The Climate in Nova Scotia
Situated between the 47th and 48th parallel and resting along the same latitude as the South of France and Northern Italy, Nova Scotia enjoys more sunshine than Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The climate is influenced by both the Gulf Stream and the Atlantic Ocean, which bring warm summers often and refreshing breezes respectively – perfect for sporting pursuits such as sailing, white-water rafting and hiking. The southern regions of Nova Scotia benefit particularly well from the Gulf Stream, enjoying considerably more hours of sunshine than nearby Vancouver. With so much sunshine, it’s little wonder that many of Nova Scotia’s lakes heat up to around 25 ºC. With warm temperatures and plenty of clear, salty air, Nova Scotia makes for an extremely relaxing vacation and could even be beneficial for your health.
Springtime in Nova Scotia is brief, but spectacular. As the days begin to grow longer, you can’t fail to notice that spring has sprung – leaves begin to sprout from previously barren trees, buds break open and begin to bloom and within a few days, the region comes alive and glows with a wonderful, fresh green hue. Millions of lupines lend further colour to the streets and fields of Nova Scotia, finally coming into bloom as spring slowly comes to an end.
The summer months reach almost Mediterranean proportions, with even the cool waters of the Atlantic heating up to an almost tropical 28 ºC in the Northumberland Strait and in the St. George’s Bay. Along the southern and eastern shores, the temperature stays a little lower, with the waters reaching highs of 19 ºC. Over on dry land, the provincial capital Halifax enjoys average highs of 23 ºC, often creeping up to 25 ºC during the month of September.
Experience a world of colour in Nova Scotia this autumn. The auburns, oranges and golden browns of autumn burn bright, presenting an unforgettable panorama for all of those who have the good fortune to witness this wonderful feast of nature. This fabulous spectacle usually begins in either the second or third week of September, bringing with it wonderfully warm average temperatures between 15 and 18 ºC. Perfect for long, relaxing walks or even more active treks across the countryside, this mild climate typically lasts until the end of October, proving that Nova Scotia isn’t just worth a visit in summer!
When speaking of Canada, thoughts often turn to long, cold winters, heavy snowfall and chilly summers. Whilst that might be true of the more central provinces, we’re pleased to report that that certainly isn’t the case in Nova Scotia! Compared to other Canadian provinces, Nova Scotia enjoys mild winters relatively free of snow. Only in Cape Breton is the story a little different, with significantly cooler temperatures and regular snowfall.