Tourism employs approximately 40,000 people in Nova Scotia, generating 2.61 billion dollars worth of revenue in 2018 from 2.4 million tourists, 25% of which come from outside of Canada.
Nova Scotia has a number of provincial parks, which provide recreational opportunities such as hiking, fishing, camping, biking, and wildlife watching. Some of these parks include Battery Provincial Park, on Cape Breton Island; Caribou-Munroes Island Provincial Park, located on the northeast coast of Nova Scotia; Cape Chignecto Provincial Park, Blomidon and Cape Split on the Bay of Fundy coast; and The Islands Provincial Park, located on the southwestern tip of Nova Scotia. The province also has three national parks: Cape Breton Highlands National Park, Kejimkujik National Park, and Sable Island National Park Reserve.
Nova Scotia is known for its vast and diverse coastline, which therefore offers a range of recreation and outdoor activities. You will find solid and bold rock face around Peggy’s Cove. Islands and deep waters for sailing around the Chester and Mahone Bay areas. Sandy beaches and surf can be found around Bridgewater to Liverpool. The Bay of Fundy with the fastest rising ties in the world, is known for fossils, whale watching and fishing. From surfing to sea kayaking, and clam digging to swimming, there is something for everyone.
Historical sites in the province include Grand-Pré, an original Acadian settlement in the area, close to Wolfville; Numerous forts Fortress Louisburg, Fort McNab, Fort St. Louis, Fort Edward, and Fort Anne, which were established by European settlers; The Halifax Citadel National Historic Site is an symbol of the capital city as it sits high in the heart. a number of churches, such as St. Mary’s Basilica, Covenanters’ Church, and Little Dutch (Deutsch) Church.
There is wide of culture groups in Nova Scotia with various events such as Pow Wow, music and food festivals support of the Mi’kmaq, Acadian, Gaelic and African cultures. Located in Halifax, to name a few, is the Nova Scotia Art Gallery, Neptune Theatre, The Discovery Centre, The Nova Scotia Museum, Museum of Natural History and the Miners Museum. Nova Scotia is also home to Symphony Nova Scotia and Opera Nova Scotia. Notable Museums located in rural Nova Scotia include The Fisheries Museum in Lunenburg, Ross Farm Museum, Sherbrook Village and the Black-Binney House.
The Shubenacadie Wildlife Park, Hatfield Farms and Oaklawn Farm are also popular with families. Festivals include the Halifax International Busker Festival, the Halifax Jazz Festival, the Atlantic Film Festival, and the Celtic Colours Festival in Cape Breton. The New Ross Christmas Festival, Digby Scallops Days and Deep Roots Music Festival are regional favourites as well.
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