52 FREE things to Do in Nova Scotia This Summer

Broke? Yep.Me too.

However, that doesn’t mean we have to sit staring at the TV all summer.

For the price of a tank of gas (not that THAT’S cheap) or two, there is a plethora of activities and events to enjoy this season.
I know for a fact there are more free things to do in Nova Scotia-this is a starting point.
It’s important to note there are many great activities in Cape Breton that are not listed here-they are within Cape Breton Highland National Park which requires an entrance fee- therefore not free. But please check them out. the same goes for Kejimkujik National Park-lots to do-but entrance fee.The fee for the National Parks this year can be found here

Here we go:

    Free Things to Do In HRM

 

Halifax Public Gardens
Halifax Public Gardens
    • Pack a lunch and visit the  Halifax Public Gardens
    • Stroll the Halifax waterfront
    • Learn how injured wildlife is aided at Hope for Wildlife in Seaforth
    • Visit the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia-free on Thursday nights
    • Take a free guided tour of Halifax (tips are welcome)
    • Watch a free movie at the Public Gardens
    • Take  a free class or workshop at the Halifax Public Library (click on ‘What’s On’)
    • Get some exercise by rollerblading at the Emera Oval
    • Listen to some  lunch time music at the Grand Parade Wednesday to Friday

       Free Things to Do In The Annapolis Valley

      Along the Harvest Moon Trail in Grand Pre
    • Hunt for fossils at Blue Beach on the ebb tide
    • Borrow a large inner tube and tube the Gaspereau River- check to see if the water is up here.(Rent  a tube for $5 at King of the River tube rentals)
    • Stop into a local farmer’s market
    • Borrow a bicycle from the Wolfville or Berwick regional library-first come, first serve-and cycle a section of the Harvest Moon Trail
    • Have a evening bonfire at a Houston beach near Blomidon
    • Make it a bird watching summer. Check out the Red Wing Black Birds at Miner’s Marsh in Kentville and the Chimney Swifts at dusk Robie Tufts Nature Centre  in Wolfville
    • Greenwood Aviation Museum is free to tour
    • Check out our awesome Bay of Fundy at both high and low tide
    • Hike the Bohaker Trail at Delaps Cove  and see a waterfall and the above mentioned Bay at the same time.
    • Plan a photo day at Bear River, the tidal community on stilts
    • Don’t miss out on the Balancing Rock in Tiverton-just  short hike but many steps

      Free Things To Do In Cape Breton

      Big Fiddle Sydney
      Big Fiddle Sydney
    • Immerse yourself in Acadian Crafts and culture in Cheticamp
    • Explore Sydney’s waterfront and take  a picture of the Big Fiddle
    •  Enjoy nature with a stroll along the Baille Ard Nature Trail in Sydney
    • Hike the 12 km round trip to Egypt Falls in Cape Breton
    • Stomp to the music of  a Cape Breton Ceilidh-free Sunday concerts at Granville on the Green on Port Hawkesbury

      Free Things To Do on Northumberland Shore

      Melmerby Beach-Photo courtesy of Trip Advisor
  • Spend a day in the sun on one of the Northumberland Strait beaches-warmest water north of the Carolinas.
  • Take a free guided tour of Crombie House in Abercrombie -available Wednesdays in the summer.
  • Wander the lavender fields at Seafoam Lavender Company in Seafoam
  • Stop ‘baaa’ and visit  the lambs and sheep at Lismore Sheep Farm
  • Stroll through an old growth forest at the Wallace and Area Museum 
  • Visit Carmichael-Stewart House Museum in New Glasgow
  • Learn about local sports heroes at the Pictou County Sports Hall of Fame

    Free Things To Do Along the Bay of Fundy & Truro

     

    Court House Hill
    Court House Hill
  • Take a drive along the Parrsboro shore to Advocate and get out to stretch your legs in Advocate Harbour with a walk down to the lighthouse.
  • Check out Victoria Park and walk to the waterfalls. Climb Jacob’s Ladder. Throw a picnic in the car-you’ll need the nourishment after that
  • Watch the tidal bore down by Truro’s Visitor Centre. Times are here. Please be there 15 minutes early
  • Grab some great views of  Kings, Cumberland, Colchester, Pictou, Hants counties at Gore Courthouse Hill.
  • The world’s highest tides have been recorded at Burntcoat Head. Explore the shoreline-best done 3 hours after high tide times are here. Bring your lunch so you can ‘dine on the ocean floor’.
  • Climb up to the top of a lighthouse in Walton

     Free Things To Do on the Yarmouth & Acadian Shore

    Sandford Drawbridge -Free things to do

  • Watch the ferry go by at Cape Forchu
  • Go for a  short walk at Broad Brook Wetland Park
  • Stroll the waterfront in Yarmouth
  • Dig for clams at Parc Joseph et Marie Dugas
  • Walk ‘Le Petit Bois’ at St. Anne’s university
  • Check out of the world’s smallest drawbridges at Sandford
  • View the stars from the Starlight viewing platform on the Wedgeport Nature Trail

    Free Things To Do on The South Shore

  • Big Red Chair -Free things to do
  • Picnic. hike and enjoy a waterfall at Indian Fall’s Park
  • Try your luck catching a feed of mackerel at Graves Island
  • Drive out to picturesque Blue Rocks near Lunenburg
  • Lie in the sun at Summerville Beach Provincial Park
  • Explore historic Shelburne and get your picture taken in the Big Red Chair
  • Take a hike along the Keji Seaside Adjunct to spot some seals. And maybe some bears. Kidding. Not kidding.
  • Jump in for a swim at Glenwood Provincial Park
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    Here’s a PDF you can take print out to take with you!
    52 Free Things to Do In Nova Scotia
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