"Farewell to Nova Scotia, your sea bound coast" Top 5 Page for this destination Province of Nova Scotia by tvor

Province of Nova Scotia Travel Guide: 2,077 reviews and 5,114 photos

Ciad Mille Failte

That is Gaelic for 100,000 Welcomes. Gaelic? Well Nova Scotia is Latin for New Scotland and there are still a few Gaelic speakers in the highlands of Cape Breton Island and our phone books generally have more MacDonald's than Smith's. While NS was founded by the French and fought over, and subsequently taken by the English, we have a very strong Scottish heritage as well. Many Scots arrived here after the Highland Clearances in the late 18th C. It's not uncommon to see a man in a kilt at fancy dress occaisions or just walking along the street. It's not that everyone dons the plaid, just that you *will* see it on the street from time to time.

If i get a lot of tips on one place in particular i will move them to a page of their own. In the meantime, the page will contain tips from a variety of destinations around the province.

Who we are

Nova Scotia is a small province off the east coast of Canada, hanging on to the rest of the country by a thin isthmus of land. Although mainly rural , NS has a few bustling towns, a busy provincial capital and over a dozen universities.

We have miles and miles of sea coast, with the most beautiful sandy beaches. We have valleys and highlands, spectacular views and friendly residents. Halifax Regional Municipality, the capital of the province, is large enough to have lots to do but small enough to have a bit of that "small town" feel still.

The Bluenose

Nova Scotians are called "Bluenosers", there are several theories why but then there's the famous schooner. The Bluenose I was a fishing schooner in the 20's and 30's and won it's claim to fame in races. She never lost one. In the early 60's a local brewery built a replica, the Bluenose II and she's still afloat, a tourism ambassador gracing waters all over the world.

oh yes, FYI, The title of the page is the first line from the folk song, Farewell to Nova Scotia, and it's about sailors leaving their home land. Very appropriate considering all the coast line here, the naval and military history.

You may say farewell.... But you'll always want to return.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Friendly people, slower pace of life, lots to do indoors and outdoors
  • Cons:A bit remote, gas prices are a bit high
  • In a nutshell:A little piece of heaven
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  • GentleSpirit's Profile Photo
    Oct 8, 2012 at 2:27 PM

    i loved the relaxed pace of life, and autumn colors are magnificent. Your pages were mostly about places I didn't get to see, a nice introduction for when i come back to Nova Scotia:)

    • tvor's Profile Photo
      Oct 8, 2012 at 2:35 PM

      There are a lot of really nice places in this province. Always worth more visits!

  • SLLiew's Profile Photo
    Mar 4, 2010 at 10:13 AM

    Excellent tips of Nova Scotia. Cheers from Penang island, SL :)

  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Apr 19, 2009 at 3:41 PM

    A friend who now lives in Queensland, Australia came from Nova Scotia. She said it was pretty, and it sure is. Thanks for the tour.

  • Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo
    Nov 14, 2008 at 5:55 AM

    Great tips!

  • angiebabe's Profile Photo
    Jun 8, 2008 at 11:21 AM

    Nice to come across your pg - inspirational - coming for the highland games or the festival during fall sounds very tempting! (we are 5th generation NZ scots - still very keen on anything scottish and not just what do NS men wear under their kilts!)

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Feb 23, 2008 at 12:40 PM

    Hi, Diane! Thanks for your splendid pages!

  • babygrand's Profile Photo
    Feb 22, 2007 at 2:08 PM

    One "bluenoser" to another: great page. I really enjoyed seeing home through someone else's eyes, plus the little bits I didn't know. Proud of Ya!

  • JessH's Profile Photo
    Jan 24, 2007 at 10:07 PM

    Hello Diane. Great tips and lovely photos on such an enchanting place! Will have to drag my "old Scottish" fiance over to "New Scotland" sometime ;-) Greetings from the desert / Jess

  • sprdak11's Profile Photo
    Dec 11, 2006 at 8:49 AM

    Interesting travel page. Good luck. Greetings.

  • VeronicaG's Profile Photo
    Aug 15, 2006 at 6:10 AM

    Grand Pre and Port Royal are two sights that caught my eye in your tips---thanks for introducing me to Nova Scotia. The Celtic Games look like they'd be fun to watch, too!

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