Nova Scotia Blogs
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.
Harvest season is the busiest season in the Annapolis Valley and there's no shortage of things to do, thanks to the Valley Pumpkin Fest. I was in Kentville visiting my family for Thanksgiving, so we took advantage of the nice weather to meet the famous Pumpkin People of Kentville. Thanksgiving weekend was also Kentville's Harvest Festival and there were plenty of fun for everyone. We headed down to Centre Square on Saturday morning for the Harvest Festival kick-off and to explore the town to meet the Pumpkin People. I got to meet some really special people that day. First, Spike, Kentville's Pumpkin Person mascot.
Kayaking in Nova Scotia is an amazing experience. Cape Breton is a nexus for Celtic culture, great food and beautiful scenery. Combining the two for a three day festival of kayaking, stand up paddling and canoeing is nothing short of genius. Cape Breton Paddlefest 2012 was exactly that.