|The Joggins Fossil Cliffs is number four on the LA Times’ list of the top 29 destinations to visit in 2009. The list, compiled by the newspaper’s travel editors, was developed to present alternative places to visit which offer American travellers compelling and uncrowded sites. The Joggins Fossil Cliffs was named a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site in 2008. |
|Nova Scotia is producing award-winning wines and invites visitors to come taste new vintages, learn about winemaking and even stomp the grapes. Congratulations to local winemakers who took home 19 medals at the 2008 All Canadian Wine Championships. |
|Trout Point Lodge has been named one of the best wilderness resorts by ForbesTraveller.com. In addition, Trout Point’s dedication to its environment recently earned it the Parks Canada Sustainable Tourism Award. |
|The Courtyard by Marriott Halifax Downtown has received a Platinum Service Award for Overall Guest Satisfaction in 2008. The award is based on customer feedback from Marriott’s 750 Courtyard Hotels throughout North America. |
|Halifax Stanfield International Airport (HSIA) has been ranked the world’s best airport for overall passenger satisfaction in its class (under five million passengers) for the sixth straight year. In the 2008 Airport Service Quality (ASQ) ratings, based on passenger surveys, HSIA earned three first-place finishes and one second-place finish. |
|Flyglobespan has announced service from Glasgow, Scotland to Halifax. This weekly, seasonal service will operate from May 27 to October 14 on Wednesdays. |
For more information on flights into Halifax Stanfield International Airport, visit www.flyhalifax.com
- The 119 room Holiday Inn Express & Suites Halifax Airport is now open.
- The 125 room (100% non-smoking) Holiday Inn Express Stellarton has opened.
- The 163 room Hampton Inn & Suites, located at the retail complex, Dartmouth Crossing, is now open.
- Several Halifax hotels have undertaken multi-million dollar renovations including the Halifax Marriott Harbourfront, Westin Nova Scotian, Prince George Hotel, Lord Nelson Hotel & Suites, Citadel Halifax Hotel, Cambridge Suites Hotel Halifax, Park Place Hotel & Conference Centre-Ramada Plaza, Holiday Inn Harbourview and Future Inns.
- Pictou Lodge has changed its name to Pictou Lodge Beachfront Resort and is now home to 5 chalets - 2 bedroom and 3 bedroom - overlooking Graham's Pond.
- Oak Island Resort is now offering upscale residential condominiums in addition to their oceanfront hotel and chalets.
- White Point Beach Resort has expanded their experiential programming to include unique culinary products, nordic walks, astronomy/stargazing, yoga and aboriginal experiences.
|Experience an exclusive gastronomic delight in the spectacular gardens at Grand-Pré National Historic Site. Order a gourmet picnic prepared by well-known chef Michael Howell featuring Annapolis Valley ham, hearth bread, pickled herring, local cheese and apples and much more. Picnics are available from July 1 to September 30 for as little as one or groups over 50 and orders must be placed in advance. For more information phone Grand-Pré National Historic Site at 902-542-4040.|
|The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic in Halifax commemorated the 97th anniversary of the sinking of RMS Titanic on April 15 by unveiling a display of recently acquired artifacts connected to the tragedy. The artifacts include a mortuary bag, a photograph, a cap badge and a wreckwood rosette, crafted out of eight pieces of the mahogany balustrade from the ship’s grand staircase. This was crafted by William Parker, a Nova Scotian carpenter aboard the Halifax cable ship Minia who participated in the recovery of Titanic victims. The museum also houses exhibits on shipwreck treasures of Nova Scotia, the Navy, Days of Sail, the Halifax Explosion and more. |
|Join a 78th Highlander for an afternoon of good cheer and high spirits at the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site. Come and enjoy a selection of premium Scotch whiskies and explore the fascinating world of single malt whisky with the resident connoisseur. Other special programs are available and all require pre-booking. For more information contact 902-426-5080.|
|Explora, a handheld tour device, is back for a second summer at Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site. By using GPS technology, Explora delivers location-specific content to hikers on the Beech Grove Trail. As visitors hike with Explora, they are able to see their location on a map and interact with location-related text, images, sound, video and quizzes. Kejimkujik is one of two locations in Parks Canada piloting location based tours.|
|Pier 21 National Historic Site celebrates its 10th anniversary on July 1, 2009 and two new exhibits will run from March to September in conjunction with this - The Canoe: A Canadian Cultural Icon and Acres of Dreams: Settling the Canadian Prairies. For more information on anniversary celebrations, visit www.pier21.ca.|
Murphy's on the Water recently announced a $1.6 million expansion of their facility in the historic Cable Wharf building on the Halifax waterfront which will include a larger restaurant with more focus on seafood, a touch tank where visitors can net their own lobsters, an artisans demonstration area, more local crafts in the gift shop and a year-round ticket outlet that will operate in conjunction with other local businesses.
Louisbourg Resort Golf & Spa is a $300 million development on Cape Breton Island which will include two golf courses designed by Nick Faldo, captain of the 2008 European Ryder Cup Team and 6-time major Champion. The championship course (The Fortress) is due to open in 2010. On-site amenities will include European spa, family recreation centre, various restaurants and a conference centre.
|By 2010, Nova Scotia will boast 13 wineries in its five wine-growing regions. Nova Scotia has a long tradition of growing grapes for wine dating back to the 1600s with several hybrids attracting notice from experts and oenophiles. The province’s first organic winery, L’Acadie Vineyards, opened in 2008. The Muir Murray Estate Winery will be the newest addition in 2009, offering wine tastings, winemaking and grape-growing seminars. From September 7 through October 30, 2009, the Nova Scotia Fall Wine Festival will offer more than 35 tastings, grape stomps, gourmet dinners, cooking classes and food pairing events. Fore more information, go to www.winesofnovascotia.ca.|
There are currently 17 criers in the Nova Scotia Guild of Town Criers who are available to welcome tour groups to their respective communities. For more information contact Peter Davies at ns.sympatico.ca.
Nova Scotia representative(s) will be attending these upcoming marketplaces / trade shows:
- Rendez-vous Canada
May 9-13, 2009, Calgary, AB
- TAP Dance (Travel Alliance Partners)
May 3-June 4, 2009, Rapid City, SD
- Canada/New England Cruise Symposium
June 16-18, 2009, Sagueney, PQ