We take great pride in preserving what makes our varied historic cultures unique and fascinating. The traditions of our Mi’kmaq, Acadian, African Nova Scotian and Gaelic influences live strong in our everyday. Throughout your travels in Nova Scotia, learn and experience how the deep roots of our founders continue to shape our present and future. The Mi’kmaq are native to this rugged, sea-swept peninsula. Their art, music, language and spirituality are just a drum beat away. The spirit of l’Acadie also echoes deep in our culture, a legacy of the intrepid French settlers who first arrived and settled in Nova Scotia in the seventeenth century. The French were followed, not always harmoniously, by the British, who brought over tens of thousands of Gaelic-speaking settlers from ...Read more
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We take great pride in preserving what makes our varied historic cultures unique and fascinating. The traditions of our Mi’kmaq, Acadian, African Nova Scotian and Gaelic influences live strong in our everyday. Throughout your travels in Nova Scotia, learn and experience how the deep roots of our founders continue to shape our present and future.The Mi’kmaq are native to this rugged, sea-swept peninsula. Their art, music, language and spirituality are just a drum beat away.The spirit of l’Acadie also echoes deep in our culture, a legacy of the intrepid French settlers who first arrived and settled in Nova Scotia in the seventeenth century. The French were followed, not always harmoniously, by the British, who brought over tens of thousands of Gaelic-speaking settlers from Ireland and Scotland.Later came New England planters, Black Loyalists leaving the U.S. after the War of Independence, the Maroons of Jamaica… all contributing to Nova Scotia’s distinctive voice and character.Our artisans are located throughout Nova Scotia, crafting unique art inspired by our history, cultures and natural landscapes. Halifax is the proud home of the only mouth blown, hand-cut crystal makers in North America, NovaScotian Crystal. The Cabot Trail has an established artisan loop that features mediums such as pottery, silver, glass, wood, photography, leather and kiltmaking, and the South Shore is home to handcrafted pewter, potters, rug hookers and stained glass artists.Our culture is written in the lives of our people. It’s also written in our stage plays, movies, music and art.
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11 Oct 21Partner News
What’s New in Nova ScotiaIn Nova Scotia, finding great places to go on an adventure is easy - finding ...Read moreWhat’s New in Nova Scotia - News & announcementsIn Nova Scotia, finding great places to go on an adventure is easy - finding time to see it all is the tricky part. Here, our stunning scenic routes, romantic getaways, and delicious dining destinations are just the start. With world-famous lighthouses, a pristine coastline, and fun and friendly people, you’ll quickly discover a place where there are no wrong turns.Parks Canada o'tentik campingWhen the time to visit is right, we can't wait to help you rediscover Nova Scotia! In the meantime, our operators haven't been idle ... here are just a few things that we are excited to share with you in 2021 and beyond!
- A brand new development in downtown Halifax will open in 2021 and will be a combination of office space, residences, retail shops and restaurants … and a brand new hotel! MUIR , Nova Scotia's first Autograph Collection Hotel, will be a 5-star waterfront property with 109 hotel rooms and suites with custom-designed furniture, a signature tartan throw on every bed, elevated and refined regional dining, a spa and wellness centre, cold plunge and hydrotherapy pools, a halotherapy salt room, a speakeasy and private guest-only art gallery and so much more!
- Located in the Annapolis Valley next to a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Domaine de Grand Pré is Atlantic Canada’s oldest Farm Winery, owned and operated by the Stutz Family, since 1994. The Swiss born family quickly made its mark displaying a European sensibility for quality and passion for wine. Now they are applying those same principles to a new on-site development: The Inn at the Winery, scheduled to open spring 2021 in the family's former farm house. 6 new spacious rooms will be spread out amongst the 3-level home. The ground level will also be home to a Chef's Table Dining Experience for 8-10 guests where you can watch your 5 or 7 course, wine-paired meal being prepared.
- The Bluenose - 100th Anniversary Celebrations: A plethora of events are being planned to mark the centennial of the launch of Canada's most famous tallship, The Bluenose. Kicking off with a virtual birthday event in Lunenburg on March 26th, activities will run throughout the year, many in a virtual format for all to enjoy. As part of the celebration, the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic will also expand and revise its Bluenose exhibit and open the new "Big Boat Shed", a space for additional exhibits and workshops for even more visitor programming!
- Parks Canada o'TENTiks accommodations are described as a cross between a tent and a rustic cabin and will now be available as an immersive experience to visitors at Grand-Pré National Historic Site and the Landscape of Grand-Pré UNESCO World Heritage Site. Parks Canada will be installing 8 o'TENTiks that will be located in the fields south of the visitor information center and will be available starting spring 2021.
- Soaring 30 meters above the top of Cape Smokey on Cape Breton Island will be North America’s first and only Tree Walk! The Ingonish Tree Walk will allow you to explore nature, learn about the history of the Mi’kmaq people and take in magnificent views of the Cabot Trail and the Atlantic Ocean. Opening July 2021, the Tree Walk is delicately incorporated into the landscape and will be accessed by trail or the brand new 8-person gondola, the first in Atlantic Canada. Riders will go from the bottom of Cape Smokey, up 320 vertical meters to the top in 4 minutes. The walkway to the Tree Walk will feature 14 large educational signs highlighting history, local flora and fauna.
- Peggy's Cove will have a new viewing deck this summer, designed to allow visitors to view the lighthouse and experience the rocks and waves in a way that is fully accessible and safe. The viewing deck will complement infrastructure enhancements already underway: new washroom facilities, improved parking, curbs and sidewalks to improve pedestrian safety, and renovations to the deGarthe Studio.
11 Oct 21Partner News
Nova Scotia is home to some of the most authentic, exclusive and extraordinary coastal experiences in North AmericaCliffs of Fundy UNESCO Global Geopark: The Cliffs of Fundy Geopark is Nova Scotia’s ...Read moreNova Scotia is home to some of the most authentic, exclusive and extraordinary coastal experiences in North America - News & announcements
- Cliffs of Fundy UNESCO Global Geopark: The Cliffs of Fundy Geopark is Nova Scotia’s 6th UNESCO designation and tells the story of the coming together of the supercontinent Pangea 300 million years ago and its ripping apart 100 million years later. There are numerous attractions and operations located within the Geopark: hiking trails, provincial parks, community and provincial museums, lighthouses, beaches, kayaking tours and more.
- Georges Island National Historic Site: The newest addition to Nova Scotia’s National Historic Sites family, Georges Island is located in the heart of Halifax harbour, the place the Mi’kmaq called Kjipuktuk or “The Great Harbour.” Discover how this small island and its fortifications played a large role as a prison, as an internment camp for Acadians, in the development of Nova Scotia and in the overall defence of Canada. Georges Island is one of five national historic sites in Halifax which are known collectively as the Defence Complex.
- Oak Island Mystery Adventure: Sign up for an epic Mahone Bay adventure! Take a narrated voyage and discover the key sites being explored on the infamous Oak Island treasure hunt. Land on the shore and explore the Oak Island Museum, enjoy a picnic lunch and then head off island with a local historian to explore sites of interest that uncover the fabled facts, stories & secrets of the Oak Island Mystery.
- Starlight Culinary Escape: Indulge at a luxury wilderness escape nestled in the Tobeatic Wilderness Area. Trout Point Lodge is Canada’s only member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World and also the world’s first certified Starlight Hotel. Savour an artfully prepared gourmet dinner featuring courses curated by your chef and sommelier. Then wind your way along the river and through the forest with your guide, to where the depths of the night sky are revealed.
- Horseback Tidal Floor & Fossils Tour: Giddy up with Spirit Reins Ranch! On this Bay of Fundy ocean-floor tour by horseback, you will be guided to a famous fossil site where you'll see the highest tides in the world revealing 300 million-year-old dinosaur fossils. Ride at low tide along the floor of the Minas Basin observing a variety of tidal creatures such as clams, crabs and shore birds galore.
- Wild & Wooly Experience: Visit the Barrington Woolen Mill to try cleaning fleece, spinning wool, and weaving your very own wool Rob Roy (lumberjack) tartan to take home! Then hop across the backyard to learn log rolling, bow sawing, tree climbing and axe throwing at the Wild Axe Lumberjack Park. Finish the day toasting your new skills by the campfire enjoying s’mores with Boxing Rock Brewing Company's craft beer brewed specially for Wild Axe!
- Membertou Heritage Park: Try 20 traditional Mi’kmaq experiences all for under $20 each! Experiences include making your own moccasins, dream catchers, medicine pouch, or baskets to learning about Mi’kmaq drumming and chanting.
- Helicopter Tours: Come see the unforgettable sights of Nova Scotia’s ocean playground from the air. Celtic Air Services and Breton Air have high-performance helicopters that take you above Nova Scotia’s rolling landscape for astounding visual experiences. Enjoy the spectacular sights such as the rugged coastline of the Cabot Trail, the soft powder sand of our beaches or the majestic greens of our golf courses.
- Intimate Dining Experiences: Seasonal set menus in small, cozy and intimate atmospheres are trending in Nova Scotia!
- Woodroad (Margaree) is a new fine-dining restaurant with daily pre-set, fixed price menu featuring locally sourced ingredients served up against the backdrop of a timber frame open kitchen overlooking the Gulf of St. Lawrence.
- Bessie North House (Annapolis Valley) is a 130 year-old farmhouse that serves up a seven-course, seasonally inspired prix-fixe menu using produce grown on-site and other local producers.
- GRÁ is situated on a 150 acre sustainable farm located on the Bras d'Or. Various types of produce, herbs, flowers, and animals grown onsite using farming techniques that protect the environment and foster the development of healthy living. GRÁ allows its guests to dine on food grown just a few feet away using traditional cooking techniques.
- Founder’s House Dining & Drink provides a fine dining experience in a casual and comfortable restaurant atmosphere in the Annapolis Valley. It’s elevated rural dining in a historic setting is rooted in the sea and soil in both the views out the window and on your plate.
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