Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia, Canada
by Dennis Jarvis from Halifax, Canada
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Climate & Best time to visit Nova Scotia

Climate in Nova Scotia:

Number of rainy days:

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Best time to visit Nova Scotia:

Late Spring to Early Fall (June to September):

  • Late spring to early fall is the most popular time to visit Nova Scotia. During this period, the weather is pleasant, with daytime temperatures ranging from the 60s to 70s Fahrenheit (15-26°C). This is the best time for outdoor adventures such as hiking along the Cabot Trail, exploring the picturesque fishing villages, and enjoying water activities like kayaking and whale watching. Summer is also ideal for attending music festivals, exploring historic sites, and experiencing local culture.

Late Fall (October to November):

  • Late fall is a great time for those who prefer quieter visits and cooler weather. The fall foliage in regions like the Annapolis Valley turns into vibrant shades of red, orange, and yellow, making it ideal for scenic drives and hiking. The weather can be crisp, with daytime temperatures ranging from the 40s to 50s Fahrenheit (4-15°C). Fall is also a good time for apple picking and attending harvest festivals.

Winter (December to February):

  • Winter in Nova Scotia offers unique experiences for those seeking a cozy and festive atmosphere. The weather can be cold, with daytime temperatures often below freezing. This is the best time for winter sports like ice skating, skiing, and snowshoeing in places like Keppoch Mountain and Ski Martock. The holiday season brings festive events, decorations, and opportunities to enjoy warm beverages by the fireplace.

Early Spring (March to May):

  • Early spring is a transitional period with varying weather. While it's not the most popular time for outdoor activities due to melting snow and wet conditions, it can be a quieter time to visit. Daytime temperatures start to warm up, ranging from the 30s to 50s Fahrenheit (1-10°C) in the lower elevations. Early spring is a good time for birdwatching as migratory birds return and for exploring historic towns.

Money & Prices

Currency in Canada:

Canadian dollar (CAD)

How expensive is a trip to Nova Scotia?

Eating out:
Simple meal:
17.20 USD
Fast food meal:
9.67 USD
Mid-range meal:
37.29 USD
Bottle of water:
1.21 USD
Soft drink:
2.18 USD
3.83 USD
Local Beer:
5.68 USD
Public transport - one way ticket:
2.05 USD
Taxi - 1km:
1.61 USD
Refer to the Hotels section for the most up-to-date accommodation prices.
* Prices are approximate. Make sure to check the latest exchange rates when planning your trip.

General information

Canada general information:

Voltage: 120 V, Frequency: 60 Hz
  • Type A (North American/Japanese 2-pin)
  • Type B (American 3-pin)

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