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Nova Scotia Famous

People listed are almost always native to the province. We do (on occasion) include those that have either lived within a province for most of their adult life, or have made a significant contribution to the province in their personal endeavors.
A - C
  • Paul Andrea hockey player
  • David H. Armstrong u.s. senator
  • April Wine music group
  • Carroll Baker singer, songwriter
  • Jill Barber singer, songwriter
  • Alexander Graham Bell inventor of telephone (born in Scotland)
  • Wayde Bowles (Rocky Johnson) wrestler
  • David Brine hockey player
  • John Brophy hockey player, coach
  • Chuck Campbell actor
  • Wilf Carter "Montana Slim" singer, songwriter, yodeller
  • George Elliott Clarke poet, playwright
  • Holly Cole singer
  • Phil Comeau television, film director
  • Sidney Crosby hockey player
  • Samuel Cunard shipping magnate
  • Jillian D'Alessio pan american games medalist
  • Lucy Decoutere actress
  • Chad Denny hockey player
  • George "Little Chocolate" Dixon first black world boxing champion
  • Melanie Doane singer, songwriter
  • Dennis "Denny" Doherty singer, songwriter, founder mamas & papas
  • Jeffrey "Jeff" Douglas actor
  • Ray Downey boxer, olympic medalist
  • John Dunsworth actor
E - G
  • Samuel Edison father of thomas edison
  • Ennis (Sisters) music group
  • Leslie Feist singer
  • Charles Fenerty inventor wood pulp process for papermaking
  • Karen Furneaux champion sprint canoer
  • Nancy Garapick olympic swimmer
  • Abraham Pineo Gesner physician, geologist, inventor kerosene
  • Stephen Giles champion flatwater canoer
  • Darren Shawn Greer author
  • Bruce Guthro singer, songwriter
H - K
  • Thomas Chandler Haliburton author
  • Donald O. Hebb psychologist, father of neuropsychology, neural networks
  • Arthur Hindle actor, director
  • Frank "Flash" Hollett hockey player
  • Paul Hollingsworth news, sports reporter
  • Susan "Sue" Holloway winter olympic medalist
  • Leslie Hope actress
  • Joseph Howe journalist, politician
  • Ante Jazic soccer player
  • Don Koharski hockey referee
  • Frederick "Fred" Lake baseball player
  • Sam "Boston Tar Baby" Langford boxer
  • Murray Langston "Unknown Comic" actor, comedian
  • Daurene Lewis first north american black female mayor
  • Maud Lewis artist
  • George "Buck" MacDonald football player
  • Parker MacDonald hockey player, coach
  • Ashley MacIsaac fiddler
  • Daniel MacIvor actor, playwright, director
  • Brian Mackay-Lyons architect


  • John Hugh MacLennan author
  • Natalie MacMaster fiddler
  • Rita MacNeil singer
  • Barra MacNeils music group
  • David Manners actor
  • Doug McGrath actor
  • Leo McKay, Jr. author
  • Sarah McLachlan musician, singer, songwriter
  • Aileen Meagher athlete, olympic medalist
  • Ian Miller show jumping world champion
  • Anne Murray singer
  • Edward "Eddie" Murray football player
  • Glen Murray hockey player
O - R
  • William "Bill" O'Donnell harness racer
  • Craig Olejnik actor
  • Ellen Page actress
  • Joel Plaskett musician
  • Steve Poltz singer, songwriter
  • Rankin Family music group
  • Patrick Roach actor
  • Garwin Sanford actor
  • Sloan music group
  • Joshua Slocum first man to sail solo around world, author, adventurer
  • Edith Smith artist
  • Mike Smith actor
  • Clarence "Hank" Snow singer, songwriter
  • John Stiles poet
T - W
  • John Paul Tremblay actor
  • James Tupper actor
  • Portia White singer
  • Tyrone Williams football player
  • Austin Willis actor, television host
  • Budge Wilson author

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