En­joy harbour de­lights and his­toric high­lights

Calgary Herald - - TRAVEL - JOANNE ELVES

Did you know that you can stand any­where in Nova Sco­tia and be no fur­ther than 67 kilo­me­tres from a shore­line? It may be the sec­ond-small­est prov­ince in Canada but it ranks up there with things to do while you cir­cum­nav­i­gate the shore­line.

Here are my favourite Nova Sco­tia trav­eller treats:

■ Learn about the his­tory of Hal­i­fax while rid­ing around town on an e-bike with a guide from I Heart Bikes. The tour starts on the harbour and wraps ef­fort­lessly around Point Pleas­ant Park, up to the Citadel and through down­town. The e-bike does all the work.

■ Tuck your Canada Parks Pass that dan­gles from your rear-view mir­ror into your carry-on and use it for en­try into the Hal­i­fax Citadel Na­tional His­toric Site that rises above the harbour.

■ Ride the ferry that slips across the harbour from Hal­i­fax to Dart­mouth — just for the heck of it. The views at night are spec­tac­u­lar.

■ In Lunen­burg, stop to see the his­toric Bluenose but also wan­der the streets un­til you find the Fish Shack. Share an or­der of fish and chips on the pa­tio over­look­ing the harbour. Walk east a few blocks to bump into the Iron­works Dis­tillery and pick up a bot­tle of Bluenose rum (iron­works­dis­tillery. com).

■ Visit any harbour on the Bay of Fundy dur­ing low tide to see all the fish­ing ves­sels lay­ing on the sea floor, dan­gling as if chok­ing on tight leashes taut to the dock far above. Pull up a chair at a nearby pub to watch as the tide sweeps un­der the hull to bring life back to the now bob­bing boats.

■ Take your gum­boots and dur­ing low tide, walk the shore at the Jog­gins Fos­sil Cliffs on the Bay of Fundy. Look for ex­posed fos­sils from a rain­for­est ecosys­tem more than 300 mil­lion years old ( jog­gins­fos­sil­cliffs.net).

■ Treat your­self to a lux­u­ri­ous re­sort. Fox Harb’r Re­sort (fox­harbr.com) on the shores of the Northum­ber­land Strait of­fers guests lav­ish ac­com­mo­da­tions, fine cui­sine and ev­ery­thing from sea kayaks to golf on a cham­pi­onship course. Be wary of the 16th hole. I learned the hard way that a no­to­ri­ous res­i­dent fox will steal your ball.

Nova Sco­tia Tourism (no­vas­co­tia.com) has more great ideas.


At low tide at Halls Harbour, the boats are on their own.

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