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.
One of my favourite areas to drive around during the fall is along Route 8 in the southwest region of the province. I usually stop for a visit in Kejimkujik National Park, but on this road trip I decided to venture to a small wilderness pocket.
Harvest season is the busiest season in the Annapolis Valley and there's no shortage of things to do, thanks to the Valley Pumpkin Fest. I was in Kentville visiting my family for Thanksgiving, so we took advantage of the nice weather to meet the famous Pumpkin People of Kentville. Thanksgiving weekend was also Kentville's Harvest Festival and there were plenty of fun for everyone. We headed down to Centre Square on Saturday morning for the Harvest Festival kick-off and to explore the town to meet the Pumpkin People. I got to meet some really special people that day. First, Spike, Kentville's Pumpkin Person mascot.
Kayaking in Nova Scotia is an amazing experience. Cape Breton is a nexus for Celtic culture, great food and beautiful scenery. Combining the two for a three day festival of kayaking, stand up paddling and canoeing is nothing short of genius. Cape Breton Paddlefest 2012 was exactly that.
Bluenose II is a Nova Scotia symbol of our past, present and future. Nova Scotia's sailing ambassador has been away from the sea for almost two years. This weekend, thousands of people joined the shipbuilders of Lunenburg by putting Bluenose II where she belongs, back in the water.
I am typically not a big fan of salads but this was culinary magic with cubes of cheddar, and dried cranberries, fresh picked lettuce from Else Marie's garden and a maple vinaigrette dressing that was to die for!
The rain has finally come which means the rivers are all full of water again. The Folly River near Wentworth was up last Friday so Marc, Steve and I headed up to have some fun. The river is runnable when the water gage reads 1.4m, and scary-insane at 2m. On Friday it was reading 1.58m, which is just about perfect.
As part of my quest to experience all of the yurt options in Nova Scotia in 2012, I planned a two day paddle & portage expedition through the backcountry of Kejimkujik National Park.
My yurt adventure back in March, made me wanting a return visit. Parks Canada staff had moved the structure we stayed in further down the trail to Peskowesk Landing. By looking at the map, it was clear that the best way to reach this location and to explore the park is via paddle & portage.
This blog post was contributed by Shirley Scobie, a staff member at CanaDream RV Rentals, after a 2011 RV vacation in Nova Scotia. CanaDream enables visitors to Nova Scotia to experience Canada at their own pace in an RV. For more information about renting an RV in Nova Scotia, please visit www.canadream.com.
Not being 'crowd' people, our family prefers to take RV vacations out of season and the prospect of a Fall vacation in Nova Scotia was definitely appealing, not only for the spectacular Fall colours, but also because it provided the opportunity to travel at our own pace, making decisions 'on the fly' as to where we travelled and stayed. Rving is the best way for our family to do this - no hotels to pre-book, no fixed itinerary, our beds, kitchen and food on board and the sheer freedom of being able to spontaneously change our route while throwing time to the wind.
The Shubenacadie tidal bore is one of the many unique features in Nova Scotia, and one that you definitely don't want to miss. Starting in Maitland Nova Scotia, it travels up the Shubenacadie river system about three hours after low tide at Burntcoat Head. The incoming water interacts with the various mud banks on the river bottom creating standing waves which can be in excess of 18ft high. The turbulent water stirs up the mud and sand giving the river a delicious chocolate look.