My mom and I turned into the French Mountain parking lot in Cape Breton Highlands National Park. I pulled into a parking space and walked over to the Skyline Trail sign. I had heard about this trail, it was supposed to be the premier Cape Breton hikes in the park for views. I had seen […]
I love Nova Scotia. This founding province of Canada is known for all things nature, sea life and joy. This Canadian Maritime province meaning ‘New Scotland’ entices visitors with the ebb and flow of it’s beautiful waters, blueberries and apples and lobster galore. Whether you’re headed here for a multi-generational family trip (like I did), a solo road trip or you’re grabbing your gaggle of girlfriends to find a land of adventure – Nova Scotia will not disappoint.
Some of my favorite experiences
Going beyond the popular sites to find my Nova Scotian loves
- Montreal to Halifax: Mom and I cruised (via train) along the Ocean Route – give it a whirl.
- Cape Breton Highlands National Park in their “Red Chair Challenge”: Where we found one of the favorite and most clever uses of the Adirondack chair I’ve ever experienced.
- Halifax Citadel!: Where we spent some time doing our best to make the guards crack a smile at – because, why not?
- The Bay of Fundy: The tides found here are unique and most definitely destination worthy. The spot alone spreads it’s claim to fame of having the highest tidal range in the world.
- Road tripping: Our ‘over the river and through the woods’, took us past Nova Scotia past lighthouses, rocky beaches and lobster boats – picturesque doesn’t even cut it.
- Guysborough: Spending some time exploring the culture and cuisine of “small town” Canada
- Cabot Trail: Hiking the highlands on the Cape Breton Cabot Trail – whether you have one day or five, this experience is totally worth it!
- Cabot Cliffs Golf Course: Where even the non-golfers like me can have an incredible experience.
Hotels in Nova Scotia
Headed north to Nova Scotia can to search for adventure and a fabulous accommodation experience? Don’t worry – Nova Scotia can provide exactly that!
Nova Scotia Food
Feast your eyes and your taste buds on all things delicious
- The Lobster in the Rough Feast at Hall’s Harbor is a hands-on outdoor eating experience
Nova Scotia Pictures:
Do you love stunning pictures of rocky shorelines and iconic lighthouses? Get on over to my Nova Scotia picture gallery and feast your eyes on these!!
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How to Experience Cabot Cliffs Golf Course When You Don’t Golf
“What is a links course anyway?” I asked as we pulled into the swanky Cabot Links Lodge in the little town of Inverness in Cape Breton. I’m not a golfer, so I don’t follow golf, I know nothing about golf terms, and I never really understood the ‘draw’ to what motivates people to be excited […]
How to do the Cabot Trail in a Day
Everyone tells you that you should plan for 3 to 5 days on the Cabot Trail – a 185 mile drive around the tip of Cape Breton Nova Scotia passing along and through the scenic Cape Breton Highlands. Nova Scotia is beautiful, and most people vacation on the whole province of Nova Scotia, which means […]
Travels with My Mother
“Mom, what are you still dreaming of doing, what big wish remains that you still want to do or accomplish, what passions haven’t you accomplished yet?” I ask eagerly. I watch the road in front of me as I anticipate hearing some amazing answer about road trips, mountains to see, people to meet, maybe even […]
Small Town Big Attractions
“There are few places left on earth like the District of Guysborough. Better come now.” – that’s the motto of the area – and it’s true – there aren’t many places left like Guysborough. The District covers more than 2,100 square kilometres, with a healthy dose of coastline and forest – and approximately 5,400 permanent […]
Dip anything in butter and I will like it. So the Lobster in Nova Scotia was a guaranteed delicious experience for me. And better yet – we were there in lobster season. I still remember my first ever lobster experience – at the Drake Hotel in Chicago. I was 17 years old and thought it […]
Where Have All the Pencils Gone?
I sat on the train and watched my mom complete her crossword puzzle with her No. 2 pencil. I was thinking about how I hadn’t even seen anyone use an actual pencil for a long time. I remember it used to be a staple of my school supply purchases every August – but that was […]
Walking on the Ocean
My mom is not a leader. She doesn’t blaze a trail. She doesn’t really necessarily want to stick out and be different like my father and me. But this trip reminded me of what my mom is…she’s a willing follower. She is willing to be influenced and convinced of things. She will probably complain the […]
Take a Seat in Nova Scotia
They were everywhere – standing out like a bright beacon of color amidst an often gray, moody background. During our 2 week driving trip around Nova Scotia this iconic chair was found everywhere along our routes. Some were new and brightly painted, some were plastic, and some had seen better days as the paint peeled […]
The Citadel is Serious Business
He stared off into the distance with a stern look on his face. I wondered if I did something to upset him? What was going through his head as tourists like myself stood next to him with a big grin on my face. Did he even notice that I was there? He didn’t move an […]