1Learn to surf
If you've been hearing people rave about how awesome surfing in Nova Scotia can be, but never braved the board yourself, this could be your year to go all Blue Crush. Lawrencetown's East Coast Surf School caters to newbies and up-and-comers, offering beginner, group and private lessons, as well as board and wetsuit rentals. Lead by pro surfer and local dude Nico Manos, the ECSS team has major chops to help you tackle the choppiest of conditions. 4348 Lawrencetown Road, East Lawrencetown, 902-449-9488
2Ride the tidal bore
This is so fun. Forget theme park rides that soak you to the bone; the highest tides in the world have you covered. In mud. Head to the beautiful Shubenacadie River, strap on your life jacket and prepare to be rocked for a couple of hours by the rapids that come with the Bay of Fundy's tidal surge. Shubenacadie River Runners, 8681 Nova Scotia 215, Maitland, 902-261-2770
3Kayak to McNabs Island
The waterfront's Kayak Halifax would be thrilled to introduce you to the city via its heart—the harbour. Embark on a two-hour kayak tour of the harbour or get serious and spend the day on the water, paddling your way to McNabs Island for a picnic and some history-laced exploration. Feeling extra fancy? This summer Kayak Halifax is debuting a series of exclusive, private glamping experiences on McNabs, complete with chef-prepared meals and craft bevvies. It's pricey but one-of-a-kind. Sands at Salter, 1521 Lower Water Street, 902-210-7728
4FIND (PADDLEBOARD) BALANCE
The closest you're ever going to get to walking on water, a spin on a stand-up paddleboard (or SUP) should definitely be on your summer to-do list. If you're not quite ready to commit to doing a downward dog on one on these things (see Sup Yoga Halifax for more on that), swing by the St. Mary's Boat Club for free hour-long rentals on Saturdays and Sundays. More into sitting? Weekend canoe rentals are free, too. 1641 Fairfield Road, 902-490-4688.