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Discover Nova Scotia’s Tourism Regions

Low tide at Burntcoat Head Park on Nova Scotia's Bay of Fundy.

Bay of Fundy & Annapolis Valley

The Bay of Fundy’s unique landscape is shaped by the highest recorded tides in the world and its waters are home to 15 species of whales. It’s like nowhere else on earth. 

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

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Franey Trail in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park in Nova Scotia.

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 Provincial Park in Nova Scotia.

Eastern Shore

Home to Nova Scotia’s longest sand beach, the Eastern Shore is a year-round surfing destination for surfers from around the world. Discover 100 Wild Islands when you tour by boat or sea kayak with a local tour operator though the island dotted coastline. This region is an outdoor enthusiast’s sandbox!

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

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Halifax Waterfront at sunset in Nova Scotia.

Halifax Metro

Halifax Metro combines the 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 in Canada. For those not spooked by the shadows, ghost walks explores our graveyards and haunted houses.

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Melmerby Beach Provincial Park, a popular beach near New Glasgow on the Northumberland Shore of Nova Scotia

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 way.

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Lunenburg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site on Nova Scotia's South Shore

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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Visitors partaking in a Living Wharves demonstration near Yarmouth, Nova Scotia.

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 fishing 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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