List of rivers of Nova Scotia

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Nova Scotia's rivers all flow into the Atlantic Ocean through four unique watersheds: the Gulf of Maine, the Northumberland Strait, the Gulf of Saint Lawrence and into the Atlantic Ocean itself.

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Gulf of Maine

The Gulf of Maine system includes the Bay of Fundy, which includes the Cumberland and Minas Basins. In Nova Scotia, the system occupies the shores from Fort Lawrence to Cape Sable Island.

Bay of Fundy

The Bay of Fundy coastline in Nova Scotia begins at Fort Lawrence and circles [Cape Chignecto] eastward to Truro. It then follows west along the Annapolis Valley as far as Brier Island on the Digby Neck. Within the Bay of Fundy are two basins: Chignecto Bay which begins at Fort Lawrence and ends at Cape Chignecto, and the Minas Basin that encompasses everything east of Ramshead Point (near Diligent River) and Cape Split.

Minas Basin

The Minas Basin flows into the Bay of Fundy between Ramshead Point and Cape Split.

Gulf of Maine

The Gulf of Maine coastline in Nova Scotia begins at Brier Island and continues to Cape Sable Island.

Atlantic Ocean

The Atlantic Ocean coastline in Nova Scotia begins at Cape Sable Island and continues to Cape North on Cape Breton Island. The list is divided into the geographical shorelines in the province.

South Shore

The South Shore extends from Cape Sable Island to Halifax Harbour.

Eastern Shore

The Eastern Shore extends from Halifax Harbour to the Strait of Canso.

Cape Breton Island (Atlantic Ocean watershed)

Bras d'Or Lake

Due to a lack of significant water exchange between the Atlantic Ocean and the Bras d'Or Lake, it can be considered similar to an Endorheic basin, however a small flow into the Atlantic means that the Bras d'Or Lake is also a small gulf.

Gulf of Saint Lawrence

The Gulf of Saint Lawrence coastline in Nova Scotia begins at Cape North and continues to Cape George Point on the mainland.

Cape Breton Island (Gulf of Saint Lawrence watershed)

The Atlantic coastline on Cape Breton Island extends from the Strait of Canso to Cape North.

St. George's Bay

Northumberland Strait

The Northumberland Strait coastline in Nova Scotia begins at Cape George Point and continues to the Tidnish River.