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43: March 12, 2004
the 43rd issue of the Bed and Breakfast Traveller, we take you
to the beautiful Maritime province of Nova Scotia, a vacation destination
no matter what the season..
Nova Scotia Association of Unique Country Inns invites you to explore
Canadas Seacoast. With 7400 km (4625 miles) of coastline, when
you are in Nova Scotia you are never more than 56km (35 miles) from
the sea. This proximity to the sea has shaped the lives and traditions
of the people of Nova Scotia. Mikmag, French (Acadian), English,
Scottish, Irish, German and African cultures have all come together
over the centuries to form the rich mosaic of Nova Scotians today.
has blessed Nova Scotia. The province boasts a variety of scenic coastlines
made up of beaches and cliffs, as well as the worlds highest tides
in the Bay of Fundy. The spectacular Cape Breton Highlands offer the
Cabot Trail, which has been acknowledged as one of North Americas
most scenic drives. The beauty of Nova Scotia is not limited to the
coast; further inland the province has more than 5400 lakes to offer.
Nova Scotias ten unique scenic trails, each filled with their
own history and charm, is a venture of discovery. Along the way the
breathtaking landscapes range from rocky shores to sandy beaches, from
solitary lighthouses to quaint fishing villages or beautiful towns and
from fossil rich seabeds to the lush fruit orchards and vegetable farms
located throughout the Annapolis Valley.
to enjoy the outdoors are limitless in Nova Scotia: cycling along the
coastline, canoeing the pristine lakes, birding in salt marshes, sea
kayaking, rafting the tidal bore, sailing the Atlantic, whale watching,
scuba diving, walking on the ocean floor after the 40 foot tides have
receded and hiking in national parks are but a few. And lets not
forget the provinces more than 60 golf courses, some of which
are rated amongst the top in the world.
Scotians have earned an international reputation as a relaxed, friendly,
warm and welcoming people who love to share their rich cultural traditions
with visitors. These traditions include language, crafts, music and
food (especially food from the sea!).
Scotians have always shared an intimate relationship with the sea. From
this a legacy of famous sailors, shipbuilders and schooners was born.
Experience some of the authentic living history of Nova Scotia and its
place in Canada by visiting such places as:
Louisbourg National Historic Site, the largest reconstructed 18th
century French fortified town in North America.
Citadel National Historic site, a star-shaped hilltop fortress
surrounded by the city of Halifax.
21 National Historic Site, which from 1928 to 1971 acted as Canadas
front door to over one million immigrants, wartime evacuees, refugees,
troops and war brides and their children.
a 250 year old fishing town on Nova Scotias Lighthouse Route.
As home of the world famous schooner Bluenose, numerous wooden
churches and Georgian and Victorian architecture, it is the only town
in North America to have been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Graham Bell National Historic Site,
Royal National Historic District.
Anne National Historic Site, the oldest National Historic site
with these sites, Nova Scotias Provincial Family of Museums, consisting
of 26 museums of varying sizes throughout the province, acts to preserve
and celebrate the warm rich culture, heritage and traditions of our
forefathers ways of life on land and sea.
Scotians love to celebrate! Throughout the year more than 800 festivals
and events in cities, towns and villages across the province capture
the excitement of Nova Scotias wide variety of maritime and cultural
traditions. A few of the special events happening this year include:
Fete Champlain, May 7th to 9th. Join this celebration of the 400th
anniversary of the arrival of French explorers, including Samuel de
Champlain, on the shore of North America near what today is Lahave,
Valley Apply Blossom Festival, May 26th - 31st.
Scotia International Tattoo, Halifax, June 29th - July 7th. See
a military and civilian extravaganza featuring over 2000 International
and Canadian performers. This is the worlds largest annual indoor
Rogers Folk Festival,
Canso , July 2nd - 4th. Fifty acts come from around the world to perform
100 shows on six festival stages.
Halifax , July 29th - August 4th. This tall ships flotilla of at least
35 proud sailing ships from around the world includes our own Bluenose
3rd Congres mondial acadien, July 31st - August 15th. Experience
the vibrant Acadian spirit and culture in the very place it all began
400 years ago. Hundreds of activities and festivals throughout the
province including family reunions will await visitors from around
the world. A new interpretive centre, which celebrates the history
of French settlement and Acadian expulsion at the Grand Pre National
Historic Site, will be the centre of a number of official events.
Folk Harbour Festival
August 5th - 8th. Four days of music, dancing, folklore and workshops
await you at the seaside. This event features top traditional and
contemporary folk musicians with their collections of fiddle, folk,
bluegrass, gospel and jazz.
International Busker Festival, August 5th -15th. These talented
entertainers include jugglers, actors, magicians, comedians and musicians,
all of whom practice the art of street performing or street theatre.
- Celtic Colours
Cape Breton, October 8th-16th. This is a Cape Breton-wide festival featuring
over 300 Celtic artists from around the world. There are 30 venues for
the nightly events and daily workshops all of which are set against
a background of spectacular fall colours.
are but a few of the many reasons to visit Nova Scotia, especially in
2004. The members of the Nova Scotia Association of Unique Country
Inns are professional innkeepers conveniently located around the
province. We invite you to stay with our members while in Nova Scotia
for a truly unique taste of warm Nova Scotian hospitality.
Scotia Association of Unique Country Inns
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