Wrapped in 7,400km of coastline and virtually an island, Nova Scotia’s culture and heartbeat have always been shaped by the sea. Stories of pirates, buried treasure and ghost-ships abound, and there are stunningly located lighthouses to photograph.

Nova Scotia was once the refuge of pirates and privateers, but now it offers visitors a striking coastal landscape of Acadian fishing villages, soaring cliffs, and picturesque lighthouses. Wander through historic Old Town Lunenburg (one of three UNESCO World Heritage Sites) and discover the province’s British colonial past.

Outdoor enthusiasts are spoilt for choice with three national and over 130 provincial parks: search for moose and bald eagles on the many trails, or take to the water for superb sea kayaking. Nova Scotians are famous for their hospitality – sip local whisky at an 18th-century B&B or join hands at a Scottish ceilidh and dance the night away.

David Orkin

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