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Hiking around York Redoubt

by Jim Cyr, on Mon, 06 May 2013 | No Comments

Starting in 1793, York Redoubt was an important defensive piece of the British during its various conflicts with France. With straight line of sight to both the Halifax Citadel and Fort McNab, York Redoubt was the first line of defense as you approached the Halifax Harbour.

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She's back! Relaunching Bluenose II

by Krista Spurr, on Sat, 29 Sep 2012 | No Comments

Blogger Krista Spurr partakes in the relaunching of Bluenose II, Nova Scotia's sailing ambassador.

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There's Copper In Cape d'Or, Not Gold!!

by Jim Cyr, on Tue, 20 Mar 2012 | No Comments

Samuel de Champlain visited the Bay of Fundy in 1604 and legend has it that he named this area Cape d'Or because the copper minerals reflecting from the cliffs reminded him of gold. However, the copper was known to the local Mi'kmaq far before that time. Champlain found copper on the west side of the point.

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Hiking Rogers Hill Trail

by Jim Cyr, on Tue, 14 Feb 2012 | No Comments

The Cape to Cape footpath is approximately 400 kilometres of trail starting at Cape Chignecto and crosses mainland Nova Scotia to Cape George. Being a community based project, trail segments were established throughout four counties. Trail systems such as Rogart Mountain Trail, Kenomee Trail System and the Gully Lake Wilderness Area are part of this footpath.

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Hiking Along Mount Uniacke's Lost Highway

by Jim Cyr, on Wed, 04 Jan 2012 | Comments (3)

You see, the road from Halifax to Windsor had mile markers along the way. Most were made out of wood, but some were carved into stone. Somewhere along the Post Road trail was mile marker 27.

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Exploring Family Foundations At Kejimkujik

by Jim Cyr, on Thu, 15 Sep 2011 | No Comments

The period between 1850 - 1940 was an interesting time around Kejimkujik Lake. The area was populated with logging mills, gold mines, hunting lodges and cabins. Today when we enter the park, we don't see this part of history right away, especially since some of these locations are in less traveled sections of the park.

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Ghost Walk!

by Alexandra Lawrence, on Fri, 26 Aug 2011 | No Comments

Murders, troubled spirits, haunted buildings and a splash of history. All abound when you join Andy Smith for a Ghost Walk around the beautiful city of Halifax.

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It all started in Port-Royal

by Jim Cyr, on Thu, 18 Aug 2011 | No Comments

Annapolis Royal and surrounding areas are an important part of my family history. When I open up a book about our branch of the "Cyr" family, it all started with Pierre Sire who landed in Port-Royal in 1668. I decided to pass by the area and check out three important sites during the time of Acadian settlement..

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Yo Ho Ho and a Bottle of Rum

by Kim Humes, on Tue, 26 Jul 2011 | No Comments

In Purcell's Cove, there exists a place with a dark and morbid history, where the spirits of pirates and rum runners lurk...on Deadman's Island.

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The Irish in Nova Scotia

by Lauren Oostveen, on Thu, 17 Mar 2011 | No Comments

You can find the Irish among the first settlers in almost any community in this province

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Halifax Beer

by Joerg Knoerchen, on Tue, 08 Mar 2011 | No Comments

While thinking over what another nicestory would be to write about, and while I was listening to Celtic music, suddenly - I heard that Stan Rogers song "Barrett's Privateers".   Oh, the year was 1778, how I wish I was in Sherbrooke...

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Discovering the History of Your Nova Scotian Home

by Lauren Oostveen, on Wed, 11 Aug 2010 | 1 comment

Who built this house? When? How did they furnish it? What were their lives like? Who was the first person to own this piece of land? What were its original measurements and boundaries? How did it change shape and ownership over the years? When was a house first built on it? What did the neighbourhood look like then?

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Discover Our History

by Suzy Atwood, on Tue, 13 Jul 2010 | No Comments

In 1783, more than 10,000 settlers came to Shelburne, Nova Scotia from New York and the middle Colonies of the Thirteen Colonies. The Loyalists, who opposed the Revolution and remained loyal to Britain, were promised free land, tools and provisions in Nova Scotia (among other places).

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This is Your Life

by Suzy Atwood, on Mon, 28 Jun 2010 | No Comments

Welcome! There are so many reasons to come to Shelburne County, our great beaches, beautiful historic homes and museums, the scenery alone will make you want to stay! We also have amazing and friendly people!

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