When winter throws a glittering layer of snow over Nova Scotia, the province becomes an enchanted wonderland just waiting to be discovered. The gentler, more enchanted side of winter in Nova Scotia is found outside the busy towns and quaint communities. It involves the jingling of sleigh bells and the rhythmic crunch of snow beneath hooves.
A four-legged pet, specifically a horse, is necessary if you wish to ride outside like in the past or grow larger while still getting plenty of exercise! With so many routes in Nova Scotia, you can go horseback exploring alone or with a group. If you lack experience or own a horse, don’t worry—the places listed below provide guided tours, horseback riding classes, and horseback riding for people of all ages!
Hatfield Farm is so close to Halifax that it’s difficult to forget you’re in the real country. The farm has a variety of year-round activities, such as overnight stays for farm sleepaways, which is fantastic, but when the snow falls, you can take a sleigh ride (or, in the event that there isn’t enough snow, a wagon ride). Go for a ride on a sunny winter’s morning, and then spend the remainder of the day discovering all that the farm has to offer. Remember to pack your hand warmers, and whether you choose to travel by wagon or by sleigh, you will always receive hot chocolate at the conclusion!
Hamilton Wagon Rides
Offering thirty years of sleigh and wagon ride experience, Hamilton Wagon/Sleigh Rides is happy to provide its services. You can take a wagon or sleigh ride from their farm into the winter day in Lower Onslow, depending on the weather. It’s a fantastic option for a group outdoor adventure for up to ten individuals. Bring hand warmers and wrap yourself toasty. Although they are made for skiing, you can slip them into any glove or mitten and they will keep you warm even on the coldest sleigh rides!
Shelby Ranch Adventures
On this list, Shelby Ranch Adventures is the only location that really offers the best of both worlds. In addition to year-round trail rides, they provide special occasion excursions (such as those for Valentine’s Day) and a specifically created winter trail ride for all ages. During the winter, they also offer private sleigh/wagon trips that include hot chocolate and the possibility of a bonfire with s’mores! Additionally, throwing axes is a great way to liven up a chilly day! In the winter option, you can keep your hands ready for tossing by warming up over a bonfire!
Two Rivers Wildlife Park
Two Rivers Wildlife Park is a great site to visit since it’s a wildlife park and a natural area to take a sleigh or wagon ride! After viewing all of their creatures, you can take a trip behind the horses. You may appreciate all that the outdoors has to offer, learn about wildlife, and go on an enjoyable ride. While riding, keep an eye out for the opportunity to camp in the park during the warmer months, giving you a sneak peek at an upcoming summer experience!
Visit more places for your trail and sleigh adventures at https://www.todocanada.ca/places-offering-winter-trail-rides-and-sleigh-rides-in-nova-scotia/