"Look up. Look waaaay up! And I'll call Rusty." -The Friendly Giant
It wasn't until I saw the giant strawberry smiling from the roadside in Great Village that I came to the realization that we were home to a surprising number of giants here in Nova Scotia. I started to make a list.
From Cape North, just outside the northern entrance of the Cape Breton Highlands National Park, you turn left, drive for about 30-40 minutes, then turn left again and drive another 30 minutes before reaching Meat Cove campground. We wondered if we were ever going to get there!
But we did. Although, if you drive down the road you are bound to reach the campground considering it is...well, the only thing down there. And it is literally at the end of the road. You reach the campground and have no choice but to set up camp, or turn around and head back to civilization.
We decided to set up camp and stay a while.
Full-bodied and lusty, with a hint of impulsiveness...no, this is not how I'd describe myself (...close though). This is the description of the newest wine I had the privilege of tasting recently at Jost Vineyards in Malagash called "4 Skins". It wasn't until I said the name out loud that my face actually turned the color of this fine beverage.
Whether you're visiting from out of town or you've lived here all your life, it's good to know there's plenty to do around Halifax that won't cost you a penny.
Let's start with the art galleries. Just a few blocks from Celebration Square, the Anna Leonowens Gallery is named after the famous heroine of The King and I who went on to establish the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design. There and at NSCAD's new Port Loggia Gallery, you can view exhibitions featuring art by NSCAD University students and faculty. And be sure to check out our other university art galleries too. Dalhousie, Saint Mary's and Mount Saint Vincent all have excellent public art programming, and admission is always free.