Nova Scotia Flights:
Flights to Nova Scotia
Nova Scotia is a province in the far south east of Canada on the Atlantic Ocean, and is hence known as one of the Atlantic Provinces.
Flights from South Africa to Nova Scotia will land at the province’s capital, Halifax (airport code: YHZ). There are no direct flights to Nova Scotia from South Africa, and in actual fact, all flights involve two connections. There are a good number of airlines and routes to choose from though, including Air France and Delta via Paris and New York, South African Airways and Lufthansa via Frankfurt and Montreal, American Airlines, BMI and Virgin Atlantic via London and New York and British Airways via London and Toronto.
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The Tourist Attractions of Nova Scotia:
Nova Scotia has quite a variety of attractions for visitors to enjoy. This is a very cultural part of Canada for starters – the Scottish heritage of the area is very apparent. Nova Scotia, after all, means New Scotland in English, though there are also a great many other cultures and nationalities here too.
Halifax is the capital of Nova Scotia and the largest city in the Atlantic Provinces. It’s always been an important harbour and the maritime connection is very strong here, hence many of the attractions have a water connection!
The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic gives visitors an interesting insight into some of the area’s maritime history as well as featuring a Titanic exhibition and the restoration of the CSS Acadia, a hydrographic survey ship built in 1913.
Pier 21 is now a museum, though this was historically the processing site for over a million immigrants into Canada, whilst the Halifax Citadel is a historic fort which overlooks the harbour and city. This is a national historic site and has a museum, which is only open during the summer. Another historic site is Province House. Built in 1842 this houses the oldest provincial legislature in Canada; guided tours are available.
Cape Breton Island
Cape Breton Island is at the northernmost end of Nova Scotia, separated from the main part of the province. The Scottish heritage is very apparent here, and it is in fact the only place in North America where Gaelic is still spoken. The island is becoming an important and popular destination for eco tourism, and the main reason for visiting is to experience the scenery. Cape Breton Highlands National Park is one place where you can do so and is a great place for hiking, especially on the main trails along the famous Cabot Trail.
It’s funny to think that this tiny settlement on the eastern shore of Nova Scotia is one of the province’s biggest tourist attractions! But this small rural community comes alive with visitors during the summer in particular. The quaint settlement is very picturesque, and Peggys Point Lighthouse is also a big draw. During the summer months a post office operates from here and visitors can send postcards and letters with a special lighthouse postmark on them.
Grand-Pré National Historic Site
The Grand-Pré National Historic Site includes the Grand-Pré area which was settled by Acadians from 1682 to 1755. Following war between the English and the French, the Acadians were forced to leave the area and deportation occurred between 1755 and 1762. Although an important site in the history of Canada there is not a great deal to see here in terms of buildings, as this is a rural area.
When Should You Visit?:
Nova Scotia generally benefits from warm and pleasant summers, and although winters can be mild they can also be very cold and harsh. As an average though, Nova Scotia is actually Canada’s warmest province temperatures are moderated by the ocean.
Rain is variable, but Nova Scotia is best known for its fog – Halifax has on average 196 foggy days per year!