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Discover Nova Scotia’s Tourism Regions

Bay of Fundy & Annapolis Valley

The Bay of Fundy’s unique landscape is shaped by the highest tides in the world; its waters are home to 15 species of whales. It’s like nowhere else on earth – and that’s not just some marketing slogan. 

The Annapolis Valley, with its fertile soils producing lush farms and award-winning vineyards, is where markets and wineries have taken root alongside Mi’kmaq legends and heritage sites celebrating the earliest European settlements in North America.

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Cape Breton Island

Ceilidh is the Gaelic word for ‘gathering,’ and the #1 must-see island in North America welcomes visitors from around the world. Highland hiking trails, the Bras d’Or Lake inland sea, dramatic coastal look-offs and the world-renown Cabot Trail in the Cape Breton Highlands Park… Cape Breton is a sight for all eyes.

For the golfers, Cape Breton is home to the world-renowned Highlands Links and Canada's only authentic links course, Cabot Links, which provides golfers with a golf experience unlike no other.

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Surfing at Lawrencetown Beach

Eastern Shore

Home to Nova Scotia’s longest sand beach, the Eastern Shore offers year-round surfing, sea kayaking in the island-strewn waters, and the chance for birders to cross Great Blue Herons, Atlantic Puffins and Sandpipers off their list. It’s an outdoor enthusiast’s sandbox.

Starting at the edge of the Halifax Metro Region, the Eastern Shore is also rich in historical diversity, with living museums and heritage sites devoted to fishing, farming and gold-mining.

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Halifax Metro

Halifax Metro combines the sometimes turbulent history of a strategic port city with the youthful spirit of a modern university town. 

By day, check out eclectic shops, artisan studios, museums and galleries. By night, take in a show, experience the vibrant music scene, savour award-winning cuisine, and hoist a pint in a place with more pubs and clubs per capita than almost anywhere else. For those not spooked by the shadows, ghost walks explores our graveyards and haunted houses.

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Northumberland Shore

Birthplace of New Scotland, Gaelic culture lives on in the Northumberland Shore region. The skirl of bagpipes mingles with the cries of eagles, osprey, and cormorants hunting for food in tidal salt marshes.

On the Northumberland Shore, sit back and relax as this region is known for its long sandy beaches with some of the warmest beaches in Atlantic Canada. Stop at a wharf and buy some of the tastiest lobster in the world or discover one of the many skilled artisans along the Artisan Way.

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South Shore

Navigate the sea-sculpted coast of the South Shore past weathered fishing villages, the UNESCO World Heritage site of Old Town Lunenburg, beaches & bays, and 40+ lighthouses - including the famous beacon at Peggy’s Cove. 

Discover privateering legends, tales of pirate treasure, and artisans who craft treasures of their own. Visit Kejimkujik National Park and come face to history with Mi’kmaq petroglyphs and see the stars like you didn’t think was possible, in the Dark Sky Preserve.

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Yarmouth & Acadian Shores

Squint through the fog and you might see a ghost ship on the horizon. Or maybe it’s just a lobster boat, because in the Yarmouth & Acadian Shore region, both the English and French have long earned a living from the unforgiving ocean.

Walk a day in their rubber boots at one of many ‘Living Wharves’ where real-life fishermen show you how they make their haul. Afterwards, reward your hard work with fresh seafood and traditional Acadian dishes. 

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