History and Culture of Nova Scotia
Nova Scotia is one of the best places to travel. It is a place, which is rich in history and culture and other awesome attractions, thus making it a great place to holiday, adventure, have a family picnic or team up with your co-workers, fellow students or friends for some thrilling outdoor activities or a vacation. Whatever your reasons may be, this guideline is meant to help you make a decision on the places you need to visit in Nova Scotia.
Rich History and Culture
The name ‘Nova Scotia‘ itself is not only unique but too has some rich history behind it.
The First Nations had initially named the place Mi’kma’ki, the French called it Acadia while the British compared in Scotland and named in New Scotland. Hence the name Nova Scotia. I’m quite sure that you will too have a unique name for this great place after a weekend of fun and adventure. Whatever you decide to name it, the place will remain a destination of pleasure with its thrilling and timely history.
The first place of contact for the interesting history of NS is the Heritage Museum located in Bear River. This museum will provide you with all information that you need to know about the ancient place that is NS. From there, your most probable next stop should be the Fortress of Louisburg.
Whatever you may have missed in Heritage Museum is here. Actually almost everything including the history, culture and heritage of NS and also the entire North America cities, places and best destinations will be found on this fortress. The fortress is the largest historical reconstruction center in the whole of North America. Therefore there’s a lot to learn from it. From ancient archaeological tools to past immigrations and civilizations.
Of course being a mammoth museum does not mean that all the history of NS ends in this fortress. No, there is more adventure. Fasten your belt because the next historical adventure will be the traditional routes of NS natives. Yeah! It’s time for some great and awe-inspiring sea adventure. You may be fancying a kayak expedition for this adventure is what will maximize the pleasure but you are wrong.
You need to board the great yet nostalgic Bluenose II and navigate to the Age of Sail. I know that this old iconic ship will pleasure you on your journey, but don’t get lost by her massive strength as she sails. You should instead be focusing on the ancient sea routes the Mi’kmaq people used and experience how fishermen from this native ethnic group navigated the tough waters.
There is also a lot to learn in your water adventure. You will learn about the celebrated ship-builders to the rum-soaked sailors of ancient Halifax. You must be wondering how safely they navigated the waters while under the influence of rum. It must have one hell of a trip I guess.
On reaching the shore, take a nature walks to Pier 21. This harbor depot is one of the most thrilling custodians of NS history. You will find that in this place, more than a million immigrants, refugees, war brides and other aliens made their first step here on arrival in Canada.
Enough of the Mi’kmaqs and their culture. A more fascinating history, yet sad and entirely emotional history to experience is the Dec 6 1917 tragedy. The Halifax Explosion will make the effects of World War I a reality. The effects of the explosion on Halifax, then a busy port where over 2000 people lost their lives, 9000 more were seriously injured-most permanently and more than 325 acres of Halifax gone are still felt to date.
Let’s leave this sad incidence alone, you will need to visit the place for a better experience. Other history facts and practices of Ns can be found in the 27 provincial museums in NS. They are all packed with resources to take you back in time and make you experience the history and culture of NS first-hand on yourself. You will learn immense historical facts which range from war cannon blasts to blacksmith who impersonated interpreters. To experience, touch, feel, taste and believes all this, you need start planning for the trip.