On a sunny day in Harbourville the beaches sparkle. Typical Nova Scotia beaches sparkle when the sun reflects on the sand. In Harbourville, the sparkle is generated from the many gems embedded in the stones that line the shore.
On a cool morning, we decided to hike the Admiral Lake Loop - a 10km trail part of the Musquodoboit Traillway Association. We opted to do the trail clockwise, keeping the steep elevation until the end. That meant an easy 4km along the converted rails to trails towards Bayer Lake to start with. This section had the lake on one side and granite cliffs on the other.
I was scrambling around the house attempting to pack up for an overnight get-away. It was my wife Sara's birthday weekend so I wanted her to sit back and relax and I would handle all of the details. It quickly became evident that I am not the organizer in our relationship. Though in my defense, with the number of food allergies we have to contend with in our family (dairy, soy, gluten, corn, canola, cocoa, etc. etc.), packing is never the simplest of tasks.
It might be the last long weekend of the summer, but there's still lots of time left in the season to explore Nova Scotia. Here's a few of our favourite summer photos from Instagram to inspire your next road trip.
Guest Post by Gillian Wesley and Drew Moore, The Local Traveler
I am fully aware of the fact that people everywhere, and I mean around the world everywhere, make bold claims that the pizza from their hometown is the best pizza you could possibly find. This is not something that's unique to people from Pictou County. What IS unique to people from Pictou County, is that when they say it, they're telling the truth.
What better way to entice your friends than to propose a hike with pancakes and maple syrup!
Every day we see amazing pictures taken of these beaches by our #VisitNovaScotia Instagram community. We asked them to share those beaches with us and here's just a few of their favourite pieces of coastline. We'd love to see even more of your favourite beaches - just hashtag them #VisitNSBeaches to share your day at the beach.
Cultivated blueberries are headed to stores and that means wild blueberries aren't too far behind. Blueberries are an important part of summer in Nova Scotia - the taste of a blueberry right off the bush or in your favourite dessert easily conjures up memories of summer vacations. Whether it's a grandmother's recipe or that blueberry pie purchased at a Farmer's Market you dream of, just about everyone has a favourite way to eat blueberries.
During last year's blueberry season, we asked our Facebook community for their favourite ways to eat blueberries and we definitely got a few ideas for this upcoming blueberry season. We even got a few recipes to try.
I was recently invited to Amherst to speak at an event hosted by the local area Chamber of Commerce. Amherst is a vibrant community with a beautiful historic downtown and is of course the first Town to greet visitors arriving to Nova Scotia through New Brunswick. Amherst is also just twenty minutes from UNESCO World Heritage site "Joggins Fossil Cliffs":http://bit.ly/18bRcNx, so I was excited to invite my wife Sara and the kids to join me for a little overnight adventure.
It started out a busy Saturday morning dropping my wife Sara and daughter Lienna off to her dance recital rehearsal. Next, it was off to the "Truro Farmers' Market ":http://www.trurofarmersmarket.org/ where Jaden's school choir had been asked to sing. Our Saturday morning routine typically involved cartoons and a trip to town to get groceries before noon, so we were destined to try something different!