2009 saw our first ever trip to Canada. We landed in Toronto and then embarked on an epic 10 week tour of the Atlantic Provinces in a 25ft RV. Wow ,what an adventure and we clocked an impressive 12,500kms in those 10 short weeks. Quite simply, during that trip, we fell in love with Nova Scotia. The people were so warm, friendly and welcoming, the landscape was breath taking, the air was pure and the ocean was close no matter where you were - what's not to love?!
By 2010 we had decided we wanted to upsticks and move the nearly 5000kms from the UK, so that we could make ourselves a new life in Nova Scotia. We set off on another road trip to look for work, this time for just 6 weeks and again in a 25ft RV. We started just outside Halifax and by the second day had found a job for my partner - this was going better than we could ever have imagined.
Another class trip tale to inspire your next family outing.
The sun was shining outside and I felt like a celebrity as I sat near the front of the classroom of my daughter's primary class. I caught several little eyes staring my way, but shyly looking away when I smiled back at them. Minutes passed as we waited for the bus to arrive, giving time for a few of them to become bold enough to smile back or give a small wave.
The area now known as Liverpool, became a popular location for privateers ever since Champlain intercepted captain Rossignol engaging in fur-trade in early 17th century.
A Letter of Marque was the only thing differentiating a privateer and a pirate. The letter was authorization from the government allowing ships to cruise the seaways for enemy ships and to confiscate any prizes as payment.
Liverpool became a popular location to raid for American privateers during the American Revolution. It wasn't until the war of 1812 that the town had fortified itself and had its own fleet of privateers to defend & compete with larger ports such as Halifax.
Today, Privateer Days is a summer festival where costumed reenactments take place along the town streets of Liverpool.
I absolutely love beach hikes. A beach, any beach, is a hike waiting to happen. Guysborough County has more than 500 kilometers of coastline with dozens of sandy or gravelly beaches. Many are readily accessible while a few are remote and seldom visited. One beach and coastal area that is easy to drive to is the Port Bickerton Lighthouse Interpretive Centre.
Harbour Hopper driver Tom Munro and tour guide Dana Thompson
When I spoke to the Harbour Hopper tour guide before boarding the vehicle/vessel, she said she gets everyone to "ribbit" like a frog during the tour.
I thought she was kidding.
Day 2 at Cabot Shores Wilderness Resort and it felt like we had been there for ages. This is the sort of place you can relax and let the stress flow away very quickly. We started the day with the breakfast bar although in the Bistro, cooked breakfasts are available. That's homemade granola :)
Rain in the forecast is not something most people would get excited about. If you're a whitewater kayaker here in Nova Scotia, Rain is good news, Rainfall warnings are cause for celebration. Most Nova Scotia rivers are only fun to paddle after significant rainfalls. Mid June we were treated to a Rainfall warning giving us four great days on the lower section of the Musquodoboit River. The river was definitely at or near flood stage, when we arrived it was over 6ft higher then normal. This would be my first time every kayaking down a river. Luckily I was able to connect with experienced kayakerand local Dustin Barker of Atlantic Kayaker. He gave me a quick run down of what to do and then led me down the first run. The only way to describe it is amazing.
When I first started dating my boyfriend, and he told me about his geocaching hobby, I had heard of geocaching but really didn't know much about it. I'm not going to lie, I didn't really "get" it. Why would you want to go searching for hours for a container that has no treasure in it? Unless you consider a pen and notebook treasure (I don't). I mean, what is the POINT of finding an essentially empty container?
Our day really started once we arrived in Cape Breton. These horses entertained us while we waited for the tiny Englishtown ferry. We were all happy to have some sun! Five dollars gets you across the water and cuts several miles off the route to Indian Brook and Cabot Shores Wilderness Resort where my daughter and I were headed.
Anyone else get that little song stuck in their head whenever you're cooking with rhubarb? Mama's little baby loves rhubarb rhubarb - bebop-a-reebop rhubarb pie! Yeah-No? Probably just Peter...
One of the first veggies of the harvest season in Nova Scotia is Rhubarb! We're all over this celery-like tart vegetable. We recently loaded up during a trip to the Halifax Seaport Farmers' Market and began our rendezvous with rhubarb. Top of our to-do list - rhubarb pie!