Mention the Maritimes and Nova Scotia is usually what comes to most peoples minds. After all the province is almost completly surrounded by water with a coast line that's over 7,000km (4,500 miles) long. .


You'll find beautiful sandy beaches along Northumberland Staight (along with relatively warm waters). Whale watchers will be impressed with the opportunities, particulary in the Bay of Fundy. For spectacular scenery with 600m (2000 ft) cliffs falling off in to the sea, take a trip to Cape Breton, where you'll often see whales breaching in the surrounding waters. Of course you shouldn't miss the opportunity to visit Peggy's Cove and historic Lunenburg, along with the harbour front of Halifax.

Nova Scotia TourismNova Scotia Tourism
  • Nova Scotia Tourism

    Nova Scotia Department of Tourism and Culture
    PO Box 456
    Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada
    B3J 2R5
    (902) 425-5781


Nova Scotia Tourist Guides and Directories

Tourism Regions

City and Regional Tourist Guides and Directories

Visitor Infromation Centres

The Halifax International Visitors Information Centre is located at 1595 Barrington St. You'll also find information kiosks on the waterfront located just across from the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic on the boardwalk and at the airport. All of these kiosks are open year round.

There are also seasonal informational offices located at Amherst, Digby, Yarmouth, Pictou and Peggy's Cove. There are Nova Scotia Tourism kiosks in Portland and Bar Harbour, Maine as well.

Restaurants, Pubs and Bars


  • The Black Whale - Pleasant Bay, Cabot Trail, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia
  • Cafe Chianti - Italian, European Cuisine, Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • Cape Breton Magic - Pleasant Bay, Cabot Trail, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia
  • Captain's Cabin - Digby, Nova Scotia
  • La Cave Restaurant - Halifax Nova Scotia
  • China Town Restaurant - Chinese Restaurant & Lounge, Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • The Dome - Night Club, Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • The Fundy Restaurant - Digby, Nova Scotia
  • The Five Fisherman - Seafood, Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • Gracie's Restaurant
  • Grafton Street Dinner Theatre - Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • The Grand Banker Restaurant - Lunenburg, Nova Scotia
  • Granite Brewery - Brew Pub, Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • Haddon Hall Inn - Chester, Nova Scotia
  • Halifax Feast Dinner Theatre - Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • The Harbourville Restaurant - Harbourville, Nova Scotia
  • Harris Quick-N-Tasty Restaurant - Yarmouth, Nova Scotia
  • The Briere Island Lodge - Briere Island
  • Lobster Shack Restaurant - Jeddore, Nova Scotia
  • Macaskills - Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
  • Mango's Restaurant - Tropical, Exotic, Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia
  • The Maple Restaurant - Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • Murphy's on the Water - Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • Noblehouse Restaurant - Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia
  • The Old Fish Factory - Lunenburg, Nova Scotia
  • Petunias Restaurant - Nova Scotia
  • Rum Runner Inn - Lunenburg, Nova Scotia
  • Salty's Restaurant - Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • The Split Crow Pub - Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • Thirsty Duck Pub - Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • Your Fathers Moustache - Pub, Halifax, Nova Scotia


    Nova Scotia has a broad range of accommodations from the Victorian elegance of Halifax's Waverly Inn, to the modern highrise hotels of the downtown core, to the seaside B&Bs of Lunenburg. You'll find several hostels scattered around the province. Campers can choose from private campgrounds and RV resorts to the wide range of offerings from the Provincial and National Parks. Wherever in the province you traval expect a broad choice of accomodations which should meet everyone's budget and needs.



    Hotel Chains


    Private Campgrounds and RV Parks


    If you're idea of Hostelling is pulling up a piece of the rug, in an urban fallout shelter, with a dozen strangers - think again. Hostels range from a place to unroll your sleeping bag to something approaching resort like accommodations, in beautiful mountain settings where you can have your own private room. Prices are still unbeatable and the company is usually interested and interesting world travelers. If you're a boarder or skier take note, there are hostels in most of the major resort areas.

    Global Backpackers



  • Brier Island Backpackers - Brier Island, Nova Scotia
  • Cabot Trail Hostel - Cape Breton, Nova Scotia
  • Halifax Backpacker's Hostel - Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • Heritage House Hostel - Hosteling International, Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • Ice House Hostel
  • Pictou Hostel - Pictou, (902) 485-8740, Nova Scotia
  • Raven Haven Hostel - Hosteling International, South Milford, Nova Scotia
  • Wentworth Hostel - Hosteling International, South Milford, Nova Scotia
  • Yarmouth Backpacker's - Yarmouth, (902) 749-0941, Nova Scotia

    Cities, Towns and Villages

    Festivals, Events and Attractions

    Events Across Canada

    Note: The events, attractions and festivals may be situated in or in the area of the towns and cities listed.

    Chambers of Commerce



    Wineries - The Fruit of the Harvest

    • Andres Wines - Dartmouth, (902) 461-8173, Nova Scotia
    • Cabot Wineries - Halifax, (902) 420-9463, Nova Scotia
    • Grand Pre Wines - Grand Pré, Northwestern (Evangeline Trail), Nova Scotia
    • Habitant Vineyards - Canning, (902) 582-7565, Nova Scotia
    • Jost Vineyards - Malagash, Northeastern (Sunrise Trail), Nova Scotia
    • Lunenburg County Winery - Newburne, Southwestern (Lighthouse Route), Nova Scotia
    • Pereau Creek Winery - Canning, (902) 582-3232, Nova Scotia
    • Sainte-Famille Wines - Falmouth, Northwestern (Evangaline Trail), Nova Scotia
    • Telder Berry Wines - Shubanacadia, North Central (Glooscap Trail), Nova Scotia
    • Williamsdale Winery - Williamsdale, (902) 686-3117, Nova Scotia B0M 1E0 RR#1




    Driving Distances

    • Amherst - Yarmouth - 520km (Approx. 320 miles)
    • Amherst - Sydney - 420km (Approx. 260 miles)
    • Amherst - Halifax - 214km (Approx. 135 miles)
    • Digby - Halifax - 235km (Approx. 145 miles)
    • Digby - Yarmouth - 104km (Approx. 70 miles)
    • Digby - Sydney - 630km (Approx. 395 miles)
    • Pictou - Sydney - 280km (Approx. 175 miles)
    • Pictou - Halifax - 170km (Approx. 105 miles)
    • Pictou - Yarmouth - 475km (Approx. 295 miles)
    • Yarmouth - Halifax - 340km (Approx. 210 miles)
    • Yarmouth - Sydney - 733km (Approx. 460 miles)


    There are ferry connections into Nova Scotia from Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Maine and Newfoundland.

    Bus Lines

    Car Rental

    • CAA - The Canadian Automobile Association. The advocate for Canada's motoring and travelling public. Emergency Roadside Service, complete auto touring and travel services etc.


    Road and Traffic

    RV - Motor Home Rentals

    Urban Transit

    • Halifax Metro Transit - (902) 490-4000
    • Transit Cape Breton - (902) 539-8124

    Travel Reservations


    Weather Nova Scotia


    Banks and Trusts

    Credit Cards

    Postal Services

    Westminster - Canadian Postal Code Lookup

    Phone Directories

    Travel Agents- Canada Wide

    Historic Sites

    Canada's National Historic Sites are managed by the federal government. The include fortifications, historic homes and buildings, canals as well as areas which have little obvious clues to their historical significance. In the latter case, efforts are often expended to reconstruct some of the details of the past. An excellent example of this is available at the l'Anse a Meadow site in Newfoundland, where you'll find a reconstruction of the earliest known European presence in the new world, in the form of a Viking settlement. Given it's importance in the early years of Canada's development as a nation, Nova Scotia has a large number ofl national historic sites . In addition there are sites of historic significance designated on a provincial or regional basis and of course those which are established by interested parties in the private sector.


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