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A love letter to Nova Scotian Stout

by Meghan Stewart, on Mon, 17 Mar 2014 | No Comments

Every winter, I look out the window to see a wall of white and just want to curl up in the fetal position, close my eyes and rock myself to sleep until the spring thaw. Then I remind myself that this is the best time of year to curl up with a blanket, a good book and a glass of rich, roasty stout.

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Happy Pi Day!

by L-A Steeleworthy, on Thu, 13 Mar 2014 | No Comments

3.14 is a day to celebrate the mathematical constant π, but for us, it's a great day to celebrate pie! Because blueberry or apple, rappie or seafood, pie is definitely a favourite in Nova Scotia. To celebrate Pi Day, we've pulled together a few of our favourite recipes and a map of where you can find a slice of Nova Scotian pie for your own Pi(e) Day Friday.

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From our Community: Nova Scotia's Favourite Pubs

by L-A Steeleworthy, on Mon, 03 Mar 2014 | No Comments

After a day of exploring Nova Scotia, it's great to pull up a stool and enjoy one of the the pubs around the province . Whether it's Halifax, where there are over 30 pubs and sport bars downtown including six breweries, or craft brew pubs from Cape Breton to Yarmouth, there's a bit of Nova Scotia culture to be celebrated inside those walls.

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Nova Scotia Travel Resolutions

by L-A Steeleworthy, on Mon, 27 Jan 2014 | No Comments

The only hard thing about these resolutions is deciding which ones should be on our list for the year. It's never too late to make your own travel resolutions, so if you're in need of a few, here are some of ours for 2014 - along with suggestions on how you can make them happen.

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Give the Gift of Nova Scotia

by L-A Steeleworthy, on Wed, 11 Dec 2013 | No Comments

From the parades to the lights on the trees, it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas around the province. And that means finding gifts to go under your Nova Scotian tree. Our favourite way to shop for our loved ones is to shop local and find things that are uniquely Nova Scotian to stuff in their stockings.

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First ever Cask Fest hits Halifax

by Meghan Stewart, on Wed, 11 Dec 2013 | No Comments

For the uninitiated, cask conditioned ale is a beer that starts brewing in the fermenter; then it's carefully transferred to a cask for 1-2 weeks, where it ferments a second time. You can't test the beer until the fermentation is complete. When successful, the result is brew that offers subtle carbonation and full, complex flavours. As a beer geek myself, all I can say is - try it. You'll get it.

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Trip to Fundy Shore to Say "Hi" at Low Tide

by Devin Trefry, on Tue, 19 Nov 2013 | No Comments

It had been quite a few years since my wife Sara and I had been to Burncoat Head Park on the shore of the Minas Basin. I knew it was an amazing place that I wanted to share with the kids.

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Nova Scotia Christmas Craft Shows

by L-A Steeleworthy, on Tue, 12 Nov 2013 | No Comments

'Tis the season to start making that list and checking it twice. One of the things we love about Nova Scotia during the holidays is there's no shortage of artists and artisans around to help us find the perfect one of a kind gift for loved ones on our shopping list.

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Halloween Fun in Nova Scotia

by L-A Steeleworthy, on Fri, 25 Oct 2013 | No Comments

Halloween is just around the corner and whether you prefer tricks or treats, there's something to delight ghouls and goblins of all ages. From family friendly pumpkin parades to the scariest of haunted houses, here's a few Halloween treats to check out.

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Celtic Colours Kicked Off on Friday

by Jody MacArthur, on Wed, 16 Oct 2013 | No Comments

It's that time of year again. The time when Cape Breton shows off its most magnificent Fall colours and welcome visitors from near and far to the annual "Celtic Colours International Festival!":http://www.celtic-colours.com/

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Bay of Fundy Boating Adventure!

by Devin Trefry, on Tue, 08 Oct 2013 | No Comments

As we rounded the point at the far end of the island we were excited to see a curious seal pop up to greet us. Then we saw another...and then another... and another. They seemed surprised to see us, but I suppose it's not that often that they would have visitors there.

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From our community: Fall in Nova Scotia

by L-A Steeleworthy, on Tue, 24 Sep 2013 | No Comments

The end of summer in Nova Scotia is just the start of another amazing season. Heading out on a road trip among the bright yellows, oranges, and reds is one of our favourite things to do. Our annual Leaf Watch keeps track of where the leaves look their most colourful and give us inspiration to head out in search of the best fall has to offer. From to a day trip to the Annapolis Valley to pick apples or a weekend getaway to drive the Cabot Trail, there's no shortage of things to do in fall.

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Beaches, Bridges & Wildlife - Camping Northumberland Shore

by Devin Trefry, on Mon, 23 Sep 2013 | No Comments

I think a frog was the first to greet us, and then a few ducks. Next we were super excited to see something a little bigger moving toward us. It disappeared under water before we could identify it, but when it popped up again we realized that it was a beaver! I felt like one of those guys from a documentary wildlife show (Jack Hannah maybe?) as we sat quietly trying to get a closer look.

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Beachcombing for Crystals in Harbourville

by Amanda Cashin, on Mon, 16 Sep 2013 | No Comments

On a sunny day in Harbourville the beaches sparkle. Typical Nova Scotia beaches sparkle when the sun reflects on the sand. In Harbourville, the sparkle is generated from the many gems embedded in the stones that line the shore.

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Summer's Not Over Yet: #VisitNovaScotia Photos from Instagram

by L-A Steeleworthy, on Fri, 30 Aug 2013 | No Comments

It might be the last long weekend of the summer, but there's still lots of time left in the season to explore Nova Scotia. Here's a few of our favourite summer photos from Instagram to inspire your next road trip.

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Pictou County Pizza

by L-A Steeleworthy, on Wed, 21 Aug 2013 | No Comments

People from around the world make bold claims that the pizza from their hometown is the best pizza you could possibly find. This is not something that's unique to people from Pictou County. What IS unique to people from Pictou County, is that when they say it, they're telling the truth.

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From our community: Instagram's Favourite Beaches

by L-A Steeleworthy, on Wed, 07 Aug 2013 | No Comments

With over 7,600 km of seacoast and over 125 salt and freshwater beaches in Nova Scotia, it's not hard to have a day at the beach. Every day we see amazing pictures taken of these beaches by our #VisitNovaScotia Instagram community. We asked them to share those beaches with us and here's just a few of their favourite pieces of coastline. We'd love to see even more of your favourite beaches - just hashtag them #VisitNSBeaches for us to see them.

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Farmers' Markets and Giant Pants

by Devin Trefry, on Tue, 23 Jul 2013 | No Comments

Upstairs we encountered a variety of exhibits relating to the Mi'kmaw, Acadians, and Loyalists along with some of the most unusual artifacts I have ever seen. The two-headed calves and the dog-powered treadmill butter churn were among the most memorable I think!

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A Beautiful Day at Ski Ben Eoin

by Jody MacArthur, on Mon, 25 Mar 2013 | No Comments

A family of new skiers hit the hill at Ski Ben Eoin for a late winter/early spring day of fun in Cape Breton.

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Places in Between: Nova Scotia's Sugar Woods

by L-A Steeleworthy, on Mon, 25 Mar 2013 | No Comments

When spring is in the air, the maple starts to flow in Nova Scotia and that means a road trip for your sweet tooth.

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