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  • Beaches,  Biking,  Camping,  Hiking & Walking,  Kayaking,  Nova Scotia,  Paddle and Play,  Play

    26 Nova Scotia Day Trips From A to Z

    I think Nova Scotia is one of th best places to live and explore – I live here and I love it. I want  to share with you some of my favorite Nova Scotia Day Trips A to  Z to start you off on your adventures here. A- Advocate Harbour- I love Advocate Harbour.The scenery is stunning and NovaShores Adventures tours is definitely on my bucket list. Cape d’Or Lighthouse is a steep down hill stroll from the parking lot, but you can grab  a meal or even stay overnight. Please  note that restaurant hours are subject to change without notice so please call ahead 1-902-670-8314 or email at [email protected] (or…

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  • Beaches,  Paddle and Play

    Now’s the time…to have a corn boil!

    The corn is readdyyyy…. sweet, juicy flavourful ears, a sprinkle of salt, butter dripping down your chin. What could be better? Eating on the beach, that’s what! Having a corn boil is not only a great way to celebrate the harvest and summer, its also a wonderfully easy way to host a gathering. Gather these supplies A big pot. Keep in mind that the usual 6 litre pot will only hold a half dozen ears. A stockpot is better. An old stockpot is best, because it will get black on the bottom and sides. Bring lots of small dry kindling , small (as in width) split firewood Matches or lighter.…

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  • Bluenose 11
    Bay of Fundy,  Beaches,  Biking,  Hiking & Walking,  Play

    My 7 Wonders of Nova Scotia

    InI recently stumbled across an old  CBC  article listing the 7 Wonders of Nova Scotia, as part of a greater 7 Wonders of Canada. These were: Peggy’s Cove Annapolis Royal Elizabeth LeFort’s Hooked Rugs The Halifax Public Gardens Oak Island (treasure) Fortress of  Louisbourg The criteria  was thus: Essential ‘Canadian-ness’ – historically significant, character filled, valued Originality/uniqueness of the pitch and place Spectacular physical site or amazing human creation Ability to inspire Canada is  indeed beautiful, from sea to shining sea. And it was a tough job to choose just  7 from Nova Scotia, studying nominations, online voting and adherence to criteria. I get that. And I get that everyone…

  • Bay of Fundy,  Beaches,  Play

    How to Walk on the Ocean Floor

    Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you know that the Bay of Fundy’s Minas Basin has the highest tides in the world. Twice in a 24 hour period, these mighty tide rush in (as fast as a running horse ) to cover the ocean floor and lap  greedily the base of cliffs. I’ve been blessed to live near this briney water  my entire life. I learned to swim in it. I’ve fished smelts (yuck) flounder, striped bass. I’ve walked kilometers along the ocean floor, too. Walking on the ocean floor is  a relaxing pastime for many. Depending, of course, on the tide times. This is the most important piece…

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  • Chimney Corner Beach, Inverness
    Beaches,  Winter

    5 Beaches Worth a Visit this Winter

    Updated March 13 2019 As I write this, Nova Scotia is suffering through an intense cold spell-  minus 12 but feeling like minus 20.  Snow is expected to start in an hour or so. The last thing you’d probably be thinking about is checking out any of our beaches. But we Nova Scotians are hardy people. And not only that, there are myriad reasons to avoid staying cooped up all winter. In winter, getting outside as much as possible;e help fights seasonal depression. Add to the the peace giving calm of ocean waters and  a trip to the beach seems a great way of combating the winter doldrums,  just when…

  • Beaches

    15 Great Beaches in Nova Scotia

    Sit back….Close yours  eyes and think about the last time you stretched out on your beach towel and soaked in glorious sunny rays of sun…where was that, exactly? Maybe you’re recalling a vacation in the Dominican or Cuba or even Hawaii-lucky dog. But before you jump on Expedia to book a tropical getaway, think about trying out of few of our great beaches right here in Nova Scotia. Now, I am not suggesting that February or March  is the best time for sunbathing in Nova Scotia. For that, you’d better head south. But for the sweet summertime, here are 15 beaches you should check off your beach bucket list. *Warning-These might…

  • Kejimkujik Seaside Adjunct
    Beaches,  Hiking & Walking

    Returning to Kejimkujik Seaside Adjunct

    Hubby tells me it’s been 17 years since we last scrambled our way along the trail to Kejimkujik Seaside Adjunct. He was 50. I would have been 46. Yes, we are THAT old. Over 2500 years ago, the now submerged sections of  Kejimkujik Seaside Adjunct was home to ancestors of the Mi’kmaq . Since then, it’s rocky and barren landscape lent itself to few successful  occupations, however foundations of  a large sheep farm  are still found along the trails . You’ll find glacial erratics- large granite boulders left by receding glaciers-sticking up out of the bogs and fossilized tree stumps which may be 1000’s of years old. The bogs are home to…

  • Blue Sea Beach Park

    Malagash’s Blue Sea Beach Provincial Park

    My plan was to go to the  beach.Malagash’s Blue Sea Beach specifically. That was my plan. And I got there, although not to laze around on the sand in the sun. It wasn’t that kind of day. It was  a day for exploring. Everyday is a day for exploring, isn’t it? Rain,wind snow, everyday lends itself to some kind of unknown adventure, be it low key or thrilling. Today was low key. What was once privately owned farmland,Malagash’s Blue Sea Beach lies almost at the very eastern tip of the peninsula about halfway between Tatamagouche and Wallace,along the Sunrise Trail. The beach kisses the infamous Northumberland Strait (infamous because the…