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100 Places to Visit in Canada This Summer

Canada is the second largest country in the world. From St. John's, Newfoundland to Victoria, British Columbia it's roughly a distance of 7,400 kilometres. And from Vancouver heading north to Whitehorse in the Yukon Territory, it's 2,400 kilometres. Add another 1,200 kilometres to reach Inuvik, the last community of any size before the Arctic Ocean. My point is Canada is huge. It's best to focus on just a few areas if you plan to visit. Here…

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…

45 Random Observations About Nova Scotia

I have recently returned from two weeks of traveling through Nova Scotia. Apart from biking the Cabot Trail on Cape Breton Island a few years ago, I had not been to what I call mainland Nova Scotia in over 25 years, despite having lived there on two occasions in my life. It was interesting to see the province with fresh eyes - and as a mature adult. Here are 45 random observations I made about…

A Visit to Halls Harbour, NS for Lobster and Beaches

I have a soft spot for Halls Harbour, Nova Scotia. It was the first place John and I purchased a home - though it was a few miles up from the actual harbour. I hadn't been back in roughly 30 years - and with the Halls Harbour Lobster Pound now in existence I had an excuse to visit. I planned to be in the area to do the fantastic hike to Cape Split and wanted to…

A Phenomenal Kayaking Trip near Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia

There is a timeless beauty to the Peggy's Cove area in Nova Scotia. I've been many times and I never tire of seeing the place. But until recently I had never seen it from the water - and the view from a kayak or from one of the nearby offshore islands provides a whole other perspective. With some online research I discovered that you could safely kayak the islands near Peggy's Cove - and avoid…

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