North Sydney and Baddeck, Nova Scotia

July 21-23, 2016 Mi’kmaq Culture We wanted to learn more about the Mi’kmaq communities and First Nation culture, and the Wagmatcook Culture and Heritage Center was nearby.  A brochure said “Mi’kmaq guides interpet their culture and traditions, and give a glimpse into the lives of their people, through the tales Read more…

North Sydney, Nova Scotia

July 20-23, 2016 The drive from Halifax to North Sydney was one of the longer ones, and Jane took a turn driving the coach for the first time since–well, for the first time in a long time.  She started on a divided highway, like a US interstate.  It narrowed to Read more…

Halifax, Nova Scotia, part 2

July 18, 2016 A Lunch Adventure Dave has learned that employees at visitors centers won’t usually recommend places to eat in general, but that they will answer specific questions like “Where can we find a gluten-free menu?”.  We took a young man’s suggestion and had a delicious lunch at Wooden Read more…

Halifax, Nova Scotia

July 16-19, 2016 Peggy’s Cove Peggy’s Cove is a fishing village and tourist destination on St. Margaret’s Bay.  Except for the busloads of tourists (us included), it was a scenic, unspoiled fishing village.      Peggy’s Cove Lighthouse             Our guide, explaining lobster traps, wearing the Nova Scotia tartan. Titanic Memorial Read more…

Around Lunenburg, Nova Scotia

July 14-15, 2016 On a drive-around afternoon, we stumbled upon what looked like a naval vessel, listing in the Lehave River in Bridgewater. It turns out the ship was built as an Italian fishing trawler in 1965. It was converted to a Royal Canadian Navy dive tender, the HMCS Cormorant, Read more…

Lunenburg, Nova Scotia

July 14-15, 2016 Lunenburg was settled in the 1750s by immigrants from Germany, France and England.  It has been designated a UNESCO heritage site as the “best surviving example of a planned British colonial settlement in North America”.  Colorful houses and shops line narrow streets.  Boats in the harbor range Read more…

Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia, Part 2

July 13, 2016 Annapolis Royal Historical Gardens The Annapolis Royal Historical Gardens is a 10-acre park featuring a various types of gardens found in the area since the 1600s.          Replica of a thatched-roof Acadian cottage         Driftwood, at least 60 years old, from the nearby Bay of Fundy         Read more…