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.
Sometimes there is no greater feeling than getting in the car and just driving. Abandoning all chores and grocery stores and just being free. Opening the windows and letting the breeze blow through you hair. Even better if the breeze is from the ocean and the air is salty and fresh. Finding unexpected treasures along the way, a roadside fruit and vegetable stand, an antique store or a café with fresh made goodies for the road. Packing a picnic, stopping for a walk along a beach you've never seen before, to clear your mind and stretch your legs. These are all the things that make a seacoast drive a must-do, just for the pure joy of it.
We stopped at Cape d'Or for some exploration. We timed our visit well as the tides were in our favor. The lighthouse used to be manned until it was automatized in the 1980's. Today, the light keeper's house has been converted to a restaurant and guest house.
You have the potential to play a very important role in the communities you visit. With a bit of research and self-awareness you can expand beyond the limits of a "normal" vacation, create an experience that is fun and authentic not to mention, memorable. Follow my tips below and you can join the growing elites; the "Responsible Traveler" (this is someone that incorporates the elements of sustainability into their vacation)!