The dawn of a new year is the time when we all make and break resolutions to go to the gym or get more sleep. But for those of us at NovaScotiaBlogs.com, it's a time to make travel resolutions to explore Nova Scotia. The only hard thing about these resolutions is deciding which ones should be on our list for the year. It's never too late to make your own travel resolutions, so if you're in need of a few, here are some of ours for 2014 - along with suggestions on how you can make them happen.
This past summer, the province of Nova Scotia designated the 292 hectare site along First and Second Lake in Lower Sackville as Sackville Lakes Provincial Park. The media buzz around this designation had me itching to lace up my hikers and check it out.
After enjoying a few summer and fall hikes throughout 2013, I knew it would make a wonderful spot for a winter hike.
The trails here are wide and are under a canopy of trees. As I enjoyed a winter hike through these trails, I felt as though I was truly in a winter wonderland.
A Christmas wonderland sparkles like a jewel in the crown of a town that has centuries of seafaring history. Thousands of LED lights are wrapped around the branches of the tall ancient trees in Yarmouth's Frost Park. Giant presents are stacked at the base of the 150-year-old, three tier fountain, draped in a mantle of gauzy brightness. Even the gazebo, where Th'YARC's strolling carolers charm the crowds, beams golden in the landscape.
From the parades to the lights on the trees, it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas around the province. And that means finding gifts to go under your Nova Scotian tree. Our favourite way to shop for our loved ones is to shop local and find things that are uniquely Nova Scotian to stuff in their stockings.
It's fresh, unfiltered and naturally carbonated. Some beer geeks call this smooth brew "a living beer." Some brewers call it an art form.
For the uninitiated, cask conditioned ale is a beer that starts brewing in the fermenter; then it's carefully transferred to a cask for 1-2 weeks, where it ferments a second time. You can't test the beer until the fermentation is complete. When it works, the result is brew that offers subtle carbonation and full, complex flavours. As a beer geek myself, all I can say is - try it. You'll get it.
It was the first school in-service day of the year and my son Jaden and daughter Lienna welcomed the leisurely start to their day off. They were content watching some morning television so I decided to enjoy my coffee by the computer to explore the feasibility of a little adventure that I had in mind.
I was researching for a coastal hike, I stumbled upon this place called Gaff Point. There was some recent trail building work and a surge from hiking & outdoor groups were planning outings. This sudden interest deserved a more detailed visit with my hiking buddy - Keji the Black Lab.
In autumn, the rural road along Nova Scotia's Highway 2 is lined with scenes of quaint farm houses, river views, and blueberry fields as red as hot coals.
My sister and I made our way along this road one chilly October day, excited to view the newest work of local artist Joy Laking at her Fall Exhibition.
Joy Laking has been capturing the heart and soul of Nova Scotia in her paintings for over forty years. A visit to her gallery near Bass River leaves one feeling warm, welcomed, and inspired.
Halloween is just around the corner and whether you prefer tricks or treats, there's something to delight ghouls and goblins of all ages. From family friendly pumpkin parades to the scariest of haunted houses, here's a few Halloween treats to check out.
Blooms of shimmering jellyfish as big as your thumbnail rise and fall in dreamy movement a few feet from your paddle. Bubbles from burrowing clams rise in a stream from the ocean floor while hundreds of seabirds explore the exposed flats, feasting on crabs, snails and other creatures.