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101+ Interesting & Fun Facts About Nova Scotia That You May Not Know


Interesting & Fun Facts About Nova Scotia That You May Not Know

Are you ready to explore the rich history and natural beauty of one of Canada’s maritime provinces? Then you have definitely come to the right place! Whether you are planning a trip or just curious, learning some interesting facts about Nova Scotia will be a ton of fun.

From the picturesque coastline and lighthouses to the vibrant culture and world-renowned cuisine, Nova Scotia has something for everyone. Whether you are a history buff, outdoor enthusiast, foodie, or simply looking for a relaxing getaway, you’ll find it all here.

After our road trip through Nova Scotia last summer, we can’t wait to go back! And we would definitely recommend adding this incredible Maritime province to your Canada bucket list.

So sit back and get ready to be amazed by the fascinating facts and interesting tidbits about this charming province. Journey with us and discover what makes Nova Scotia such a unique and unforgettable destination.

🦞 Interesting & Fun Facts About Nova Scotia That You May Not Know

Get ready to be amazed by these interesting and fun facts about Nova Scotia, that will take you on a journey through the province’s history, culture, and natural wonders!

🦞 Official Fun Facts About Nova Scotia

From population to the capital city to our official tree, many of these fun facts about Nova Scotia really surprised us!

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1. Nova Scotia is a province of Canada.

Nova Scotia is one of 10 provinces and three territories of Canada. To break that down a little further, it is also one of 6 provinces in Eastern Canada.

Nova Scotia is also one of the 4 Atlantic provinces of Canada (along with New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador), and one of the 3 Maritime Provinces (along with New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island).

2. In 2019, the population of Nova Scotia was approximately one million people.

Nova Scotia is the 7th most populous province in Canada. However, it is the most populous province in Atlantic/Maritime Canada.

The population is approximately 940,000 and English is the official language, although Nova Scotians of Acadian heritage speak French.

3. Nova Scotia has the 2nd highest population density in Canada.

At 18 people per km2, Nova Scotia’s population density is pretty surprising. In fact, in Canada, it is only surpassed only by Prince Edward Island.

4. People from Nova Scotia are called Nova Scotians.

People from Halifax, Nova Scotia’s capital, are called Haligonians.

5. People from Nova Scotia are nicknamed “Bluenosers”.

This slang term was first used back in the 1760s, and most likely refers to early Nova Scotian sailors who would get a blue nose from being out in the cold weather. The other theory is that the term refers to the early settlers who would eat a lot of blue potatoes and herring.

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6. Nova Scotia is located within the Atlantic Standard Time Zone (AST).

The province is one hour ahead of Eastern Standard Time (EST) and 4 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).

7. The name Nova Scotia means “New Scotland” in Latin.

The name “Nova Scotia” was given by King James I of England in 1621. The land was then granted to the Scottish colonizer Sir William Alexander.

8. The official flower of Nova Scotia is the May Flower.

Also known as the trailing arbutus, the May Flower has been a symbol of Nova Scotia since 1820. The May Flower is also the official flower of the US state of Massachusetts.

9. The official tree of Nova Scotia is the Red Spruce.

The Red Spruce was chosen to represent the strength and resilience of Nova Scotians, as it can survive in almost every condition and on any terrain.

10. The flag of Nova Scotia is the opposite of Scotland’s flag.

The flag of Nova Scotia has a blue Saint Andrew’s Cross on a white background, with the Royal Arms of Scotland in the centre. Scotland’s flag, on the other hand, is a white Saint Andrew’s Cross on a blue background.

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11. The official bird of Nova Scotia is the Osprey.

The Osprey is a bird of prey that is larger than a hawk but smaller than an eagle. It eats mostly fish and is often seen flying over lakes and rivers.

12. The official tartan of Nova Scotia has 5 colours.

Designed by Bessie Murray in 1953, the Nova Scotia tartan is made up of 5 colours. The colours were chosen as they represent the blue and white of the sea, the green of the forests, red for the royal lion on the Arms of Nova Scotia, and gold for Nova Scotia’s historic Royal Charter.

13. Nova Scotia is not just known for its colourful fishing villages.

It is also known for its fresh lobster, fish, and scallops, and its welcoming people.

14. Tourism is one of Nova Scotia’s most important industries.

Alongside fishing and shipbuilding, tourism has become one of Nova Scotia’s most important industries.

15. Nova Scotia exports a huge amount of fish.

Every year, Nova Scotia exports approximately $1 billion worth of fish to over 90 countries around the world.

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16. Nova Scotia has the highest GDP of the Atlantic provinces.

Even though Nova Scotia has the highest GDP of the Atlantic provinces, it is still well below Canada’s national average.

17. Nova Scotia was originally inhabited by the Miꞌkmaq people.

Today, First Nations and Métis make up 6% of the population.

18. The largest ethnic group in Nova Scotia is the Scots.

The largest ethnic group in Nova Scotia is the Scottish, followed closely by the British.

19. English is Nova Scotia’s primary language.

92% of people in Nova Scotia have English as their first language.

20. Nova Scotians have a very unique accent.

Nova Scotians speak with an accent that is influenced by Scottish, Irish, and Gaelic. Of course, they also have a ton of slang expressions that are unique to the Maritimes and are not found in any other province.

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21. Nova Scotia has 4 distinct seasons.

The weather in Nova Scotia is considered to be pretty moderate, with four distinct seasons: winter, spring, summer and fall.

22. Nova Scotia can get pretty cold in winter.

Nova Scotia is one of the mildest provinces in Canada. However, the province has had some record-setting cold days. In fact, the coldest temperature ever recorded in Nova Scotia was -41.1°C on January 31, 1920, in Upper Stewiacke.

23. Nova Scotia has also had some pretty hot summers.

Summers in Nova Scotia can also be as extreme as the winters. The warmest temperature ever recorded in Nova Scotia was 39.0°C, which occurred on August 20, 2009, in Collegeville.

24. Nova Scotia can get a lot of snow.

The most snow to fall in 24 hours was 101 cm in Yarmouth. This occurred between February 18 -19, 2004, during a nor’easter that blew in from the Atlantic, paralyzing the majority of eastern Canada. Halifax and Dartmouth received the second-largest amount of snow with a total of 95.5 cm.

25. Nova Scotia is home to 3 UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

There are three UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Nova Scotia: Old Town Lunenburg, a gorgeous colonial town and harbour, Joggins Fossil Cliffs, where rainforest fossils have been found, and Landscape of Grand-Pré, which is the site of an early Acadian community.

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🦞 Interesting Facts About Nova Scotia Geography

Nova Scotia really has a rich and varied landscape. From beaches to lush forests, and everything in between, visitors are often surprised by how incredible Nova Scotia’s geography really is.

26. Nova Scotia is the second smallest province in Canada.

At 55,284 square kilometres, Nova Scotia is the second-smallest province in terms of total area, after PEI. In fact, the province accounts for only 0.6% of Canada’s total area.

27. Nova Scotia is approximately the same size as Croatia.

Nova Scotia is also twice as large as Massachusetts in terms of geographical size.

28. Nova Scotia is almost entirely surrounded by water.

Except for the 24 km (15 mi) strip of land shared with New Brunswick (known as the Isthmus of Chignecto), Nova Scotia is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean (including the Gulf of Saint Lawrence, Bay of Fundy, and the Gulf of Maine).

29. Nova Scotia has a large coastline.

Nova Scotia is home to approximately 13,300 kilometres of coastline.

30. Nova Scotia’s coastline is actually pretty HUGE.

In fact, Nova Scotia’s coastline is more than double the entire width of Canada.

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31. No matter where you are in Nova Scotia, you are close to the sea.

In fact, no point in Nova Scotia is more than 60 km from the sea.

32. Nova Scotia is home to many islands.

Nova Scotia is home to approximately 3800 islands.

33. Nova Scotia has been nicknamed “The Mineral Province”.

This is because the province is actually rich in iron, gypsum and other mineral deposits.

34. White Hill is Nova Scotia’s highest point.

White Hill sits at 532 meters (1,745 feet) above sea level.

35. Nova Scotia is also home to a mountain range.

A portion of the Appalachian Mountains runs through Nova Scotia. These mountains actually run from Atlantic Canada, extending about 2,400 kilometres (1,500 miles), all the way to central Alabama in the US.

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36. The Bay of Fundy, which sits between Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, is known for having the highest tides in the world.

The tides reach up to 16 meters in height. That is absolutely mind-blowing!

37. 160 billion tons of water flow in and out of the Bay of Fundy on a daily basis.

This volume of water is more than all the world’s rivers COMBINED. And in case you are wondering, the tides provide one-of-a-kind adventures (like Tidal-Bore rafting) that literally can’t be recreated anywhere else on earth!

38. Nova Scotia is home to two national parks.

Kejimkujik National Park has a lush forested landscape and is located just a few hours west of Halifax. Cape Breton Highlands National Park is located on Cape Breton Island.

39. Nova Scotia is home to over 100 provincial parks.

With two national parks and over a hundred provincial parks, there is no shortage of nature and greenspaces to enjoy in Nova Scotia.

40. There are over 5000 lakes in Nova Scotia.

The largest freshwater lake in Nova Scotia is Lake Ainslie. And although it’s technically considered an estuary, the largest saltwater lake in Nova Scotia is Bras d’Or Lake.  Bras d’Or Lake is also a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.

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41. The Margaree and Mira are the largest rivers in Nova Scotia.

However, Nova Scotia is also home to many smaller rivers and streams that eventually drain into the Atlantic Ocean.

🦞 Nova Scotia History Facts

Nova Scotia has a rich history steeped in culture. From maritime beginnings to European settlement, Nova Scotia’s museums and cultural centres have incredible exhibitions filled with our storied past.

42. Nova Scotia was first home to the Mi’kmaq people.

The Mi’kmaq people called Nova Scotia home long before the European colonists arrived.

43. The Mi’kmaq people lived in Nova Scotia for at least 5,000 years before the Europeans arrived.

It is estimated that the native Mi’kmaq people lived in Nova Scotia for at least 5,000 years before the first documented Europeans sailed along Nova Scotia’s coast in 1497.

44. In 1497, John Cabot arrived on Canada’s Atlantic coast.

Italian explorer John Cabot arrived on Canada’s Atlantic coast in 1497. Although many historians believe he landed in Newfoundland rather than in Nova Scotia.

45. The French were the first European colonists to settle in Nova Scotia.

In 1605, Port Royal was established as the first permanent European settlement. It later became known as Acadia.

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46. The British established Halifax as the capital in 1749.

The British were next to gain control of the region between 1710 and 1758. They then established Halifax as the new capital in 1749.

47. Nova Scotia joined Confederation in 1867.

Nova Scotia was one of the founding four provinces that made up Canada.

48. Guglielmo Marconi sent the first wireless message from Glace Bay, Cape Breton.

On December 17th, 1902, Guglielmo Marconi sent the first wireless message from Glace Bay, Cape Breton to Europe. He chose Glace Bay because of the unobstructed view of the Atlantic Ocean.

Today, you can visit the Marconi Wireless Station National Historic Site in Glace Bay.

49. The Maritimes are not part of the Canadian shield.

Many people don’t realize this, but the rocky land that makes up the Maritimes is different than that of the Canadian Shield. In fact, the terrain found in the Maritimes is actually the same as that of the South Pole.

50. Glaciers covered Nova Scotia thousands of years ago.

The glaciers that covered Nova Scotia are thought to have retreated approximately 13,500 to 11,000 years ago.

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51. Evidence proves Indigenous people inhabited Nova Scotia thousands of years ago.

Some of the Indigenous archaeological sites that are found in Nova Scotia date back as early as 10,600 years ago.

52. In 1917, a ship filled with explosives detonated near the coast of Halifax.

The explosion destroyed much of the city and killed 1782 people. The disaster was the largest human-made explosion ever at the time.

53. During the pandemic, Nova Scotia had an epic online Kitchen Party.

Several Nova Scotians decided to plan an online kitchen party in an attempt to bring some fun to many people stuck at home. The parties were epic and were actually attended by hundreds of thousands of people!

54. Hurricane Fiona was the most expensive disaster in Atlantic Canada’s history.

In September 2022, Hurricane Fiona brought winds of 105 mph (170 km/h) to Nova Scotia. The storm left 80% of residents without power and caused roughly $660 million in damages.

55. Swiss Air Flight 111 crashed into the sea in St. Margaret’s Bay, Nova Scotia.

In 1998, Swiss Air Flight 111 crashed into the sea in St. Margaret’s Bay, Nova Scotia. Unfortunately, all 229 onboard were killed. There is a memorial site located just a few minutes from Peggy’s Cove.

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🦞 Interesting and Fun Facts About Halifax

56. Halifax is the capital city of Nova Scotia.

Not only is Halifax the province’s capital city, but it is also a major international seaport and transportation centre. Halifax is considered the economic and cultural hub of the province.

57. Halifax is the 13th largest city in Canada.

As the largest city in Nova Scotia, Halifax has a population of 417,000. This also makes it the 13th largest city in Canada.

58. 43% of people in Nova Scotia live in Halifax.

Halifax is a pretty big city. In fact, it’s more than 10 times bigger than any other city in Nova Scotia.

59. The official snack of Halifax is the donair.

Not as good as fresh lobster, but still delicious!

60. In 1876, the railway from Halifax to Quebec was completed.

This was part of the first significant transportation initiative carried out by the newly formed Dominion of Canada. The Intercolonial Railway, as it was called, connected the Maritimes to central Canada.

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61. Halifax Stanfield International Airport was actually planned as an emergency landing site for the space shuttle.

The Shearwater Air Force Base near Halifax Harbour was also considered as an option. However, the shuttle never landed at either spot.

62. Halifax is home to Canada’s oldest university.

In 1789, the University of King’s College was established in Halifax. This institution became the first English university in the commonwealth outside of the UK.

Today, it is the oldest university in Canada.

63. Halifax is home to Canada’s first printed newspaper.

The Halifax Gazette became the first printed newspaper in Canada back in 1752.

🦞 Cool Facts About Nova Scotia Cities and Towns

Nova Scotia is filled with incredible cities and towns that are picturesque and fun to explore. But some of them really stand out for their unique reputations! While some places have fun attributes, others are just plain weird to think about!

64. The Christmas Tree Capital of Canada is Chester, Nova Scotia.

Think about that the next time you are selecting the perfect Christmas tree for your home.

65. Peggy’s Cove is one of Nova Scotia’s most iconic destinations.

The small fishing village of Peggy’s Cove near Halifax is one of the province’s most iconic destinations. Not only will you find the famous lighthouse there, but you will also find a quintessential Nova Scotian fishing village, incredible scenery, and some cool little shops and eateries.

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66. Lunenburg, Nova Scotia is home to the famous Bluenose.

Featured on the Canadian dime, the Bluenose is not just an iconic racing sailboat, it may very well be the most famous in history. The Bluenose enjoyed a 17-year undefeated streak and even sailed to England’s Silver Jubilee of King George V in 1935.

67. The famous Bluenose has been on the Canadian dime since 1937.

After earning the title “Queen of the North Atlantic,” the Bluenose not only became a Canadian icon, but it symbolized Nova Scotia’s prominence in the fishing and shipbuilding industries.

Today, the Bluenose not only adorns the Canadian dime, but has appeared on three postage stamps, and is prominently displayed on the Nova Scotia license plate.

68. Nova Scotia is home to the Bluenose II, a replica of the original.

What many people don’t realize, is that the replica was actually built by the Oland family in 1963 to promote their Schooner Lager beer. In 1971, the Oland’s sold the Bluenose II to the Province of Nova Scotia for $1.

Today, the Bluenose II has now become the maritime ambassador for Nova Scotia.

🦞 Interesting Cape Breton Facts

Cape Breton Island is a place where stunning natural beauty, vibrant cultural heritage, and warm hospitality come together to create a truly unforgettable destination.

69. Nova Scotia’s Cape Breton Island is huge.

Cape Breton Island is Nova Scotia’s largest island. It makes up 18.65% of the province’s land.

70. Cape Breton Island is connected to Nova Scotia by a causeway.

Cape Breton Island is connected to the Nova Scotia Peninsula by a rock-filled causeway. Known as the Canso Causeway, it is only 1,385 m (4,544 ft) wide.

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71. Cape Breton Highlands National Park is famous for Cabot Trail.

This 298 km (185 mi) winding route along the north coast of the island is one of the most scenic drives in the world. It was named after John Cabot, the first European to see the Atlantic Coast of Canada after the Vikings.

The scenic drive features amazing coastal views, incredible hikes, and picturesque villages and towns. It’s definitely a bucket list-worthy item!

72. Cape Breton wasn’t always a part of Nova Scotia.

Cape Breton only became a part of the British colony of Nova Scotia in 1763.

🦞 More Fun, Interesting or Just Plain Weird Facts About Nova Scotia

This is one of my favourite categories in our list of fun facts about Nova Scotia! It’s a mash-up of miscellaneous tidbits of cool and sometimes weird information we gathered while researching Nova Scotia.

73. Sable Island is not just a national park reserve.

Located off the south coast of Nova Scotia, Sable Island is a long thin strip of land measuring approximately 175 km (110 mi). Most people know the island as a national park reserve that is home to wild horses.

However, Sable Island also has a dark side. It is actually known for being the cause of over 350 shipwrecks over the years, due in part to its large sandbars.

74. Nova Scotia is home to some of Canada’s best whale-watching opportunities.

Being almost entirely surrounded by the ocean, it is no surprise that Nova Scotia is also home to 12 whale species. Summer and fall are the best times to go whale watching in Nova Scotia.

75. 50,000 tonnes of lobster are harvested from Nova Scotia waters every year.

Nova Scotia lobster is world-famous, absolutely delicious, and easily found in many restaurants across the province.

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76. The largest lobster ever caught in Nova Scotia weighed over 20 kg.

The largest lobster ever caught in the WORLD was in Nova Scotia. This massive crustacean tipped the scales at a whopping 20.14 kg (44 lbs 6 oz).

77. Nova Scotia even has a Lobster Trail.

For tourists, Nova Scotia has created the Lobster Trail. The trail showcases over 40 Nova Scotian restaurants serving up lobster in every form.

You can find everything from traditional lobster dinners to lobster rolls, lobster poutine, lobster mac and cheese, lobster pizza, lobster ice cream, and even lobster beer!

78. Nova Scotia has a lot of roads.

There are approximately 23,000 kilometres of roads in Nova Scotia. This includes 100 series highways, secondary highways, and local paved and gravel roads.

79. Stewiacke holds an interesting title.

Stewiacke holds the interesting honour of being halfway between the equator and the north pole.

80. Nova Scotia has a lot of bridges.

4,100 bridges connect Nova Scotia’s many kilometres of roadways together.

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81. Nova Scotia exports an interesting variety of products.

Nova Scotia is the world’s top exporter of Christmas trees, lobster, wild berries, and gypsum.

82. Canada’s 3rd largest bank was founded in Nova Scotia.

Scotiabank was founded in 1832 in Halifax.

83. One of Canada’s most well-known beers was founded in Halifax.

Alexander Keith’s is one of Canada’s most well-known beers. The company was founded in Halifax in 1820 by a Scottish immigrant of the same name.

Today, it remains the most popular beer in Nova Scotia.

84. A popular Canadian grocery store was founded in Nova Scotia.

The Canadian grocery chain Sobeys started was founded in Nova Scotia in 1907. Today, the chain operates over 1500 stores across Canada.

85. Hodge-podge is a Nova Scotia dish.

Hodge-podge, a creamy stew made with various ingredients, originated in Nova Scotia.

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86. Nova Scotia is part of many Mi’kmaq legends.

According to Mi’kmaq legends, a figure named Glooscap was the creator of their people. When Glooscap slept, Nova Scotia was his bed, and Prince Edward Island was his pillow.

87. Nova Scotia is famous for its east coast music.

Nova Scotia is widely known for its music, especially folk, Celtic, and traditional Scottish music. From traditional fiddles and reels to rock concerts, jazz, and small-town music festivals, Nova Scotia has it all.

Cèilidhs, traditional Scottish or Irish gatherings with dancing and folk music, are very common across Nova Scotia. “Kitchen parties”, which are parties that often end up in the kitchen, with food being served and people singing or playing instruments, are also part of a popular Nova Scotian experience.

88. Nova Scotia is known for its Tidal Bay wines.

Many people are surprised when they find out that Nova Scotia is actually known for its wine. In fact, it is the only place on earth that produces Tidal Bay wines (the white wine is divine!).

Annapolis Valley, which lies between the two coastal mountain ranges on the Bay of Fundy coast, is a fertile region known for its vineyards and fruit plantations. The area itself, has a similar latitude to Bordeaux, France.

89. Several Nova Scotian cities are named after places in the UK.

In fact, there are over 40 such places in Nova Scotia that are named after places in the United Kingdom. A few of these places include Halifax, Cambridge, Liverpool, Manchester, and Oxford.

90. Nova Scotia is home to 87 National Historic Sites.

There are 87 National Historic Sites in Nova Scotia. A couple of the more popular sites include the Fortress of Louisbourg on Cape Breton and Citadel Hill in Halifax.

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91. Nova Scotia was the first to receive a Starlight designation.

Located within the Yarmouth and Acadian Shores region in southwestern Nova Scotia, Acadian Skies and Mi’kmaq Lands is the first destination in North America to receive Starlight designation.

The designation comes from the Starlight Foundation, which is a branch of UNESCO. What the designation means, is that the area covered is perfect for stargazing!

🦞 Fun Facts About Famous Nova Scotia People

Nova Scotia is home to many famous people who have left their mark on the world. In this section, we’ll explore some fun and interesting facts about these notable Nova Scotians, from musicians and actors to politicians and inventors.

92. Over 100 movies are shot in Nova Scotia every year.

Yearly, over 100 films are shot in Nova Scotia. Movies that have been filmed in the province previously include Titanic, K-19: The Widowmaker, Shipping News, and Amelia.

93. Many famous Canadian musicians and bands come from Nova Scotia.

Some of these famous Nova Scotians include Hank Snow, Rita MacNeil, Anne Murray, Sarah McLachlan, Stan Rogers, April Wine, Sloan, Feist, Denny Doherty of the Mamas and the Papas, fiddler Ashley MacIsaac,  songwriter Cirkut, and rappers Buck 65 and Classified.

94. Many famous Canadian actors and athletes come from Nova Scotia.

Other famous people from Nova Scotia include actor Elliot Page (formerly Ellen Page), and hockey players Nathan MacKinnon and Sidney Crosby. Poet George Elliott Clarke is also a famous Nova Scotian.

95. One famous Canadian actor made his acting debut in Nova Scotia.

Kiefer Sutherland made his acting debut in the movie The Bay Boy. The film was actually set in Glace Bay, Cape Breton.

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96. An iconic Canadian TV show was filmed in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.

Dartmouth, NS serves as the setting for the iconic Canadian mockumentary TV series Trailer Park Boys. The show not only featured a cast of Nova Scotian actors who spoke with the region’s characteristic accent but the show was also created by fellow Nova Scotian Mike Clattenburg.

97. Three Canadian Prime Ministers were born in Nova Scotia.

Three of Canada’s early Prime Ministers were born in Nova Scotia. They include Sir John Sparrow David Thompson (4th) Sir Charles Tupper (6th), and Sir Robert Laird Borden (8th).

🦞 Fun Facts About Nova Scotia Landmarks and Attractions

Nova Scotia is home to several notable landmarks and attractions. There are a ton of fun facts about Nova Scotia tied to these sites, so we chose some of the best ones for this post.

98. Nova Scotia is home to one of the most famous lighthouses.

Peggy’s Cove has one of the most famous and photographed lighthouses in the world.

99. Nova Scotia has a ton of lighthouses.

In fact, Nova Scotia is famous for its gorgeous lighthouses. With more than 150 lighthouses in Nova Scotia, this is more than any other province in Canada.

Some of the prettiest and most popular lighthouses include Cape D’Or Lighthouse, Peggy’s Cove Lighthouse, and Cape Forchu Lighthouse.

100. The Halifax Citadel National Historic Site is a popular attraction to explore.

Built in 1856, the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site is a hilltop fortress and remnant of a British garrison that was first established in the 18th century.

Although it never saw a battle, the underground tunnels, powder magazines, and barracks have been well-preserved, making this one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city.

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101. The Halifax Public Gardens is a peaceful attraction to explore.

The Halifax Public Gardens were designated a National Historic Site in 1984. These gorgeous Victorian-era public gardens are definitely a must-see attraction.

The gardens are located near Spring Garden Road, the popular shopping district, and opposite Victoria Park.

102. The Maritime Museum in Halifax is the oldest maritime museum in Canada.

Located on the Halifax waterfront, the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic is the oldest and largest maritime museum in Canada. The museum is home to a collection of over 30,000 artifacts including 70 small crafts and the CSS Acadia steamship.

103. The CSS Acadia can be found in the Maritime Museum f the Atlantic in Halifax.

The CSS Acadia, a steamship that once chartered most of Eastern Canada’s coastline, can be found at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic in Halifax.

104. A replica of The Hector lies in the harbour at Pictou, Nova Scotia.

The Hector is a ship that brought one of the first major waves of Scottish settlers to Nova Scotia in 1773. The replica of this historic ship lies in the harbour at Pictou, NS.

105. Halifax was once a major immigration hub.

Between 1928 and 1971, close to one million immigrants passed through Pier 21 in Halifax. Today, Pier 21 is an incredible must-see museum located on the Halifax waterfront.

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🦞 Final Thoughts on Our List of Interesting and Fun Facts About Nova Scotia

Wow, can you believe we’ve covered 101+ fascinating facts about Nova Scotia? From the province’s early settlement by the Mi’kmaq people to its present-day charm and beauty, there’s just so much to discover in this little slice of paradise.

Whether you’re planning a visit to Nova Scotia or simply looking to learn more about this wonderful province, I hope this blog post has inspired you to explore all that it has to offer.

From the stunning coastal scenery and bustling cities to the rich cultural heritage and delicious cuisine, Nova Scotia truly has something for everyone.

So why not start planning your next adventure today? Whether you’re looking to hike the Cabot Trail, visit the historic Fortress of Louisbourg, or simply relax on one of the province’s many beaches, Nova Scotia is waiting to welcome you with open arms.

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