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!
We like to hike Cape Split at least once a year, and the last few times we have made sure we take friends who have never hiked it before.
A sunny day. Celtic Music. Beautiful scenery. Good food. What could be better?
Last month, I visited the Celtic Music Interpretive Centre in Judique and saw this license plate in the gift shop and knew it would be my theme for this summer.
Once I made my way out of the gift shop (quite a while later), I stepped into the Tom Rankin Exhibit Room. In this room you can take an interactive journey through samples of song, stories, dance, bagpipes, and fiddle music and the story and the culture behind them. You can even try your hand at a tune, or better still, have a step on the old porch. I did both and it was great fun.
We spent two days deep in the backcountry of Kejimkujik National Park. The proposed route this year was 48 kms of hiking and/or biking across both the northern & southern portions of the park. Park users can travel one of three ways: hiking, biking & paddling. Our route focused on hiking & biking.
Did you know there are over 100 beaches waiting for you this summer in Nova Scotia? With so many to choose from, it's no wonder everyone in Nova Scotia seems to think their favourite beach is the best beach around. Of course, the best way to figure out which one is the best is to start exploring them.
Nova Scotia really is my ocean playground. You're never more then an hour from the ocean, and there's something fun to do out on the water year round. With unique features like the Tidal Bore in Maitland to the amazing mountains in Cape Breton, five years in Nova Scotia and I am still finding new fun spots.
My son Jaden arrived home from school excited to announce that his grade four class was going on a trip to the Greenwing Legacy Centre and wetlands at the Shubenacadie Wildlife Park. I was equally excited to learn that they needed a few parent volunteers to go along. So I quickly said "sign me up!"
Water bonding is a part of life for those in Southwest Nova Scotia. Residents either pursue the honourable profession of fishing, have a relative who does, or they've got a small boat of their own that that they like to paddle or motor about in.
Just a few minutes from the Armdale Rotary in Halifax, you can visit an interesting location where you can learn about Halifax's military history and where you can spend a few hours roaming the coastline.
I'm talking about York Redoubt, a National Historic Site, which is mostly a self-guided tour of the site. I decided to drop in on a foggy & windy day during shoulder season to check out the sights.