33 Facts About Nova Scotia


Nova Scotia is one of the thirteen provinces and territories of Canada.

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The peninsula that makes up Nova Scotia's mainland is connected to the rest of North America by the Isthmus of Chignecto, on which the province's land border with New Brunswick is located.

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Land that comprises what is Nova Scotia was inhabited by the Mi?kmaq people at the time of European exploration.

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In 1848, Nova Scotia became the first British colony to achieve responsible government, and it federated in July 1867 with New Brunswick and the Province of Canada to form what is the country of Canada.

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Nova Scotia is Canada's second-smallest province in area, after Prince Edward Island.

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The province's mainland is the Nova Scotia peninsula, surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean and including numerous bays and estuaries.

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Nova Scotia is located along the 45th parallel north, so it is midway between the Equator and the North Pole.

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The Loyalist exodus created new communities across Nova Scotia, including Shelburne, which briefly became one of the larger British settlements in North America, and infused Nova Scotia with additional capital and skills.

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Nova Scotia had established representative government in 1758, an achievement later commemorated by the erection of the Dingle Tower in 1908.

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Nova Scotia became a world leader in both building and owning wooden sailing ships in the second half of the 19th century.

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Nova Scotia produced internationally recognized shipbuilders Donald McKay and William Dawson Lawrence.

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The fame Nova Scotia achieved from sailors was assured when Joshua Slocum became the first man to sail single-handedly around the world.

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Nova Scotia was the birthplace and home of Samuel Cunard, a British shipping magnate was born on at Halifax, Nova Scotia and who founded the Cunard Line.

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Nova Scotia is home to the largest Scottish Gaelic-speaking community outside of Scotland, with a small number of native speakers in Pictou County, Antigonish County, and Cape Breton Island, and the language is taught in a number of secondary schools throughout the province.

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Nova Scotia has the fourth-largest film industry in Canada hosting over 100 productions yearly, more than half of which are the products of international film and television producers.

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In 2015, the government of Nova Scotia eliminated tax credits to film production in the province, jeopardizing the industry given most other jurisdictions continue to offer such credits.

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Nova Scotia has many museums reflecting its ethnic heritage, including the Glooscap Heritage Centre, Grand-Pre National Historic Site, Hector Heritage Quay and the Black Cultural Centre for Nova Scotia.

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Nova Scotia is home to several internationally renowned musicians and there are visitor centres in the home towns of Hank Snow, Rita MacNeil, and Anne Murray Centre.

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Nova Scotia has two national parks, Kejimkujik and Cape Breton Highlands, and many other protected areas.

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Nova Scotia is ordered by a parliamentary government within the construct of constitutional monarchy; the monarchy in Nova Scotia is the foundation of the executive, legislative, and judicial branches.

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On 21 July 2022, Nova Scotia became the second province in Canada to regulate online gambling by launching its own online casino through the ALC.

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Cuisine of Nova Scotia is typically Canadian with an emphasis on local seafood.

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Nova Scotia has produced numerous film directors such as Thom Fitzgerald, Daniel Petrie (Resurrection—Academy Award nominee) and Acadian film director Phil Comeau's multiple award-winning local story (Le secret de Jerome).

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Nova Scotia has produced numerous television series: This Hour Has 22 Minutes, Don Messer's Jubilee, Black Harbour, Haven, Trailer Park Boys, Mr D, Call Me Fitz, and Theodore Tugboat.

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Some of most notable artists whose works have been acquired by Nova Scotia are British artist Joshua Reynolds; William Gush and William J Weaver (both have works in Province House); Robert Field (Government House), as well as leading American artists Benjamin West (self portrait in The Halifax Club, portrait of chief justice in Nova Scotia Supreme Court), John Singleton Copley, Robert Feke, and Robert Field (the latter three have works in the Uniacke Estate).

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The Nova Scotia Government provides a digital archive of past newspapers via the Nova Scotia Archives website.

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Nova Scotia is home to Symphony Nova Scotia, a symphony orchestra based in Halifax.

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Nova Scotia has produced many significant songwriters, such as Grammy Award winning Gordie Sampson, who has written songs for Carrie Underwood, Martina McBride ("If I Had Your Name", "You're Not Leavin Me"), LeAnn Rimes ("Long Night", "Save Myself"), and George Canyon ("My Name").

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Nova Scotia got his start by being music director for CBC television's Singalong Jubilee.

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Nova Scotia later produced 12 albums for Anne Murray; 11 albums for Emmylou Harris (whom he married at his home in Halifax on 9 January 1977).

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Nova Scotia produced discs for Johnny Cash, George Jones, Roy Orbison, Glen Campbell, Don Williams, Jesse Winchester and Linda Ronstadt.

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Nova Scotia Open was a professional golf tournament on the Web.

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Ten universities are situated in Nova Scotia, including Dalhousie University, University of King's College, Saint Mary's University, Mount Saint Vincent University, NSCAD University, Acadia University, Universite Sainte-Anne, Saint Francis Xavier University, Cape Breton University and the Atlantic School of Theology.

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