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The Road Down From Cape Smokey Looking South

Things to Do in Nova Scotia – 12 of the Best

Looking for a former local's take on some of the best things to do in Nova Scotia? I lived in Nova Scotia on three different occasions; in Halifax as a kid, in Wolfville just after university and in Hall's Harbour as an adult. I've also been back on numerous occasions for vacations and conferences. I think I have a pretty good handle on some of the best things to do in Nova Scotia. Here are…

Starting Into Capre Breton Highlands National Park

Cycling the Cabot Trail on Cape Breton Island

Cycling the Cabot Trail on Cape Breton Island is an excellent choice if you're a fan of multi-day bike trips. The Cabot Trail makes a 298 km (185 mile) loop around the northern part of Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia passing through the very scenic and hilly Cape Breton Highlands National Park. The Cabot Trail is considered to be one of the best places for a cycling tour in all of North America and on…

Cabot Trail Looking Towards Cheticamp

How to Leave Your Heart in Cape Breton

Three times. That's the number of visits I've made to Cape Breton Island. On my first visit I drove with my boyfriend and his parents around the Cabot Trail. Honestly, I could have cared less about the scenery. The trip was all about the boyfriend. Fast forward to 2010. This time my boyfriend and now husband returned to cycle the Cabot Trail on Cape Breton Island - an accomplishment we're proud of especially as we never walked,…

The Road Down From Cape Smokey Looking South

Adventures in Nova Scotia – 9 of the Best

I love Nova Scotia for the variety of scenery, it's wonderful people and the plethora of outdoor adventures in Nova Scotia that are extremely easy to access. I know there are more - so please share your thoughts in the comments. From my post 45 Observations & Fun Facts about Nova Scotia, I know that people in Nova Scotia aren't shy about sharing their opinions. Here are 9 not to be missed outdoor adventures in Nova…

Beautiful Views From Annapolis Royal

Cycling the Annapolis Royal Area of Nova Scotia

I spent a couple of days exploring and cycling the Annapolis Royal area of Nova Scotia. The town, founded in 1629, is actually the oldest European settlement in Canada. It's located on the south bank of the scenic Annapolis River about 200 kilometres northwest of Halifax. This area is a quiet, picturesque part of Nova Scotia and perfect for exploring from the seat of a bike. Cycling Annapolis Royal and the area could take you…

Sunset Over Seaside Kejimkujik National Park

Thomas Raddall Provincial Park for Camping

One summer I spent a few weeks in Nova Scotia traversing the province researching adventures for a book. I stayed in B&B's for the most part but pulled out my compact, one man Eureka tent when the B&B option wasn't available. One such time was on the south shore of Nova Scotia. I had just finished biking in the Annapolis Royal area and planned to do a seaside hike in Kejimkujik National Park. Thomas Raddall…

It's About 9:30 On A Summer Evening

A Trip to Blomidon Park, Nova Scotia

Blomidon Provincial Park in Nova Scotia is only a 90 minute drive northeast of Halifax. The park makes a fantastic family outing as there's nothing that beats mud when you're a kid. And this park has lots of it especially at low tide where you can walk for miles and miles on the ocean floor. The world's highest tides on the Bay of Fundy Blomidon Provincial Park is on the doorstep of the Bay of…

On The Way To Blue Rocks

Cycling Nova Scotia: Peggy’s Cove – Lunenburg

One of the best ways to explore the south shore of Nova Scotia is the slow way - on the back of a bicycle. But as you'll see from the photos, it's worth a drive if you don't like to bike. You can do the trip on your own or you can try a self-guided bike trip where a company moves your bags every day and provides you with a route description. The other option…

Terrific View In Cape Chignecto Provincial Park

Cape Chignecto Trail – A 3-Day Hike

A 3-day hike on the Cape Chignecto Trail can feel like a long time if you do it solo, especially when you don't see another human until the afternoon of the last day. That's exactly what happened to me when I backpacked the coastal trail in Cape Chignecto Provincial Park in Nova Scotia. I endured extreme silence - except for the sound of my own voice for all but 5 minutes.   The 51 km physically…

Tough Walking On This Cobbled Section Of Beach

Kejimkujik National Park Seaside Hiking

Much of the hiking in Kejimkujik National Park Seaside is superb. I loved the desolate beauty of the place - wild flowers galore including the orchids pictured below that I'd never seen before, rocky beaches, stunted trees and spectacular ocean vistas. What I didn't love was locking eyes, not once but twice with a black bear before I bolted. I'd been looking out at a wave breaking over a rock in a beautiful section of…

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