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Accommodation Quality Programs

Because we want you to savour every moment you spend in Nova Scotia, all properties listed have been licensed by the Province of Nova Scotia and approved by at least one of the three recognized quality programs, Canada Select/Camping Select, Nova Scotia Approved and CAA/AAA, to ensure they are clean and comfortable.

Nova Scotia Approved – Quality First Program is an industry-led program that ensures visitors receive clean and comfortable accommodations while visiting Nova Scotia. All Nova Scotia Approved properties have been inspected to meet a benchmark of quality standards. For further information visit

Canada Select is an industry-lead, consumer-driven rating program providing visitors with a nationally consistent standard of quality within categories of roofed accommodation. Canada Select uses a recognized star rating system, awarding 1 to 5 stars for modest to luxurious properties.

Star Rating Descriptions

     Modest Accommodations meeting basic standard of cleanliness, comfort & safety

   Moderate Accommodations with additional facilities and some amenities

    Above Average Accommodations with a greater range of facilities, guest amenities and services

    Exceptional Accommodations with an extensive range of facilities, guest amenities and services

    Luxurious Accommodations among the very best in the country, with an outstanding range of facilities, guest amenities and services

    A 1/2 star is awarded to properties whose physical attributes reflect an enhanced quality for the rated level.

For more information log onto Canada Select or call 902-406-4747.

Camping Select inspects and rates participating campgrounds in two categories: Facility and Recreation. You will find two sets of stars for each Camping Select-rated campground. One reflects the excellence of the facility; the second denotes the standard of recreational activities.

CAA/AAA Diamond rating criteria are broad guidelines to designate a combination of overall quality, range of facilities, and level of service offered by a property. The size, age, and overall appeal of an establishment are considered, as well as regional architectural style and design.

1-5 diamonds are assigned based on the overall guest impression rather than on individual criteria. Look for the Official Appointment properties (represented by diamonds or the letters CAA/AAA).

Diamond Ratings

    No-frills, budget accommodations meeting basic requirements pertaining to comfort, cleanliness, and hospitality

    Slightly more than basic accommodation with modest enhancements to the overall physical attributes and amenities typically at a moderate price

    Multifaceted with a distinguished style, including marked upgrades in the quality of physical attributes, amenities, and level of comfort

    Upscale in all areas, progressively more refined and stylish with enhanced level of quality throughout, including an array of amenities combined with a high degree of hospitality and service

    The ultimate in luxury and sophistication with physical attributes being extraordinary in every manner. Exceeds all guest expectations while maintaining an impeccable standard of excellence, personalized service and comfort is the enhanced program that verifies and designates accessibility levels; it consists of four designations and is applied to all types of businesses, tourism operation/experience – indoor or out – as well as communities and public/private facilities. is a voluntary program and all participating locations have been visited to confirm their access level.

Please contact the establishment directly to ensure your specific needs can be met. 

Full Mobile Accessible

Accessible to persons requiring the use of a wheelchair or other mobility assistive device.



Partially Accessible

Accessible or partially accessible to persons with varied levels of disability including difficulty with mobility, reflexes, and strength.



Site Accessible

Accessible to persons with partial sight impairment to total blindness



Hearing Accessible

Accessible to persons with partial hearing loss to total hearing loss

Please visit for more information and to view a complete database of verified locations.