ABOUT NOVA SCOTIA
The First Nations called it Mi'kma'ki, the French called it Acadia, the British called it New Scotland. We hope you’ll call it captivating.
Learn about the lives of Native People before European contact at the Bear River Heritage Museum in Bear River, then travel forward to the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site, the largest historical reconstruction in North America.
Board the iconic Bluenose II in Lunenburg and navigate your way through the age of sail. Back on shore, walk through the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, the harbour warehouse where one million immigrants, refugees and war brides made their own first steps in Canada.
Visit the Black Loyalist Heritage Centre in Birchtown, once the location of the largest free Black community in British North America. In Spring 2015, the new Black Loyalist Heritage Centre opens, and will take visitors on the journey of these earliest Black settlers to Nova Scotia – and for some, back to Africa. Visitors can also trace their heritage through the names in The Book of Negroes, a document containing the names of all Black Loyalists who escaped to Canada.
Our history is not just about graceful schooners and welcoming cultures… there have been battles, social upheaval, an earth-shaking disaster known as the Halifax Explosion that was the largest man-made explosion before the development of nuclear weapons, and Halifax's role in the aftermath of the sinking of the RMS Titanic.
Nova Scotia was also (and perhaps still is) home to more than a few rebels, rogues and rum-runners. There were even ‘legalized pirates’ called privateers who haunted the cold waters of the Atlantic, looking to profit by capturing foreign ships.
NOVA SCOTIA WEATHER
What is the weather like in Nova Scotia?
Nova Scotia weather can be summed up into one word – moderate. It rarely gets extremely hot or extremely cold. The daily temperature does fluctuate both by the time of day and by your proximity to the ocean. If you spend the morning in Halifax, the afternoon in Wolfville and end up in Yarmouth in the evening – the weather and temperature can be quite different. Having a fleece or knit sweater on hand for easy layering will keep you comfortable wherever you are.
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Amherst, Nova Scotia borders the Province of New Brunswick and marks the beginning of both the Glooscap and Sunrise Trails. It is 60 kilometres (37 mi) southwest of the New Brunswick abutment of the Confederation Bridge to Prince Edward Island at Cape Jourimain. Amherst is the shire town and largest population centre in Cumberland County.
The Town of Amherst is often remembered for its beautiful, historic streetscapes and the thousands of birds that flock annually to the nearby marshes. An interesting fact: Russian revolutionary, Leon Trotsky was incarcerated at a detention centre in Amherst after he was arrested in Halifax in 1917.
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A small town in the northeastern corner of Nova Scotia (pop 5,195) is a hub and service center for the rural communities surrounding it. With a diverse and growing population, Antigonish is a family friendly town with lots of opportunity, access to good education at all levels, recreation, sports and culture activities. It is surrounded by rolling countryside with hiking and beautiful beaches.
Antigonish is home of St Francis Xavier University which has a strong reputation across Canada and internationally. StFX is well known for its school spirit and the “X-Ring”. Alumni around the world celebrate their connections to the university and the town. The University brings a wealth of expertise and diversity to the community through its faculty and students and doubles our population during the school session.
The Antigonish Movement which began in the 1930s as a co-operative movement of local fishermen and farmers has now spread around the globe through The Coady International Institute. Antigonish hosts hundreds of international participants yearly for courses in leadership and development.
We enjoy a vibrant culture in the arts with music, performing arts, visual arts and crafts, and fabulous festivals throughout the year. Gaelic culture is strong in the area and the Antigonish Highland Games have been celebrated here for over 150 years.
The People’s Place Library is a hub of community life. There is always something going on whatever your interest and the friendly and helpful staff are eager to answer your questions. It won the Canada Great Places award in 2014 for Great Public Spaces.
Enjoy the small town charms but the lively life of a larger community. There are numerous community groups to get involved in community development, the arts, sustainable communities, energy and conservation. Sports and recreation opportunities are numerous with several arenas and sports fields, and teams involved at the local, regional and national level.
The competitive business environment, state of the art educational facilities, regional healthcare facilities and our location all invite you to enjoy Antigonish.
The Town of Antigonish works collaboratively with the Municipality (County) of Antigonish to improve access to services and to further the joint interests of the Town and County.
Business groups offer educational opportunities, networking, business development advice and opportunities for marketing and HR development for staffing.
Blessed with natural beauty, outdoor enthusiasts have a lot to choose from in the Antigonish area—from beaches along the Northumberland shore to hiking through rolling countryside, coastal trails and woodlands.
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Bridgewater is a town in Lunenburg County, Nova Scotia, Canada, at the navigable limit of the LaHave River. With a population of 8,532 as of 2016, Bridgewater is the largest town in the South Shore region.
Priding itself as "The Main Street of the South Shore," Bridgewater has long been established as the primary commercial and professional service centre in the southern half of the province. The community boasts a diverse local economy, as well as larger national and international employers.
Main Street of the South Shore
Bridgewater’s reputation as the Main Street of the South Shore is well-deserved: On the west side, the traditional King Street shopping district is home to locally owned shops, restaurants, and services that are dedicated to quality and charm. Meanwhile, on the east side of the LaHave River, you’ll find the Bridgewater Mall, Eastside Plaza and a number of retailers to meet all your needs.
Annual events, including the South Shore Exhibition, Afterglow Art Festival, South Shore in Motion, Canada Day on the LaHave, and Christmas on the LaHave provide spectacle and a taste of Lunenburg County for all. For those with canine companions, don’t miss the South Shore Vet Dog Zone, our dog park on Glen Allan Drive. And, if you have a love of boats, you’ll want to visit the waterfront Bridgewater Marina on LaHave Street.
Bridgewater is proud to boast a variety of visitor services, second in the province only to Halifax. From shopping to accommodations, restaurants, parks and museums, hospital facilities, a public library, sporting facilities, and more, we have everything you'll need right here in the heart of the LaHave River Valley!
Come see why we've earned our reputation as being the Main Street of the South Shore
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This part of the province is home to Cape Breton Island, Antigonish and Guysborough Counties. Nova Scotia’s Guysborough County and Cape Breton Island are the centre of Atlantic Canada’s Gaelic culture. Kitchen parties are a way of life, and you’re never far from the Highlands that inspired the region’s first immigrants to name the province New Scotland. Here, the view of a lifetime lives around every corner, and the friendliest people live in every community. Hike, cycle, swim, golf – all in an almost unreal beauty.
Cape Breton Island: Welcome to high-definition beauty, where stunning landscapes, Gaelic culture, and outdoor adventure all meet- – at a kitchen party, of course. Separated by a causeway from the mainland of Nova Scotia, Cape Breton is often named as one of the top island destinations in the world. Sydney is its biggest city, home to Cape Breton University. Outside of the city, it’s all about the great outdoors, including hikes, beaches, and even skiing at Ski Cape Smokey.
Antigonish: This “Highland Heart of Nova Scotia” is home to the oldest continuously running Highland Games outside of Scotland. It’s also where students study at one of Canada’s most prestigious universities, St. Francis Xavier University, and where citizens learn to address global challenges at the Coady International Institute. Enlivened by the student population, Antigonish is rife with old-world charm, rich in Gaelic culture, and surrounded by warm-water beaches.
Guysborough: Nestled at the north-east corner of mainland Nova Scotia, Guysborough is defined by quaint fishing villages, safe harbours, and friendly people. The area (Canso, specifically) may soon also become home to a feature that’s truly – literally – out of this world: Canada’s first and only commercial spaceport.
Kentville is located in the heart of the Annapolis Valley and Kings County. It is in the western part of the Nova Scotia peninsula. As of 2016, the town's population was 6,271. The area boasts many attractions and must see locations, including the beautiful Miner’s Marsh. Kentville is in a rich agricultural region, and is home to the annual Apple Blossom Festival. The town hosts many festivals in the warmer seasons, including Nova Scotia’s largest Multicultural Festival. The Kentville Bird Sanctuary is a protected area that is home to many local bird and animal species. It is open year round and is a must visit place in the spring and fall.
Lunenburg County is located on the South Shore of the province of Nova Scotia, It ranges from Hubbards to the east and Vogler's Cove to the west. It is comprised of picturesque towns and charming villages. https://www.novascotia.com/about-nova-scotia/regions/south-shore
Towns in the County of Lunenburg are:
Bridgewater: With a population of 8,532 as of 2016, Bridgewater is the largest town in the South Shore region. Known as “The Main Street of the South Shore," Bridgewater has a long history as the primary commercial and professional service centre in the southern half of the province. The community boasts a diverse local economy, as well as larger national and international employers.
Lunenburg: The historic town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and winner of the Communities in Bloom most beautiful small town in Canada. Prettiest Painted Places in Canada, Port City of the Year and Society of American Travel Writers’ awards. Picturesque Lunenburg is nestled along the scenic shores of southern Nova Scotia one hour from Halifax and the international airport. Lunenburg is home to the famous Bluenose Schooner, which can be found on our Canadian dime.
Mahone Bay: A long standing picturesque tourism destination, the town has recently enjoyed a growing reputation as a haven for entrepreneurs and business start-ups. It is a tranquil destination with spectacular views along the scenic harbour. The town has vibrantly painted Victorian homes and shops, colourful heritage gardens, and historic surroundings.
Middle Musquodoboit is less than an hour’s drive to the capital city of Halifax, and is part of Greater Halifax. It is a farming community in the Musquodoboit Valley region of the Halifax Regional Municipality, along the Musquodoboit River. It is 76 kilometres from the city of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. The community is home to the very popular Nature Learning and Play Space, which uses trees, plants, water and rocks to create a place where kids can enjoy healthy activity and learn to appreciate their environment. It is managed by the Natural Resources Education Centre (NREC).
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New Glasgow is a beautiful riverside town of 9,075 residents, located in northern Nova Scotia, which serves as the commercial-service centre for the region of Pictou County with a population of 45,643. The Town’s key strategies are investment in infrastructure, commercial development, environmental stewardship, downtown revitalization, cultural, diversity, strategic partnerships and regional cooperation, health and safety, the creative economy and healthy lifestyles. These combined with strong core services and enhanced communications set the stage for commercial, environmental, tourism, heritage and social sustainability and growth for New Glasgow.
Founded by Scottish settlers in 1784, the town was named after Glasgow, Scotland. Once a thriving shipbuilding centre, New Glasgow is now the retail service centre for the region with dynamic retail and service, financial and professional sectors. Since the Town’s very beginnings, New Glasgow’s people have created and carried on a legacy of excellence in the fields of business, entrepreneurship, education, social leadership, human rights, athletics, entertainment, music and all three orders of government. New Glasgow is the birthplace of three Nova Scotia premiers, several provincial and federal cabinet ministers, and municipal leaders serving at provincial and national levels. Its people have a generosity of spirit, a commitment to excellence and a vision that enriches the community, the region and beyond the nation’s boundaries in the world.
New Glasgow is proud to count among its own such prominent Nova Scotians as the late Dr. Carrie Best, a human rights activist and journalist; Captain George MacKenzie, the father of Nova Scotia Shipbuilding; former Nova Scotia Premier John Hamm; Order of Canada actor Walter Borden; former Canadian Minister of Justice, Peter MacKay; George Durning one of the first Caring Canadian recipients and Doris Mason, internationally recognized musician and producer. Two of New Glasgow’s sons, Jon Sim and Colin White have brought the Stanley Cup home to New Glasgow on three occasions. Also from New Glasgow are former NHLers Derrick Walser and Troy Gamble. Lee Ann Dalling was a world-class power lifter and fomrer power lifter Francis Long was also a national title holder while former NHLer Lowell MacDonald a Bill Masterton Award winner played his minor hockey in New Glasgow at the John Brother MacDonald Stadium. Of recent popular renown, are New Glasgow born Nashville Star runner-up George Canyon and INXS rock band front man JD Fortune. Former Mayor Ann MacLean, the first female mayor in the history of New Glasgow, was also a former president of the Canadian Federation of Municipalities. Former Town Councillor Henderson Paris is also known nationally for his work in human rights and as founder of the Run Against Racism- now called the Marathon of Respect and Equalit, which he serves as honorary chair.
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Sheet Harbour is a small rural community on the Eastern Shore of Nova Scotia. It is part of the Halifax Regional Municipality and is about an hour and a half drive from the capital of Halifax. The catchment area around the community contains approximately 5,000 people. The community is located along the shores of Sheet Harbour, which has two arms: the Northwest Arm and the Northeast Arm. Two rivers flow into the harbour: West River into the Northwest Arm, and East River into the Northeast Arm. Little West River, a minor river, also flows into the Northwest Arm. Grand Lake, a large lake west of Sheet Harbour, empties into the Atlantic Ocean, via the Little West River.
Sheet Harbour is ideally positioned to discover much of Nova Scotia in easy day trips. Within less then one hours drive you can explore the region’s communities & nearby provincial parks. Sheet Harbour is the perfect home base on the Eastern Shore to explore the natural fall splendor that has made Nova Scotia famous the world over. For the fall traveler, there are almost as many outdoor choices as in the summer, but with fewer crowds. River canoeing, kayaking are popular, but for those who just want to spend a few gentle (and drier) hours communing with nature, the eastern shore offers a network of walking and hiking and trails.
Shelburne is a town located in southwestern Nova Scotia, Canada. It is home to the Bowers Meadows Wilderness Area. located approximately a 2 ½ hour drive from Halifax. The town of Shelburne provides unique experiences that are rich in culture, history, and adventure while providing visitors with places to relax and unwind in a surrounding of historic treasures, wilderness and beauty. You will see lighthouses, fishing villages with colorful boats, and friendly people.
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Sydney is the historic capital of Cape Breton and largest urban centre on the island. From the harbourfront boardwalk complete with buskers and visiting cruise ships to the world’s largest fiddle, Sydney will be sure to charm you! It also boasts a convenient proximity to all the major attractions on the Island like the world famous Cabot Trail, Fortress of Louisbourg, the Alexander Graham Bell Museum in the beautiful village of Baddeck, and 6 amazing golf courses!
The North End of town will remind a bit of New England, with six buildings built in the late 18th century, including steepled churches and homes dating to the 1780s. A growing boardwalk along the ocean winds near the handsome Open Hearth Park. Opened in 2013 after a 10-year restoration, it is visible proof of the city's rejuvenation, replacing eyesore waste dumps from the old industries with green lawns, walking paths, playgrounds and ball fields.
The city's native Canadian Mi'kmaq community known as Membertou has its own Heritage Park with a museum and excellent shop of native crafts. And Sydney is emerging as a culinary center, with talented young chefs bringing an international flavor to town.
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Known as the “Hub of Nova Scotia”, the Town of Truro is home to over 12,000 residents and is centrally located 40 minutes from the Halifax Stanfield International Airport and one hour from Nova Scotia’s capital city of Halifax. It is close to one of New Brunswick's largest cities; Moncton is located approximately one hour and forty five minutes from Truro.
Truro has plenty to offer its residents. The beautiful 1,000+ acre Victoria Park, new sporting facilities, new elementary and junior high schools, and striking nearby coastal scenery all support active living and a high quality of life for residents of the Town.
Truro offers has an active downtown with a mix of over 150 retailers including unique boutiques, specialty stores, health and beauty spas, restaurants, pubs and cafes, plus another 150 professional and business offices. Here you’ll also find the Marigold Cultural Centre which offers year round various live performances and arts education programs. The Centre houses a 206-seat theatre, a small art gallery, a workshop space for arts-in-education programming, a sports heritage hall, a board room, a concession area, and offices.
Each Saturday morning, Truro also has a very active Farmer’s Market. Farmers and artisans gather under the covered market in downtown Truro. Over 35 vendors sell a wide range of products and there’s always live music and a kids corner with fun and educational activities.
Truro really offers the best of both worlds. Here we have small-town ambience with a strong community presence, combined with a full range of commercial and public services offered in a larger urban centre.
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Windsor is a town located in Hants County, Nova Scotia, Canada. It is a service centre for the western part of the county and is situated on Highway 101. The town has a history dating back to its use by the Mi'kmaq Nation for several millennia prior to European invasion and seizure. Windsor is The birthplace of Hockey. The great game of hockey was first played in Windsor about the year 1800, on Long Pond by the boys of King’s College, Canada's first College. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windsor,_Nova_Scotia
Long before it was known as Windsor, the area around the junction of the Avon and St. Croix rivers was known by the Mi’kmaq as Pisiguit, appropriately meaning “Junction of Waters”. The rivers empty into the nearby Minas Basin, which allowed ships to sail from the Atlantic Ocean, up the Bay of Fundy and down into the heart of the province. The fertile headlands around these rivers made for ideal farming and Acadian settlers to the area did just that, erecting mills along the rivers to harness their power. The town of Windsor also became an important stop for anyone travelling between Halifax and the Annapolis Valley. Crossing the Avon River with horses and wagons was only possible by fording the mud flats just above the town during low tide, while people could hire a ferry during high tide. By 1837, Windsor was the site of a wooden toll bridge; however, the structure wasn’t able to bear the weight of trains and passengers still needed to disembark, cross the bridge by stagecoach to transfer to another train on the other side.
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Yarmouth is a port town located on the Bay of Fundy in southwestern Nova Scotia, Canada. Yarmouth is the shire town of Yarmouth County and is largest population centre in the region.
Long connected to fishing due to its proximity to Georges Bank, the town is located in the heart of the world's largest lobster fishing grounds and as a result receives Canada's largest lobster landings each year.
The town, once a noted shipbuilding centre, was probably named for Yarmouth, Massachusetts. It is now a port and a shopping and service centre for southwestern Nova Scotia, Yarmouth Light, at the mouth of its harbour, is a familiar landmark. The town’s economic activities focus on industrial fabrics and dairy and fish products; pulpwood, fish, lumber, fruit, and cattle are exported.