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Top Reasons to Go

See the Coast: There are postcard-perfect fishing villages and sprawling sandy beaches. The water is inviting, too, for kayaking, sailing, or whale-watching.

Dine on Crustaceans: This province is shaped liked a lobster claw, a happy coincidence because the lobster here is so delicious. Mussels and oysters are also plentiful, and Digby lays claim to the world’s finest scallops.

Shop for Crafts: Nova Scotians—from the quilters at Suttles and Seawinds in Mahone Bay to the students of Halifax’s Centre for Craft & Design—create high-quality products.

Experience the Culture: Cape Breton "kitchen parties" combine music and dancing, allowing you to sample the region’s rich Celtic culture. For a French-tinged alternative, substitute a rollicking Acadian soirée.

Enjoy the Camaraderie: Bluenosers (the long-standing nickname for Nova Scotians) are famously friendly and very social. So be responsive—with a little encouragement you’ll likely be embraced like long lost kin.

Updated: 2014-04-14

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