Nova Scotia is the most popular of the Maritime provinces of Canada to visit. There is a major airport, both national and international, that you can fly in and out of in the major city of Halifax. Once there however, the best way to get around is with a car as bus services in the Maritimes and most of eastern Canada are very poor, expensive or non existent.
Halifax has a lot to offer as a city. It has quite a rich history for different events including the Halifax Explosion where an oil tanker exploded in the harbour and destroyed much of the city, and it was also the port from which they sent the rescue ships for the Titanic. Many of the victims of the Titanic are buried in cemeteries in Halifax and they are interesting to visit. They also have a really great museum to visit on these things as well. There is a great nightlife given that it is quite a popular city for university students. You will find majority of the Halifax hostels in the downtown area within walking distance of where you want to go or otherwise they have local buses. Ask your hostel for timetables and directions to get around.
The second most popular part of Nova Scotia to visit is Cape Breton Island. The island has many routes to drive around and you will find hostels scattered in different towns around the island. It is quite a vast area to cover so make sure you research where your hostel is on Cape Breton before you book. Make sure you definitely check out the Bras d'Or Lake and the fort at Louisbourg. You can also take the ferry from Sydney over to Newfoundland if you want to continue travelling further east.
When heading in the westerly direction from Halifax, you will be heading towards the Kejimkujik National Park. There is some beautiful scenery and hiking here if you have the time. Hostels are scattered around this area of Nova Scotia with the hostels being one per town in random different towns. Plan your route based on your hostels before you go. You can definitely stop and spend the night in Annapolis Royal at a hostel and check out the different National Heritage Sites that they have here. It is also recommended to stop by in Digby and get your feed on of the world famous Digby scallops. They are incredible.
The best time to travel through Nova Scotia is in the summer to make sure you get the full experience of the bays and oceans here. The seafood is to die for and some places you can get them to cook you a hot lobster and you can pick it up and eat it still warm if it is lobster season. They are super cheap out this way as well. There is so much to see and do here, it depends on the amount of time that you have but given the small amount of hostels in each destinations, plan your route before you go and contact the hostels to make sure you have a bed to sleep in before you get there.
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