Visit Canada’s Ocean Playground

I live in a small province on the east coast of Canada called Nova Scotia, and it’s a lovely place to live. Clean air, lots of nature, friendly folk, miles and miles of beaches and coastline, fresh seafood, a city with lots to do and a province filled with culture, good food, wine and good times.  The motto of the province of Nova Scotia is “Canada’s Ocean Playground” and it certainly is that.

I read a blog post today from someone that came to Nova Scotia and bicycled around our lovely corner of Canada on her own recently. She made 45 observations about the province based on her experience. I thought it was a great take on how visitors see us.

45 Random Observations About Nova Scotia

I love that she noticed that there’s a lot of colour here. People paint their shops, houses and signs with bright colours in many places, both in the city and in the rural areas, especially the rural areas, I find.  Hmmm butter tarts, a local favourite! With or without pecans and/or raisins, they’re sort of like butterscotch pie in a little shell. Lots and lots of lighthouses. Peggy’s Cove might be the “jewel in the crown” so to speak, but you’ll see plenty of them if you take the coastal routes.

Here’s a few of my own photos from around the province

Scarecrows

Where else would you find a field of scarecrows on the side of the road? Cape Breton Island near Cheticamp

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A look at those famous low tides, from Cape Blomidon in the Annapolis Valley

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A craft shop near Blue Rocks, Nova Scotia

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I’ll challenge the blogger’s claim for seafood choweder. This from the Windjammer Restaurant near Chester.

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This is one of the places that makes those brightly coloured Adirondack chairs. Zwicker’s in Lahave

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Lupins do indeed grow wild here, I love the purples and pinks of them. Late June and early July are the best time for them

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Cape Breton doesn’t have a monopoly on scarecrows. There’s a scarecrow festival in Mahone Bay on the south shore of the province in the autumn.