|The Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo in Halifax, July 1-8, has been named the 2007 Top Event in Canada by the American Bus Association. Also named to the Top 100 is the Celtic Colours International Festival, October 5-13 on Cape Breton Island.|
|Halifax International Airport opened its new Preclearance facility on October 4, 2006. Non-stop passengers to US destinations will be processed through US Customs and Border Protection prior to their departure enabling travelers to be treated as domestic passengers on arrival in the United States.|
|Every year since 1971, Nova Scotia has donated a giant evergreen tree to the people of Boston as a thank you for their assistance following the Halifax Explosion. This year’s tree lighting takes place November 30 at 6:30 pm, on the Boston Common.
Halifax was the only city in North America to suffer damage in the First World War when on December 6, 1917, the munitions ship Mont Blanc, and the relief ship Imo, collided in Halifax Harbour causing the largest man-made explosion prior to Hiroshima. The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic on the Halifax waterfront has a permanent exhibit on the explosion.
|The Candy Shop of Cape Breton (formerly the Candy Shop of Isle Madame) will open on January 15, 2007 across from the Nova Scotia Visitor Information Centre in Port Hastings. The Candy Shop carries more than a hundred varieties of fine chocolates from all over the world, including dozens of types of their own handmade, highest quality European truffles, praline, barks and speciality molded chocolates. Also available are hundreds of different hard-to-find “retro” candies. Bus tours are welcome with motorcoach parking available and plenty of turn-around space.|
From My Nova Scotia Heart Crafts & Gifts will open on May 1, 2007. Located on the Peggy’s Cove Road in Glen Haven, the shop will feature quality handmade and local manufactured food, craft and gift items. Open May 1-December 24. Bus tours welcome. For further info, contact Michelle Mitchelmore.
Sydney Waterfront Restaurant
Opening in May 2007 is the Sydney Waterfront Restaurant. This new restaurant will have a lobster supper theme with seating for over 350 people, large paved parking lot, and is wheelchair accessible. The group menu will feature fresh Atlantic Lobster served either hot or cold and various alternative entrees including vegetarian. All meals include all-you-can eat salads, rolls, desserts and beverages. And of course, the driver eats for free! Open May to the end of October. For further info, contact Glen Nicholson.
Amos Pewter Economuseum
When you visit the workshop of the Amos Pewter Economuseum in Mahone Bay, you can have the opportunity to try your hand at finishing a piece of handcrafted pewter! Your group tour will be guided through the process of pewter making and then completing and personalizing a take-home treasure. The tour typically last about 20-30 minutes.
|Nova Scotia representative(s) will be attending these upcoming marketplaces / trade shows:
- National Tour Association Annual Convention, November 3-7, 2006, Salt Lake City
- World Travel Market, November 6-9, 2006, London
- Ontario Motorcoach Association Marketplace, November 11-15, Toronto, Ontario
- American Bus Marketplace, January 26 - February 2, 2007, Grapevine