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Your-Nova-Scotia-Holiday, Issue #001 -- The BEST Nova Scotia Travel Tips
January 13, 2014
Issue #001, January 2014

Hello everyone,

Happy 2014 and welcome to the first issue of Your Nova Scotia Travel Tips. My newsletter promises to bring to you information that will make your Nova Scotia vacation the best ever!

It doesn't matter if this is your first visit, if you are a native Nova Scotian visiting from away or if you live here ....these tips will be invaluable as you plan your time in this beautiful place.

Festivals & Concerts

Nova Scotia is famous for its festivals, events and outdoor concerts. They are everywhere and you could easily go to one every weekend.

My festival pages are in the process of being updated BUT for the moment mark these awesome festivals and events in your vacation plans:

Annapolis Valley Apple Blossom Festival
Bay of Fundy & Annapolis Valley
May 28 – June 2, 2014

Multicultural Festival
June 19 – 22, 2014

Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo
July 1 – 8, 2014

Stan Rogers Folk Festival
Canso, Eastern Shore
July 4 – 6, 2014

TD Halifax Jazz Festival
July 4 – 12, 2014

Antigonish Highland Games
July 11 – 13, 2014

Festival de l’Escaouette
Cheticamp, Cabot Trail
July 13 – August 15, 2014

Festival Acadian de Clare
Clare & Acadian Shores
July 26 – August 3, 2014

Halifax International Busker Festival
July 30 – August 4, 2014

Digby Scallop Days Festival
Digby, Bay of Fundy, Annapolis Valley
August 6 – 10, 2014

Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival
Lunenburg, South Shore
August 7 – 10, 2014

Celtic Colours International Festival
Cape Breton
October 10 – 18, 2014

Tip Alert #1

Symphony Nova Scotia will be hosting a special concert in honour of Rita MacNeil. As you probably know, Rita passed away April 16, 2013. Her sudden passing came as a great shock to many folks.

The date for this special tribute concert is set for March 8, 2014 at the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium in Halifax.

Scott MacMillan will be conducting the symphony with special guests: Men of the Deeps, Lucy MacNeil of the Barra MacNeils and Rita’s niece, Katriona MacNeil. Check Symphony Nova Scotia's website for ticket information.

Must-See Museum

I finally made my first visit to the Cape Breton Miners Museum in Glace Bay last summer. It was awesome and exceeded all of my expectations. This is definitely one to put on your bucket list for your next trip to Cape Breton.

Make sure you go on the tour of the underground coal is an unforgettable experience!

The Great Outdoors

If you love hiking or cycling check out the Celtic Shores Coastal Trail on the west coast of Cape Breton Island. This is a new 90-km multi-purpose trail that goes from the Canso Causeway to Inverness. You can walk it or bike it.

I did sections of the trail last summer and it was very impressive.

Much of the trail is along the coast. Absolutely beautiful!

Tip Alert #2

Time your trip to the trail so you can catch a ceilidh at the Celtic Music Interpretive Centre in Judique. The music is great and the food is great too!

I had fish cakes and beans when I was there and they were the best that I have ever had.

Tip Alert #3

There is a little tea room in Harbourview called Sandeannie's Tea Room and Bakery. The tea room is about 15-km north of Judique. You'll see signs for it on the Celtic Shores Coastal Trail.

The folks there are lovely and their Cape Breton Oat Cakes will melt in your mouth. A great place to take a rest from your hike or bike ride along the trail. They serve an all-day breakfast and lunch until 3pm.

Ceilidhs All Week

Here is a list of ceilidhs and square dances that happen all-year long along the Ceilidh Trail in Cape Breton:

Family Square Dance
West Mabou, West Mabou Hall
Ceilidh Trail, Cape Breton
Every Saturday from 10:00pm - 1:00am

Sunday Ceilidh - Celtic Music Interpretive Centre
Judique, Ceilidh Trail, Cape Breton
Every Sunday from 3:00pm - 6:30pm

Brook Village Adult Square Dances
Every Monday 9:30pm - 1:00am
Brook Village Hall, Brook Village
Ceilidh Trail, Cape Breton
Route 252

Ceilidhs with Karen & Joey Beaton
Every Tuesday 7:30 - 9pm
Mabou Community Hall, Mabou
Ceilidh Trail, Cape Breton

Glencoe Mills Family Square Dances
Every Thursday from 10pm - 1am
Glencoe Mills Hall
Ceilidh Trail, Cape Breton

Halifax Attractions

Fascination with the Titanic doesn't seem to be going away! A tragic story with tragic consequences and, ultimately a tragic ending.

Do you know about the Halifax Titanic connection?

I highly recommend a visit to the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic in Halifax. They will tell you the story of the connection between Halifax and the Titanic.

They have an impressive display of the Titanic story and many artifacts. Here you will also learn about the role of the Halifax Cable Ships in the recovery mission. A truly remarkable story of heroism.

Tip Alert #4

Don't forget a visit to the Titanic gravesites in Halifax. A moving experience! I met people from all over the country, the US and as far away as Australia when I was there!
Do you want up-to-date information on interesting things happening in Nova Scotia? Follow me on twitter @yournovascotia.

Want to see awesome pictures of Nova Scotia? Follow me on pinterest at pinterest/yournovascotia. I am adding boards and pins all of the time. I am especially proud of my 'Lighthouses of Nova Scotia' board.

I am hoping to set-up a facebook page this winter.

Stay tuned!!

That's it for now!

See you next month about this time for the next issue of Your Nova Scotia Travel Tips.

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All the best,
Ann Marie

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