Boy putting hands into apple bag at a apple U-Pick in Nova Scotia

Five Fall activities for families in Nova Scotia

Take full advantage of the harvest season with your family. Here are five Fall activities for families in Nova Scotia. From visiting farms, scenic drives to the family favourite of picking apples. 

Open Farm Day

Visiting a farm is true right of passage for children, and a great way for them to learn where their food comes from. Farms in Nova Scotia are having an Open Farm Day on September 18, 2022. You can learn more at meetyourfarmer.ca!

Scenic Drives

Let's be honest, there are few sights as beautiful as the foliage changing in Nova Scotia. Some classic drives for the whole family are great to take it all in.

  • Drive down the South Shore on the old road (not on the highway) for little glimpses of the sea, and enjoy some cake and coffee at the Kiwi Café in Chester.
  • If you’re in Cape Breton, check out the stunning Highlands trail, before stopping at Flying Kite in Baddeck, or head to Sydney and pick up some tasty food at Port City Grocery.
  • For rolling hills of beautiful autumnal scenes, you cannot beat the Valley. Grab a coffee at Just Us coffee in Grand Pre, and then just keep on driving (bonus points if you get all the way to Annapolis Royal). 

Apple Picking

            You can’t live in Nova Scotia and not go picking apples. Head down to the Valley and check out the wide range of U-Picks, from Noggins Farm, Elderkins, or to our family favourite of Willowbank’s U-Pick (they have a great walking trail on site as well). Plus, you then have loads of apples for coming with. Check out these recipes for some inspiration!

Hike and Picnic

            Go for a walk on the Trans Canada Trail near Musquodoboit and take a picnic with you. Our family loves a block or two of cheese, crackers, some ham and of course some Harvest and Wild chutney.

open chutney jars on a picnic mat

Beach Walks

Yes, the water will be too cold for swimming, but a Fall beach walk is a great way to start your weekend. Take the kids to Bayswater Beach, maybe even build a sandcastle. To make it a great time, a thermos of hot chocolate never goes amiss!