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45 Random Observations About Nova Scotia

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I have recently returned from two weeks of traveling through Nova Scotia. Apart from biking the Cabot Trail on Cape Breton Island a few years ago, I had not been to what I call mainland Nova Scotia in over 25 years, despite having lived there on two occasions in my life. It was interesting to see the province with fresh eyes – and as a mature adult.

Here are 45 random observations I made about Nova Scotia.

1. People aren’t afraid of a little colour in Nova Scotia.

"A blast of colour is not unusual in Nova Scotia "

A blast of colour is not unusual in Nova Scotia

2. The highest tides in the world occur on the Bay of Fundy. That means you have to time your trips by boat with precision or you’ll get left high and dry.

"Boats at low tide near Blomidon Provincial Park"

Boats at low tide near Blomidon Provincial Park

3. You can find homemade butter tarts in almost every cafe or even gas station you stop at.

"Butter tarts fresh out of the oven from The Wilder Restaurant near Kejimikjik NP"

Butter tarts fresh out of the oven from The Wilder Restaurant near Kejimikjik NP

4. In Annapolis Royal there is a 9:30 pm candlelit graveyard tour led by Alan Melanson three days a week from June 1st until October 15th. It was fascinating, entertaining, enlightening and one of the highlights (really) of my trip to Nova Scotia.

"Gravestones come to life on this candlelit tour"

Gravestones come to life on this candlelit tour

5. Tax is high in Nova Scotia – 15% – a combination of the federal 5% GST and the 10% provincial sales tax.

6. Tacky is alive and well in Nova Scotia – though granted these people were trying to sell their tacky stuff.

"Tacky - but at the garage sale level in this case"

Tacky – but at the garage sale level in this case

7. So is craftiness. Over and over again I was surprised at the ingenious items I’d see outside on people’s lawns or gates. Incredible creativity is obvious.

"Someone's workshop in East Dover"

Someone’s workshop in East Dover

8. There is no shortage of antique stores in Nova Scotia. I love the old pieces of Nova Scotia pine that are much in evidence in B&B’s.

9. A stay in some beautiful B&B’s like the one pictured below in Annapolis Royal will run you a reasonable $99 in low season and as little as $129 in high season.

"The Queen Anne Inn in Annapolis Royal"

The Queen Anne Inn in Annapolis Royal

10. It was a refreshing change to see so few big box stores outside of the Halifax area. I did notice a few in Kentville but that was about it.

11. There is one heck of a lot of used lobster traps for sale. Some were offered for as little as $2.5o/trap.

12. There is a timeless beauty to the Peggy’s Cove area. It never gets old.

"The Peggy's Cove Lighthouse at dusk"

The Peggy’s Cove Lighthouse at dusk

13. The best lobster roll I had was at The Rope Loft in Chester. I savoured every mouthful and went back twice.

"Lobster roll from The Rope Loft in Chester"

Lobster roll from The Rope Loft in Chester

14. There are a lot of small cars on the road – partly I suspect as a function of the economy and the price of gas.

15. I’ve only seen signs like this offering pickled eggs and Solomon Gundy in Nova Scotia. I didn’t know people still ate pickled eggs.

"Solomon Gundy anyone?"

Solomon Gundy anyone?

16. Oil and wood are primarily used for heating homes unless you live in the Halifax-Dartmouth area. At one B&B I stayed at I hear they went through 40 cords of wood in a winter.

"Wood piles are a common sight"

Wood piles are a common sight

17. All over Nova Scotia I saw people with multi-coloured chairs – definitely a trend at least this year.

"Looking out over the Annapolis River"

Looking out over the Annapolis River

18. In June lupines are everywhere. I never got tired of seeing field after field of them.

"Lupins brighten up the whole province"

Lupines brighten up the whole province

19.  In Halifax I rented the cheapest car on four wheels – and ended up with a convertible Fiat mini. It’s the only place in Canada where it’s been offered. Did you know it’s possible to put a stuffed backpack and a bike in a car this size – if you take both wheels off?

"My red convertible mini Fiat"

My convertible mini Fiat – more comments on this car than anything I’ve ever driven

20. Wineries have taken off in Nova Scotia. There are wine tours galore – especially in the Grand Pré region.

"Bear River Winery grape vines"

Bear River Winery grape vines

21. People in Nova Scotia still hang out their laundry to dry; I think that’s great. What a treat it is when you get to a place and sleep between sheets dried by sea breezes.

"Laundry drying outside"

Laundry drying outside

22. There are some glorious deserted homes that harken back to another era. Some of them look haunted.

"Beautiful old home - deserted, maybe even haunted"

Beautiful old home – deserted, maybe even haunted

23. Backroads are in abysmal shape. On the paved road into Thomas Raddall ProvincialPark I had to stay in the grooves or I would have bottomed out. Even the highways have some major potholes.

24. Churches are in great abundance. Some small towns boast three or more churches in just a few blocks. Most are white and black.

"Churches in Mahone Bay"

Churches in Mahone Bay

25. Parks are almost deserted in June so it’s a great time to visit. I felt like I had the whole of Thomas Raddall Provincial Park to myself one night. I saw one other vehicle.

"I had beaches all to myself at Thomas Wendall Prov'l Park"

I had beaches all to myself at Thomas Raddall Prov’l Park

26. Gas prices ranged between 1.26 and 1.37 per liter.

27. Some of the most out of the way places have the most incredible food. I think the winner from my experience is the Lighthouse at Cape d’Or. People I met elsewhere swooned in their description of his lunchtime grilled cheese sandwiches. Go now. It may close forever in the fall. There are many runner-ups in this category. If you’re in Advocate Harbour don’t miss Wild Caraway – a place where I had a giant piece of fresh halibut for $20 – after a three day solo backpacking trip eating granola and peanut butter.

"Fresh haddock at the Cape d'Or Lighthouse"

Fresh haddock at the Cape d’Or Lighthouse

28. There are so many lighthouses all over the province that I’d be hard pressed to pick the prettiest. I sure loved the feeling of desolation though at the one at Cape d’Or. You can stay in the Lightkeeper’s Cottage – an experience I’d highly recommend.

"The Cape d'Or Lighthouse"

The Cape d’Or Lighthouse

29. Inland Nova Scotia – Kejimkujik National Park excepted – is relatively uninteresting. It’s heavily forested. Stay to the coast for the scenery – and to avoid the bugs.

30. Kayaking is superb in Nova Scotia – though more challenging than I expected. The half day guided trip to the Three Sisters off Cape Chignecto will thrill you with its beauty.

"Kayaking off Cape Chignecto"

Kayaking off Cape Chignecto

31. Don’t miss a drive of the Cabot Trail – or if you’re feeling adventurous try biking it over five to six days. If you want to see a moose head for the Skyline Trail in Cape Breton Highlands National Park.

"The Cabot Trail"

The Cabot Trail

32. Bear River is a small town where some of the stores/houses are built on stilts because of the tide. This might be an idea for those people in Calgary living along the river.

"Cafe on stilts in Bear River"

Cafe on stilts in Bear River

33. The memorial to Swiss Air Flight 111 where 229 people perished in the cold Atlantic Ocean on September 2nd, 1998 is very moving – still after all these years.

"One of the memorial's to Swiss Air Flight 111 near Peggy's Cove"

One of the memorial’s to Swiss Air Flight 111 near Peggy’s Cove

34. There are some beautiful plants in the seaside Kejimkujik National Park including these pitcher plants that I’ve seen nowhere else but in Nova Scotia.

"Orchids seen in Kejimkujik NP"

Pitcher plant actually seen in Kejimkujik NP

35. Strawberries are in season in June and July and judging by the number of towns I traveled through there are a lot of strawberry socials on the calendar.

"Local strawberries for sale"

Local strawberries for sale

36. The Cape Chignecto Coastal Trail seems to be deserted on weekdays in June. It offers incredible beauty with its fog forests and huge cliffs. I saw no humans for 2½ days.

"Views from the top of the cliffs of the Bay of Fundy"

Views from the top of the cliffs of the Bay of Fundy

37. You can get a big glass of wine in restaurants for $5 – and I’m not talking gut -rot kind of wine here. What a treat to pay those kinds of prices.

38. Teenagers in Nova Scotia are the same as anywhere else I’ve been.

"Teenagers hanging out at the edge of the cliffs at Cape Split"

Teenagers hanging out at the edge of the cliffs at Cape Split

39. You make think you’re in Scotland when you go into cafes looking for food. Oats are big – and oatcakes seem to be de rigeur as an offering.

40. There were glorious fields of flowers, especially in the Wolfville – Halls Harbour region.

"Beautiful fields of flowers near Halls Harbour"

Beautiful fields of flowers near Halls Harbour

41. Walk into a general store and you might just find the local ladies all playing bingo. You feel like you’ve stepped back in time when the internet didn’t exist.

42. You can get amazing bowls of fish chowder in the most unlikely looking places – this one from The Deck – on a rural road near Hubbards.

"Fish chowder at The Deck - a general store near Hubbards"

Fish chowder at The Deck – a general store near Hubbards

43. Biking is excellent around Annapolis Royal – and along the south shore. I found drivers to be extremely courteous – which is a good thing since there weren’t any shoulders 90% of the time.

44. The houses in Lunenburg are beautiful – colourful and loaded with architectural details.

" a blue painted house in Lunenburg"

One of the colourful houses in Lunenburg

45. The people I ran into in Nova Scotia were unbelievably friendly – and very proud of their province. It was a breeze to be traveling solo – and surprisingly social, especially since I mostly stayed in B&B’s.

Have you been to Nova Scotia? Did you make any random observations of the province while there?

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Leigh McAdam


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  • Mia says:

    I recognized Noble Meisner’s Solomon Gundy sign in Blandford, and I haven’t lived there since 1982! He used to put smoked mackeral in my little brother’s Halloween bag every year!
    (I even double checked it on Google maps, streetview, to be sure!)

  • lisa says:

    10. It was a refreshing change to see so few big box stores outside of the Halifax area. I did notice a few in Kentville but that was about it.

    they are in new minas…. not kentville

  • Ila says:

    17. Jelly bean chairs (what myself and a lot of other people call them) have been here for a lonnnnng time

  • Kaitlyn says:

    Did you get a chance to visit Windsor while you were in Nova Scotia? It’s quite a charming town if you can get past some of the people. ;)

    • @Kaitlyn On my most recent trip I did not but years ago I worked out of Wolfville for a summer and drove through Windsor every day – but can’t remember much about the town itself.

  • Courtney Lewis says:

    Thanks for posting! Love these pics. They are some of the pictures you forget to take when you live there your whole life. I’ve been landlocked in Alberta for almost 3 years now but am from the South Shore. Thanks for a little piece of home :)

  • Heather says:

    #34 – the Pitcher Plant is NF’s provincial flower!!

  • You’re missing a lot when you say “Inland Nova Scotia is relatively uninteresting.” It is buggy *in June* I’ll grant you that, but the Tobeatic Wilderness Reserve is the largest tract of protected wilderness in the Maritimes and a canoeist’s paradise. Not easy to get to, but worth it.

    • @Jonathon I knew that it was a great place to go canoeing – and I did love what little I saw of Keji. But for me, I still want the coast – that’s who I am – coast and mountain girl, not dense forest girl.

  • deryck says:

    I do not recommend cycling in Nova Scotia there are no shoulders on the roads and your stuck out in traffic.. thats why there are so many pedestrian and cyclists hit by cars

  • Heather Morrison says:

    Interesting observations. Nova Scotia is my home province but I moved to Denmark three years ago. I spent much time exploring the province backpacking, canoeing, etc. I find it difficult how you dismissed Kejimkujik. It is both a wonderful wilderness park for camping and an important historical area where you can see native petroglyphs etc. All is fairly easily accessible and it is truly a Canadian experience. There are plenty of trails for biking and if you are lucky you will spot a rare blandings turtle. Keji is serene and pristine. You can rent canoes and there are plenty of presentations by park staff plus a well run visitors centre. A great place for a picnic etc. Of course, your article is your observations. I just wanted to give another view on keji from someone who has spent decades touring the province. Regarding oats and oatcakes – some of the best can be found at the Normaway Inn up in Margaree, Cape Breton ;-)

    • @Heather I love Kejimkujik for canoeing and kayaking. I think it’s an exceptional spot. But personally, I am not a fan of hiking in woods without much in the way of views. I think Keji is a park best appreciated from the water and in fact I’d love to spend more time there.
      It’s almost worth a trip to the Normaway Inn just for the oatcakes. Thanks for taking the tome to comment.

      • Robert says:

        Some excellent and thoughtful observations of this beautiful province. The only point I would argue is that if you think inland NS is only trees with little to offer you didn’t travel the right places. Follow almost any river inland and you will be amazed by what you might find. An endless array of wonderful places to camp on crown land away from the crowds at Keji.

      • @Robert I spent four months one summer as a geologist exploring some out of the way places in Nova Scotia so although the forest are beautiful, I’ll still take the coast any day.

  • laura says:

    Where did you find that abandoned house? looks amazing!

  • Kate says:

    Originally from Bear River and thank you for the mention BUT the picture you left viewers with of the café on stilts does not do justice to the town. love the one of the vineyard, though.

  • Pitcher plants are actually the provincial flowers of my beautiful home province, Newfoundland. Lupins are Nova Scotia”s. And honestly, everywhere but Halifax and Dartmouth uses wood or oil for heat? I lived in Halifax and have used oil ( older century home) and electricity, also had a wood burning fireplace. I have friends who live in other parts of NS and they use electricity as well. No Natural gas heating , but certainly a lot of people outside of Halifax use electricity.

  • I loved this, thank you! Missing home terribly and it was like I got a mini visit from your experience! I have to agree about Keji being a great camping experience but don’t knock some of the others too, Dollar lake or Laurie provincial park are beautiful with hiking and lots of wildlife, I agree about the bugs there was a time there people were trying to make the mosquito our provincial bird…. :P Hope you had a great time!

  • Sean Gill says:

    It seems to me like you had missed out on the best part of the trip, and maybe put a little too much focus on the mainland. There is SO much more Cape Breton island has to offer.

  • S. Richey says:

    Your photos were great, I LOVE my province…SO many many places of beauty… I did take some exception to some of your comments though..not great exception but.. just sayin’. #1:White Sails USED to be great, It has been taken over by a Korean family who has no idea how to bake the “martitime” way and their products are gross and taste like shortening (as of summer 2013if they were voted “best places to eat in Canada” in 2012, they did not taste their wares in the early 2000’s, you had to get there early or there often would be nothing left. Everything(bread, squares, pies, cakes…) was ” OFF the hook!!)
    #13 Lobster Roll : try the one from Masstown Market, outside Truro, on the TC104, 1.5 lbs of real lobster in it. May through October, as long as they can get it..
    #34 Pitcher plant : take the road to Tor Bay, Guysborough County… all along the road in summer+ you are going to one absolutely beautiful Beach.
    #37 Where is THIS $5 glass of wine….??!????
    A Fan of anyone who travels the Cabot Trail on a bike, Susan Richey

  • Michel Berube says:

    Beautiful description on Nova Scotia, except….
    16. Oil and wood are primarily used for heating homes unless you live in the Halifax-Dartmouth area. At one B&B I stayed at I hear they went through 40 cords of wood in a winter.

    Moss house burn 3 to 6 cords of wood, some old and big house will burn 10-12 cords not 40… :)

  • Sarah says:

    I am so proud to call Nova Scotia my home-especially the valley. Thanks for taking the time to visit and enjoy so many of the natural beauties our little province has to offer!

  • Molly says:

    I’m a native Nova Scotian now living in Florida and I thoroughly enjoyed your list and photos. Having cycled through every place you mentioned (and more), this brought back many wonderful memories. There is no place like it and will always be the home of my heart.

  • Dave says:

    Managed to miss everything French/Acadian, Yarmouth-related or sport related, eh? Doesn’t sound like the Nova Scotia I grew up in. Seems like you visited the valley, the island and spent a day or two in Halifax. Please, for the love of Nova Scotia change the title of your piece.

    • Actually Dave i have lived in Nova Scotia on several occasions (Halls’ Harbour, Wolfville, Halifax) and on the last trip I stayed for two weeks. I have vacationed on several other occasions as well. Why such a caustic remark?

    • @Dave I was in the province to kayak, hike and backpack – all rather sports related though not the country club variety.
      I agree that I missed the Yarmouth area – but in two weeks I covered more of Nova Scotia than most people ever see on a visit. I didn’t actually go near Halifax, I backpacked the Cape Chignecto trail on my own for three days, kayaked very cool islands near Peggy’s Cove, ran into a mother bear & 2 cubs while alone in Keji NP – seaside addition – and that’s just a sampling from the trip.

  • David says:

    You should have went whale watching in digby neck, I think it’s arguably the best in the world and also went biking or as we do 4 wheelin to the settlement/electric city in New France

  • David says:

    Also the Rappie Pie on the Acadian South Shore is a must try

  • Catheryn Dexter says:

    Thank you for posting this “tour” of Nova Scotia. I have lived here most of my life and I love giving my family and friends who come to visit a personal tour of the province. They all think it’s a great place and can’t wait to come back. Nova Scotians are very proud and friendly people and we love sharing our province with tourist! Everyone should visit it atleast once (although I’m sure you’ll want to come back!)

  • Jean says:

    I enjoyed your comments, but you must visit the South Shore and the French shores next time. the food, the scnery and the people are wonderful.

  • Cindy Bezant-Titus says:

    Oh dear. Nova Scotia without whale watching off Brier Island ? Why ?

  • Nancy O'Brien says:

    Lovely! Nice to see all those pictures. Surely, people can understand that you couldn’t go everywhere! I love this province and after 64 years of living here, I haven’t seen it all… thanks for sharing your adventure and insight! Come back soon!

  • Yosh says:

    The Pitcher plant, I discovered, grows in much more abundance in Newfoundland. I saw countless on a 9km hike from Sandy Cove to Salvage (highly recommend this hike). I later also discovered that this is the provincial plant of NL. http://members.shaw.ca/kcic1/flowers.html

  • Bob Kenney says:

    Great observations. So very true. Hopefully you may get to enjoy the over 650 km of inland salt water sea known as the Bras d’Or Lakes the next time. Louisbourg is amazing too. But, I guess, you can only ‘sea’ so much:).

  • Pat says:

    I live in Nova Scotia. All of the photos and descriptions were wonderful, however, someone who has never been here might conclude that we don’t have any “pully” clotheslines or “cities”. A photo of the Halifax/Dartmouth harbor with the two bridges included would have balanced out the “tacky” pictures.

  • Rob says:

    Great observations and great pictures. We have a fantastic province, don’t we? I’d never heard the term “fog forests” before. Love it.

  • Nschic says:

    I do not feel like I can relate to much in this article, actually I take offence to a lot of it, I feel like it stereotypes Nova Scotians, granted maybe some of Nova Scotia is this way but a majority of it is not….

  • Vicki maclean says:

    Hi great post…..do not forget our Beautiful Victoria Park in Truro.,,,the hub of NS…it is a thousand acres of beauty!!!!

  • Steph says:

    I really enjoyed this! A great fresh perspective from someone who hasn’t grown accustomed to the scenery. Isn’t the fiat awesome? And I love the restaurant suggestions – I’ve been wanting to try Wild Caraway for some time. Through the comments I see that you’ve been given the opportunity to see that Nova Scotians can be very proud and very negative. Our most recent OneNS report even pointed it out as a provincial weakness.

    • @Steph I’ve had the full range of comments but overall hats off to Nova Scotians for being so proud of their province. I chuckled about the provincial weakness and thank you for that fact!

  • Gail Martin says:

    I know – time… but you’ve missed the whole beautiful Eastern Shore – Highway 7 from Halifax to Cape Breton, or Marine Drive if you loop via Canso and Guysborough. You could spend your whole vacation just along our beautiful coast. Kayak through the 100 Islands Legacy (NS Nature Trust) for example and then down through the two mapped Bay of Islands routes. Trails, villages, excellent value (food and accommodations) and great people! You’ll simply have to come back. One free night, air bnb at the half-way point :-) http://www.highway7.com

    • @Gail I have done some of that drive though not on this trip. I’m always happy to go back to Nova Scotia!

      • Anita MacLellan says:

        Lots of hiking trails along the Glooscap Trail (Rte. 2). Most hiking trails are of wilderness standard from moderate to challenging…along banks of the Bay or Fundy or inland in Provincial Protected Areas. Check out Kenomee Wilderness Hiking Trails. Did you know that every river or stream in the Cobequid Hills has a waterfall? Did you know at Five Islands Provincial Park there is a timeline between Triassic and Jurassic eras that cannot be seen anywhere else in the world….except Morocco! On Jacob’s Lane in Economy you get one of the most spectacular views of the tide out/tide in, in the province! Stop at Cobequid Interpretive Centre in Economy to learn so much more than can ever be put in print!

  • Sharon L. Adams-Dean says:

    I’m sure somewhere in this article you mentioned that Nova Scotia means, ‘new Scotland’, thus the reason you ‘think you’re in Scotland’. I take my biking helmet off to you for biking some of the Cabot Trail. My husband and I and several close friends participated in The Cabot Trail Relay for years. Running up Mackenzie Mountain (my husband’s leg one yr) and running down it (mine the same yr) was difficult. We’ve done several Ironman competitions, including the Worlds in Hawaii, and trust me, biking the Cabot Trail is harder than bking 180 kms. I loved all your pictures and comments. Born in Toronto area, lived in Nova Scotia from 1983-2005. Lived/worked in Thailand for 3+years; lived in Bridgewater, NS (10 mins from Mahone Bay, 15 to Lunenburg) for a yr; India to work/live for 2+yrs; the South Shore for 3 months, and now Greenville, SC. Seeing all these places we have visited and the food/places we have eaten brought back wonderful memories. Thank you for such an amazing article.

  • John Petite says:

    Great article, you could easily had 100 observations about Nova Scotia! I was born in Cape Breton, but live in Thunder Bay, and I return home whenever I can. This Fall we toured around Nova Scotia for almost a month, visiting places we’ve been to before and others for the first time. I highly recommend any visitors to Nova Scotia to see and do as much as they can while there!

  • Lois Everett says:

    I loved reading your article with great pics. I have been to NS x3, loved every area I visited. Travelled mostly solo, stayed at great B/B’s and took friends in NS to places they had never been too. people very friendly and helpful. need to do coast from Digby to Lunenburg and Kej. park yet but have been all over rest of province. Great sites to see on Cape Breton ie Scottish village, Rita’s tea house, Louisberg. Love all the Maritime provinces. what time of year does Pitcher plant bloom? have Nfld/Lab to see yet. I loved seeing the old way of living and laid back lifestyle, small town stores etc– how I grew up in Sask. love your book on travel

  • Carla Allen says:

    You saved Yarmouth and Acadian Shores for your next trip I bet. ;-) You could easily fill a month. From exploring the new coastline trail by 17 giant wind turbines and stepping back in time at a pastoral Acadian Village, to kayaking alongside docked fishing boats and yachts in Yarmouth Harbour. There’s oodles of Frenchys, antique stores, culinary experiences, some of the finest sea captain’s homes in North America, art galleries and SO much more. I’m happy to toss more suggestions your way. Here’s a peek: http://www.yarmouthandacadianshores.com/

    Carla Allen
    Blogger “Life with Yourgogirl”
    and reporter for the Yarmouth Vanguard

    • @Carla I would be happy to go back and explore the Yarmouth area on my next trip. Thanks for the informative comment and link. There are still many parts of your beautiful province I’d like to see – preferably during lobster season!

  • Lealea says:

    Looks like you had a great trip and you really can’t do it all. Makes future visits easy to plan. I’ve been living out west for 13 Years now and have come to appreciate the work and reward of a mountain view. Neck of woods with bugs is not for me either. Though at the right time of year there are some gem spots. Sorry a few have taken on a negative tone. Even in what I believe to be one of the friendliest places on earth the internet still seems to provide too easy a venue for the critic. Thanks for your post. It was a nice trip down memory lane and has given me a few ideas for my visit with my family this summer :)

    • @Lealea Thanks for your great comment. I am always amazed at the vitriol out there and wish angry people could put some things in perspective. I think they missed the heading – random observations!!

      • NSPete says:

        I wouldn’t worry too much about negative reactions, but try to understand them. Many people in the Maritimes will brace at any remarks they perceive to imply they are old fashioned, quaint, or unsophisticated – so someone could see “I didn’t know people still ate pickled eggs!” and be quite offended. I think this is largely a reaction to being perceived as, and sometimes treated as, the poor cousins by people from the larger provinces. Basically, people everywhere are insecure, and this is one particular insecurity common in the region.

      • @NSPete Interesting observation. If I haven’t visited a part of Nova Scotia it would be very helpful if people told me specifically what I’m missing so I could check it off the list on the next visit.

  • I wish she had of stayed at “CANDLE INN THE WINDOW B & B” in Berwick. She was close at Hall’s Harbour.

  • pat says:

    great representation of our wonderful province

  • Joyce says:

    HI. I enjoyed all the pictures as I haven’t seen most of these place and I lived in the valley for most of my life . Don’t know why people complained as they are your pictures not a professional ones. Good job .

  • Gayle Wilson says:

    The Eastern Shore is known by us locals as “the forgotten shore”. And it seems forgotten here as well.

  • Connie says:

    I came to Nova Scotia in 1968 for two years. I’m still here…..?

  • Colette says:

    I see that you did like most mis/un-informed tourists …. by-passed the Acadian shore from Digby to Yarmouth …. went straight to Digby Neck & Islands. Also, didn’t see much from the South shore. Perhaps time to come back to do the rest of the province.

    • @Colette Actually saw a huge swath of the swath shore – and did miss the Yarmouth area. Please note these are random observations from my trip when I lived there and I can’t do everything. Also I have lived in Nova Scotia so I do know the province better than most visitors and I do have my own bias – as we all do.

  • What a great article/photo spread. So happy you mentioned Advocate Harbour and Cape d’Or and the Wild Caraway and Lighthouse keeper’s…#27. Two of the many highlights along the Parrsboro shore…from Masstown to Joggins……which is Nova Scotia’s best kept secret and has great motorcycle riding and bicycling………….

  • Wally says:

    4 cords of wood. No house needs 40 cords.

  • Linda says:

    I loved all the beautiful pictures of Nova Scotia and your accompanying reference guide to these very interesting, colourful and tasty, local haunts. You have an amazing eye for colour and composition and I enjoyed your comments and observations. I live in the Metro area and am amazed you were able to bike, kayak and drive to all these locations in just two weeks. I am inspired and will make every effort to visit many of the spots, if only by car. Cheers – Linda

  • Wendy says:

    I appreciate your assessment of NS. You have a wee mix up in #10 – Kentville does not have “box stores” – it is New Minas — the little village between Kentville and Wolfville.

  • April says:

    It is too bad you missed one of the most beautiful places in Nova Scotia with the most unique characteristics- Digby, Yarmouth and Shelburne counties. Maybe next trip!!

  • Christine says:

    I love your stories and pictures,I know you missed parts that are so beautiful and so much history and the French shore is a part of Nova Scotia I love and you know to cover it all takes time,and Please come back and see the parts you missed,many Nova Scotians have not seen what you seen and your stories and pictures I think seeing these places will getthem out and visit Nova Scotia and learn their History,thank you

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