As I was working on the itinerary for our Nova Scotia workshop I thought I would post out a few of the highlights we will be visiting during our week on the east coast of Canada…
Pier 21 - For hundreds of thousands of immigrants who made Canada their new home, Pier 21 (pier21.ca) is where they took their first steps on Canadian soil. For the half a million Canadian troops who journeyed to Europe in World War II, Pier 21 was the last Canadian sight they saw before going off to battle. Today, Pier 21 is an immigration museum on Halifax's harbour where you can stop by for interesting exhibits that reveal stories of the million people who passed through the pier.
Peggy's Cove - No trip to Nova Scotia is complete without a visit to a lighthouse and Peggy's Point Lighthouse certainly has a way with the visitors. The popular tourist attraction draws more than 750,000 visitors a year, even though it lives in a town with only 50 permanent residents: Peggy's Cove. Built in 1914, the lighthouse is unstaffed today and it's used as a post office but its beacon still illuminates the Atlantic Ocean, warning ships of dangerous rocky shores ahead.
Lunenburg - Shuck some scallops, eat at a waterfront restaurant and stop in at the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic in Lunenburg, an enchanting fishing village where The Bluenose II docks when she's not on tour. Lunenburg boasts a picturesque waterfront with several restaurants housed in historic properties overlooking a sparkling Lunenburg Bay. Just 92 km southwest from Halifax, make time for a pleasant drive to this wonderful community, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Mahone Bay - As you wind your way into Mahone Bay, you know you've arrived somewhere special. Visible from every angle, the town's world famous "Three Churches" are the first thing you see as you enter the community. The breathtaking view of the Bay, dotted with 365 islands – one for every day of the year - is something to behold. Settled in 1754, it was once a safe haven for pirates and privateers.
Throughout the years the town became famous for its ship-building. Today, Mahone Bay is home to renowned authors, film makers, artists, musicians, poets, intellects and wonderfully creative, dedicated citizens. Park the car and take a stroll through town, where you'll experience unique shops, art galleries, coffee houses, restaurants and museums.
Digby Neck - The scenic peninsula stretching southwest from Digby toward Brier Island rests between the great tides of the Bay of Fundy and placid St. Mary’s Bay. Known as a nature-lover’s paradise, this unspoiled area has many opportunities for hiking and exploring small waterfront settlements. The marsh at Seawall provides a home for many species of summer birds and is a wonderful place to set up your easel to paint.
Kejimkujik Seaside - Enjoy a hike, observe the seals basking on the rocks or have a picnic at Kejimkujik's Seaside. This 22 square km day-use National Park is a unique example of unspoiled Atlantic coastline.
Hike the trails at Kejimkujik Seaside (Harbour Rocks Trail 5.2 km and Port Joli Head Trail 8.7 km)
Just across the bay is Thomas Raddall Provincial Park – Either camp overnight or as a day visitor, this 1,675 acre park offers woodland and coastal trails with beaches of varying shapes and sizes
The Port L'Hebert Pocket Wilderness Park – Enjoy a picnic and take in the relaxing scenery in a 150-acre tranquil natural park with a three-kilometer trail through woodlands and salt marshes leading to the ocean at Port l'Hebert Bay.
Birders Paradise – Excellent opportunities for birding at White Point, Summerville Beach, Port Mouton beaches, Kejimkujik Seaside, Thomas Raddall Provincial Park and Port L'Hebert Pocket Wilderness. Home of the rare Piping Plover
Cape Forchu – This location is home to the Yarmouth Lightstation, one of the most scenic lighthouses in Nova Scotia. The Light (as it is locally known) rises 23 meters above the ground, and its two-million candlepower beam can be seen over 30 nautical miles out to sea. It is located at the end of a 12 km stretch of road through fishing villages along the coast. Bring your camera and set aside some time, as there are many opportunities for vacation memories.
Whale Watching – Together we will cruise the ocean and experience the incomparable thrill of seeing majestic whales breach the surface before your eyes. The Bay of Fundy & Annapolis Valley, the South Shore and Yarmouth & Acadian Shores all offer a variety of tours where you we can see seals, sharks, tuna, whales and even rare sea turtles. Puffins and other sea bird sightings add to the excitement.
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