For those in the communities of South West Nova Scotia, Dumping Day is one of the most nerve-wracking and exciting days of the year.
When I saw the tidal bore come rushing towards us I knew we were in for a fantastic ride. I knew in that instant I was finally experiencing the true power of the Bay of Fundy. I grew up in the Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia and spent many afternoons watching the Bay and playing on the ocean rocks. The Bay of Fundy is well known for having the highest tides in the world, and this was reinforced throughout my childhood as I watched the Bay rise and fall many feet in only a few short hours from the steps of my grandmother's cottage.
Daylight hours are for admiring spectacular autumn foliage in Southwest Nova but for after-dark activities in October you might want to consider a visit to one of these Halloween events.
For this trip, we spent two nights in the yurt provided by Whycocomagh Provincial Park in Cape Breton. These are setup differently than the yurts at Kejimkujik National Park. The yurts at Whycocomagh are mainly geared towards traditional car camping.
We have all chuckled at the thought of what a Scotsman does (or doesn't) wear under their kilt. I also often wondered what they carry in their sporrans (the little black leather pouch worn around their waist). Well, it seems that traditional Scottish Highlanders in battle often carried a little sack of oatmeal in these little pouches. They would then mix some of the oatmeal with water and place the mixture on their shields which they used as a plate and cook the two ingredients over the campfire. The final product was known as the "Scottish Oatcake". These oatcakes were also known as the bread of Scotland dating back at least as far as the 14th century.
Say the word camping and it brings back my favourite childhood memories. Back in my day when we didn't have cell phones and video games. We packed up our comic books and novels, our frisbees and badminton rackets, our bathing suits and flotation devices and headed for the open road. We roasted marshmallows, stayed up past our bedtimes and woke up to the smell of scrambled eggs sticking to the pan on the Coleman's stove. We were invigorated by the fresh air. We ran around until we were exhausted. We slept soundly. Often these days we long for simpler times. Electronics fill our bags, constant connection consumes our lives. We blog and tweet our vacations. We tell our Facebook friends where we are and what we are doing. But I encourage us to disengage from it all.
Sometimes there is no greater feeling than getting in the car and just driving. Abandoning all chores and grocery stores and just being free. Opening the windows and letting the breeze blow through you hair. Even better if the breeze is from the ocean and the air is salty and fresh. Finding unexpected treasures along the way, a roadside fruit and vegetable stand, an antique store or a café with fresh made goodies for the road. Packing a picnic, stopping for a walk along a beach you've never seen before, to clear your mind and stretch your legs. These are all the things that make a seacoast drive a must-do, just for the pure joy of it.
Cheers! Sláinte! Salud! What do you say when you raise a glass with friends?
In Nova Scotia, we say "sociable!" -- which the dictionary defines as "engaging readily with other people." Yep -- that's us! We're friendly people and we're so excited to welcome the Canada Games to town!
Wondering what this building is? Wonder no longer.......it is our new Halifax Seaport Farmer's Market, a beautiful glass structure built to environmental standards and using solar, wind and geo-thermal power to operate. A massive 4,050 square metres, it was designed with the environment in mind. It is also located right on the water so you can watch all the boating activity on the harbour.