Destination guide

Making the most of Nova Scotia vacation rentals

Set on a peninsula in the Atlantic Ocean, Nova Scotia is the multitool of vacation destinations, offering a heady mix of natural attractions, historical sites, and modern galleries. Choose your home away from home from a thousand cozy cottages and spacious vacation rentals, whether you're looking to bed down in the thick of the action in downtown Halifax or wake up with your family in tranquil backcountry surroundings. Wherever you stay, be sure to get a lungful of fresh air in Cape Breton Highlands National Park, see the iconic Peggy's Cove Lighthouse, and sink your teeth into the freshest seafood feasts.

History

History buff? You've got a long old list of attractions to tick off in Nova Scotia. In downtown Halifax, Fort George is the 4th fortification to be built on Citadel Hill, and you can get even closer to history with seasonal live demonstrations and guided tours. For an even more vivid time-travel experience – with no DeLorean required – make for The Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site. It faithfully recreates an 18th-century French settlement, complete with costumed actors going about their day like it's the 1700s.

Food & drink 

Nova Scotia's must-try dishes for curious foodies

Freshly caught seafood is top of the menu on Nova Scotia's culinary trail. In particular, you'll want to get your teeth around seafood pie, scallops served with tartare sauce, and the ubiquitous lobster rolls. Garlic fingers and the iconic Halifax donair – kind of like a pita – make for tasty snacks, and for dessert, there's the cobbler-like blueberry grunt, which is a lot tastier than it sounds. The Halifax Seaport Farmers' Market – North America's oldest continuously operating farmers' market – is a good spot to gorge yourself on many local treats at once.

Essential info

Essential facts for your Nova Scotia vacation rental stay

Nova Scotia is one of Canada's 3 maritime provinces. Although it's the second smallest province, covering around 55,200 sq km, its population numbers over 920,000. Halifax is the provincial capital and the largest city. The legal drinking age in Nova Scotia is 19. Tipping is customary in Canada; you're expected to tip taxi drivers, tour guides, and porters, and leave a 15% to 20% sweetener at restaurants and bars. Canada's emergency services number is 911.

Where to stay near Nova Scotia?

Our 2019 vacation rental listings offer a large selection of 1,189 house rentals near Nova Scotia. From 378 Cottages to 526 Houses, find unique vacation rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best place to stay near Nova Scotia for a long holiday or a weekend break is on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Nova Scotia?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Nova Scotia. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Halifax: 305 vacation rentals
  • Cape Breton Island: 269 vacation rentals
  • Lunenburg: 273 vacation rentals
  • Chester: 206 vacation rentals
  • Wolfville: 55 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Nova Scotia! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Nova Scotia?

Whether you're travelling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Nova Scotia:

  • Halifax: 305 rentals
  • Lunenburg: 273 rentals
  • Wolfville: 55 rentals
  • Mahone Bay: 256 rentals
  • Hubbards: 144 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when travelling by plane to Nova Scotia?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of lodging choices in Nova Scotia are:

  • Halifax, NS (YWF-Downtown Waterfront Heliport): 256 home rentals
  • Halifax International Airport (YHZ): 191 home rentals
  • Digby, NS (YDG): 42 home rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holiday in Nova Scotia?

HomeAway offers a large selection of lodging choices near lovely places in Nova Scotia. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Martinique Beach Provincial Park: 39 vacation homes
  • Lawrencetown Beach: 220 vacation homes
  • Queensland Beach Provincial Park: 215 vacation homes
  • Hubbards Beach: 197 vacation homes
  • Carter's Beach: 43 vacation homes

But there are many other points of interest around Nova Scotia listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.