Nova Scotia: Canada Wine Region

Tuesday, March 13th, 2007 at 12:00 am

nova scotia wineNova Scotia, a Peninsula on Canada’s East Coast bordered by the Atlantic Ocean and the Bay of Fundy . The southern tip of Nova Scotia dips below the 45th. parallel. There are six very distinct wine growing areas.

The Grape Growers Association of Nova Scotia was established in 1982. Nova Scotia boasts 22 grape growers and 400 acres of grapes The first varieties to show promise in Nova Scotia were French hybrids: Marechal Foch, DeChaunac, Castel 19637, Baco Noir, Leon Millot, and Seyval Blanc. Two Russian hybrids, Mischurnitz and Severnyi, which are amurensis crosses, were also of interest for early ripening, high sugar content, good production and winter hardiness.

The history of winemaking in Nova Scotia can be traced back to the year 1611.

For a good reason Nova Scotia is known as Canada’s Ocean Playground. For many Nova Scotians the sea is main part of their lives – either to make a living or for recreation.

The coastline stretches for 7,400 kilometers and is indented by thousands of bays and inlets. The coast is dotted by more than 3,800 islands. Due to the influence of the sea the climate is mild, summers are comfortable and fall pleasant.

There are many things to do in Nova Scotia. Parks, hiking trails, lakes, streams, waterfalls and wildlife sanctuaries are a paradise for nature enthusiasts. Sailing, cycling, river rafting, kayaking and canoeing to name just a few activities the province of Nova Scotia has to offer. This is completed by entertainment, culture, historic sites and of course fine dining.

The Highlands National Park contains one of the world’s most spectacular driving route. Kejimkujik National Park is a true jewel for outdoor friends. Explore the many lakes and islands on a canoe tour and camp on uninhabited islands. White sandy beaches can be found on the eastern shore. Visit world famous Peggy’s Cove lighthouse, a remnant of early days. Enjoy the world’s highest tides on the Bay of Fundy. Golfers will fall in love with this province as they will find some of the most beautiful and challenging courses, such as the Highland Links course in Cape Breton or Digby Pines in Digby.

The province of Nova Scotia covers an area of 55,000 sq km. The mainland part of the province is connected to New Brunswick and the remainder of Canada by the 28 km Isthmus of Chignecto.

Cape Breton Island is joined to the mainland by the Canso Causeway. Halifax, the capital city is located south of Paris. The coastline stretches for 7,400 km, but the overall length of the province is only 575 km, while the average width is 130 km.

In 1998 934,587 people called Nova Scotia their home. This is about 3,1 per cent of the total Canadian population.

Nova Scotia’s largest city is Halifax with 117,381 habitants followed by Dartmouth (66,722) and Bedford (14,950).

The province’s capital is Halifax.

Nova Scotia features more than 5,400 lakes

Nova Scotia’s highest elevation is 554 m (1,800 ft) in the Cape Breton Highlands

Many of the Micmac people remain on their original lands in Cape Breton. In other areas, French culture and language live on. The majority (approx. 75 per cent) of the province’s people are of English, Scottish and Irish decent. In a few places you can still hear Gaelic spoken.

The Bay of Fundy ebbs and flows as much as 20 meter’s each day.