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15 Happiness comes in waves 17 Planning a COVID-19 safe vacation 68 Eat, drink and be merry 72 A short guide to the local craft drink scene 76 Tour a vineyard, sample the wine 80 Retail relaxation 81 Farmers markets making a comeback

The islands of Halifax Harbour Some history, and how to visit these fascinating local sites

18 Halifax Regional Municipality Urban vibe meets historic hub 26 Yarmouth, Acadian Shores & Annapolis Valley Where past and present come alive 41 Central Nova & North Shore The adventure is just beginning 48 Eastern Shore Where culture meets the coast

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ne of my favourite summer staycations was a family trip to McNabs Island a few summers ago. It was a spur-of-the-moment decision. Neither my husband nor I had ever been there before. I made a quick call to arrange transportation and we packed up our two kids and new puppy and headed to Eastern Passage. There, we met a man at Fisherman’s Cove (a restored 200-year-old fishing village) who ferried us the short distance from the mainland to McNabs, promising to pick us up at the end of the day. We started on the eastern side of the island without another person in sight. As we toured Fort McNab and walked around a small fenced-in cemetery, I experienced a moment of panic that we’d be stranded there alone: it was so quiet. Then we walked the beach and ate our packed lunch on the sand while watching sailboats cruise by. I realized, and appreciated, how incredibly peaceful it was. When we neared the other side of the island, we started to see more people. We hiked through the site of what was once the A.J. Davis Soda Pop Factory and examined pieces of broken glass on the ground. We checked out the place where one-time island resident Bill Lynch began his show in 1920 — a show that went on to be the largest carnival in Canada in the 1940s. We peeked in the windows of the old homes, then toured Fort Ives, which was by this point teeming with tourists. At the end of the day, the man with the boat returned, just as promised. We were all exhausted, especially the puppy. Our visit did far more than meet our expectations; it felt as if we’d stepped back in time and visited a foreign land. I like to travel to places like McNabs where I can learn something. I want to read historical plaques and see artifacts and learn about the people and events that took place right where I stand. Nova Scotia does a great job of preserving its past — from the cultural celebrations of Indigenous communities to the re-enactments at the Fortress of Louisbourg to the wonderful displays at the Joggins Fossil Cliffs UNESCO World Heritage Site. We have so many fascinating stories to tell. But we’re also really good at the present. Entertaining. Dining. Promoting local. After two years of COVID-19 lockdowns and closures, everything from tourist excursions and museums to restaurants and outdoor patios are now open and ready to welcome guests. Step away from everyday life and find a place that offers you a breath of fresh air. For some people that looks like a day relaxing on the beach or touring a winery, for others it’s a hike in the wilderness or a cabin getaway. But one thing is certain, options abound here in Nova Scotia. Enjoy! Lori McKay

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The islands of

Halifax Harbour Some history, and how to visit these fascinating local sites

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he islands dotting the shores of Halifax offer a rich mix of history, mystery, adventure, nature and more. For millennia, the Mi’kmaq First Nation fished and hunted on and around the islands in the land they called Kjipuktuk, meaning “Great Harbour.” In the 1700s, with tensions growing between the French and English in Nova Scotia, France planned to build a series of fortifications on the islands to protect the harbour from attack. With the signing of the Treaty of Utrecht in 1713, however, France ceded mainland Nova Scotia to England and built Fort Louisbourg on Cape Breton Island instead. Edward Cornwallis arrived in 1749 and established Halifax, putting the islands under British rule. He refused to accept Mi’kmaw sovereignty over their sacred lands and built fortifications. Fort McNab and nearby Georges Island are two of five sites that made up the Halifax Defence Complex, which also includes the Halifax Citadel, Prince of Wales Tower and Fort York Redoubt.

McNabs Island

The largest of the Halifax Harbour islands is McNabs, located just off the shore of Eastern Passage. Remnants of a shell midden (AKA a refuse heap) on the island shows the Mi’kmaq First Nation were seasonal inhabitants stretching back 5,000 years or more. After Cornwallis arrived, he granted most of the island, which he called Cornwallis, to his nephews. In the early 1780s, their descendants sold the property for 1,000 British pounds to Scottish native Peter McNab, who Sea NOVA SCOTIA

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Left: Construction work on the Ives Point Battery c. 1873. Above: Tourists visit McNabs Island Provincial Park. During the world wars, McNabs was mainly under military control and protected access to Halifax Harbour.

established tenant farms. The renamed island was home to around 50 people in the late 1700s and early 1800s. Fortification of McNabs began during the War of 1812 and expanded in the 1860s when the British bought land from McNab and built Ives Point Battery, Fort McNab and Hugonin Battery. During the world wars, McNabs was mainly under military control and

protected access to Halifax Harbour, with submarine nets stretching between the island and York Redoubt on the mainland. Even with the heavy military presence, McNabs and its picnic grounds were popular destination for city dwellers who arrived by ferry through the 1800s and until the First World War. Among the island’s natives was Bill Lynch, who got

his start in the carnival business there before exporting the business and turning his Maritimes touring show into Canada’s largest in the 1940s. In the 1960s, the military transferred most of their McNabs lands to Parks Canada. The province was put in charge of establishing a park in 1983. Cathy McCarthy first became enchanted with McNabs 30 years

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ago, back when she was a Nova Scotia Agriculture College graduate with a specialty in horticulture and saw the island’s abandoned Victorian gardens. “I was fascinated,” she recalls. “They hadn’t been touched since the 1930s.” McCarthy is now president of the Friends of McNabs Island Society. The non-profit was started in the early 1990s when concerned Haligonians banded together to fight a proposal by the city to build a regional sewage plant on the island. The high costs involved derailed the plan. McNabs is open to the public, with organized seasonal tours. Visitors are also invited to arrive on their own. “To think about planning a day on

the island, you can go for a stroll and stumble upon history no matter where you go,” says McCarthy. The society’s heritage tour offers a chance to learn about the island’s importance to the Mi’kmaq, the early French settlers and the British, and includes visits to the ruins of the A.J. Davis Soda Pop Factory and abandoned Victorian gardens. On the nature tour, visitors can observe Nova Scotia’s provincial bird, the osprey, fish in the island’s coves, see where endangered barn swallows live, learn about coastal plants and island animal habitats, witness the impact of global warming and perhaps end the trip with a dip at sandy Maugers Beach.

Crumbling Victorian homes are now in such disrepair that they are too dangerous to enter. The society has raised enough money to transform the abandoned Island Teahouse into an interpretive centre. Built in the 1980s from stone salvaged from nearby foundations, the one-time cafe has sat abandoned for more than 25 years. A camping area near the Teahouse and Garrison Pier is recommended for experienced campers only. The site has been closed since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. McNabs has a variety of options for day trippers with its 400 hectares of wilderness and more than 20 kilometres of hiking trails.

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Lawlor Island

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Located beside McNabs, just off the coast of Eastern Passage, is the smaller island of Lawlor Island. Today, the Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources owns it as part of the McNabs Island provincial park reserve, but from 1866 to 1938 it was the site of a major quarantine facility for immigration. In 1866, there was an outbreak of cholera among passengers from the SS England on McNabs, and the government set up a quarantine station on Lawlor. There’s a small cemetery for those who died at the quarantine

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Devils Island is Halifax Harbour’s outermost island. In the 1920s, 28 families called the island home. Today, only the uninhabited lighthouse remains. The island is not open to tourists.

station. No one has lived on the island since the 1950s. About 55 hectares in size, it is opposite MacCormacks Beach in Eastern Passage. The island is heavily wooded and is a protected area for deer and osprey. It is not open to the public.

Devils Island

Friends of McNabs is dedicated to the preservation of not only McNabs and Lawlor islands, but also Devils Island, which has an interesting history of its own. Halifax Harbour’s outermost island, Devils is roughly 15 hectares and situat-

ed off the shore of the fishing community of Eastern Passage. Its eerie name comes from a French merchant by the name of Deville (it could also be Deval or Devol, no one knows for sure) who owned the island for a time. The pronunciation of the name eventually became Devils. The first permanent settlement moved to the island around 1830. Andrew Henneberry and his large family lived there. Henneberry, along with his wife and a son, drowned off Devils Island. In 1850, the island had three houses as well as a school. By the early 1900s, there were 18 houses. In the 1920s, 28 families called

the island home. Pioneering Canadian folklorist Helen Creighton, the author of 1957’s Bluenose Ghosts, was a regular visitor and collected tales from residents. The island’s last inhabitant, a Norwegian artist, was said to have left under strange circumstances in 2000. In the early 2000s, the island had one dilapidated house and a lighthouse. Today, only the uninhabited lighthouse remains to guide boats to safety. The island is privately owned by nonagenarian Bill Mont, a self-made millionaire known as the “King of Flea Markets.” Although it is not open to tourists, you can easily see it by boat or from the shore of Eastern Passage.

Georges Island

Before coming under British control in 1749, Georges Island was used by the Mi’kmaq and French settlers to dry fish. Once taken over by Cornwallis, the island — which is located in the middle of the harbour — was turned into a fort, where Acadians were detained in sheds before being deported and forced from their homeland during the Expulsion between 1755 and 1764. Its original wooden battery was rebuilt in the 1790s as a star-shaped granite fortress and renamed Fort Charlotte.

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Canadian and British soldiers were on guard at Georges up to the Second World War. While a National Historic Site since the mid-1960s, Georges Island and its maze of cold, brick tunnels only became a tourist destination for the first time in summer 2020, when Parks Canada opened the park to the public. Tours of Georges Island National Historic Site take an hour or two, with both self-guided and guided options available.

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Above: McNabs is accessible by private boat, kayak, water taxi or charter boat from Halifax and Eastern Passage. Right and below: Georges Island is accessible via a 10-minute ferry or by private boat. Visitation is limited.

Melville Island and Deadman’s Island

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Staycationers looking for an adventure that doesn’t include a boat might consider Melville Island and Deadman’s Island on the south side of Halifax’s picturesque Northwest Arm. Both, in fact, are no longer islands, but peninsulas, jutting into the Arm with Deadman’s Cove between them. In 2014, government designated them national historic sites because of their rich history alongside Georges and McNabs. Melville Island, now home to the Armdale Yacht Club, was the only known site in Canada that established war prisons during the French

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Revolutionary Wars and the War of 1812. The island also had a medical facility for prisoners. Many captured Americans died in custody amid outbreaks of pneumonia, smallpox and typhoid, and are believed to have been buried in unmarked graves on neighbouring Deadman’s Island. After the War of 1812, Melville Island’s military prison switched to a quarantine centre to provide temporary accommodation for African American refuges fleeing slavery. The prison burned down in 1935. Before the arrival of the British, the area was used for fishing and hunting by the Mi’kmaq. They called the 3.5 kilometre Arm the Waygwalteech, meaning “salt water all the way up.” Europeans are believed to have arrived in the 17th century.

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McNabs is accessible by private boat, kayak, water taxi or charter boat from Halifax and Eastern Passage. The trip by boat takes about 30 minutes from Halifax or between 15 and 30 minutes from Eastern Passage. For the latest information on kayak excursions and charters ferrying passengers to McNabs and Lawlor Islands Provincial Park, visit mcnabsisland.ca or email info@mcnabsisland.ca The season for guided tours begins in the summer and runs until just after Thanksgiving. Drinking water and food are not available. Compost toilets are situated at several locations. Beaches are not supervised by lifeguards. Campers must register with

the Department of Natural Resources in. Alcohol, bonfires and hunting are forbidden. Accessibility is limited.

Georges Island National Historic Site

Georges Island is accessible via a 10-minute ferry operated by Ambassatours Gray Line, by private boat, canoe or kayak. To plan your visit, visit pc.gc. ca/en/lhn-nhs/ns/georges. Book tickets with Ambassatours Gray Line (ambassatours.com/visit-georges-island), by calling 902.420.1015 or by visiting one of the Ambassatours Gray Line kiosk locations on the Halifax waterfront. Tours start in June and run into October. Visitation is permitted only during specified hours of operation. Daytime berthing is available through Develop Nova Scotia’s marine program. Parks Canada charges admission. Washrooms are located near the wharf. The island has no running water. Accessibility is limited.

Melville Island and Deadman’s Island

Melville Island and Deadman’s are about a 10-minute drive from downtown Halifax. They offer a rare glimpse of both prisoner-of-war conditions and military detention from the late 1700s to late 1930s. A plaque on Deadman’s Islands commemorates nearly 200 American soldiers who died in captivity in Melville prison during the War of 1812. *Lawlor and Devils islands are not open to the public.


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Happiness comes in waves A few of Nova Scotia’s must-see beaches By Janet Whitman

ou’re never far from the ocean in Nova Scotia — 67 kilometres is as far away as you can get. And with 13,300 km of coastline, there are plenty of beaches to explore. Options abound from dipping into some of the warmest waters north of the Carolinas, hopping on a surfboard, searching for sea glass or soaking up some Vitamin D with a good book.

Halifax: Crystal Crescent Beach Provincial Park

Situated on the mouth of Halifax Harbour, Crystal Crescent has three wide, white-sand crescent beaches with boardwalks and a trailhead for a 10-km hike to Pennant Point. It offers spectacular views and birdwatching opportunities. Vault toiles, no lifeguards. Average summertime water temperature is 14 °C. Other notable Halifax-region beaches include Lawrencetown, Cow Bay, Rainbow Haven and Clam Harbour.

South Shore: Rissers Beach Provincial Park

A 1.5-km sheltered white sand beach with a boardwalk along an inland marsh, two campgrounds and an interpretive centre. Picnic area, washrooms, changerooms and lifeguards in July and August. Average summertime water temperature is 14 °C.

Yarmouth & Acadian Shores: Port Maitland Beach Park

Located at the mouth of the Bay of Fundy, Port Maitland is a well-maintained provincial park with a kilometre of sand

and cobblestone beach. Picnic tables, changerooms, vault toilets, running water and lifeguards are on-site in July and August. Average summertime water temperature is 12 °C.

Bay of Fundy & Annapolis Valley: Burncoat Head Park Not a swimming spot, but a chance to observe the world’s highest recorded tides and explore the ocean floor with a guided tour (or set out on your own). Sandals aren’t recommended and the slippery Bay of Fundy mud may stain some fabrics.

Northumberland Shore: Melmerby Beach Provincial Park

A white sandy beach stretching 2 km, Melmerby is known for its warm waters. The park has changerooms and boardwalk access, and lifeguards on duty in July and August. Average summertime temperature is 19 °C.

Eastern Shore: Martinique Beach Provincial Park

Martinique is Nova Scotia’s longest beach with 5 km of white sand. With consistent wave conditions, it is an ideal spot to learn to surf. It has changerooms, a boardwalk and hard-surfaced path access. Lifeguards are on duty in July and August and there’s an open wooded picnic area behind the dunes. Average summertime water temperature is 15 °C.

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Lawrencetown Beach Provincial Park is known for its great surfing. Lessons and rentals are available nearby. The beach has supervised swimming areas in July and August.

Cape Breton: Ingonish Beach

On the Cabot Trail, Ingonish Beach is a 2.5-km sandy beach with washed cobblestone. Dip in the salty seawater or visit the freshwater swimming hole behind a rock barrier called barachois. Temporary washrooms are set up and lifeguards are on duty at the saltwater beach in July and August. Average summertime water temperature is 20 °C.

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Planning a COVID-19

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Nova Scotia lifted most restrictions, but health officials still recommend caution By Janet Whitman

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eople heading out on vacation are no doubt hoping COVID-19 will be in the rear-view mirror. But, with the pandemic ongoing and the potential for local flare-ups, taking precautions to protect yourself and others is just common sense. Nova Scotia lifted almost all COVID restrictions in March after two years of lockdowns, mandatory mask-wearing, bubbling, limits on gathering sizes and curbs on dining out and travel. Some of those restrictions could return, however, if case numbers and hospitalizations climb or a new variant of concern emerges, says Brendan Elliott of Nova Scotia Health. Atlantic Canada’s borders are again open to visitors, so expect popular destinations to attract large crowds and take COVID precautions accordingly.

and are just as important when you’re on the road. • If you feel sick or have any COVID symptoms, hold off on your vacation unless you can self-isolate. • Wear a properly fitted mask, preferably an N-95, in indoor public settings, on public transit and in crowded outdoor spaces. • Some variants last longer on surfaces, so cleaning and disinfecting, and frequent hand washing are advised. • Cough and sneeze into your elbow or, even better, a Kleenex (toss the tissue in the garbage and wash your hands). • Stay two metres away from people who aren’t in your household or close contacts.

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Before booking, ask about COVID-related cancellation and refund policies in the event you, or someone in your

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party, falls ill. For the latest guidelines and restrictions in the province, visit novascotia.ca/coronavirus.

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The tourism industry is continuing with its “Clean It Right” program to ensure accommodations, food and dining establishments, fitness and recreation facilities and museums are meeting stepped-up safety standards. Nova Scotia Tourism has a list of nearly 100 participating businesses here: novascotia.com/travel-info/ratingprograms/clean-it-right

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Older adults and people of any age with certain medical conditions are at higher risk of severe illness from COVID and should be extra vigilant about precautions when travelling.

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The Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo is back (June 25–July 2). The Tattoo’s motto, “We stir the heart and call you home,” is a welcome call for those looking to return to one of the summer’s biggest events. This year, all kids’ tickets are free with the purchase of an adult/senior ticket. Later, Lake Banook also hits the global stage, attracting the world’s most powerful paddlers to Dartmouth for the 2022 ICF Canoe Sprint and Paracanoe World Championships (Aug. 3–7). Prince Albert Road will be closed to traffic for a festival where


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The 36th annual Halifax Jazz Festival will be held July 12–17.

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The Peggy’s Cove Area Festival of the Arts plans to include a three-day plein air painting event.

spectators can watch the races free of charge. Check out Discover Halifax’s complete event listings here: discoverhalifaxns.com/events/list/?tribe_ event_display=list&tribe_paged=3 Already a highly anticipated event locally, the Peggy’s Cove Area Festival of the Arts (July 6–17) is putting the area on canvas, and it’s a must-do for visitors.

Two events will highlight the festival: Paint Peggy’s Cove, a three-day plein air painting event with over 40 local and international artists participating; and Studio Tour, including more than 70 artists, galleries and art groups welcoming visitors through their doors. Then, come back to the city for the 36th annual Halifax Jazz Festival (July 12–17), offering a range of free and ticketed performances and musical programming throughout the city.

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A month later, the Halifax Fringe Festival (Sept. 2–12) includes theatre, music, circus, dance, comedy, education, and more in 10+ venues, with 55+ productions mounting 350+ individual performances. All performances take place in Kjipuktuk/Halifax, with venues spread across the downtown and North End neighbourhoods, allowing audiences to easily jump from one venue to the next while also reaching multiple communities.

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Typically, the unofficial capper to summer’s frivolities in the capital city (and the herald of autumn’s activities) is the Fin Atlantic International Film Festival. The event will turn the city into an international mecca for the arts, abuzz with film lovers and filmmakers alike (Sept. 15–22).

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For lots of kid-specific travel advice, check out: discoverhalifaxns.com/kids/. This family-friendly guide provides all the info you need to plan your vacation and enjoy the unexpected — Halifax will take care of the rest. Browse for inspiration and ideas for family-friendly activities and attractions. It offers all the important information you need to create your own unforgettable family adventure in Nova Scotia’s capital.

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Speaking of the kid in all of us, there’s a new signature exhibition at pc.gc.ca/ en/lhn-nhs/ns/halifax/activ/visite-autoguide-self-guided-tour. Check out the grand opening of Fortress Halifax: A City Shaped by Conflict. Delayed due to COVID until this year, the exhibit chronicles the history of Halifax from before European contact to the 21st century. The multi-room exhibit offers a comprehensive and immersive display of the history of Halifax in one location. It’s a must-see. Also, don’t miss the Halifax Citadel Ghost Tours. As the gate swings open, a tour guide in full period uniform stands on the drawbridge holding a glowing lantern. It’s all a thirsty business, so while there, take in the Halifax Citadel Distilled Experience. Three unique Compass Distillers spirits are aged in oak barrels onsite. Enjoy a quick tasting experience or embark on the grand tour with tasting tutorials from a professional distiller. There’s plenty more to see and do at this iconic historic site this summer.

Above: The Discovery Centre is an interactive science museum in Halifax. Left: Fortress Halifax: A City Shaped by Conflict is the largest and newest exhibit at the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site. Above right: The Halifax Citadel Ghost Tours offer a nocturnal journey into the site’s haunted history.

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Halifax Pride Festival (July 14–24) is an 11-day celebration of Halifax’s 2SLGBTQ+ community, featuring over 150 events, including youth hangouts, dance classes, drag shows, comedy, sports and various panels and community gatherings. Halifax Pride creates safe opportunities and spaces for persons of diverse sexual and gender identities to come together and flourish, not just during the festival, but throughout the year. The Halifax Pride Parade is scheduled for July 16.

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Kjipuktuk or “The Great Harbour,” Georges Island National Historic Site offers scenic views from a new perspective. Immerse yourself in the rich history of Halifax. Discover how this small island and its fortifications played a large role as a prison, as an internment camp for Acadians, in the development of Nova Scotia and in the defense of Canada. Discover the underground complex beneath Fort Charlotte on Georges Island. This maze of cold brick tunnels once housed the ammunition for the fort’s powerful guns

in bomb-proof security. It’s easy to get lost in these cramped passages, so a guide is essential. Book transportation to Georges Island with Ambassatours Grayline, by private boat, canoe, or book a kayak with Harbour Watercraft Tour and Adventures. Of course, if you’re in Halifax, you know you’ve entered a foodie’s paradise. Restaurants, pubs, eateries, food trucks and more abound. While you’re here, why not check out the rest of Nova Scotia’s culinary offerings. For 30 years, Taste of Nova Scotia has been inspiring you to eat, drink and explore the province. Now, the mobile app makes that so much easier (get it here: tasteofnovascotia.com/taste-of-nova-scotia-mobile-app/). For more details, visit the Nova Scotia Culinary Trails sites, Good Cheer Trail, Chowder Trail and Lobster Trail.

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The Halifax waterfront has much to offer visitors in the summer.

The Halifax Citadel Distilled Experience offers up three unique Compass Distillers spirits, which are aged in oak barrels onsite.

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Where past and present come alive You could be hiking late at night, biking early in the morning or hob-knobbing with “The Governor” of Port Royal. For lore and laughter that run the gamut of experiences, Yarmouth, Acadian Shores and Annapolis Valley are the places to be

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There’s plenty to keep you hopping in Yarmouth, Acadian Shores and Annapolis Valley in 2022. A bike ride along the 67-km Terra Fondo follows the Rails-to-Trails multi-use system, with more challenging trails in the Acadian region of Clare. It winds through beautiful mixed forests with river and lake views, historic sites, a farmers’ market and a scenic coastal section. Then, bike through a panoramic fishing community and on to the hard sand of majestic Mavillette Beach in the Cape to Cliff Beach Run (Aug. 20). Meet local artists at markets in picturesque Belliveau Cove this season (art markets are held every Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in July and August; farmers markets are held every Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. from May 28 to October 1). A celebration of Acadian culture and heritage since


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Take a trip to scenic Fort Anne and Port-Royal national historic sites. At Fort Anne, join a guided tour of the Vauban fortification or learn about Acadian culture and history. Expand your knowledge of the area by visiting the Officers’ Quarters Museum. Drive or bike (13 kms) to nearby Port-Royal for a new feature: Meeting with the Governor.

Cape Saint Mary Lighthouse Park offers panoramic views of dramatic cliffs and breathtaking sunsets over St. Mary’s Bay and the Gulf of Maine.

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Clare’s newest park, Cape Saint Mary Lighthouse Park, offers visitors panoramic views of dramatic cliffs and breathtaking sunsets over St. Mary’s Bay and the Gulf of Maine. Located a three-minute drive away is scenic Mavillette, a 2-km long sandy stretch backed by fragile marram grass-covered dunes protected by boardwalks. Why not learn to surf while you’re there? Lessons, surfboard and wetsuit rentals are available for beginners, all age groups and families.

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1955, the Festival acadien de Clare is the world’s oldest Acadian festival. Highlights include Grou Tyme music concert, dinner theatre and Tintamarre noise parade (an Acadian tradition of marching through the community making noise with improvised instruments and noisemakers) (July 30– Aug. 6 and Aug. 15).

The Meeting with the Governor tour invites visitors to transport back to 1605 and get a unique glimpse of what life was like in the Port-Royal Habitation.

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Above: Stay in an oTENTik and enjoy the breathtaking views of Grand-Pré. Right: The statue of Evangeline at the Grand-Pré National Historic Site.

Here, transport yourself back in time to 1605 to get a unique glimpse of what life was like in the Port-Royal Habitation. Imagine you are one of the new artisans who has just arrived. It’s your first time crossing the Atlantic Ocean and “the

governor” is waiting to assign you to your new duties at Port-Royal. Immerse yourself in a powerful monument that unites the Acadian people at the Grand-Pré National Historic

Site. Uncover the tale of Le grand derangement (Expulsion of the Acadians) through engaging multimedia. Admire the statue of Evangeline, heroine of the epic Longfellow poem. View impressive artifacts and

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statues, and take in stories of a turbulent history, in the heart of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This year, the Memorial Church is celebrating its 100th anniversary. Be on the lookout for special events and programs. Open daily, May 20 to Oct. 10. Why not take a few days to enjoy the Harvest Moon Trailway? Stay in an oTENTik (a unique blend of tent/cabin) and pedal the entire 110 km, most of which

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space. The region is so perfectly suited for viewing the night sky that it has been designated the first Starlight Reserve in North America by the International Starlight Foundation. Overlooking beautiful Pubnico Harbour, Le Village historique acadien de la Nouvelle-Écosse offers an immersive Acadian experience. Step back in time and discover the heart, life and work of the Acadians in the early 1900s. For attractions, there’s also the must-see Firefighters’ Museum of Nova Scotia. When you’re done, head over to the Argyle Township Court House & Gaol, Canada’s oldest standing courthouse. In 2005, the building became a National Historic Site. Then explore the rugged landscape and take in the breathtaking

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Put your feet up and get ready to sample the fine fare in Yarmouth, Acadian Shores and Annapolis Valley. For 30 years, Taste of Nova Scotia has been inspiring you to eat, drink and explore the province. From local road-trips to discover Nova Scotia’s wine country, to out-of-province visitors on the search for the perfect seafood chowder, food

adventures await. Now, the mobile app makes that so much easier (get it here: tasteofnovascotia.com/taste-of-nova-scotia-mobile-app/). While you’re there, check out the rest of the website! This year’s Culinary Trails will once again feature a physical paper passport which can be stamped, and new digital stamps via the app at participating locations. For more details, visit the Nova Scotia Culinary Trails sites, Good Cheer Trail, Chowder Trail and Lobster Trail.

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Colchester County is a natural. Our region is gifted with amazing landscapes, from the majestic Cobequid Mountains and rolling river valleys to rich Acadian forest and sweeping pastoral hills—all framed within two dramatic shorelines, the Minas Basin with the world’s highest tides and the luxuriously warm water of the Northumberland Strait.

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Experience Colchester through our many parks and trails. Explore beaches, lighthouses and the dramatic Cliffs of Fundy UNESCO Global Geopark. Bike on historic railway routes on the Cobequid Trail and Short Line Trail. Hike in the Cobequid Mountains and river gorges to waterfalls. Witness the tidal bore phenomenon at the Fundy Discovery Site. Stroll beside wonderful wetlands and salt marshes. Picnic beside our beautiful rivers or the ocean. Be centred here.

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The Three Sisters rock formation in Cape Chignecto Provincial Park. According to Mi’kmaw legend, the rocks represent three mischievous sisters turned to stone.

The adventure is just beginning If you seek high tides, higher cliffs, the warmest waters north of the Carolinas and festivals and museums galore, head over to Central Nova and the North Shore. The simple joy of discovery is around every bend By Alec Bruce

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Summer typically heralds event season in Central Nova & The North Shore. Of course, this year is special. After two years under a pandemic gloom, the season’s events will make a triumphant return. Take in Festival Antigonish, one of Atlantic Canada’s premier summer repertory theatres, with its production of The Hobbit (premiering in August). The Antigonish Highland Society also welcomes all to its Scottish heavy

throws, piping, drumming, dancing and tugs-of-war pull at Antigonish Highland Games (July 8–10). In addition to watching Hobbits and tossing cabers, head over to the Pictou Lobster Carnival (July 8–10) for tasty, traditional fare. For the best Canadian music the East Coast has to offer, pop in to the New Glasgow Riverfront Jubilee (July 29–31) and the Nova Scotia Summerfest in Antigonish (Aug. 19).

With several prime viewing locations of the world’s highest tides, visit the Cliffs of Fundy UNESCO Global Geopark, located along the north shore of the Minas Basin of the Bay of Fundy in Nova Scotia, stretching from Lower Truro in the east to Apple River in the west, a distance of 165 km. The Mi’kmaq were the first geologists of the Geopark, selecting rocks for their points and tools, and for ceremonial use in sweat lodges. The Cliffs of Fundy Sea NOVA SCOTIA

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In Pictou, see a full-sized replica of the Hector, the ship that began large-scale Scottish immigration to North America.

honours the historical space of the Mi’kmaq people and their oral traditions of cultural geo-heritage. Here, the Debert ‘Paleo-Indian’ site, more properly referred to as Mi’kmawey Debert, is one of the most significant indigenous archaeological sites in North America, representing the earliest human settlement in eastern North America dating back approximately 11,000 years.

The Museum of Industry in Stellarton offers a journey through Nova Scotia’s past.

Not far from there, you can stand at the foot of a 12-metre statue of Glooscap at the Millbrook Cultural and Heritage Centre in Millbrook First Nation near Truro. Also, discover Nova Scotia’s rich Mi’Kmaw history at Bayside Travel Centre Paqtnkek First Nation outside Antigonish heading towards Cape Breton.

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To dip into more recent history, check out the Hector Heritage Quay in Pictou, where a stem-to-stern re-creation of the Hector (the ship that began largescale Scottish immigration to North America) is berthed. Then head over to the Museum of Industry in Stellarton for a journey through Nova Scotia’s past to discover how different life once was for working men and women, and how technology has changed. The Colchester Historeum in Truro is a state-of-the-art museum and archives within a downtown heritage building that provides a fascinating glimpse into the past and the perfect intro into what makes the area special.

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A 12-metre statue of Glooscap stands at the Millbrook Cultural and Heritage Centre in Millbrook First Nation near Truro.

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That Dutchman’s Cheese Farm is located high on a hill overlooking the Bay of Fundy. It’s where you will find Nova Scotia’s original artisan cheesemakers. In addition to great cheese, enjoy the onsite animal and nature park. There’s also Balmoral Grist Mill in Balmoral and Sutherland Steam Mill in Denmark, where both a 19th century water-powered grist mill and a steam-powered woodworking factory will transport you into the past. These places preserve a time when our forebears were far more self-reliant than we are nowadays.

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the North Shore are no exception. For 30 years, Taste of Nova Scotia has been inspiring you to eat, drink and explore the province. From local road-trips to discover Nova Scotia’s wine country, to out-of-province visitors on the search for the perfect seafood chowder, culinary adventures await. Now, the mobile app makes that so much easier (get it here: tasteofnovascotia.com/taste-of-nova-scotiamobile-app). While you’re there, check out the rest of the website! This year’s Culinary Trails will once again feature a physical paper passport that can be stamped, and new digital stamps via the app at participating locations. For more details, visit the Nova Scotia Culinary Trails sites, Good Cheer Trail, Chowder Trail and Lobster Trail.

Step back in time at the Balmoral Grist Mill, a 19th century water-powered grist mill.

Visit Tatamagouche Creamery Square for four attractions in one. Here you will find an award-winning waterfront heritage centre and archives, farmers’ market with large deck and picnic area, as well an a performing art centre and gallery. All are conveniently located just off the Trans-Canada Trail.

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Celebrating 38 years of live Atlantic Canadian theatre and music.

Summer 2022 July to September Book your tickets at shipscompanytheatre.com 1-800-565-SHOW Visit Tatamagouche Creamery Square and find an award-winning waterfront heritage centre.

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Above: Victoria Park, located in the heart of Truro, boasts incredible natural features, including this beautiful cascading waterfall. Right: The 40-hectare Shubenacadie Provincial Wildlife Park includes an interpretive centre, hiking trails and a picnic area.

Hike The Great Trail, previously known as the Trans Canada Trail, knowing you are on one of the longest recreational footpaths in the world. Pictou, Guysborough and Halifax counties are all part of this system that stretches nearly 24,000 km from the west coast to the east coast of Canada. Meanwhile, the

Cobequid Trail is a 16-km walking and cycling trail that follows along the former railway through Acadian dykelands, farmland, forests, along brooks and the scenic Salmon River. Speaking of the great outdoors, don’t forget the Shubenacadie Wildlife Park in Shubenacadie, Nova Scotia’s premier

wildlife destination. The park features a variety of mammals and birds: eagles and owls to moose, bears, cougars and wolves. There’s also Keppoch Mountain in Antigonish, a year-round outdoor destination full of fun and activity. And you won’t soon forget Truro’s Victoria Park, a 3,000-acre paradise featuring brookside trails,

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Right: Melmerby Beach in Little Harbour, on the Northumberland Shore, is known for its warm water.

scenic waterfalls, 175-step Jacob’s Ladder, outdoor pool, splash pad and playground. Ride the tides on the world-famous tidal bore on the Shubenacadie River or discover how they work from the river’s edge at the Fundy Tidal Interpretive Centre. Plan your visit around the tidal times that work best for you. For rafting and white-water adventures visit novascotia.com/things-to-do/outdooractivities-tours/tidal-bore-rafting?f=gk YF5W8Aoi Hit the beach and plunge into some of the warmest ocean waters north of the Carolinas on the Northumberland Shore — up to 22 °C in the summer. There’s Melmerby Beach, and many, many more. For information about public beaches in the area, visit: novascotia.com/ trip-ideas/stories/check-out-our-warmestocean-beaches.

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Pockets of pristine wilderness mix with small-town elegance along the Eastern Shore. Whether you’re coastal kayaking or biking, soaking up historic villages or tucking into fabulous Maritime fare, indulge your “rustic roamer” By Alec Bruce

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Stanfest is back! The Stan Rogers Folk Festival (July 22–24), which had been “covided” like so many other live events, is up close and personal for the first time in two years. Established in Canso in 1997 to honour the late Canadian folk singer and songwriter Stan Rogers, the festival rightly calls itself “Canada’s Songwriter Festival” and showcases international grassroots musicians in all genres. The festival, which has attracted upwards of 10,000 music fans annually, has won a bevy of East Coast Music Awards.

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Guysborough County’s spectacular shore welcomes cyclists to its very own Tour de France — specifically, to the Gran Fondo (Aug. 27). This corner of Nova Scotia has an oceanfront loop

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that connects over 20 fishing communities. The event offers 35, 50, 90 and 120-km rides. That’s something for every fitness level. The 120-km loop was added in 2017 and has since become the most challenging and popular ride. Riders experience breathtaking views of the Atlantic coast as they ride through the communities of Larry’s River, Charlos Cove, Port Felix, Hazel Hill and Canso. The loop concludes with a ride back into Guysborough along Highway 16. The loop includes five rest stops operated by local volunteers to keep you nourished, hydrated and cheerful as you make your way.

The Eastern Shore also brings history alive in stunning “living museums” like Sherbrooke Village and Memory Lane Heritage Village. At the former — in Sherbrooke, Guysborough County — experience life as it was in 1867 with a working woodturner shop, a black smithery, a pottery and a printery. Wander down the award-winning Memory Lane Heritage Village in Lake Charlotte, which depicts coastal rural life in 1940s Nova Scotia.

For seagoing fun and adventure, the Eastern Shore offers coastal boat tours. Check out sea kayaking through the 100 Wild Islands — between Clam Harbour

When it’s time to break from the day’s fun, remember that for 30 years Taste of Nova Scotia has been inspiring you to eat, drink and explore Nova Scotia. From local road-trips to explore Nova Scotia’s wine country, to out-of-province visitors on the search for the perfect seafood chowder, these folks have helped shape culinary adventures since 1989. Now, its mobile app makes that so

much easier (get it at: tasteofnovascotia. com/taste-of-nova-scotia-mobile-app). While you’re there, check out the rest of the website! This year’s Culinary Trails will once again feature a physical paper passport that can be stamped, and new digital stamps via the app at participating locations. For more details, visit the Nova Scotia Culinary Trails sites, Good Cheer Trail, Chowder Trail and Lobster Trail.

Old friends and new favourites

On the Eastern Shore, Canada’s national parks are on display in all their natural beauty and cultural significance. Check out Tor Bay Provincial Park, where the first trans-Atlantic cable made landfall. Only eight kilometres away is the small, windswept Acadian settlement of Larry’s River. Meanwhile, Canso Islands National Historic Site is home to the remains of an 18th-century fishing settlement and the ruins of battle-ravaged Fort William Augustus, casualty of the battles between British and French troops as they vied for control of the continent. If you want to know why we call this place “Canada’s Ocean Playground,” head

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Top left: Sober Island Boat Tours allows visitors to see some of the beauty Nova Scotia has to offer. Bottom left: Step back in time at Sherbrooke Village, located along the St. Mary’s River. Below: The St. Mary’s River runs from Pictou County down to the sea at Port Hilford.

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over to any one of the Eastern Shore’s marvelous, diverse beaches — from the surfers’ delight of Lawrencetown and Martinique beaches, to rugged Tor Bay, Taylor’s Head, Clam Harbour and more. Visit novascotia.com/things-to-do/outdoor-activities-tours/beaches?f=qFzdqiuGLX for the complete summer listings for public beaches in all regions of Nova Scotia. The Eastern Shore also means happy trail blazing. There’s the Canso Waterfront Trail, which overlooks the town’s Grassy Island Museum & Interpretive Centre. There’s the Port Bickerton Lighthouse walking trail near Sherbrooke, which offers a unique range of coastal terrain maintained by a dedicated group of volunteers and is open to the public each summer. There’s the Taylor

Head Provincial Beach Park Trail system near Sheet Harbour: Beach Walk, Bob Bluff Trail, Bull Beach Trail, Spry Bay Trail and Headland Trail. For more information about these and many others, visit coastalnovascotia.ca/ outdoor-activities/ Don’t leave the St. Mary’s River off your bucket list. Running from Pictou County down to the sea at Port Hilford, this stunning waterway is one of the finest salmon rivers in Nova Scotia. Here’s where baseball legend Babe Ruth fished almost a century ago. Visit the education and interpretive centre in Sherbrooke to see classic fishing tackle, photos and memorabilia. It’s also close to a provincial picnic park and nature trails; bus tours are welcome.

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There’s almost nothing the South Shore doesn’t offer the happy wanderer. Artisanal food and crafts? It has them. Festivals and museums? Of course. Outdoor adventures? Naturally. Beaches? Don’t get us started By Alec Bruce

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Get ready for a summer of outdoor fun along the South Shore. Located on more than 17 hectares of land in Bridgewater, the South Shore Exhibition (also known as the “Big Ex”) is the largest agricultural exhibition in the province (July 26–31). Then, get your toes tappin’

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and grab your camera. The Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival is four days of head-bopping fun for the whole family (Aug. 4–7). Next, run with the wind down to the shore at Hubbards for the World Sailing Championships (Aug. 31–Sept. 5).

You can enter Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site at two different points along this coast. Keji is the only national park also designated a National Historic Site, and the only inland national park in Atlantic Canada. Learn the tales of the Mi’kmaq, carved in stone and shared through stories


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As you amble along the South Shore’s rugged coastline, remember that Nova Scotia’s iconic Peggy’s Cove now welcomes visitors to take in the beautiful ocean vista from its new accessible viewing deck. The province is home to more than 160 historic lighthouses, and you can find these majestic beacons throughout Nova Scotia. Peggy’s Point Lighthouse is one of the most well-known and photographed in Canada.

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Kejimkujik National Park has added Ôasis pods to its collection of unique camping options.

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Above: At the Chester Trail Art project, local artists display their creations to entertain you as you walk. Above right: Check out world champion lumberjack Darren Hudson’s Wild Axe Park along the Barrington River, where you can learn skills like logrolling, tree climbing and axe throwing.

and legends. Reconnect with untamed natural beauty and wildlife. The backcountry here feels like a world away, yet it’s so accessible. Tour the petroglyphs, where ancient stone carvings paint a vivid picture of the Mi’kmaw way of life. Camp along Kejimkujik Lake in a yurt, a wilderness cabin or, if glamping is more your style, one of the new teardrop, tree-house style Oasis, or an oTENTik. All come equipped with mattresses. Go to pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/ns/ kejimkujik/activ/camping/accom for more

information. Kejimkujik’s Ukme’k Trail is perfect for hiking, trail running and mountain biking. There are hundreds of kilometres of shared-use trails and off-the beaten path points of interest to explore. The folks behind some of them truly understand the meaning of the words “value” and “added.” At the Chester Trail Art project, local artists display their creations to entertain you as you walk. A permanent pedestrian bridge was recently added.

There’s also the Gaff Point Hike for birdwatching, beaches and stunning lookoffs. And have you heard about the Municipality of Chester’s newest gem, Castle Rock? Hike it, bike it or ride your ATV to the heights of the East River. The panoramic views across Mahone Bay are simply breathtaking. Meanwhile, at world champion lumberjack Darren Hudson’s Wild Axe Park along the Barrington River, you’ll learn logrolling, tree climbing, axe throwing, bow sawing and cross-cut sawing. Book ahead for reservations.

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Sunworshippers, don’t forget your beachwear. The South Shore has more than 30 amazing beaches (that we know of). Migrating shore birds can often be seen feeding in late summer and fall along the 2.5-km long Daniel’s Head Beach (locally known as South Side). It’s one of the most popular beaches on Cape Sable Island for walkers throughout the year. Explore the drowned forest and take in the view of the tallest lighthouse in the Maritimes at Hawk Beach. Plus, so many other coastal landscapes await: Hirtle’s, Crescent, LaHave, Lockeport. The list goes on: visitsouthshore.ca/see-and-do/.

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The Barrington Museum Complex Experience our history at four museums: The Seal Island Light, The Barrington Woolen Mill, The Western Counties Military & Old Court House and the Old Meeting House.

Escape the ordinary. Stay your way, at the edge of the sea. Open year-round, we have activities and amenities for all ages to make your stay as on-the-go, or as restful as you want it to be. Enjoy inspired dining with ocean views, resident wild bunnies, nightly bonfires and live entertainment, and so much more! SEASON: JUNE 1-SEPTEMBER 30

10:00 AM - 4:30 PM CLOSED ON SUNDAYS Admission charged. The Cape Sable Historical Society Research Centre and Archives and tax free Barrington Museum Complex Gift Shop are opened year round.

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Enjoy your stay, your way. Stare at the stars, listen to the sea, or reflect by the lake. Fall in sync with the ebb and flow of the tides as the rest of the world falls away. Choose from a collection of experiences, all with our trademark White Point style to welcome you, and every amenity of a full-service resort at your fingertips. Escape the ordinary and immerse yourself in nature, without leaving any comforts behind. Visit our website to learn more.

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Yarmouth County Museum!

Visit Ross Farm Museum to discover what life was like on a Nova Scotia farm in the 1800s. Below: Camping at the Ovens

Old friends and new favourites

Step back in time along the South Shore. Visit the Ross Farm Museum in New Ross and explore 24 hectares of rolling land to discover what life was like on a Nova Scotia farm over 100 years ago. An authentic living heritage site, much of it remains as it was in the 1800s. Visit their official site for more details. While in the area, you should also check out the Fisheries Museum of The Atlantic, a UNESCO World Heritage site, in the heart of old Lunenburg. At the Black Loyalist Heritage Centre in Shelburne, enjoy the view of Birchtown Bay when you climb the Shaw

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Turret. How can you pass up the Shag Harbour UFO Museum? It chronicles the sighting of a UFO that some believe crashed into the waters of Shag Harbour in 1967, leaving no trace other than yellow foam. Also, don’t forget Miller Point Peace Park, the Fort Point Lighthouse, Queens County Museum, the Hank Snow Home Town Museum, the Rossignol Cultural Centre, the Milton Blacksmith Shop and The Ovens. Learn about these places and others here: visitsouthshore.ca/see-and-do/#0 Wherever you go along the South Shore, a mouth-watering culinary experience awaits. For 30 years,


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Above: Kayaking at LaHave. Right: The Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic in beautiful Lunenburg is a must-see for visitors.

Taste of Nova Scotia has been inspiring you to eat, drink and explore the province. From local road-trips to discover Nova Scotia’s wine country, to out-of-province visitors on the search for the perfect seafood chowder, food adventures await. Now, the mobile app makes that so much easier (get it here: tasteofnovascotia.com/tasteof-nova-scotia-mobile-app/). This year’s Culinary Trails will once again feature a physical paper passport which can be stamped, and new digital stamps via the app at participating locations. For more details, visit the Nova Scotia Culinary Trails sites, Good Cheer Trail, Chowder Trail and Lobster Trail.

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The grand celebration of Perkins House takes place Summer of 2022!! to step inside this architectural gem, built in 1766 by Merchant and Judge, Simeon Perkins. Perkins was best known for the remarkable diary he faithfully kept from 1766 to 1812. Some of the accounts in his diary provide vivid details of everyday life in a colonial town when the harbour teemed with Schooners, Captains, Sailors and Privateers. In colonial times, Liverpool was a bustling centre of international shipping and trade. Discover the intrigue of Nova Scotian privateers, whom some considered protectors but others called pirates. Learn about the important role Perkins played in the local economy and in protecting the settlers during the American Revolution and later wars. Enjoy your stay as you and your family partake in the ongoing programs of the day. Open daily: June 1 to October 1 Monday to Saturday: 9am – 5pm Sunday: 1pm – 5pm 109 Main St., Liverpool, NS B0T1K0 Tel: 902-354-4058 www.queenscountymuseum.com

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So much to discover on this island home Condé Nast Traveler called Cape Breton the “#1 Island in the Americas.” Discover why. From Cape Breton Highlands National Park to the Fortress of Louisbourg to Eskasoni Cultural Journeys, this most easterly part of Nova Scotia invites you in By Alec Bruce

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What’s hot this summer

Step back in time to the 1700s at the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site.

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The Centre de la Mi-Carême in Grand Étang offers a unique display of locally crafted masks and interactive exhibits depicting the evolution of la Mi-Carême, one of the oldest Acadian traditions and still celebrated in the area every winter. (Mi-Carême is a celebration involving masks and disguises.) Visitors can learn more about this celebration at the centre by watching a series of short theatre pieces. Then, step back in time through fortress walls and be transported to the 1700s at the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site. Chat with French


soldiers, sailors and servants while sipping Fortress Rum and watch lacemaking. See stew simmer on an openhearth fire and check out children playing 300-year-old games. Pjila’si! Welcome to Eskasoni Cultural Journeys. Nestled along the Bras d’Or Lakes in Cape Breton’s rolling heartlands, where the highlands meet the lowlands, there’s history, culture and

beauty waiting to be discovered. There is a tremendously vibrant cultural heart in this region, beating with the drums of the Scottish who settled in the land of the Mi’kmaq. Meanwhile, the Membertou Heritage Park in Membertou consists of a two-hectare site offering a living history of the people of Membertou, along with a large indoor exhibit and program area that offers the visitor full immersion to an ancient culture. Experience the

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Come for the great music and food, stay for the fun! It’s time for a visit to Western Cape Breton Island.

Eskasoni Cultural Journeys can be found nestled along the Bras d’Or Lakes in Cape Breton’s rolling heartlands.

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Explore |CAPE BRETON stories and oral history of the Membertou community through re-enactments and cultural presentations.

a physical paper passport that can be stamped, and new digital stamps via the app at participating locations. For more details, visit the Nova Scotia Culinary Trails sites, Good Cheer Trail, Chowder Trail and Lobster Trail.

Old friends and new favourites

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Discover North America’s only living history museum for Gaelic language and culture when you visit Highland Village Museum | Baile nan Gàidheal in Iona. This breathtaking 17-hectare site features one of the most unbelievable views of the Bras d’Or Lake, 11 historic buildings, including three frame houses (c. 1830–1900), a store, a carding mill, a church, a shingle mill and a forge.

Cape Breton’s culinary splendors are as rich and varied as its cultures. For 30 years, Taste of Nova Scotia has been inspiring you to eat, drink and explore the province. From local road-trips off to discover Nova Scotia’s wine country, to out-of-province visitors in search for the perfect seafood chowder, food adventures await. Now, the mobile app makes that so much easier (get it here: tasteofnovascotia.com/taste-of-nova-scotiamobile-app). While you’re there, check out the rest of the website! This year’s Culinary Trails will once again feature

The Highland Village Museum | Baile nan Gàidheal is a living history museum dedicated to Nova Scotia’s Gaelic culture and language.

Rising from the sea and clinging to mountains, the 298-kilometre-long Cabot Trail is a winding mix of roadway, paths, stairs and stunning beauty that takes you from unreal ocean vistas to quaint fishing villages. Zip through in a day or take several days to experience the journey of a lifetime along one of the world’s most scenic drives. As you hug the world-famous Cabot Trail coastline, you’ll wind through Cape Breton Highlands National Park, where lush, forested river canyons carve into the ancient plateau, edged by rust-coloured cliffs. The cool maritime climate and rugged landscape of the park permit a unique blend of Acadian, Boreal and Taiga habitats, plants and animals — where the mountains meet the sea. The Bras d’Or Lake UNESCO Biosphere Reserve lies at the very heart of Cape Breton Island. And not just geographically. Stretching around the

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Peer into the singular heart and mind of the man who helped shape the modern world at the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site in Baddeck. Feel Bell’s legacy come to life as you explore remarkable artifacts, photos and full-scale replicas that mark his masterful career as an engineer, inventor, scientist and humanitarian — from airplanes and kites to deaf education and artificial respiration. At the Marconi National Historic Site in Glace Bay, rediscover the real roots of modern communications. In a world of nanosecond speeds and cloud

technology, it’s hard to remember a time when wireless messages couldn’t even cross the Atlantic. Guglielmo Marconi would change the world forever with the first official transatlantic exchange of radio messages at Glace Bay. Find out how Marconi triumphed at his first permanent transatlantic wireless station at Table Head.

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lake, it includes Baddeck, Dundee, St. Peter’s and Iona, plus the First Nations communities of We’koqma’q, Wagmatcook, Membertou, Eskasoni and Potlotek. Designated a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 2011, the Bras d’Or Lake and its watershed area was recognized for the residents, who live in harmony with nature and work to promote a healthy environment, economy and culture. Charter a sailboat in St. Peter’s or Baddeck, paddle the inlets of Baddeck Bay, hike to Uisge Ban Falls, take part in a Mi’kmaw cultural journey in Eskasoni, or join a ceilidh: embrace the beauty and living culture of this tranquil area.

The Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site in Baddeck.

Granville Green Resurgence Sundays July 3-August 7, 7pm FREE Granville Green Bandshell, Port Hawkesbury NS

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Granville Green 2022 Resurgence Following a challenging past two years, Granville Green is back! Each Sunday from July 3 through August 7, we will gather on the Green to enjoy premier musical talents from local and national artists, performing on our outdoor stage. The 2022 lineup of artists promises to bring a dynamic and exciting spin on the classic series while wowing the crowd with jaw dropping hits and a few surprises. With a focus on community emergence from the COVID-19 pandemic, we will share stories of strength, resilience and camaraderie while finally coming together to enjoy this incredible series once again.

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Celtic Colours International Festival Island-wide • October 7—15

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ith the ease of COVID-19 restrictions, people can expect the summer dining experience in Nova Scotia to be busy and creative. According to Gordon Stewart, president of the Restaurant Association of Nova Scotia (RANS), it will be a rebound season. Restaurants are anticipating increased activity, which has been missing since 2019. “Summer activities should be stronger and good for Nova Scotia restaurants,” he says. While masking requirements will not be mandatory, the most significant difference in the dining out experience will be capacity limits. “At 75 per cent, most people couldn’t make enough money because they might have a licence that allows them, say 100 people, but they only have seating capacity for 75 because they have a stand-up bar,” he says, noting that due

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to restrictions, people were not allowed to stand up, and that included patios. “Having customers come in and reach the full capacity number will make a big difference.” According to Stewart, labour shortages in the industry might also affect dining experiences. “Many places could suffer a shortage of staff, which means they can’t run at 100 per cent capacity,” he says. “They might be closed on Monday, Tuesday or Sunday. They may have shorter hours, and then they close at lunchtime.” Stewart says comfort food will continue to play a big part in the dining experience in Nova Scotia. Mac and cheese is a favourite for many diners, and a number of restaurants are adding lobster to the classic meal. Diversity will also show in culinary dishes, as Asian and African influences will be popular this summer. “We have a lot of diversity of restaurants

in Nova Scotia, and we have many great chefs and cooks out there who are doing some great meals overall,” he says. “There has been a lot of innovation, and I think we will see it more and more. Consider blueberries mixed with scallops. You shake your head, but have you ever tasted it? It’s really good. We should be looking longer term and building a better menu based on seafood. One of the things people want to come and try is our seafood.” Smaller meal plates will also be a trend, where servings are still a good portion but not overfilling. As for drinks, local craft beers and cocktails will continue to take centre stage with patrons. This summer, Drift will experience its first tourist-season at Queen’s Marque on the Halifax waterfront. The restaurant offers a Nova Scotian flair with its ingredients, reinterpreting classic dishes. “It’s sort of up-casual dining,” says Chef Jamie MacAulay. “The food itself is very approachable, but the dining room is one of the most unique and beautiful in the Maritimes. Many local artists are featured in and around the restaurant.” Drift’s food and cocktail menus change seasonally, as the restaurant works with local farmers for ingredients. MacAulay says one of the most popular dishes is the lamb roast.

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“We have a lot of diversity of restaurants in Nova Scotia, and we have many great chefs and cooks out there who are doing some great meals overall.”

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Guests of Gabrieau’s Bistro in Antigonish can expect to find a menu that is upscale, diverse and creative.

“What we’re doing puts Nova Scotia forward on a plate: what it means to be a Maritimer, including the dishes, food, culture and the history behind it.” – Chef Jamie MacAulay “We present it in different ways,” he says. “We try to use all parts of the lamb, so it’s ever-evolving and changing. Then there are hidden Nova Scotia nods in the dish. There’s a little nod or version of the donair sauce, without being an obvious play on the donair.” He hopes patrons will get a unique taste of Nova Scotia through dining at local restaurants. “Places are starting to develop their regional cuisine or looking at what seems to be from Nova Scotia,” he says. “What we’re doing at Drift puts Nova Scotia forward on a plate: what it means to be a Maritimer, including the dishes, food, culture and the history behind it.” Gabrieau’s Bistro in Antigonish is an enduring favourite with locals and visitors alike. “They should expect a quality, consistent product with excellent service, well-presented food and a passionate, educated staff,” says Chef Mark Gabrieau.

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The restaurant’s food menu is upscale, diverse and creative. Sushi is one of the most popular dishes, but it also offers lamb, beef, pork, chicken, seafood, salads, pasta and appetizers. French, Italian, Indian and Thai influences will be prominent in the restaurant’s offerings. “We’re very creative with seafood, and most of it is local,” he says. “We’re going to get innovative; we’re going to spice up our menu. We have a lot of customers who come here every week, so we want to keep things fresh and new. That way they won’t look at the menu and go, ‘I don’t know what to have.’” Crystany’s Brasserie in Canning is a certified gluten-free restaurant that also offers dairy-free and vegan options. It has a family-friendly, cozy environment and diners will see a mix of soups, salads, burgers and fish and chips on the menu. “If you’re someone who has celiac, most restaurants don’t have a dedicated

fryer, so it’s hard to get fries, let alone anything else,” says owner Savannah Maxner. “Our fish batter is nice and light and crispy, not too heavy, not too bad, not too oily. People love coming for that and the tartar sauce. It’s made with my dad’s homemade dill pickles. People love it; they know it’s safe. If you’re wary about eating gluten-free and like fish, go for our fish and chips because you won’t even be able to tell the difference.” When the restaurant switches to its spring and summer menu, there will be more seafood options. Some of their summer favourites will also be back, including Moon Mist cheesecake and pop tarts. Overall, visiting a local restaurant brings a unique experience that you cannot find anywhere else. “It’s all about making connections, so most Nova Scotia restaurants like to create a sense of community,” says Maxner.


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A short guide to the local craft drink scene Spirits, beer, cider and more — Nova Scotia is exploding with flavour By Nick Cantar

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The team at Compass Distillers use locally-sourced ingredients and are always experimenting.

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ith COVID-19 restrictions mostly over, Nova Scotian brewers and distillers are ready to bounce back. Consumers have a lot to look forward to in the coming months, including the craft beer festival, which has been rescheduled and revamped for September on the Halifax Waterfront. According to Debbi MacDonald, executive director of the Craft Brewers Association of Nova Scotia, local brewers and distillers have been creative with their business models over the last two years, which has helped the industry not only survive, but thrive. “When they had to move right, they moved right. When they had to move left, they moved left. I’ll tell you, they were just so resilient,” says MacDonald, noting that despite the challenges, Nova Scotian brewers remained important fixtures within their communities and collectively raised $500,000 for charity. “You would think they would be in competition, wouldn’t you? But in fact, they work together so well. It’s unbelievable.” Wherever you roam and whatever you seek, the right place is out there for you.

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drink. Look no further than Dartmouth’s Brightwood Brewery. When the weather in nice, the taproom opens its large French doors. Grab a flight and sit in the open space to enjoy the breeze, or head down to the company’s beer garden at Alderney Landing and see what’s on tap. brightwoodbrewery.com If you’ve been on Agricola Street in Halifax lately, you might have noticed a peculiar, rounded building. This is Compass Distillers. Using locally sourced ingredients, the distillery team is always experimenting. Try the Gin Royal with a bit of tonic and


The Church Brewing Co. in Wolfville is located in the former St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church.

watch the gin change colour. It’s made with local honey and $1 from every bottle sold goes to the Nova Scotia Beekeepers Association. Looking for a place to stay? You can rent the room at the top of the building and take in the Halifax skyline. If you want a distillery tour, pop in on Wednesday evenings or call ahead to book another night. compassdistillers.ca A newcomer, Serpent Brewing is seeking to add a little something to the Spryfield community. This Belgian-inspired brewery focuses on live events. In addition to music, it also hosts standup comedy and movie nights. A fan of

woodfired pizza? Stop by on Saturdays and look for the local food truck. You can now purchase its Belgian-style beers in the NSLC. facebook.com/ serpentbrewing When exploring the Annapolis Valley, be sure to visit The Church Brewing Co. in Wolfville. You can find Church Brewing in the former St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, a building with a lot of local history. In the past, the community would congregate at old St. Andrew’s; now they do so at Church Brewing. Expect farm-to-table food, live music, a large outdoor patio and “a heavenly experience.” churchbrewing.ca

Off the beaten track

Black Harbour Distillery sits nestled along the coast of beautiful St. Margaret’s Bay. A bit of a newcomer to the craft distillery scene, Black Harbour stands out for its flavoured spirits. The company’s popular cotton candy and moon mist vodkas are based on the classic Nova Scotia ice cream flavours. Pop in to taste some free samples and learn how the spirits are made. When summer comes, kick back on their newly renovated patio and enjoy a flight board. bhdistillers.ca On the South Shore, visit the Boxing Rock taproom. It’s named for a local Sea NOVA SCOTIA

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Heaven on Earth

Breton Brewing aims to capture the spirit of Cape Breton.

landmark, where legend purports feuding sailors were sent to either duke it out or enjoy a beer together. Boxing Rock offers “a small-town craft beer experience.” At the Shelburne taproom, you can purchase charcuterie boards of local meats, cheeses and chutneys. The staff will teach you all about pairing craft beer with food. Or you can give axe throwing a try. boxingrock.ca The rugged yet stunning Cape Brenton Island has its own culture and craft breweries. Breton Brewing works hard to capture the spirit of Cape Breton and create a sense of community. Trivia fans will want to stop by

on Thursdays for trivia night, which is in support of a local charity. Be sure to enjoy a live show on Friday or Saturday and mingle with the friendly locals. There are a few new things on the horizon for Breton Brewing. Look for the Crazy Angus DIPA at the local liquor store and prepare for a new location in downtown Sydney. bretonbrewing.ca

Accounting for taste

Looking to catch a show with your craft beer? Stop by New Scotland Brewing Co. in downtown Dartmouth to hear some East Coast artists you won’t hear elsewhere. New Scotland Brewing doesn’t offer tours, but because the brewing equipment is easily seen from the taproom, it doesn’t need to. Try the popular Saint Andrews Cross, an extra pale ale, and enjoy an immersive, musical craft beer experience. newscotlandbrewing.ca Starting in a renovated chicken barn, Half-Cocked Brewing Co. in Antigonish has recently expanded. Its new taproom boasts 10 different beers on tap and a large, welcoming greenspace outside. For something unique, try the raw beers, a Scandinavian style of beer with a creamy texture. Half-Cocked combines these beers with botanicals to create a cider-like beverage. facebook.com/halfcockedbrewing

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On the hunt for something a little lighter or more mainstream? Check out the Spindrift taproom, which specializes in lagers — something a bit uncommon in the craft beer world. Its Toller Lite beer is both low in alcohol and calories. Look for its Sea Glass North IPA in the NSLC or head to the Dartmouth location for a bit of beer and washer toss. Also, if you’re in Antigonish, check out the new second location. spindriftbrewing.com

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If you’re looking for some unique, high-quality spirits, check out Raging Crow Distillery outside Truro. Popular products include dill pickle vodka and Can’t Call It B**rbon, which won best new whiskey spirit in Canada two years in a row. The owners of the small batch distillery will explain the distilling process when you come in for a tasting. Keep an eye out for their Crow’s Nest Rum, which is aging in a barrel at the top of an 18-foot pole. ragingcrow.com

Coldstream Clear Distillery has locations in Stewiacke, Antigonish and Dartmouth.

For variety, Coldstream Clear Distillery has you covered. Coldstream products include everything from rum and vodka to liqueurs and mixed drinks in a range of flavours. With three locations around the province — in Stewiacke, Antigonish

and Dartmouth — find one nearby and try a flight or relax in their cocktail lounge. For something sweet, check out the sour cherry lemonade or the new peach mango vodka. coldstreamclear.com

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Tour a vineyard, sample the wine Nova Scotian wineries have much to offer By Ameeta Vohra

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ith warmer temperatures and brighter days upon us, visitors and locals alike will be flocking to Nova Scotia’s many amazing wineries to sample wines and roam through the vineyards. You can find wineries throughout many areas of the province, including the Annapolis Valley, South Shore, Northumberland Shore and Cape Breton, all offering wines with unique flavours. “It’s our seaside terroir that’s influenced by the ocean,” says Laurie Boisvert of Blomidon Estates in Annapolis Valley. “It’s a short, cool season, so vineyard managers and winemakers have to be thoughtful, precise and flexible in approaching the grapes each season. You never know how long or short your seasons are going to be.”

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Jost Vineyards will be launching new products from all three of its wineries this summer.

Boisvert is expecting some excellent vintages to come out of 2021 because of a dry and hot fall. And she hopes wineries might be lucky and get some medium-bodied red wines as well. As for the winery itself, Boisvert says tours will be available through Tidal Bay Express Tours. Blomidon Estates will have a patio where visitors can enjoy their exciting new wines, coupled with some old favourites. Guests can expect to experience glasses of wines, flights and/or award-winning reserve wines paired with charcuterie boards. “We will be releasing some new sparkling vintages this year, which is always exciting because our winemaker, Simon Rafuse, does beautiful, traditional, method sparkling,” she says. “Because it was a long, dry, hot season, we expect the Baco Noir to be nice this year. “And of course, we’re always excited to release our Tidal Bay. Our 2021 title will be coming out in June, which is always a favourite.” Over at Annapolis Valley’s Avondale Sky, the winery is open Wednesday to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. There is a restaurant on-site that is open until 4 p.m., making it a popular lunch spot.

“We try and stick to things that are easy to share,” says Karl Coutinho, president and operations manager at Avondale Sky. “Shareables like charcuterie, oysters, cheeses will be typical things that fare well with wine quality, and we always have nice desserts. It’s usually a seasonal menu, and we try to keep it as local as possible.” Avondale Sky also offers tours and tastings. One popular experience is the quick tour, where people will come in to enjoy some wine and view the inside of the winery. There is also the option to take a walk in the vineyard. “We leave it up to the customer,” says Coutinho. “Often, my father Louis is out in the vineyard, and he’ll happily give people what we call ‘the owner’s tour.’ We have tour buses that come in from either Halifax or the Valley area to look around.” Tidal Bay continues to be a top wine at Avondale Sky, and this summer, the winery is introducing it in a can as well as the bottle. If visitors are looking for a sweeter white wine, Bliss continues to be a favourite and for a red wine option, newly released Notorious RED (a play on rap star Notorious

B.I.G). Lady Slipper continues to be a popular rosé option for patrons. Avondale Sky is known for supporting local and thinking outside the box, and this summer will be no different. They have a number of planned events at the winery this summer. “We are working on trying to get a weekend market started,” says Coutinho. “On our property, we would allow farmers, crafters, and bakers to sell their wares, no charge to them.” He says they also hope to host a yoga meditation retreat, as they did last year. After an extensive renovation in 2019, Benjamin Bridge now has a scenic open-air terrace where visitors can sip a glass of wine and enjoy the view of the vineyard and Gaspereau Valley. While there is no restaurant on-site, there will be different ways to have food with wine. “We are offering small bar bites with our by-the-glass program and adding a small-bite program to our classic tasting. Out terroir tastings already incorporate local charcuterie and cheeses,” says Brittney Parker, head of hospitality at Benjamin Bridge. “We’re using products from our garden. We are also working with food trucks so that every Sunday

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WINERIES | Jost. Additionally, all three will carry Tidal Bay in 250-ml cans, and the Luvo Life Brand will unveil two new products. The Gaspereau winery will have a unique, fun summer sipper. “At the wineries, we will be shaking it up this season with different tour options and tastings, so keep an eye on social media and our websites for updates,” says Gina Haverstock, head winemaker at Gaspereau Vineyards. Despite an uncharacteristic couple of years, wineries are optimistic this summer will be good. “We are hopeful we will see tourists returning to visit our lovely wine country and to experience our province’s restaurants and natural wonders,” says Haverstock. “We are very excited to have them back and are happy to offer customers a comfortable and safe environment to enjoy our wines and food.”

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NOVA SCOTIAN WINE EXPERIENCES With so many options to choose from, a visit to a Nova Scotian winery is an excellent opportunity for visitors and locals alike to treat themselves and support local wineries simultaneously. “Every winery has something different and exciting to offer,” says Brittney Parker, head of hospitality at Benjamin Bridge. “Wineries are trying different styles of wine or varietals that haven’t grown here before … We’re all just working together to help put Nova Scotia on the map.”

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we have food trucks coming, and family and friends can enjoy that space and get something to eat with our wine.” Benjamin Bridge hopes to try new events, including a cocktail night with an open mic to offer something for everyone. Known for Nova 7, the winery’s non-vintage sparkling has become a hit. The most notable is the Pet Nat. Both Nova 7 and Pet Nat are available in cans, ideal for summer. Last year, Benjamin Bridge launched Piquette Zero, a non-alcoholic beverage. “We’re excited about it because social responsibility is always very important to us,” she says. “We offer that to any designated driver coming through the door.” It will be an exciting summer at Jost Vineyards, as it launches new products from all three of its wineries. It includes a fresh rosé from Gaspereau, a chardonnay from Mercator, and a rosé from

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laces to stock up on the essentials (or indulge your passions) abound in every region of Nova Scotia. Find a locally made piece of pottery, jewelry or artwork. Sample a local chocolatier’s delicious treats. Plan a day shopping for national and international brands. It’s all here. While in Halifax, head over to Dartmouth Crossing. Home to a second-tonone collection of leading consumer items for the entire family. The shopping area’s outlet stores offer savings in a convenient and unique shopping destination. On the other side of the bridge, the Halifax Shopping Centre has exclusive stores in a beautiful shopping environment. Stroll through North End Halifax’s famous Hydrostone District, recipient of the Nova Scotia Build Heritage Award. From the ashes of the catastrophic Halifax Explosion, which shattered the city’s North End in 1917, rose this splendid example of an English-style garden suburb. Find a

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unique treasure, beautiful local fashion, bespoke jewelry, a terrific cup of coffee or a great glass of wine. Heading to the South Shore? Downtown Lunenburg is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that has become a shopping mecca for hip, suave urbanites. Find unique, locally made items of every variety, from handmade crafts for the home to unique treasures for the garden. Travelling through the heart of the Annapolis Valley, past rolling fields of apple orchards and vineyards, you are bound to come across unique shops and galleries bursting with locally created items. Discover everything from jams, chocolates and fresh lobsters to quilts, pottery, paintings, clothing, and even wool products featuring the name of the sheep it was sheared from! As you travel along the upper shoreline of the Bay of Fundy, where the fossil-rich caves and cliffs beckon, you’ll want to make sure you get something local to celebrate your discoveries. Whether it’s gems in jewelry or a wheel of gouda

cheese from a nearby cheese house, discover an area rich with artists and artisans as you explore the region that inspires them. In downtown Truro, walk the heritage district and visit the boutique shops on Saturday morning. Not far away is the famous Mastodon Ridge. Here you’ll see Marvin the mastodon peering down at you from a hill beside the highway in Stewiacke. Stop for a fun family photo, play a round of mini golf, grab a bite to eat, and learn about Marvin and the Bay of Fundy at the visitor centre. Spend a day in Baddeck, in the heart of Cape Breton on the beautiful Bras D’Or Lake. This town, the site of Alexander Graham Bell’s summer home, offers a unique retail experience with shops, boutiques and galleries infused with Gaelic traditions and local history. The Alexander Graham Bell Museum also has a lovely little gift shop to check out.


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For sheer Saturday morning comfort, nothing beats popping in to one of the province’s many farmers markets. There are certainly enough of them. Nova Scotia has more farmers markets per capita than any other Canadian province. Here’s a sampling: Founded in 1750, the Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market is the oldest continuously operating farmers market in North America. This market is at Pavilion 23 (formerly known as the Cunard Centre) in the historic Halifax Seaport District, starting July 22. It’s a vibrant destination for locals and visitors to experience all the city has to offer from local food producers, artisans and crafters. Head down the South Shore and you can’t miss the Lunenburg Farmers’ Market, known for being a lively gathering spot for the community to enjoy coffee, treats, mile-high piles of produce and friendly faces. Meanwhile, in the heart of Nova Scotian farm country, the Annapolis Royal Farmers’ and Traders Market holds the distinction of being the largest outdoor market in the province, with over 100 vendors. The Antigonish Farmers’ Market has recently announced it is now a yearround affair. After years of fundraising, it has settled into a new building, complete with a beautiful commercial kitchen to support businesses with value-added products. Don’t miss a chance to visit this thriving community hub. The Ross Ferry Farmers’ Market in the centre of Cape Breton (at various locations in and around Boularderie and Ross Ferry) successfully adopted a new model in 2020 and is repeating it again this year. Turn your Sunday

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drive into an experience by meeting each of the vendors on their home turf and learn first-hand where and how the products are produced. What farmers’ market tour would be complete without a stop at the iconic Masstown Market near Debert. Here’s a true traveller’s respite, replete with creamery, butcher shop, dairy bar, ice cream, bakery, deli, restaurant, gift store, local beer, wine and spirits, fish market, fish and chip boat. There’s even an onsite lighthouse!

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Resources |AROUND THE PROVINCE

Staycation Directory Extra resources for a safe and adventure-filled vacation in Nova Scotia

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n this guide, we’ve offered our favourite summer travel ideas, but there are many more options to enjoy in Canada’s Ocean Playground. Here are some resources to help.

Where to stay

Looking to plan a quick weekend getaway or an extended trip? Tourism Nova Scotia has some handy info to get you started. novascotia.com/trip-ideas/ itineraries

Nova Scotia has everything from luxurious resorts and spas to oceanside cottages, B&Bs, geodesic domes and campgrounds. novascotia.com/places-tostay The province also has a new online reservation system to reserve campsites in provincial parks. novascotia.goingtocamp.com/ You’ll also find camping options at our national parks. novascotia. com/places-to-stay/campgrounds/national -campgrounds

Top picks

Tasty ways to travel

Getting started

Tourism Nova Scotia has a Top 25 tourism to-do list, including old faithful options like Peggy’s Cove and the Cabot Trail, which might be new to some staycationers or bring back fond memories of childhood trips. novascotia.com/trip-ideas/top-25

Doers & Dreamers

Looking for more? Get the complete Doers & Dreamers Travel Guide. novascotia.com/travel-info/travel-guide

No need to go hungry on your travels in Nova Scotia — a place that’s famous for its lobster, Acadian rappie pie and donairs. Sample from hundreds of recommended options. novascotia.com/ things-to-do/eat-drink/top-restaurants

Halifax

Discover Halifax has a lengthy list of ideas and adventures for staycationers, including the Black Cultural Centre for Nova Scotia and the Canadian Museum

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of Immigration at Pier 21. Food, drink and live events. discoverhalifaxns.com

Cape Breton

The island’s tourism agency has lots of ideas for things to do, places to explore and itinerary options to make the most of your stay. cbisland.com

Eastern Shore

The Eastern Shore is known for its pristine wilderness, cold water surfing and protected 100 Wild Islands wilderness are. novascotia.com/places-to-go/ regions/eastern-shore Short on vacation time? Consider a 48-hour road trip. novascotia.com/trip-ideas/itineraries/ explore-eastern-shore-48-hour-itinerary

Northumberland Shore

The Northumberland Shore boasts some of the warmest ocean waters north of the Carolinas, along with a rich Gaelic culture. novascotia.com/places-togo/regions/northumberland-shore

Bay of Fundy & Annapolis Valley

The Bay of Fundy has some of the highest recorded tides in the world, award-winning vineyards, Mi’kmaw legends and fossil finds. novascotia.com/ places-to-go/regions/bay-fundy-annapolis-valley

South Shore

The South Shore is home to Nova Scotia’s sailing ambassador the Bluenose II, Lunenburg (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and Peggy’s Cove, among many other attractions. novascotia.com/ places-to-go/regions/south-shore

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