Nova Scotia Archives

'Canada's Ocean Playground'

The Tourism Industry in Nova Scotia, 1870-1970



In The Beginning

In the beginning there was the water and the woods and the stillness of it all; an endless bounty of trout and salmon, deer and moose, bears in abundance... and more than enough fog and flies. Nova Scotia was 'the real thing,' an authentic and unspoiled 'paradise of sportsmen.'

These were the traditional hunting and fishing grounds of the Mi'kmaq, the original guardians and custodians of Nova Scotia's forests and streams. So famous were they for their hunting and fishing skills and their knowledge of forest life, that they were routinely engaged as woodsmen and guides for the province's first real 'tourists' — members of the British military establishment stationed in Halifax, with time on their hands, money to spend, and a taste for the sporting life.

The rewards of hunting and fishing in early 19th century Nova Scotia were so impressive — flies and all — that before long the province was being promoted as the sportsman's promised land, waiting to be explored and enjoyed. Books such as Campbell Hardy's Sporting Adventures in the New World, or Days and Nights of Moose-Hunting in the Pine Forests of Acadie (1855) — an eye-catching title if there ever was one — created a groundswell of interest, fed later in the century by American newsmagazines. By 1900, Nova Scotia's woods and waters were vacation destinations of choice for the British military, the New England corporate elite and the province’s own business leaders.

In this exhibit, explore 19th century Nova Scotia when it was 'the land of sporting adventure' — fish and game, canoes and campfires, lean-to's and lodges, Mi'kmaq guides and men in business suits, women casting lines into salmon pools. Most of the activity was centred in the southwestern part of the province, where it continues to this day. Jim Morrison's companion article, 'American Tourists in Sportsmen's Paradise, 1871-1940,' explores roughing it in the backwoods of Queens County, and provides a fascinating look at the early days of outdoor-experience tourism in Nova Scotia.


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The Start of It All — Sporting Adventures in the New World or, Days and Nights of Moose-hunting in the Pine Forests of Acadia
Date: 1855
Reference no.: Nova Scotia Archives Library: F92 H21 Sp6

''Moose Hunting''
Date: 1855
Reference no.: Nova Scotia Archives Library: F92 H21 Sp6

''The Bivouac''
Date: 1855
Reference no.: Nova Scotia Archives Library: F92 H21 Sp6

''Capt. Campbell Hardy, R.A.''
Date: ca. 1867
Reference no.: Harry Piers Nova Scotia Archives Photo Collection: Art drawer

''Bull Moose Running for Cover in Nova Scotia''
Date: ca. 1867
Reference no.: Harry Piers Nova Scotia Archives Photo Collection: Art drawer

Woodland Scene of Two Bobcats
Date: ca. 1867
Reference no.: Harry Piers Nova Scotia Archives Photo Collection: Art drawer

''Cow Moose and Calf on Edge of a Nova Scotia Lake''
Date: ca. 1867
Reference no.: Harry Piers Nova Scotia Archives Photo Collection: Art drawer

Forest Life in Acadie, Sketches of Sport and Natural History in the Lower Provinces of the Canadian Dominion
Date: ca. 1869
Reference no.: Nova Scotia Archives Library: mfm 3802

What Attracted Their Interest -- ''The American Brook Trout''
Date: ca. 1869
Reference no.: Nova Scotia Archives Library: mfm 3802

''Moose Riding Down a Tree''
Date: ca. 1869
Reference no.: Nova Scotia Archives Library: mfm 3802

''Moose Calling by Night''
Date: ca. 1869
Reference no.: Nova Scotia Archives Library: mfm 3802

''Will He Land Him?''
Date: 1877
Reference no.: Nova Scotia Archives Photo Collection: Illustrated Newspapers: 1979-328

''En Route''
Date: 1877
Reference no.: Nova Scotia Archives Photo Collection: Illustrated Newspapers: 1979-328

''Camping Out''
Date: 1877
Reference no.: Nova Scotia Archives Photo Collection: Illustrated Newspapers: 1979-328

''Reward of Success''
Date: 1877
Reference no.: Nova Scotia Archives Photo Collection: Illustrated Newspapers: 1979-328
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