Nova Scotia is Canada’s warmest province, with four distinct seasons of spring, summer, fall, and winter. While winters are cold enough for snow (and participation in winter sports such as skiing, skating, snowshoeing and snowboarding), temperatures rarely dip to the levels experienced in other parts of Canada, thanks to the moderating effect of the ocean and the Gulf Stream that flows north from the Caribbean. In summer, temperatures range from comfortably warm to beach weather hot, but even the sunniest days are pleasantly cooler along the coast, again due to the ocean and the ocean breezes. Fall in Nova Scotia is particularly spectacular, as the trees are transformed into shades of red, yellow, and orange that defies description. Visitors from all over North America and even other parts of the world come to Nova Scotia in the fall, simply to view the amazing colours of the season’s foliage.