Canada’s Ocean Playground

Halifax waterfront and the Halifax-Dartmouth ferry

I live in Nova Scotia. Our provincial motto is Canada’s Ocean Playground. We’re a little spit of land off the far east coast of Canada and are 90% surrounded by water. The Atlantic Ocean, the Bay of Fundy with the highest tides in the world, and the Northumberland Strait leading into the St. Lawrence Bay.

Halifax, the capital city, is a great place to visit. We have a little of everything, theatre, markets, good shopping and restaurants, a fab waterfront, a fort on a hill above the city, formal public gardens… The list goes on.  Halifax is situated on the second largest ice-free harbour in the world, spanned by two bridges and a couple of passenger ferries. There are lots of lakes and not far from the cities, beautiful ocean beaches which you’ll find all over the province.

Martinique Beach, Nova Scotia. About an hour’s drive from Halifax.

On the east end is the Island of Cape Breton, home to the Celtic Colours music festival in the fall, home to the restored French fort Louisbourg, and home to the glorious Cabot Trail, a jaw dropping circular drive through the Cape Breton Highlands park around the coastline of the island, dotted with little villages and the occasional oddity like Joe’s Scarecrows.

Joe’s Scarecrows, nr. Cheticamp, Cape Breton Island

The south shore has natural beauty, more scarecrows in the autumn in Mahone Bay, a World Heritage site in Lunenburg which is also the home of the Bluenose II, a replica of a racing schooner from the 1930s. The original schooner features on Canada’s 10 cent coin, the dime.

Nova Scotia features lots of beautiful golf courses. Huge natural parks for camping, hiking and canoeing. Joggins has fossils in the cliffs that can be explored. There are award winning wineries, amazing cider made from apples grown in the beautiful Annapolis Valley, and a few other cool companies like Ironworks that makes a cranberry liqueur that is wonderfully tart and tangy.  Nova Scotia also has one of the oldest settled communities in North America – Annapolis Royal and the nearby fort, Port Royal which was founded in 1605.

Here’s a few more photos from around the province…

Ironworks cranberry liqueur

Baddeck lighthouse on the Bras D’or lake, Cape Breton

A tasting at Grand Pre winery, Annapolis Valley

Blue Rocks fishing village, Lunenburg County

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