With an unexpected day off from school, the kids seemed more than happy to stay inside in front of their electronic device of choice for as long as I would allow. But I know from experience that leaving a child to watch TV or to play on their iPod for an extended period of time is a lot like a wind-up toy. When you stop turning the crank and let the toy go… watch out for the crazy to be unleashed!
With the holidays behind us and New Year’s resolutions still intact, let us help you kick off your ‘eating better’ resolution on the right foot... er... fork. Here in Nova Scotia, you’ll discover delicious events featuring local fare, inspiring dining opportunities where locally sourced foods are served up for you… and even the opportunity to cook with a chef!
Every winter, I look out the window to see a wall of white and just want to curl up in the fetal position, close my eyes and rock myself to sleep until the spring thaw. Then I remind myself that this is the best time of year to curl up with a blanket, a good book and a glass of rich, roasty stout.
Pull on the woolies and pack a few snacks, it's time to hit the trails at Ellenwood Park for some winter fun.
On January 23, they celebrated one year of being in business. The next day, they won the Halifax Chamber of Commerce award for New Business of the Year. It's been a busy 12 months for the founders of North Brewing, formerly Bridge Brewing.
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.
A Christmas wonderland sparkles like a jewel in the crown of a town that has centuries of seafaring history. Thousands of LED lights are wrapped around the branches of the tall ancient trees in Yarmouth's Frost Park. Giant presents are stacked at the base of the 150-year-old, three tier fountain, draped in a mantle of gauzy brightness. Even the gazebo, where Th'YARC's strolling carolers charm the crowds, beams golden in the landscape.
The big camping experience last winter was spending a night in a yurt at Kejimkujik National Park. The only problem was finding an open weekend to book one of the two Yurts at the park. With time running out, we booked a single overnight in late March at the Eel Weir Yurt.
Being in the off-season, the road was gated at the Grafton Woods parking lot. This meant an 8km walk-in to reach the Eel Weir site. Add another 6km to reach the new Yurt site at Pesowesk.
However, with the mild winter and very warm March, the snow had melted and the road in dry and made for good walking. The additional benefit was that you had to haul less items like clothing in your pack.
As a mother, I know there is nothing I want to hear less than "Mom, I'm bored", especially if there is a whole week off school in which to be bored. As the mom of a 12 year old, I know she would probably like nothing more than to be dropped off at the mall every day. But I still think there is some fun to be had for the kid in all of us. So here are some of my picks for March Break fun in Nova Scotia.