Tourism

Impacts

  • A Climate Sensitive Industry: Tourism is vital to Nova Scotia and every coastal community in Nova Scotia, accounting for up to 2 per cent of the province’s GDP.  Both weather and climate are critical to making decisions about where to go on vacation climate change can impact that decision both negatively and positively.
  • Tourism Activities: A longer summer and general warming may attract tourists who are looking for pleasant weather and who may be facing increasingly hot temperatures in central North America and Western Europe.  Milder, shorter winters however, are not good news for outdoor winter activities; Nova Scotia’s small but vibrant winter tourism sector may be negatively impacted by climate change.
  • Mobility and Infrastructure: Beach narrowing from sea-level rise, coastal erosion and storm events may affect access to the coast and limit tourist beach activities.  Extreme weather events, such as hurricanes, can dampen vacation plans and damage tourism infrastructure.
  • Tourist Attractions: Archeological and culturally significant sites in Nova Scotia may be particularly vulnerable to extreme weather and to coastal impacts of climate change.

Adaptation

  • Take Advantage: Extend tourism activities beyond the normal tourist season.
  • Diversify:  Diversify tourism opportunities, with particular attention on marketing new activities (wine making) that may arise because of climate change.
  • Protect: Re-examine strategies to protect culturally significant sites and tourist infrastructure against climate variability and extremes.