Welcome fellow adventurers, explorers, foodies, knaves and those of questionable repute to The Local Traveler NS.  This blog is dedicated to discovering all the amazing travel experiences we have right here in Nova Scotia (and perhaps the rest of the Maritimes).

In December 2010, we were inspired to start this blog for two reasons. First of all, after listening to a radio story about the top environmental offenders in travel, we decided to find ways to reduce our personal carbon footprint. Secondly, we found ourselves in a position where we were flat broke but still had a huge desire to travel and explore.

So, we began investigating all the attractions in our province that drive our multi-million dollar tourist industry. If over 2 million tourists travel here every year, there must be a thing or two worth seeing.

Whether you are from here or away, we hope that you will join us on our local adventures, and share a few stories of your own.


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  1. Jessica Murray February 29, 2012 at 7:53 pm #

    I wanted to bring to your attention a new documentary titled Pirates and Privateers. The film will have its world broadcast premiere on Sunday, March 4 2012 at 12 Noon on CBC TV’s Land & Sea.

    Pirates and Privateers is a half hour documentary about the exciting history of piracy and privateering in Atlantic Canada. It introduces the viewer to several notorious pirates who pillaged Atlantic Canada, and explains how the business of privateering was practiced.

    Check out the film preview http://youtu.be/5HoGj0TjYkg and our Facebook event page: http://www.facebook.com/events/159035940882835/

  2. Melissa June 15, 2012 at 12:11 am #

    Hey Drew and Gillian,

    Firstly, Congrats on your wedding!
    Last summer when we were home, we went to The Dutchman’s Farm in Upper Economy on the north shore, where they make Gouda cheese. I had never heard of it until my sister-in-law had a “cheese” cake for her wedding (made from wheels of cheese…) and they got several kinds is Gouda from there. It was some of the best cheese I’ve ever had. I had no idea there were so many varieties of Gouda… And the farm itself is absolutely beautiful as well!
    So I thought I’d let you know about it for the cheese-lovers amoung your followers to check out. The website is http://www.denhoek.ca/. There would be some amazing pairings for your wine selections!

    Cheers and all the best!

    • The Local Traveler June 15, 2012 at 10:47 am #

      We love the Old Dutchman’s cheese, but I’ve never even thought to visit the farm! We will have to make a stop this summer. Thank you for the suggestion. Also, I wish we had thought to have a cheese wheel cheese cake! Guests must have LOVED that!

  3. Melissa June 15, 2012 at 3:37 pm #

    It made for a wonderful midnight snack! Ever since I wrote that comment yesterday I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it! I had even forgotten about the amazing little lunch we had there. I think I need to order some Smeerkaas online…

  4. home, garden, life July 18, 2012 at 10:03 pm #

    NS still on my bucket list! What month(s) is the best time to visit?

    • The Local Traveler July 25, 2012 at 2:47 pm #

      Depends, we’d say Northumberland in the fall for the drive, Annapolis in the summer for the vineyards & farms, Halifax in the winter for the In the Dead of Winter Festival & restaurants and Cape Breton in the spring for the camping & fishing.

  5. Carol Dunnigan July 23, 2012 at 1:45 pm #

    Great idea – love your template and love how you wrote your website in the sand!

    • Carol Dunnigan July 23, 2012 at 1:45 pm #

      p.s. Thanks for stopping by Keeping up with Carol!

  6. islandscribbler July 24, 2012 at 1:46 pm #

    Thank you so much stopping by Island Scribbler! If you ever want a guest post or two from the shores of the Caribbean, I would be happy to send them in! BTW I love your site! Great minds certainly do think alike 🙂

  7. EarthDrifter July 25, 2012 at 2:07 pm #

    Nice geoglyph pic. I wonder how you managed to write your domain without messing up the sand around the letters. This is the problem I had while writing my domain in desert sands. :-).

  8. earthdrifter July 25, 2012 at 2:08 pm #

    Nice geoglyph pic. I wonder how you managed to write your domain without messing up the sand around the letters. This is the problem I had while writing my domain in desert sands. 🙂

  9. christiana83 July 26, 2012 at 4:34 am #

    Very cool, and an idea I can definately agree with! I have travelled so much the past few years (mostly for work… Unfortunately). That I barely got to see the places right around me. Nova Scotia woud be an awesome place to visit someday!

  10. rigmover July 26, 2012 at 10:18 am #

    Hey thanks for the like on my blog, you have a great blog.

  11. w563 July 29, 2012 at 8:18 pm #

    Thank you for liking my blog post! I’m looking forward to reading yours :)))))

  12. writecrites July 30, 2012 at 8:46 pm #

    Hi, I’ve recently been to France, Turkey and Norway, and now you have instilled a desire in me to visit Nova Scotia. When you want to visit a place, it’s ideal to know a local who will show you all the best spots. You are now my guide to N.S. Thanks so much for visiting and liking my blog.

    • The Local Traveler July 31, 2012 at 10:28 am #

      Happy to be your guide! Please do let me know if you come for a visit, France, Turkey and Norway are all beautiful, but Nova Scotia is like nothing else!

      • writecrites July 31, 2012 at 10:33 am #

        Thank you, I will. And if you come to Hawaii, let me know, too. I can guide you to some interesting places most tourists will miss.

      • The Local Traveler August 1, 2012 at 9:47 am #

        I have a friend who visited two years ago and LOVED it. She still talks about the views and the lovely people.

      • writecrites August 1, 2012 at 10:42 am #

        So glad to hear that. Yep, it’s a beautiful place and we’re a pretty friendly bunch.

  13. maftravelgraphy July 31, 2012 at 7:01 am #

    Hi Drew and Gillian,

    Although I have not been to your place, I am learning about Nova Scotia from you. Thanks for that.

    And thanks for following my blog. Much appreciated! 🙂

    From a fellow traveler,

    • The Local Traveler July 31, 2012 at 10:23 am #

      Thanks Mafey! I am glad you are learning more about NS and enjoy following your adventures as well.

  14. Sheila T Illustrated August 1, 2012 at 10:34 pm #

    I am very excited to join you! Thanks by the way, for stopping by my blog and the ‘like’ on my Wordless Wednesday post.

  15. Gunta August 2, 2012 at 9:51 pm #

    I remember my visit to Nova Scotia back in 1979 fondly. Sadly the shots from that trip didn’t do too well over time and a faulty scanner. I did manage to blog the ferry trip over to Bar Harbor. http://wp.me/pXX8J-Wg I’ve been told that ferry no longer serves. A real shame since that was such a fun trip. Thanks for stopping by and commenting at my blog. 😉

    • The Local Traveler August 3, 2012 at 9:58 am #

      We’re sad to see the ferry go, too. Hoping for a revival sometime in the near future.

  16. cyclingrandma August 3, 2012 at 10:59 am #

    Thanks for liking my August 1st post. We cycled around Nova Scotia last year with Pedal & Sea Adventures. Beautiful place, can’t wait to return.

  17. thelandy August 3, 2012 at 12:48 pm #

    Wow, I’m just about ready to book my tickets to come and visit your region after reading your blog! Actually heading towards Denali at some stage, not sure how close that is! Cheers, The Landy

  18. thehesaidshesaidexperience August 3, 2012 at 1:19 pm #

    Thanks for visiting The He Said She Said Experience and liking our Olympic fashion post! You guys have a great site! Nova Scotia is top on our list of travel dreams, so thanks for sharing all this great information!

  19. The Bumble Files August 4, 2012 at 12:07 am #

    Thanks for visiting my blog. What a great idea you have here your blog. Sometimes we don’t have to go too far to seek out new, exciting adventures. Sometimes they’re right in our backyard. I look forward to learning more about Nova Scotia!

  20. home, garden, life August 7, 2012 at 11:38 am #

    Do US citizens need a passport to travel into NS?

    • The Local Traveler August 7, 2012 at 11:43 am #

      Yes, once upon a time you only need a government ID like a driver’s license to cross the Canada-US border but now a passport is required.

  21. unsouthernbelle August 8, 2012 at 1:14 am #

    I’ve only had the pleasure of visiting Nova Scotia once, but would love to return. Your posts on food and inns are interesting and helpful. Thank you for stopping by my blog.

    • The Local Traveler August 8, 2012 at 9:35 am #

      Thank you! I hope that you will return for another visit some day. Thankmyou for stopping by!

  22. literary imprint August 8, 2012 at 6:37 pm #

    Can I just say how much I love reading your blog. I visited Nova Scotia when I lived in Toronto and went all over admiring your wonderful scenery and meeting some wonderful people.I may come back, even to live one day, as I just can’t get it out of my head. Its like revisiting when I read your stories.

    • The Local Traveler August 9, 2012 at 9:23 am #

      Thank you for stopping by and for your kind comments. It is comments like yours that motivate us to continue to chronicle our beautiful province!

  23. MrsBoardwell August 9, 2012 at 6:59 pm #

    greetings from North Wales *UK), you very much seem like my kinda people & what a great blog you have; can’t wait to find out more about what looks like an absolutely amazing place!
    thanks for stopping by, hopefully we’ll *meet* again ^-^
    Mrs B

    • The Local Traveler August 9, 2012 at 7:14 pm #

      Thank you for stopping by, I enjoyed reading your blog as well, some of the places remind me of right here in Nova Scotia!

  24. rachelynne August 10, 2012 at 7:47 pm #

    Hello again Local Traveler! I just wanted to let you know I’ve nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. I’d love if you’d accept it! You have some wonderful posts here, and I’m looking forward to talking with you soon! =)

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