Nova Scotia Blogs
All my life I've heard stories about Oak Island and its infamous treasure hunt. So much and yet so little has been discovered on this ill-fated island over the past couple hundred years, not to mention lives lost. I've always wanted to visit but assumed the privately-owned island was off limits to the public. Not so! I recently discovered Walk the Mystery Tours are offered at $10 a pop on many summer weekends. My friend Tracey and I were completely on board for this adventure and booked tickets a few weeks in advance. I'm glad we did because our tour sold out.
Back in May on Mother's Day weekend, I wanted to do something special for my wife Sara (mother of our two beautiful children) and of course for my own mother and mother in-law. With my mom and mother in-law both living almost 2 hours away in the Annapolis Valley, I knew the logistics could pose a challenge. So I began to carefully plan the ultimate weekend. Our destination was Shangri-la! Well...Shangri-la Cottages in Burntcoat Head to be exact.
As the days warm up and we start to plan our summer road trips, one of our favourites is to head to the Annapolis Valley for the amazing views of the Minas Basin from Nova Scotia’s vineyards. With six distinct wine growing regions in the province and a unique terroir that has been shaped over the centuries, our wine region has been maturing over the past 25 years. In the Annapolis Valley, you’ll find 11 wineries, offering up award winning wines you don’t want to miss.
"If you ever wondered why people were afraid of needles, this is why," said Kevin Selig, holding up a deadly looking syringe from the late 1890s. The curiosity from the past is one of thousands to be found at "Waterfront Antiques and Collectible"
Nothing says summer like a road trip. And, of course, a great road trip playlist as you hit the road and explore the places in between. Working with a few of our favourite Nova Scotia artists, we put together a road trip playlist that we’ll be listening to as we continue to discover the hidden gems in the province.
From the Dartmouth ferry to the Skyline Trail to Cape Forchu’s lightstation and everything in between, we have a lot of exploring ahead of us this summer! We’re ready to go nowhere and everywhere, starting with the sounds of Dartmouth native Joel Plaskett.
A wonderful winter Saturday of local food and wine in Northern Nova Scotia! Culinary road trips are great all year in Nova Scotia!
Every winter, I look out the window to see a wall of white and just want to curl up in the fetal position, close my eyes and rock myself to sleep until the spring thaw. Then I remind myself that this is the best time of year to curl up with a blanket, a good book and a glass of rich, roasty stout.
3.14 is a day to celebrate the mathematical constant π, but for us, it's a great day to celebrate pie! Because blueberry or apple, rappie or seafood, pie is definitely a favourite in Nova Scotia. To celebrate Pi Day, we've pulled together a few of our favourite recipes and a map of where you can find a slice of Nova Scotian pie for your own Pi(e) Day Friday.
After a day of exploring Nova Scotia, it's great to pull up a stool and enjoy one of the the pubs around the province . Whether it's Halifax, where there are over 30 pubs and sport bars downtown including six breweries, or craft brew pubs from Cape Breton to Yarmouth, there's a bit of Nova Scotia culture to be celebrated inside those walls.
While this historic beacon is open only from May through to October, it didn't stop us exploring the area surrounding it. The Walton Lighthouse is one of the few that can still be entered and climbed in Nova Scotia. So wile we missed out on the 20 foot climb to the top of the light, we were still able to enjoy the external view, and a wonderful sense of peace in the presence of this historic light.