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The provinces of Atlantic Canada were home to Mi'kmaq, Maliseet and Passamaquoddy people and have an extensive history of French and British settlement dating back to the seventeenth century, forming a unique culture that predates Canada.

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• Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia Destination Guide

Nova Scotia has strong Scottish roots, but for a population of about a million it is remarkably diverse: with Mikmaq peoples, black Nova Scotians, French Acadians, Annapolis Valley farmers, lobster fishermen, and Haligonians all forming distinctive groups …

• Prince Edward Island

Prince Edward Island Destination Guide

Located along Canada's rugged Atlantic coast and linked to the mainland by the 8-mile (13-km) Confederation Bridge, Prince Edward Island is also renowned for its unique natural landscapes. Outdoors enthusiasts will revel in the startling red sand cliffs …

» Annapolis Valley

Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia

Annapolis Valley is one of the province's most expansive regions and it covers quite a bit of ground; located in the western part of the Nova Scotia peninsula, it is formed by a trough between two parallel mountain ranges along the shore of the famous Bay of Fundy (home to the world's highest tides). Because of its exceptional location, its micro-climate and the fertile glacial sedimentary soils on the valley floor, Annapolis Valley is extremely fertile. It is home to over 1,000 farms, upscale vineyards and orchards …

» Avondale Sky Winery

Avondale Sky Winery, Nova Scotia

Nestled in the rolling hills of the luxuriant Annapolis Valley, Avondale Sky Winery is by Stewart Creaser and Lorraine Vassalo, two wine lovers who traded stressful careers in the city for the demanding but rewarding life as winemaker. The duo has kept a very local approach to their endeavour, producing wine from their own grapes only and sourcing construction materials from local forlorn chapels and barns (including one that was transported across the Bay of Fundy, where the highest tides in the world occur) …

» Blomidon Estate Winery

Blomidon Estate Winery, Nova Scotia

What better way to enjoy the fine Nova Scotia wines than on a scenic 10-hectare vineyard in the Annapolis region? Blessed with a micro-climate that permits grape growing, the Blomidon Estate Winery is located on the bucolic shore of the Minas Basin has won numerous national and international awards over the years. Many of the blocks were planted in 1986 -including established Baco Noir, L'Acadie Blanc, Seyval Blanc and Chardonnay, with newer plantings of Riesling, New York Muscat- giving Blomidon some of the oldest vines in the province …

» Citadel National Historic Site

Citadel National Historic Site, Nova Scotia

Right at the center of Halifax is one of the city's most iconic landmarks: the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site, or - more simply - the Citadel. The Citadel is a fort, and a symbol of Halifax's role as a principal naval station in the British Empire. It spans a large grassy park in the shape of an eight-point star. The fort in place at the moment is actually fourth in a series, having been completed in 1856. At the site, you'll find a defensive ditch, earthen ramparts, a musketry gallery, a powder magazine …

» Confederation Bridge

Confederation Bridge, Nova Scotia

An engineering feat if there ever was one, the curved, 12.9 kilometer-long (8 miles) Confederation Bridge is the longest in the world to cross ice-covered water. It carries the Trans-Canadian Highway, joining the eastern Canadian provinces of Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick by crossing the Abegweit Passage of Northumberland Straight. The Confederation Bridge's construction spanned over four years and necessitated crews of more than 5,000 local workers; it opened to traffic on May 31, 1997 …

» Government House

Government House, Nova Scotia

Welcome to the Queen's official residence in Halifax - and also that of her Lieutenant Governor in Nova Scotia. As one of the few official residences to be located in an urban setting, Government House definitely stands out from other similar properties elsewhere in the country. Built in 1800, it has welcomed hundreds of foreign dignitaries and royal families from around the world since its opening, and has recently become a National Historic Site of Canada. Its sophisticated Adamesque Georgian style …

» Halifax Cruise Port

Halifax Cruise Port, Nova Scotia

On the edge of the Atlantic Ocean is Halifax, the largest city in Atlantic Canada and the Maritimes. Get out on foot and explore what this east coast capital has to offer, whether it's strolling the waterfront's boardwalk, navigating Citadel Hill, or listening to live music at a local pub. Cruises dock at the Seaport, where there is immediate access to the Metro Transit bus system, Halifax taxis, and limousines. A 10-minute walk will take you straight to the downtown area, where you can peruse local boutiques, visit museums …

» Halifax Harbour

Halifax Harbour, Nova Scotia

The large natural harbor along the Atlantic Coast of Nova Scotia is one Halifax's most lively sites. The historic waterfront was largely formed by a drowned glacial valley which succumbed to sea level rise since glaciation, and has since become the first inbound and last outbound port of call in eastern North America with transcontinental rail connections. Tourism-wise, Halifax Harbor is home to half a dozen islands including McNabs Island, the largest and also most significant. Now a national park and National Historic Site of Canada …

» Halifax Public Gardens

Halifax Public Gardens, Nova Scotia

The Halifax Public gardens were opened in 1867 -- the same year as Canadian Confederation. A large team of superintendents, horticulturalists, and gardeners has kept everything blooming for over 100 years, and in 1984, the gardens became a National Historic Site of Canada. Once you're through the impressive main gates, you're free to wander the footpaths at your leisure. There are over 100 species of trees here, as well as a collection of flowerbeds. Peruse the Tropical Display beds for exotic plants …

» Lunenburg

Lunenburg, Nova Scotia

Often considered to be one of Nova Scotia's and Canada's quaintest villages and a UNESCO World Heritage site, the port town of Lunenburg is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the country. As the finest example of planned British colonial settlement in Canada, the city holds great historical significance and its development played a major role in shaping Canada as we know it today. Lunenburg's distinctive waterfront and historic core, which is a National Historic Site of Canada …

» Mahone Bay

Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia

Did anyone say picture-perfect? Postcard-worthy Mahone Bay is a historic and charming village steeped in nautical history -so much so, in fact, that its name comes from the French word for the barge used by local privateers, 'mahonne.' Indeed, Mahone Bay once was a safe haven for pirates and privateers back in the 18th century! The seaside town has since become famous for its wooden-boat building industry and its tourist attractions, as its waterfront has been heavily featured in travel magazines …

» Old Town Clock

Old Town Clock, Nova Scotia

As one of the most recognizable landmarks in Halifax's historic core, the Old Town Clock gets its fair share of visitors. Ordered by Prince Edward, Duke of Kent and then commander-in-chief of all military forces in British North America, the tower was built as a way to potentially resolve the unpunctuality of the local garrison. Completed in 1803, the three-tiered tower is built in the utmost classic Palladian style, with an irregular octagon tower built atop a one storey white clapboard building …

» Peggy's Cove

Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia

Peggy's Cove is the place to go if you want a little piece of rural Atlantic Canadian living, just a quick drive from Nova Scotia's capital city. The star attraction of the area is the Peggy's Point Lighthouse, a red and white lighthouse built in 1915 and still in operation today. It sits on a granite outcrop overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, where you'll get to watch the waves crash cliff-side with tremendous force. Visitors are warned not to get too close to the cliff's edge in case of turbulent seas …

» Point Pleasant Park

Point Pleasant Park, Nova Scotia

On the southern tip of the Halifax peninsula you'll find Point Pleasant Park, a large municipal park where visitors of all sorts can find something - well -- pleasant. History lovers should check out the remarkably preserved 18th century Martello tower known as the Prince of Wales Tower, a 26-foot high heavily armed defense structure used from the early 1800s to protect the city. Other defense batteries can also be found around the area, including the Cambridge Battery …

» Prince Edward Island

Prince Edward Island, Maritimes

Spend a bit of time here, and you'll understand why PEI is known as the 'gentle island.' This itty-bitty island in the middle of the Atlantic was the birthplace of Canadian confederation, and despite its small stature and population, it packs a big tourism punch. As soon as you cross the Confederation Bridge, stop for ice cream at Cow's. This place is legendary for its wacky flavors. If you're spending the night in Charlottetown, get out and explore on foot. For such a small city, the place is surprisingly cosmopolitan …

» Province House

Province House, Nova Scotia

Officially known as the Nova Scotia House of Assembly, Province House is yet another one of the many National Historic Sites of Canada in the capital city. This is where the Nova Scotia Legislature has met every year since 1819, making it Province House the longest serving legislative building in Canada. It was also the first form of responsible government in the British Empire outside the United Kingdom, and it therefore played a significant role in the development of responsible government, parliamentary democracy …

» Saint-Famille Wines

Saint-Famille Wines , Nova Scotia

Established on old Acadian land in the heart of the Annapolis Valley, the Sainte-Famille winery is owned by Doug and Suzanne Corkum and opened up for business in 1980. The winery overlooks the rolling hills that surround the Avon River Valley and is nestled in a unique site that makes it the warmest vineyard site in all of Nova Scotia. Starting out with just one acre, the land now stretches over 25 acres of vineyard composed of eight varieties of white grapes and four varieties of red …

» Spring Garden

Spring Garden, Nova Scotia

One of the busiest districts in Halifax, Spring Garden is a major commercial and cultural district that got its name from the fresh spring water that flows underneath it, and has since become one of the trendiest places to be in the city. For shopping options, you've got everything from small boutiques like All Dressed Up to well known national brands such as American Apparel. Here you'll also find Bath and Beauty shops, books and stationery stores, children's clothing, photography outlets, and just about anything else you need …

» St Paul's Church

St Paul's Church, Nova Scotia

St Paul's Church is one of the most significant landmarks in Halifax; in fact, the evangelical Anglican Church is the oldest surviving Protestant church in Canada and the oldest building in the city. It was given the Bishop's seat upon completion, making it the first Anglican cathedral outside of Great Britain. Thanks to the presence of a royal pew, the church welcomed dozens of monarchs throughout the centuries, including Queen Elizabeth II, the Duke of Kent, Prince Edward and King Edward VII …

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Atlantic Canada Tours, Travel & Activities

The Maritimes are home to Mi'kmaq, Maliseet and Passamaquoddy people and have an extensive history of French and British settlement dating back to the seventeenth century, forming a unique culture that predates Canada. The word maritime is an adjective that simply means 'of the sea'. The major communities of the region include Halifax and Cape Breton in Nova Scotia, Saint John, Fredericton and Moncton in New Brunswick, and Charlottetown in Prince Edward Island …

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Atlantic Canada is the region of Canada comprising the four provinces located on the Atlantic coast, excluding Quebec: the three Maritime provinces - New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Nova Scotia - and the eastmost province of Newfoundland and Labrador. The first premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, Joey Smallwood, coined the term Atlantic Canada when Newfoundland and Labrador joined the Canadian Confederation (the Commonwealth of Canada) in 1949 …

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