FAQ’s

Is Nova Scotia an island?
No, it is a peninsula and is connected to the province of New Brunswick and the mainland of Canada by a 28.2 km (17.5 mile) wide piece of land.

Which time zone is Nova Scotia in?
All of Nova Scotia is on Atlantic Standard Time (AST) which is one hour ahead of Eastern Standard Time, the time zone followed by Montreal, Toronto, New England and the US East Coast. Daylight savings time is in effect annually in Nova Scotia from the second Sunday in March to the first Sunday in November.

What is the population of Nova Scotia?
940, 593 (2014)

What is the capital city of Nova Scotia?
Halifax is the capital city. The population of the Halifax Regional Municipality is 414, 400 (2014) or approximately 40% of Nova Scotia's residents.

Where is the international airport in Nova Scotia?
Nova Scotia is served primarily by the Halifax Robert L. Stanfield International Airport which is located about 30 minutes outside the city. Smaller airports are located in Sydney and Yarmouth.

What temperatures can I expect when visiting Nova Scotia?
Nova Scotia has a temperate climate with summer temperatures ranging from daytime highs of 20-25ºC (68-77º F) to evening lows of 10-14ºC (50-57ºF). Temperatures in the spring and autumn average at pleasant 10ºC cooler.

Which languages are spoken in Nova Scotia?
English is the primary language and French is widely spoken as well with many services offered in French. Centuries of vibrant Mi'kmaq, Acadian, Celtic, and African cultures give Nova Scotia its distinctive voice and character. Learn more about these cultures at attractions, festivals and events throughout the province.

What number do I dial for emergencies?
911 is used throughout Nova Scotia for Fire, Police and Medical emergencies.

Can I shop on Sunday in Nova Scotia?
Yes. Retail outlets who wish to open on Sundays are allowed. Usual hours are between 10 am and 6 pm.

How much sales tax will I pay in Nova Scotia?
Most goods and services sold in Nova Scotia are subject to the Harmonized Sales Tax. Federal/provincial tax is 15% and is not included in the prices of applicable goods and services unless otherwise specified.