Nova Scotia, known as Canada’s Ocean Playground, is an Atlantic province defined by 13,300 kilometers of coastline. Around 70 per cent of the population live in coastal communities and approximately one-fifth of our province’s economy is supported by coastal and marine industries. Our spirit, our music, our recreation, and our culture are very connected to our coast.
Unfortunately, we are facing the most extreme sea-level rise predictions in the country, due in part to vertical land movement (our land is subsiding as the sea-level rises). We have some of the highest tides in the world along the Bay of Fundy shore. Nova Scotia is located on the path of hurricanes and post-tropical storms travelling up the Eastern Seaboard and we regularly experience extreme weather events. Coastal climate change is significantly impacting our province. We are seeing storm surges and coastal flooding, accelerated coastal erosion and saltwater intrusion.