It’s shaping up to be a picture-perfect summer weekend in Nova Scotia. We’ve come up with five great ways to get outside and explore.

1. Over the Rainbow 

Halifax Pride culminates in the annual parade from the dockyard to South Park Street. The Pride Parade typically draws thousands of participants and spectators. The fun starts Saturday at 1:30 p.m.

2. Lights out

The Summer of Sandra continues on the Halifax waterfront Friday night, with a free screening of The Blind Side starring (you guessed it) Sandra Bullock. The movie starts at 9:20 p.m., with gates opening an hour earlier. Bring your own chairs and bug spray.

3. Ride the Gaspereau

Conditions are right for tubing down the Gaspereau River Saturday and Sunday. After that, the water level is expected to drop until late August. Take your own tubes or rent them near the start of the river at 3483 Black River Road. This works best if you have two vehicles: one at the start of the journey and one at the end point near 548 Gaspereau River Road.

4. Celebrate our Acadian heritage

The Festival acadien de Clare starts Saturday in — where else? — Clare. It’s the oldest Acadian festival in the world. The official opening is Saturday night with a performance by Prenez garde! from Caraquet, N.B. The festival continues through Aug. 3 with events ranging from parades to lumberjack competitions. 

5. Watch the whales

July is prime-time for whale-watching in the Bay of Fundy. Brier Island tour boats do a couple of runs each day. Brier Island Whale and Seabird Cruises tell us they’re seeing humpback, right, minke and fin whales, as well as sunfish and dolphins. Dress warmly and don’t forget your cameras.