Discover African Nova Scotia
African Nova Scotia Road Trip
The story of black Nova Scotians is a story of many diverse groups – all connected by a shared African ancestry. As one of our founding cultures, African Nova Scotians have called the province home since its earliest days. Exploring their history and discovering their vibrant communities is an experience you won’t soon forget. For more information order the Cultural Assets of Nova Scotia Guide or if you’re seeking a guided tour, contact Aberdeen Bus Tours.
Black Cultural Centre for Nova Scotia, Dartmouth
Explore the history and culture of Canada’s oldest black communities, some dating back to the 1600s. The Centre houses a library, auditorium, and exhibits that tell the little known stories of these early Nova Scotia settlers.
Maritime Museum of the Atlantic
William Hall was the first black person, the first Nova Scotian, and one of the first Canadians to receive the British Empire’s highest award for bravery, the Victoria Cross. You can see the medal on display, and much more at this fascinating seafaring museum on the Halifax waterfront.
Halifax Citadel National Historic Site, Halifax
Part of the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site, the Cavalier Building Military Museum houses a display dedicated to Canada’s only all-black battalion and the all-black 104th Pioneer Regiment.
Africville Heritage Trust Museum, Halifax
This colourful town is known for its charming shops and streets. Stop at Sweet Ride to tune up your bike and get some candy to keep your engine revving. See artisans shape pewter into vases and jewlery at Amos Pewter. Stop a JoAnn's Market to grab a bite to eat. Take the scenic route through Mader's Cove. And pull over at the Biscuit Eater for homemade biscuits and jams and a library/book store.
Black Loyalist Heritage Site, Birchtown
In the 18th century, Birchtown had the distinction of being the largest freed black community in North America. Today the site houses St. Paul’s Church, which has been designated a National Historic Monument of Canada. You’ll also find the Old School House Museum, which was built in the 1830s, and is filled fascinating artefacts culled from archaeological digs in the historic town.
Mathieu Da Costa African Heritage Trail
Mathieu Da Costa African Heritage Trail: Mathieu Da Costa was an African descended, multi-lingual interpreter and explorer, who travelled throughout the Atlantic in the late 1500s. A series of eight bilingual interpretive panels tell his story and showcase Nova Scotia’s African heritage in the Annapolis Valley. You can learn more about him with a visit to Port Royal.