Last year, on the 99th anniversary of the Titanic disaster I stayed up half the night to witness a very interesting event on Twitter. At 11:55 p.m. AST on April 14, Nova Scotia Museums began to tweet out the distress signals sent from the Titanic in real time. Many of us stayed up until 2:30 p.m. AST tweeting about it. It was haunting, and eerie and unmistakably emotional. But it was also educational. All of us know about the tragedy, but I had never before seen how hard they worked to try and get help. Knowing what was happening in those last moments and while simultaneously watching those last tweets come in was an experience I will hold for a long time. Very impacting. This was wireless communication in 1912, being shared through wireless communication in 2011, nearly 100 years later. In some ways the method of communication has changed, but the way we communicate has not. And one thing will always remain constant - courage amongst tragedy and despair, and the human capacity to feel empathy and sympathy even 99 years after an event has passed.
Simply watching John Robert prepare the crepe you ordered is worth the price. He pours the buckwheat batter onto the hot griddle with a flourish, carefully folds it to the other side once it is toasted golden then brushes melted butter on top. Which did you choose? The honey garlic sausage and egg? Smoked salmon with caviar? Fruit with both chocolate and Canadian maple syrup, or perhaps the Lobster Newburg?
There is no question, Nova Scotia is the land of festivals and events, especially in the summer. What can we say, we are highly social people and we LOVE to get out and meet our visitors. From our seafood to our music to our seafaring history, you just have to be here to experience it all.
That being said, here are a few, in order of upcoming dates, that stand out due to their uniqueness and their propensity for offering up just plain old good times.
Just because it's winter doesn't mean you have to stay indoors. The best surfing conditions in Nova Scotia happen at the end of winter and late fall during hurricane season. Combined air and water temperature below 0C, Dave and I headed out to the eastern shore to catch some double-overhead monsters that were rolling in Friday afternoon.
The sight struck fear in those aboard a schooner sailing the Gut of Canso in 1787. One of the crew members cried out 'a shoal a-head.' To their great astonishment the shoal moved off. As it passed athwart the bow of their vessel, the men discovered it to be an enormous sea serpent, four times at least as long as the vessel. Its back was a dark green colour, forming above the water "a number of little hillocks, resembling a chain of hogsheads." Sightings of strange creatures off the coast of Nova Scotia have been documented for hundreds of years and continue to be so. Just ask any lobster fishermen if he's pulled something unusual out of his trap.
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.
Long distance hiking hasn't been fully developed in the province until a few years ago when a group started the Cape to Cape Footpath.
The Cape to Cape Footpath is approximately 400 kilometres of trail starting at Cape Chignecto and crosses mainland Nova Scotia to Cape George. A community based project, trail segments were established throughout four counties. Trail systems such as Rogart Mountain Trail, Kenomee Trail System and the Gully Lake Wilderness Area are part of this footpath.
I proudly had the kids all ready for school when my wife Sara, in her wisdom, thought to check the cancellations to make sure that there was indeed school that morning.As it turned out it had been cancelled in anticipation of a storm that was forecast for later that day. - On the bright side the kids were all set to tackle the day and with a packed lunch to go!
As Valentine's Day approaches thoughts turn to romance and Nova Scotia is naturally a very romantic place because it is shaped by the sea.
After exploring the Port-Royal habitation last summer, I wanted to learn more about the travel routes that our European settlers built.
I was surprised to learn that most of major roads in the province today follow very closely the originals routes once blazed by the British military, letter carriers & stage coaches.