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12 of the Best Things to do in Nova Scotia

Looking for a former local's take on some of the best things to do in Nova Scotia? I have 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. So I think I have a pretty good handle on some of the best things to do in Nova Scotia.…

How to Leave Your Heart in Cape Breton

Three times. That's the number of visits I've made to Cape Breton. 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 - an accomplishment we're proud of especially as we never walked, not even with a fully loaded bike…

9 Not to be Missed Outdoor Adventures in Nova Scotia

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

Cycling the Annapolis Royal Area of Nova Scotia

Last summer I spent a couple of days cycling and exploring 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. It’s a quiet, picturesque part of Nova Scotia and perfect for exploring from the seat of a bike. Renting a bike in Annapolis Royal - a no…

A Visit to Thomas Randall Provincial Park, Nova Scotia

Last summer I spent a few weeks in Nova Scotia. 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 Randall Provincial Park is well positioned to access Kejimkujik…

Photo Essay: In and Around Blomidon Park, Nova Scotia

These photos are ones I took on my trip to Nova Scotia last summer. They were taken in Blomidon Provincial Park and along the backroads leading to the park. The park is only a 40 minute drive north of Wolfville, a pretty university town that begs a few days of exploration. 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…

Exploring Nova Scotia’s South Shore by Bicycle

One of the best ways to explore Nova Scotia's south shore 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; you can try a self-guided bike trip where a company moves your bags every day and provides you with a route description or you can go with the…

A 3 Day Hike on the Cape Chignecto Coastal Trail

A 3 day hike on the Cape Chignecto Coastal Trail is a long time when you're doing it solo. Especially when you don't run into another human being 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.   Are there…

Don’t Miss a Stay at the Cape D’Or Lighthouse in Nova Scotia

I didn't appreciate the treat I was in for when I booked a one night stay in the lightkeeper's cottage - a stone's throw away from the Cape d'Or Lighthouse. I'd left accommodation arrangements until the last minute - but sometimes the planets align and everything falls into place. This was one of those times. Where is the Cape d'Or Lighthouse? The Cape d'Or Lighthouse is about six kilometres away from Advocate Harbour, a small…

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