The Nova Scotia peninsula
is a peninsula
on the Atlantic
coast of North America
The Nova Scotia peninsula is part of the province of Nova Scotia
and is connected to the neighbouring province of New Brunswick
through the Isthmus of Chignecto
. It fronts the open Atlantic Ocean on the south and southeast, the Gulf of Maine
to the west, the Bay of Fundy
and its sub-basins to the northwest, the Northumberland Strait
to the north, and the Strait of Canso
to the east.
The narrow and deep waters of the Strait of Canso separate the peninsula from Cape Breton Island
, the second largest land mass constituting the province of Nova Scotia.
In addition to Cape Breton Island, other much smaller islands are geologically associated with the Nova Scotia peninsula, including Boularderie Island
, Brier Island
, Long Island
, Pictou Island
, Tancook Island
and various smaller islands along the Atlantic coast.
The peninsula can be divided into two distinct geological regions north and south of a fault line (the Cobequid and Chedabucto faults) extending between the Bay of Fundy
sub-basins of the Minas Basin
and Cobequid Bay
in the west, through to Chedabucto Bay
in the east.
The northern portion of the peninsula is dominated by the Avalon Uplands (the Cobequid Hills
and Pictou-Antigonish Highlands
) and the Carboniferous Lowlands, the latter of which straddles the fault zone.
The Cobequid Hills contains the highest elevation point on the peninsula at Nuttby Mountain
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