Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia is a seacoast destination like no other in Canada. It is enriched with a living history, eleven scenic travelways, and a range of outdoor experiences.

World class golf courses, great seafood dining, kayaking, and whale watching are just some of Nova Scotia's specialties for the vacationer. There are many places to stay which complement this beautiful and relaxing environment.

Nova Scotia travel packages are always available. Lodging, outdoor trips, golf, boat charters, and snowmobile rentals can be included.

Population: 940, 000 (Statistics Canada 2002)
Capital City: Halifax
Entered Confederation: July 1, 1867
Main Nova Scotia Industries: fishery, tourism
General Information: Nova Scotia is the most eastern of Canada's Maritime provinces.
Language: English
Major Travel Regions: Halifax, Cape Breton Island


Nova Scotia accommodations are great for beach getaways or family fishing vacations. Fun and relaxation await you at these local spots.

Many types of places to stay are found in Nova Scotia. Some include inns or B&B's with spa services onsite, campgrounds, fishing lodges, country chalet retreats, and more.

Nova Scotia accommodations may offer golf or fishing vacations, wedding party specials, and whale-watching or short getaway packages. Other possibilities are romantic getaway or family specials.

Cape Breton Island

Central Nova Scotia
Dartmouth · Halifax · Pictou · Truro

Southern Nova Scotia
Lunenburg · Peggy's Cove · Yarmouth


Nova Scotia fishing adventures satisfy your outdoor relaxation needs.

Fly Fishing

Fly fishing in Nova Scotia is exciting for all skill levels.


Nova Scotia golf is an unforgettable experience for all visitors. World class rankings and exciting courses are paired with amazing views.

Golfers will love the province of Nova Scotia for courses that are out of this world. Many golf courses offer meeting facilities, resort packages, children's programs, and are in proximity to local pubs and restaurants.

Nova Scotia golf vacations can include many amenities. Some are lodging, various activities for the family, car rentals, and shared carts. Lessons are also available.


Nova Scotia motels are close to the local interests of this east coast area. Fresh local seafood and traditional meals are often served in nearby restaurants.

Most motels in Nova Scotia offer many amenities such as outdoor pools, laundry, and satellite television. Air conditioning is often available, and pet friendly motels can be found.

Nova Scotia motels offer lots of vacation packages for travelers. Some include special family accommodations, and single person weekly rates. Seasonal rates may vary.

Central Nova Scotia
Halifax · Truro

Southern Nova Scotia Tours

Nova Scotia tours are a great way to explore this picturesque landscape. Operators can provide guests with exciting vacations doing many different activities.

Visitors can book skiing, golf, and culinary tours in Nova Scotia. Guided dog sled, mining, railway, fishing, and scuba diving tours can also be found.

Nova Scotia tour packages can include equipment necessary for the activity, and transportation to and from local hotels. Guide fees can be included as well. Family rates are available.

For more information about scuba diving in Novia Scotia, click here.

Did You Know?

Pirates and Privateers

On May 23, 1701, a privateer turned pirate sat in his cell in Nexgate prison writing a last desperate appeal to the speaker of the House of Commons. The appeal was ignored, and Captain William Kidd was hanged a few hours later. In England the first "Letters of Marque" were issued in the 13th century, but for 400 years after that the boundaries between legitimate trade, reprisal (privateering) and outright piracy were blurred, often to the point of invisibility. Strictly defined, privateers were privately owned and armed fighting ships. They were licensed to wage war on ships of a named foreign country. Such "Licenses" or "Commissions" were called "Letters of Marque" or "Letters of Reprisal". Without one a ship which used its armament offensively was guilty of piracy.

Halifax, Nova Scotia was home to many of the most famous and successful privateers in North America. Vessels like the "ROVER", which met her fate on the shores of Scatarie Island, Cape Breton in 1778 and the more infamous "LIVERPOOL PACKET", have left there mark on our maritime history.

The word "pirate" derives from the Greek perian, meaning to attempt or attack, and "The Laws of Solon(c.594 B.C.) refer to authorized associations of pirates. Basically they were sea going outlaws, renegades or mercenaries. They played a lone hand against all comers without political purpose or official authority. A pirate captain, like a privateer captain, was an elected leader, liable to instant demotion if he had bad luck, not enough loot, or in the opinion of the company, showed cowardice or bad judgment.

It has been well documented that the captains of these vessels (both pirate and privateer) often worked miracles of impudent and daring improvisation. And as for the men that crewed these infamous vessels, there existed very much an element of revenge or social rebellion as well as a greed for gold.

Because of their achievements in charting coasts, currents and prevailing winds and their exploration of unknown regions, the pirates or privateers never truly received the recognition that they may very well have deserved. Their remarkable feats of navigation and endurance in search of loot remains an inspiration; considering that the capture of a significant amount of treasure was fairly rare. Although a few obscure pirates may have been hanged from time to time, it is interesting to note that not a single pirate captain of notoriety or connections suffered more than a petty fine.

In closing, a related adage discovered while researching this article:

All men like to take what belongs to others; it is a universal desire. 
Only the manner in doing it differs.