The end of summer in Nova Scotia is just the start of another amazing season. Heading out on a road trip among the bright yellows, oranges, and reds is one of our favourite things to do. Our annual Leaf Watch keeps track of where the leaves look their most colourful and give us inspiration to head out in search of the best fall has to offer. From to a day trip to the Annapolis Valley to pick apples to a weekend getaway to drive the Cabot Trail, there's no shortage of things to do in fall.
But you don't have to take our word for it, find out what our Facebook and Twitter community have to say about their favourite things about fall in Nova Scotia.
A sunny day. Celtic Music. Beautiful scenery. Good food. What could be better?
Last month, I visited the Celtic Music Interpretive Centre in Judique and saw this license plate in the gift shop and knew it would be my theme for this summer.
Once I made my way out of the gift shop (quite a while later), I stepped into the Tom Rankin Exhibit Room. In this room you can take an interactive journey through samples of song, stories, dance, bagpipes, and fiddle music and the story and the culture behind them. You can even try your hand at a tune, or better still, have a step on the old porch. I did both and it was great fun.
Nova Scotia really is my ocean playground. You're never more then an hour from the ocean, and there's something fun to do out on the water year round. With unique features like the Tidal Bore in Maitland to the amazing mountains in Cape Breton, five years in Nova Scotia and I am still finding new fun spots.
Nova Scotia really is the spirit of the perfect road trip. Around every turn is something new to discover. Whether it's a vibrant seaside town, the perfect spot to get ice cream, a one-of-a-kind shop, or a beautiful sandy beach, you're bound to find something you'll love. All you need to do is hop in the car, turn on your perfect road trip playlist, roll the windows down and go explore all that Nova Scotia has to offer.
While we've created some of our own road trips, we know there's still more discover. You don't have to take our word for it - we've asked our Facebook community for their ideas and they've given us some great ideas for road trips to take all year long.
I am so looking forward to everything that's going on in Cape Breton this summer! It'll be a busy summer, jam packed with fun and culture. I can't wait for the summer weather so we can get out and enjoy everything Cape Breton has to offer!
What I'm really looking forward to is taking in some of the events at Colaisde Na Gàidhlig, also known as The Gaelic College to us non-Gaelic speakers. This year, the Gaelic College is celebrating their 75th anniversary with a week full of entertainment and activities from June 30 to July 6, 2013.
For this trip, we spent two nights in the yurt provided by Whycocomagh Provincial Park in Cape Breton. These are setup differently than the yurts at Kejimkujik National Park. The yurts at Whycocomagh are mainly geared towards traditional car camping.
We have all chuckled at the thought of what a Scotsman does (or doesn't) wear under their kilt. I also often wondered what they carry in their sporrans (the little black leather pouch worn around their waist). Well, it seems that traditional Scottish Highlanders in battle often carried a little sack of oatmeal in these little pouches. They would then mix some of the oatmeal with water and place the mixture on their shields which they used as a plate and cook the two ingredients over the campfire. The final product was known as the "Scottish Oatcake". These oatcakes were also known as the bread of Scotland dating back at least as far as the 14th century.
"Look up. Look waaaay up! And I'll call Rusty." -The Friendly Giant
It wasn't until I saw the giant strawberry smiling from the roadside in Great Village that I came to the realization that we were home to a surprising number of giants here in Nova Scotia. I started to make a list.