The dawn of a new year is the time when we all make and break resolutions to go to the gym or get more sleep. But for those of us at NovaScotiaBlogs.com, it's a time to make travel resolutions to explore Nova Scotia. The only hard thing about these resolutions is deciding which ones should be on our list for the year. It's never too late to make your own travel resolutions, so if you're in need of a few, here are some of ours for 2014 - along with suggestions on how you can make them happen.
It was the first school in-service day of the year and my son Jaden and daughter Lienna welcomed the leisurely start to their day off. They were content watching some morning television so I decided to enjoy my coffee by the computer to explore the feasibility of a little adventure that I had in mind.
I was researching for a coastal hike, I stumbled upon this place called Gaff Point. There was some recent trail building work and a surge from hiking & outdoor groups were planning outings. This sudden interest deserved a more detailed visit with my hiking buddy - Keji the Black Lab.
Blooms of shimmering jellyfish as big as your thumbnail rise and fall in dreamy movement a few feet from your paddle. Bubbles from burrowing clams rise in a stream from the ocean floor while hundreds of seabirds explore the exposed flats, feasting on crabs, snails and other creatures.
A vivid image of famed ocean explorer Jacques Cousteau sprung to mind as I confirmed our next family outing. I must have seen Cousteau's picture in an old National Geographic magazine growing up and recall how rugged and cool he looked aboard his Zodiac boat. We were about to experience our own Cousteau-worthy Zodiac adventure and could hardly wait!
Being a man, I am not sure I am allowed to say this, but I figure camping can be a lot like child birth. You sometimes have to go through a lot of pain for great reward. As time passes you forget about the pain, only to do it all over again.
On a sunny day in Harbourville the beaches sparkle. Typical Nova Scotia beaches sparkle when the sun reflects on the sand. In Harbourville, the sparkle is generated from the many gems embedded in the stones that line the shore.
I was scrambling around the house attempting to pack up for an overnight get-away. It was my wife Sara's birthday weekend so I wanted her to sit back and relax and I would handle all of the details. It quickly became evident that I am not the organizer in our relationship. Though in my defense, with the number of food allergies we have to contend with in our family (dairy, soy, gluten, corn, canola, cocoa, etc. etc.), packing is never the simplest of tasks.
Every day we see amazing pictures taken of these beaches by our #VisitNovaScotia Instagram community. We asked them to share those beaches with us and here's just a few of their favourite pieces of coastline. We'd love to see even more of your favourite beaches - just hashtag them #VisitNSBeaches to share your day at the beach.
I was recently invited to Amherst to speak at an event hosted by the local area Chamber of Commerce. Amherst is a vibrant community with a beautiful historic downtown and is of course the first Town to greet visitors arriving to Nova Scotia through New Brunswick. Amherst is also just twenty minutes from UNESCO World Heritage site "Joggins Fossil Cliffs":http://bit.ly/18bRcNx, so I was excited to invite my wife Sara and the kids to join me for a little overnight adventure.