If "Minnesota nice" gives you a comfortable feel, Nova Scotia will feel like home.
Nova Scotia is northern Minnesota surrounded by the ocean. Farms and woodlands, cool in summer with mild winters. It has less than 1 million people in an area about one-quarter the size of Minnesota; half the population of Nova Scotia lives in the Halifax metro — the biggest town, the major airport and the provincial capital.
Halifax is a walking town. Stroll through the harbor boardwalk and get a feel for the area. Start at the immigrant statue on the south end and work north. If you're in a hurry, there are Segways for rent.
Don't miss the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic on your harbor walk. It has historical displays about Nova Scotia and explains the seafaring history of the area. Look at the relics of the Titanic. An actual Titanic deck chair is on display, and a there is a replica you can sit in, a great picture opportunity. Titanic history buffs can visit the Titanic cemetery, just outside of town.
Halifax's other great tragedy during that period was the Halifax explosion. In 1917, an ammunition ship exploded in the harbor and destroyed a significant part of the town and most of the industrial area, causing 11,000 casualties. It was a major event in Halifax seared into the memory of the town.
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