Collaborate with Tourism Nova Scotia to develop world-class experiences that set Nova Scotia apart and appeal to target Free Spirit travellers. We’ll also work with you to capture photos and videos you can use to attract new visitors.
World-class Experience EXCELLerator Program
Participants in the program benefit from:
- Increased experience development skills
- New photography and video to promote your new experience
- Inclusion in Tourism Nova Scotia marketing, including NovaScotia.com, social media and the Doers & Dreamers travel guide
- Insights on sales opportunities
SEE EXCELLERATOR PARTNER EXPERIENCES
2019 EXCELLerator Program Participants
Fox Harb’r Resort - Ocean Spa Escape
Unwind with a coastal wellness getaway at five-star Fox Harb’r Resort. Energize with oceanside yoga, feel rejuvenated with spa treatments featuring locally sourced botanicals from Seafoam Lavender and Bay of Fundy clay. Nourish yourself with a health-inspired gourmet menu featuring the bounty of Nova Scotia’s land, sea and vineyards.
Sugar Moon Farm: Canadian Maple Indulgence
Indulge in maple at Nova Scotia’s most celebrated sugar camp. Discover the terroir of maple syrup on an exclusive, after-hours tasting tour with the owner. Get cozy by the fire as a culinary artist creates five outstanding farm-to-table courses before your eyes, featuring sweet, savoury and smoky maple flavours.
Oak Island Resort: Oak Island Legends & Lobster
Explore the coast of legendary Oak Island by boat. Get the inside scoop on treasure-hunting from the local diver on History Channel’s The Curse of Oak Island. Cruise to your very own island and create
Cabot Cape Breton: Cabot Links Beach Ceilidh
Escape to Cabot Cape Breton, one of the world’s most beautiful golf resorts, for an exclusive chef hosted Cape Breton ceilidh on the beach. As the sun sets on the shores of Inverness, enjoy Nova Scotia
Trout Point Lodge: Starlight Culinary Escape
Indulge in a luxury wilderness escape at the world’s first starlight hotel, Trout Point Lodge. Savour an artfully prepared Nova Scotia gourmet dinner featuring courses curated by your chef and sommelier. Wind your way along the river and through the forest with your guide, where the depths of the night sky are revealed.
Steinhart Distillery: Ginstitute by the Sea
Go behind-the-scenes at award-winning Steinhart Distillery to craft your very own spirits. With ocean views as your backdrop, forage for ingredients and select from an array of spices and citrus to create your unique flavours with the distiller. Savour German-inspired local delicacies, paired with Nova Scotia cocktails, as you perfect your craft.
Sailing CBI: Savour & Sail Bras d’Or Lake
Set sail on a culinary adventure aboard a luxurious catamaran with your very own chef and captain. Relax on deck savouring Cape Breton crab cakes, local flavours, and the breathtaking coastline. Swim, paddle board, and explore a secluded cove of Canada’s largest inland, saltwater sea, the Bras d’Or Lake.
2018 EXCELLerator Program Participants
Candlebox Kayaking: Seaside Adventure & Beachside Feast
Hike to Kejimkujik National Park Seaside’s beautiful white sand beach for exclusive insights on this coastal estuary. Hop in your kayak for a guided tour to a lobster roll picnic. Enjoy a swim, then indulge in a seafood feast at your luxurious beachside resort!
Fox Harb’r Resort: Gourmet Seaside Resort Getaway
Taste your way along the coast of a five-star resort in Nova Scotia. Perfect for foodies, this two-day chef-hosted adventure showcases local ingredients at exclusive dining locations, from a raw bar on a beach to a gourmet dinner nestled in Fox Harb’r Estate vineyard, and a seafood feast beside the resort lighthouse.
Vision Air Services: Heli-Picnic Island Escape
Take a thrilling helicopter journey from Halifax Harbour over stunning Nova Scotia coastline to Sambro Island. Indulge in Nova Scotia bubbly on a private beach, explore a secluded cove and enjoy a tasting picnic by the lighthouse featuring charcuterie and cheese sourced locally and hosted by your personal sommelier.
Lunenburg Walking Tours: Lunenburg Distilled: A Culinary Adventure
Take in the colours and characters of Old Town Lunenburg UNESCO World Heritage Site as you explore the waterfront by foot and by boat to discover distiller insights, sample award-winning rum, and enjoy an exclusive gourmet seafood dinner from the deck of the schooner Theresa E. Connor.
Argyler Lodge: Acadian Kitchen Party
Indulge in a chef-prepared dinner featuring authentic stories of local Acadians through food and music, from early days of French Acadie to connections with Cajun cousins in Louisiana to seafaring joie-de-vivre. Then join locals in a seaside kitchen party and try to play the spoons!
Cape LaHave Adventures: LaHave Islands Glamping Adventure
Foodies will love this guided glamping adventure with everything provided! Island hop by kayak, to colourful fishing communities and pristine coasts. Indulge in fresh seafood and local flavours prepared for you on the beach, try yoga on stand-up paddleboards, and glamp under the stars.
2017 EXCELLerator Program Participants
East Coast Outfitters: Sea-to-Table Lobster Adventure
Kayak Nova Scotia’s dramatic granite coast and clear, turquoise waters to a charming fishing village for the inside scoop on lobster fishing in this sea-to-table adventure! A chef-prepared lobster dinner, featuring local ingredients and seafood awaits you at the ocean's edge at sunset.
NovaShores Adventures: Fundy Cliffside Yoga & Kayaking
Start your day with a guided kayak tour of the breathtaking rugged Bay of Fundy cliffs as the world's highest tides gently roll under your kayak. Relax and enjoy a cliff’s edge yoga session by the lighthouse. Overlooking the Bay, indulge in a locally sourced fresh gourmet brunch.
Oceanstone Seaside Resort: Lobster Feast & Peggy’s Cove Adventure
Nova Scotia essentials are served up by your seaside resort host, with an exclusive tour of Peggy’s Cove authentic fishing village and lighthouse, introduction to local seafood experts, and opportunity to select your own fresh lobster with Oceanstone’s chef for your gourmet feast by the ocean!
Celtic Music Interpretive Centre: Ocean Ceilidh & Seafood
Kick up your heels to jigs and reels of bagpipers and fiddlers serenading your Cape Breton Island adventure. Dine seaside on lobster, then hop aboard a fishing boat for an exclusive ceilidh (Celtic party) at sea and local whisky tasting. You'll be dancing like a local in no time!
Pleasant Paddling: Private Island Yurt for Two
Take a thrilling kayak adventure to a seal colony, snorkel hidden inlets, cycle winding coastal roads, and dine on local delicacies. Sleep under the stars in a cozy yurt on your very own private island, just off the coast of beautiful Blue Rocks fishing village near Lunenburg.
Great E.A.R.T.H. Expeditions: Wild Islands Camping Adventure
Cruise, hike, and snorkel the beautiful Wild Islands dotting Nova Scotia’s Atlantic coast. Savour local seafood prepared over an open fire for a meal unlike any other, topped by campfire fun and stargazing. Everything is provided in this guided eco-adventure.
2016 EXCELLerator Program Participants
Tangled Garden: Gourmet Garden Party
During this Gourmet Garden Party, step into the captivating, award-winning Tangled Garden to delight your senses! Weave your way through Nova Scotia flavours toward the sounds of local musicians, gathering fresh ingredients for your gourmet, chef-inspired dinner overlooking Grand Pré, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Tidal Bore Rafting Resort: Fundy Tides & Fireside Adventure
Takes a thrilling Zodiac ride on tidal bore waves, feel the rush of mud sliding, float in waters of the world’s highest tides, and savour a sandbar wine and seafood tasting! Back on land, indulge in an authentic lobster boil before bonfire fun with live music and a Nova Scotia rum flight, and an overnight stay in a charming cottage at the Shubenacadie Tidal Bore Rafting Resort.
Taste Halifax Food Tours: Halifax Foodie Adventure
Taste your way through Halifax’s hippest neighbourhoods and must-try flavors, from donair to seafood, connecting with local chefs and culinary artisans. This fun-filled exclusive tour is led by your own local foodie.
North River Kayak Tours: Lighthouse Bites: Full Moon Adventure
As the sun sets, your kayak adventure begins! Take a thrilling nighttime kayak tour with North River Kayak to Kidston Island on the beautiful Bras d’Or Lake, part of a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, for an unforgettable evening of fun, gourmet local flavours and Cape Breton music under a full moon.
The Flying Apron Inn & Cookery: Dining on the Ocean Floor
Experience the ultimate culinary adventure at the site of the world’s highest tides. Begin by learning about the wild edibles of Nova Scotia, followed by a lunchtime seafood feast where you meet the Chef and enjoy beer and wine pairings. Enjoy a guided tour of the ocean floor, then take a seat at a dining table with a view of the incoming tide for an intimate 3-course dinner on the ocean floor; all followed by an ocean floor campfire.