Enjoy harbour delights and historic highlights
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.