All my life I've heard stories about Oak Island and its infamous treasure hunt. So much and yet so little has been discovered on this ill-fated island over the past couple hundred years, not to mention lives lost. I've always wanted to visit but assumed the privately-owned island was off limits to the public. Not so! I recently discovered Walk the Mystery Tours are offered at $10 a pop on many summer weekends. My friend Tracey and I were completely on board for this adventure and booked tickets a few weeks in advance. I'm glad we did because our tour sold out.
As the days warm up and we start to plan our summer road trips, one of our favourites is to head to the Annapolis Valley for the amazing views of the Minas Basin from Nova Scotia’s vineyards. With six distinct wine growing regions in the province and a unique terroir that has been shaped over the centuries, our wine region has been maturing over the past 25 years. In the Annapolis Valley, you’ll find 11 wineries, offering up award winning wines you don’t want to miss.
From the parades to the lights on the trees, it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas around the province. And that means finding gifts to go under your Nova Scotian tree. Our favourite way to shop for our loved ones is to shop local and find things that are uniquely Nova Scotian to stuff in their stockings.
Blooms of shimmering jellyfish as big as your thumbnail rise and fall in dreamy movement a few feet from your paddle. Bubbles from burrowing clams rise in a stream from the ocean floor while hundreds of seabirds explore the exposed flats, feasting on crabs, snails and other creatures.
The end of summer in Nova Scotia is just the start of another amazing season. Heading out on a road trip among the bright yellows, oranges, and reds is one of our favourite things to do. Our annual Leaf Watch keeps track of where the leaves look their most colourful and give us inspiration to head out in search of the best fall has to offer. From to a day trip to the Annapolis Valley to pick apples to a weekend getaway to drive the Cabot Trail, there's no shortage of things to do in fall.
But you don't have to take our word for it, find out what our Facebook and Twitter community have to say about their favourite things about fall in Nova Scotia.
On a cool morning, we decided to hike the Admiral Lake Loop - a 10km trail part of the Musquodoboit Traillway Association. We opted to do the trail clockwise, keeping the steep elevation until the end. That meant an easy 4km along the converted rails to trails towards Bayer Lake to start with. This section had the lake on one side and granite cliffs on the other.
It might be the last long weekend of the summer, but there's still lots of time left in the season to explore Nova Scotia. Here's a few of our favourite summer photos from Instagram to inspire your next road trip.
Nova Scotia really is the spirit of the perfect road trip. Around every turn is something new to discover. Whether it's a vibrant seaside town, the perfect spot to get ice cream, a one-of-a-kind shop, or a beautiful sandy beach, you're bound to find something you'll love. All you need to do is hop in the car, turn on your perfect road trip playlist, roll the windows down and go explore all that Nova Scotia has to offer.
While we've created some of our own road trips, we know there's still more discover. You don't have to take our word for it - we've asked our Facebook community for their ideas and they've given us some great ideas for road trips to take all year long.
Yarmouth is home to the man who holds the Canadian record for hiding the most geocaches. Ervin Olsen (Ervined) likes to think of them as 1,213 different adventures and he takes pride in where he places his geocaches. He also has a particular goal in mind when he decides where to place them: helping geocachers discover more about the Yarmouth area.