FUN FACTS #4: interesting facts about Nova Scotia

1. How many counties are there in Nova Scotia?

18. The counties are: Shelburne, Yarmouth, Kings, Annapolis, Hants, Digby, Queens, Halifax, Lunenbourg, Guysborough, Antigonish, Pictou, Cumberland, Colchester, Cape Breton, Richmond, Inverness and Victoria.

2. What is the slogan on the automotive license plates in Nova Scotia?

Canada’s Ocean Playground. Nova Scotia is almost completely surrounded by water.

3. What town in Nova Scotia was once called the ‘largest town’ in Canada?

Glace Bay. Glace Bay was known for its coal mines which is the reason it attracted many people in its hay day.

4. How many provinces border Nova Scotia by land?

ONE! New Brunswick is the only province to border Nova Scotia by land although you can take a ferry ride to Newfoundland and Prince Edward Island.

5. Which American hockey league team called the Halifax Metro Centre its home?

Vees. Other teams which called the Halifax Metro Centre home were the Voygeurs, Citadels, and Oilers.

6. When was the construction of the Canso Causeway completed?

1955. The Canso Causeway was constructed to connect the mainland of Nova Scotia to Cape Breton Island.

7. What year did Nova Scotia join confederation?

1867. Nova Scotia joined confederation with New Brunswick, Ontario and Quebec in 1867.

8. In what town is the Annapolis Valley Apple Blossom Festival parade held?

Kentville. It is also one of the largest parades in Nova Scotia annually.

9. What is the capital city of Nova Scotia?

Halifax. Halifax is also the largest city in Nova Scotia.

10. Who wrote ‘She’s called Nova Scotia’?.

Rita McNeil. Rita McNeil is from Big Pond in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.

11. Can you tell me where I am? I am lost, I woke up and I was in this place I did not recognize. I can see the ocean, The Cat is near by, people seem to fish here, and a museum dedicated to firefighters is right down the street. What city or town in Nova Scotia am I in?

Yarmouth. I am, of course, in the southshore town of Yarmouth. The Cat is the high speed ferry that runs between NS and Maine, while Yarmouth has an active fishing community and the firefighter museum is right in the main part of town.

12. What is Parrsboro, Nova Scotia known for?

Lots of fossils. Parrsboro is known for the number of fossils that have been found in and around the cliffs of that area. It also known as the gateway to the Bay of Fundy.

13. What does the name, Nova Scotia, really mean?

New Scotland. The name comes from Latin, meaning New Scotland.

14. How many National Parks does Nova Scotia have?

Two. Cape Breton Highlands and Kejimkujik are the two national Parks in Nova Scotia. They situated at either end of NS and both offer amazing scenery, wildlife viewing, hiking, and camping areas.

15. Nova Scotia is approximately half-way between the equator and the North Pole?

TRUE. Parts of Nova Scotia are right on the 45 degree N line of latitude, which is officially half-way between the equator (0 deg. N) and the North Pole (90 deg. N).

16. What is the large fortress in the middle of Halifax called?

citadel . The Citadel is the higest part of downtown Halifax, it is a fortified location that looks out over the harbour. It was built by the English in the 1700s and has been remodelled a few times. It is a historic site now, and hosts many concerts and events on the hills around it. They still fire the noon hour cannon from the Citadel everyday.

17. Halifax is a city with two bridges that cross the harbour. Both bridges connect Halifax with Dartmouth (now part of Halifax SuperCity). What is the name of the newer bridge (Everyone calls it the new bridge even though it is not really new) ?

MacKay bridge. The new bridge is the Mackay, while the old bridge is the MacDonald. The old bridge is closer to downtown, while the new bridge is closer to the north end of Halifax, and it is closer to the Bedford Basin.

18. What is NOT a nickname for people living in Nova Scotia (can be anywhere in Nova Scotia)?

Coasters. Haligonians are from Halifax, Capers are sports teams from Cape Breton Island, and Bluenosers are from all over Nova Scotia. The Bluenoser refers to the ship, The Bluenose, which has made Nova Scotia famous world wide.

19. At the beginning of the twenty-first century approximately how many people lived in Nova Scotia?

One Million. Imagine that, there are almost one million people living in Nova Scotia, and at least half of the one million live in and around Halifax, the capital city.

20. Where in Nova Scotia is a place called Oyster Pond?

Eastern shore. Oyster Pond is a small town on the Eastern shore, Atlantic ocean side of Nova Scotia. It is between Halifax and Cape Breton on the coast. In Nova Scotia, the Eastern shore is the coast between Halifax and Cape Breton on the Atlantic ocean. The South shore is the coast on the Atlantic ocean from Halifax to Yarmouth. While the Annapolis Valley is in the rich crop growing area near the Bay of Fundy on the other side of Nova Scotia. The Northumberland Strait coast is the North shore of Nova Scotia, and is the coast that faces P.E.I..

21. The Bluenose II Schooner represents Nova Scotia as a sailing good-will ambassador around the world. Unlike the original Bluenose, she does not race. Bluenose II was launched in July, 1963. The Bluenose appears on what Canadian coin?

dime. The Bluenose has appeared on the Canadian dime since 1937. Bluenose II was built from the identical plans to Bluenose I, in the same shipyard and even by some of the same people. Bluenose II is acknowledged to have the largest working mainsail in the world measuring 4150 square feet.

22. Nova Scotians have been proudly referred to as “Bluenosers” since the 1700s. Why were they called this?

Because of dye on their noses. Many Nova Scotians planted and exported Irish Bluenose Potatoes. Blue marks on the noses of fisherman, left by their blue mitts, gave them the nickname “Bluenosers”. (The schooner was named for them!:)

23. In December of 1917, something devastating took place in Halifax nearly destroying the city. What happened?

an explosion. WWI was raging in Europe. Halifax, as a port city, was busy with war ships carrying troops, supplies and munitions. In an unfortunate accident, two ships, the Mont Blanc, carrying explosives, and the Imo, collided. Thus the biggest man-made explosion before the nuclear age, occurred. Over 1900 people were killed immediately; within a year the total had climbed to well ocer 2000. About 9000 were injured and 325 acres, almost all of north-end Halifax, was destroyed.

24. What would you call a resident of Halifax?

Haligonian. Halifax was founded in 1749 by Lord Cornwallis and was named after Lord Halifax, head of England’s Board of Trade. It’s motto is “Riches from the Sea”.

25. The Bay of Fundy is located between Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. What is this bay’s ‘claim to fame’?

It has the world’s highest tides.. The Bay of Fundy’s tides are indeed the world’s highest at 16.6 meters (54 feet). Funday’s twice daily tidal change is equal to the daily discharge of all the world’s rivers combined–100km cubed of water! Nova Scotia has North America’s only tidal power plant to date. (2002)

26. Nova Scotia could well be called “Land of Many Lakes”. How many lakes are found in Nova Scotia?

over 5400. Bras d’Or Lake is the largest lake and is located on Cape Breton Island. This large lake is a nesting site of the endangered bald eagle!

27. Where does Nova Scotia rank in size compared to other Canadian provinces and territories?

second smallest. They are listed here according to area—largest to smallest: Nunavut, Quebec, Northwest Territories, Ontario, British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Yukon, Newfoundland, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.

28. Over 80 percent of Nova Scotia’s population trace their ancestry either wholly or partly to the United Kingdom. Those with which origin rank second?

French. Around 18 percent are of French origin. The next largest groups by ancestry are German and Dutch.

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