Friends, the last official long weekend of summer is upon us. If you're like me, you're lamenting the return a more "normal" school and work routine in September. Luckily, there are a few more days to experience the best of summer in Nova Scotia.
Oh, gorgeous (secret) beach, I'm going to miss you most of all...
Everyone who lives here is pretty much agreed summer 2012 is going to go down in history as one of the best summers ever. With days of sunshine for weeks at a time, the weather has been beyond amazing and many of us have take full advantage of it by getting out of the house - either to fun places in our own backyards or on the other side of the province. I've made a real effort to be a "hometown traveler" on the weekends, and, considering I'm car-less and limited to Saturdays and Sundays, I've managed a fair amount of adventure, ideas which you are welcome to borrow for your own long weekend plans:
- Exploring Old Town Lunenburg, a UNESCO World Heritage site
- Crossing land and sea to get in on the gourmet burger craze in Dartmouth
- Charging through five days of Tall Ships 2012 and taking to the seas on the Tall Ship Silva
- Exploring Grand Pré and Nova Scotia's wine country just before Grand Pré was named a UNESCO World Heritage site
- Finding all of the pieces of Berlin Wall in Nova Scotia
- Picking up farmstead cheese and hiking to a waterfall in Economy
- Going on a local food tour around Halifax and looking for ghosts downtown at night
Yet, somehow, I didn't get around to everything I wanted to do this summer:
- Swim in the Northumberland Strait at Rushton Beach
- Play with the lemurs and watch the big cat feeding at Oak Lawn Farm
- Go tidal bore rafting on the Shubenacadie River
- Make my annual pilgrimage to Peggy's Cove
- Complete the Wines of Nova Scotia wine passport
- Make sandcastles at Clam Harbour
- Hike anywhere inside Cape Breton Highlands National Park
- Try my hand at fossil hunting at Joggins Fossil Cliffs, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Okay, I admit the To Do list may have been ... ambitious. As we go into the last long weekend of summer, I'm looking for your help in filling in the blanks of my summer of Nova Scotia adventure. How are you going to spend Labour Day weekend? What should I do? Fire away in the comments, or tweet at me @bitesizedtravel.
The good news is there is plenty of Nova Scotia to enjoy as we move into fall. In the meantime, I hope you have the opportunity to enjoy the good bits. As we head into the holiday weekend, have fun, play safe, and be on the lookout for adventure!