Advice for Visitors to Canada
A Vacation in Nova Scotia
Traveling to Canada's most southeastern coast means a vacation in Nova
Scotia - an unforgettable experience. Voted as one of the friendliest
places in the world, this province features treats and fun for everyone:
beaches, art and crafts, fine cuisine, historical sites, museums and culture
Whether you are a history buff wanting to explore the museums, or an
outdoor enthusiast looking to catch a few waves, or an avid photographer
in search of magnificent vistas, a vacation in Nova Scotia has it all.
Weather in Nova Scotia
Nova Scotia's warm summers and cold winters are controlled by
its three surrounding bodies of water: the Atlantic Ocean, Bay of Fundy
and Gulf of St. Lawrence. The summers are long, beginning in April and
ending in October, with average temperatures ranging from 57°F to
a wonderfully mild 82°F. Winter temperatures range from -4°F to
If you take a vacation in Nova Scotia, be sure to pack clothes that will
accommodate a variety of temperatures. Since the province is directly
affected by westerly winds, eastward-moving storms, and the sea, there
can be frequent weather changes throughout the day. Locals have a popular
saying, “If you don’t like the weather, just wait a minute!”
Main Cities in Nova Scotia
A visit to the cities of Halifax and Sydney is highly recommended
while on vacation in Nova Scotia. These two metropolitan areas offer visitors
a look at the province’s history and a taste of its culture, from
art galleries and museums to lobster feasts, luxurious spas, and Baccarat
- Halifax – Nova Scotia's capital city is over
250 years old, and made up of historical quarters, beautiful harbors
and a bustling cosmopolitan environment. More than 450 restaurants await
you in Halifax, as well as more pubs and clubs than any other city in
Canada for its size. Walking the streets of this city will bring you
to trendy little neighborhoods with eclectic boutiques. There are peaceful
parks and over two dozen restful spas. For those who like excitement,
the casino and live theater can entertain you for hours. Halifax boasts
an acclaimed symphony orchestra.
- Sydney – Well-known for being a major shipping
port on the east coast of popular Cape Breton Island, Sydney is admired
by visitors from around the world for its unique Gaelic culture. Located
close to Sydney, Mira Gut Beach and Dominican Beach Provincial Park
present unparalleled beauty. Visitors can try their luck at the casino
or explore the city’s historical museums. For music-lovers, Celtic
music festivals abound. There are numerous world-class golf courses
on this small scenic island.
By the Sea in Nova Scotia
Over 150 stately lighthouses are scattered on the coast of Nova
Scotia. These historic landmarks have been keeping seafarers safe for
many generations. Most of the beaches are part of the province’s
park system, so they not only have showers and toilet facilities, canteens,
interpretive centers, and picnic areas, but they are also immaculate.
For those just wanting to relax, the 4,759 miles of seacoast is the perfect
place to soak up the sun, put your toes in the white sand, or fly a kite.
A vacation in Nova Scotia would not be complete without a trip to the
Bay of Fundy to witness the highest tidal range in the world. Here, there
are 15 whale species, making whale-watching a popular activity. And, if
you are seeking big thrills, the white water rafting can satisfy even
the biggest adrenaline junkie.
Do not forget the Cabot Trail on Cape Breton Island. This 300 km road
winds through spectacular highland scenery and quaint villages, attracting
hikers, bikers, photographers, and adventurers. In the Fall, the international
music festival called Celtic Colours, gathers music lovers from everywhere.
Cuisine in Nova Scotia
People travel from around the world to partake in Nova Scotia's
renowned lobster feasts. You will undoubtedly enjoy the seaside views
and remarkable service. The province’s many fine restaurants offer
specialties such as seared scallops, steamed mussels, local beer and homemade
wine. Nova Scotia has been growing grapes for 300 years, so make use of
the sommelier and ask him to suggest the ideal bottle of local wine for
The Congeniality of Nova Scotia
The quirky character of Nova Scotia certainly adds to its charm.
No matter what time of year you visit, you are sure to have the opportunity
to experience at least one of the province’s 550 annual festivals.
Music is an integral part of life to the dwellers of Nova Scotia, so be
ready to enjoy the regional sounds of the various communities.
Looking for something really unique and special to take home? Visit an
Artisan studio where local artists allow you to watch them at work; it
will be the perfect opportunity to pick up a one-of-a-kind sculpture or
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About the Author
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