Key Facts About Nova Scotia

  • Nova Scotia is known as “Canada’s Ocean Playground”.

  • Nova Scotia is one of 10 provinces and 3 territories in Canada and located on the East Coast. It is bordered by the provinces of New Brunswick to the west, Newfoundland to the east, and Prince Edward Island to the north, as well as the Atlantic Ocean to the south.

  • No point in Nova Scotia is more than 60 km from the sea.

  • Approximately, 10 424 kilometers of coastline

  • Nova Scotia covers 55, 283 square kilometres, about 3.5% of which is water in the form of lakes and rivers.

  • Nova Scotia’s population is over 940,000 people, making it the seventh most populated province in the country.

  • Halifax, the capital city, is located in the southeastern portion, on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean. It is a major international seaport and transportation centre as well as the economic and cultural hub of the region.

  • Part of Nova Scotia is a separate island called Cape Breton Island, which is located east of Nova Scotia.

  • The combination of Nova Scotia’s small land area and its relatively large population compared to its size has resulted in it being the second most densely populated province in the country.

  • Official language is English, although those with Acadian heritage speak French. Gaelic can be heard around Cape Breton as well.

  • Official flower is the Mayflower

  • Nova Scotia 10 Universities, 90 private schools and a community college with 13 campuses

  • Nova Scotia was one of the four founding provinces to join Canada’s Confederation in 1867.

  • Home to the indigenous Mi’kmaq people and their language can also be found on provincial signs along with English and French.

  • First colonists were the French, who settled in Port Royal in 1605. The British gained control between 1710 and 1758 and established Halifax as the capital.

  • The climate is moderate with four distinct seasons. The moderate climate has been favourable for the establishment of a growing wine and cider industry.

  • Nova Scotia is located in the Atlantic Standard Time Zone (AST)

  • Motto is Munit Haec et Altera Vincit (One Defends and One Conquers)

  • Nova Scotia is Latin for New Scotland