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4 Out of the Way Winter Escapes in Nova Scotia

4 Out of the Way Winter Escapes in Nova Scotia

Ughhh. Another snowy February day. Another bleak, cold,$#*@## day.  Still over a month until Spring shows up on the calendar and even then it won’t really feel like spring. We. can’t. take. it. anymore. If we have to shovel one more snowplow blocked driveway, I swear to God we’re going postal. We need a break. Here are four choices for a weekend getaway that just will restore your sanity. **Please remember: It’s winter. That means ice and slippery conditions are…

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A January Walk Around Graves island

A January Walk Around Graves island

Nova Scotia has soooo many awesome trails that walking around a provincial park may not at first come to mind.Of course ,parks like Blomidon and Cape Split are well-known, but don’t rule these smaller gems like Graves Island out of you walking repertoire. To be honest, we were headed to Polly’s Cove trail, but once again Google maps thwarted our best efforts to find the trail head.Curses!     Graves Island is a popular provincial park located on Highway 3…

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Hiking the Coney Brook Trail

Hiking the Coney Brook Trail

Since experiencing the beautiful Skyline Trail along the Cabot Trail  last September,we’ve been planning for almost  a year to hike to do it again in October when the fall leaves would be at their most vibrant. Mother Nature had a different idea. Skyline was closed due to aggressive moose behavior-it is the rutting season after all. So. No Skyline. 🙁 .alas. (However we were very lucky to see a pair of moose across from the Coney Brook trail head)  …

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The River Wild-Shubenacadie River Rafting in Nova Scotia

The River Wild-Shubenacadie River Rafting in Nova Scotia

 Shubenacadie River Rafting “Nae man can tether time nor tide…” Robbie Burns immortal words struck me as unforgivably appropriate. The powerful tides of Nova Scotia’s Minas Basin are, even as we make our way to the tiny hamlet of Maitland,relentlessly snaking its way towards the mouth of the Shubenacadie River. The Shubenacadie-one of the top five rivers for rafting in Canada- is the one we will be on today. In 1995,Maitland, a once thriving shipbuilding community,was  designated the province’s…

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Summer Trip to Indian Falls Trail

Summer Trip to Indian Falls Trail

Eureka! We found it!  Last time we attempted to find Indian Falls we failed-ended up on the edge of someone’s woods. Rule #1 Just goes to show you can’t always trust Google directions. Seems like we had the same problem when we first tried to find Crystal Falls It’s actually not that hard. From Hwy 101 take Exit 13 to Route 12, head to New Ross. Turn right onto the Forties Road at New Ross and then turn left at Franey’s…

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Exploring the Coastline with East Coast Outfitters

Exploring the Coastline with East Coast Outfitters

Kayaking is one of my favorite things to do, and I do as much as I can-mostly lakes and rivers. My opportunity to experience kayaking in the Atlantic came with a trip to East Coast Outfitters in Lower Prospect. It was my opportunity because I grabbed a deal off Groupon. Was it worth it? Most assuredly so. East Coast Outfitters staff were helpful and our guide was knowledgeable-we learned so much about the area’s history and geography. All guides are…

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15 Great Beaches in Nova Scotia

15 Great Beaches in Nova Scotia

Sit back….Close yours  eyes and think about the last time you stretched out on your beach towel and soaked in glorious sunny rays of sun…where was that, exactly? Maybe you’re recalling a vacation in the Dominican or Cuba or even Hawaii-lucky dog. But before you jump on Expedia to book a tropical getaway, think about trying out of few of our great beaches right here in Nova Scotia. Now, I am not suggesting that February or March  is the best time…

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Returning to Kejimkujik Seaside Adjunct

Returning to Kejimkujik Seaside Adjunct

Hubby tells me it’s been 17 years since we last scrambled our way along the trail to Kejimkujik Seaside Adjunct. He was 50. I would have been 46. Yes, we are THAT old. Over 2500 years ago, the now submerged sections of  Kejimkujik Seaside Adjunct was home to ancestors of the Mi’kmaq . Since then, it’s rocky and barren landscape lent itself to few successful  occupations, however foundations of  a large sheep farm  are still found along the trails . You’ll find…

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Six Ways to Experience the Bay of Fundy Tides

Six Ways to Experience the Bay of Fundy Tides

As a native Nova Scotian growing up around the Bay of Fundy, I didn’t realize what a very big deal laying claim to the world’s highest tides actually is. It is a very big deal . If you haven’t had the opportunity to experience this phenomenon ( It is one of the 7 Wonders of North America , after all) then you are in for a treat. Several treats, in fact. Here are six of my favorites, in no particular…

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Real Women Fish Smelts Too!

Real Women Fish Smelts Too!

Updated April 2018 Ok, I admit it. I don’t like eating smelts.  Yuck. However, it’s fun to fish for them. They are dip netted and jigged, and one of the best locations is the Gaspereau River by the bridge near Reid’s Meats. By this time  they are just about ready to run. Drive by on the incoming tide and you’ll see the bank lined with eager fisher-folk of all ages.  How to Fish for Smelts Rod-any kind Reel- Any kind but hubby…

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