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Your-Nova-Scotia-Travel-Tips, Issue #027 - The BEST Nova Scotia Travel Tips
September 01, 2022
Issue #027, August 2022

hi folks,

Welcome to Your Nova Scotia Travel Tips.

Summer 2022 is coming to a close but there is still lots to see and do this fall! Fall is a fabulous season in Nova Scotia so start to make your plans.

This issue's feature is the Celtic Colours International Music Festival: Oct 7 - 15 on Cape Breton Island.

Celtic Colours Oct 7 - 15

This fantastic event is spread across dozens of communities on Cape Breton Island. There are 48 concerts and over 200 community events. This is the highly anticipated return of an ‘in-person’ festival since the start of the pandemic.

Concerts will be held in big and small venues, local churches, community halls, school gyms, fire halls, arts & culture centres, and legions. There will also be concerts the Fortress of Louisbourg, the Alexander Graham Bell Museum, the Highland Village and the Gaelic College.

To be truthful I like the smaller venues the best. Small and intimate! Check for events at the Big Pond Community Centre, the Boisdale Firehall, Calvin United Church, East Bay Legion, and West Mabou Hall.

You can see the venues and communities page for the festival here. The map of Cape Breton is very user friendly and very helpful.

You’ll hear artists from Cape Breton, from across Canada and from Ireland, Scotland, the UK and the United States. International artists and local artists. They all come together to perform for you. Check out the Celtic Colours Artists list.

I have a series of Celtic Colours pages on my website featuring concerts and artists that I have seen over the years. They should give you a good taste of Celtic Colours. The great thing about this festival is that it is spread over 8 days in many different communities. This allows you to pick what you want to see even if you only have a limited amount of time.

I also have a couple of festival videos on my YouTube Channel for Your Nova Scotia Holiday that you might enjoy. The JAM sessions at the Gaelic College are fantastic!

Many communities have community meals before a concert in the area. This is extra-special as many of the meals are prepared by members of the community. These are all listed on the Celtic Colours website on the schedule page. Use the filter options on the side of the page to select 'meals'. You can also filter by date and region.

You can purchase tickets on-line at Celtic Colours Tickets. But they are going fast so don’t delay if you have decided to attend some concerts. There are also FREE events. Check your festival booklet that you will get at your first concert.

One last piece of advice….check my '15 TIPS' page for some inside information about the festival. They might be useful.

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.

Festivals continue...

Nova Scotia Festivals are still happening. Check out this list for September & October.

Docs on the Dock
Sep 5,12 & 19

Paranormal Investigations Weekend
Fortress of Louisbourg
Sep 9-10

Hike the Highlands Festival 2022
Sep 9-18

FIN Atlantic International Film Festival
Sep 15-22

Lebanese Festival - Grab & Go
Sep 16-18

Maritime Race Weekend
Eastern Passage
Sep 16-17

Nova Scotia Craft Beer Festival
Sep 16-17

Terra Fondo Mountain Bike Event
Meteghan River
Sep 17

Lunenburg Doc Fest
Sep 22-28

The Canadian Deep Roots Music Festival
Sep 23-25

Lumière Art at Night Festival
Sep 24

12th Annual Parrsboro Film Festival
Sep 30 - Oct 2

Nova Scotia Forest Festival
Memory Lane Heritage Village, Lake Charlotte
Oct 1

Dear Rita
New Glasgow
Oct 1-2

Shag Harbour UFO Expo
Oct 1 - 2

Celtic Colours
Cape Breton
Oct 7-15

Nocturne: Art at Night
Oct 13-18

Colour Me Wild Retreat
South Shore
Oct 14-16

Fiddle & Folk Foliage Farewell 2022
Normaway Inn, Margaree
Oct 20 - 22

Devour! The Food Film Fest
Oct 24 - 30

Anchor's Up Tour: Featuring Fortunate Ones, The Once & Old Man Luedecke
Oct 29

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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