Nova Scotia

Experience the adventure and breath-taking beauty of a land and a people truly shaped by the sea. Renowned for the highest tides in the world at the Bay of Fundy, award-winning vineyards scattered about the province, nationally recognized chefs at the helm of Nova Scotia restaurants and over 700 festivals annually, Nova Scotia is a place of remarkable natural beauty and thriving culture. Relax at Peggy’s Cove fishing village, go on a whale watching trip, tour the Cabot Trail, see our rich heritage at the Halifax Citadel and Louisbourg fortress, etc. With all of this history, it’s no wonder there are two UNESCO World Heritage sites in such a small province!

Source: Nova Scotia Department of Tourism

Halifax is the only city in Canada where noon is announced by a cannon, heard throughout the thriving downtown from the city's hilltop fortress. Steeped in history, rich in culture and refreshingly cosmopolitan, Halifax carefully blends traditional charm and modern convenience. Pubs around the city feature Celtic music, blues, jazz and pop. You'll find museums, historical sites and five-star restaurants.

Source: Atlantic Canada Tourism Partnership

Amherst is the largest town in Cumberland County, Nova Scotia with a population of 9,500 and growing. Located approximately two hundred kilometers northwest of the province capital Halifax, and three kilometers from Nova Scotia / New Brunswick Border, Amherst is positioned in the geographic center of the Maritime Provinces.

Amherst has many wonderful beaches in its surrounding area, where the water is the warmest north of the Carolinas.
Take time out of your busy schedule to stroll downtown, enjoying Amherst's Victorian architecture and heritage homes.
Visit Cumberland County Museum and enjoy learning about Cumberland County's rich industrial and cultural history located on Church Street. There are guided walking tours of historical Amherst at various times of the year.
Source: Town of Amherst
The Town of Annapolis Royal is the perfect place to plan your next vacation, holiday or family get-together! A small sea-side Town steeped in history and tradition, Annapolis Royal and its residents know how to treat a visitor. After all, we have been doing it for more then 400 years!
Idyllically situated between mountain and sea, Annapolis Royal offers a stunning waterfront shopping area, an enviable selection of restaurants and world class accommodations plus a streetscape that has been designated a National Historic District. Important heritage sites, an exciting arts community and theatre, together with wonderful recreational opportunities all combine to make Annapolis Royal the ideal holiday destination!
Rich in tradition, the Annapolis Royal area has much to offer visitors - a delightful blend of history, culture and panoramic scenery, a Town maintaining the integrity of the past while featuring a varied and exciting selection of special attractions. When you visit, be sure to drop in to the Visitor Information Centre located in the Tidal Power Station on the Causeway. Here you will find a wonderful orientation to the area and a very knowledgeable staff to help you make the most of your stay.
Source: Town of Annapolis Royal
The Town of Antigonish was incorporated in 1889. Like many other communities in Nova Scotia, Antigonish Town prides itself on being able to offer a good standard of living and a unique quality of life to its citizens. Much of our history confirms our recognition of the importance of individuals, family, and the value of community.

Established as the Highland Heart of Nova Scotia, Antigonish is the home of the oldest continuously run Highland Games in North America. Each year, the "games" bring people from all over the world to witness these events and share in our culture and history. In all of this - and more - Antigonish Town has cooperated with Antigonish County and with other groups and organizations, large and small, to achieve outstanding success that is recognized around the world.
Source: Town of Antigonish

Baddeck, situated along the shores of the Bras d’Or Lakes, is a village in bloom from spring to autumn with a kaleidoscope of colours in baskets, boxes and gardens along its downtown shopping core. Baddeck is a bustling resort community boasting 600+ rooms, yet retains the essence of a quaint village.

Source: Town of Baddeck

Small coastal rural community in the Halifax Regional Municipality, Nova Scotia, Canada. It is about 19 kilometres (12 mi) from Halifax. Bayside is situated on the shore of Shad Bay on the Atlantic Ocean. The community is on the Prospect Road (Route 333) which runs on the Chebucto Peninsula.
The Province of Nova Scotia is located on Canada's East Coast and covers an area of 55,500 sq. km. Bridgewater, Lunenburg County is the largest centre on Nova Scotia’s South Shore with a land area of 13.35 square km.

Situated on the LaHave River, Bridgewater is 15 miles from the Atlantic Ocean and strategically located only 1 hour (100 km) south west of Nova Scotia's capital city, Halifax and only 1-1/2 hours from the Halifax International Airport. The international ferries in Yarmouth are approximately 2 1/2 hours from Bridgewater.

Bridgewater is a thriving town nestled in the heart of the LaHave River Valley. Known as the "Main Street of the South Shore", Bridgewater offers numerous amenities including restaurants, accommodations, a traditional mainstreet as well as a bustling mall, banks, regional hospital, parks, museums and recreational facilities.
Source: Town of Bridgewater
At Chéticamp you'll find : The Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Here you can admire some of the finest scenery in Northeastern America. Discover the beauty on our beaches, land sites, light house and trails on the beautiful Chéticamp Island situated directly across from the Acadian village.
Exciting. Eclectic. Romantic. Halifax deftly blends the past with the present to produce a skyline dotted with elegant 18th- and 19th-century architecture alongside ultra-modern towers of glass and steel. The heart of Halifax is perfect for exploring on foot, with treelined streets, international restaurants, galleries, libraries and museums. Inviting sidewalk cafés beckon you to while away a few hours amid park-like, waterfront, and historic settings in the busy downtown, often with a backdrop of the bustling harbour, which entertains ship traffic from every corner of the globe.

Halifax has been a significant port city ever since its founding in 1749. Indeed the waterfront continues to be a hot spot, boasting some of the city’s most stimulating entertainment and most fascinating historical landmarks. Take in the impressive displays and dockside historic ships at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic before heading to the nearby Historic Properties, where 19th-century privateers’ warehouses have been transformed into a delightful array of specialty boutiques and restaurants. Day and night, the downtown area pulsates with the rhythms of local music and the excitement that characterizes life in a cosmopolitan centre. Here visitors can enjoy a boat tour of the harbour, savour a wealth of
entertainment or indulge in the excitement of a waterfront casino.
Source: Nova Scotia Department of Tourism, Culture and Heritage

Digby is located over looking the picturesque view of the Annapolis Basin. The Town of Digby has been an active fishing community throughout the years. Famous for the delicious scallops harvested from our local waters. The Annapolis Basin from our waterfront, offers clear crisp air, and of course the spectacular view of the incredible tides (28 to 35 ft.) in our harbour. Digby is central to many activities, including historic sites, some of the best Whale Watching in North America, lovely parks, hiking trails, and our own local championship golf course.

Source: Town of Digby

Heading East or West on the Trans Canada Highway, Exit 37 at Monastery is your exit. After completing the off ramps, turn left towards Monastery and travel for about two kilometres until you reach the intersection and the beginning of Highway 16. Don't cross the railway tracks or you have gone too far. Now enjoy the scenic drive along Highway 16 into the Municipality with the village of Guysborough approximately 20 - 25 minutes away.

In Aulds Cove, you can access Highway 344 directly across from the Irving Big Stop. This route will take you through the Town of Mulgrave and then follow along the shores of the Strait of Canso. Highway 344, after approximately 30 minutes will intersect with Highway 16 at Boylston.

The Municipality of the District of Guysborough is proud to welcome visitors from all over the world. Our area has much to offer - from natural wonders and breathtaking scenery to historic sites and year-round festivities. Outdoor enthusiasts will delight at the hiking trails, beaches, parks and magnificent coastal vistas; while history buffs can choose from numerous museums, churches and historic sites. We offer accommodations and dining experiences to suit every need and visitors are sure to have an unforgettable experience in the Municipality of the District of Guysborough.
Source: Municipality of the district of Guysborough
Halifax, is the only city in Canada where noon is announced by a cannon, heard throughout the thriving downtown from the city's hilltop fortress. Steeped in history, rich in culture and refreshingly cosmopolitan, Halifax carefully blends traditional charm and modern convenience. Pubs around the city feature Celtic music, blues, jazz and pop. You'll find museums, historical sites and five-star restaurants. A day’s sightseeing will simply not do this city justice! Or in just 45 minutes, you can be moved by the unforgettable beauty of Peggy's Cove.
Source: Atlantic Canada Tourism Partnership
Ingonish, on the world famous Cabot Trail, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. Welcome to the rugged headlands, sandy beaches, lush green valleys and wild, open barrens... a destination point for all ages in all seasons and the starting point for your adventure into the Cape Breton Highlands.
 Kentville is the shire town of Kings County, Nova Scotia.  It is one of the most beautiful and richest agricultural districts in North America, in the heart of Nova Scotia’s great apple industry.The Town has a lot on offer, and you can discover.
The Liscomb region of Nova Scotia’s Atlantic coast is one of the wildest and most rugged parts of the province. The Ice Age left a diverse landscape of drumlin fields, erratic boulders and the land of wild rivers and lakes that is seen today. This is superb hiking and wildlife country where the salty tang of the sea is never far away.

Nestled between Lunenburg "Front" and "Back" Harbours, on a steep hillside facing south, Lunenburg is admired by many a visitor. Lunenburg is a quick 92 kms or 57 miles southwest from the capital, Halifax.

Lunenburg has "small town character," yet has easy access to Halifax and South Shore markets, links with the Annapolis Valley, the New England States, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island.

Lunenburg's fine artisans capture the tradition of their maritime heritage in their work, with handcarved duck decoys, ship models, pottery and beautiful paintings displayed in local art galleries and gift shops.
Lunenburg and the nearby seaside community of Blue Rocks are classic examples of the area's picturesque beauty, making it an inspiring location for artists.
Source: Town of Lunenburg
Located near the spectacular coastal shores of northern Nova Scotia, New Glasgow is a town that will reach out to you because it reminds you of coming home, Nova Scotia style.

New Glasgow is home to many renowned artists, artisans and entertainers. At any given time, you can expect to find one or more special community gathering, a signature hometown event, a musical presentation or just a good ole hockey game happening in New Glasgow.

Often the magical setting of the riverfront or one of New Glasgow's beautiful parks provide the backdrop to major events and it is indeed a sight to behold to see the best and brightest in East Coast and Canadian talent performing at the Glasgow Square Theatre's outdoor stage during the award winning Music Jubilee or the breathtaking majesty of the dragon boats on the river, preparing for the annual Race on the River Dragon Boat Festival as the haunting sounds of the drums resonate along the shores.
Source: Town of New Glasgow

This region, know as 'the Northside' is so named because of its location on the north shore of Sydney Harbour.The communities of Bras d'Or and Florence are situated on the Trans Canada Highway (Hwy 105) just west of North Sydney. Here you will find accommodations, restaurants, campgrounds and other services. If your plans include a trip to Newfoundland, this is the place to be. The Marine Atlantic Ferry Terminal will put you aboard one of the two largest car/passenger ferries in North America, and send you out across the Cabot Strait to Port aux Basques or Argentia.

Source: Cape Breton Tourism

Pictou is considered to be the Birthplace of "New Scotland" and we are noted for our hospitality, scenery and many fine dining establishments. We also have many world class attractions, such as the Hector Heritage Quay, a full sized replica of the Ship Hector, and Grohmann Knives, famous for their "Russell belt knife". Come and enjoy our restored waterfront, visit our craft shops, museums and travel the Jitney trail, which is part of the Trans Canada Trail system. Deeply rooted Scottish heritage, strong Maritime traditions and ties to the sea are reflected in a wealth of diverse festivals and and events that take place annually in this seaside community.

Source: Town of Pictou

Cape Breton Island Nova Scotia has lured visitors to her shores for thousands of years. It is an amazing place, where the sand and sea air have joined forces with the enchantment of our history to create an indescribable atmosphere. As you visit with us today, you’ll see what we mean!

Interested in historic sites, cultural events, outdoor adventure or just sheer relaxation? Cape Breton Island’s five Scenic Trails can deliver. Pack a picnic for the splendour of sunsets over the Bras d’Or Lakes or photograph your way through a hike along the rugged coastline of the historic east. The waters on our western "Sunset Side of the Island" are your perfect host for whale watching, sailing, kayaking and scuba diving.

Come with us now for a journey through the highlands and lowlands of Nova Scotia’s Masterpiece and let us transform your vacation into the best holiday you’ve had in years!

The Cabot Trail winds its way around Cape Breton Island where towering highlands, set against a vibrant blue sky, tumble to the sea, creating panoramas of singular beauty. Stride along spectacular hiking trails. Visit one of the many folk art studios along the way. Or listen to traditional live music played in communities across the Island. See why Travel + Leisure Magazine named Cape Breton the best island to visit in the continental US and Canada.

-Ranked as an Island Paradise in Fodor's Travel News 2008

-March 2004 - Cape Breton rated #2 on National Geographic's Travelor Magazine destinations poll

-Rated the most beautiful island and amongst the most friendly people in the world by Condé Nast Traveler magazine!
Source: Atlantic Canada Tourism Partnership, Cape Breton Island Industry association
Hawkesbury is ranked 3rd as the most bilingual city in Ontario. Located on the south shore of the Ottawa River, halfway between Ottawa and Montreal, Hawkesbury offers a variety of activities to its visitors.
Source: Direction Ontario

Pubnico is located in what was called, before the Expulsion, CAPE SABLE, which, even at the beginning, around 1614, had as its center what is now Port La Tour, called then Port Lomeron, David Lomeron having here a trading post, dealing with fur and fish. Charles de Biencourt, who was at the head of the small group of Frenchmen of what was then Acadia, comprising the south-western part of the peninsula, died around 1624. In 1631. Louis XIII named as Governor of Acadia Charles de La Tour, who had been a faithful companion of Charles de Biencourt. It is then that the name of Port Lomeron was changed to the name of Port La Tour. He was named Governor of Acadia again in 1651, while in France, from where he came back, bringing with him Philippe Mius d'Entremont, who was to be his Major. It is Philippe Mius d'Entremont who was to be the founder of Pubnico.

Pubnico is considered as being not only the oldest village which, in Acadia, is still occupied by the Acadians, but also as the oldest village in Canada which is still occupied by the descendants of its founder.

Sherbrooke is a rural community on the Eastern Shore of Nova Scotia, Canada, in Guysborough County. Sherbrooke is nestled between Sherbrooke Lake and St. Mary's River.

In recent decades, Cape Breton Island has become home to a significant tourism industry, with Sydney (as the island's largest urban centre) being a prime beneficiary. Sydney's tourism draw is increasingly linked to its cultural asset as being the urban heart of Cape Breton Island. Sydney is an ideal starting base to explore Cape Breton Island’s main attractions, especially the Fleur-de-lis and Marconi Trails.

Source: Nova Scotia Department of Tourism, Culture and Heritage

The Town of Truro is located in Colchester County, Nova Scotia on the East coast of Canada. Situated near the Atlantic Ocean, Truro enjoys a temperate climate with pleasant summers, mild winters, and picturesque autumns.

Truro is filled with great Restaurants, Accommodations, Parks, Shopping, and Leisure activities.

The town has great Scenic views, just drive downtown to see the historic buildings, and tree sculptures.

During the winter months, weather permitting, Victoria Square is home of the Truro Outdoor Rink which has become a very popular attraction for residents and visitors.
Source: Town of Truro

Cape Breton Island Nova Scotia has lured visitors to her shores for thousands of years. It is an amazing place, where the sand and sea air have joined forces with the enchantment of our history to create an indescribable atmosphere. As you visit with us today, you’ll see what we mean! Interested in historic sites, cultural events, outdoor adventure or just sheer relaxation? Cape Breton Island’s five Scenic Trails can deliver.

Source: Atlantic Canada Tourism Partnership, Cape Breton Island Industry association

A charming area nestled along the beautiful Bluenose Coast of Nova Scotia’s South Shore, just 45 minutes from Halifax. You'll find Nova Scotia’s natural environment at its finest right here on our doorstep, along the Bluenose Coast of Nova Scotia’s South Shore. Marvel at humpback and fin whales as they play off Tancook Island. Sea kayak among Mahone Bay's 365 islands or take a side trip to Kejimkujik National Park. Go on a hike, a boat tour or take up golfing!
Queens County is on the southwestern coast of Nova Scotia and is a 1-1/2 hour drive from Halifax and Yarmouth via Highway 103.

Ours is the best of two worlds: old, well established, yet growing communities; and large areas of unspoiled countrys
The Cabot Trail is considered one of the World's Most Scenic Destination Areas. The Cabot Trail, named one of the best road trips in the world by Lonely Planet, is a trail that winds through stunning landscapes, along the Margaree River, a Canadian Heritage Salmon River, and through spectacular rugged highlands of the Cape Breton Highlands National Park of Canada.
Source: Cabot Trail Travel
Yarmouth & Acadian Shores has been welcoming visitors since 1604 when Samuel de Champlain discovered the area. Located at the south western tip of Nova Scotia, approximately 300 km south of Halifax, today's visitors can find their way to the region via several scenic routes.

Everywhere you go you'll discover the hospitality of a region unlike any other. Pass through the Pubnicos and be welcomed to the oldest Acadian settlement in the world. Travel along the scenic coastline of Argyle and the colourful French Acadian shore of Clare as the sea unfolds before you. Wander through Yarmouth and enjoy museums, restaurants and shopping in a truly historic port town. The Yarmouth & Acadian Shores region is a rich blend of heritage, culture and community spirit. A place where the sea influences all aspects of life, and Acadian warmth beckons you to extend your stay.

Journey towards south-western Nova Scotia and discover a region filled with colourful fishing villages, towering churches and spectacular lighthouses. In addition to a stunning coastline and a unique golfing experience, Yarmouth & Acadian Shores features a rich blend of history, culture and community spirit. Start here and explore Nova Scotia's oldest Acadian settlement and see where the waves take you.
Source: Tourism Yarmouth and Acadian shores