If there is one thing I know about Nova Scotians, they make perfect ambassadors. Our community is fantastic! They love Nova Scotia and best of all they love to share it. I have people tell me all the time that they tell people about Nova Scotia everywhere they go.
Our friend on twitter @Littlegreybird wrote a beautiful love letter to Nova Scotia Valentine's Day. Our friend @archer10, Dennis Jarvis, has submitted 1,257 beautiful pictures to our group to date. Our Facebook community is always there to share their favourite spots and hidden gems, I need only pose a question. Everyday, I am overwhelmed by their love and gratitude for the place I call home.
No question, we have a lot of ambassadors. And now we want to make it easier for you to share your love for Nova Scotia. We're introducing the Visit My Nova Scotia app on Facebook so that you can send invites to all your friends and family. And in doing so you have the opportunity to win a Nova Scotia vacation for four. You can use it to bring loved ones home, or to tour the province you love so much, visiting the spots you don't get to see everyday. There is so much to see and do this summer in Nova Scotia, there's a little something for everyone to enjoy! Everyone has their own reasons for inviting their loved ones and for visiting Nova Scotia. So I encourage you to think about yours when you send your invite. Personalize them and most importantly, HAVE FUN!
Here's how I hope to inspire my own loved ones. I know just what they will love the most about this province.
To my baby sister Cathy: You've been working too hard dear sister and you need a break. So pack up the kids and come visit your big sis. You need to escape the heat and humidity and join me at the beach. Caity and Ella, my two little beachcombers can collect shells and pebbles to their hearts' content while we lay back and have a gab. I was thinking about how fascinated Caity was by sharks and dolphins last year and I would love to take her whale watching. I showed her a video last year of a whale coming right up to the boat and people watching. And Ella would love all the animals at Oaklawn Zoo in the Annapolis Valley. Maybe we can make a weekend of it. Of course as long as we're touring the Annapolis Valley and Fundy Shore, we better sneak in a vineyard tour or two. The kids can't have all the fun!
Claire on a warm August evening at Lawrencetown Beach, just a hop, skip and a jump from our house!
Here's a great whale watching video I found from someone's trip to Brier Island.
To my seafood loving sister Kim: The lobster is waiting for you my dear. I know it's your favourite so I won't make you share. We'll pick some up off the local fishermen or maybe treat ourselves to a surf and turf down at the local tavern. What the heck, let's do both. Now I know you are the rock snob of the family so we've got to take in some live music. Near the end of June to early July is the time for you to come explore. Starting with the Nova Scotia Multicultural Festival in Halifax on June 22-24. You'll love the music and the food. They have this big food court with food from every country. We can try a little bit of everything and then we can dance it all off at night. June 29- July 1, we can head down the Eastern Shore to Stanfest (the Stan Rogers Folk Festival) in Canso, a 3 day music festival with all kinds of music from bluegrass to folk rock. The Halifax Jazz Festival July 6 - 14 is always a treat. My favourite is the world music but you'll love it all. So we'll have to spend a few nights listening to music under the stars.
Concert at the Multicultural Festival
These are a few of our favourite things....lobster and wine!
To my dad, retired Warrant Officer Bragg: You can turn off the History Channel because Nova Scotia has a lot for us to explore this summer. From July 1 -8 there's the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo. It's a musical, cultural, military extravaganza. This year the show will pay tribute to the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic and also the war of 1812. There are always some touching tributes amongst variety of military demonstrations, songs and acrobatics. Bring some tissue, I won't tell anyone. The Tall Ships 2012 July 19 - 29 is also commemorating the War of 1812 with demonstrations and displays. There is also a lot to learn about the majestic ships themselves from the crews from around the world. We'll have to take in Halifax Citadel Hill National Historic Site, you'll love to tease the Highlanders. So bring your camera and see if you can crack a smile on the guards at the gate.
Majestic ships as far as the eye can see!
So many acts at the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo!
To all my friends from away! The door is always open at my house and the couches are always ready for crashing. Great food, music and festivities, we'll have a blast. So come on over visit NovaScotia.com and tell me what you want to explore first. What are you waiting for? This is the summer to be in Nova Scotia!