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Five Reasons to Visit Nova Scotia

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Five Reasons to Visit Nova Scotia

With more coastline than anywhere else in Canada, Nova Scotia is a sightseers dream vacation.  Surrounded by sand and surf, this Maritime province welcomes tourists with a gentle ocean breeze and the unmistakable scent of salt air. If you’re heading east, here are five reasons to explore Canada’s ocean playground:

Cape Breton Island

The Giant Cape Breton Fiddle

Home to the world-famous Cabot Trail, Cape Breton is one spectacular view after another.  Recently voted the number one island destination in Canada and the continental United States, Cape Breton and its people will not disappoint.  From the historical Fortress of Louisbourg (the largest historical reconstruction in North America) to the world’s largest fiddle, the islands charm, music and distinct personality will leave you wanting more.


Downtown Halifax

Nova Scotia’s capital has big city attractions with small town charm.  A stroll through its downtown is a winding path of friendly pubs, international cuisine and a spirited arts scene.  With more universities per capita than anywhere else in the country, Halifax’s youthful vibe makes for an abundant nightlife.  Take a stroll along its expansive boardwalk; enjoy a pint of ale at the Alexander Keith’s Brewery and soak in the sights and sounds of this historic port city.



Lunenberg Academy(110005)

A designated UNESCO world heritage site, old town Lunenberg is a cultural showcase. Described as being the best surviving example of a planned British colonial settlement in North America, Lunenberg has over 400 buildings of historical significance.  Its steep streets and vernacular architecture make for an invigorating walk through one of Canada’s best-preserved towns. Nova Scotia’s famous sailing ambassador, Bluenose II, is now docked at the Lunenberg shipyard where it was originally built in 1921. Although undergoing restoration, Bluenose II is a true celebration of Maritime shipbuilding tradition.

 Annapolis Valley

Annapolis Valley

Stretching from the scallop rich waters of Digby to the birthplace of hockey in Windsor, the Annapolis valley is home to fragrant apple orchards, seamless vineyards and some of the highest tides in the world.  With an endless assortment of charming Inns and B&B’s, the Annapolis Valley is the perfect backdrop for a winery tour, a cycling adventure through historic farmlands or a rare walk along the ocean floor.

 The People

What do all of these places have in common? Some of the friendliest, funniest most hospitable people you will ever meet.  Regardless of where you travel in Nova Scotia, you’ll be greeted with a warm welcome or as the say in Gaelic, “Cead mile failte.”  Don’t be surprised if you get invited to an impromptu kitchen party or an oceanside feed of lobster.  In Nova Scotia, the options are endless…and so are the smiles. 



Aug 21, 2012 8:31pm
Great article on Nova Scotia. Be sure to submit it as a possible feature.
Aug 21, 2012 8:50pm
Thanks so much JadeDragon. It's my first article so I really appreciate the feedback:)
Aug 28, 2012 1:13pm
Awesome article! Nova Scotia is now on my list of places to visit. Your pictures really added a lot.
Aug 29, 2012 10:59am
Thanks for taking a look:) It really is a beautiful part of the world, I hope you make it there someday, it's worth the trip. Be sure to check out Cape Breton (my personal favorite). Thanks again for the feedback, it's always appreciated.
Sep 15, 2012 7:24am
Very interesting article and awesome pictures!
Nova Scotia is now on my list of places I want to visit!

Thumbs Up!
Sep 15, 2012 9:44am
Thanks for taking the time to read and for the feedback, I really appreciate it. It's worth the visit for sure:)
Sep 15, 2012 6:00pm
It's been 30 + years since I first went to Nova Scotia. My husband and I went to ME on our honeymoon and took the ferry to Nova Scotia. It was shortly after a big storm, and the sea was rough, most of the people on the ferry were sick. But Nova Scotia is so beautiful. All those blue skies and pine trees, lighthouses and gorgeous views. When we have a bright, sunny day in the 60's like what we experienced there back then, we still call them "Nova Scotia" days. Now the ferry is replaced with a skiff, or I suppose we could drive the long way around (we live in New Jersey). Great article.
Sep 17, 2012 9:14am
Jean I'm glad to hear you have such fond memories of NS. I've been lucky enough to do quite a bit of travelling and Nova Scotia is still one of my favourite places in the world. Your description of "Nova Scotia days" is perfect. Who knows, maybe you'll make it back someday, the gorgeous views will be waiting:) Thanks for taking the time to read,

Sep 16, 2012 7:25am
My brother studied there for 2 years and he loved it. His pictures were wonderful. Great article and congrats on your feature!
Sep 17, 2012 9:17am
Thanks for the congrats:) It's nice to see your article on the opening page. There are so many educational institutions in NS, it's a great place to study and visit. Maybe you'll make the trip too someday:)
Sep 17, 2012 4:47pm
Would love to visit there, especially Lunenberg and Annapolis Valley. Nice picture and great article!
Sep 21, 2012 12:14pm
Thanks for taking a look:) Lunenberg is an amazing little town and the Valley is gorgeous. If you ever make it, rent a car, it's not that big a province and easy to drive. Lots of great day trips. Thanks again for the comment:)
Sep 19, 2012 5:21pm
I loved reading the article - it made me want to visit Nova Scotia :)
Sep 21, 2012 12:17pm
Thanks for kind words:) If you do decide to make the trip, the fall colours are amazing and it ties in with Celtic Colors, a huge music festival in Cape Breton that attracts musicians from all over the world. Lots to see and even more to listen to, hope you make it out east:) Thanks again for the comment
Sep 20, 2012 8:24pm
Great article, Nova Scotia is on the list of places I want to visit!
Sep 21, 2012 12:22pm
Thanks for taking the time to read:) I'm still picking away at my list so I hope you get to check Nova Scotia off yours...parts of it remind me of Italy believe it or not (the west coast of Italy and Cape Breton have those beautiful ocean views and twisting roads) while the highlands of Cape Breton have that same Scottish feel. Good luck with your list and thanks again for the comment:)
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