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.
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.
Say the word camping and it brings back my favourite childhood memories. Back in my day when we didn't have cell phones and video games. We packed up our comic books and novels, our frisbees and badminton rackets, our bathing suits and flotation devices and headed for the open road. We roasted marshmallows, stayed up past our bedtimes and woke up to the smell of scrambled eggs sticking to the pan on the Coleman's stove. We were invigorated by the fresh air. We ran around until we were exhausted. We slept soundly. Often these days we long for simpler times. Electronics fill our bags, constant connection consumes our lives. We blog and tweet our vacations. We tell our Facebook friends where we are and what we are doing. But I encourage us to disengage from it all.
If there is one thing I know about Nova Scotians, they make perfect ambassadors. Our community is fantastic! They love Nova Scotia and best of all they love to share it. I have people tell me all the time that they tell people about Nova Scotia everywhere they go.
Our friend on twitter @Littlegreybird wrote a beautiful love letter to Nova Scotia on Valentine's Day. Our friend @archer10, Dennis Jarvis, has submitted 1,257 beautiful pictures to our group to date. Our Facebook community is always there to share their favourite spots and hidden gems, I need only pose a question. Everyday, I am overwhelmed by their love and gratitude for the place I call home.
No question, we have a lot of ambassadors. And now we want to make it easier for you to share your love for Nova Scotia. We're introducing the Visit My Nova Scotia app on Facebook so that you can send invites to all your friends and family. And in doing so you have the opportunity to win a Nova Scotia vacation for four. You can use it to bring loved ones home, or to tour the province you love so much, visiting the spots you don't get to see everyday. There is so much to see and do this summer in Nova Scotia, there's a little something for everyone to enjoy! Everyone has their own reasons for inviting their loved ones and for visiting Nova Scotia. So I encourage you to think about yours when you send your invite. Personalize them and most importantly, HAVE FUN!
Standing staunchly on a craggy outcrop at the entrance to Yarmouth Harbour, the Cape Forchu Lightstation is a favorite icon for residents and visitors alike. Known as the Beacon to Canada, it has been guiding vessels into Yarmouth Harbour since it was erected and lit in 1840.
Pinterest is the hottest new social media darling to take the world by storm. For those who don't really know what it is, it's a place for you to "pin" the photos about things that interest you. Think of it like this, you have a stack of favourite magazines: everything from food and travel to fashion and home decor. You take post it notes, and as your thumbing through, you mark the pages you want to go back to. As you thumb through you think, "ooh, I have to cook that this weekend" or "that looks like a great place to go for our anniversary weekend." At the end of it all, you've got a messy stack of paper and you can't remember which article was where. Well, this is what makes Pinterest so great. Pinterest saves the things that interest you online, but in a much more inspired, organized and visually interesting way. You can upload photos, but also pin those interesting photos that you find online everyday. For those who haven't dared to try it yet, I warn you it's somewhat addicting. As my sister recently told me, "I think you need a pintervention."
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.
Drive down the long finger of land that begins with West Pubnico and you'll see a sight that beckons you closer. Tall and elegant, 17 wind turbines twirl poetically on the very tip of Pubnico Point. Visitors looking for a unique experience are permitted to drive down the main road to walk beside and even beneath these 389-foot tall structures, except in winter if there's a danger of ice falling from the blades.
The Tall Ships Festival is returning to Nova Scotia this year, making this year a really great year to visit! I love the Tall Ships Festival for the excitement and majesty it brings. Here are my top 10 reasons why you'll love them too!
In halting steps, spring's progress across the province is marked by the unfurling of pretty petals. South West Nova can usually lay claim to the earliest blooms of all. This year the first crocus was spotted on Feb. 17. These were soon followed by swaths of pearly-white snowdrops. Now the daffys are nodding in the sun. And so the parade begins: forsythia and tulips, lilacs and poppies, peonies and iris.