One of Canada’s three maritime provinces, Nova Scotia has strong Scottish and native cultures, but its biggest influence is the sea. You can see the ocean’s influence in the relatively moderate climate, with cold winters and surprisingly warm summers. You can also see it in the histories and present-day economies of many of the province’s numerous islands, including Cape Breton Island and Sable Island, known for its dramatic shipwrecks.

Halifax is the province’s capital city—combining a rich seafaring history with a dynamic present-day arts and culture scene. Nova Scotia is a major Canadian center for literature and music, offering numerous folk festivals featuring Celtic music, jazz, songs of the sea, and more. And its economy is booming—with a thriving small business sector that’s rapidly gaining in importance in addition to the province’s traditional mining and fishing economies.

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