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Nova Scotia Facts


Peggy's Cove Lighthouse, Canada
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Updated: 11/21/2013

About the Province of Nova Scotia

A founding province of Canada, Nova Scotia is nearly surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, and is known for its high tides, lobster, fish, blueberries and apples.

Location of Nova Scotia

  • Nova Scotia lies on the east coast of Canada
  • Nova Scotia is made up of a mainland peninsula and Cape Breton Island, across the Canso Strait.
  • The province of Nova Scotia has the Gulf of St. Lawrence and Northumberland Strait on the north, and the Atlantic Ocean on the south and east. It is connected to the province of New Brunswick on the west by the Chignecto Isthmus.
  • See map of Nova Scotia

Area of Nova Scotia

55,284 sq. km (21,345.3 sq. miles) (Natural Resources Canada, 2001)

Population of Nova Scotia

921,727 (Statistics Canada, 2011 Census)

Capital City of Nova Scotia

Halifax, Nova Scotia

Date Nova Scotia Entered Confederation

July 1, 1867

Government of Nova Scotia


Last Nova Scotia Provincial Election

October 8, 2013

Premier of Nova Scotia

Premier Stephen McNeil

Main Nova Scotia Industries

Manufacturing, agriculture, fisheries, mining, forestry, transportation, energy

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