A road trip chasing the best beaches, sunsets, fish and chips, fried clams and lobster dinners on Nova Scotia’s South Shore.
Sandy beaches, iconic lighthouses, world-class museums, and of course, all the lobster you can eat, await with a family trip to the Atlantic coast.
With my Newfoundland-born aunt and her husband visiting from Ontario I knew I’d be venturing out for a few tourist-inspired day trips. They visited Nova Scotia before but had really only seen it from driving to the Newfoundland ferry in North Sydney.
LUNENBURG, N.S. – A fetid smell is bedevilling one of Canada’s most recognizable seaside communities at the height of tourism season, with residents saying they’re often forced to roll up their windows and abandon their balconies. Kevin Ernst lives on Lunenburg’s back harbour and says he has had to leave his barbecue and head inside…
There’s a reason Parks Canada picks up the litter on Citadel Hill every day. Orderly societies keep their landmarks clean. The same goes for the Cabot Trail. People would be outraged should anything deface its sublime views. Then why do governments seem so complacent about the threat to Lunenburg Harbour?
Lunenburg is one of the province’s more attractive towns. Boasting a UNESCO World Heritage Site designation, it attracts tourists the world over to its trendy collection of shops and restaurants in an authentic Maritime setting.
Lunenburg town council is taking a stand after recent government approval of British Petroleum’s deepwater drilling project 300 kilometres off the coast from this picturesque Nova Scotia community, a UNESCO world heritage site with an economy dependent on tourism and fish.
Something unforgettable happens as I stroll along a vast sandbank in the middle of a seemingly quiet river in Nova Scotia.
The tide surges in from up ahead like a mini tsunami and within minutes it’s a giant, swirling hot tub. My fellow rafters and I are now back in the small boat and our helmswoman is motoring on into waves which are swelling and crashing over our heads.
Amid the excitement, she explains to us that about 100 billlion tonnes of seawater is currently rushing in from the adjoining Bay of Fundy and reversing the natural flow of its tributary rivers – a phenomenon which happens every six hours in this part of the world. It provides a truly exhilarating experience known as tidal bore rafting.
And adventure is just one of Nova Scotia’s many attractions. There are beautiful seaside towns coloured with brightly painted homes, long walks along rocky shores and sandy beaches, maritime museums and countless restaurants serving some of the freshest lobster you will ever taste.
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