The My Nova Scotia Contest Audition Bus is pulling in to a town or city near you. We are reaching out to Nova Scotians across the province to join the My Nova Scotia fun! We want to make sure we hear from people from all areas, so we're coming to you. Here's what to do!
The Irish have been part of Nova Scotia since Roger Casey arrived in the 1660s, married an Acadian, and began the Caissy family. There were Irish at Louisbourg and at the founding of Halifax, and so many Irish were employed in the annual summer fishery along the province's Atlantic coastline that the entire region was known to them for centuries as Talimh An Eisc ('The Land of the Fish'). You can find the Irish among the first settlers in almost any community in this province.Most people connect Irish emigration to North America with the Potato Famine of the late 1840s. The majority coming to Nova Scotia, however, arrived in the mid-1700s or between 1815 and 1845.
My first memory of celebrating St. Paddy's Day in Nova Scotia comes from when I was in university at St. Francis Xavier in Antigonish. I remember being in awe as some people lined up before 6:00 at the campus bar, but I soon understood why. You don't want to miss happy hour, which seems to carry on into the wee hours and there was no getting in anywhere after 8:00 PM!
And if you want to know why we celebrate with such fervor, just read fellow blogger Lauren Oostveen's post, The Irish in Nova Scotia. We come by it honestly, the Irish culture is one of our founding cultures. And of course Nova Scotians love a celebration. We celebrate with refreshment, parades, and toe-tapping music, but most importantly, we celebrate with friends!
So anybody who is on Twitter might have seen that McLobster was trending the last few days. It would seem that either people are either in complete disbelief that McDonald's would put such a decadent food on the menu, or wondering if the tasty treat will make it to their neck of the woods. The fact is the McLobster has been on the summer time menu for years in Nova Scotia! Check out this old commercial I dug up on YouTube.
The 2011 Canada Games Closing Ceremony wrapped things up in style on Sunday afternoon, marking the end of a virtually flawless event.
Athletes from all 13 provinces and territories filled the Metro Centre with cheers as they celebrated their accomplishments, spilling out of their seats to rush the stage as Radio Radio rocked the house.
As this year's winners of both the Centennial Cup and the Jack Pelech Award, team Nova Scotia did us proud -- as did all the athletes who made Nova Scotia their home over the past two weeks.
Nova Scotia is known for its rich storytelling tradition. From the ancient Mi'kmaq legends to Longfellow's Evangeline: A Tale of Acadie, our history is wrapped up in words.
Today, authors such as Alistair MacLeod, Linda Little and Linden MacIntyre create works of fiction by drawing on the character and landscape of this province to give their stories life and meaning. If you haven't already, take the time to read No Great Mischief or Strong Hollow or The Bishop's Man and you'll see what I mean.
Ya gotta love Nova Scotia and the people you meet here!
Since day one of the Halifax Canada Games, folks have been stopping by Celebration Square to record a Nova Scotia Shout Out Video.
The videos are as diverse as the people who created them. Some send messages cheering on the athletes; others send greetings to friends and family back home; still others express what they love about Nova Scotia.
Time flies when you're having fun!
Just two weeks ago, athletes and fans filled the Halifax Metro Centre for the 2011 Canada Games Opening Ceremony. We kicked things off in style with a jam-packed evening of performances that really showed off the range of talent Nova Scotia has to offer.
And there's plenty left to see and enjoy. With competition venues and Celebration Square in full swing, Halifax is a hotbed of Canada Games action.
Shortly after Christmas, it was announced that there would be a geocaching event at Historic Fortress of Louisbourg - in February.
I could not pass up at the opportunity of not only visiting the Fortress for the first time, but explore many areas of the site.
My journey started on the night before. The plan was to find accommodations somewhere between Halifax and Louisbourg for an overnight sleep. The weather was typical Nova Scotia, the forecast called for 30cm of snow, but it was pouring rain. I stopped by New Glasgow to refuel and used Twitter to posted a very simple query: "Arriving in antigonish shortly. Any good places for food in town other than big chains?