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Nova Scotia ("New Scotland" in Latin) is a charming destination that includes stunning seacoast, backwoods wilderness, and Halifax cityscapes in one relatively compact place. It was first named Acadieand claimed for France by Champlain in 1604. French settlers remained in Acadie until expelled by the British in the mid 18th century. Nova Scotia today still has many traditional Acadian French areas--in both the south and the north--combined with English, Scottish, and Irish descendants and influences. Though many mistakenly think Nova Scotia is an island, it is a peninsula, connected to the neighboring province of New Brunswick by a thin strip of land.
The official tourism web site is www.novascotia.com
Depending on where you're coming in from, you'll arrive either by air, highway, ferry, or train.
The provincial Department of Tourism has divided Nova Scotia into different tourism trails, which include the famous Cabot Trail in Cape Breton, the Glooscap Trail on the Bay of Fundy, the Evangeline Trail, and the Lighthouse Route.There is a map and information about the different scenic driving routes routes on the Nova Scotia website, with links to download a pdf of each route.
Most tourism routes hug the coast, though the interior of the province has much to offer as well, including Kejimikujik National Park and the Tobeatic Wilderness, which together form the Southern Nova Scotia Biosphere Preserve. The recent UNESCO World Heritage Site designation of Joggins Fossil Cliffs and the opening of the largest provincial park, Cape Chignecto Provincial Park, at Advocate Harbour on the Bay of Fundy has attracted worldwide attention to this remote and previously undiscovered area of the province. Halifax is a regional center and unofficial capital of the Maritime Provinces. The web site Destination Halifax has good information, including a guide for those considering meetings, retreats, or conferences.
The largest Acadian French/francophone municipality outside of Halifax is Argyle in Yarmouth County. There is also a lot of French culture in Clare, Digby County, especially along what is known as the French Shore. Cape Breton is noted as a stronghold of Celtic culture, with many Scottish and Irish descendants.