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.
July 15th is Provincial Parks Day, so I decided to share with you my top five favorite camping parks in the province. Click the very short video below to see which ones they are and feel free to comment with your favorites-or why you disagree with mine. Happy Parks Day!
#5. Caribou Island Provincial Park-Pictou,Northumberland Shore-If you love white, sandy beaches-this is for you/
#4- Blomindon Provincial Park-Blomindon, Annapolis Valley- A selection of great trails with varying degrees of difficulty.
#3-Five Islands Provincial Park Five Islands,NS-Beautiful views of the Bay of Fundy and of Nova Scotia’s ‘flowerpots’.
#2 Rissers Beach- Port Medway, South Shore another white sand beach-supervised with a nice boardwalk.
# 1 Graves Island Provincial Park,Chester,South Shore -trails, fishing, one of my favorite places to fire up the BBQ.
I have a secret. Please don’t throw tomatoes at the computer, but….I don’t watch ‘the Curse of Oak Island.’ There, I’ve said it.
Which made the tour I took today a bit awkward.
Who was that nondescript bespectacled man signing autographs? Turns out he was our tour guide and beloved character on the Curse of Oak Island series, Charles Barkhouse.
There’s a good chance I was the only person on the tour that hadn’t watched a entire episode of the show, and that’s including my entire family-who seem to be rabid fans. Who knew.
Both the ‘Official Website of Oak Island, Nova Scotia’ and the ‘Friends of Oak Island Society’ website were (and are) suspiciously bereft of information regarding ticket sales, but my sister managed to get 6 tickets for the tour-and man, tickets are not easy to get.Private tours are about $300 for 10 people, while the public tour was a deal at $30. Both tours were sold out in less than an hour. You need to be on your toes to get these tickets, people!
We booked the public tour-I’d say there were about 25 people, making it easy get close enough to snap pictures and to hear the tour clearly. Charles was such a wealth of information that my scant knowledge of the island didn’t matter. By tours end, I knew about Borehole 10X (looked down into it actually), the so tragic deaths of Robert Restall, his son Bobby, Karl Graeser and Cyril Hiltz. and the cabbage farmer who shipped his produce across the way to Tancook Island.
Charles is an exceptional storyteller and seems genuinely passionate about the Island, it’s history and of course the treasure that may be lurking beneath. How can I tell he loves doing this? Charles didn’t disappear immediately after the tour,good-naturedly fielding the constant bombardment of questions and requests for pictures and autographs (yes,I got one)
One of the best things about bringing your bike over to Big Tancook Island is -you get to the food first. You can roll right off the ferry and pump you legs up the hill past the couples, the families and the old folks with walkers and canes.
I jest,of course. While it’s true Tancook has limited choices for restaurants, and while it’s also true food is usually everyone’s first stop, you could just as easily whiz by them and take a swing around the island itself. Continue reading “Bring Your Bike to Big Tancook”