Today I am starting on a journey which I am very excited about. I am the winner of the Routes to your Roots contest . For 8 months my sister Linda and I have planned this exciting venture. It will start Monday morning with genealogist Dr. Terry Punch . Dr. Punch has researched our family and I understand he has some great information for us. The meeting with Dr. Punch was part of winning the contest. I will keep you posted on his findings... Maybe we are related to royalty or someone famous. Linda and I will then travel from Halifax on to Inverness with lots of interesting stops along the way. We will post as we go along on our journey.
Clare and Linda
It was my wife Sara's birthday and every couple of years I like to surprise her by whisking her away on an adventure to celebrate the occasion. About five years ago it was tidal river rafting on the Shubenacadie River (AWESOME!!) and two years ago I believe it was a surprise picnic lunch on the beach at Caribou Provincial Park, followed by zip-lining 240 feet high through the treetops near New Glasgow. This year, once again, I wanted to make sure we did something special.
I recently had the opportunity to hike the Chapel Gully Trail in Canso on a warm breezy afternoon. I was the only person there though a glimpse of the log book indicated the trail has had plenty of recent visitors. I enjoyed several hours of seclusion despite knowing I was never far from town.
An observation tower is located on a plateau and yields a scenic 360 degree view that takes in ocean, Camp Glasgow, a bunch of islands and part of the town itself. A look off in another location takes you to the edge of the Gully which, at low tide, barely separates the trail from Little Island.
It's in the homes of rock stars, royalty and collectors all over the world.
It's made right here in Nova Scotia.
And for full disclosure: I didn't really know much about it.
It's NovaScotian Crystal...and it's pretty cool (or hot, depending on your preference between figurative or literal adjectives).
I recently had a chance to go into NovaScotian Crystal on the Halifax Waterfront to see what all the fuss was about. I'd heard they mouth-blow and hand-cut crystal, but I didn't really know what that involved. Now to have seen it first hand, I can tell you it's a must see when you're in Halifax.
This coming Monday, August 1st, is Natal Day and this means it's going to be a long weekend for a lot of us. What better way to spend it then on the Tidal Bore! With a 14.5m tidal variance it's looking to be a bumpy and fun ride. Myself and at least four other kayakers will be there, will you?
In a popular (and slightly upscale) area known as Purcell's Cove, there exists a place with a dark and morbid history. Nestled in a quiet and unassuming neighbourhood filled with large waterfront homes, the spirits of pirates and rum runners lurk...on Deadman's Island.
One of the very nicest things about life is the way we must regularly stop whatever it is we are doing and devote our attention to eating.
~Luciano Pavarotti and William Wright, Pavarotti, My Own Story
You will find many unique dishes that are served up in homes and restaurants all over Nova Scotia. We like to eat...and we will eat almost anything! Some great local dishes, served up best right here in Nova Scotia would include, Rappie Pie, Fish Cakes, blueberry grunt, hodge podge, smoked kiacks, Solomon Grudy and the list goes on.
If a cycling tourist or tourists came to Guysborough County with the highly unfortunate limitation of having only one day to cycle here, I would be inclined to suggest this route as an excellent way to experience the area. It offers a sampling of everything that makes Guysborough County appealing.
Anyone seeking photographic opportunities will not be disappointed. There are still sheds, wharves and boats representative of the traditional inshore fishery that once thrived here. Evidence of modern lobster fishing was evident in many communities along Chedabucto Bay as well as those like Port Felix, Charlos Cove and Larry's River on the Atlantic side. Lower Whitehead, is just off the loop and offers many more chances to make great photos.
"The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate." ~Oprah Winfrey
I was recently at a workshop where someone made a comment that we (Shelburne County) are always celebrating something. The more I thought about that comment the more I agreed with them!
Shelburne County has a vast array of festivals and events throughout the year. We celebrate the "normal" things like Canada Day, the fall harvest with a pumpkin festival, and Christmas with two festivals in the County! We also celebrate our history and heritage with such festivals as Lobster Festival (June 7-10, 2012), Shelburne Founders' Days (July 21-24), and Lights Along the Shore (Sept 17-18), in conjunction with the rest of the South Shore, celebrating our famed lighthouses.
Until I moved to Nova Scotia just two and a half years ago I had never even heard of a Tidal Bore. Caused by the large tidal change in the Bay of Fundy twice a day the lower 30km of the Shubenacadie river changes direction and flows upstream. This reversing flow can create standing waves of almost 5 meters. For the sane you can ride the waves in high-horse power zodiacs through the local tour operators. For the brave, and experienced you can paddle it in a sea kayak.