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Feature Stories

Even though Nova Scotia is Canada’s second smallest province, our people share a rich tapestry of culture and heritage that shapes who we are and where we live. Today, our sheltered bays and inlets continue to welcome newcomers to our shores, solidifying our enviable reputation for hospitality and acceptance of difference. Our legacy of migration can be found in our physical surroundings; in our museums, archives and libraries; in our communities; and in the varied and dynamic nature of our cultural expression. Influenced by the beauty of the land, captivated by a relationship with the sea, and inspired by the desire to not only preserve our roots, but also, invite new roots to grow, Nova Scotians are enriched by who we were and who we have yet to become.

Through imagination and innovation, Nova Scotian artists add vibrancy to the cultural, educational, social and economic fabric of communities across our province.
Between birth and age three, the human brain grows at an incredible rate, laying down the cellular connections and building blocks needed to learn and develop. One of the greatest things a parent can do to nurture this growth is to introduce their baby to books and reading.
For many African Nova Scotian communities, the War of 1812 marked a beginning. Places like North Preston, Hammonds Plains and Beechville, along with locations in the Windsor area and throughout the Annapolis Valley, became home to nearly 2,000 Black Refugees following the historic conflict.
Comprised of 63 printed books, 14 ebooks and a selection of DVDs, the Nova Scotia Breast Cancer Resources Collection is helping to empower Nova Scotians in the fight against breast cancer.
In traditional Gaelic culture, bridges were gathering places where communities could come together to share songs, stories and dance. Today, a new website aims to emulate this experience online.
Nova Scotia’s famous sailing ambassador, Bluenose II, is undergoing a rebuild that will ensure the iconic vessel’s legacy for many years to come. Since 2011, the restoration project has been taking place at the Lunenburg Shipyard, the site where the original Bluenose was built in 1921.
Sports and Acadian culture are set to take centre stage when the Municipality of Argyle hosts the 33rd Finale des Jeux de l’Acadie from June 29 to July 3, 2012.
Along the shores of the Minas Basin, on the eastern edge of Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley, the historic community of Grand Pré has existed for more than 300 years. Recognized as the birthplace of an enduring culture and a living testament to human ingenuity, Grand Pré is a connection to a storied past, a present day place of reconciliation and a source of inspiration for the future.
Thanks to a partnership between the Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market and Libraries Nova Scotia, it’s easier than ever for people to enjoy and return books, DVDs and magazines borrowed from libraries across the province.
Observed on August 15, National Acadian Day is a celebration of the cultural vitality and enduring heritage of the Acadian people.