1 . It’s made up of three provinces (and sort of a fourth...but not really)
2. It’s one of the most culturally rich places in the whole country
By the early 17th century, French settlers arrived, and with it came the establishment of French Acadia. This was a culturally distinct colony of New France, known for its French dialect, rich cultural traditions and rural livelihoods. The Acadians existed here for close to 150 years, but were forcefully deported in 1755 by the British. Many Acadians actually made their way down to the American state of Louisiana, at that time a French colony, where their name was corrupted to “Cajuns.” It surprises many people to know that America’s deep southern Cajun culture is actually derived from northeastern Canada!
In just 150 short years, the Maritimes passed from the control of the Mi’kmaq to the French to the British, creating upheaval but also an indelible mosaic of aboriginal, French, Gaelic, and countless other cultural influences that’s unlike anything you’ll see anywhere else in the world.
3. You can’t overestimate how underrated it is
But that’s a crying shame, because there is so much to do, see and taste, it’s astonishing more visitors don’t flock to this overlooked corner of Canada. With pristine beaches, dramatic coastal scenery, a seemingly infinite amount of lighthouses, and the freshest seafood you’ll ever taste, the Maritimes feel like a world apart from the rest of the country while at the same time remaining distinctly Canadian.
Home to St. Mary’s University, one of Canada’s top universities, Halifax is also a super popular destination for students. Founded in 1802, St. Mary’s is one of the oldest universities in the country. With just over 6,000 students, and nearly a third of them international, this is one of the most multicultural campuses you’ll find - a perfect place to broaden your horizons as you further your studies. If you’re interested in studying abroad in Canada’s Maritime region, check out some of the exciting programs available through SAF.