Nova Scotia Real Estate

Sandy McDonald

Designated Broker

sandy.mcdonald@exprealty.net 

Provincial Office
1959 Upper Water St
Suite 1301
Halifax, NS B3J 3N2

Welcome to eXp Realty’s center for home listings in Nova Scotia. Get instant access to everything you want to know about Nova Scotia real estate listings, including property descriptions, virtual tours, maps, and photos. 

Nova Scotia is the prime destination for waterfront properties and quaint villages. Surrounded by ocean, every property is within about 55km of the coast. Many are drawn to Nova Scotia because of the high quality of life and low cost of living, making it the second most populous province in Canada. The province is recognized as a center for the arts, meaning there are countless art galleries and playhouses for all to enjoy. With a large Scottish population, Nova Scotia also provides many historic sites, museums, and festivals that celebrate its Scottish heritage. The maritime province provides many opportunities for fishing, kayaking, and oceanside hikes. With housing costs that are only about half of what you would see in neighboring provinces, Nova Scotia offers a great place to put down roots. 

 

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Just Listed Nova Scotia Homes For Sale

New Listing – 4 hours on Site
$199,900
Active Listing
Single Family Home For Sale
4
beds
1
bath
11 Island Road
Charlos Cove, NS B0H1T0
Listing courtesy of Del Mar Realty Inc.
New Listing – 6 hours on Site
$827,000
Active Listing
Single Family Home For Sale
4
beds
3
baths
Lot 402 255 Everwood Avenue #402
Hammonds Plains, NS B3Z0J6
Listing courtesy of Engel & Volkers
New Listing – 6 hours on Site
$1,350,000
Active Listing
Single Family Home For Sale
3
beds
3
baths
6950 Highway16
Halfway Cove, NS B0H1N0
Listing courtesy of Del Mar Realty Inc.
New Listing – 6 hours on Site
$519,900
Active Listing
Single Family Home For Sale
3
beds
2
baths
362 East Uniacke Road
East Uniacke, NS B0N1Z0
Listing courtesy of Engel & Volkers
New Listing – 6 hours on Site
$239,900
Active Listing
Single Family Home For Sale
4
beds
2
baths
1262 Lingan Road
Sydney, NS B1N3K9
Listing courtesy of RE/MAX Park Place Inc.
New Listing – 7 hours on Site
$27,500
Active Listing
Land For Sale
2.9999
acres
Lot 12 Hill Street
French Cove, NS B0E3B0
Listing courtesy of Cape Breton Realty
New Listing – 7 hours on Site
$269,000
Active Listing
Single Family Home For Sale
3
beds
1
bath
54 Riverside Drive
Long Island, NS B1Y3K6
Listing courtesy of 3% Realty Nova Scotia
New Listing – 8 hours on Site
$130,000
Active Listing
Single Family Home For Sale
2
beds
1
bath
960 Cheticamp Back Road
Belle Marche, NS B0E1H0
Listing courtesy of Cape Breton Realty (Port Hawkesbury)
New Listing – 8 hours on Site
$22,900
Active Listing
Land For Sale
0.5
acres
Old Cabot Trail
Grand étang, NS B0E1L0
Listing courtesy of Cape Breton Realty (Port Hawkesbury)
New Listing – yesterday
$469,900
Active Listing
Condo For Sale
2
beds
2
baths
509 60 Walter Havill Drive #509
Halifax, NS B3N0A9
Listing courtesy of RE/MAX Nova (Halifax)
New Listing – yesterday
$236,999
Active Listing
Single Family Home For Sale
3
beds
1
bath
994 Dover Road
Little Dover, NS B0H1V0
Listing courtesy of PG Direct Realty Ltd.
New Listing – yesterday
$49,000
Active Listing
Land For Sale
2.5
acres
Lot 25 Beaver Lane
Grantville, NS B0E1J0
Listing courtesy of Cape Breton Realty
New Listing – yesterday
$664,900
Active Listing
Single Family Home For Sale
3
beds
2
baths
836 Highway 223
Little Narrows, NS B0E1T0
Listing courtesy of RE/MAX Park Place Inc.
New Listing – yesterday
$497,500
Active Listing
Single Family Home For Sale
4
beds
2
baths
114 Adam Drive
South Farmington, NS B0P1W0
Listing courtesy of Royal LePage Atlantic (Greenwood)
New Listing – yesterday
$350,000
Active Listing
Single Family Home For Sale
3
beds
2
baths
15 Horsburgh Drive
Berwick, NS B0P1E0
Listing courtesy of RE/MAX Advantage
New Listing – yesterday
$699,900
Active Listing
Single Family Home For Sale
4
beds
3
baths
81 Cranley Road
Lucasville, NS B4B0C4
Listing courtesy of Royal LePage Atlantic
New Listing – 2 days on Site
$179,900
Active Listing
Single Family Home For Sale
4
beds
2
baths
42 Park Street
Amherst, NS B4H2R5
Listing courtesy of Coldwell Banker Open Door Realty Ltd.
New Listing – 2 days on Site
$245,000
Active Listing
Single Family Home For Sale
3
beds
1
bath
929 Old Big Harbour Road
Big Harbour, NS B0E1B0
Listing courtesy of RE/MAX Park Place Inc.
New Listing – 2 days on Site
$18,000
Active Listing
Land For Sale
0.1722
acres
No # Birchwood Drive
Sydney Mines, NS B1V2Z5
Listing courtesy of RE/MAX Park Place Inc.
New Listing – 2 days on Site
$13,000
Active Listing
Land For Sale
0.1377
acres
NO # Cabot Trail
Goose Cove, NS B0E1B0
Listing courtesy of RE/MAX Park Place Inc.
New Listing – 2 days on Site
$879,900
Active Listing
Single Family Home For Sale
4
beds
4
baths
175 Ritcey Crescent
Cole Harbour, NS B2W6J8
Listing courtesy of RE/MAX Nova (Halifax)
New Listing – 2 days on Site
$289,900
Active Listing
Single Family Home For Sale
5
beds
2
baths
1388 Arbuckle Road
Ponds, NS B0K1G0
Listing courtesy of Blinkhorn Real Estate Ltd.
New Listing – 2 days on Site
$289,999
Active Listing
Multi-Family For Sale
0.0918
acres
175 Union Street
Sydney, NS B1P4Y2
Listing courtesy of Coldwell Banker Boardwalk Realty
New Listing – 2 days on Site
$599,900
Active Listing
Single Family Home For Sale
4
beds
3
baths
171 Victoria Street
Amherst, NS B4H1Y6
Listing courtesy of RE/MAX County Line Realty Ltd.
New Listing – 2 days on Site
$410,000
Active Listing
Single Family Home For Sale
3
beds
2
baths
198 Payzant Drive
Windsor, NS B0N2T0
Listing courtesy of Exit Realty Specialists
New Listing – 2 days on Site
$158,900
Active Listing
Single Family Home For Sale
3
beds
1
bath
4976 211 Highway
Port Bickerton, NS B0J3C0
Listing courtesy of Re/Max Park Place Inc. (Antigonish)
New Listing – 2 days on Site
$387,000
Active Listing
Single Family Home For Sale
3
beds
2
baths
54 Thorncrest
Eastern Passage, NS B3G1N4
Listing courtesy of Royal LePage Anchor Realty
New Listing – 2 days on Site
$159,000
Active Listing
Single Family Home For Sale
3
beds
2
baths
29 Duke Street
Glace Bay, NS B1A3A2
Listing courtesy of RE/MAX Park Place Inc.
New Listing – 2 days on Site
$1,568,000
Active Listing
Multi-Family For Sale
0.1607
acres
2097/2099 Oxford Street
Halifax, NS B3L2T3
Listing courtesy of RE/MAX Nova (Halifax)
New Listing – 2 days on Site
$63,500
Active Listing
Land For Sale
1.87
acres
Lot T35 Elliott Road
South Rawdon, NS B0N1Z0
Listing courtesy of Keller Williams Select Realty
New Listing – 2 days on Site
$395,000
Active Listing
Single Family Home For Sale
3
beds
3
baths
2608 Melbourne Road
Pinkney's Point, NS B0W1B0
Listing courtesy of Royal Lepage Atlantic (Mahone Bay)
New Listing – 2 days on Site
$444,900
Active Listing
Single Family Home For Sale
5
beds
2
baths
18 Ridgeview Street
Milford, NS B0N1Y0
Listing courtesy of Royal LePage Atlantic
New Listing – 2 days on Site
$200,000
Active Listing
Multi-Family For Sale
0.178
acres
125 Stellar Street
Stellarton, NS B0K1S0
Listing courtesy of Blinkhorn Real Estate Ltd.
New Listing – 2 days on Site
$145,000
Active Listing
Multi-Family For Sale
0.1312
acres
416-418 Washington Street
New Glasgow, NS B2H3M5
Listing courtesy of Blinkhorn Real Estate Ltd.
New Listing – 2 days on Site
$369,900
Active Listing
Multi-Family For Sale
0.1818
acres
357-359 MacDonald Street
New Glasgow, NS B2H2V3
Listing courtesy of Blinkhorn Real Estate Ltd.
New Listing – 2 days on Site
$619,900
Active Listing
Single Family Home For Sale
4
beds
4
baths
Lot 17B 33 Norris Drive #17
Herring Cove, NS B3R0H4
Listing courtesy of PLUMB LINE REALTY INC. – 12234
New Listing – 2 days on Site
$724,900
Active Listing
Single Family Home For Sale
3
beds
4
baths
24 Chardonnay Court
Timberlea, NS B3T0L5
Listing courtesy of RE/MAX Nova (Halifax)
New Listing – 2 days on Site
$625,000
Active Listing
Multi-Family For Sale
0.1148
acres
14 Adelaide Avenue
Halifax, NS B3N2N4
Listing courtesy of Royal LePage Atlantic
New Listing – 2 days on Site
$224,000
Active Listing
Single Family Home For Sale
3
beds
1
bath
328 Meadowbrook Drive
South Ohio, NS B5A5L2
Listing courtesy of RE/MAX Banner Real Estate(Yarmouth)
New Listing – 2 days on Site
$127,300
Active Listing
Single Family Home For Sale
2
beds
1
bath
14 Lemarquis Drive
North Grant, NS B2G2L1
Listing courtesy of RE/MAX Nova (Halifax)
New Listing – 2 days on Site
$125,000
Active Listing
Land For Sale
100
acres
Sherbrooke Road
Rocky Mountain, NS B2H5C8
Listing courtesy of Royal LePage Atlantic(Stellarton)
New Listing – 2 days on Site
$324,900
Active Listing
Single Family Home For Sale
3
beds
2
baths
12608 Highway 2
Lower Onslow, NS B6L5E6
Listing courtesy of RE/MAX County Line Realty Ltd.
New Listing – 2 days on Site
$429,900
Active Listing
Single Family Home For Sale
3
beds
2
baths
201 Taranaki Drive
Westphal, NS B2W4X8
Listing courtesy of Exit Realty Metro
New Listing – 2 days on Site
$495,000
Active Listing
Single Family Home For Sale
3
beds
2
baths
169 Kaizer Lane
Cambridge, NS B0P1G0
Listing courtesy of Exit Realty Town & Country
New Listing – 2 days on Site
$549,900
Active Listing
Single Family Home For Sale
4
beds
2
baths
37 Beaver Bank Road
Lower Sackville, NS B4E1G4
Listing courtesy of Assist-2-Sell Homeworks Realty
New Listing – 2 days on Site
$249,000
Active Listing
Land For Sale
4.18
acres
Lot Herring Rock Road|PID#60171535
Blue Rocks, NS B0J2C0
Listing courtesy of EXIT Realty Inter Lake
New Listing – 2 days on Site
$425,000
Active Listing
Single Family Home For Sale
2
beds
2
baths
70 Meek Arm Trail
East Uniacke, NS B0N1Z0
Listing courtesy of Sutton Group Professional Realty
New Listing – 2 days on Site
$369,000
Active Listing
Single Family Home For Sale
4
beds
2
baths
8927 HIGHWAY 2
Great Village, NS B0M1L0
Listing courtesy of RE/MAX Fairlane Realty
New Listing – 2 days on Site
$29,900
Active Listing
Land For Sale
1.26
acres
126 Middle Lake South Road
Vaughan, NS B0N2T0
Listing courtesy of Royal LePage Atlantic (New Minas)
New Listing – 2 days on Site
$599,900
Active Listing
Single Family Home For Sale
3
beds
3
baths
70 CN Road
Shubenacadie, NS B0N2H0
Listing courtesy of RE/MAX Nova
New Listing – 2 days on Site
$259,000
Active Listing
Single Family Home For Sale
3
beds
1
bath
112 Lynchs River Road
St. Peter's, NS B0E3B0
Listing courtesy of Harvey Realties Limited (St.Peters)
New Listing – 2 days on Site
$419,900
Active Listing
Single Family Home For Sale
3
beds
2
baths
49 Sandlewood Terrace
Eastern Passage, NS B3G1B6
Listing courtesy of Sutton Group Professional Realty
New Listing – 2 days on Site
$99,900
Active Listing
Land For Sale
10
acres
lLighthouse Lane
Noel, NS B0N2C0
Listing courtesy of Royal LePage Atlantic (Enfield)
New Listing – 2 days on Site
$379,900
Active Listing
Single Family Home For Sale
3
beds
2
baths
6700 Highway 3
Hunt's Point, NS B0T1G0
Listing courtesy of EXIT Realty Inter Lake Liverpool
New Listing – 2 days on Site
$434,900
Active Listing
Single Family Home For Sale
5
beds
2
baths
2599 Sackville Drive
Upper Sackville, NS B4E3C3
Listing courtesy of Keller Williams Select Realty
New Listing – 2 days on Site
$575,000
Active Listing
Single Family Home For Sale
4
beds
4
baths
136 Middle Village Road
West Dover, NS B3Z3T4
Listing courtesy of Engel & Volkers (Chester)
New Listing – 2 days on Site
$399,000
Active Listing
Single Family Home For Sale
2
beds
2
baths
70 Les Collins Avenue
West Chezzetcook, NS B0J1N0
Listing courtesy of Engel & Volkers
New Listing – 2 days on Site
$499,900
Active Listing
Single Family Home For Sale
4
beds
2
baths
386 Joan Drive
Beaver Bank, NS B4E3J4
Listing courtesy of Exit Real Estate Professionals
New Listing – 2 days on Site
$799,900
Active Listing
Single Family Home For Sale
4
beds
3
baths
206 Otterbrook Road
Otter Brook, NS B0N1C0
Listing courtesy of Coldwell Banker Open Door Realty Ltd.

Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia is a land flourishing with lush forests, rolling seas, and glistening lakes. The experience you’ll have when moving to Nova Scotia will be unlike anything else. The quality of life and proximity to surrounding natural wonders is unique to Nova Scotia, and may be difficult to find in much of North America today. Nova Scotians enjoy low housing costs and smaller communities, making it one of the most enjoyable places to live in Canada. In June of 2020, the average home price in Nova Scotia was $286,227, which is almost $300,000 less than the Canadian average!

History of Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia boasts a diverse history of Celtic, Aboriginal, Acadian, and African cultures. The province prides itself on maintaining its eclectic culture and is now home to more than 100 cultures and ethnicities. There are several museums, monuments, and festivals throughout Nova Scotia that celebrate the many communities that live here. 

For more than 5,000 years before European settlement, Native Mi’kmaq lived among Nova Scotia’s rich waters. From 1497 to 1605, John Cabot led the way for European exploration in the province. However, it was the French that eventually established Port Royal as the first permanent European settlement in Nova Scotia. Acadie, the French territory, has extended into Maine, parts of Quebec, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island. 

After a century of fighting for territory, the British gained control of the province and established a government in 1848, making Nova Scotia one of the first official provinces in Canada. With a strong fishing and shipbuilding industry, Halifax became a hub for transporting goods. Shortly after 1867, the first railway was built between Nova Scotia and Quebec City, bringing extensive prosperity to the area. 

The use of modern-day metal vessels instead of wooden ships caused some trying times for Nova Scotia’s shipbuilding industry. However, the province started moving upward again during WWII. Since then, the tourism industry has joined the fishing and shipbuilding industries as major players in Nova Scotia’s economy. Continue reading to find out why people from far and wide are moving to Nova Scotia.

About Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia is a beautiful province that has a lot to offer its residents. The area’s natural beauty and rich culture have helped it become an attractive destination for those looking to make their home in the region. Nova Scotia is located on the east coast of Canada. It has a population of about 950,000 people and it’s home to Halifax, which is one of Canada’s most populous cities. 

Known for its history, culture, and natural beauty, Halifax has become Nova Scotia’s legislative capital and most populous metropolis. Halifax has a unique, vibrant atmosphere that brings a little bit of city-life to the surrounding rural areas. This capital city is on the upswing economically and demographically, which means there’s a lot of development in many city neighbourhoods. Each day, more restaurants, bars, businesses, and attractions open up, but don’t worry, Nova Scotia’s natural wonder can still be found on every corner.

As a whole, Nova Scotia’s culture is diverse and rich. Over time, the Mi’kmaq have preserved their culture through art, music, language, and stories. The Acadian community, while smaller than other provinces, still practices traditional crafts, and many of them primarily speak in French. The descendants of many Black Loyalists in Nova Scotia, having overcome years and years of hardship, now proudly cherish and celebrate their own culture. However, the Gaelic population remains the largest represented culture in Nova Scotia. These Scottish and Irish descendants still speak Gaelic and celebrate many traditions throughout the province. No matter where you come from, Nova Scotia welcomes you to embrace your culture and celebrate your heritage. 

As far as real estate goes, homes in Nova Scotia are particularly affordable. While job opportunities in the area are quite limited, if you are able to work from home or commute to a larger city, this could be an ideal location to buy a home. Many people commute into Halifax for work so that they can take advantage of the lower house prices in rural areas. 

Nova Scotia varies from city to city, but you’ll find excellent outdoor activities throughout all of them. From biking trails to shoreside activities, there is enough nature in the province to keep you entertained all year. You can take a drive on the Cabot Trail and see some of the most scenic landscapes in Canada or put on your hiking shoes and head to Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Looking to see some of Nova Scotia’s rich history? Check out the Fortress of Louisbourg, the Canadian Museum of Immigration, or the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic in Halifax. 

Most cities in Nova Scotia are relatively small and easy to get around. The beautiful weather encourages Nova Scotians to walk or get out on their bikes to get where they need to go. The Halifax Stanfield International Airport is the major airport in Nova Scotia, providing a wide array of national and international flights. 

Nova Scotia boasts warm summers and very mild winters. One of the plus sides of living in the province is that you don’t have to brace yourself for extreme cold temperatures. Nova Scotia takes the prize for clearest skies year-round in Canada, so it’s no wonder why residents are seen exploring the outdoors on a daily basis. If you love to be surrounded by beautiful views and enjoy a slower pace of life, Nova Scotia is the place for you!

Things to do in Nova Scotia

While Nova Scotia is known for smaller towns and quiet lifestyles, you’ll have no issue finding ways to stay busy. From national parks to unique restaurants and exciting waterfalls, there’s always something amazing to explore. No matter what time of year it is, Nova Scotia will encourage you to get outside and spend some time in nature’s beauty. Here are some of the most well-loved spots around the province: 

  1. Cabot Trail
    • Cabot Trail is the most scenic drive in Nova Scotia, that will take you through some of the province’s most beautiful scenic landscapes. The 300km trail starts at Cape Breton Highlands National Park and winds its way along the rugged Atlantic coastline through some of Canada’s most spectacular scenery, before finishing up near Ingonish Beach Provincial Park. Along the way you’ll find iconic attractions like The Needle’s Eye, St. Ann’s Bay Lighthouse, and Peggy’s Cove lighthouse. Pro tip: Cabot Trail is most popular in the autumn because the vibrant colors of the trees and surrounding scenery are unlike any other. Take advantage of the brisk temperatures to take a hike or bike along some designated trails along the way.
  2. Peggy’s Cove
    • Peggy’s Cove is a small fishing village located on the eastern coast of Canada. Peggy’s cove was established in 1884 when John Anderson, an entrepreneur from Boston, Massachusetts, built a store and hotel there to take advantage of the lucrative boat building trade that had developed in the area. The cove has been home to many notable residents, including painter Lawren Harris, who lived there for several years at his family’s summer house. He named the house “Smugglers’ Cottage” after its use during Prohibition by rum-runners bringing liquor into Nova Scotia from New Brunswick. Lighthouse keeper James Alexander Stewart moved his two sons and one daughter to Peggy’s Cove where they raised their own children before returning to their home in Halifax. Peggy’s Cove is a popular destination for tourists and photographers alike, with many walking trails that take visitors around the cove to see some of Nova Scotia’s most beautiful coastline. 
  3. Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site
    • The Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site reconstructs mid-18th century fort life with over 40 authentic structures, costumed guides, and operational businesses. The town’s huge defensive walls surround it on all sides, some of which were as thick as 35 feet when built. The recreated area is now bustling with actors in costume who enact various aspects of everyday life, from housekeeping to those in the military. Visitors can observe servants cook, sample fresh baked bread, see merchants sell their merchandise, and feel the ground shake as troops fire the cannon and muskets. The campground has a special experience for people looking for an interesting getaway. If you want to go all out, spend the night in a reproduction tent or a period house, which is an incredibly unique experience for couples seeking an unforgettable adventure.
  4. Cape Breton Highlands National Park
    • Cape Breton Highlands National Park protects one quarter of all remaining old growth forest on Cape Breton Island and many other rare species that depend on this habitat for their survival. The area contains Nova Scotia’s highest peak and covers 950 square kilometers of Cape Breton Island. The park is also the only land access to an untouched section of coastline on Nova Scotia’s mainland, where visitors can enjoy hiking trails and incredible views from the highlands cliffs. Cape Breton Highlands National Park offers some spectacular opportunities for exploration including fishing in pristine coves or along Cape Breton’s rugged Atlantic shoreline. Hikers can choose from many challenging trails, and wildlife experts can see moose, beaver, eagles, and deer throughout the park.
  5. Maritime Museum of the Atlantic
    • The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic is a Canadian maritime museum located in downtown Halifax, Nova Scotia. Its exhibits focus on Canada’s marine heritage and the lives of Nova Scotians who work at sea. The museum has seen over 3 million visitors since opening in 1991 and houses an extensive collection that includes more than 10,000 artifacts and 1 million photographs spanning three centuries. More than 200 model ships can be found in the museum and there is an entire exhibit on the rescue efforts after the Titanic sank. You’ll find several artifacts that were found at sea during the rescue and ones that were recovered later on. Queen Elizabeth II even donated Queen Victoria’s Royal Barge to the museum, so visitors can see the ship located in Halifax Harbour. Whether you are more interested in history or Canada’s maritime reputation, you’ll find plenty of both here!
  6. Kejimkujik National Park
    • The Kejimkujik National Park is located in New Scotland, Nova Scotia, and covers almost 400 square kilometers of land. A modest seaside extension features a beautiful white-sand beach that is one of the park’s major attractions. One of the most appealing aspects of this tranquil location is the long history of the Mi’kmaq people who have inhabited the region for thousands of years. The vast majority of the park is only accessible by foot or canoe, making it an ideal location to get away. Campsites may be found throughout the park for individuals who wish to immerse themselves in nature entirely or simply walk about during the day while enjoying the scenery.
  7. Lunenburg
    • Lunenburg is a small town in Nova Scotia, Canada that has been around for over 350 years. The town’s history has made it into museums and exhibits all over the world, and nearly 3/4 of the buildings there are the original structures from the 18th and 19th centuries. One of the most popular attractions in Lunenburg is the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic which was formerly known as “The Fisherman’s House.” It showcases artifacts dating back to 1777 when fishing became an important industry in Lunenburg. You’ll find many interesting things here including preserved fish or sea creatures, equipment used by fishermen, and information about how they lived back then too! Visitors can also see various other buildings from different time periods including Victorian-era homes and churches that are still standing today. Lunenburg is the ultimate relaxing place to go for a quaint day on the waterfront. 
  8. Canada Museum of Immigration at Pier 21
    • The Canada Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 is a museum devoted to the story of immigration to Canada, as told through the experience of those who passed through the former Pier 21. It is recorded that 20% of the nation’s immigrants from 1928 to 1971 were welcomed into Canada at the Pier. Commissioned by The Canadian Heritage Council in 1990 and opened on September 28th, 1992, this national historic site offers an insight into what it was like for people from all over the world to come here as immigrants looking for a better life. Visitors can explore interactive exhibits that illustrate how immigration has changed over time and reflect on their own family histories. Interactive displays help visitors understand how different waves of newcomers have helped shape the country’s identity and diversity today. The museum also features an impressive collection including more than 11,000 photographs documenting arrivals at Pier 21 between 1928 and 1971, as well as more than 200 artifacts. When you visit, you can even trace your own family’s immigration history for free at the Scotiabank Family History Centre!
  9. Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens
    • The Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens in Nova Scotia is your place to stroll through 10 acres of the most beautiful horticulture you’ll ever see. As one of the top show gardens in North America, Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens offer visitors two thousand rose bushes, vast green lawns, and a Governor’s Garden with plants and flowers reflective of the 1740’s. When you visit, make sure to check out the demonstration plots to learn different techniques and planting styles. If you have an important event coming up, the back side of the gardens is a popular wedding and event space, with gorgeous floral views along the riverbank. It’s easy to get lost exploring all these beautiful grounds have to offer, so give yourself some time and enjoy!
  10. Halifax Public Gardens
    • Halifax Public Gardens is a beautiful place that’s perfect for getting away from the hustle and bustle of life. The gardens are located in downtown Halifax, Nova Scotia and have been around since 1867, making them the oldest Victorian gardens in North America. They were originally laid out by Edward Kemp on behalf of the citizens of Halifax. Today, there are five different sections to explore including: Georges Island Garden with its lily pond and rose garden, Rocking Stone Garden with its lovely flower beds, Wildflower Meadow which features native plants seen in Nova Scotia during the 19th century, Victorian Garden which has formal plantings reminiscent of English style gardening popular in that time period, and the Maud Lewis Memorial Rose Garden, which was created in memory of local folk artist, Maud Lewis. You can take guided tours through the gardens, or you can simply stroll through the scenery on your own time. The gardens are free to visit, so this is an affordable and relaxing day out.

Major Cities in Nova Scotia