If there’s one time to go out and explore Nova Scotia, it’s in the autumn. Pick any corner of the province and you’ll have a completely different experience. Learn the history of Peggy’s Cove or pack your bags and head to Cape Breton for a forested hike. From rustic to urban chic, there’s a cozy cabin waiting to welcome you and your travel mates. Whether you’re in the mood for a cabin in the woods or a seaside retreat, Nova Scotia always delivers.

Note: cost is approximate and subject to change

1. Historic Oceanfront Cottage

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Just minutes from a private beach, this quiet and quirky house is in the ideal spot for outdoor exploring or just lounging by the seaside.

Amenities: 6 Guests, 4 Beds, 3 Bedrooms, 1.5 Baths

Location: Hubbards

Cost: $165 per night

 

2. Charming Ocean Retreat

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With four acres of trails right in the backyard and a collection of games and movies inside, you can hike all day and come back to relax in this restored cabin on the South Shore.

Amenities: 6 Guests, 3 Beds, 3 Bedrooms, 1.5 Baths

Location: Hubbards

Cost: $175 per night

 

3. Seaside Cottage on the Bay of Fundy

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Use it as a home base for your Annapolis Valley adventures or stick around and watch the extreme tidal range from this off-grid cabin.

Amenities: 4 Guests, 4 Beds, 2 Bedrooms, Half-bath

Location: Centreville

Cost: $175 per night

 

4. Explorer’s Cottage: Waterfront on the Sea

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The laid-back log-house feel exudes from this deluxe cottage. Hiking trails, a private beach and a Japanese Mediation garden? Sounds like the perfect adventure base for a large group of explorers.

Amenities: 10 Guests, 9 Beds, 4 Bedrooms, 3.5 Baths

Location: Southside Boularderie (Cape Breton Island)

Cost: $180 per night

 

5. The Most Wanted Place to Stay in Chéticamp

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You couldn’t ask for a more convenient location. Staying here means an incredible ocean view, being minutes from the Cabot Trail and enjoying the Cape Breton highlands.

Amenities: 5 Guests, 2 Beds, 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath

Location: Chéticamp

Cost: $229 per night

 

6. MacLean Mountain Retreat

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This family cottage is close to the “Bealach Breagha Trail," a Gaelic name that translates to Beautiful Mountain Pass. Come in the late autumn to hike, watch the falling leaves and the golden sunset over the lake. 

Amenities: 6 Guests, 3 Beds, 3 Bedrooms, 3 Baths

Location: East Lake Ainslie

Cost: $285 per night

 

7. The Tides

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Take in the beautiful 180-degree oceanfront view along St. Margaret’s Bay. You can watch the boats pass by while you get to know your welcoming hosts.

Amenities: 6 Guests, 4 Beds, 3 Bedrooms, 2.5 Baths

Location: Glen Haven

Cost: $200 per night

 

8. Cozy Cottage on Cockscomb

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Just far enough from Halifax to make you forget your city life and relish in some quality lake time. Boat, kayak or swim in the freshwater lake near the cozy cottage.

Amenities: 6 Guests, 3 Beds, 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath

Location: Mount Uniacke

Cost: $106 per night

 

9. Private Riverside Log Cabin Retreat

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This classic log cabin getaway is the ideal autumn escape. Leave your computer at home and enjoy the peaceful silence around the crackling campfire.

Amenities: 4 Guests, 2 Beds, 1 Bedroom, 1.5 Baths

Location: Tatamagouche

Cost: $113 per night

 

10. Garden Loft Cottage on the Water

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A century-old barn turned into a loft cottage is so in-style for a modern getaway. It’s perfectly placed for the explorer who also frequents coffee shops, museums and breweries.

Amenities: 4 Guests, 2 Beds, Studio, 1 Bath

Location: Mahone Bay

Cost: $145 per night

 

11. Beautiful Cove Cottage

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Can you imagine a more peaceful feeling than falling asleep to the sound of whales outside your window? You’ll be planning your next trip out here before the first is even over.

Amenities: 4 Guests, 2 Beds, 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath

Location: Freeport

Cost: $150 per night

 

12. Falls Lake Escape

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This large beachfront cottage is a great choice for your next friend or family getaway. Explore the nearby wine country or hit the trails and water.

Amenities: 9 Guests, 6 Beds, 3 Bedrooms, 1.5 Baths

Location: Windsor

Cost: $171 per night

 

13. Lakefront Cottage on Annis Lake

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Disconnect from the outside world and let yourself be surrounded by nature. You won't want to miss this two-story winterized cottage on the shores of Annis Lake.

Amenities: 6 Guests, 4 Beds, 3 Bedrooms, 1.5 Baths

Location: Queens County

Cost: $86 per night

 

14. Drifthouse on the Beach

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Wake up to the sound of waves in the morning and skip out for a surf in the afternoon. This elegant beachhouse is perfectly situated on a private beach near the Atlantic View Trail. Adventure options abound, from kayaking to wind surfing.

Amenities: 8 Guests, 4 Beds, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths

Location: East Lawrencetown

Cost: $400 per night

 

15. Luxury 4-Bedroom Waterfront Beach Home

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Make memories with the entire family as you hike around the Cape Breton Highlands and come back for an evening of canoeing. Cap off the day swapping stories by the campfire.

Amenities: 10 Guests, 5 Beds, 4 Bedrooms, 2.5 Baths

Location: Dingwall

Cost: $400 per night

 

16. Victorian Mansion with Ocean Views

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Experience a slice of Nova Scotia history as you walk around Lunenburg and come back to this restored inn. Any lover of the Victorian era will adore this charming B&B right in the heart of town.  

Amenities: 4 Guests, 3 Beds, 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath

Location: Lunenburg

Cost: $176 per night

17. Hand Crafted Eco-Cabin

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The cabin is completely eco-friendly with solar power, roof-caught water and a composting toilet. Environmentally conscious explorers will adore this green, cozy space.

Amenities: 4 Guests, 1 Bed, 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath

Location: Lunenburg

Cost: $107 per night

 

18. Little House in the Woods

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A peaceful getaway from the busy work life can be found along the Bay of Fundy. Tucked into the trees, there's plenty of nature to explore in the area.

Amenities: 2 Guests, 1 Bed, 1 Bedroom, Half-bath

Location: Canning

Cost: $95 per night

 

19. Bay of Fundy Oceanfront Cozy Cabin

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This spot is exactly what you’ve been looking for. They have everything you need, from an outdoor soaker tub to an outdoor pizza oven, to make sure you have the perfect stay.

Amenities: 6 Guests, 3 Beds, 3 Bedrooms, 1 Bath

Location: Berwick

Cost: $150 per night

 

20. The ZzzzMoose 2.0 Luxury Camping Cabin

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Here you'll find everything you love about camping, minus the uncomfortable tent. With the insulated and heated wooden “tent” you can hike all day and get a good night’s rest for the following day of adventures.

Amenities: 6 Guests, 3 Beds, 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath

Location: Englishtown

Cost: $98 per night

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