Three Amazing Trails to Explore Nova Scotia’s Food & Drink
The gateway to Atlantic Canada and only a 6 hour flight from the UK, Nova Scotia is filled to the brim with stunning natural beauty, diverse cultures, rich heritage, and warm, friendly people. Known for its world class experiences and home to a top-notch locally sourced culinary scene shaped by the sea, it comes as no surprise Nova Scotia is home to two seafood-centric culinary trails: the Lobster Trail and the Chowder Trail and to Canada’s first winery, craft brewery, cidery and distillery trail, the Good Cheer Trail – Here are our top recommendations to get you tempted:
Lobster Trail: Nova Scotia lobster is world-famous – and for good reason. Some of the most fertile lobster fishing grounds, not just in Canada, but on the planet are located there. If you want a true, authentic lobster experience then you’ve come to the right place! From the ocean to your plate, crack open your sense of adventure on the Nova Scotia Lobster Trail where you will find the freshest lobster and talented chefs creating delicious locally-inspired dishes with this iconic crustacean. Collect stamps on your passport by visiting as many as you fancy of the 28 lobster trail stops, enjoy traditional lobster dinners, lobster rolls and everything in between and discover many different Nova Scotia lobster experiences via an interactive map. Find out more.
Chowder trail: the perfect way to discover all the unique and delicious chowders this province has to offer, from Yarmouth to Sydney and everywhere in between the trail features 36 stops where you can enjoy a bowl of seafood chowder. Taking the finest seafood from its cold, clean waters and pairing it with produce from its lush fertile valleys, Nova Scotia’s chowders are warm and comforting, much like the character of its people. Find out more.
The Good Cheer Trail: crafted by family traditions, compelling history and exciting innovation, the trail celebrates Nova Scotia’s rich culinary history dating back to 1606, when the first meeting of “L’Odre du Bon Temps” (Order of Good Cheer) took place in Port Royal. Established to assist in surviving the winter, the Order of Good Cheer is also considered one of the first known gastronomic societies in North America, bringing people together through food and drink. The weekly feasts continued through the winter of 1606-07 and served to raise the spirits of the habitants of Port Royal. The gatherings regularly included indigenous guests, with Membertou and Massamouet, Mi’Kmaw chiefs in the area, often taking part.
Today, the Good Cheer Trail celebrates bringing people together through Nova Scotia food and drink. Collect stamps by visiting Nova Scotia’s stunning wine region, trying a craft beer tasting, sampling a cider or taking a distillery tour. Need help where to start? The interactive map will help you sip your way to over 90 different trail stops across the province. Find out more.
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