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Nova Scotia is an eastern province in Canada, and makes up one of the four provinces that form “Atlantic Canada,” and one of three of the “Maritime” provinces. The name “Nova Scotia” translates from Latin to “New Scotland.” Its capital city is Halifax, and it has a population of approximately 966,000 people. Nova Scotia accounts for 3.3% of the total house seats in Canadian Parliament as well as 9.5% of Senate seats. Each year, Nova Scotia sees about 1.5 – 2 million tourists, indicating a reverse in the decline in the number of tourists from as far back as 2013. The provincial flower of Nova Scotia is the mayflower and its provincial bird, the osprey.
See the fact file below for more information on the Nova Scotia or alternatively, you can download our 22-page Nova Scotia worksheet pack to utilise within the classroom or home environment.
Key Facts & Information
History of Nova Scotia
- The Vikings were the first European peoples to visit the area that is now Nova Scotia. Prior to this, the area was occupied by Aboriginal peoples of the Mi’kmaq nation who lived in the Maritimes.
- The first permanent European settlement was established in 1605 by French colonists at Port Royal, which later became the colony of Acadia.
- Between 1629 and 1632, it was briefly a Scottish colony. After a few battles, it was returned to France.
- The area was conquered by the British in 1710, and a series of wars began between the Mi’kmaq, French, and British that lasted for many years.
- Events such as the American Revolution, the settlement of United Empire Loyalists, the War of 1812, and the Crimean War helped to shape Nova Scotia’s landscape and culture.
- After Canadian confederation on July 1st, 1867, several businesses, such as banks, wooden ship building, and production of grain and dairy products began to grow.
- As of the 21st century, Nova Scotia’s economy has lagged behind the national average.
- The largest ethnic group in Nova Scotia is Scottish.
- Nova Scotians predominantly speak English. Even though it is one of Canada’s two official languages, only about 4% speak French.
- Some animals you might find in Nova Scotia include the official provincial bird, the osprey, as well as deer, moose, whales, and various seabirds.
Geography of Nova Scotia
- Nova Scotia’s capital city is Halifax.
- It is an eastern province that is attached to North America; it is also the second smallest province in the area.
- Nova Scotia is surrounded by four bodies of water; the Gulf of St. Lawrence, the Bay of Fundy, the Gulf of Maine, and the Atlantic Ocean.
- Nova Scotia is home to 5,400 lakes and 3,800 coastal islands.
- Cape Breton Island is also a part of Nova Scotia.
- Nova Scotia’s climate is influenced largely by its proximity to the Atlantic Ocean.
- Nova Scotia is home to many softwood trees (such as balsam, spruce, and pine) and hardwoods (such as birch and maple).
- The province is home to many ancient fossil-bearing rock formations which can be seen on the shores of the Bay of Fundy.
- There are many provincial parks in Nova Scotia including Fundy Provincial Park, Smuggler’s Cove Provincial Park, and Cape Chignecto Provincial Park.
Economy and Culture of Nova Scotia
- Nova Scotia has a diverse economy due to its proximity to both land and sea.
- Fishing, forestry, and mining are declining in Nova Scotia, while sectors such as tourism and the service industry are picking up speed.
- While most coal mines have closed in Nova Scotia, significant resources of gypsum, barite, and natural gas remain.
- Two of the most popular tourist destinations in Nova Scotia are Peggy’s Cove and the Bay of Fundy.
- Christmas tree and maple syrup farms are popular tourist attractions in the province.
- Another reason for the influx in tourism in Nova Scotia is the abundance of fresh seafood, including lobster, scallops, fish, and a variety of shellfish.
- Nova Scotia’s art scene has seen a growth in popularity with many actors and directors calling Nova Scotia home.
- Each year, Nova Scotia hosts various festivals and cultural events, including the Halifax Comedy Festival, the Atlantic Film Festival, and Halifax Pride.
- Nova Scotia is also home to three UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Nova Scotia Worksheets
This is a fantastic bundle which includes everything you need to know about the Nova Scotia across 22 in-depth pages. These are ready-to-use Nova Scotia worksheets that are perfect for teaching students about the Nova Scotia which is an eastern province in Canada, and makes up one of the four provinces that form “Atlantic Canada,” and one of three of the “Maritime” provinces. The name “Nova Scotia” translates from Latin to “New Scotland.” Its capital city is Halifax, and it has a population of approximately 966,000 people. Nova Scotia accounts for 3.3% of the total house seats in Canadian Parliament as well as 9.5% of Senate seats. Each year, Nova Scotia sees about 1.5 – 2 million tourists, indicating a reverse in the decline in the number of tourists from as far back as 2013. The provincial flower of Nova Scotia is the mayflower and its provincial bird, the osprey.
Complete List Of Included Worksheets
- Nova Scotia Facts
- The Acadian Civil War
- Tourism Poster
- Cause and Effect
- Nova Scotia Wordsearch
- Popular Nova Scotians
- The Bluenose
- Maritimes Map
- True or False?
- Nova Scotia Crossword
- Create a Stamp
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