Nova Scotia Blogs
T'was the month before Christmas, when all through the land No gifts were yet purchased, no parties yet planned. The shops were stocked with presents and decorated with care, in hopes that customers soon would be there. I eagerly waited for flakes of snow, as I hung my wreath and holiday bows. And mamma with her coffee and dad with his tea, had just called to say they're visiting me!
For those in the communities of South West Nova Scotia, Dumping Day is one of the most nerve-wracking and exciting days of the year.
It's funny but I've never thought very highly of the month of November. The weather gets colder (but rarely cold enough for lasting snow), days become shorter, and the landscape appears gray with no leaves left on the trees. But a recent trip has given me a new found respect for the 11th month on the calendar.
The weather forecast called for clouds and rain, but when we arrived the skies were clear with a nice breeze coming off the water.
My morning drive through the Wentworth Valley enroute to Malagash was nothing short of stunning. The fall colours were still in their prime and I counted four white tail deer in fields along the way. I was heading to Bay Enterprises where I was about to learn about the wonderful world of oysters and quahogs.
When I saw the tidal bore come rushing towards us I knew we were in for a fantastic ride. I knew in that instant I was finally experiencing the true power of the Bay of Fundy. I grew up in the Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia and spent many afternoons watching the Bay and playing on the ocean rocks. The Bay of Fundy is well known for having the highest tides in the world, and this was reinforced throughout my childhood as I watched the Bay rise and fall many feet in only a few short hours from the steps of my grandmother's cottage.
Daylight hours are for admiring spectacular autumn foliage in Southwest Nova but for after-dark activities in October you might want to consider a visit to one of these Halloween events.
I had passed the sign for Captain Cobb's Crazy Cornundrum in Masstown many a time on my way to work, but had yet to experience this kooky-named attraction. I figured the kids would love it, and later learned that my wife and I would too.
Last spring I was talking with a friend from Ottawa who now calls Nova Scotia her home. We were discussing fun things to do for afternoon and weekend trips in Nova Scotia. I shared some ideas with her, and I could not believe how many things she had not tried or experienced yet. She told me she was going to start a Nova Scotia bucket list! I thought what a great idea; from all of the festivals, beaches, historical sites, food, music, tours, national and provincial parks, wild rugged coasts to beautiful inland treasures of all kinds, I couldn't wait to start my own.
One of my favourite areas to drive around during the fall is along Route 8 in the southwest region of the province. I usually stop for a visit in Kejimkujik National Park, but on this road trip I decided to venture to a small wilderness pocket.