Nova Scotia 2006

Canada’s east coast has a very special charm and scenic beauty, and I had been dreaming of experiencing this first-hand for a long time. So in October of 2006 I embarked on a 5-day whirlwind tour of western Nova Scotia. After landing in Halifax I drove north where my first visit was at the Grand Pré National Historic Site that recalls the Acadian Expulsion of the 18th century. History looms large in Nova Scotia: Annapolis Royal can look back over more than 400 years of history and is one of the oldest European settlements in the New World. I also visited a French habitation built in 1605 at Port Royal and enjoyed a night-time graveyard tour in the same scenic town.

I covered other scenic destinations: Yarmouth, Shelburne, Lunenburg – a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the Lighthouse Trail from Lunenburg to Peggy’s Cove. Then I got to spend two days in Halifax, where I explored the city’s connection to the Titanic and learned about the 1917 Halifax Explosion. Last but not least I got to visit Pier 21, Canada’s immigration museum, housed in a building that processed more than 1 million immigrants between 1928 and 1971. Nova Scotia has fascinating history, beautiful landscapes and extremely friendly and hospitable people. It’s a great place to visit.

Over the last year or so I have had a chance to explore a lot of Canada, starting with Victoria and Vancouver in the summer of 2005, continuing with a trip to the Canadian Rockies… Read more.

It’s always exciting to arrive in a new city. I like arriving at night, so the suspense of this new place stretches into the next morning. After a late arrival via Westjet at about 11:30… Read more.

Still thinking about what I learned about the fate of the Acadians after my visit to the Grand Pré National Historic Site, I got into the car and started driving westwards through the fertile Annapolis… Read more.

Following my introduction to the quaint and historic town of Annapolis Royal I drove about 10 kilometers out of town across the causeway on the north shore of the Annapolis River and arrived in one… Read more.

My visit to the Port-Royal Habitation had given me great insight into the life and hardships of the early French settlers. It had been a full day so far, from my early morning explorations at… Read more.

After a day packed with explorations and a lovely dinner at the Garrison House I was ready for my final discovery of the day: the famous Annapolis Royal Graveyard Tour. Punctually at 9:15 pm I… Read more.

After last night’s entertaining and informative Candlelight Graveyard Tour I had a wonderful night of sleep at the Garrison House. In the morning before breakfast I was already able to log onto the wireless network… Read more.

I had really enjoyed my breakfast at the Garrison House B&B in Annapolis Royal, but my second day of explorations had begun and no time was to be wasted. I had a big drive ahead… Read more.

About an hour after my departure from Annapolis Royal after a beautiful drive along the shoreline of the Annapolis Basin and through the early fall colours of the Bear River Valley, (also known as “Little… Read more.

Another long and exciting day was coming to an end: from my early morning interview with Patrick Redgrave, the owner of the Garrison House B&B in Annapolis Royal to my learning experiences at the Bear… Read more.

I had spent a wonderfully rejuvenating night wrapped up in the soft high-thread-count sheets and comforters of my temporary home at the MacKinnon-Cann Inn in Yarmouth. After an exciting drive down the Evangeline Trail yesterday… Read more.

On a dull drizzly morning I got a good start to my day with a filling breakfast and an interesting interview with the innkeepers of the MacKinnon-Cann in, followed by a tour of the four… Read more.

So after my visit to the Yarmouth County Museum I said goodbye to this fishing town on the southwestern tip of Nova Scotia and set off on my trip along the Lighthouse Trail. It was… Read more.

My quick one-night stopover in Yarmouth had provided me with great insight into local history and architecture. In an interview with two local hospitality entrepreneurs I also learned about the heritage tourism opportunities in southwestern… Read more.

This morning I had left Yarmouth, and after a minor accident with my rental vehicle, I had explored the Lighthouse Trail and made a stop in the historic Loyalist town of Shelburne. By about 4… Read more.

A delightful rest at the Lunenburg Inn after a very compressed and hectic day along the Lighthouse Trail yesterday got me ready for another day of adventures. At about 7:30 I made my downstairs in… Read more.

The day had started great: a hearty and healthy breakfast at the Lunenburg Inn was excellent preparation for a full day of discovery. During the bright and sunny morning I headed out and went on… Read more.

My brief introduction to Lunenburg was just enough to whet my appetite and to give me some ideas of what to see next time I have a chance to visit this part of Nova Scotia…. Read more.

Slowly but surely my Nova Scotia discoveries were coming to an end. I only had one evening and one full day left after discovering the South West portion of this province over the last four… Read more.

Well, in the few hours that I had spent so far in this city, Halifax had already shown itself from its best side. After my fairly late arrival yesterday I had a chance for a… Read more.

My Halifax City Tour, expertly narrated by Allen Mackenzie, a passionate Haligonian in a kilt, had provided me with a great overview of this city, and my visit to the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic… Read more.

My visit to Pier 21 and especially my encounter with Robert Vandekieft, an 89-year old immigrant who first arrived in Canada at Pier 21 more than 52 years ago, were a real highlight of my… Read more.