LaHave Islands: Nova Scotia scenery in a nutshell

Crescent Beach Road, winding through the Lahave IslandsThe LaHave Islands are Nova Scotia scenery in a nutshell: rocky islands, ocean lapping at their bases; wharves piled high with lobster traps and surrounded by boats; forested roads that suddenly open up to sweeping ocean views; and a serene, 2-kilometer beach finishing (and starting) it all off.

While the LaHave Island archipelago boasts over 20 islands, Crescent Beach Road gives you access to 6. Look for Crescent Beach Road off of Route 331 between Rissers Beach Provincial Park and Bridgewater. It’s a short road, but so packed with scenery you’ll need to leave extra time for lots of stops if you’re driving. Continue reading

Quirky road races in the Maritimes

The Bluenose marathon is a great event with a different quirky slogan every year, but it takes more than that to get on this list!

The Bluenose marathon is a great event with a different quirky slogan every year, but it takes more than that to get on this list!

I recently had the pleasure of writing a guest blog for the Fredericton Tourism website profiling some of Fredericton’s quirky road races (it’s a good read – go check it out, I’ll wait right here.)

The running scene in the Maritimes has really developed into something fantastic over the last 10 years or so, and I had to ruthlessly cut many races because they either weren’t during the summer or were too far from Fredericton.

Read on for the rest of my list of quirky road races in the Maritimes. After all, running is a lot more fun with a passel of pirates, abundance of aviation, or plain old history to entertain you! Continue reading

Museum of Natural History, Halifax

Frog at the Museum of Natural History in Halifax, Nova ScotiaThink about your hometown for a minute. How many places to go/eat at/experience have you meant to visit for years and yet have never made it to the top of your list? Despite living in Halifax for over a decade, I’d only been to the Museum of Natural History once. I remember liking it, and I remember the bee hive, but somehow I never visited again.

Thanks to my mother, we rectified that oversight on our recent trip. Like most grandparents, she was more concerned about making sure the wee one had a good time than anything else. With just enough time to squeeze in one child-centered stop, and a great many enticing options, the impending conclusion of the dinosaur exhibit (it was over at the end of May, I believe) settled us on the Museum of Natural History. Continue reading

Rissers Beach Provincial Park: My favourite beach

A slow day at Rissers BeachNothing says “vacation” like going to the beach, and there’s no beach in Nova Scotia I like quite as much as Rissers Beach.

While Nova Scotia’s South Shore is bordered by some of the province’s most beautiful swimming spots, Rissers Beach stands out because of the kilometre-long sandy beach, relatively warm water, amenities and its boardwalk.

If you’re a camper, it’s even better, because you can camp right beside this beautiful beach! Continue reading

New Brunswick Highland Games Festival

New Brunswick Highland Games at Old Government House, in FrederictonIt’s difficult to imagine a better setting for the provincial New Brunswick Highland Games Festival.  Government House in Fredericton, with its imposing building, sweeping lawns, and centuries-old trees soaring overhead, is at once awe-inspiring and relaxing.

Highland games are a celebration of Scottish culture, and they’re held throughout the world. The New Brunswick Highland Games is a comprehensive affair with competitions in bagpiping, drumming, heavy events (more on this later), and highland dancing alongside a Scottish festival featuring entertainment, clan booths, and a variety of workshops (Gaelic for beginners, a beer-tasting workshop, and a heavy events workshop where you could try your hand at turning a caber were among this year’s highlights). Throw in some food vendors and a kid’s corner, and you’ve got something for everyone. Continue reading