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Nova Scotia, Canada Travel Information

According to thereligionfaqs, Nova Scotia (New Scotland) is a peninsula in the Atlantic Ocean (North America), which is part of Canada. Nova Scotia, together with the smaller Cape Breton Island, forms the Canadian province of Nova Scotia. The capital of Nova Scotia is Halifax. Some major cities in Nova Scotia are: Amherst, Truro and New Glasgow.

Nova Scotia is a mountainous peninsula that fell under the Dutch colony of Dutch Acadia from August 1674 to 1675. The coastline of Nova Scotia is characterized by many fishing villages and extensive sandy beaches. There are many shipwrecks off the coast of Nova Scotia that have perished in wars and storms. These shipwrecks can be admired by experienced divers. Nova Scotia is the only province in Canada that has a law that allows the diving of treasures, which Americans in particular eagerly use. Nova Scotia is also known as Seafood Country because of the wide variety of seafood dishes. A number of places of interest in Nova Scotia are the always pleasant capital Halifax, the whale safaris and the Bay of Fundy. In this bay the difference between low and high tide is the largest in the world. See watchtutorials for nature culture and sports Canada.

Where is Nova Scotia located?

Travel information of Nova Scotia

Official name: Nova Scotia
Continent: North America
Area: 44,972 km²
Capital: Halifax
Country code: CA, CAN
Population: 921,727 inhabitants (2011)
Form of government: Parliamentary monarchy
Highest point: Nova Scotia: 367 m (Nuttby)
Distance (Amsterdam – Halifax): 4,922 km
Flight time: approximately 8 hours and 30 minutes

Travel advice
Current status: No special security risks.
Current color code: Green.

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), there may be (temporary) measures in Nova Scotia that you as a tourist may have to deal with. For the most up-to-date corona travel advice, please refer to our special coronavirus travel advice page. For the number of current corona infections, number of deaths and various corona-related graphs of Nova Scotia, please visit Countryaah.

Travel offer
On our travel offer page you will find an overview of reliable travel organizations that offer complete trips and holidays to Nova Scotia. In addition, you will find an overview of separate travel components (car rental, hotels and airline tickets) with which you can compose your ideal trip yourself.

Travel guides and maps
Are you looking for a travel guide, map, walking map, cycling map, book or DVD about Nova Scotia?

Excursions, activities and day trips
With the help of Countryaah you can reserve an excursion, activity, tour, entrance ticket and/or day trip for your stay in Nova Scotia at a discount. This way you are assured of a place, in some cases you can skip the queue and you can already plan your travel program.

Weather and climate
Nova Scotia has a mild maritime climate. In the summer months, temperatures are around 20 degrees on the coast and 25 degrees inland. In the winter months, temperatures are around 0 degrees inland and around -5 degrees on the coast. Nova Scotia is regularly hit by tropical storms and hurricanes during the autumn and winter period.
The current weather (weather forecast) and a weather forecast for Nova Scotia can be found on our extensive weather page.
Detailed information about the climate of Nova Scotia can be found at Climate info.

Best time
May, June, July, August and September are the best months to travel to Nova Scotia. In these months the temperatures are the most pleasant.

English and French are both an official language in Nova Scotia. The most spoken language is English.
Would you like to translate from or into English and/or French for free? Use the Google translator for this.

Travel documents
You must have a passport that is still valid when you leave Nova Scotia.
A visa is not required if you are staying in Nova Scotia for less than 6 months.
Note: As of early 2016, you can only travel visa-free if you arrive by land or sea and are staying in Canada for less than 6 months. If you arrive by plane you must be in possession of an eTA (electronic Travel Authorization). You can apply for it online at the official website. The eTA is valid for 6 months over a period of 5 years.

Embassies and consulates
Below is an overview of relevant diplomatic representations, including addresses and contact details.
Dutch embassy and consulates in Canada:
Canadian Embassy in the Netherlands:
For urgent assistance, you can contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs 24/7 on +31247247247.

Vaccination (inoculation)
You do not need any vaccinations to visit Nova Scotia.

Money and Currency
In Nova Scotia, the Canadian dollar (CAD) is used for payment.
The current position of this currency (currency, currency) can be found on our exchange rate page.
An overview of all ATMs in Nova Scotia can be found on our ATMs page.

Price level
Prices in Nova Scotia are slightly higher than in the Netherlands. The price difference with the Netherlands is +8% on average. Some examples are: restaurants (3% cheaper), food (47% more expensive), imported beer in catering (44% more expensive), cigarettes (73% more expensive) and public transport (48% cheaper). Please note that the price difference in tourist areas, especially during high season, may vary.

In Nova Scotia it is customary to tip approximately 10-15% of the total amount. If the service was very bad, you can give a little less. Giving nothing is very unusual and sometimes even indecent. Tip is not yet included in the bill by default.

Time difference
In Nova Scotia it is 5 hours earlier than in the Netherlands.
Summer time in Nova Scotia differs from that in the Netherlands.
The local times, dates, time zones and exceptions for Nova Scotia can be found on our time difference page.

Traffic and Route
In Nova Scotia you must drive on the right.
You do not need an international driver’s license to drive and/or rent a motor vehicle in Nova Scotia.
With the Google route planner you can compile a route description from, to or within Nova Scotia.

In Nova Scotia you need a travel plug. In addition, in some cases you need an inverter.
More information about common plugs and sockets in Nova Scotia can be found on our electricity page.

Emergency services
If you need help from the police, fire brigade and/or ambulance in an emergency, you can use the emergency numbers below.
– Police: 911
– Fire Department: 911
– Ambulance: 911
With a mobile phone you can also use the international number 112.

Tap water
Tap water is safe to drink.

News and newspapers
The latest news related to Nova Scotia can be found on Google news.
An overview of Nova Scotia’s newspapers can be found at Abyznewslinks.

Websites from Nova Scotia end
Nova Scotia official websites: and

The country code (international prefix) to call someone in Nova Scotia is 001 or +1.
Do you want to call the Netherlands from Nova Scotia? Then use the Dutch country code 01131.
(If you use a country code, leave out the first 0 of the number to be called.)
Telephone numbers can be found in the Nova Scotia Telephone Directory.
Company details can be found in the Nova Scotia Yellow Pages.

Photos and videos
On Flickr you will find a nice collection of photos from Nova Scotia.
On Youtube you will find a nice collection of videos from Nova Scotia.

An overview of all other holidays in Nova Scotia can be found on

Reviews and travel experiences
On Zoover and TripAdvisor you will find reviews from travelers about accommodations (eg hotels and holiday homes), restaurants and destinations in Nova Scotia, supplemented with photos, videos and points of interest.

Are you looking for a travelogue about Nova Scotia?
Here you will find travel reports and experiences of travelers who have previously visited Nova Scotia. It is also possible to keep a free diary of your trip for family and/or friends.

Nature and world heritage
An overview of the protected nature areas (including national parks, reserves and wildlife parks) in Nova Scotia can be found on Protected Planet.
An overview of the world heritage sites in Nova Scotia can be found on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Customs rules
Do you want to know how much you are allowed to import and export when traveling to Nova Scotia? On the IATA website you will find an overview with the maximum quantities of cigarettes, alcohol, food, money and perfume. If you stick to these quantities, you don’t have to declare anything to customs. You will also find the laws and regulations regarding the entry of pets on this website.

Entrepreneurship and doing business
If you intend to do business in or do business with Nova Scotia, it is wise to prepare well. The Netherlands Enterprise Agency can help you with this. On you will find a large amount of information about Nova Scotia, including: opportunities, import and export regulations, trade figures, do’s and don’ts, product requirements, business partners and subsidies.

Relevant Legislation
Below you will find relevant laws and regulations that you may encounter while visiting Nova Scotia.
– Alcohol: Buying and/or drinking from the age of 19.
– Alcohol and traffic: The maximum permitted alcohol content is 0.5.
– Tobacco: Buying and/or smoking from the age of 19.
– Smoking ban: In public places.
– Homosexuality: Allowed

Did you know that…
…The difference between low and high tide in Nova Scotia is as much as 16 meters?
…Nova Scotia fell under the Dutch colony Dutch Acadia for some time?
…In 1967 there was an alleged UFO crash in Nova Scotia?
…There is said to be a treasure buried in Nova Scotia belonging to the pirate captain William Kidd?
…The Titanic has sunk off Nova Scotia?
…In 1917 a gigantic explosion in Nova Scotia killed 2,000 people?

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