Nova Scotia Travel Guide
A land surrounded by the sea with great culture, fascinating cities, beautiful landscapes and quiet islands, Nova Scotia can offer you the time of your life!
Nova Scotia – Geography
Nova Scotia is a small Canadian province with only 55.491 square km, a peninsula surrounded by the waters of the Atlantic Ocean and separated from the continent by the Isthmus of Chignecto. The typical landscape here is given by the rocky shores, sunny hills represented by the White Hill Lake, also the highest point of the province (530m), and the foggy islands surrounding the peninsula. Due to the immense water surfaces surrounding the province the climate is milder than anywhere near and has four distinct seasons.
There are also several important rivers, crossing the province, and flowing into the ocean like the Shubenacadie, Medway, Mersey and others.
Nova Scotia has two main islands near its shores Cape Breton Island and Sable Island.
Nova Scotia – Flora and Fauna
The biodiversity of this province is represented by a mixture of animal and plant species characteristic to both maritime and mountainous area. One can find here coniferous forests, broadleaf forests and many species characteristic for the Atlantic coast. There are also several cultivated species among which the most famous are the vineyards with six distinct cultivating regions.
There are about 21 protected areas in Nova Scotia that can be visited anytime, conserving ancient forests, Atlantic wetlands and different animal endangered species. Some of the most important natural reserves are the Blanford Natural Reserve, Duncans Cove Natural Reserve, Indian Man Lake Natural Reserve and Panuke Lake Natural Reserve.
Nova Scotia – Population
The province numbers about 900.000 people, most of them concentrated in the capital city of Halifax and in other main cities like Sydney (Cape Breton), New Glasgow and Truro.
Halifax is a modern city, with a great cultural and economical role, an important port due to its location in one of the world’s largest natural harbors.
Nova Scotia – Tips for Tourists
If you want to visit Nova Scotia on your next vacation, you must know that usually a visa and a valid passport are required to enter the country. You also need to be healthy and possibly need an invitation from a Canadian resident. Some visitors are requested to have return tickets, documents for their next destination if necessary and enough money to support themselves during the stay. The travelers are also advised to check with a local embassy or consulate office in order to receive the most accurate information.
The regional currency is the Canadian Dollar which can be easily converted in any local bank, hotel or exchange office.
Nova Scotia – Transport
Nova Scotia has a well developed transport infrastructure with numerous highways, roads, airports, ports and railroads. The main airports here are the Halifax International Airport and South Shore Regional Airport but there are also several heliports and water aerodromes.
Within the cities anyone can use the urban public transport system and travel by bus or tram.
Nova Scotia - Resorts
With such beautiful and varied landscapes, this province by the ocean can offer you a very pleasant holiday. One of the best places to relax is offered by the Digby Pines Golf Resort and Spa, surrounded by a beautiful forest, offering cozy rooms with numerous facilities like heated outdoor pool, spa center, fitness center and the possibility of practicing numerous sports as well as outdoor activities in the surrounding areas. For more privacy you can choose one of the resort’s maritime cottages.
For a business travel or a family vacation you can choose the Liscombe Lodge Resort and Conference Room. The resort offers very good accommodation in a luxurious hotel on the banks of the Liscomb River. Besides the self sufficient rooms and the numerous possibilities to relax, the resort also offers a pleasant landscape over the surrounding area. A nice hiking trip by the river ended with a relaxing visit to the spa and fitness center and a home cooked meal with local fruits and vegetables will make your day.
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