Bragging Rights 2013
Nova Scotia is tailor-made for those who want to truly connect with the people, culture, and history of their destination. There is a new story around every corner, in every town, and no shortage of friendly people to tell it. But don’t just take our word for it ...
LaHave Forests’ haskap berry juice was named the best new product at the 2013 World Juice Awards in Cologne, Germany. LaHave founded by a group of like-minded friends, with a shared passion for food, natural agriculture and forestry. They came together through a shared vision of discovering the tastiest and healthiest food to be grown naturally in Nova Scotia.
Foxnews.com highlighted the World’s 10 most beautiful highways which included the Cabot Trail. This 300-kilometre (186-mile) highway is carved into the edge of ancient highlands that slope to the sea, where eagles soar above, seals swim below, and moose wander alongside.
US based GOLF Magazine ranked Cabot Links at 82, the highest of any course in Canada. Cabot Links, which opened in June 2012, is Canada's first and only true links golf course and features 18 challenging holes.
The Shore Club Lobster Suppers were chosen by Readers Digest as one of the Top 10 “Must Try” restaurants in Canada. The Shore Club is situated in Hubbards along the South Shore of Nova Scotia. It is Nova Scotia’s last great dance hall offering dancing with live entertainment every summer Saturday night since 1946!
National Geographic Traveller’s 2nd annual “Best of the World” named Cape Breton Island as one of the ‘20 must-see places for 2013’. Here you can enjoy iconic experiences such as the world-renowned Cabot Trail, the only living Celtic Culture in North America, Canada’s only true links golf course, and the Fortress of Louisbourg, the largest reconstruction of its kind in North America.
Bay of Fundy selected by Frommer’s Guides as one of the World’s Top Ten Destinations. Picture 160 billion tonnes of water moving in and out of the Bay of Fundy. Every day, twice a day. That’s more than the combined flow of all the freshwater rivers on our planet. It’s the highest tide in the world, and this remarkable phenomenon has created a unique seascape.
Fox Harb’r Golf Resort & Spa named Canada’s top golf destination by Golf Digest and ranks 16th among the top 75 courses in North America. Highland Links Golf Course ranked 55 on the list of the 100 Best Golf Courses Outside of the United States. This par-72 (7253 yards) course is a magnificent blend of both Scottish links and traditional parkland golf situated along the spectacular rugged sea coast of the Northumberland Strait.
Le Caveau Restaurant at Domaine de Grand Pré Winery was named as one of the Top 20 World’s Best Winery Restaurants by Wine Access Magazine. Australia’s MSN Travel site listed Le Caveau Restaurant as having one of the 10 best mojitos in the world! “Deep in blueberry country comes this surprise packet, served beneath a tangle of sun-dappled vines at Le Caveau Restaurant at Domaine de Grand Pres. Snappy wines and divine food are the reason most flock here on a summer afternoon, but those in the know actually come for the Mojitos.” (January 2013)
Trout Point Lodge is "MJ" approved as a one of the best wilderness lodges as chosen by Men's Journal editors. Trout Point offers luxury adventure travel and ecotourism vacations from its location in the heart of the Tobeatic Wilderness in southwestern Nova Scotia.
National Geographic named the South Shore as one of the Top 10 Coastal Destinations. “With its lighthouse-studded peninsulas and cozy harbourside villages, Nova Scotia's foggy South Shore conforms to the quintessential image of Atlantic Canada.”
Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens named one of the "Top 5 North American Gardens Worth Travelling For" at the 2012 Canadian and International Garden Tourism Awards! The world class Historic Gardens is a 17 acre horticultural paradise located in historic Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia, the first permanent European settlement in North America (1605).
About.com readers voted Cape Chignecto Provincial Park as the Best Canadian Provincial Park in the 2013 Camping Readers’ Choice Award. At Cape Chignecto, towering 180 m (600 ft.) sea cliffs rise from the Bay of Fundy, while the world's highest tides lap at their base. It has over 40 km (25 mi.) of wilderness trails, 29 km (18 mi.) of pristine coastline, deep valleys, sheltered coves, rare plants, and remnant old-growth forests.
Canadian Living Magazine voted Pictou’s Mrs. MacGregor’s Tea Room and Restaurant as having one of the best shortbreads in Canada. "Using a family recipe handed down through generations, manager and pastry chef Helen Buchan whips up traditional shortbread without fancy ingredients. Simply flour, sugar and butter".
Canadian Living Magazine (March 2013) declares Sugar Moon Farm’s pancakes as some of the best from coast-to-coast in Canada. Sugar Moon Farm is a working maple syrup farm, with a sugar bush and restaurant. They produce quality food in a manner that supports local agriculture, the community and the environment.
An Oscar with a Nova Scotia connection! John Kahrs, a graduate of Nova Scotia College of Art & Design, won an Oscar in 2013 for Best Animated Short for directing ‘Paperman’.
Planet Golf (series originating out of the UK and presented on The Travel Channel) picked Highland Links, Cabot Links and Fox Harb’r Golf Course to highlight in Atlantic Canada. The show aired in February 2013. The only other Atlantic Canadian golf course featured on the show was in St. Andrews, NB.
Martha Stewart Living (February 2013) featured a 6 page article on the Tangled Gardens in Grand Pre. The Tangled Garden transforms herbs and fruit into jewel-like jellies and flavourful vinegars to enhance simple fare or gourmet meals. All are made using fresh herbs from their garden and fruit from the surrounding fertile Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia.
Reader’s Digest: 10 Places in Canada every Canadian needs to visit in 2013 (January 2013): Lobster Carnival, Pictou, NS. "Lobster lovers looking for a vacation destination in 2013, your search is over! From July 5th through to the 7th, the tiny Nova Scotia seaside town of Pictou, welcomes all hungry travellers to their 79th annual Lobster Carnival. Since 1934, this Maritime community has celebrated the end of the lobster fishing season with live music, parades, derby races, an antique car show and midway rides. And of course no celebration would be complete without the mouthwatering guest of honour – Nova Scotia lobster. Travel was never so tasty!"
Louisbourg: Best Place to Visit in 2013. "In 2013, Louisbourg celebrates its 300th anniversary and will do so with panache, earning it the distinction as the No. 1 place in Canada to visit in 2013 fromVacay.ca. The Louisbourg300 festivities feature a month-long fête with additional music, cultural attractions and a harbourside market in July. A series of other events and celebrations will take place during the summer, including a much-anticipated regatta on the waters surrounding the fortress. As Louisbourg heralds its tricentennial, it gives Canadians an opportunity to reflect on how important of a place it is to the nation’s history."
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