About novascotialocal

I have been exploring Nova Scotia's nooks and crannies forever, and along the way I have discovered foods, like rapure and quahog burgers, made friends from exotic places like the French Shore and Little Switzerland, and travelled to fascinating places, like Tancook Island and Halls Harbour. I have spent many years planning trips for fellow travellers to Atlantic Canada,(Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland Labrador, and Prince Edward Island). I share my travel with family and friends and it's always a good story.I have worked in travel and hospitality for most of my life. I have come to the conclusion that my guardian angel is a middle aged chef with a penchant for good wines. Life is a constant adventure. My travels include food, people and a good story. I often find myself exploring on my own or organizing others for food adventures. Travel & food are my passions and I love to share them.

Qui Wedgeport

Wedgeport in the winter is a petite french tale of taste and culture.

I drove along the Tusket River, admiring long views with stretches of russet coloured dykes and saltwater haystacks.

Tusket River

Tusket River

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am still awed by the grandeur of the churches and houses in rural Nova Scotia.

Paroisse Saint-Michel

Paroisse Saint-Michel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I love the bright colours of the houses in Wedgeport, it adds a shrug of “je ne sais quoi” to our Acadian communities. This pink one captured my imagination.

Pink House on Commeau's Hill

Pink House on Commeau’s Hill

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I found the Brioche d’Or Cafe & Bakery. I tasted the croissant, pain au chocolat, and the brioche and I remembered the little french cafes from Paris. The Acadiana from the coffee menu caught my eye.

Gluten & Dairy Free Star Cookies

Gluten & Dairy Free Star Cookies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My timing didn’t permit visits to the Sport Tuna Wedgeport Museum or Tusket Island Tours.

Wedgeport Tuna Museum

Wedgeport Tuna Museum

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I did stop at Carl’s for Rappie Pie (Rapure), Robichaud’s Mincemeat, and a small treat bag of dried haddock. Dessert will be lobster sugar cookies from Brioche d’Or Cafe.

Wedgeport is a 20 minute drive from Yarmouth.

La Shoppe a Carl

La Shoppe a Carl

A Few of my Favourite Things

I have so many favourite things about Nova Scotia, here are just a few. What are yours?

Eating out in Halifax. There are so many great places to eat! Edna’s hits the top of my list this year. Of course the Stubborn Goat Gastro Pub and the Bistro Le Coq also deserve a mention.

Halifax

Halifax

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Port Grocer.

Such a civilized way to shop locally! Add coffee or a lunch date to your shopping cart.

The Port Grocer

The Port Grocer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Honey! Cornect Family Farm.

Honey roasted beets. Bees wax candles, honey sticks and pots of honey. Find the Cornect Family at the Antigonish Farmers Market too.

Honey Roasted Beets

Honey Roasted Beets

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Biscuit Eater. Any reason is a good reason to go to Mahone Bay, but the Biscuit Eater is one of the best! It is always in season to eat fresh biscuits and warm jam. A place where you can snuggle up, wrapped in shelves of books.

Biscuits and strawberry jam.

Biscuits and strawberry jam.

Biscuit Eater

Biscuit Eater

Baby its cold outside! Keep your fingers toasty and warm with these handmade mittens. Lobsters and Lighthouses are so Nova Scotia.

Lighthouse Mittens

Lighthouse Mittens

Lobster Mittens

Lobster Mittens

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Lobster mittens can be found at The Made in Nova Scotia Store. I am still trying to find the talented Lighthouse mitten maker.

It’s Lobster Season on the South Shore! Need advice or a recipe?

Nova Scotia Lobster

Nova Scotia Lobster

 

 

Marion MacLean Exhibition at the People's Place in Antigonish

Marion MacLean’s hooked rugs on display at the People’s Place in Antigonish.

 

The Lobster Shack in Barrington Passage wins 2014, “Restaurant of the Year”  Taste of Nova Scotia’s Prestige Awards.

 

 

 

 

 

Five places in Canada have been named this year’s great places and the People’s Place Library in Antigonish was one of the five, winning in the category of great public space.

 

 

 

 

Steinhart Distillery in Arisaig.  Remove the plain white label to discover a Nova Scotia work of art underneath. Maple Vodka with the plain label removed. This taste is true to our Nova Scotia Maple flavour!

Steinhart Vodka Maple Vodka with the Label Removed

 

 

 

 

 

Freelander Bicycles. Vintage bicycle restoration and accessories. We all need a basket to carry our goodies and everyone looks good in a belt made from discarded bike tires. Bike taxidermy to grace your wall?

Bike Taxidermy

Bike Taxidermy

Freelander Baskets for your bicycle.

Freelander Baskets

Hiking Kejimkujik Little Fairies

Kejimkujik’s name comes from the Mi’kmaw word Kejimkuji’jk meaning little fairies.

Little Faries

Little Fairies

 

Kejimikujik National Park and National Historic Site of Canada is in Maitland Bridge a 2.5 hour drive from Halifax, 2.5 from Yarmouth and a 1.5 hour drive from Digby.

 

 

 

Our favourite time to hike Keji is the fall, the landscape evolves into a new view everyday.

Queens County Autumn

 

 

 

Trails vary in length from 0.2 km to 3.5 km, offering something for everyone.

 

 

 

Kejimkujik offers volunteer experiences through the Southwest Nova Volunteer Program.

Keji Frog

 

This is a group of organizations, Parks Canada, Friends of Keji, Mersey Tobeatic Research Institute and Bird Studies Canada and individuals are working  to help species at risk and enhance environmental conservation.

 

 

You can get involved!  volunteer.keji@pc.gc.ca | (902) 298-0486

Keji Mushrooms

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LaHave Bakery & Crescent Beach Kinda Morning

How to spend a morning in Lunenburg.

A visit to Crescent Beach is always a good reason to plan for lunch at the LaHave Bakery.

Handstands on Crescent Beach

Handstands on Crescent Beach

 

Work up an appetite walking or hand-standing on the white sand beach.

 

 

 

 

Clam Shells & Seaweed

Clam Shells & Seaweed

 

 

Be a beachcomber..

 

 

 

 

 

Tasty Treats

Tasty Treats

 

 

Invite a friend to lunch!

 

 

 

LaHave Bakery

LaHave Bakery

 

 

Or just enjoy the company!

 

 

 

More about Lunenburg County, Nova Scotia.

Snowshoeing

The perfect winter Saturday morning, a crispy bite in the air and warm sunshine. A great day for a hike at Keppock Mountain.

Keppoch Views

Keppoch Views

The parking lot was full, snowshoers lacing up and working their way up the trails ahead of us, the lodge was full of backpacks and snowshoes.

People were collecting firewood, building lean to’s and gathering in groups. This was the weekend for an outdoor survival experience and 20 people are spending the night on the Keppoch to learn the skills needed for outdoor winter survival.

We discovered that we could hike without snowshoes but it wasn’t easy going. We tried a trail but soon turned back.

Before we reached the beautiful, newly renovated lodge we were offered snowshoes to use for a hike! We laced up and headed up the Summit East trail.

Need snowshoes? $5.00 will rent you a pair of snowshoes from the the Town or County of Antigonish.

Keppoch Summit East

Keppoch Summit East

Thanks to the folks who are building the Keppoch community. We enjoyed the fruits of your labour.

Want to join in the fun? February 15 is Keppoch Fun Day.

Keppoch Mountain is  about a 10 minute drive from downtown Antigonish.

Hiking the South Shore of Nova Scotia

Quahogging on Crescent Beach

Quahogging on Crescent Beach

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The South Shore of Nova Scotia offers the best year round hiking. The long stretches of white sandy beaches,easy access and moderate temperature throughout the year make the South Shore a favourite for hikers.

Kejimkujik Seaside

Kejimkujik Seaside

My top ten.

Queensland

Hirtles

Rissers

Cherry Hill

Beach Meadows

White Point

Cherry Hill Beach Nova Scotia

Cherry Hill Beach Nova Scotia

Kejimkujik Seaside

Sandhills Provincial Park

Crescent Beach Lockeport

The Hawk

 

 

 

Be sure to check out our local expert the Scotian Hiker.  For more resources check out these links. Happy hiking!

Nova Scotia’s Backyard

Nova Scotia Tourism

 

Welcome to the Southwest UNESCO Biosphere

Southwest Nova Biosphere Reserve
Welcome to the UNESCO Southwest Nova Biosphere Reserve, the largest wilderness area in the Maritimes — second largest in Canada. Nestled in southern part of Nova Scotia, the biosphere encompasses almost a quarter of the province – 1.5 million hectares!
The area is teeming with natural and cultural diversity. Immerse yourself in the deep-rooted cultures: Mi’Kmaq, Acadian, Loyalists and Scottish. Referred to as “Kespukwitk” by the Mi’kmaw people, this is the place where the flowing waters meet the ocean. Immerse yourself in our many lakes and rivers, surrounded by the majestic Acadian forest or escape to the spectacular seacoast
Our UNESCO Biosphere, consisting of Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site of Canada, the Tobeatic Wilderness Area and the surrounding five counties in southwest Nova Scotia, is home to highest diversity of reptiles and amphibians east of Ontario and more than 75 percent of Nova Scotia’s species at risk. The area also has the largest collection of petroglyphs in eastern North America.
The Biosphere has the rugged coast of the Bay of Fundy on one side, which boasts the highest tides in the world — where water rises and falls as much as 50 feet twice a day and is bountiful in sea vegetables and sea life. On the other, a coastline of white sandy beaches invite you to explore, hear and feel the crisp Atlantic Ocean and her powerful surf.
For generations we have called this home, fished, farmed, harvested and appreciated a unique, traditional way of life, where Man and his Biosphere interact sustainably.
Come, sample and experience our UNESCO Southwest Nova Biosphere Reserve. Embark on an ocean adventure in search of whales or periwinkles, assist Mother Nature in caring for her species at risk, retrace the footsteps of our Mi’Kmaq people, or explore and savour the Biosphere by paddle or on foot — you’ll find yourself connecting to the unique cultural and physical landscapes we call home.

As our guest, let us guide you through our UNESCO Southwest Nova Biosphere Reserve and you’ll soon discover why UNESCO designated our part of Nova Scotia, one of the world’s Biosphere Reserves.

The UNESCO Southwest Nova Biosphere Reserve has an adventure waiting…all it needs is you.

http://www.swnovabiosphere.ca/