Reason #1: Our people. Nova Scotians are loyal, authentic and love life; we've also been called some of the friendliest people in the world!
Reason #2: We are charitable. Nova Scotians support charities in their communities. In 2016, the 1470 REALTORS® in Nova Scotia raised over $7,500 plus 1,000 kg of food for FEED NOVA SCOTIA and they give of their time to many groups in their communities.
Reason #3: Amazing seafood available year round. Lobster, sea scallops, many types of fish and more are available all year long in Nova Scotia fresh from our waters.
Reason #4: Homegrown music for every taste. Musicians here are influenced by Celtic, African, Acadian and  Mi'kmaq heritage. Try and keep your feet still!
Reason #5: We are on the ocean. No point in Nova Scotia is more than 60 km from the sea.
Reason #6: Our sports culture. Nova Scotians love their sports and support their children in playing many different types of sport such as swimming, hockey, baseball and  soccer. Nova Scotia is the birthplace of hockey after all!
Reason #7: Our children. It takes a village…. our children grow up with access to outdoor spaces and it is where the "village" does play an important role.
Reason #8: Our sunsets. As the sun sets in Nova Scotia, campfires and s'mores begin!
Reason #9: Our cultures. Nova Scotia was built on the influence of the Mi'kmaq, early European settlers, Loyalists and Acadians. We take pride in our heritage.
Reason #10: Our farming communities. Various parts of Nova Scotia have fertile soils for farming everything from livestock to veggies allowing us to eat local and enjoy fresh homegrown goodness.
Reason #11: Award winning wineries. Check out our iconic “Good Cheer Trail” that features over 50 passionate artisans from Yarmouth to Cape Breton to help you perfectly pair our local cuisine with our wines, beer, ciders, and spirits. Trail participants offer an exciting mix of tours, tastings, and special events. To find a full list of participants for 2017 go to goodcheertrail.com
Reason #12: Our quiet moments. With just the right mix of urban, suburban and rural land, its easy to get away from it all.
Reason #13: Me time. Lots to keep an active mind busy!
Reason #14: No hustle and bustle. Unless you want that…
Reason #15: City life. Halifax is Canada’s largest city east of Quebec.
Reason #16: Sense of community. Nova Scotians take pride in our communities. From working together to paint a mural to planting community gardens, we're in!
Reason #17: Work ethic. Technology to farming and everything in between, you will find a smart and hearty people.
Reason #18: Festivals and events. Nova Scotia has over 550 festivals & events to keep you occupied! http://www.novascotia.com/events
Reason #19: Historic sites. There are 26 national histoirc sites in Nova Scotia. Make time to explore. http://www.novascotia.com/see-do/attractions/national-historic-sites
Reason #20: Parks. Nova Scotia is home to 2 national parks and many provincial parks to enjoy the natural beauty of our province.
Reason #21: Annapolis Royal Historic Garden. The world class Historic Gardens is a 17 acre horticultural paradise located in historic Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia, the first permanent European settlement in North America (1605).
Reason #22: Cafes. Visit The Full Steam Coffee Company in Chedabucto Bay  –  a local company born to restore the proud trading legacy of a seacoast village in Nova Scotia and to create sustainable jobs in our community, by producing a fine cup of coffee.
Reason #23: Bakeries. Let the aroma of fresh baked goods tickle your senses as you enjoy a few of Nova Scotia's favourites like cinnamon buns and strawberry rhubarb pie
Reason #24: Quality of life matched with everything we need. Natural beauty, affordable housing, amenities, it is all here…
Reason #25: Kayaking. Sea kayaking with sea lions or on a quiet lake?
Reason #26: We can play outside. Nova Scotia's communities pride themselves on having greenspace, parks and playgrounds.
Reason #27: We are entrepreneurs. Nova Scotia has growing industry sectors including Information Communication Technology, Oceans, Financial Services, and Digital Media among others.
Reason #28: Our connection to the world. Halifax Stanfield International Airport welcomes over 3.5 million passengers annually and is known as Canada's 7th busiest airport.
Reason #29: Our location. Halifax is two hours closer geographically by air to Europe than any other North American destination, and Halifax is closer to New York and Boston than it is to any other major Canadian city.
Reason #30: Our climate. Thanks in part to the Gulf Stream waters, Halifax is blessed with idyllic summer days that give way to leisurely falls, mild winters, and vibrant springs.
Reason #31: Our scenic beauty! National Geographic Traveler named Cape Breton as one of the world’s ‘20 must-see places’.
Reason #32: We're leaders. Nova Scotia was one of the founding four provinces to join Confederation with Canada in 1867.
Reason #33: Our Lakes. Nova Scotia includes over 3,000 lakes
Reason #34: Access to over 13 colleges. The Nova Scotia Community College system has 13 campuses around the province plus more than 90 registered private commercial colleges.
Reason #35: We have 10 universities. In addition to its community college system the province has 10 universities, including Dalhousie University, University of King's College, Saint Mary's University, Mount Saint Vincent University, NSCAD University, Acadia University, Université Sainte-Anne, Saint Francis Xavier University, Cape Breton University and the Atlantic School of Theology.
Reason #36: Our Unesco World Heritage Sites. 3 of the 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Canada here in Nova Scotia including Old Town Lunenburg.
Reason #37: Our national historic sites. Nova Scotia has 87 national historic sites including the Halifax Citadel and Alexander Graham Bell Museum.
Reason #38: The highest tides in the world. The Bay of Fundy’s unique landscape is shaped by the highest tides in the world; its waters are home to 15 species of whales.
Reason #39: Our farmer's markets. Eat local, eat fresh at one of over 40 farmer's markets in Nova Scotia
Reason #40: Bird watching. There are 174 different kinds of birds that breed every year in Nova Scotia. Another 62 speciesregularly pass through or stay in the province at certain times of year.
Reason #41: The knowledge of our elders. Stories that are passed down from generation to generation are cherished
Reason #42: Whale watching. Up to 12 species of whales are to be found in Nova Scotia
Reason #43: Scottish heritage. Explore the Town of Pictou, known as the “Birthplace of New Scotland.”
Reason #44: Our French and English heritage. Yarmouth lies at the intersection of two founding cultures in Nova Scotia and the seaport is a launching point for travels into French-speaking Acadie and English-speaking communities founded by settlers known as the Planters.
Reason #45: Our military history. From today's east coast navy presence to the stories of wars past told at the Army Museum, Nova Scotia's rich military history comes to life.
Reason #46: Our small towns. Nova Scotia has 26 small towns
Reason #47: Our pride. This year marks the 30th year for the Halifax Pride Festival. Please join us this July in Downtown Halifax for one of Canada's Premier Pride Festivals! Celebrate with more than 120,000 people from July 20th - 30th, 2017.
Reason #48: Our nightlife. From award winning restaurants to live theatre, Nova Scotia has something for every taste.
Reason #49: Snow. Most days of snowfall in Halifax leave less than five centimetres (2 inches), of fresh snow on the ground. For 12 days a year on average, the amount of new snow totals at least five cm.
Reason #50: Lighthouses. Nova Scotia has over 150 lighthouses
Reason #51: Beaches. With 7600 kilometres of seacoast, Nova Scotia is home to some of the best beaches in the world.
Reason #52: Our beer. Nova Scotia is home to more craft breweries per capita than any other province and employs more than 400 hundred hard working Nova Scotians.
Reason #53: Culinary adventures. Did you kn ow you can dine on the ocean floor in Nova Scotia? http://www.novascotia.com/packages/experiences/dining-on-the-ocean-floor/201988
Reason #54: Our seaports. There are 30 ports in Nova Scotia welcoming ships and boats from around the world
Reason #55: Our visitors. Nova Scotia welcomes over 2 million visitors annually
Reason #56: Our languages. While English is the official language of the Province, French is also spoken with some speaking Gaelic and Mi'kmaq
Reason #57: Our spirit. Nova Scotians are known for making the best out of any situation
Reason #58: Our fishing fleets. Yarmouth, home to the largest fishing fleet in Atlantic Canada.
Reason #59: Our sense of adventure. Rock climbing to tidal bore rafting, we've got it
Reason #60: Our food trucks. Halifax has about 20 food trucks which cater to many tastes. Visit http://streetfoodapp.com/halifax to find out where your favourite is!
Reason #61: Our artisans. Observe an artist at work and paint yourself into the artistic process by dropping in on one of the 31 artisan studios and 125 art galleries & shops promoting Nova Scotian artisans across the province.
Reason #62: Our clean air. Smell that salt air!
Reason #63: Award-winning wineries. There are over 70 grape growers and more than 800 acres under vine in seven different regions across Nova Scotia
Reason #64: Our islands. The Eastern Shore features 100 coastal islands that have been largely undisturbed by humans for over 10,000 years
Reason #65: Our neighbours. Halifax has been voted one of the Least Snobby Cities in the World by Cheapflights
Reason #66: Our industries. People in Nova Scotia are the world's largest exporters in Christmas trees, lobster, gypsum, and wild berries. Fishing is the largest industry throughout Nova Scotia.
Reason #67: Our forests. The forestry sector employs about 13,000 people in Nova Scotia and contributes significantly to our national economy.
Reason #68: Our tech-savvy. This sector accounted for about 4.4 per cent of the provincial GDP in 2010, or $1.211 billion
Reason #69: Our festivals and events. Nova Scotia has 550 festivals and events
Reason #70: Our blueberries. Oxford is the wild blueberry capital of Canada.
Reason #71: Our river rafting. Powered by the world famous Bay of Fundy tidal bore, Nova Scotia’s tidal bore rafting tours are unlike any other rafting experience on the planet.
Reason #72: Hiking in nature. With hundreds of hiking trails there is one for every ability. https://www.tripadvisor.ca/Attractions-g154967-Activities-c61-t87-Nova_Scotia.html
Reason #73: Bike trails. Plan a cycling adventure http://www.cyclenovascotia.ca/
Reason #74: Cottage life. Nova Scotia has 7600 km of seacoast, perfect for a little cottage!
Reason #75: Our strawberries. Pick your own or buy them, the jam will taste good either way
Reason #76: Shopping. From shopping malls to unique boutiques
Reason #77: Ghosts. Nova Scotians love their ghost tours! Visit Nstourism.com
Reason #78: Restaurants. With so many incredible culinary delights to choose from, it's no surprise we’re so well known for our kitchen parties.
Reason #79: Our summers. With a gentle sea breeze and warm temps, Canada's seacoast is the place to be
Reason #80: Our connections.
Reason #81: Christmas Trees. NS is the world's largest exporter of Christmas trees
Reason #82: Bagpipes. Yes, you can learn the bagpipes in NS
Reason #83: Mi'kmaw heritage. For ten thousand years, this rugged, sea-swept peninsula has been home to the Aboriginal people. Mi’kmaq and First Nations people have enriched this province with their legends, art, music, spirituality, history, and language.
Reason #84: Surfing. Each August through November, with its moderate temperatures and juicy hurricane season swell, Nova Scotia's shores offer prime surfing time...
Reason #85: Motorcycles. Nova Scotia is one of the world’s best kept motorcycling secrets.
Reason #86: Stargazing. This region is part of North America’s fi rst starlight destination—Acadian Skies and Mi’kmaq Lands— recently designated by the International Starlight Foundation. Here you can discover dark skies like nowhere else, with brilliant stars from distant galaxies shining against the night sky.
Reason #87: Architecture. Nova Scotia has many diverse architectural styles, spanning the province's four centuries of built heritage from French colonial to Tudor Revival.
Reason #88: Theatre. Currently there are over thirty professional theatre companies active in Nova Scotia.
Reason #89: Maple syrup. Maple season typically occurs between early March and late April and lasts about 4 to 6 weeks with heaviest flow for 10 to 20 days.
Reason #90: Boating. peddle boat to sail boat - you can do it all in NS
Reason #91: Our Acadienne heritage. Acadians are descendants of French settlers who arrived in Nova Scotia in the early 1600s. Acadians have maintained their culture, and they love sharing this with visitors. Jump into the joie de vivre by sampling Rappie Pie, practicing your French with the locals, and learning how invigorating a “bon tyme”
Reason #92: Our gardens. Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens, Annapolis Royal Named Canada’s 2015 Garden of the Year and one of the top 5 North American Gardens worth traveling for in 2012 at the Garden Tourism Awards
Reason #93: Dinosaur bones. Joggins Fossil Cliff s UNESCO World Heritage Site Explore the imposing cliffs where exposed layers of rock reveal the world’s most complete fossil record of life 300 million years ago, when lush forests covered the area and much of the world’s tropics were preserved in stone in the sea cliff s of Joggins.
Reason #94: Lobster boils. Mmmmmm……………….
Reason #95: Celtic music. Celtic Colours is an experience like no other. For nine days in October, Cape Breton Island is alive with music, energy and excitement as people come from far and wide to celebrate our rich culture. http://celtic-colours.com/
Reason #96: Tall Ships. Tall ships will visit Canada to honour the 150th anniversary of the Canadian Confederation. Between late June and mid-August, tall ships will visit 11 ports around Nova Scotia. https://my-waterfront.ca/event/rdv-2017-tall-ships-regatta/
Reason #97: Mining history. The history of coal mining on Cape Breton began over 250 years ago. Learn more: http://www.minersmuseum.com/history-of-mining/
Reason #98: Wave jumping. A specialty for children!
Reason #99: Resilience
Reason #100: We know our neighbours
Reason #101: There's always a connection
Reason #102: Theadore Tugboat.
Theodore is a friendly tugboat who loves to discover and explore brand new things! The great Big Harbour is so much fun, with so many things to discover. https://www.mtcw.ca/family-fun-adventures
Reason #103: Living wharves. Nova Scotia wharves are a part of our biggest industry - fishing. Tourists can experience life at a wharf in the summer https://www.yarmouthandacadianshores.com/en/things-to-do/living-wharves
Reason #104: Dining on the Ocean Floor. Enjoy a four course meal while dining on the ocean floor at low tide at Burntcoat Head Park. flyingaproncookery.com
Reason #105: Homemade jams. When the fruit is rip[e, Nova Scotians like to pick the fruit and make jam to savour all year round.
Reason #106: Campfires on the beach. Who can resist?
Reason #107: Real food. Our farmers in the province take great pride in their offerings and Nova Scotians love to eat fresh and local.
Reason #108: Beachcombing. From seaglass to drift wood, our beaches have treasure
Reason #109: We are real. Authentic.
Reason #110: We work hard and play hard
Reason #111: Work-life balance.
Nova Scotians know how to strike a good balance between work and what really matters.
Reason #112: Big yards. We like to play outdoors
Reason #113: Condos. We can do city life too
Reason #114: Golf courses. Golf Digest names Cabot Cliffs  and  Cabot Links, are ranked amongst the Top 100 courses in the world!
Reason #115: Friends for life
Reason #116: Community events.
Nova Scotia loves to celebrate!
Reason #117: We volunteer
Reason #118: Curling up on a winter's day
. Nothing like a hot chocolate by the fire while snowflakes are falling
Reason #119: Fresh apples. Apple picking is a fall tradition with most NS families
Reason #120: Our pets have lots of room to run
Reason #121: Beach glass. Look for sea glass on our beaches or buy beautiful glass art from one of our talented artisans
Reason #122: Seashells. Can you hear the ocean in your seashell?
Reason #123: Dancing. From highland dance to salsa, Nova Scotians love to cut a rug!
Reason #124: Cape Breton Island
Reason #125: Our pubs. Pull up a stool in a city that boasts the most pubs per-capita in Canada
Reason #126: Our museums. Today, the Nova Scotia Museum, consisting of 28 museum sites, is the most decentralized museum in Canada. It is also one of the oldest provincial museums in the country.
Reason #127: Camping. Nova Scotia has 138 camping and RV parks to tempt you with nature
Reason #128: Our house prices. The average house price in NS $249,518
Reason #129: Halifax Public Gardens. Halifax Public Gardens are one of the finest surviving examples of a Victorian garden in North America
Reason #130: Our location. Halifax is two hours closer geographically by air to Europe than any other North American destination, and Halifax is closer to New York and Boston than it is to any other major Canadian city.
Reason #131: NS Duck Tolling Retrievers. The official dog of Nova Scotia
Reason #132: Donairs. We are known for this yummy food especially after a night out!
Reason #133: Poutine. Yes we have that!
Reason #134: It's quiet at night
Reason #135: Our local shops
Reason #136: My family
Reason #137: Easy living
Reason #138: Coastal breeze
Reason #139: The sand
Reason #140: My work
Reason #141: My friends
Reason #142: My husband
Reason #143: My wife
Reason #144: My partner
Reason #145: My mom
Reason #146: My dad
Reason #147: My son
Reason #148: My daughter
Reason #149: My grandkids
Reason #150: My siblings