This is the year to visit Nova Scotia
This year is the perfect time to visit Nova Scotia – so jam-packed with things to see and do that you might not know where to begin! In fact, Lonely Planet, CNN.com and Frommer’s Travel have all designated Nova Scotia as a top ten vacation destination for 2012. If you’ve been waiting for just the right time to visit Nova Scotia or a reason to return, this year is it!
This year also marks the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812 – a war that included significant sea battles between British and American privateers and ships of the line. The Tall Ships Challenge 2012 will remember those who fought such battles when they arrive in Halifax the weekend of July 19 to 23. Visitors can stroll the ship decks, relive the Age of Sail and watch the War of 1812 commemorative events taking place all along the Halifax waterfront.
July will include Halifax hosting the Telus World Skins Game for the first time. The popular golf event will be celebrating its 20th anniversary and see some of the biggest names in professional golf compete at the prestigious Glen Arbour Golf Course July 29-31.
Later this summer, a beloved Canadian icon, the Bluenose II, will be relaunched at her birthplace in historic Lunenburg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Since 2011, the famous racing schooner has been undergoing a complete restoration from bow to stern, returning her to her original splendor. Visitors can watch the work being done as her hull is refitted, mechanical and electrical systems are upgraded, and her rigging and sails are made ship-shape. It’s also an excellent opportunity to learn the history of Nova Scotia’s shipbuilding and fishing industries by visiting the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic along Lunenburg’s colourful waterfront.
Autumn is a magical time in Nova Scotia, as nature sheds her lush summer greens for vivid fall colours. Some of the best fall foliage in North America can be found in the province between mid September and late October. The Celtic Colours International Festival celebrates this beauty and Cape Breton’s musical heritage in daily concerts around the island between October 5-13th. From modern concerts to traditional ceilidhs, you’ll find music to fill your soul and get your toes tapping.
And who could forget Nova Scotia’s world-famous cuisine. From fresh Atlantic lobster to Digby scallops and mussels – as well as mouthwatering dining for the landlubbers – the province is a gourmet’s paradise! This year also happens to be the 300th anniversary of wine making in Nova Scotia, with wineries throughout the province producing award-winning vintages that pair perfectly with any meal.
Make 2012 your year to visit Nova Scotia. Whatever draws you to our shores – whether it’s our endless beaches, mouth-watering seafood or the incredible views that await you around every bend in the road – you’re sure to find your own reason for falling in love with Canada’s seacoast province.