Another way to clear the beer from your brain? Seaside exercise. In the fishing village of Lower Prospect, 30 minutes southwest of downtown, East Coast Outfitters leads four-hour ocean kayak trips ($65 per person) through the gin-clear waters of the Canadian Atlantic. The paddling is relatively easy, and the scenery—bursting with ospreys, loons, and seals—is so rugged, it makes Maine look like Malibu.
For a different perspective on this wild coast, stroll over to the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, which houses a major collection of paintings by Maud Lewis, the Grandma Moses of Nova Scotia. Most impressive is the Painted House, a twelve-by-thirteen-foot wooden shack where Lewis once lived and worked, decorating every inch. It was later disassembled and permanently installed inside the museum.