Travel Planning
Nova Scotia
Travel Planning
Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia at a Glance

Quaint fishing villages, Atlantic sunrises, fresh seafood and plenty of outdoor fun make Nova Scotia a dream vacation destination for travelers. 

Halifax is Nova Scotia's capital and largest city. Dine at seafood restaurants, visit a historic fort, take a harbor tour or simply enjoy the shops and bars here. Halifax's seaside location means that you can use it as a springboard for your other Nova Scotia destinations. Sea kayak in sparkling Atlantic waters. Hike along the shore through beach roses and blackberries. Explore the rolling hills on foot, or rent a bicycle to cover more of the undulating green terrain. Uncover lighthouses, whale pods, herons and rabbits. Many outdoor lovers enjoy the trip up to the Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Once there, hiking, camping and boating offer dramatic views of the sea and the shore.

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Popular Places
  • Halifax Halifax
  • Cape Breton Highlands National Park Cape Breton Highlands National Park
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  • Major Airport Halifax Stanfield International Airport

Passport / Visa Requirements

American citizens and permanent residents must now have a valid U.S passport or U.S green card to enter Canada. Visitors from other countries may need a tourist visa and can determine their specific requirements by using the website of the Canadian government.  All visitors must be able to convince immigration officials that they have enough money for their trip, that they are healthy, and that they have ties in their home country that will draw them home again at the end of their visit. American citizens can learn more information on world-wide travel at the U.S State Department's website.

Need to Know

Severe Weather Snow storms, hurricanes and weather off the Atlantic can strike Nova Scotia. Use caution in the event of a weather alert. Snow can make driving difficult.

Safety Concerns Stay safe in Nova Scotia by observing common safety precautions. Avoid leaving valuables in your car. Keep cash, phones, passports and electronics out of sight. Be aware of your surroundings at night. Nova Scotia sits on the Bay of Fundy which is famous for its dramatic tides. Check tide tables and plan ahead to avoid being surprised or stranded while you enjoy the outdoors.

Health Concerns Nova Scotia has clean public drinking water and good public health. Stay healthy by washing your hands and staying well rested. In back country areas purify your water and be aware of local hazards.

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