Guzzle and Gorge in Port Williams

Planters Ridge Port Williams

Port Williams is a small village that doesn’t know it’s small. According to Wikipedia,the population hovers around 1,100. The area was initially populated by Mi’kmaq, Acadians, and Planters-the Acadian influence evident by the nearby dykes.

The village perches on the northern shore of the Cornwallis River-named after  Edward Cornwallis, first governor of Nova Scotia. In the days of sail, the Cornwallis served as a very busy waterway,  bringing ships into the port to be loaded with local  goods destined for faraway places such as Great Britain. In fact,the village website proclaims Port Williams to be” The Biggest Little Port in the World”.

I recently spend an afternoon exploring and it really wasn’t enough time. Although Port Williams has parks and dykes and churches and museums and cycling routes to explore, I must confess..on this day, I visited none of those places.

I came to eat and drink.

Port Williams
Unsuspected Roadside Art,Port Williams

Fox Hill Cheese House is a 6th generation family farm which started out delivering milk door to door by horse and wagon.Now the operation produces many fine products including  Jalapeno Gouda (which I recommend) and gelato.I  had heard so many good things about Fox Hill Cheese’s Gelato-well,what could I do, but stop in and try some.

So, I did.

Fox Hill Cheese, Port Williams
Ashley getting me a scoop at Fox Hill Cheese, Port Williams

O.MG. No point of reference, because it was my first ever gelato-but it this chocolate stuff was delicious!

Port Williams
Chocolate Gelato-Fox Hill Cheese

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Hunting for Red in October- Red Bench Tour

The Red Bench of Kings County

We all know that 2017 has been one big year long celebration thus far.

The party continues.
Recently I went on a Red Bench bus tour hosted by the Municipality of the County of Kings-the last of 4 that were spread out over the summer and fall. The brain child of Mayor Peter Muttart  and his councilors, the tour was designed to visit each of the 5 permanently installed benches  throughout Kings County as the municipality’s contribution to Canada’s big 150 birthday.

Our guide for the tour was David Poole, now retired and formerly with the municipality’s planning department.  He did a great job, spicing his dialogue with little stories  about the area and his life.

Here’s the great thing-you can do this tour in your car. Course you may not get all the dirt, err, information we got, but it would be fun just the same.  It was a daylong trip for us, but you may want to spread it out over a weekend. Grab a map of the itinerary  here

 Red Bench #1 Aylesford Lake.

The gate to the  beach  is locked this time of year, but you don’t mind a little stroll in  from the road,do you? Aylesford Lake is the only one in Kings County with lifeguards on staff during the summer months. It’s also fully accessible including the canteen, toilets and picnic areas. It’s part of the Gaspereau Watershed.

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The Beautiful Cabot Trail, Cape Breton

Sunset on the Cabot Trail

 

Personally, I think the best time to tour the Cabot Trail is once the leaves turn color, but recently we took the opportunity to introduce some friends from Holland to it’s beauty.

We were only joining them for part of the trip,so we picked up the RV they had booked at CanaDream in Waverly, and headed out.

Day One

We only made it to Port Hood-and only stopped there because it was the closest thing we could find for a camping spot. We drove into Sunset Sands RV Park at around 8pm.No one was around to help us so we helped ourselves to a site. A telephone number posted on the door led to a voicemail. It was easy to see the park catered to mostly seasonal people, but I was disappointed at the work involved in trying to connect with someone-anyone- so we could sort out payment and such.

It was waterfront and windy-but it’s Cape Breton after all.

Port Hood, Cabot Trail
Port Hood, Cabot Trail

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Find Yourself a Romantic Fall Getaway in Nova Scotia

Romantic Getaway

Those long, lazy days are summer are gone. Gone.  All gone.

Although it’s not officially fall, the cooler days make me feel so much more energetic.  Time for routine! Time to get back at it-whatever ‘it’ may be.

Autumn need not be all work and no play, however.How could it be? All those crisp, cool mornings, wooly  sweaters, colorful pumpkins and the smell of wood smoke…sorta make a body want to cuddle up and eat  pie, you know.
I don’t know about the pie,but I do know that when it’s fall in Nova Scotia,the time is ripe for a cozy romantic getaway. I’ve listed a few for you to think about below, and the ones that are *recommended properties are ones I have personally visited and truly enjoyed.

Have at ‘er. If you have favorites of your own,list them in the comments below-and if you do go to any this fall-write and send pictures!

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TrailQuest is the New Game in Town

 

There’s a new game in town.In Kentville, that is and it will be spreading soon to nearby areas.

Trail Quest
The Quest begins!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

That game is TrailQuest, a historic scavenger hunt created by young Daniel Duke of Port Williams. Duke recently spent time with his family living in the UK where such  hunts are beloved  by the masses.

I was given an opportunity to test drive Kentville’s version before it hit the market. Naturally, heat hater that I am, I choose the hottest, stickiest day of the summer and set out. From my rough calculations and the help of Map My Run, I figured it was over a 3 km walk to complete all the required walking for the scavenger hunt. So wear some good footwear.

Nope. I won’t give away any of the clues. But I will tell you that it is a great way to discover some historic facts about Kentville which I sure didn’t know. It’s a nice walk, and since it’s self guided, your pace is only dictated by the pace of your fellow hunters (it’s great for families, couples, whatever) and your own gait. (mine is slow) It took me about 2 hours to complete the route. But then again I needed to backtrack one section. (nope, not saying where)

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Malagash’s Blue Sea Beach Provincial Park

Blue Sea Beach Park

Blue Sea Beach

My plan was to go to the  beach.Malagash’s Blue Sea Beach specifically. That was my plan. And I got there, although not to laze around on the sand in the sun.

It wasn’t that kind of day. It was  a day for exploring. Everyday is a day for exploring, isn’t it? Rain,wind snow, everyday lends itself to some kind of unknown adventure, be it low key or thrilling.

Today was low key.

What was once privately owned farmland,Malagash’s Blue Sea Beach lies almost at the very eastern tip of the peninsula about halfway between Tatamagouche and Wallace,along the Sunrise Trail. The beach kisses the infamous Northumberland Strait (infamous because the water is the warmest there in Nova Scotia, and if you’ve ever stuck your toes in the Atlantic or the Bay of Fundy, you’d understand)

Blue Sea beach

It   is practically deserted much of the time-who knows why.It’s perfect for sunbathing and long walks along the shoreline.  There are picnic tables, change rooms and outdoor pit toilets (Privvy rating B-)

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Stepping Back in Time-Ross Farm Museum

Ross Faem

New Ross is a small community nestled in the heart of southwestern Nova Scotia,  between the Annapolis Valley and South Shore. If you live near here, perhaps you know it- walked a trail, attended one of their Christmas Fairs, or enjoyed a community supper. There’s a very good chance you’ve taken the kiddies to Ross Farm Museum or just stopped in yourself. Even if you’ve been to Ross Farm before, there’s always some event happening, be it a Pumpkin Planting or a Lunenburg County Pudding & Sausage Making Demo, so there is a good reason to drop by Ross Farm. As if you need one.

We didn’t need a reason when we stopped in there recently on our way to Oak Island.

Ross Farm

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60 Things To Do When it Rains in the Annapolis Valley

60 Things To Do When it Rains in the Annapolis Valley
Windsor to Annapolis Royal

Annapolis Valley
Photo by Noah Silliman on Unsplash

It’s raining, it’s pouring, the old man is snoring. Maybe that’s the only thing you think there is to do on a weekend in the Annapolis Valley when it’s raining. I know, I know. We’re hardy folk and think nothing of hiking, swimming and even golfing in the rain.

But there are other options. Like  these

Windsor

Hockey Heritage Museum

Haliburton House Museum

Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia Facility Tour call:903-798-5841 for info

West Hants Historical Society  Closed Sunday & Monday

Fort Edward National Historic Site

Indoor Pool-Super 8 Hotel (waterslide) when not busy-call 902-792-8887.

Sainte Famille Winery
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George’s Island-More than Just Snakes

 

George's Island
Doesn’t this just make your skin crawl?

Celebrating Canada’s 150 birthday means parties and special events this entire year. I mentioned in an earlier post on Nova Scotia’s National Parks & Historic sites that I’m doing my best to get to some of these.

During Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Festival such an opportunity presented itself.  George’s Island was opened for tours, a concert and a Taste of Nova Scotia event were held there.

What could I do-I bought tickets to the tunnel tours and hopped on the ferry.

George's Island
Drummer Boys

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Free or Almost -12 Things to Do in Halifax That Won’t Break the Bank

Free Things to do in Halifax

Free? Yes. Free, or almost. Vacations are expensive. Living is expensive. Hell, breathing in and out is even sometimes expensive-so we’ve decided to help you out by digging up 12   things to do in Halifax this summer that will cost you almost nada.

Halifax Walking Tours– Donation- Meet at the Citadel observation tower for this 1 and ½ hour guided walking tour-these tours depart at 10 am or 3pm. Tour ends along the waterfront.  5425 Sackville St, Halifax.

Shakespeare by the Sea- Donation -Point Pleasant Park. Shows usually begin at 1 and 7pm on the weekend, and 7 pm Tuesday to Friday, but there are selected ‘Picnic Sessions’ at the Cambridge Battery where you can bring your own food and hang out   with resident Shakespearean Academic Dr. Yolana Wassersug.  5530 Point Pleasant Dr, Halifax.

free things to do in haliac

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Halifax Citadel-Entry into Nova Scotia’s National Parks and Historic sites is free for 2017 with a Discovery Pass. 5425 Sackville St, Halifax. Continue reading “Free or Almost -12 Things to Do in Halifax That Won’t Break the Bank”