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    Tuesday Trivia: Nova Scotia

    Some Interesting Facts about Nova Scotia:

    Nova Scotia is one of 10 provinces and three territories of Canada, located on the East Coast and it is almost completely surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean.

    Halifax, the Province’s capital city is a major international seaport and transportation centre as well as the economic and cultural hub of the region.

    No point in Nova Scotia is more than 60 km from the sea.

    The population is approximately 940,000 and English is the official language, although Nova Scotians of Acadian heritage speak French.

    Nova Scotia was already home to the Mi’kmaq (a First Nations Indigenous) people when the first European colonists arrived.

    French colonists established the first permanent European settlement in 1605 at Port Royal which became known as Acadia.

    The British followed and obtained control of the region between 1710 and 1758, establishing Halifax as the new capital in 1749.

    Nova Scotia was one of the founding four provinces to join Confederation with Canada in 1867.

    Fort Edward (built 1750), is the oldest blockhouse in North America.

    The name Nova Scotia is Latin for New Scotland.

    The province is located within the Atlantic Standard Time Zone (AST) four hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and one hour ahead of Eastern Standard Time*(EST).

    The weather in Nova Scotia is moderate and has four distinct seasons: winter, spring, summer and fall.

    Canada and the U.S. have been fighting over a small island that’s halfway between Nova Scotia and Maine for hundreds of years. The island is inhabited and has amazing lobster grounds around it, where lobster cage sabotage has been suspected by both sides.

    There is a 95-ton rocking stone in Halifax, Nova Scotia that can be moved with very little force.

    The Sable Island Ponies is a small island off the coast of Nova Scotia, Canada, that is only occupied by wild horses. It’s believed they were introduced in the 18th century by the British, having been stolen from the Acadians during the Great Upheaval.

    In Nova Scotia there exists 200-year-old law still on the books which guarantee bounties for Mi’kmaq scalps.

    The Bay of Fundy in Nova Scotia had the highest tides in the world. Twice a day, every day, 100 billion tons of water flow in and out of the bay which in some areas can rise to heights of 54 feet.

    During the American Revolution, the village of Chester, Nova Scotia*avoided a raid by American Privateers by having the women reverse their clothes and marched along the walls so that the red color resembled British Army uniforms to convince American Privateers to leave.

    The slapshot was invented in Nova Scotia*by a black hockey player, Eddie Martin, in 1906 (11 years before the NHL was inaugurated).

    The first IKEA store to open in North America was in 1977 in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

    The Trans-Canada Highway has a 180° switchback. Because of local demands to build a bridge at a certain location, a portion of the highway in Nova Scotia*has a very dangerous hairpin curve.

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    Re: Tuesday Trivia: Nova Scotia

    I love Nova Scotia. It is such a pretty province. It also has DH glued to the TV on Sunday night, watching the curse of Oak Island.

    Enjoy life and do what makes you happy. Everything else will follow.

    Every day I try to do one thing that challenges my comfort zone.


      Re: Tuesday Trivia: Nova Scotia

      My husband and I took a cruise to Nova Scotia last May. I loved every minute of it and hope to go back again soon. It was a roundtrip out of Boston, MA, stopping at Portland, Maine, St. John, Halifax, Sydney, Bar Harbor Maine and back to Boston. The people were so warm and welcoming. Unfortunately, the ship got as far as Sydney but had to turn around. Wind and waves were too high to safely land the ship.