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Change is good. It gives us a chance to broaden our breathtaking horizons. Given a choice, we most certainly wouldn’t have chosen to lose our precious Main Lodge to fire last fall – but life’s funny that way. As we begin the process of rebuilding, we are handed the opportunity to make a long history of successful business gatherings, even better. While there’s no need to enhance the scenery – our amenities, and our capacity will most certainly be enriched for our re-opening Fall 2012. Having said that, if there’s one message we’ve been getting (and we’ve been getting alot) it’s about memories, and the charm of the rustic old Lodge. Rest assured, at the end of your busy work day, there will be crackling fires in stone fireplaces, wooden floors, friendly faces and a pepper-infused Caesar waiting for you in the new – but familiar – Founders Lounge. And, we can’t wait!

Time flies, especially at the beach. Fall 2012 is just around the corner, and it’s never too Follow me on early to start planning ahead. Remember, our gatherings are all-inclusive Facebook and the and tailored to suit the season, and your group – large or small. BeachCam! From golf tournaments to mussel bakes, surf lessons to culinary workshops, we’ve always been here to please, and that’s one thing that’s never going to change! Keep us in mind when planning your agenda for 2012 and beyond. Call Anne at 902.423.8887 and get ready to make some great new memories at White Point. IS O 9


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Social media and the meetings industry.

Looking for a special takehome reminder of your time in Nova Scotia?

Unique Titanic Experiences

For the Other Half

Copy Editor Ken Partridge Contributing Writers Jennifer Smith, Robert Half Management Resources, Lynne Wells, Destination Halifax, Nova Scotia Department of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism

Unique Reminders


Halifax has a moving and intimate connections with the Titanic. Event Planning



Sposual programs are becoming increasingly important in convention planning.

Team Building


5 tips for creating memorable events.

Lift your team’s spirits in Nova Scotia’s great outdoors.

Flavours of Nova Scotia

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Eating locally is easier – and tastier – than ever before.

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Designing conferences that not only educate, but help attendees create.

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options and such diverse offerings, it’s no wonder Nova Scotia continues to be a leader in meetings in Atlantic Canada.

This year’s edition brings our provincial character into perspective and embraces all things uniquely Nova Scotian. We have so much to offer that is unlike anywhere else in the world; our spectacular scenery; artisan shopping; historical attractions; and distinctive activities allow us to tell a story that’s truly one-of-a-kind. It’s easy to overlook the beauty and imagination around us when we’re immersed in it daily, but these are often the draws that bring people to our province and it’s in our best interest to show them off proudly.

Thank you to our tourism partners for continuing to be such a tremendous resource: Destination Halifax, Destination Cape Breton, Destination Southwest Nova Scotia, Destination Eastern & Northumberland Shore, Central Nova Tourism Association and The Department of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism. Their dedication and enthusiasm for the Nova Scotia meetings marketplace serves us all well.

Nova Scotia is the place to create a memorable meeting

At the same time, while we honour our heritage and our past, Nova Scotia continues moving forward and pushing to become an innovative leader in the meetings industry. The industry is competitive, but Nova Scotia is offering progressive, hightech and unique options for meeting spaces, accommodations, dining, spousal programs and even team building exercises. With so many

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In producing Meet Nova Scotia this year, I have come to an inescapable conclusion – Nova Scotia is the place to create a memorable meeting.

Enjoy the new edition of Meet Nova Scotia and remember to embrace those things both past and present that make us who we are. We’re sure you’ll find this a useful resource when planning your next meeting or conference and creating a uniquely Nova Scotian event.

Bonnie Marchand Editor

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Yarmouth & Acadian Shores Don’t Miss...

Photo Courtesy of Nova Scotia Tourism

Seafest 2012 From July 18th to 28th, celebrate life by the sea with succulent seafood, the Seafest Pageant, driftwood competitions and the annual parade of lights. Mariner’s Centre Multi-purpose facility in Yarmouth to accommodate trade shows, conventions and sporting events, with a wide range of customization to make your event a success.

Acadian Dancers and Musicians Photo Courtesy of Nova Scotia Tourism

Yarmouth & Acadian Shores is a premier meeting and convention destination, with a combination of state of the art facilities and small town hospitality. Bonjour, comment ça va, voulez-vous

The waterfront is alive with festivals, concerts, sightseers and fishermen. Throughout Yarmouth & Acadian Shores, seafood isn’t just on the menu – it’s a way of life. Savour plump, delicious

tymez? And so starts your journey in

seafood, plucked from our own waters. Your

Yarmouth & Acadian Shores, a region

culinary adventure in Nova Scotia would

where two distinct cultures co-exist and

not be complete without exploring the

honour tradition. English and Acadian-

ovwr 400 years of French influence in our

French intermingle here, and the tri-colour

area. Fiercely proud of their French-Acadian

Acadian flag flies proudly. Home to the

roots and brimming with joie-de-vivre, folks

largest fishing industry in Atlantic Canada,

in this region never miss an opportunity to

the region is united by ties to the sea, with

celebrate their seafaring heritage, Acadian

wharves playing the central role in most

culture or the natural beauty that surrounds

communities. Yarmouth, the major centre

them. Be sure to try out local culinary spe-

at the southwest tip of the province, is home

cialties, like creamed lobster and rappie pie.

to more than its fair share of museums,

Before you know it, you’ll be talking with

restaurants, and shopping opportunities.

that unique Acadian accent.


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Université Sainte-Anne Two unique sites: a progressive university and new interpretive and cultural centre situated on campus in Church Point, includes a visitor information centre, Acadian exhibitions, art gallery and cultural programming. The Pubnicos Visit the oldest Acadian village, settled in 1653, where a historical village, Nova Scotia’s first windfarm, an Acadian museum and the largest commercial fishing wharf in Atlantic Canada are located. Savour the Local Sea Learn the story behind the seafood! From interactive skills demonstrations on local wharves to plant tours to specially selected restaurant meals, everyone has a story to tell.

For more information on Meetings & Conventions Destination Southwest Nova Association 18 Dufferin Street, Box 1390 Lunenburg, NS B0J 2C0 Toll Free: 1-877-552-4040 For more information on Yarmouth and Acadian Shores, visit

Your shopping, dining and entertainment destination.

Take a step back in time. Historic Properties is a designated National Historic Site and premier shopping destination offering you a wide array of shopping opportunities, from fashion to gifts, crafts, gourmet take-out and more. Soak up the rich history when names and fortunes were made amid the wooden and stone warehouses, once brimming with Privateers’ booty from the high seas. Open 7 days a week on the waterfront boardwalk, steps from Casino Nova Scotia and the Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel.

1869 Upper Water Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia, (902) 429-0530

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Northumberland & Eastern Shores Don’t Miss...

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Sherbrooke Village Step back into time to the boom years between 1860 and World War 1, when shipbuilding, lumbering and gold mining dominated the local economy. Visit the general store, photography studio and doctor’s office at this vibrant living history museum.

Antigonish Highland Games Photo Courtesy of Nova Scotia Tourism

With some of the most charming

For more information on Meetings & Conventions Central Nova Tourism Association 65 Treaty Trail Millbrook, NS, B6L 1W3 Toll Free: 1-800-895-1177 Tel: (902) 893-8782 Fax: (902) 893-2269 Destination Eastern and Northumberland Shores Northumberland Shore Office 980 East River Road New Glasgow, NS, B2H 3S8 Tel: (902) 752-6383 Eastern Shore Office 7947B Highway 7 General Delivery Musquodoboit Harbour, NS B0J 2L0 Tel. (902) 889-2362 For more information on Northumberland Shore and Eastern Shore, visit

seacoast communities, Eastern and Northumberland Shores are home to the finest sights, sounds, scents, experiences and culinary delights that Nova Scotia has to offer. Tantalize your taste buds with a feast of the world’s finest seafood; treat your ears to the sweet sounds of folk and Maritime music; see our magnificent seacoast vistas; savor the restorative powers of the salt sea air at any of our many public beaches; or enjoy the warmth of the friendly handshakes and hearty hellos that welcome you wherever you go. Exceptional golf courses in picturesque settings also await you here, offering inspiring golfing experiences for every level of golfer. Whatever you choose, your senses will appreciate the enjoyable experiences you’ll encounter here.


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Clam Harbour Sandcastle Contest Bring your pail, shovel and camera. Each year in mid August thousands of sightseers head for Clam Harbour to marvel at the elaborate castles, dragons and fanciful designs that scores of talented artists have sculptured from the golden sands. Experience our Great Taste Seafood, in all its guises, is fresh and plentiful along the Eastern Shore. Enjoy a crisp fish and chips with the family, crack open a glistening red lobster tail, or steam a pound of tender mussels in beer for supper. Other local culinary delights include wild blueberries, maple and the fine wines found at Jost Vineyards in Malagash. Antigonish Highland Games The oldest and largest Highland Games in North America held in mid July. Watch teams of the world’s best heavy events athletes compete for national pride. Take in the dancing, a military tattoo, parades, concerts and ceilidhs. Hector Heritage Quay Hector Heritage Quay, located on the scenic Pictou waterfront, offers visitors a unique glimpse into the journey of early Scottish settlers to Nova Scotia and their life in the new world. This award-winning attraction includes a full-scale reproduction of the tall ship Hector, which brought the first wave of Scottish immigrants to Nova Scotia in 1773.

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Halifax Regional Municipality Don’t Miss...

Photo Courtesy of Destination Halifax

Halifax Harbour – the heart of the city Life in Halifax revolves around the sea. Museums, shops, restaurants, galleries and a casino line the waterfront boardwalk where events and festivals keep things lively year-round. Explore the harbour on foot along the 4 km Harbourwalk or by sea, taking a cruise aboard a Tall Ship. Photo Courtesy of Destination Halifax

The best living history in Canada,

Or sipping cocktails while they mingle

year-round festivals & events, fresh sea-

amongst traditional Nova Scotian wooden

food and innovative cuisine combine with

vessels in the Small Craft Gallery at the

first-rate facilities and a mix of world-class

Maritime Museum of the Atlantic.

amenities and small-town charm to make

Situated on the second largest natural

Halifax, an unforgettable meeting and

harbour in the world, Halifax is a vibrant,

convention destination.

eclectic city; rich in culture and history.

Halifax offers a host of unique

With direct air access from major

venues, historic attractions and entertain-

Canadian, US and international destina-

ment options, all within the safe, walkable

tions and easily accessible amenities once

downtown core. Imagine your guests being

you arrive, Halifax is an ideal choice for

escorted by bagpipers into an authentic

meetings and conventions.

waterfront warehouse overlooking Halifax Harbour where piping hot lobsters await.

For more information on Meetings & Conventions Destination Halifax 1800 Argyle Street, Suite 802 Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 3N8 Tel: (902) 422-9334, Fax: (902) 492-3175 Toll Free: 1-877-422-9334 For more information about Halifax, visit

Download the free Visit Halifax Mobile App, the Mobile Concierge for Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Delicious, locally-inspired cuisine & wine Locally-inspired menus, expert chefs and awardwinning Nova Scotian wines have given Halifax a growing reputation as a foodie destination. Check out the oldest continuously-running farmer’s market in North America (now housed in a new state-of-the-art ‘green’ building on the Halifax waterfront), then treat yourself to some of the freshest seafood available, Halifax is a delight for your taste buds. An entertainment scene with buzz From comedy clubs to pubs playing traditional Maritime music, to major festivals like the Halifax Jazz Festival and the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo, Halifax entertainment delivers on lively options year-round. Outdoor adventures of all kinds Halifax offers outdoor activities to suit everyone – sea kayaking, rock climbing, hiking, sailing, skiing, and golf, just to name a few. Whether your delegates are looking for pristine beaches to stroll along or crashing waves to ride, part of Halifax’s appeal is how close it is to nature. Pre and post trip options are plentiful. A history of arts & culture Home to one of the oldest Art colleges in North America, Halifax’s arts and culture scene is rich and alive. Halifax has got the scene covered boasting a wide range of art galleries, live theatre, and cultural Halifax festivals, including the International Busker Festival and the Atlantic Film Festival.

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Don’t Miss...

Gaspereau Vinyards Photo Courtesy of Nova Scotia Tourism

Fundy Shore & Annapolis Valley

Experience a Natural Wonder Nova Scotia’s Bay of Fundy has the most extreme tidal range on earth. Don’t miss the opportunity to see this natural wonder and check it off your bucket-list! Wine Country The Annapolis Valley is Canada’s up and coming wine region. With several award winning wineries in the region, there’s a wine to suit any palate! Grand Pre National Historic Site Being nominated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site – this is the site of the 17th century Acadian village and the Deportation that were both immortalized in H.W. Longfellow’s epic poem Evangeline: A Tale of Acadie.

Photo Courtesy of Nova Scotia Tourism

Home to the Bay of Fundy and World’s

the wharf in Halls Harbour, while over-

Highest & Lowest tides….Take a walk 30

looking the world-renowned Bay of Fundy,

feet below sea level at low tide or glimpse

or stop by one of the many vineyards along

a great leviathan just a few feet away on a

this region and sample award winning

whale-watching tour! Enjoy the agricultur-

wines, also known as Nova Scotia’s Wine

al heartland of the Annapolis Valley where

Country. Immerse yourself in our history

your senses come to life with every bite

and culture when you overlook the Cliffs

of locally grown fruit and produce. We

of a UNESCO World Heritage site at the

welcome you to enjoy Nova Scotia’s only

Joggins Fossil Centre or surround yourself

Zoo and Amusement Park, extreme back

with Mi’kmaq heritage at the Glooscap

country camping and world renowned

Heritage Centre.

Digby scallops and clams. Digby Neck &

The Fundy Shore & Annapolis Valley

Islands is an oasis of marine habitat for

is home to meeting and convention loca-

several species of whales and offers some

tions, from modern day accommodations

of the best birding in Eastern Canada.

to facilities that can transport you back in

You’ll understand the lure of the

time to world class elegance with modern

region as you tour charming towns and

day amenities. The facilities offer breath-

explore overflowing farm markets and the

taking views, the latest technology, team-

incomparable scenery. Enjoy lobster on

building experiences and warm hospitality.

Tidally Awesome River Rafting The only place in the world to experience tidal river rafting – Extreme team building or one-ofa-kind pre or post meeting adventure! Mi’kmaq Cultural Experiences with the Glooscap Heritage Centre Drumming, dancing, hands-on crafts, and storytelling to leave your groups spellbound!

For more information on Meetings & Conventions Destination Southwest Nova Association 18 Dufferin Street, Box 1390 Lunenburg, NS B0J 2C0 Toll Free: 1-877-552-4040 Central Nova Tourism Association 65 Treaty Trail, Millbrook, NS, B6L 1W3 Toll Free: 1-800-895-1177 Tel: (902) 893-8782, Fax: (902) 893-2269 For more information on the Fundy Shore and Annapolis Valley, visit

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South Shore Don’t Miss...

Lunenburg Golf Photo Courtesy of Nova Scotia Tourism

Old Town Lunenburg Stroll the narrow streets, which follow the town’s original town plan of 1753. The extraordinary level of preservation led to the designation of a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995. Peggy’s Cove Lighthouse Most photographed lighthouse in Canada, this iconic white and red beacon is a must for every visitor’s photo album.

Peggy’s Cove Lighthouse Photo Courtesy of Nova Scotia Tourism

In 2010, National Geographic Travel

renowned fine dining, engaging live theatre

Magazine rated the South Shore of Nova

and music. Browse art galleries and crafters’

Scotia one of the world’s top 10 coastal

studios or stop by one of the ECONO-

destinations, stating that “with its light-

Musees in the region and experience

house-studded peninsulas and cozy harbor

first-hand how these products are made

side villages, Nova Scotia’s foggy South

from start to finish. Outdoor enthusiasts

Shore conforms to the quintessential

can learn to surf at White Point or hike at

image of Atlantic Canada”.

Kejimkujik National Park Seaside. History

The South Shore offers visitors beautiful ocean vistas, pristine silversand beaches, exceptional bird-watching,

settlement in North America at Birchtown. For a truly authentic Nova Scotia experience, several South Shore facilities

towns such as Shelburne and the UNESCO

can accommodate small or large meetings

World Heritage Site of Old Town Lunen-

year round making it an ideal destination

burg. The South Shore is also home to the

to get away from the everyday. Our facili-

most photographed lighthouse in Canada

ties offer magnificent ocean views, the

at Peggy’s Cove.

latest technology, team-building experi-

find some of the best golf courses, world-


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Bluenose II Restoration Nova Scotia’s Sailing Ambassador. The vessel is a replica of the famous fishing schooner depicted on the Canadian dime. Experience the restoration project on the historic Lunenburg waterfront.

buffs can learn about the largest free black

historical lighthouses and historic seaport

In this region, you will be delighted to

Kejimkujik National Park Seaside Photographers will enjoy the superb ocean views, rugged headlands and coastal dune systems where the Piping Plover nests.

ences and warm hospitality.

Black Loyalist Heritage Site This site commemorates the largest free Black settlement in North America dating back to 1783.

For more information on Meetings & Conventions Destination Southwest Nova Scotia 18 Dufferin Street, Box 1390 Lunenburg, NS B0J 2C0 Toll Free: 1-877-552-4040 For more information on the South Shore, visit

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Cape Breton Island Cape Breton Island offers beautiful conference facilities featuring an abundance of activities, including lively Celtic entertainment and an Island that is perfect for exploring. The service and hospitality is second to none and the awe inspiring surroundings are breath-taking. Cape Breton Island not only has the ideal location to get the ideas flowing, the conference facilities have all of the latest technology and business services to get the job done. If that is not enough to get your attention what about the fact that the team building opportunities are endless, Photo Courtesy of Destination Cape Breton

from golfing the fabulous courses to hiking some of the best trails in the country and

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sailing on the Bras d’Or Lakes – this would be a conference event your delegates would not soon forget. Rare Beauty The Los Angeles Times wrote, on Aug. 23, 1936, that “in Cape Breton Island, ‘down where the East begins,’ the visitor is enthralled by the unspoiled beauty that greets him everywhere. Rugged shorelines of sheer grandeur. Glens that match those of old Scotland. Valleys of remarkable beauty.” More recently, Travel + Leisure magazine named Cape Breton the best island to visit in the continental United States and Canada in the 2009 World’s Best Awards readers’ survey.

For more information on Meetings & Conventions Destination Cape Breton P.O. Box 1448, Sydney, NS, B1P 6R7 Tel: (902) 563-4636, Fax: (902) 564-5422 For more information on the Cape Breton Island, visit

Don’t Miss... Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site – History comes alive! Relive the glory days of New France in 1744 at the largest historical reconstruction in North America. Plan to spend a day on the animated streets of the fortress, visiting the townsfolk in their homes and soldiers at local pubs as they talk about their war with the British. Don’t let on that you know about the battle’s outcome - the fortress will fall! Hiking Cape Breton Highlands National Park The Cape Breton Highlands National Park has many trails, ranging form short family walks to spectacular hiking expeditions. There are dozens more within and around the communities, the famed Cape Breton Highlands hike is the Skyline Trail, hike with others or join a ranger for a guided hike. For more hikes head to beaches, waterfalls, scenic plateaus, and historic sites.

The Cabot Trail – Cape Breton Islands Natural Wonder If you haven’t already heard about it, or planned your next trip around it, you are in for quite a surprise! The Cabot Trail is a wonder of nature that you won’t want to miss! This drive along the Cabot Trail is definitely a travellers dream with twisting turns to scenic look offs high above the Atlantic ocean, this can only be described a piece of heaven. Golfing Ranked in Golf Digest’s Top 30 golfing destinations in the world, Cape Breton Island is a dream for any “fairway fanatic.” Led by Highlands Links, Bell Bay, Le Portage, Dundee, and our Newest addition—The Lakes at Ben Eion—our courses are both challenging and breathtaking. Where Music Is Born Cape Breton Island – The Celtic Heart of North America The Celtic Heart of North America represents the amazing Celtic and Gaelic cultural experience on Cape Breton Island. We celebrate and share the only living Celtic culture in North America. Whether it‘s dancing to lively fiddle tunes, learning a Gaelic milling song or tracing your roots, we’d love to share our Celtic culture with you. And you just might find it has the key to unlock your Celtic heart.

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IMMERSE YOURSELF IN OUR CULTURE & HERITAGE Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site History comes alive! Relive the glory days of New France in 1744 at the largest historical reconstruction in North America. Plan to spend a day on the animated streets of the fortress, visiting the townsfolk in their homes and soldiers at local pubs as they talk about their war with the British. Don’t let on that you know about the battle’s outcome – the fortress will fall!


TRAVEL + LEISURE named Cape Breton #1 Island Destination in Continental US and Canada, #3 in the WORLD 2011

INSPIRE YOURSELF WITH OUR COASTAL EXPERIENCES “The Cabot Trail Cape Breton Islands Natural Wonder” If you haven’t already heard about it, or planned your next trip around it, you are in for quite a surprise! The Cabot Trail is a wonder of nature that you won’t want to miss! This drive along the Cabot Trail is definitely a traveller’s dream with twisting turns to scenic look offs high above the Atlantic Ocean, this can only be described a piece of heaven. Explore the Bras d’Or, The Unique Bras d’Or Lake The Bras d’Or Lake has been recently designated Canada’s 16th Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO. The Bras d’Or Lake is a unique combination of ocean and lake features, which dominate the centre of Cape Breton Island. Visitors to the Bras d’Or are often surprised that the Lake is salty. Although surrounded by land, two natural channels and a canal connect the Lake to the Atlantic Ocean.

INVIGORATE YOURSELF WITH OUR OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES Golfing Ranked in Golf Digest’s Top 30 golfing destinations in the world, Cape Breton Island is a dream for any “fairway fanatic.” World class golf awaits at Cabot Links, The Lakes, Highlands Links, LePortage, Bell Bay or Dundee Golf Club. Golfers are treated to Atlantic Ocean seascapes, panoramic Bras d’Or Lake vistas, gentle rolling fairways and daunting rugged terrain. Hiking The Cape Breton Highlands National Park has many trails, ranging from short family walks to spectacular hiking expeditions. There are dozens of options in and around our communities – beaches, waterfalls, scenic plateaus and historic sites. If you’re looking for an experience unlike any other be sure to hike the Skyline Trail.

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Get Social

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Social Media and the Meetings Industry There’s little doubt that social media is one of the fastest growing marketing and business tools available today. Once seen as a questionable investment in time and finances, social media’s value is now firmly established. A strong online social presence is quickly becoming a must-have in the competitive business world and there are practical business applications that can be beneficial before, during and after meetings. Social media is about creating a discussion by connecting you with others in an immediate and interactive way. For meeting planners, this means opportunities to promote ideas, disseminate information, get feedback and drive online bookings for events. But more importantly, it offers the chance to engage with participants and create a dialogue, which allows for real personal investment in your meetings. So… where do you start? It may seem obvious, but the first step with social media is to decide what it is you want to say and how you want to say it. Social media can allow you to interact with your attendees


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in a variety of ways, so it’s important to know what your priorities are so you can choose the most appropriate platform. Do you want to link to information or online registration on your website? Create a video for an event? Solicit ideas for spousal programs? Share photos and stories? Help your attendees network with each other? Ask for feedback on how your meeting went? Once you know how you want to engage your audience, you’ll want to choose the right tool for the job. Not all social media platforms may meet your needs and it’s important to understand the strengths and weaknesses of each.

Twitter is a message exchange application where users “tweet” information in short messages of 140 characters or less. Users can retweet your messages to their followers, and so on. Hashtags (key phrases starting with a # sign) are a powerful way to brand your message and allow people to search out information on your event. Why it’s great: Twitter is an easy way to send out links to further information (i.e. a link to spousal tours available on your website, or conference itinerary information). It can create buzz around your event if it’s large, or any portions are open to the public (such as a trade show). It lends itself well to back-and-forth communication as well. Why it’s not: Unless you protect your tweets, anyone who searches for your username will be able to see the information you post. However, if you lock down your info it will only reach a small audience and that defeats the purpose. This is a tool best used for information you don’t mind making public or are hoping to spread to a wide audience.

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Nearly everyone is familiar with Facebook, which allows profile-based information sharing. Facebook offers a lot of different functionalities: create a group specifically for your meeting or conference attendees, set up events with RSVP lists, post photos from your activities and send direct messages to users. Why it’s great: Facebook is probably the most widely-used social networking tool and odds are a high number of your participants will have it. Groups and profiles can be made private so your information can stay within an invited circle of attendees. Why it’s not: Most people tend to use Facebook as a way to keep in touch with friends and family, and not everyone wants to mix home and business; Facebook’s ever-changing privacy settings may make some users hesitant to potentially expose their personal lives to their colleagues.

A work-oriented social networking site, LinkedIn allows members to create profiles and “link” to each other to exchange business info, resumes, offers, look for job opportunities and keep their contacts up to date on their current employment details. Why it’s great: LinkedIn allows meeting attendees to network and form professional relationships, amongst coworkers and people from outside companies. Skills and specialties are usually listed in profiles, so you may find an expert just when you need one. Why it’s not: LinkedIn isn’t set up to create events and it doesn’t allow for easy conversations amongst groups of people. It’s great for networking, but has limited uses for specific events. continued on page 22

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Youtube is the best-known video sharing site, allowing the easy upload of professional and amateur shots (up to 10 minutes in length). Why it’s great: Share promotional videos, conference presentations and post-meeting videos with your meeting attendees – and the world. Or, you can make your account private and videos accessible only via a link you provide to attendees. Why it’s not: Sharing of information is really one-way – there’s no opportunity for discussion, except for the comment’s section of each video (and this is clumsy at best). Consider using YouTube in conjunction with another tool, such as Facebook, which allows you to post the video on your page and take advantage of all the other features associated with it.


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Once the big day arrives, consider integrating social media into your event as well. High-speed wireless connections (free ones!) will allow attendees to post and tweet as activities are ongoing, and communicate not just with you, but with each other. Promote following the event’s Twitter or Facebook accounts for event updates, or offer extras for socially-connected participants. For people who can’t attend the event in person, consider setting up a live stream so out-of-towners can follow along.

If you’re feeling overwhelmed and looking for help, there are numerous consultants and companies located in Nova Scotia that specialize in creating social media campaigns and helping you get the most out of your online presence. Social media has the potential to be a powerful too, but it’s only as effective as you make it.

Having a clear vision, using the right tools and engaging your audience in meaningful ways can help strengthen brand awareness, provide important networking opportunities and create a valuable two-way information exchange between you and your meeting participants.

Of course, a social media presence doesn’t have to (and shouldn’t) stop just because an event is over. Utilize your online presence to get feedback from attendees, share photos and stories from the event, send out follow-up materials or post videos of presentations and social activities. If you keep the conversation going, you’re more likely to create lasting relationships between you and your attendees, and allow colleagues to network effectively with each other.

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Tips for Effective Social Media Use Start small: You don’t have to be everywhere all at once. Decide which social media tool can benefit you the most and start there. You can always expand to other platforms later.

Have a plan: Creating a social media strategy is an important part of developing a successful online social media presence. Knowing what you want to say, when you want to say it and how often is important.

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Don’t pitch the hard sell: Advertising is everywhere, but if you’re using your social media presence to pitch sales, people will quickly tune you out (especially if that’s all you’re doing with it). Use social media to create awareness and added-value for your event and it will sell itself.

Follow through: The point of social media is to engage your users; if you stop talking, people will stop listening. Creating a twitter account that never tweets, a facebook page you never update or a youtube account with only one video can actually turn people off your brand or event and be more harmful than not doing anything in the social media sphere at all.

Talk back: Social media is a great way to send out information, but remember, it’s about the conversation – so don’t forget to listen, too, and respond to your users. Engaging with people is the real point of social media!

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Unique Titanic Experiences The world was stunned in 1912 by the loss of the liner Titanic on her maiden voyage. Halifax, Nova Scotia, has one of the most moving and intimate connections with the Titanic disaster, playing a key role during the tragedy’s aftermath and becoming the final resting place of many of her unclaimed victims.

Three Halifax ships were involved in the grim task of recovering victims - many of whom were laid to rest in three of the city’s cemeteries. Rows of black granite headstones, each inscribed with the same date, April 15, 1912, are a stark reminder of the disaster. April 15, 2012, marked the 100th anniversary of the sinking of Titanic. This occasion was commemorated through special Halifax Titanic events and programming that underscored the impact the Titanic story continues to have on Halifax and the world. When visiting Halifax, one can experience reminders of Titanic and other courageous stories about our people and their intimate connection with the sea. Meeting planners can bring these experiences to their delegates by contacting any of the following companies.

Velocity Event Management is offering “Your Titanic Experience” to corporate groups coming to Halifax wanting a Titanic themed event without having to leave their conference venue. They will bring components including décor, music, entertainers, costumes Titanic Exhibit Photo Courtesy of Bedford Institute of Oceanography

and more to any premises and customize each event to suit client budgets and objectives. Whether you’re looking for a “lower deck” party or first class formal reception and/or dinner, they can do it all. P: 902-229-0209 E: W:

LimeLight Communications Group Inc. is bursting with inspiring speakers and show stopping entertainment for conferences, corporate meetings and special events. In an effort to help commemorate the 100th anniversary of the great Titanic, LimeLight is featuring a customized orchestra to provide music for special events. The Halifax Titanic Orchestra will transport you back in history, to an era of opulence, performing the music heard by passengers on the Titanic’s ill-fated maiden voyage. The Orchestra can provide background music for receptions and dinners as well as a concert experience. P: 902-433-1986 E: W: TheHalifaxTitanicOrchestra

RCR Catering have partnered with Classic Dinner Theatre Productions to bring groups Titanic: The Fated Voyage. This Dinner Theatre is more than just a show, it’s an interactive experience. The story of Titanic has captivated minds and imaginations for 100 years. Re-live one of the most powerful moments in modern history through a spectacular three act dramatic production. To truly enhance authenticity, menu items actually served onboard the famed ship on April 14, 1912 have been specially recreated by one of the top chefs in the region. Experience the pomp of the first class lounge, soak in the sounds of Titanic’s era and enjoy a taste of history. P: 855-436-0029 E: W:

NovaScotian Crystal has a unique suggestion for Titanic-themed corporate gift giving this year - Icebergs. The clay pot that heats the molten crystal for the craftsman to create their pieces is replaced about once a year. As the pot cools, its walls crumble and fall away, releasing exquisitely abstract raw chunks of crystal, resembling icebergs. Like the rings of a tree or a vintage of great wine, these pieces hold in them not just a piece of the crystal makers’ soul, but a small trace of every piece of crystal that was formed since the pot was fired up a year earlier. P: 877-492-3089 E: W: icebergs-intro-and-gallery


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A rare deck chair from Titanic is included in the Maritime Museum’s permanent exhibit Titanic: The Unsinkable Ship and Halifax. Photo courtesy Gerry Lunn, Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, Halifax, NS M81.228.1

The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic has what is generally recognized as the world’s finest collection of wooden artifacts from Titanic. Halifax was the closest major port to the 1912 sinking and all of the recovered bodies were brought to Halifax, along with many pieces of wreckage. These fragments, including

a near perfectly preserved deckchair and large pieces of oak carving, are featured as part of the museum’s permanent exhibit. The Museum’s Small Craft Gallery is a wonderfully unique offsite space for a sit down meal (100) or standup reception (250).

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Five Tips for Creating a Memorable Event

A successful conference or convention can boost sales, improve productivity and expand market share. In fact, the sector is more than a $30-billion industry, according to Meeting Professionals International Foundation Canada (MPI). That’s a significant investment by businesses of all sizes. A good conference or convention starts with a good leader. In other words, hire a professional. “Successful conference or conventions don’t just happen - they just look that way,” says Claudia Habib of downeast destination management, a Halifax-based event management company. Event planners are experts in the big picture and are skilled at the micro-view as well – the tiny details that are easily overlooked but can make or break an event, such as a special menu for guests with food allergies or coordinating the event agenda with airport shuttle service.

Habib offers five hints that can make your next conference or convention shine:


Be exclusive: Everyone likes to feel special. Conference and convention attendance will hit capacity when delegates are offered an experience they cannot get elsewhere; for example, having a popular Nova Scotia singer or musician perform at an exclusive concert for conference delegates.


Think ‘theme’: A successful event creates memories and reinforces them, so they are retained long after the event is over. A conference logo, colours, symbols are all important tools that when identified and used on registration forms, delegate bags, signage and decor will help your conference or convention hit its mark.


Keep it natural: Nova Scotia food, music, and attractions offer much more than the postcard view. They provide experiences that can only be found here. Think beyond the

obvious: talent abounds not only in folk music but in every genre of the arts imaginable. Too many choices? Your event professional can help.


Collaborate: Every event needs a team to run smoothly, from the moderator keeping the agenda on track to the catering staff ensuring the hot food is hot, the cold food is properly chilled and all is served with split-second precision. Each team member is an expert in his or her field. Respecting their opinions and linking each element will create that seamless flow that keeps participants interested.


Get in touch, stay in touch: Invitations and registration incentives make the introductions, the event encourages the conversation, and the “apres conference” follow up keeps the relationship going. Well-worded evaluations capture fresh memories and honest observations, which in turn can guide next steps and future events. Delegates remain a wealth of information after the last guest has departed for home.

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Flavours of Nova Scotia Each year Nova Scotia harvests a bounty of fresh produce, lands delectable seafood on its shores and brews and distils some of the finest ales and whiskeys in the country. When thinking of Nova Scotia foods, one of the first to come to mind is usually seafood. The seafood industry, both fishing and processing, has been an integral part of the Nova Scotia economy and culture for hundreds of years. Lobster is one of the most popular types of seafood caught off the shores of Nova Scotia with thousands of visitors enjoying the delectable crustacean each year. Lobster fishing is available on every shore of Nova Scotia from the Bay of Fundy to the cold waters of the Atlantic with seasons open in various fishing districts virtually year-round. Another of Nova Scotia’s deepwater delicacies are Digby scallops. The fishery for scallops occurs off the shores of Digby, which is often referred to as “The Scallop Capital of the World”. Scallops are shucked (have their shells removed)

and the meat is sold all over the globe. Scallops are available in shops and restaurants year-round and are found in a multitude of delicious dishes. Scallops can also be ordered alone and may be served on their shell. From the seas to the fields, Nova Scotia yields a plentiful farm-to-table crop during harvest season in the province. The province’s fertile soils and climate make the ideal environment for growing a multitude of fresh, straight from the farm fruits and vegetables. Farmers’ markets all over the province welcome vendors selling their fresh strawberries, potatoes, carrots, beans, apples and so much more each year. Blueberries are also grown in abundance in Nova Scotia, with Oxford being designated the “Wild Blueberry Capital of Canada”. Much of this fresh produce also makes its way to restaurants throughout

the province to ensure visitors and patrons are enjoying the freshest local ingredients available. Nova Scotia is also home to several breweries. Beginning in 1820, the Alexander Keith’s Brewery in Halifax is perhaps Nova Scotia’s most famous brewery. Today it continues to produce five ales, including the India Pale Ale that made Alexander Keith’s mark in the business. Brewery tours by costumed guides are available and are a popular attraction when visiting Halifax. Propeller Brewing Company, also located in Halifax, produces award winning ales and Nova Scotia flavours of lagers. Propeller, a microbrewery, takes pride in its craft beers, which are produced in small batches to ensure the best flavour and made with natural ingredients. Propeller offers standard year-round brews with three seasonal beers available, including pumpkin ale in the autumn. Tours of the Propeller Brewery are available to guests. Canada’s only single malt whiskey maker, the


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Glenora Distillery, is located in Glenville, Nova Scotia on Cape Breton Island. Visitors to the distillery are invited to tour the facilities and experience how Glen Breton Rare single malt whiskey is produced using malted barley. Be sure to visit the gift shop to pick up a souvenir or gift and try the Whiskey Cake – the only one of its kind in North America!

How to eat a lobster Cracking into a lobster can be a challenging and sometimes intimidating feat if not properly educated. Seasoned lobster eaters have their own tricks for reaching the succulent meat within the shell, but here are a few tips for beginners. Warning! Eating lobster can be a messy business, so use the bib if you’re offered one! 1. T  wist off the claws where they attach to the body. 2. Crack the claw using a lobster or nut cracker. 3. Using a lobster pick or fork, remove the claw meat from the shell and commence dunking in melted butter! 4. To get to the tail meat, uncurl the tail and twist it where it connects to the body. The green stuff is called tomalley (lobster liver) and is considered a delicacy in some countries. But it’s advisable to skip the tomalley and wash or scrape it off the tail. The bright red inside the lobster is roe or lobster eggs and is only found in females. It’s edible if you wish to eat it. 5. Once the tail has been detached from the body, hold the tail horizontally in one hand and squeeze until it breaks, pull the two sides apart and extract the meat using a lobster pick or fork. A knife can also be used to crack the tail open. Be sure to discard the dark vein running down the tail.

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Off the Beaten Path When it comes to finding a unique pre or post activity for your group or their families, there’s no shortage of choices in Nova Scotia. We’ve got it all, from culinary, cultural and historical experiences, to outdoor adventures and traditional sightseeing. Here are just a few of the unique activities available for your group as a whole, or for individuals looking to add on to their stay.

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Explore Fisherman’s Cove, a quaint restored 200-year-old fishing village in Eastern Passage. Visitors can sample fantastic Nova Scotian seafood, visit the Marine interpretive centre or wander along the waterfront boardwalk and visit the unique local wares. Charter boats are available for whale watching, deep-sea fishing and island tours.

Glenora Distillery is Canada’s only distiller of single malt whisky. Home to Glen Breton Rare, North America’s first single malt whisky, Glenora offers tours of the distillery and its rich history from May to October, which include samples of the company’s famous products. Glenora Distillery 1 (800) 839-0491

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I was flying from Frankfurt to New York for a vacation, but landed in heaven.

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- A quote from an anonymous passenger on a transatlantic airplane flight diverted on short notice to land in Nova Scotia.

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A working maple syrup farm and woodlot, Sugar Moon Farms offers tours and tastings in their working sugar camp. Guests can access the Cape to Cape Trail and hike, ski, snowshoe or take a sleigh ride around the farm. “Chef’s Night at Sugar Moon”, a monthly gourmet maple dining experience, features guest chefs, live music and wine tastings.

Hike through rocky coves glacier-carved headlands and silver sands at Kejimkujik National Park Seaside, just west of Liverpool. Watch for seals and shorebirds as you tour interpretive exhibits and learn about the area’s flora and fauna. The stunning coastal scenery will surely captivate your imagination.

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Breathtaking Blooms Annapolis Historic Gardens showcase more than 400 years of local history over 17 acres of fragrant gardens. Highlights include an exceptional rose collection, the 18th centuryinspired Governor’s Garden, the modern Innovative Garden and a reconstructed Acadian house showcasing mid-1600’s Acadian culture.

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Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens (902) 532-7018

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For the Love of Art For a taste of culture visit the Western Branch of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, nestled in a historic, late 1800s Victorian-style building in downtown Yarmouth. The only satellite gallery in Canada, the Western AGNS draws from the province’s collection of contemporary, historical and folk art, and includes works from permanent collections and travelling exhibitions. Art Gallery of Nova Scotia – Western Branch (902) 749-2248 Yarmouth/default.aspx Photo Courtesy of Meaghan Ferdinand

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Standing Ovation Neptune Theatre is Atlantic Canada’s largest professional regional theatre. Lavish musicals, side-splitting comedies and powerful dramas are performed during their season, while smaller, more intimate productions are also staged. The regular season runs from mid September until late May, but often stretches well into July with popular productions such as Cats and Beauty and The Beast. Neptune Theatre (902) 429-7070 For more idea on great pre and post options in Nova Scotia, visit


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Six Tips for Conference Attendees 1) Set goals – Take some time to think about what you would like to achieve at the conference — honing your technical or leadership skills, meeting new contacts or sourcing vendors. Having a game plan will help you maximize your time and derive the most benefit.

2) Network – Network. Network. Use this opportunity to connect with business professionals you wouldn’t otherwise have access to. Remember to practice your elevator pitch and bring plenty of business cards. 3) Venture out on your own – While it may be tempting to mingle with existing colleagues, take this opportunity to meet new people. If each member of your group meets five individuals, your network will grow significantly. 4) Offer to contribute – Have some interesting industry or professional expertise? Consider submitting a speaker proposal. You’ll present yourself as a subject matter expert while gaining new skills and contacts. 5) Learn something new – Attend sessions that will introduce you to new subjects rather than those in which you feel most comfortable. Keep a running list of ideas, insights and action items learned for future follow-up.

6) Keep in touch – Widen your network by contacting individuals after the conference. Social networking sites such as LinkedIn are an excellent way to stay connected and share industry best practices. Source: Robert Half Management Resources

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Unique Reminders of Your Visit Looking for a special take-home reminder of your time in Nova Scotia? There’s no shortage of unique artisan shops and galleries throughout the province; from hand-crafted carvings and original artwork to traditional Nova Scotian apparel and delicious fare, you’ll find the perfect memento or gift. In Halifax, there are a number of unique shopping experiences with a historical twist. The Hydrostone Market (, nestled in the city’s North End, is a European-style collection of shops housed in buildings constructed after the Halifax Explosion. There you’ll find unique handcrafted items, gourmet dining and more. Or check out Historic Properties on the Halifax waterfront (, where boutique shopping and some of the city’s most spectacular waterfront patios are located within late 17th and early 18th century privateer’s warehouses. For a taste of Halifax’s nautical history, visit Rum Runners at Bishops Landing ( and take home a delectable rum cake made with Cape Breton’s Glenora Distilleries rum or whiskey. If you’re looking for something with a little sparkle, travel to the Eastern Shore to visit The Tourist Trap ( in Musquodoboit Harbour. Best known for its hand-crafted gemstone jewellery, it also offers pottery, Acadian Maple products, furniture, art and photography of the famous Sable Island ponies. For a unique tasting experience, J. Willy Krauch & Son’s Smokehouse ( in Tangier offers gourmet smoked Atlantic salmon, herring, trout, mackerel and eels in traditional Scandinavian style. In Cape Breton, get into the true spirit of New Scotland at MacIssac Kiltmakers and Celtic Gift Shop ( The St. Peter’s shop custom makes hand sewn kilts, ladies kilted skirts and children’s kilties. The shop also stocks kilt accessories and Celtic gifts. Port Hood’s Galloping Cows Fine Foods ( produces decadent fruit preserves, wine jellies and apple butters, as individual items and in gift baskets. For a truly Nova Scotian item, take home a Celtic fiddle filled with decadent gourmet fruit sauces. Or visit the Cape Breton Centre for Craft & Design in Sydney (, which features some of the island’s finest crafts, with craftspeople on-site creating new works in studios. In the Northumberland region, Pictou’s Grohmann Knives ( has been producing award-winning, hand-crafted knives for

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more than 50 years. In addition to its retail location, it also offers free factory tours from Monday to Friday. For something slightly softer, visit the Lismore Sheep Farm Wool Shop ( in River John. A working sheep farm with 300 animals, it produces a variety of wool and sheepskin products, including Nova Scotia tartan pure wool throws. The Flight of Fancy in Bear River (, nestled in the Fundy Shore and Annapolis Valley region, is a nationally acclaimed art gallery and craft shop showcasing the work of more than 200 artists. The Flight is housed in a circa 1845 home and features wood carvings, earthenware, glassware, traditional Mi’q Maw baskets and carvings, as well as oil, acrylic, watercolour, bone and antler art. For some udderly delicious Nova Scotian fare, visit Fox Hill Cheese House in Port Williams (, which crafts more than 20 varieties of specialty cheeses, natural yogurt and gelato from its own herd of Holstein cows. Tours allow you to watch the cheese making process and sample some of the products. Yarmouth and Acadian Shores offers up culinary treats at the Yarmouth Farmers Community Market (, located at the historic Hawthorn Street barn warehouse in

downtown Yarmouth. Drop by on Saturdays year round to visit more than 25 vendors offering local produce, meats, poultry, baked goods, prepared food, wine, beer, coffee and crafts. Just outside Yarmouth sits At the Sign of the Whale (, which features all-Nova Scotia work by 150 artists and craftspeople. Listed in Frommer’s, Fodor’s and Michelin travel guides, items in the store and gallery include pottery, paintings, books, clothing, weaving, wood turning, jewellery, candles and glasswork. The South Shore offers the chance for rest and relaxation with Bay Hammocks in Seabright (, where St. Margaret’s Bay artisans have crafted exceptionally comfortable woven hammocks and swings. The Village Emporium in Chester (www.villageemporiumns. com) brings more than 20 vendors together under one roof to create a total shopping experience. Giftware, jewelry, clothing, local artwork, soaps and lotions, and stained glass are just a few of the items you’ll find in this multi-room store. In Mahone Bay stop by Amos Pewter ( for handcrafted Nova Scotian items inspired by nature and the seaside. An interpretative workshop and free guided tours are also available.

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“I love the rawness & va Skyline Trail, Cape Breton Highlands National Park of Canada

Angelo’s Nova Scotia


love everything about the outdoors in Nova Scotia. We are blessed with awesome natural beauty all around this province, from breathtaking ocean views and stunning inland rivers and lakes to pristine Acadian forests. The visitors who come here really respond to that. Every trip is different. Every trip is exhilarating. And when people come to visit, it can change their entire attitude. After only a couple of hours outdoors, they discover something new about themselves.

astness of our outdoors.” Angelo Spinazzola - Nova Scotian tour guide

More of my favourites • Cape Breton Highlands National Park of Canada is a real gem • Try tidal bore rafting on the Shubenacadie River • Spend an afternoon on a cycling tour of Pictou Island on the beautiful Northumberland Shore • Have a picnic and walk the trails at Cape Forchu Lighthouse in Yarmouth

My favourite adventures Your clients can paddle for days exploring the islands in St. Margaret’s Bay and Tangier. Or feel the heartbeat of Cape Breton Island on the Bras d’Or Lakes. At Point Michaud in Cape Breton, along the Eastern Shore near Lawrencetown and further south at White Point there is some phenomenal surfing. Try whale-watching off Digby, or back-country trekking through the Tobeatic Wilderness area. Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site of Canada offers a stunning array of outdoor adventures.

So when are you coming?

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For the Other Half

Spousal programs are becoming an increasingly important part of meeting and convention planning. For your meeting participants, most of their day is accounted for with meetings and social events and there’s usually little free time. Meanwhile spouses often find themselves left to their own devices. Offering tours, activities and entertainment for attendees’

a web-savvy group, consider bookings through your meeting or conference website. Be sure to set an early enough deadline for joining so that you can confirm transportation and other arrangements. Choosing the right tours for your group can be a daunting task. Nova Scotia has hundreds of historical sites, landmarks, tour operators, museums, outdoor spaces and unique experiences you can offer your guests. Don’t be afraid to enlist some help – if you’re light on ideas or new to the area yourself, draw on some expert connections; destination management

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organizations, tour companies and even your venue’s meeting staff will be happy to give you references and assist with bookings. There’s practically no end to the types of tours and activities that can be planned for spousal programs, but here are a few ideas to get you started.

Raise a Glass Winery and brewery tours are a popular way to help guests relax, see some of our province and sample Nova Scotia’s award-winning tipples. Halifax is home to the Alexander Keith’s Brewery

better halves helps create a complete experience for your delegates and their

Finding the right balance between individual and group activities can be a challenge, but offering a variety of events for both individuals and groups provides the best opportunity for each person to explore the province in their favourite way. Don’t forget to allow for some free time; no matter how great your scheduled activities, some people will want to get out and see the sights on their own time. Generally spousal tours are scheduled in advance and info is sent out with meeting information to allow your delegates and their families time to research and consider their options. If you’ve got


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Tips to Remember • Set a registration deadline for group tours and events. This will allow you to make reservations for tours, dining, activities and transport in advance, and allow you to cancel an event if there isn’t enough interest. Most tour operators and transportation companies will require at least 48 hours notice for cancellation.

• Know your audience. Remember to take your group’s interests into account when planning events or tours. A winery tour may not be appropriate for one group, while a hiking tour may be unsuitable for another. • Offer variety. A tour may not be up everyone’s alley. Offer a few different options to ensure there’s something that appeals to a variety of interest groups. • Make it unique. Many couples may arrive early or stay on after the conference to experience the area. Unique activities will help make the trip a memorable one.

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tour (, complete with actors in period costumes and a stop in the Stag’s Head Pub to sample a beer or two. From Domaine De Grand Pré in the Annapolis Valley to Jost Vinyards in the Malagash Peninsula, Nova Scotian wineries (and their wares) abound; for a complete listing, visit the Winery Association of Nova Scotia (

Get a Taste of History


Visit Le Village historique acadien ( in the Yarmouth & Acadian Shores region to get a taste of early 1900s Acadien culture and history. In Cape Breton you can visit North America’s largest historical construction, the 18th century Fortress Louisbourg ( ns/louisbourg/index.aspx). Or take a tour to the South Shore with Ambassatours Gray Line ( and visit the historic lighthouse at Peggy’s Cove or the UNESCO World Heritage town of Lunenburg.

There are numerous spas in every area of the province that can provide spouses with that all-important ‘me’ time. Many hotels will be able to provide these services on site, or recommend a local establishment. In Cape Breton, Keltic Lodge’s Spa at Keltic ( keltic_spa.html) boasts more than over 5,000 square feet of space with an oceanview lounge, while Spirit Spa ( in Halifax offers a full range of products including a relaxing “waterfall massage” under a cascade of warm water.

Peggy’s Cover Lighthouse Photo Courtesy of Nova Scotia Tourism


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Tidal Bore Rafting Photo Courtesy of Nova Scotia Tourism

Enjoy The Great Outdoors

For the Kids

Tidal bore rafting along the Shubenacadie River offers a heart thumping adventure for those who are feeling adventurous and don’t mind getting a little wet! Tidal Bore Rafting Park & Cottages ( offers the ferocious tides of the Bay of Fundy. If your guests would rather swing a club, Glen Arbour in Halifax (www. or the Digby Pines Golf Resort and Spa ( offer challenging courses.

Families are becoming a more common sight at meetings and events each year. If your delegates are travelling with the family, a few kid-friendly options will make for well-rounded offerings. In Halifax, the Discovery Centre (www. hosts children’s programs throughout the year, infusing hands-on science learning with entertaining exhibits and live science shows. Just a few hours away, Upper Clements Parks ( near Digby offers rides and entertainment for kids of all ages.

Upper Clements Park Photo Courtesy Communications Nova Scotia

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Lift Your Team’s Spirits in Nova Scotia’s Great Outdoors

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All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. James Howell first recorded the proverb in 1659 in his book, Proverbs in English, Italian, French and Spanish. It applies equally to Jack and Jill, and means a person becomes both bored and boring with an unremitting schedule of work, work and more work.

Team Building Harbour Cruise on the Mar Photo Courtesy Julia Webb

Many of us are overly familiar with the feeling. Without any interest or motivation to do better, employee productivity will fall and a company will suffer with decreased financial performance, low employee morale and increased absenteeism, along with a whole host of other negative impacts. In an effort to combat the syndrome, company social committees are charged with bringing employees together for fun events and activities that will foster team spirit and convert ideas and enthusiasm into motivation and productivity. There are the usual staff barbecues and golf tournaments, but there’s so much more to see and do, as they say. Nova Scotia has an embarrassment of riches when it comes to opportunities for bringing people together for fun. If you’re looking for more than a few icebreaker games to hold over a lunch break, event planners at all of Nova Scotia’s major convention centres,

hotels and resorts can help you plan some fun time away from the office.

every effort to treat the environment with kid gloves.

Some great indoor activities include making a film, planning a garden (and then heading outdoors to plant it), designing and building a sculpture, cooking a gourmet meal for all, holding a wine tasting event and touring museums and art galleries.

Murphy’s on the Water offers deep-sea fishing, tours of Halifax Harbour on the Harbour Queen paddlewheeler and group packages for working with the captain and crew of the Mar, a twomasted sailing ketch, to sail the ship in Halifax Harbour.

Outdoors activities are where Nova Scotia shines. There’s rafting, geocaching, hiking, coastal biking, deep sea fishing, sailing cruises, obstacle courses, scavenger hunts, guided historic tours and, of course, golf – just to name a few. Other fun activities for groups might include staging murder mysteries and/or crime scene investigations, laser tag, paintball and a day at an amusement park.

Upper Clements Park is always happy to see large groups spend the day in the theme park and new for 2012 is the adventure park, which offers team-building events. The park will open in mid-June.

Kattuk Expeditions, based in Halifax, specializes in taking medium to large groups into the wild on guided tours on foot and bicycle that make

Experts suggest avoiding events that put team members in competition with one another. Instead, look for activities that foster a deeper understanding between co-workers, leaving them liking each more after the event and feeling they’re “good together”. continued on page 44

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The downfall of team building efforts comes when events or activities are imposed upon the team in such a way that members perceive them as silly or unpleasant, as time taken away from essential tasks, or simply unnecessary. It harkens back to childhood days when you were obligated to go to a birthday party for someone you didn’t like or didn’t know. We all remember saying, “Alright, I’ll go, but I won’t have fun!” The same

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attitude can and often does apply to adults and team building activities. The solution? Know your team well enough to understand when they need to reconnect or just have some time together to blow off steam, and learn what will appeal to them. So, if people are getting a little stale around the office or showing signs of the three Bs (bickering, backstabbing,

blaming others), it might be time for some lighthearted quality time for your team.

Sources: For group adventures and outdoor team building events, contact Kattuk Expeditions at or call 902-499-9017. Information on Murphy’s The Cable Wharf’s corporate and conference events is available at or call 902-420-1015. Upper Clements Park group events information is available at or by calling 888-248-4567.

Upper Clements Park Photo Courtesy Communications Nova Scotia


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Smart Conferences

Designing events that not only educate, but help attendees create. If a business need exists, however obscure it may be, there’s probably a conference that addresses it. But will it really get the job done? Businesspeople often view conferences with a skeptical eye. Sure, these claim to be great opportunities to learn more about industry changes and gain valuable insights on how to get ahead, but many discover after performing their own post-conference reviews that these are empty promises. What these businesspeople are guaranteed is a couple of days out of the office, hundreds of dollars spent on travel, hotels and registration fees — and the discovery that, back in the real world, they have no idea how to implement what they’ve learned. So, as an organization, how do you create conferences that will attract businesspeople and give them their money’s worth and more?

David F. Giannetto, coauthor and creator of The Performance Power Grid, The Proven Method to Create and Sustain Superior Organizational Performance, offers this advice: • Ensure attendees leave the conference with tangible deliverables and takeaways. When they get back to the office, you want them to know how to incorporate everything they’ve learned into their daily operations and be able to help colleagues who didn’t attend understand why these changes are important for the ultimate success of the organization. A good conference can actually assist attendees in creating the first deliverables for change at their organizations while still at the event. They can analyze their own organizations against a common framework and use each session to bring them one step closer to taking their performance to a new level. continued on page 48

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• Line up a star-studded cast of speakers including the most well-known and accomplished people specializing in the conference’s topic. After all, attendees learn from the best (and also each other). Arrange for keynote speeches and lead sessions. Also set the stage for political-style debates among attendees and speakers, enabling attendees to hear from one another while picking the brains of some of the best in the business in a casual and conversational environment.

• Centrally located in Downtown Halifax • 104 All Suite Hotel

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• Pool and fitness centre with hot tub and sauna

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• Create case-study opportunities for attendees to hear how other companies have achieved success. Sometimes in the business world, it’s easier to follow someone else’s lead rather than blaze your own trail. It’s that reasoning that has made company case studies such an important part of the next generation of conferences. Delegates need a chance to learn from key figures of some of today’s leading organizations who have actually traveled down this path within their own organizations. These speakers can show attendees there are many ways to approach solving problems within business and that there is no one magic bullet as long as you have the right foundation. • Take “networking” to a higher level. Sure, every conference provides an opportunity to network. Throw a bunch of businesspeople together from the same industry and they’re bound to get acquainted. But not every conference begins that process before attendees even arrive at the facility. Using an electronic meeting system will give attendees the opportunity to opt-in during registration. Then two weeks prior to the event, conference organizers can send out meeting information so that attendees can start developing their meeting schedule before they arrive. That way when they get to the conference they’ll already have a great working relationship with fellow attendees. And they’ll build on those relationships during the sessions they attend as they work together to bring change to their individual organizations.


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Maritime Inns & Resorts - Port Hawkesbury

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Meeting & Convention Facilities Wagmatcook Culture and Heritage Centre 10765 Hwy 105 Wagmatcook, NS, B0E 3N0 Toll Free: 1-866-295-2999 Fax: (902) 295-3306

Restaurants Chanterelle Country Inn and Cottages 48678 Cabot Trail Baddeck, NS, B0E 1B0 Toll Free: 1-866-277-0577 Tel: (902) 929-2263

Retail/Specialty Shopping Cape Breton Centre for Craft & Design 322 Charlotte Street Sydney, NS, B1P 1C6 Tel: (902) 539-7491 Fax: (902) 539-4807

Fundy Shore & Annapolis Valley Accommodations with M&C Facilities Annapolis Basin Conference Centre 61 Broadway Avenue Cornwallis Park, NS, B0S 1H0 Toll Free: 1-888-830-4466 Tel: (902) 638-8602 ext 1225 Fax: (902) 638-3101

Best Western PLUS Glengarry Truro Trade & Convention Centre Exit 13 off Hwy 102 150 Willow Street Truro, NS, B2N 4Z6 Toll Free: 1-800-567-4276 Tel: (902) 893-4311, Fax: (902) 893-1759

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Halifax Metro Accommodations Comfort Inn Dartmouth 456 Windmill Road Dartmouth, NS, B3L 3H3 Toll Free: 1-800-228-5150 Tel: (902) 463-9900 Fax: (902) 466-2080

Fox Harb’r Golf Resort & Spa 1337 Fox Harbour Road Wallace, NS, B0K 1Y0 Toll Free: 1-866-257-1801 Fax: (902) 257-1852

Accommodations with M&C Facilities Atlantica Hotel & Marina Oak Island

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Atlantica Hotel Halifax

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Best Western Plus Dartmouth Hotel & Suites 15 Spectacle Lake Drive Dartmouth, NS, B3B 1X7 Toll Free: 1-866-676-9846 Tel: (902) 463-2000, (902) 446-3795 Fax: (902) 465-2225

Dalhousie University Conference Services & Summer Housing Room 1024, Risley Hall 1233 LeMarchant Street Halifax, NS, B3H 3P6 Toll Free: 1-888-271-9222 Tel: (902) 494-3401 Fax: (902) 494-1219

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Halifax Marriott Harbourfront 1919 Upper Water Street Halifax, NS, B3J 3J5 Toll Free: 1-800-943-6760 Tel: (902) 421-1700 Fax: (902) 422-5805

Holiday Inn Halifax Harbourview 101 Wyse Road Dartmouth, NS, B3A 1L9 Toll Free: 1-888-434-0440 Tel: (902) 463-1100 Fax: (902) 464-1227

Lord Nelson Hotel & Suites

1515 South Park Street Halifax, NS, B3J 2L2 Toll Free: 1-800-565-2020 Tel: (902) 423-6331, (902) 423-5130 Res Fax: (902) 491-6148

Mount Saint Vincent University 166 Bedford Highway Halifax, NS, B3M 2J6 Toll Free: 1-866-405-1805 Tel: (902) 457-6364, (902) 457-6355 Fax: (902) 443-5793

Quality Inn & Suites Halifax

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60 Sky Boulevard Goffs, NS, B2T 1K3 Toll Free: 1-800-667-3333 Tel: (902) 873-3000 Fax: (902) 873-3001

Radisson Suite Hotel Halifax1 649 Hollis Street Halifax, NS, B3J 1V8 Toll Free: 1-800-333-3333 Tel: (902) 429-7233 Fax: (902) 429-9700

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The Halliburton

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Westin Nova Scotian Hotel

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Hilton Garden Inn Halifax Airport 200 Pratt & Whitney Drive Enfield, NS, B2T 0A2 Toll Free: 1-888-667-6005

Holiday Inn Express Enfield 180 Pratt & Whitney Drive Enfield, NS, B2T 1L1 Toll Free: 1-877-919-2244

Activities & Attractions Alexander Keith’s Nova Scotia Brewery 1496 Lower Water Street Halifax, NS, B3J 1R9 Toll Free: 1-877-612-1820 Tel: (902) 455-1474 Fax: (902) 422-1077

Amos Pewter

589 Main Street Mahone Bay, NS, B0J 2E0 Toll Free: 1-800-565-3369 Tel: (902) 624-9547 Fax: (902) 624-1366

Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 211055 Marginal Road Halifax, NS, B3H 4P7 Tel: (902) 425-7770 Fax: (902) 423-4045

Airlines/Air Charters Halifax International Airport Authority 1 Bell Boulevard Enfield, NS, B2T 1K2 Tel: (902) 873-1422, (902) 873-4422 Fax: (902) 873-4750

Audio Visual AVW - TELAV - Audio Visual Solutions 100 Ilsley Avenue, Unit K Halifax, NS, B3B 1L3 Tel: (902) 468-4485 Fax: (902) 468-9656

Charter Boats Murphys the Cable Wharf Charter Boats 1751 Lower Water StreetPO Box 2378 Halifax, NS, B3J 3E4 Tel: (902) 420 1015 Fax: (902) 423-7942

Tall Ship Silva

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Destination Management Companies Alexander Richardson Inc.

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Golf Courses Glen Arbour Golf Course

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Dartmouth Sportsplex

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Halifax Forum Community Association 2901 Windsor Street Halifax, NS, B3K 5E5 Tel: (902) 490-4614 Fax: (902) 490-4618

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Restaurants Murphy’s the Cable Wharf Restaurant 1751 Lower Water Street P.O Box 2378 Halifax, NS, B3J 3E4 Tel: (902) 420-1015 Fax: (902) 423-7942

Stories Restaurant at The Halliburton 5184 Morris Street Halifax, NS, B3J 1B3 Toll Free: 1-888-512-3344 Tel: (902) 444-4400 Fax: (902) 423-2324

Retail/Specialty Shopping Historic Properties

1869 Upper Water Street Halifax, NS, B3J 1S9 Tel: (902) 429-0530 Fax: (902) 429-0410

M.E.F.Y. Gifts (Made Especially For You) Tel: (902) 449-7742

Murphy’s the Cable Wharf Company Store 1751 Lower Water Street PO Box 2378 Halifax, NS, B3J 3E4 Tel: (902) 420-1015 Fax: (902) 423-7942

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5201 Duke Street Halifax, NS, B3J 2V9 Toll Free: 1-866-671-6683 Tel: (902) 429-3660 Fax: (902) 429-7785

Tour Operators Murphy’s The Cable Wharf Charter Boats 1751 Lower Water Street PO Box 2378 Halifax, NS, B3J 3E4 Tel: (902) 420-1015 Fax: (902) 423-7942

Murphy’s The Cable Wharf Harbour Hopper Tours 1751 Lower Water Street PO Box 2378 Halifax, NS, B3J 3E4 Tel: (902) 420-1015 Fax: (902) 423-7942

Tourism and Business Organizations Department of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism 1800 Argyle Street, Suite 602 P.O. Box 456 Halifax, NS, B3J 2R5 Toll Free: 1-800-565-0000 Tel: (902) 424-1787 Fax: (902) 424-2668

Transportation A World Class Limousine Co Ltd. 2354 Rockey Lake Drive Halifax, NS, B2R 1R5 Toll Free: 1-800-565-2777 Tel: 902-864-3032 www.nslimo.cca

Acadian Bus Lines

1161 Hollis Street Halifax, NS, B3H 2P6 Toll Free: 1-800-561-1210 ext 2289 Fax: (450) 968-1087

Antigonish Conference Centre Centrally located half way between Halifax and Sydney Antigonish Conference Centre

• Centre can accommodate up to 360 people theatre-style or 225 for a sit-down dinner • Ballroom can be subdivided into three smaller meeting rooms • Three boardrooms • Newly renovated

137 Church Street Exit 33, TCH 104 Antigonish, NS B2G 2E3 Phone/Fax: (902) 863-1050 Call Our Professional Coordinators Today

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Northumberland Shore Accommodations with M&C Facilities Claymore Inn and Suites & Antigonish Conference Centre 137 Church Street Antigonish, NS, B2G 2E3 Toll Free: 1-888-863-1050 Tel: (902) 863-1050 Fax: (902) 863-1050

Holiday Inn Express Stellarton New Glasgow 86 Lawrence Blvd. P.O. Box 2480 Stellarton, NS, B0K 1S0 Toll Free: 1-800-HOLIDAY Tel: (902) 755-1020

Maritime Inns & Resorts Antigonish 158 Main Street Antigonish, NS, B2G 2B7 Toll Freel: 1-888-662-7484 Tel: (902) 863-4001 Fax: (902) 863-2672


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St. Francis Xavier University, Conferences & Special Events PO Box 5000 Antigonish, NS, B2G 2W5 Toll Free: 1-866-STAY-AT-X Tel: (902) 867-2855 Fax: (902) 867-3751

Stonehame Chalets

R.R. #3310 Fitzpatrick Mountain Road Scotsburn, NS, B0K 1R0 Toll Free: 1-877-646-3468 Tel: (902) 485-3468 Fax: (902) 485-5928

Meeting & Convention Facilities St Francis Xavier University Charles V. Keating Centre PO Box 5000 Antigonish, NS, B2G 2W5 Toll Free: 1-866-259-8169 Tel: (902) 867-5245 Fax: (902) 867-3303

South Shore Accommodations with M&C Facilities Best Western PLUS Liverpool Hotel & Conference Centre 63 Queens Place Drive Liverpool, NS, B0T 1K0 Tel: (902) 354-2377 Fax: (902) 354-2877

White Point Beach Resort

Halifax Sales Office 5426 Portland Place Halifax, NS, B3K 1A1 Tel: (902) 423-8887 Fax: (902) 354-2877

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Meeting & Convention