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'''Nova Scotia''' [http://novascotia.com] is one of the [[Atlantic Provinces]] of [[Canada]].
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[[image:Tourist_info_centre.jpg|thumb|150px|The tourist information centre at the Halifax waterfront.]]
* [[Cape Breton Island]]
* [[Halifax Regional Municipality]]
* [[Annapolis Valley]]
* [[Cumberland County (Nova Scotia)|Cumberland County]]
* [[South Shore (Nova Scotia)|South Shore]]
* [[Northumberland Shore]]
*[[Halifax (Nova Scotia)|Halifax]]
*[[Sydney (Nova Scotia)|Sydney]]
* [[Guysborough]]
* [[Hubley (Nova Scotia)|Hubley]]
* [[Lunenburg]]
* [[Middleton (Nova Scotia)|Middleton]]
* [[Pictou]]
* [[Windsor (Nova Scotia)|Windsor]]
* [[Yarmouth (Nova Scotia)|Yarmouth]]
* [[New Glasgow]]
==Other destinations==
* '''Tobeatic Wilderness & Southern Nova Scotia Biosphere'''. The largest protected wilderness area in Atlantic Canada. The Tobeatic is a large natural area that spans five counties and more than 104,000 hectares of central southwestern Nova Scotia. Nine major rivers flow from the Tobeatic and over 120 lakes are found within the wilderness area. The wilderness area is available to the public for canoeing, birding, and other outdoor pursuits for the enjoyment of nature. The Tobeatic features numerous species of interest including the last native population of moose, black bear, southern flying squirrel, Blanding's turtle, Eastern ribbon snake, Bald Eagle, brook trout, Lady Slipper orchids, and various carnivorous and non-chlorophytic flowering plants.
* '''Brier Island in the Bay of Fundy'''.[http://www.brierisland.org/brierIsland.html] Brier Island is a unique destination situated off the end of ancient basalt formation (Digby Neck) jutting out into the world famous Bay of Fundy. This area is rich in marine life (Whale Watching, Atlantic flyway for migrating birds and has a resident seal colony) The area has been long visited by naturalists who regularly spot rare and endangered plants.  Rock hounds will be impressed with the many types of rock formations and can find quartz, agate jasper, amethyst and even zeolite.  An area truly unspoiled, off the beaten track and deeply steeped in maritime tradition. (Home of the famous Joshua Slocum, the first person to sail solo around the world in 1895 on the Spay a 37’ sloop.) Brier Island offers many trails to explore both easy and challenging for hikers on short or extended visits. The island is accessible by two short ferry rides from the end of Digby Neck.
Nova Scotia has strong Scottish roots, but for a population of about a million it is remarkably diverse: with Mikmaq peoples, black Nova Scotians, French Acadians, Annapolis Valley farmers, lobster fishermen, and Haligonians all forming distinctive groups.
Unless you are a winter surfer, or like to snowshoe, then it is probably best to visit Nova Scotia sometime June-Oct when the weather is warm and the skies are blue.  The main byways are along the coast, and a lot of small shops and restaurants are open around the coast during the summer months.  Watch out for flies in the summer, however.
The province has lately begun celebrating its connection to Acadia. Nova Scotia hosted the World Acadian Congress in 2005. Champlain named Nova Scotia "Acadie" and claimed it for France in 1604. French immigrants settled the area and became prosperous farmers and fisherman until expelled by the British in the mid 18th century. Many areas still retain a strong Acadian French culture, including the largest francophone municipality, Clare in Digby County and Argyle, in Yarmouth County .
==Get in==
[[Halifax (Nova Scotia)|Halifax]] has the main international airport in the province.  Flights can also be made to Sydney in Cape Breton from Halifax, or periodically from Boston, Toronto, or other Maritime cities.  Ferry service is available from Prince Edward Island to Pictou, Newfoundland to North Sydney, or Portland and [[Bar Harbor]], Maine to Yarmouth.
==Get around==
The Highway system in Nova Scotia is very simple. Starting at Yarmouth, The 101 and 103 Provincial highways (Notable by the flag on the top of the white sign) go around the shore, the 101 going along the Western shore through Digby and Windsor, while the 103 goes along the eastern shore.  Both lead to Halifax/Dartmouth.  Following out, the Provincial 102 goes to Truro.  At Truro, one can opt to go to Ahmerst (To New Brunswick) or to New Glasgow via the Trans Canada 104.  A ferry to Prince Edward Island can be found at Pictou.  The Trans Canada leads all the way to the Canso Causeway, the one way to get to Cape Breton.  The Trans Canada also leads to Sydney, and the Newfoundland Ferry at North Sydney.  Be aware of road conditions in the winter, especially away from major areas.  Special scenic routes are labeled by specific signs, (Cabot Trail, Sunrise Trail, etc.).
[[Image:PeggyCove.jpg|thumb|Peggys Cove lighthouse]]
*'''Peggy's Cove Lighthouse''', 35 km SW of [[Halifax (Nova Scotia)|Halifax]] on road 333 is a lighthouse on rounded rocks. The lighthouse is a post office, there is a restaurant and tourist information but otherwise it is just big rocks with a dozen small house and 60 people living there. Outside Peggys Cove on the 333 there are plenty of B&B's and restaurants.
* '''Swissair Memorial''', close to Peggys Cove on the 333.
*'''Cape Breton highlands''' (especially in the Fall)
* '''Citadel Hill''', located in downtown Halifax.
* '''The Southern Nova Scotia Biosphere,''' Tobeatic Wilderness Area, and Kejimikujik National Park in the southern half of the province--the largest protected wilderness area in Atlantic Canada
* '''Pedal and Sea Adventures''' [http://www.pedalandseaadventures.com] Bike tours along Cape Breton's The Cabot Trail, Lighthouse Route, and Evangeline Route, along with Best of Both Coasts tour, and a Lunenburg Adventure tour. Also offers one- and two-day biking and kayaking tours, and bike rentals in the HRM.
* '''Scott's Walking Tours''' [http://www.scottwalking.com] Walking and hiking tours throughout Nova Scotia, including Cape Breton, Nova Scotia's four shores, and the Atlantic seacoast.
* '''Tidal Bore Rafting''' Experience the highest tides in the world by riding on the tidal bore wave in a raft. Exhilarating fun, even when the moon isn't full!
'''Donair''', a pile of roasted, spiced beef (known as donair meat) with tomatoes and onions covered in a sweet, white sauce and wrapped in a pita. This variation on the doner is unique to the area and is available at almost every corner diner and pizza place in Nova Scotia. Folks from New England (and perhaps many other areas of the US) will compare a donair to a gyro - biggest difference is a sauce that is much sweeter than the sauce found on a gyro.
'''Dulse''', most of this seaweed is harvested in Nova Scotia. Locally it is dried and used as a snack.
* '''Hala's Pizza and Doniar''', 117 Kearney Lake Rd. Wedgewood Plaza, [http://www.halaspizza.com/]. A charming and cozy pizza restaurant - takes pride in its homemade dishes.
* '''Shaws Landing''' 6958 Highway 333, West Dover, tel: ''+1'' 902-823-1843,  email:[email protected], [http://www.shawslanding.ca/]. Just a few km towards Halifax from Peggys Cove. The Scottish Swiss chef makes excellent seafood in a beautiful setting. Try the blueberry garlic shrimps. No liquor license.
* '''Sutherland's Diner''', 2808 Main St. Shubenacadie on the 102, Tel: ''+1'' 902-758-0114. Sandwiches, fish & chips, burgers at low prices.
*'''The Chickenburger''', Bedford Highway, [http://www.thechickenburger.com/]. Drive up and eat in malt, chickenburger and burger shop since 1940.
*<eat name="Captain Mark's Whale and Seal Cruise " alt="" address="Pleasant Bay, Nova Scotia" directions="" phone="1-888-754-5112" url="http://www.whaleandsealcruise.com/" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Whale watching</eat>
*<eat name="Atlantic School Of Skydiving" alt="" address="Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia" directions="" phone="1-902-423-5867(JUMP)" url="http://www.atlanticschoolofskydiving.com/index.htm" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Sky Diving</eat>
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Nova Scotia produces some very good wines.  Most wineries offer free tours.  Of particular note is Jost Winery [http://www.jostwine.com/] along the Northumberland Strait north of Truro.
Try the local beers. Nova Scotia is best known for "Alexander Keith's India Pale Ale," known locally simply as "Keith's" [http://www.keiths.ca/]:  Natives tend to get a kick out of outsiders trying it.  Also sample the [http://www.drinkpropeller.ca/beer/ '''Propeller''']
*<sleep name="Brier Island Lodge" alt="Brier Island - Bay of Fundy &amp; Whale Watching Capitol of Nova Scotia" address="Westport" directions="" phone="800-662-8355" url="http://www.brierisland.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">Welcome to Brier Island, Nova Scotia's Eco-Tourism destination. Situated at the outer edge of the Bay of Fundy, Brier Island offers visitors the opportunity to explore one of the richest marine habitats and coastal environments in the world. Brier Island Lodge offers you comfortable, ocean side accommodations along with a unique, regional dining experience. Certified for quality through the Bay of Fundy Recommended Experience program.
*<sleep name="Colwell's By The Sea - Exclusive Nova Scotia Cottages" alt=" Queesnland near Hubbards" address="10 Colwell Road, Queensland" directions="" phone="902-857-9105" url="http://www.colwellsbythesea.ca/" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">Exclusive Nova Scotia Oceanfront Cottages (Weekly & Monthly) Three acres of serenity overlooking Whynacht's Beach. We are just 30 minutes from Halifax and central to Peggy's Cove and Lunenburg, this tranquility offers year round comfort in four, distinctly appealing, personalized cottages surrounded by a panoramic view of St. Margaret's Bay.</sleep>
*<sleep name="Historic Hillsdale House Inn - Bed & Breakfast" alt=" Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia" address="519 St. George Street" directions="" phone="877-839-2821" url="http://www.hillsdalehouseinn.ca" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">Hillsdale House is an authentic Nova Scotia Bed and Breakfast Inn located in historic Annapolis Royal, on the Bay of Fundy. Minutes from one of the oldest European settlements in the New World, Port Royal. Built in 1859 and an easy drive to Nova Scotia ferry connections.  Hillsdale House Inn has catered to many famous persons, including King George V of England, delivering a  tradition (over 100 years) of providing gracious accommodation set in idyllic surroundings. Pet Friendly accommodations for that important member of your family with the same care given to all our guests.</sleep>
*<sleep name="Nova Scotia Bed & Breakfast Association" alt="Nova Scoctia Bed & Breakfast Association" address="" directions="" phone="" url="http://www.nsbedandbreakfast.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">Member properties across Nova Scotia</sleep>
* '''Heather Hotel''', 130 Foord Street, Stellarton/New Glasgow., Tel: ''+1'' 800-565-4500, email: [email protected], [http://www.heatherhotel.com/]. Just off exit 24 at TCH 104. Rooms from $C 89.
* '''Trout Point Lodge of Nova Scotia'''189 Trout Point Road, off East Branch Rd., Kemptville, Yarmouth County, (902) 482-8360, [http://www.troutpoint.com]. Luxury-level lodge adjacent to the Tobeatic Wilderness Reserve, 25 miles from Yarmouth ferry terminal.
*'''Sea'Scape Cottage''', 6 Seascape Cottage Lane, Pomquet, Antigonish County  Tel: 902-386-2825 [http://www.seascapecottages.ca].  Sea'scape Oceanfront Cottages are adjacent to Pomquet Provincial Park on 160 acres of coastal beach property.There are two supervised beach locations, complete with beach-combing and unsurpassed bird watching opportunities.  The surrounding waters are some of the warmest north of the Carolinas.
==Get out==
*Ferries leave for [[Newfoundland and Labrador]] in the north and [[Maine]] to the south
*[[New Brunswick]] and [[Quebec]] can both be reached in a days drive from most points in Nova Scotia
*[[Prince Edward Island]] (PEI) can be reached via Ferry from Caribou Wharf near [[Pictou]].
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