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Nova Scotia Guide


The east coast province of ‘New Scotland’ needs little introduction. This land of highland hills surrounded by icy Atlantic waters is home to quaint villages, picture-postcard beaches and photograph-worthy lighthouses. But it is Cape Breton Island, with its strong Scottish and French culture and outstanding scenery, which draws the most visitors. For a healthy dose of wining and dining, Halifax, the capital, is the best place to get your fill of creature comforts before moving on.

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The province is well known for its scenic drives, with exploring the region with car hire in Nova Scotia the best way to take in the landscapes. Hire a car in Sydney, Cape Breton, to tour the highlights, or pick up a vehicle at Halifax International Airport. All the usual leading suppliers have a presence here, including Hertz, Dollar, Avis and Enterprise. Compare car hire in advance to be guaranteed the lowest price.

Transport Options

Halifax’s international airport serves flights to other Canadian locations, including Cape Breton’s Sydney Airport, and the US. Alternatively, visitors can arrive by ferry from Newfoundland or Prince Edward Island. The Trans Canada Highway travels all the way to Cape Breton. Greyhound buses run into the province from other provinces, but only limited inner-provincial services are available. There are no rail services.

Car Hire Driving Tips in Nova Scotia

Winter road conditions can be treacherous, with black ice and slippery roads often causing accidents. It is best to carry a winter survival kit in your car. Drivers who must take to the road in the foggy conditions which are frequently experienced along the coast should exercise caution. For the most part, summer driving here is a pleasure, with numerous scenic drives, particularly on Cape Breton.

Not to be Missed!

Halifax offers unmissable historical sites such as Citadel Hill. From here, visitors can access nearby Peggy’s Cove Lighthouse with car rental in Nova Scotia before continuing on to the Cape Breton Highlands, which are protected by a national park. Further history can be uncovered at the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site, a reconstruction of a French 18th century fortified town. Walking, biking and rafting are widely available, particularly on Cape Breton.

Weather & Tourist Seasons

June to October is the best time to visit, when the skies are clear, the weather is at its warmest (between 14 and 28°C) and swimming may be possible. Yet horseflies and mosquitoes plague the warm months. Spring and autumn make for mild alternatives. Winters are cold (-9 to 0°C), particularly in the north, and many parts of the province see numerous foggy days each year.

Practical information

  • Currency
    Canadian dollar
  • Driving direction
  • City speed limit
    50 km/h
  • Freeway speed limit
    50 - 100 km/h
  • Language
    English, French

What most people want to know

The following questions and answers are a selection of the most popular questions. If you do not find the answer to your question, have a look at the Frequently Asked Questions page or contact us.

Is Carrentals.co.uk the cheapest?

Yes, we offer a guarantee of the lowest price - because we compare various retailers, we can always offer you the best price in town.

What do I need to do when picking up a car?

To pick up your car, you will need your voucher, passport, driver's license and a credit card. It is very important that your driver's license and credit card are in the same name as the main driver. Keep in mind that the local rental company will reserve a certain amount on your credit card as a deposit. This requires the PIN code for your credit card. If your driver's license is foreign (for example, in Chinese), you must bring a translation with you. Only your original passport and driver's license will be accepted - a copy is not sufficient.

Are there any additional costs?

In general, our rates are all-inclusive. Should there be any additional costs, our booking department will get in touch with you before issuing the invoice. Should you object, you can always cancel your reservation with no obligations attached (at least 48 hours in advance).

What kind of insurance is applicable to my car rental?

In general, Liability Insurance, Fire Insurance, All-Risks Insurance and Theft Insurance are included in the cost of your rental car.

What is a worry-free label?

Only rental companies with a high level of customer satisfaction are eligible to be included in our Worry-Free selection. This rate includes excess cover and unlimited kilometres. Your vehicle will be provided and must be returned with a full tank of fuel. With a vehicle from our Worry-Free selection, you can travel with peace of mind and no hidden costs.

How can I change or cancel my reservation?

You can cancel your reservation through "My Account". We recommend contacting us by phone if your changes to your booking or cancellation takes place at short notice (48 hours or less).

When will I get a confirmation of my booking?

Most reservations will receive confirmation within minutes after payment takes place. We recommend contacting our Booking Department for last minute reservations (pick-up within 48 hours).

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