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Guest Post: Arisaig Park – Northumberland Shore

10 Aug

Editor’s note: A big “thank you” to Denise who shared her trip to Arisaig Park with us.  Coincidentally, she was there the same day we were at Cribbon’s Point, just around the corner from her.  You can read more of Denise’s writings in her column for The Southender here.


My clearest memories of my days as a schoolgirl are of times spent outside the classroom, moreso than of times spent in it.  I remember one special field trip, taken when I was in grade five, to Arisaig Provincial Park, about 30 kilometres north of Antigonish.  The purpose of the trip was to get an up-close look at the fossil-rich sedentary rock formations.  It felt like we had time-traveled back a few hundred million years to a magical place.

I visited the park in the early evening in late July, on a very hot day, two restless dogs in tow. We parked in a small parking lot in the shade of the mature Acadian forest that comprises the non-beach area of the park, and walked up a short boardwalk to an interpretive kiosk.  There I found concise information on the history of the rock formations and a map of the trails through the woods.  The dogs and I paused for a moment to admire the view of Arisaig’s beach and wharf; the water was beautifully calm.

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Creamery Square & Grain Elevator Village – Tatamagouche

7 Aug

Going to the farmer’s market has been a Saturday morning ritual for us since we lived in our first apartment across the street from the Halifax Brewery Market.  Because we often travel on the weekend, we try to take advantage of visiting the local markets at our current local.  While visiting Tatamagouche last weekend we did just that, with a visit to Creamery Square.

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Boyd’s Seafood Galley – Cribbon’s Point Wharf

5 Aug

Boyles Restaurant - Cribbens PointLocated 10km north of Antigonish along Hwy 337, Boyd’s Seafood Gallery is a little off the beaten path.  There are very few roads in Nova Scotia that I haven’t traveled, but this scenic drive along Saint George’s Bay was one of them. Continue reading

Lismore Farms – Tatamagouche

3 Aug

As regular Saturday morning Halifax Seaport Market shoppers we always jump at the chance to visit the vendors at home on their farm. We were able to do just that while on a trip through Tatamagouche recently.  After coming from the Tatamagouch market, we passed by Lismore Sheep Farm. Continue reading

Museum of Industry – Stellarton

1 Aug

Sampson TrainOne of the first questions I always ask when we arrive in a new town is “What do people do here?”. The industry of a place has come to fascinate me.  Industry, afterall, is often a key factor that contributes to the character and culture of an area. Continue reading

Guest Post: Sunrise Trail

18 Jul

Editor’s note: I’m often compared to my father, but clearly I got my interests in writing and exploring from my mother.  @GillianWesleyNS and I were very pleasantly surprised when my mother sent us this post.  Thanks Mum, looking forward to more guest posts from you!


It’s a beautiful Friday morning, the sun is shining and the birds are singing.  Best of all I am off work for a three day weekend.  A good day to enjoy some of our beautiful countryside.  Called my Mum and she was game to go.  The male half of the Local Traveler’s grandmother is 86 and always a good traveler herself as he can attest to, having traveled with her to France a number of years ago.  Maybe that is another story to be told.

Our destination is Tatamagouche.  A nice little trip up the Sunrise Trail in northeastern Nova Scotia along Highway 6.   I packed my little “aim and shoot” thinking I would be the FIRST  guest blogger – thanks Mike Finley, I should have written my blog earlier in the week but you had a great post. Continue reading

Saltscapes Restaurant – Millbrook

15 Jun

On our way back from a work event in Truro, we had the pleasure of stopping in to Saltscapes (@saltscapes) for lunch.  Saltscapes was recommended to us by @JohSco on Twitter.  We had heard of the magazine and remembered when the spot in the Truro Power Centre off Hwy 102 used to be Mugsy McKeol’s but had never had the chance to visit the Saltscapes location.

It became quickly apparent that we had wandered into the brainchild of kindred spirits.  Saltscapes is very committed to supporting local in every way possible.  In the general store you will find Propeller sodas from Halifax, Covered Bridge chips from St. John, knick knacks and crafts from throughout the Maritimes and the finest collection of Maritime music we ever have seen.  The local products are displayed in what feels like a General Store circa 1800.

The restaurant shares the 1800s frontier feel. The space is filled with wood tables and chairs, stone fireplace and antiques that were discovered in basements and attics from around the Maritime provinces.  The only thing decor-wise that pulls you back into the 21st century is a wall covered in artwork by local artists.

Saltscapes’ dedication to supporting local is reinforced by their menu.  The entire wine list is comprised of Nova Scotian wines and the beer column lists Garrison and Propeller above all others.  In fact, Garrison even brews an exclusive ale for the restaurant called Saltscapes Suds.  We couldn’t resist trying it, and wish it were available in Halifax.  The meat, fish and vegetables are all locally sourced.

We had the burger and the fish and chips.  Most mains include a drink and two sides, with some pretty generous portions.  It was well worth the cost ($12 – $23 for most mains).  If you’re planning a trip here Monday to Wednesday, you can take advantage of their dinner and a movie deal.  However, we recommend pairing it with a visit to the Glooscap Heritage Centre.