Overview Nova Scotia

Visiting Nova Scotia

One of Canada’s three maritime provinces, Nova Scotia (or “New Scotland”, translated from Latin) is home to some excellent museums, great sightseeing and a gorgeous and stark landscape, making it a great vacation destination for history buffs and outdoor lovers alike.

The Cabot Trail is perhaps Nova Scotia’s biggest claim to fame - this scenic highway and roadway loops 180 miles around the northern tip of Cape Breton Island, passing through the scenic Cape Breton Highlands National Park and tracing the rugged rocky coastline of the western and easter parts of the island. Even more natural beauty is in store at the renowned Annapolis Royal Historical Gardens, where the flora of various centuries is preserved and arranged in period-appropriate gardens.

The province is also home to some excellent museums, like the Maritime Museum - Canada’s oldest and largest - and the ... Read More
One of Canada’s three maritime provinces, Nova Scotia (or “New Scotland”, translated from Latin) is home to some excellent museums, great sightseeing and a gorgeous and stark landscape, making it a great vacation destination for history buffs and outdoor lovers alike.

The Cabot Trail is perhaps Nova Scotia’s biggest claim to fame - this scenic highway and roadway loops 180 miles around the northern tip of Cape Breton Island, passing through the scenic Cape Breton Highlands National Park and tracing the rugged rocky coastline of the western and easter parts of the island. Even more natural beauty is in store at the renowned Annapolis Royal Historical Gardens, where the flora of various centuries is preserved and arranged in period-appropriate gardens.

The province is also home to some excellent museums, like the Maritime Museum - Canada’s oldest and largest - and the Museum of Immigration. The Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site is another visitor favorite, housing the largest collection of the inventor’s artifacts and inventions in addition to replicas of his first telephones.

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Stories and Tips Nova Scotia

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Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site

Written by tvordj on 01 Oct, 2008

Alexander Graham Bell did most of his famous telephone inventing in the US but he had a summer home in Baddeck where he lived most of the last part of his life, continuing his research and inventing, with the help of a team, loads of…Read More


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From Baddeck to Louisbourg and Home Again

Written by tvordj on 01 Oct, 2008

Yet another sunny day! We had a continental breakfast and checked out. We stopped at the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic site first, before heading to Louisbourg. This is a really interesting site and we spent an hour or two looking at all the exhibits…Read More


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Around the Cabot Trail

Written by tvordj on 01 Oct, 2008

We weren't lucky with the whale watching cruise so we took a little time and drove back to Joe's Scarecrow Village (see separate review). What an amazing and quirky attraction! Kind of creepy too. The one that really made the hair on my neck stand…Read More


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From PEI to Cheticamp

Written by tvordj on 01 Oct, 2008

Up early today. Peter is cooking breakfast but has invited us to the restaurant where he's using the facilities there. It's not open for breakfast, so it's just us for a private dining experience with our eggs and bac'. I was sure the eggs were…Read More


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From Halifax to Georgetown to Cape Breton

Written by tvordj on 01 Oct, 2008

I've been trying to get to Cape Breton for years and never seem to manage to make plans that work out so this year, I was determined. Graham was visiting for two weeks in September so we went ahead and booked. It would have been…Read More


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A Drive from Halifax to Lunenburg

Written by artslover on 12 May, 2006

We decided on a Friday night to rent a car and drive to Lunenburg the next day, stopping along the way as time permitted. I was to get the car and be ready to leave when my husband was finished with his business. Saturday morning,…Read More


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Laid-back and lovely, Halifax brims with Maritime charm

Written by Jim Rosenberg on 29 Sep, 2000

With a population of around a million combined, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Prince Edward Island offer striking natural beauty and Maritime flavor filled with picturesque seascapes, wild salmon rivers and fresh lobsters boiling in the pots of quaint seaside restaurants in fishing villages…Read More


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One Day in Halifax

Written by smmmarti guide on 29 Nov, 2004

Earlier this year I met a fellow hailing from Nova Scotia."I‘ve always wanted to go there!" I exclaimed."Heavens, why?" he retorted. "I don’t know?" I muttered, suddenly embarrassed. Undaunted by the local’s lack of enthusiasm for his homeland, I decided this would be the…Read More


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Fisherman's Cove

Written by Re Carroll on 30 May, 2002

Fishermens Cove is located in Eastern Passage, about 15 minutes from downtown Dartmouth. At one time, fishermen (including my uncles) had their boat houses here and stored bait, tools, etc. There are still some private boat houses but most of the…Read More


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The Historic Seaport of Lunenburg

Written by Re Carroll on 08 Jun, 2002

We were taking our time traveling from Halifax to Shelburne, so we stopped in Lunenburg for lunch and a bit of sightseeing. The village was settled in the mid 1700s and quickly became known as a first-class fishing and shipbuilding town. As…Read More


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