In a popular (and slightly upscale) area known as Purcell's Cove, there exists a place with a dark and morbid history. Nestled in a quiet and unassuming neighbourhood filled with large waterfront homes, the spirits of pirates and rum runners lurk...on Deadman's Island.
One of the very nicest things about life is the way we must regularly stop whatever it is we are doing and devote our attention to eating.
~Luciano Pavarotti and William Wright, Pavarotti, My Own Story
You will find many unique dishes that are served up in homes and restaurants all over Nova Scotia. We like to eat...and we will eat almost anything! Some great local dishes, served up best right here in Nova Scotia would include, Rappie Pie, Fish Cakes, blueberry grunt, hodge podge, smoked kiacks, Solomon Grudy and the list goes on.
If a cycling tourist or tourists came to Guysborough County with the highly unfortunate limitation of having only one day to cycle here, I would be inclined to suggest this route as an excellent way to experience the area. It offers a sampling of everything that makes Guysborough County appealing.
Anyone seeking photographic opportunities will not be disappointed. There are still sheds, wharves and boats representative of the traditional inshore fishery that once thrived here. Evidence of modern lobster fishing was evident in many communities along Chedabucto Bay as well as those like Port Felix, Charlos Cove and Larry's River on the Atlantic side. Lower Whitehead, is just off the loop and offers many more chances to make great photos.
"The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate." ~Oprah Winfrey
I was recently at a workshop where someone made a comment that we (Shelburne County) are always celebrating something. The more I thought about that comment the more I agreed with them!
Shelburne County has a vast array of festivals and events throughout the year. We celebrate the "normal" things like Canada Day, the fall harvest with a pumpkin festival, and Christmas with two festivals in the County! We also celebrate our history and heritage with such festivals as Lobster Festival (June 7-10, 2012), Shelburne Founders' Days (July 21-24), and Lights Along the Shore (Sept 17-18), in conjunction with the rest of the South Shore, celebrating our famed lighthouses.
Until I moved to Nova Scotia just two and a half years ago I had never even heard of a Tidal Bore. Caused by the large tidal change in the Bay of Fundy twice a day the lower 30km of the Shubenacadie river changes direction and flows upstream. This reversing flow can create standing waves of almost 5 meters. For the sane you can ride the waves in high-horse power zodiacs through the local tour operators. For the brave, and experienced you can paddle it in a sea kayak.
2009 saw our first ever trip to Canada. We landed in Toronto and then embarked on an epic 10 week tour of the Atlantic Provinces in a 25ft RV. Wow ,what an adventure and we clocked an impressive 12,500kms in those 10 short weeks. Quite simply, during that trip, we fell in love with Nova Scotia. The people were so warm, friendly and welcoming, the landscape was breath taking, the air was pure and the ocean was close no matter where you were - what's not to love?!
By 2010 we had decided we wanted to upsticks and move the nearly 5000kms from the UK, so that we could make ourselves a new life in Nova Scotia. We set off on another road trip to look for work, this time for just 6 weeks and again in a 25ft RV. We started just outside Halifax and by the second day had found a job for my partner - this was going better than we could ever have imagined.
Another class trip tale to inspire your next family outing.
The sun was shining outside and I felt like a celebrity as I sat near the front of the classroom of my daughter's primary class. I caught several little eyes staring my way, but shyly looking away when I smiled back at them. Minutes passed as we waited for the bus to arrive, giving time for a few of them to become bold enough to smile back or give a small wave.
The area now known as Liverpool, became a popular location for privateers ever since Champlain intercepted captain Rossignol engaging in fur-trade in early 17th century.
A Letter of Marque was the only thing differentiating a privateer and a pirate. The letter was authorization from the government allowing ships to cruise the seaways for enemy ships and to confiscate any prizes as payment.
Liverpool became a popular location to raid for American privateers during the American Revolution. It wasn't until the war of 1812 that the town had fortified itself and had its own fleet of privateers to defend & compete with larger ports such as Halifax.
Today, Privateer Days is a summer festival where costumed reenactments take place along the town streets of Liverpool.
I absolutely love beach hikes. A beach, any beach, is a hike waiting to happen. Guysborough County has more than 500 kilometers of coastline with dozens of sandy or gravelly beaches. Many are readily accessible while a few are remote and seldom visited. One beach and coastal area that is easy to drive to is the Port Bickerton Lighthouse Interpretive Centre.
Harbour Hopper driver Tom Munro and tour guide Dana Thompson
When I spoke to the Harbour Hopper tour guide before boarding the vehicle/vessel, she said she gets everyone to "ribbit" like a frog during the tour.
I thought she was kidding.