins, decorating contests and scavenger hunts!
8. Farmers Markets
Let’s talk food. Thanksgiving is a HUGE part of the fall and what’s better than heading to your local market to pick up all the fresh produce, pies and baked goods you need. It’s a great time of year to stock up on all your favourite market products or just get in the festive mood by strolling through the vendors.
9. Annapolis Valley Day Trip
Put on your coziest sweater, bring your camera and head to the valley. This one is kind of a cheat because we’ve actually got a bunch of Nova Scotia fall activities for you in the Valley:
- Vineyard Tours & Wine Tasting (they’re closing soon so this is your last chance)
- Breweries & Distilleries (go in for a tasting)
- U-Pick (pumpkin & apples)
- Visit the Look-Off
- Hike Cape Split (it’s lovely this time of year)
The list goes on and on but the point is, there are a LOT of great reasons to visit the valley in the fall. What did we miss? There’s so much!
10. Drive the Cabot Trail
This is something we try to do every single fall because it’s just so stunning! It can be done in a single day but we’d recommend making arrangements at a B&B and spending the weekend. Plan to do some hiking while you’re there, check out the markets, and enjoy the scenery.
Pro Tip: Cape Breton Island all but shuts down in the winter months so make sure you check before you go that the places you want to visit are open!
11. Hit The Hiking Trails
You didn’t think we’d write a post about Nova Scotia fall activities without hiking did you? We’ve got a much larger list compiled here that you can check out but here are a few of our fall favs.
Rogart Mountain at SugarMoon Farms
This trail isn’t particularly easy but it’s short (6.1km) and you’re rewarded with a pancake breakfast at the end. We’ve hiked this trail many times but our favourite seasons are to tackle Rogart are Fall & Winter. Head into SugarMoon Farms when you’re finished for a maple inspired breakfast!
Devil’s Bend in Economy
This is a tough one but I’m telling you, it’s awesome! It’s about 13km round trip and while you can take the road out, don’t. Take the trail in both directions. It’s an up and down, rolling hill, kind of hike with incredible views of the Economy river throughout. You land at Economy falls which are also amazing.
Skyline Trail in Cape Breton
I know, I know – it’s so cliche! But, the truth is, it’s popular for a reason. The skyline trail is 7-10km round trip and not particularly challenging or interesting. That is, until you get to the end! You’ve seen this shot before and it’s magnificent. This trail is, without question, one you should definitely do.