Nova Scotia is a beautiful Province. The scenery is outstanding with trees, lakes and the ocean around every corner. The Province is rich in history and culture with an outstanding assortment of Music.

The Province has 11 scenic Trails all around the Province. Most people are not aware how large the Province is, so it is wise to check with your Travel Agent on distances especially if planning a self drive program. It would be easy to spend a great deal of time searching out the attractions, places to visit and festivals to attend. In order not waste valuable vacation time it is really advisable to plan an itinerary in advance or to take an escorted tour.

Nova Scotia is one of the oldest Provinces in Canada settled by pilgrims from the British Isles and Europe, many under land grants from King James. The settlers from each country tended to settle in one area. For Instance, Cape Breton is famous for Scottish settlers, Acadia for its French settlers and Lunenburg a UNESCO World Heritage site and is known for its German settlers and was a boat building community. The famous Bluenose Schooner shown on the back of the Canadian dime was built there. All the settlers had different cultures that can still be seen today in the various parts of Nova Scotia.

Cape Breton has the only Scotch Whisky Distillery in North America, a Gaelic College where the Gaelic language and other crafts like Scottish Dancing and Fiddling and Bagpipes are taught to this day. Visitors can visit the College and enjoy watching crafts being made and if the timing is right enjoy a concert performed by the students.
The Maritime Museum offers you a history on the Halifax Explosion that destroyed a large portion of the city. The Museum also has artifacts from the Titanic, and the Fairview Cemetery has the graves of many of the bodies recovered from the sinking. Even today many bodies have never been identified.

Halifax itself was settled by the English and the Citadel offers daily tours and the Public Gardens are reminiscent of a typical Mansion Garden in England. The annual Nova Scotia International Tattoo which captures the spirit of its rich military past through music and color, rivals the one held in Britain, and is well worth seeing if you are in town when it is on.

Port Royal is one of the original settlements and offers an insight into the rich history of the settlers. We mustn’t forget the Tidal Bore that offers the highest tides in the world. On a daily basis the tides rise from nothing to 23 feet in a matter of minutes and you can actually ride the tides as they come in.

There are world class Golf Courses, Music Concerts and Festivals offered all around the Province. The local bars and pubs usually have live local Music from Thursday through Sunday. The music is rich in Nova Scotia and has produced many outstanding performers such as Anne Murray, Rita MacNeil and Natalie MacMaster just to name a few.
Complementing the spectacular scenery, unspoiled nature and living history, Nova Scotia offers a wide range of outdoor activities from kayaking to hiking, whale watching, golfing and not to forget the delicious seafood.

Nova Scotia is a spectacular Province and the hospitality of the locals is unrivaled. Check with your Travel Agent for options for escorted tours or vacation planning services for fly drive opportunities.

Author's Bio: 

My name is Avril Betts, I have over 25 years experience in all aspects of Travel and Tourism. I hold a CHA (Certified Hotel Administrator). Along with my partner Khaled Azzam we own A-Z Tours and Action Travel in North America along with Travelocity Travel Egypt in Cairo, Egypt.

I have co-chaired Atlantic Canada Showcase an International Travel Trade Show, managed 450 volunteers for the Tall Ships Visit in July 2000, and was awarded Entrepreneur of the Year by the Tourism Industry Association of Nova Scotia. In 1996 I hosted the president’s wives luncheon for the G7 conference. In 1988 I founded the Country Inn Association in Nova Scotia.

As an experienced speaker I have presented seminars for many years on subjects ranging from Marketing and Sales and Life Skills to Tourism, Travel and Real Estate, and operating an online Travel business.

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