Nova Scotia is a province
of rolling hills, flowing rivers and sharp cliffs. This province’s landscape
and climate, has often been compared to that of Scotland. How fitting
that Nova Scotia is in fact Latin for New Scotland!
Take a look at some of
the facts about our land, sea and seasons.
Nova Scotia is 55,000
square kilometres in size.
- Our province is connected
to the province of New Brunswick and the rest of Canada, by the 28
kilometre Isthmus of Chignecto.
- The Canso Causeway
joins Cape Breton Island with mainland Nova Scotia.
- Nova Scotia’s coastline,
if you stretched it out as far as it would go, is 7,400 kilometres
in length. But the overall length of the province is actually only
575 kilometres. The average width is 130 kilometres.
- The highest point in
Nova Scotia is at White Hill Lake in Victoria County, and is part
of the Cape Breton Highlands National Park. It stands 530 metres above
- The major rivers of
Nova Scotia are the Annapolis, St. Mary’s, Medway, Mersey, Shubenacadie
and Margaree. Shubenacadie is actually the longest river!
- Our largest lake -
we have 3,000 of them - is the Bras d’Or Lake in Cape Breton.
Nova Scotia’s daily temperatures
vary, depending on the season.
The averages are:
- Spring from 2°
to 9° C
- Summer from 16°
to 24° C
- Fall about 18°
- Winter about -3°
We see all types of weather
in Nova Scotia, including rain, snow, hail and our specialty...freezing
rain. On an annual basis we receive an average of 1,178.1 millimetres
of rainfall (a little less inland).