Accommodations Nova Scotia

Your Guide To Accommodations In Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia - General Tourism Information

Here you will find yourself, nearly surrounded by the waters of the Atlantic Ocean, in a province with some of the most beautiful scenery and friendliest people in the world.

The primary language used in Nova Scotia is English; with many services also available in French throughout the province.

Nova Scotia has a temperate climate and late spring, summer and fall weather. Evenings along our coastline (with sea breezes) tend to be cooler, while inland amid forests and farmlands, are usually 5°C warmer. Our weather forecasts are in Celsius.

For current provincial, local and marine forecasts call 1-902-426-9090.

For tide schedules call 1-877-775-0790.


You can easily exchange your currency for Canadian dollars at banks, credit unions and trust companies throughout the province; or at authorized currency exchange counters found at the Visitor Information Centre in Yarmouth and at the Halifax Stanfield International Airport.

Credit & Debit Cards
The majority of services offered in Nova Scotia accept all major credit cards (e.g. Visa, MasterCard, American Express) and debit cards (Plus, Interac, and Cirrus networks).

Sales Tax
A 13% federal/provincial sales tax (HST) is applied to most goods and services provided in Nova Scotia.

Firearms & Weapons
Non-residents must declare their firearms in writing upon arrival at their point of entry with a Canadian Firearms Licence or a Non-Resident Firearm Declaration, which can be processed at the border for a $50 fee. For detailed info call 1-800-461-9999, or 1-800-731-4000, or visit

Highway Regulations

We drive on the right-hand side of the road. Lanes heading in opposite directions are separated by a yellow line.

Any person with a valid out-of-province licence or an international driver’s licence may drive in Nova Scotia for up to 90 days.

Registration (vehicle permit) is required for owners. Non-owners should carry a copy of a rental contract or letter from the owner.

Adequate insurance coverage is required in Nova Scotia. United States motorists can obtain a Non-Residential Inter-Province Motor Vehicle Liability Insurance Card through their own insurance companies, that will be accepted as evidence of financial responsibility anywhere in Canada.

Speed zones are posted in kilometres per hour, not miles per hour. Our highways are patrolled by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and by air patrol. Fines are imposed for violations to the posted speed limits. Radar detectors are illegal in Nova Scotia and will be confiscated by the RCMP.

School buses are equipped with amber flashing lights which must be displayed 150m before stopping to discharge or accept passengers. When amber lights are flashing, be prepared to stop. While stopped, the school bus will display red flashing lights and all traffic from both directions must stop and remain stopped until the school bus proceeds.

In Nova Scotia pedestrians have the right-of-way at intersections and crosswalks, with responsibility not to interfere with the flow of traffic.

Gasoline in Nova Scotia is dispensed in litres, according to the metric system. A litre is approximately equal to 1/4 US gallon. Please note that many service stations in rural areas have limited hours of operation on weekends.

Alcohol Consumption

Liquor, wine or beer may be purchased through government liquor stores located throughout the province. You must be 19 years of age or over and proof of age may be requested. Hours of operation will vary according to location.

Usual hours of operation are 10 am – 6 pm, Monday to Saturday, with extended hours in major communities.

Liquor Commission outlets are open for business with limited hours on Sundays and closed on holidays.

Establishments that serve wine, beer and spirits are usually advertised as “licensed”. Liquor may be served with a food order on a Sunday or holiday.

Emergency Assistance

Public hospitals and medical centres are located throughout the province. This symbol H is used on highway signage to indicate a public hospital is in the area. Help in locating the nearest hospital or other medical services may be obtained from any visitor information centre, through Nova Scotia’s Check In at 1-800-565-0000 or the local telephone operator.

Emergency Number 911

You can call 911 free of charge, province-wide from any cellular or pay phone.

This is an emergency service ONLY to be used in urgent emergency situations.

While travelling our 100-series highways note the distance marker signs, located at 1km intervals; to enable you to provide the most accurate information possible as to your location.

Area Code 902
When making non-local calls within Nova Scotia, you must dial 1-902- before the phone number.

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