Business and Pleasure

By sduffett, on Mon, 18 Apr 2011 | 0 Comments

Anyone from Lunenburg will recognize this photo. It is the Lunenburg Academy built in 1895. So cool. It is an elementary school that is still being used:) A wonderful old building perched atop Gallows Hill overlooking the colourful town. Click on the picture to see some other views of it.

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Halifax and the RMS Titanic

By cbragg, on Fri, 15 Apr 2011 | 0 Comments

titanic1.jpgThe loss of the White Star Liner RMS Titanic needs no introduction for anyone alive today. On its maiden voyage in 1912 the great vessel suffered irreversible damage, after a glancing blow from an iceberg at 11:40 p.m. on 14 April 1912 opened five water-tight compartments to the in-rushing sea. At 2:20 a.m. the following day, 15 April, the technological marvel of the Edwardian Age sank.
 

Hearses lined up on Halifax wharf, near present jetty 4 in HMCS Dockyard to take R.M.S. Titanic victims recovered by C.S. Minia.

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The Nova Scotia Archives

By yogie, on Thu, 14 Apr 2011 | 0 Comments

It was over a year ago when I started filming the Routes to Your Roots video for the Nova Scotia Archives.  The Archives is located at the corner of University Ave. and Robie St., just on the edge of Dalhousie campus. The NS Archives is the largest archives in the province boasting more than 1.8 Km of textual records.  It's also a fascinating building with vault after vault of historical treasures.

Filming the Routes to Your Roots videos allowed me the privilege of seeing some of Nova Scotia's most important relics.  I've seen Mi'kmaq contracts written on sheep skin, Acadian land grants, slavery documents and more than I could ever possibly realize.  I've seen Joseph Howe's signature countless times and thousands upon thousands of great photographs.  There were paintings, drawings, designs and maps.  Also:  school books, written histories, shipping lists and hundreds of years of census records.  History is the accumulation of everything so there's certainly something for you at the archives.

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Get your Audition Ready and Get on the Bus Gus!

By jcyr, on Thu, 31 Mar 2011 | 0 Comments

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The My Nova Scotia Contest Audition Bus is pulling in to a town or city near you. We are reaching out to Nova Scotians across the province to join the My Nova Scotia fun! We want to make sure we hear from people from all areas, so we're coming to you. Here's what to do!
 

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The Irish in Nova Scotia

By cbragg, on Thu, 17 Mar 2011 | 0 Comments

The Irish have been part of Nova Scotia since Roger Casey arrived in the 1660s, married an Acadian, and began the Caissy family. There were Irish at Louisbourg and at the founding of Halifax, and so many Irish were employed in the annual summer fishery along the province's Atlantic coastline that the entire region was known to them for centuries as Talimh An Eisc ('The Land of the Fish'). You can find the Irish among the first settlers in almost any community in this province.Most people connect Irish emigration to North America with the Potato Famine of the late 1840s.  The majority coming to Nova Scotia, however, arrived in the mid-1700s or between 1815 and 1845.

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St. Patrick's Day in Nova Scotia - Irish Pubs and Celebrations

By jcyr, on Wed, 16 Mar 2011 | 0 Comments

My first memory of celebrating St. Paddy's Day in Nova Scotia comes from when I was in university at St. Francis Xavier in Antigonish.  I remember being in awe as some people lined up before 6:00 at the campus bar, but I soon understood why.  You don't want to miss happy hour, which seems to carry on into the wee hours and there was no getting in anywhere after 8:00 PM!

And if you want to know why we celebrate with such fervor, just read fellow blogger Lauren Oostveen's post, The Irish in Nova Scotia.  We come by it honestly, the Irish culture is one of our founding cultures.  And of course Nova Scotians love a celebration.  We celebrate with refreshment, parades, and toe-tapping music, but most importantly, we celebrate with friends!

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Halifax Beer

By reneel, on Tue, 8 Mar 2011 | 0 Comments

While thinking over what another nice Halifax Beerstory would be to write about, and while I was listening to Celtic music, suddenly - I heard that Stan Rogers song "Barrett's Privateers".

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McLobster...yeah it's real and it's in Nova Scotia!

By jcyr, on Fri, 4 Mar 2011 | 0 Comments

So anybody who is on Twitter might have seen that McLobster was trending the last few days.  It would seem that either people are either in complete disbelief that McDonald's would put such a decadent food on the menu, or wondering if the tasty treat will make it to their neck of the woods.  The fact is the McLobster has been on the summer time menu for years in Nova Scotia!  Check out this old commercial I dug up on YouTube.

 

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And It's a Wrap!

By peggymac, on Sun, 27 Feb 2011 | 0 Comments

The 2011 Canada Games Closing Ceremony wrapped things up in style on Sunday afternoon, marking the end of a virtually flawless event.

Athletes from all 13 provinces and territories filled the Metro Centre with cheers as they celebrated their accomplishments, spilling out of their seats to rush the stage as Radio Radio rocked the house.

As this year's winners of both the Centennial Cup and the Jack Pelech Award, team Nova Scotia did us proud -- as did all the athletes who made Nova Scotia their home over the past two weeks.

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Stories by the Sea

By peggymac, on Fri, 25 Feb 2011 | 0 Comments

Nova Scotia is known for its rich storytelling tradition. From the ancient Mi'kmaq legends to Longfellow's Evangeline: A Tale of Acadie, our history is wrapped up in words.

Today, authors such as Alistair MacLeod, Linda Little and Linden MacIntyre create works of fiction by drawing on the character and landscape of this province to give their stories life and meaning. If you haven't already, take the time to read No Great Mischief or Strong Hollow or The Bishop's Man and you'll see what I mean.

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