Ottawa Life Magazine Spring 2021

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close to home far from ordinary by Pam Wamback


Stay for the view

ith over 13,000 km of coastline, W social distancing happens naturally in Nova Scotia.There’s lots of

room for everyone to spread out and carve out their own unique getaway. We know that Nova Scotia isn’t your typical vacation destination and where you stay doesn’t have to be your typical lodging either. From cozy wilderness cabins to glamping in yurts, domes, oTENTiks, tipis and more, Nova Scotia is home to many exciting and unusual places to spend the night. Stepping out of your comfort zone is anything but uncomfortable! Glamping is one of latest travel trends and offers the perfect combination of nature and luxury without sacrificing the comforts of home. If you are new


to the glamping scene, Cape Breton Island is a great spot to introduce yourself to it. In recent years, several locations have introduced geodesic domes, each with their own unique appeal such as Archer’s Edge Luxury Camping or Cabot Shores Wilderness Resort. Tanya Hinkley and her family opened True North Destinations in her hometown of Pleasant Bay. She says guests are amazed by the size and space inside their luxury domes and love the coastal views — especially while relaxing in the private hot tub. “I think our dome experience is something guests enjoy because the structures have a touch of simplicity

but are finished inside with a touch of luxury. Combining the two makes it very unique.” Nothing says “Nova Scotia” like a lighthouse. There are over 160 lighthouses dotting the coastline that capture the attention of travellers and locals alike... and there are almost as many ways to turn this fascination into an incredible overnight stay. At the Lightkeepers' Kitchen & Guest House in Cape d'Or near Advocate Harbour, stay in the original lightkeeper's residence and dine in the on-site restaurant while overlooking the world's highest tides churning in the Bay of Fundy below. Or for something a little more modern,

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