Seven Facts about Nova Scotia
Nova Scotia and its natural wonders might not be on the itinerary of your average traveler, but its beguiling beauty, historical enclaves, and fascinating museums are waiting to be discovered by those who value authenticity and individuality.
The charming city of Lunenburg, the verdant public gardens, and the historical McNabs Island are just some of the top things to see in Nova Scotia.
Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the quaint town of Lunenburg typifies the lives and communities of fisherfolk in Nova Scotia. The charming locality is all about observing the way of life that has preserved these remote enclaves for centuries. A highlight of the town is a replica of a Bluenose vessel built in Nova Scotia in 1921. The Ironworks Distillery is another local legend, with raspberry liqueur being a particular favorite among visitors and locals alike.
- Citadel Hill
This historic viewpoint with vistas of the wider Halifax area dates back to 1749. Designated as the location for a protective fort to be constructed, today the citadel is a rich and informative place to learn about the lives of the soldiers who once lived there and protected their homeland.
Museums in this underexplored region of Canada are plentiful. With an emphasis on the natural world and outdoor pursuits, highlights of the museum scene include the Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History in Halifax, which documents the region's eclectic history, and the Fisheries Museum in Lunenburg, which examines what has prevailed as Nova Scotia's most lucrative business.
- Public gardens
The natural beauty of Nova Scotia is no secret. Considered to be among the top gardens in North America, the Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens maintain a record of Nova Scotia's agricultural past. The Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens are a year-round delight, with giant greenhouses that aim to document and protect species from the Acadian Forest region.
- Restaurants in Nova Scotia
Nova Scotia's location, directly on the imposing Atlantic Ocean, ensures that fresh fish is a prominent feature of the province's cuisine. Oysters, haddock, and lobster are all served in abundance and prepared by some of Canada's most innovative and inspired chefs. Halifax is home to restaurants featuring impeccably cooked fish in a vibrant setting. If you're in the former British colony of Lunenburg, visit the wharf and its charming, traditional buildings. Here you’ll find dishes ranging from old-school fish and chips to modern creative alternatives — the wharf area cultivates both the town's history and present-day culture in perfect harmony.
- McNabs Island
Located just off the coast of the Nova Scotia mainland, the island was populated by the family of Peter McNab and his descendants until 1934, after which it was deserted; the island remains uninhabited to this day. Former military forts, derelict houses, and an abandoned lighthouse are all waiting to be discovered by intrepid visitors to one of Nova Scotia's most mysterious and fascinating locations.
- Peggy's Cove
Nova Scotia has no shortage of lighthouses, being home to more than 160 of the nautical structures. The most impressive of them all is the one located at Peggy's Cove — a perfect day trip from the capital, Halifax.
Overlooking Nova Scotia, one of Canada's most vibrant and interesting destinations, would mean missing out on the wonders it has to offer. Secret lighthouses, authentic cuisine, and islands with well-preserved fishing communities await those who make the trip.