This past summer, the province of Nova Scotia designated the 292 hectare site along First and Second Lake in Lower Sackville as Sackville Lakes Provincial Park. The media buzz around this designation had me itching to lace up my hikers and check it out.
After enjoying a few summer and fall hikes throughout 2013, I knew it would make a wonderful spot for a winter hike.
The trails here are wide and are under a canopy of trees. As I enjoyed a winter hike through these trails, I felt as though I was truly in a winter wonderland.
It's fresh, unfiltered and naturally carbonated. Some beer geeks call this smooth brew "a living beer." Some brewers call it an art form.
For the uninitiated, cask conditioned ale is a beer that starts brewing in the fermenter; then it's carefully transferred to a cask for 1-2 weeks, where it ferments a second time. You can't test the beer until the fermentation is complete. When it works, the result is brew that offers subtle carbonation and full, complex flavours. As a beer geek myself, all I can say is - try it. You'll get it.
Just a few minutes from the Armdale Rotary in Halifax, you can visit an interesting location where you can learn about Halifax's military history and where you can spend a few hours roaming the coastline.
I'm talking about York Redoubt, a National Historic Site, which is mostly a self-guided tour of the site. I decided to drop in on a foggy & windy day during shoulder season to check out the sights.
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.
Last spring I was talking with a friend from Ottawa who now calls Nova Scotia her home. We were discussing fun things to do for afternoon and weekend trips in Nova Scotia. I shared some ideas with her, and I could not believe how many things she had not tried or experienced yet. She told me she was going to start a Nova Scotia bucket list! I thought what a great idea; from all of the festivals, beaches, historical sites, food, music, tours, national and provincial parks, wild rugged coasts to beautiful inland treasures of all kinds, I couldn't wait to start my own.
By the time early August rolls around, the heat really starts to set in and relief can be found with a nice, cold beer. Luckily for us in Nova Scotia, who are continuing to enjoy one of the finest summers in our collective weather memory, a balmy Friday evening was the perfect setting for the first of three tastings for the 2012 Halifax Seaport Beerfest.
Life in Nova Scotia is tied to the sea in many ways. What better way to get to know Nova Scotia better than to enjoy a lovely summer day sailing in the Harbour on the Tall Ship Silva? As part of my Summer 2012 commitment to be a "hometown traveler," I knew my summer was going to be incomplete until getting out on the water.
We were looking for a back country hike not far from Halifax. We decided on the smallest hiking loop within the Bluffs Wilderness Trails; called Pot Lake loop.
We parked the car at the closest parking lot along the old route 3 and walked about 400m along the rail to trail BLT to the actual Bluffs trail head. The BLT is itself a fantastic multi-use trail that you can feasibly bike from downtown Halifax to Mahone Bay.
More than 120 cruise vessels visited the Port of Halifax this season, bringing over 240,000 passengers to our region.
Annually, cruise accounts for about eight per cent of all tourism traffic in Nova Scotia, contributing approximately $50 million in economic impact.
"It has been another tremendous season for cruise in Halifax," said Halifax Port Authority Manager of Cruise Development, Cathy McGrail. "We've maintained visitor totals well over 200,000 for four years running, which is a tremendous accomplishment and a boon for the city and province."
The loss of the White Star Liner RMS Titanic needs no introduction for anyone alive today. On its maiden voyage in 1912 the great vessel suffered irreversible damage, after a glancing blow from an iceberg at 11:40 p.m. on 14 April 1912 opened five water-tight compartments to the in-rushing sea. At 2:20 a.m. the following day, 15 April, the technological marvel of the Edwardian Age sank.
Hearses lined up on Halifax wharf, near present jetty 4 in HMCS Dockyard to take R.M.S. Titanic victims recovered by C.S. Minia.