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Your-Nova-Scotia-Travel-Tips, Issue #025 - The BEST Nova Scotia Travel Tips
June 30, 2022
Issue #025, June 2022

hi folks,

Welcome to Your Nova Scotia Travel Tips.

Have you started to make plans for your 2022 Nova Scotia Holiday? I am here to help!

You might recall that my last issue listed many Nova Scotia Festivals & Events that are happening in Nova Scotia this spring, summer & fall. I have more for you....they are everywhere!!

Are you interested in cycling? I have 3 Rails to Trails routes for you. These are not difficult and will take you to 3 gorgeous parts of our province.

Nova Scotia Festivals & Events

I have some additional festivals & events to add to my previous list. It seems there is lots going on & folks want to enjoy.

Live in the Lounge
White Point Beach Resort, White Point
Nightly, 7-10pm

Baddeck Gathering Ceilidhs
6 Margaree Road
Baddeck, Cape Breton
Daily 7:30-9:30pm
June 20-Oct 18

Escape Louisbourg
Fortress of Louisbourg
6:00pm & 7:30pm Tuesdays to Fridays
June 28-September 2

The Barn Concert-Ceilidhs
Normaway Inn
691 Egypt Rd, Margaree Valley
8pm; Wednesdays in July & Aug; Fridays Sept to late Oct
Jul 6-Oct 21

Peggy's Cove Area Festival of the Arts 2022
Peggy's Cove
Paint Peggy’s Cove Jul 8-10
Studio Tour Jul 15-17

Yarmouth Seafest
Jul 13-24

Great Annapolis Ride (GAR 2022)
Grand Pré
July 23-24

Nova Scotia Folk Art Festival
Jul 31

Nicolas Denys Days & Swim the Canal
St. Peter's, Cape Breton
Aug 1-7

The Bells of Baddeck
Alexander Graham Bell Museum, Baddeck
Aug 2-20

Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival
Aug 4-7

Race Through Time
Fortress of Louisbourg
Aug 13

Aug 19-20

Cape to Cliff Beach Run
Cape St. Mary’s
Aug 20

Clam Harbour Beach Sandcastle Competition
Clam Harbour Beach Provincial Park
Aug 21

Blueberry Festival
Lower West Pubnico
Aug 25

Maritime Race Weekend
Eastern Passage
Sep 16-17

Nova Scotia Craft Beer Festival
Sep 16-17

Lunenburg Doc Fest
Sep 22-28

Are you a walker, hiker or cyclist?

For this issue I want to highlight three long distance multi-use trails in Nova Scotia. Multi-use trails means that the trails can be cycled or hiked/walked and in some cases you’ll see ATVs and equestrian riders. In winter, you’ll see cross-country skiers, snow-shoers and snowmobiles.

These three beautiful trails are known as

Destination Trails Nova Scotia. One of the great things is that they are located in 3 different parts of the province. You can adventure through a large part of Nova Scotia in these areas: Cape Breton, the Annapolis Valley and the South Shore.

All of these trails are accessible for all fitness levels. The trails are easy, flat and smooth. There are kiosks and interpretive panels throughout the trails. You can walk or cycle for as long as you wish or as little as you wish. You’ll see picturesque communities, local farms, wineries, fishing boats, music venues, historical monuments, ocean coastline, country inns, old railroad stations and much more. They are also accommodations and restaurants along the way. Check the websites that I include below so you can plan your adventure.

The trails are the Celtic Shores Coastal trail on the west coast of Cape Breton; the Rum Runners trail on Nova Scotia’s South Shore; and, the Harvest Moon trailway in the Annapolis Valley.

All of these trails are former railroad lines that have been converted to multi-use recreational trails. Hundreds of volunteers made this happen.

Celtic Shores Coastal Trail

I have pages on my site for the Celtic Shores Coastal trail. I have hiked parts of the trail but have not yet cycled it. This is a gorgeous part of Cape Breton along the Ceilidh Trail on the west coast of the island. This 92-km trails extends from the Canso Causeway to the town of Inverness. Between these points you’ll find more than 30 access points and trailheads where vehicle parking is available. Many parts of the trail will give you great views of the coastline. Time your trip just right and you might be lucky enough to catch a ceilidh in Judique or Mabou.

Rum Runners Trail

The Rum Runners trail (119-km) extends from Halifax to Lunenburg along the South Shore. This is a beautiful part of the province where you’ll venture through St. Margaret’s Bay, the Chester Basin, Mahone Bay and Lunenburg. Catch the sailing races in Chester, the 3 Churches in Mahone Bay and the Bluenose II in Lunenburg. You can even do a side trip and hike Castle Rock. There is lots to do and see along the Rum Runners trail. There are a multitude of accommodations, restos, events, shops and pubs along the way.

Harvest Moon Trailway

The Harvest Moon trailway stretches through the Annapolis Valley from Grand Pré to Annapolis Royal for 110-km. There are more than 20 access points on this trail. You won’t be disappointed with exploring Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley. This area is very historic with the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Grand Pré to the historic seaside town of Annapolis Royal which was founded in 1605 as Port Royal. From the foundings of Acadia to the first European explorers to adventure to Canadian soil this area is steeped in history.

Spotlight on where to stay

There are dozens of places to stay along these trails. My suggestion is to decide how many kilometres you wish to walk or cycle each day and then start to plan your itinerary and where you wish to stay for the night. I have a list below of places to check out for accommodations.

Wolfville, MahoneBay, Lunenburg, Inverness, Mabou, Chester.

Itinerary Planning Service

I am now offering an itinerary planning service. Do you want to spend some vacation time in Nova Scotia but you don't know where to start planning?

I can help. Email me at and I'll send you more information.

The Cabot Trail

Are you planning to spend some time on the Cabot Trail during your vacation?

Why not order a copy of my e-book: 44 Awesome Things - Cabot Trail plus 14 awesome tips for along the way. This indispensable guide will give you a ton of information about what to see and do on your tour of the Cabot Trail.

Halifax & Cape Breton

Maybe you are planning to spend some time in Halifax and Cape Breton for your vacation? Check out my 2nd ebook:

Itineraries for 3 days in Halifax & 3 days in Cape Breton.

Both ebooks are great guides. They will certainly be useful to you during your Nova Scotia Holiday. You can get a special 'bundle' deal if you want to purchase both. Go to my website and check it out!

YouTube Channel

I am excited to announce that I have launched the Your Nova Scotia Holiday YouTube channel .

Check it out, please subscribe and comment on the videos. And share with your friends. I’ll be adding more videos on a regular basis.

For the moment, these are some of the videos on my channel:

Welcome Piper at the Nova Scotia Information Centre in Amherst

Crossing the Canso Causeway to Cape Breton

The Bluenose II sailing during the 2017 Tall Ships Parade of Sail in Halifax

The Gaff Point hiking trail

The Ovens Sea Caves

Blue Rocks

The Skyline hiking trail

I need your vacation stories!

Do you have a story about your Nova Scotia vacation? It doesn't need to be long or too detailed. Something short & sweet is good. Whatever you are comfortable with.

You will get your own page on the Your Nova Scotia Holiday website featuring your vacation story and your pictures. I'd love to hear from you. Send me an email. I look forward to hearing from many of you.

Nova Scotia Travel Map

Do you have a Nova Scotia travel map?

Call TOLL FREE 1-800-565-0000 and Nova Scotia tourism will send you one for FREE.

Find accommodations on Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor says that Nova Scotia is one of Canada's top destinations. I didn't need Trip Advisor to tell me this!! LOL!

Seriously, Trip Advisor is a great tool when planning a trip. I use it all the time and try to write reviews when I can.

Use this link Nova Scotia accommodations on Trip Advisor for your search and to make your accommodations booking. I earn a small commission with each reservation made via my site and this helps pay my expenses.

I would really appreciate it!! Cheers!!

Nova Scotia covid info

You can go to this website to get up-to-date information about COVID in Nova Scotia. Nova Scotia covid information

Don't forget to follow me on social media!

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That's it for now. See you next month.

Best to everyone,

Ann Marie, Editor, Your Nova Scotia Holiday

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