Nova Scotia Travel
Tips & Information

I hope these pages will give you great Nova Scotia Travel tips & information to help you plan your best vacation ever! I have always said that planning and researching for a vacation is almost just as much fun as the vacation itself.

I want your planning to be fun and I want to help as much as I can. This picture is what will greet you as you arrive in Nova Scotia in Amherst.

I can see you smiling already!

Some quick Nova Scotia travel tips:

* thousands of kilometers of seacoast
* 125+ salt & freshwater beaches
* 15 species of whales for whale watching in the Bay of Fundy
* 600+ festivals and events each year
* 150 historic lighthouses
* hundreds of hiking trails
* dozens of historical sites & museums

No matter where you are in Nova Scotia, you are never more than 67 km (42 mi) from the ocean! This last bit of information is great for me.  I live to be near the ocean!!

I am hoping that these introduction pages to Nova Scotia travel tips will help to get you started on planning your trip. If I don’t mention something that is important to you please don’t hesitate to send me your question through my Contact page.

Where is Nova Scotia?

The best way to see exactly where Nova Scotia is located is to check out a few maps. I have inserted one below just so you can see where NS is on Canada’s Eastern coast. Click on the + or - signs to zoom in or out.

We are one of Canada’s three Maritime provinces located on the East Coast of Canada. The name ‘Nova Scotia’ is actually Latin for ‘New Scotland’. This makes sense since about 30% of our population identifies themselves as of Scottish ancestry.

Beautiful Halifax is the province's capital. Cape Breton is joined to the mainland by a man-made causeway called the Canso Causeway,

Tourism Regions

Nova Scotia has 7 tourism regions.  My advice for you is to become familiar with how the province is organized and where the main attractions are located.  This will help you to decide where you want to visit.

One of the Nova Scotia Travel tips that I give people is to be realistic with how much time you have and what you want to visit.  Rushing to see everything is not really a vacation so please take the time to look at everything on

I'll try to help as best I can.

Ok.  Let's get back to the tourism regions. Beside each region name I have put in italics the scenic travel way that you will find it that region. 

Halifax Metro - Halifax-Dartmouth

South Shore - Lighthouse Route

Yarmouth & Acadian Shores - Evangeline Trail

Bay of Fundy & Annapolis Valley - Evangeline Trail; Glooscap Trail; Digby Neck & Islands Scenic Drive; and, the Kejimkujik Scenic Drive

Northumberland Shore - Sunrise Trail

Cape Breton Island - Cabot TrailCeilidh Trail; Fleur-de-Lis Trail; Marconi Trail; and, The Bras d'Or Lakes Scenic Drive

Eastern Shore - Marine Drive

This image gives a good view of how it is organized. 

Travelling to Nova Scotia

I have a very detailed page on information that will be helpful in actually travelling to Nova Scotia.  Whether you are travelling by car, air, ferry or boat this page should be very helpful.

Travel Information & Maps

One of the great things about vacationing in Nova Scotia is the amount of information that is available to visitors.  I have created a page that will give you information you will need about the province's Visitor Information Centres (VICs) and where they are located. 

Information of how you can get a FREE map and numbers to call are also on this page.

Nova Scotia weather

One of the most asked questions is always 'what is the weather like' in Nova Scotia.  An important question!  Yes, I have a page for that too.  It is very important to plan for Nova Scotia weather while on vacation.

Where to stay

Nova Scotia offers a wide range of places to stay throughout the provinces.  From 5-star hotels to mid-range motels to country inns to campgrounds.  There is something for everyone.  I hope my accommodations page will help you to find something perfect for your visit.

Where to eat

Like accommodations, there is a wide choice of restaurants in Nova Scotia that will fit every budget.  I love seafood and I am pleased to report that Nova Scotia has some of the best.   Would you prefer a steak, pasta, french cuisine, a cheeseburger or a pizza?  You can find all choices here. 

My 'where to eat' page offers several resources where you can find the best restaurants no matter where you are in the province.

Nova Scotia travel tips newsletter

I invite you to take your time and explore my website.  There is a lot here and pages are being added all the time.  Subscribe to my Tips Newsletter to get all of the latest updates.

Begin to think about what your Nova Scotia vacation might look like and we can make it happen! 

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