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Formed: 1867
Population: 940482 people
Area: 55,283 sq/ kilometres

One defends and the other conquers -A founding province of Canada, Nova Scotia is nearly surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, and is known for its high tides, lobster, fish, blueberries and apples. Nova Scotia's traditionally resource-based economy has become more diverse in recent decades. The rise of Nova Scotia as a viable jurisdiction in North America was driven by the ready availability of natural resources, especially the fish stocks off the Scotian shelf. The fishery was pillar of the economy since its development as part of the economy of New France in the 17th century; however, the fishery suffered a sharp decline due to overfishing in the late twentieth century. Despite the small population of the province, Nova Scotia's music and culture is influenced by well-established cultural groups, which are sometimes referred to as the "founding cultures". The entire region comprising the present-day province was originally populated by the Mi'kmaq First Nation. The first European settlers were the French, who founded Acadia in 1604. Nova Scotia was briefly colonized by Scottish settlers in 1620, though by 1624 the Scottish settlers had been removed by treaty and the area was turned over to the French until the mid-18th century. After the defeat of the French and prior expulsion of the Acadians, settlers of English, Irish, Scottish and African descent began arriving on the shores of Nova Scotia. Settlement was greatly accelerated by the resettlement of Loyalists in Nova Scotia during the period following the end of the American Revolutionary War. It was during this time that a large African Nova Scotian community took root, populated by freed slaves and Loyalist blacks and their families, who had fought for the crown in exchange for land. This community later grew when the Royal Navy began intercepting slave ships destined for the United States, and deposited these free slaves on the shores of Nova Scotia. Later, in the 19th century the Irish Famine and, especially, the Scottish Highland Clearances resulted in large influxes of migrants with Celtic cultural roots, which helped to define the dominantly Celtic character of Cape Breton and the north mainland of the province. This Gaelic influence continues to play an important role in defining the cultural life of the province and around 500 to 2000 Nova Scotians today are fluent in Scottish Gaelic. Nearly all the population lives in halifax or on Cape Breton Island. Modern Nova Scotia is a mix of cultures. The government works to support Mi'kmaq, French, Gaelic and African-Nova Scotian culture through the establishment of government secretariats, as well as colleges, educational programs and cultural centres. The province is also eager to attract new immigrants,[74] but has had limited success. The major population centres at Halifax and Sydney are the most cosmopolitan, hosting large Arab populations (in the former) and Eastern European populations (in the latter). Halifax Regional Municipality hosts a yearly multicultural festival. Government of Nova Scotia Website Tourism Nova Scotia Wikipedia Entry

My Experience

Another brief visit to the most populous maritime province in the east of Canada, I made a B-line from one end to the other to avoid any potential weird weather gatherings. I will be back in the new year of 2011 to tackle the Cabot Trail, and view more of Cape Breton, and the south of the province!


Journal Entries

The following is a list of journal entries I wrote while travelling through Nova Scotia. Click one to read!



Distance Traveled: 865.85 km
Distance Ascended: 7,808 m
Distance Descended: 7,984 m
Energy Consumed: 40,709 calories
Overall Cost: $92.96
    Food: $151.75
    Drink: $30.00
    Transport: $65.00
    Entertainment: $0.00
    Equipment: $-108.79
    Misc: $0.00
Longest Day: 2010-10-22 - 126.83 km
Most Climbed: 2010-10-23 - 1188.00 m
Most Energy Burned: 2010-10-23 - 5482.00 calories
Most Expensive Day: 2010-10-24 - $ 37.00

Daily Statistics

Date Location Distance (km) Cost ($CAD) Map
2011-04-29 East Dalhousie, NS, CA 54.53 $6.30 Map
2011-04-28 Chester, NS, CA 75.04 $12.56 Map
2011-04-27 Halifax, NS, CA 20.37 $6.03 Map
2011-04-26 Halifax, NS, CA 111.84 $-111.54 Map
2011-04-25 Taylor Point Provincial Park, NS, CA 87.73 $20.43 Map
2011-04-24 Sherbrooke, NS, CA 83.89 $17.74 Map
2011-04-23 Ogden, NS, CA 59.63 $1.27 Map
2011-04-22 Sydney, NS, CA 0.00 $6.03
2011-04-21 Sydney, NS, CA 12.11 $34.77 Map
2011-04-20 Sydney, NS, CA 0.00 $0.00
2010-10-24 Sydney, NS, CA 21.85 $37.00 Map
2010-10-23 Sydney, NS, CA 109.89 $14.80 Map
2010-10-22 Louisdale, NS, CA 126.83 $18.80 Map
2010-10-21 French River, NS, CA 102.14 $28.77 Map


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