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Facts on Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia is a founding province of Canada. It is located in eastern Canada, comprising a mainland peninsula and the adjacent Cape Breton Island, nearly surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean. It is known for its high tides, lobster, fish, blueberries and apples.

Date Nova Scotia Entered the Confederation

July 1, 1867

Area of Nova Scotia

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


4 distinct geographical regions:
rugged Atlantic coastline
orchards & vineyards (Bay of Fundy & Annapolis Valley
Northumberland Shore
Highlands (rolling hills) of Cape Breton

Capital City of Nova Scotia

Halifax, Nova Scotia

Population of Nova Scotia

921,727 (Statistics Canada, 2011 Census)

Residents known as

Nova Scotians
Haligonians (for the people who actually are from or
live in Halifax, NS)

Aboriginal peoples in Nova Scotia

13 First Nation communities primarily made of Mi'kmaw people

Main Nova Scotia Industries

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

Time Zone

Atlantic Time Zone, observes daylight savings time


The gulf stream is responsible for the "mild maritime" temperatures. See Nova Scotia Weather Network

Statutory Holidays

Natal Day - first Monday in August (not a stat
holiday, but a common day off)


Nova Scotia Blogs
Out and About Nova Scotia
Halifax Bloggers
A Taste of Nova Scotia
Ordinary Traveler - Perfect Trip Itinerary for Nova Scotia

Professional Sports Teams

Basketball: Halifax Wind Jammers

Just some facts - For you information (FYI)

  • There are 59 automated lighthouses in Nova Scotia
  • The Bay of Fundy's tides are the highest in the world
  • Cape Breton - Where you can still find the ancient
    Galic language spoken
  • Nova Scotia's culture is a mix of Acadian, Mi'kmaq, Scottish and African Nova Scotian foundations
  • There are 2 national parks - Cape Breton Highlands and Kejimkujik
  • There are 18 counties in Nova Scotia: Shelburne, Yarmouth, Kings, Annapolis, Hants, Digby, Queens, Halifax, Lunenbourg, Guysborough, Antigonish, Pictou, Cumberland, Colchester, Cape Breton, Richmond, Inverness and Victoria


Nova Scotia - Discover Unique Experiences

Explore Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia Tourism


map of Nova Scotia

credit: The Atlas of Canada (Natural Resources Canada)


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