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Carla Allen

Adventures abound in my part of the province. A day of exploring could include browsing one of many antique stores, cycling along the coastline, kayaking some of the finest rivers, lakes and bays in the province or museum hopping.

I live in Yarmouth, a small town that boasts of dozens of beautifully restored sea captain's homes. Some of these have been renovated into outstanding bed & breakfast establishments. Each has its own story and in some cases, ghosts! Our region rocks each summer with traditional festivals celebrating food, song and wacky events like crate-running, frog races, and mackerel-tossing.

I love my job as a reporter for an award-winning community newspaper. It gets me out and about the town and county, snapping photos and shooting video of all of the above and more. Some of my favorite assignments include tuna fishing, participating in a bathtub race (we won!), sailing across the Gulf of Maine in the Yarmouth Cup aboard an 80-foot ketch, and rolling about in a Sea Balloon. As you can see, water holds a strong attraction for me.

I'm a member of the Couchsurfing network, occasionally hosting fascinating travelers from around the world for free and providing them with personalized tours of the area. I'm passionate about our region and all it has to offer and feel it's important to share. I also keep a blog: Life with Yourgogirl.

Chart a course for Yarmouth and the Acadian Shores. You won't be disappointed. We have beaches and campgrounds, lighthouses and lobster boats, theatres and fine dining. Don't forget to sample the rappie pie, steamed lobster and seafood chowder!

Four-season fun at Ellenwood Park

Mon, 17 Feb 2014 | No Comments

Visitors will find Ellenwood Park, just outside Yarmouth, offers four seasons of fun. Whether it's skiing, snowshoeing or hiking in the winter, or swimming, camping and boating in warmer weather.

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Christmas magic in Frost Park

Mon, 23 Dec 2013 | No Comments

A Christmas wonderland sparkles like a jewel in the crown of a town that has centuries of seafaring history. Thousands of LED lights are wrapped around the branches of the tall ancient trees in Yarmouth's Frost Park. Giant presents are stacked at the base of the 150-year-old, three tier fountain, draped in a mantle of gauzy brightness. Even the gazebo, where Th'YARC's strolling carolers charm the crowds, beams golden in the landscape.

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Ebb & Flow on the Yarmouth tide

Mon, 21 Oct 2013 | No Comments

Yarmouth Harbour at low tide can be a fascinating adventure for kayakers.

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A Paddler's Paradise

Tue, 11 Jun 2013 | No Comments

Canoeing or kayaking in southwest Nova can be a solitary experience or you can join the masses that participate in annual events.

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A geocaching goldmine

Tue, 09 Apr 2013 | No Comments

There are well over 1,000 geocaching adventures in the Yarmouth & Acadian Shores region.

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Year-round cycling

Sun, 06 Jan 2013 | No Comments

Outlandish as it seems, there's a region in Nova Scotia where you could be shovelling your driveway one day and within the next 24-hours find yourself swinging onto the seat of your bike. Warm snaps are not uncommon during January and February in South West Nova Scotia.

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Santa lives in Yarmouth

Wed, 19 Dec 2012 | No Comments

The real Santa lives in Yarmouth as almost all residents can tell you.

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A Dumping Day tradition

Wed, 05 Dec 2012 | 1 comment

For those in the communities of South West Nova Scotia, Dumping Day is one of the most nerve-wracking and exciting days of the year.

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Fright Delights

Tue, 23 Oct 2012 | No Comments

Daylight hours are for admiring spectacular autumn foliage in Southwest Nova but for after-dark activities in October you might want to consider a visit to one of these Halloween events.

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A beacon for visitors

Sat, 19 May 2012 | No Comments

The Cape Forchu Lightstation is an icon for Yarmouth.

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