Photo credit: Ivan Fraser
By Barry Wood
In fifteen minutes, a jet filled with excited American
Baby Boomers who have come to Nova Scotia for fun will
land at Halifax International Airport, in Eastern Canada.
Passengers with window seats have already seen the province's
steep, rocky shoreline with the Atlantic smashing against it,
and the thick forests. Our license plates do not say Canada's
Ocean Playground without reason.
An alternative to flying here could be a ferry trip from Maine
to Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. It does not matter how the tourist
arrives--Nova Scotia means fun!
It's autumn. The leaves are changing to radiant fall colors.
The orchards are full of ripe red apples. Students have returned
to school, and workers are back from vacations. The mornings are
chilly, with the fragrance of chimney smoke in the air. The warmth
of summer is gone for another year. People are wearing thick
sweaters while out strolling. Homeowners are getting ready for
the snow and bitter winds of winter.
Maps and pamphlets are available at most traveller destinations.
As well, check the the Internet for things to see and do while in
Nova Scotia. A tourist whom I met in the Halifax Public Gardens
was taking pictures of flowers. She said, "It's too bad that I
can't record the smell of them." She sniffed the air and leaned
her head back, allowing the bright sun to fall on her face. Taken
off guard I nodded, smiled, and said, "You're right. It is too bad."
In the very center of Halifax sits Citadel Hill, a national historic
site that is open daily year round. It is the pride of the city,
and has a bird's eye view of the harbor.
The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic is on the waterfront. It is
filled with displays of marine history of Nova Scotia. Many actual
boats are on display inside, in addition to several large ships
anchored outside which are open daily to the public. These ships
are crowd pleasers as are the inside exhibits about the Halifax
Explosion as well as the tragic sinking of the Titanic.
A must-see is Peggy's Cove, less than an hour from Halifax. This
tiny village is located in the center of a rock formation which
stretches for miles along the coast. Here stands one of the world's
most famous lighthouses which was built over eighty years ago to
replace a wooden house that was used both as a lighthouse and the
keeper's home. Peggy's Cove lighthouse is used in the summer as a
post office. The tide sneaks in over the rocks like a snake. Quietly.
Then suddenly it pounces. The powerful waves have grabbed several
people who failed to heed the posted warnings against going too near
the water. Click Ivan Fraser
for more photographs and paintings.
Lobster, clams, mussels, and scallops -- from five-star restaurants
to places for the smaller budget -- Nova Scotia serves delicious
Watercraft are common in Nova Scotia. Some for fun, some for
livelihood. They range from canoes, to fishing vessels, to yachts.
Museums throughout the province display our culture and history.
In Springhill you can tour a coal mine where you get the feel of
what it was like to earn your living as a miner and work in daily
fear of cave-ins. Nova Scotia's history is filled with tragic
stories of the hazards of mining.
Coffee shops are great places to sit and watch the locals while
you rest your weary feet and rejuvenate your spirits.
Nova Scotia is a haven for birdwatchers, so pack your binoculars.
The province has woodpeckers, sparrows, seabirds, crows, and many
A ferryboat runs between the cities of Dartmouth and Halifax across
a mile-wide harbor. This is an excellent way to see the skyline of
Dartmouth as well as Halifax, which is noted as one of the world's
finest deep-water ports.
Bus tours are popular year-round in the city as well as throughout
the province. There are tours for everyone regardless of your
interest. Autumn bus tours show the changing leaves in the
beautiful Annapolis Valley. British double-decker bus tours are
available in the old city of Halifax. Sport tours, such as skiing
coupled with a weekend stay, are available at such places as
Keltic Lodge in Cape Breton. Craft tours from Yarmouth and up
through the east coast of Nova Scotia show paintings, and local
crafts from needlepoint to hand-made wooden chairs. Maple syrup
tours are perfect for the tourist who enjoys going into the woods
and literally tapping into nature. Titanic graves tours are
reminders of that horrific disaster. Tours around the Annapolis
valley during the Apple Blossom Festival are a photographer's
dream, and the fragrance from the millions of white-pink petals
is free for the taking.
Halifax's Neptune Theater has a new, impressive facility. There
are live performances ranging from dramas to musicals. Cabaret
opened September 22nd. Wit opens November 3rd, and Scrooge opens
December 1st, 2000.
For fishing, try our many freshwater rivers and lakes. For the
more adventurous, deep-sea fishing is available. Manned by
experienced crews, these boats sail out into the ocean. Take
along your camera as whales are spotted regularly. Canada's
most famous fishing schooner, "The Bluenose," built in the Town
of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, is the pride of the province. The
Bluenose is world famous for being undefeated in an 18-year
racing career against US schooners. Tourists can visit the
schooner in Halifax or in Lunenburg depending on the time of
The Cabot Trail is in Cape Breton, at the northern tip of
Nova Scotia. This route has breathtaking scenery. Small,
quaint unspoiled communities along the Cabot Trail are perfect
places to take advantage of Nova Scotia's beauty at its best.
Included in the trail is the Cape Breton Highlands National Park,
providing camping and viewing sites. The Alexander Graham Bell
Museum is one of many along the trail. Mr. Bell invented the
telephone. He was a teacher of the deaf; his mother was deaf.
One can easily understand his fascination with sound. Try to
imagine a world today without the telephone.
Twenty miles south of Sydney, Cape Breton is the Fortress of
Louisbourg, which is a large reconstruction of a town from 250
years ago. Fully informed tour guides, in period clothing,
welcome visitors to the site.
World famous Sable Island is 300 km southeast of Halifax. They
call it "the Graveyard of the North Atlantic." Its history is
full of tales of suspense and lost treasures. More than three
hundred and fifty ships, which fell prey to the strong Atlantic
winds, have succumbed to the sand dunes since 1583. Underwater
reefs around the island trapped many vessels. These shipwrecks
have resulted in the deaths of more than ten thousand men,
including sailors, prisoners, and pirates. Today wild ponies
originating from one of these shipwrecks run freely on Sable
Island. The government has restricted access to the island to
people with special permits such as weather watchers, and
organized groups interested in the wild ponies or in shipwrecks.
The jet's landing gear is down and locked; the tires give that
familiar skidding sound as they scorch the runway. The eager
passengers disembark the plane in great anticipation of the
many things to see and do in Nova Scotia!
Barry Wood is an aspiring Canadian writer.
NOVA SCOTIA PART ONE
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