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Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia | Photo: Sharissa Johnson, Unsplash

Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia

Introduction to Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia (NS) is one of the three Maritime provinces and one of the four founding provinces of the Canadian Confederation in 1867. Halifax is Nova Scotia's capital and its largest city. Cape Breton Island (northeast of the mainland and where ancient Gaelic is still spoken) and Sable Island (off the southern coast) are part of Nova Scotia.

Nova Scotia's culture is a mix of Acadian, Mi'kmaq, Scottish and African foundations.

The province has 18 counties: Shelburne, Yarmouth, Kings, Annapolis, Hants, Digby, Queens, Halifax, Lunenburg, Guysborough, Antigonish, Pictou, Cumberland, Colchester, Cape Breton, Richmond, Inverness and Victoria

Nova Scotia is known for its high tides, lobster, fish, blueberries and apples.

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Locations in Nova Scotia

Travel

Areas

Bay of Fundy & Annapolis Valley

Bay of Fundy & Annapolis Valley Region

Cape Breton Island

Cabot Trail
Explore Cape Breton Island

Eastern Shore

Eastern Shore

Halifax & Area

Halifax Metro

Northumberland Shore

Northumberland Shore

South Shore Lighthouse Route

Lighthouse Route

Yarmouth & Acadian Shores

Yarmouth & Acadian Shores: Where the stars align
Yarmouth & Acadian Shores, NS
 

Cities, Towns & Communities

Eastern Shore

(includes Halifax & Dartmouth)

Canso
Eastern Passage & Cow Bay
Elderbank
Fall River
Guysborough
Jeffore
Lochabar
Lower Sackville
Oyster Pond
Port Bickerton
Sackville
Sheet Harbour
Sherbrooke Village
St Mary's River

Halifax & Area

Dartmouth
City of Halifax

Northumber- land Shore

Amherst
Antigonish
Big Island
Braeshore
Gulf Shore
Havre Boucher
Landsdowne
Little Harbour
Linwood
Marshville
New Glasgow
North Shore
Oxford
Pictou
Pugwash
River John
Seafoam
Scotsburn
Stellarton
Tatamagouche
Trenton
Wallace
 

South Shore Lighthouse Route

Black Point
Blandford
Bridgewater
Caledonia
Chester
La Havre
Hubbbards
Liverpool
Lunenburg
Mahone Bay
Maitland
Milton
New Ross
North Queens
Peggy's Cove
Tancook
Timberlea

Yarmouth & Acadian Shores

(includes Shelburne County)

Arcadia
Argyle
Argyle Sound
Barrington
Cape Fourchu
Carleton
Clark's Harbour
Clyde River
French Shore
Hebron
Lockeport
Lower Argyle
Melbourne
Port Maitland
Pubnico
Sable River
Shelburne
Salmon River
Tusket
Wedgeport
West Pubnico
Yarmouth
 

Parks

NP: National Parks
PP: Provincial Parks
RP: Regional Parks

Cape Breton Highlands NP

Nova Scotia's PP
 

Did you know?

Nova Scotia Trivia

Flag
Coat of arms
Symbols
Flower is Mayflower
Bird is Osprey

Nicknames
The Land of Evangeline
Canada's Ocean Playground
Bluenoser Province
New Scotland

Provincial slogan
One defends and the other conquers

License plate slogan
Canada's Ocean Playground (1972)

News
CBC | The Chronicle Herald

Other resources
Books about Nova Scotia
Explore Nova Scotia
Halifax Bloggers
Nova Scotia Stories
Nova Scotia Unique Experiences
Nova Scotia Tourism
Ordinary Traveler: Perfect NS Itinerary
Out and About Nova Scotia blog
Taste of Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia Facts

Date NS entered confederation

July 1, 1867

Area of NS

55,284 sq km (21,345.3 sq miles)
(Natural Resources Canada, 2001)

Topography

There are four distinct geographical regions: rugged Atlantic coastline; orchards and vineyards (Bay of Fundy and Annapolis Valley); the Northumberland Shore; and the highlands (rolling hills) of Cape Breton.

Capital city of NS

Halifax

Population of NS

921,727 (Statistics Canada, 2011 Census)

Residents are known as

Nova Scotians
Haligonians (people from Halifax)

Indigenous people of NS

13 First Nation communities (primarily Mi'kmaw)

Main NS industries

Manufacturing, agriculture, fisheries, mining, forestry, transportation, energy

NS statutory holidays (in addition to national holidays)

Nova Scotia Heritage Day (third Monday in February

Professional sports teams

Basketball: Halifax Windjammers
 

Nova Scotia

Climate

Although Nova Scotia is surrounded by water, its climate is similar to continental, moderated by the ocean. It is prone to intense cold-season storms (mostly from November to March). The province has occasional tropical storms and hurricanes in late summer and autumn. Day-to-day, the weather is changeable with frequent coastal fog.
 

Time zone

Atlantic Daylight Time (ADT). Observes Daylight Savings Time.

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