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My Holiday Wish

10 Dec

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Local Holiday Gift Ideas: www.thelocaltravelerns.com/localwishlist

This holiday season, I set out on a goal to let more people know about the many many great gifts available from local stores and local producers in my province, Nova Scotia.  I wanted to make it easier for people to shop locally and bring attention to all of the great things our province has to offer.  I believe that supporting small local business is important.  I created the ‘Local Wishlist’ to encourage buying local in my province, but it is a message I feel is important on a more global scale as well.

To date, the list has exceeded my wildest expectations, with more than 5,000 views, local producers connecting to new retail opportunities (one as far as Toronto!), sales, media coverage, and most importantly, people talking on social media about local gifts they saw on the wishlist.

I am writing this note in hopes that you will help me get the word out even further. The list is doing well, but it’s my goal (or my holiday wish, perhaps) to share the local love even further.  I am writing to request your help spreading the ‘buy local’ message through the Local Wishlist.  I would love it if you took a minute to re-blog, email the URL to a friend, or share it on social media.

You can see the wishlist here: www.thelocaltravelerns.com/localwishlist

Thank you for your consideration, I hope you are all enjoying the days leading up to the holidays!

With love,

Gillian

16 Oct

Hear about the guy who said that Canada’s east coast is a “culinary sad sack”? Yeah, well listen to this guy instead. Here’s Chris from Meat Mongers.

Getaway Farm & Butcher Shop Blog

I had the (mis)fortune of catching an interview with Jacob Richler on CBC Mainstreet on Friday, and while Stephanie Domet did an incredibly admirable job of challenging Mr. Richler’s opinions, in the end I was left with a heavy heart. The interview was in response to Mr. Richler’s comments in a recent interview with The Globe and Mail stating that the culinary scene in “The Maritimes is a culinary sad sack…”, which as you can well imagine got under my skin. Now, I am not going to bother responding to the foolish drivel that Mr. Richler was spewing on the radio, because to be perfectly honest he isn’t worth my time. Pretentious food critics have been the bane of many a hard working restauranteur, and while I am sure that there are things we can learn from professional criticizers, my concerns lie with the chefs, the eaters, and the producers…

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We’ve Moved our Content

13 Aug

Dear readers and fellow bloggers,

We have moved our content over to a permanent website and will no longer be adding new posts to this wordpress account.  You can now find our blog at thelocaltravelerns.com

If you currently follow this blog using wordpress or email, I was not able to transfer my followers to the new website.  I would love it if you would come visit the new area and re-follow by entering your email.
Sorry for any inconvenience, I hope to see you all again soon over at our permanent website thelocaltravelerns.com

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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Active Greenways: Halifax to Tantallon

9 Aug

What do you do with railways that aren’t in use anymore?  Turn them into an active transit greenway that will get you all the way from Halifax to Lunenburg.  It started with a trip to ‘cheap movie night’ at the Bayers Lake Empire Theatres.  The trail not only got us there quickly, but it made our movie night feel like more of an adventure (and helped us excuse all of the movie theatre treats).  Since then, we’ve been taking progressively farther rides.

The first part of the trail, the one that takes you to the park, is the Chain of Lakes Trail.  As indicated by it’s name, it runs along the Chain Lakes  and Bayers Lake.  These lakes are gorgeous but please resist the temptation to dive in as these are the municipality’s back-up water supply.  Chain of Lakes runs parallel to Joseph Howe Drive in the west end of the Halifax core area, before turning west at Springvale Avenue.  You can access the trail here, at the Ashburn Golf Course entrance and at Crown Drive off the St. Margaret’s Bay Road.  The trail is newly paved in some sections and crusher dust in others. Continue reading

Clearwater Seafood Contest

8 Aug

As you may have seen, we’ve recently hit the Chowder Trail, covering some of the best places to get seafood chowder in Nova Scotia.  As we know from our #80 Bus Route adventure, Clearwater Seafood (@ClearwaterSea) is one of the best places to get all the fish you need for your chowder.

You don’t have to take our word for it, you can find out for yourself!  We are giving away a $50 Clearwater gift certificate.  Here’s all you have to do to get it:

  1. Add as many people as you can to our facebook group http://www.facebook.com/groups/274346055996558/
  2. The person who adds the most people will win the gift certificate.
  3. The contest ends at 5pm on Friday, August 17.

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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The Local Traveler NS in the News

31 Jul

Our morning routine would not be complete without listening to CBC Information Morning.  So, you can imagine our excitement when Louise Renault emailed us about covering us on Info Morning.  Drew has been listening to Info Morning for years and we’ve attended their birthday celebrations, so he geeked out quite a bit when Don Connolly said his name on the radio.  You can find the link to the Local Traveler piece here.

Olympic Shine for Benjamin Bridge

26 Jul

Some great news from our favourite NS Winery, Benjamin Bridge.  From yesterday’s press release…

Benjamin Bridge is delighted to announce that its 2008 Benjamin Bridge Méthode Classique Rosé was selected as one of two Canadian sparkling wines to promote and celebrate Canada’s best at the London 2012 Summer Olympics.

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How Local Travel Makes for a Great Date

25 Jul

Since we started the Local Traveler almost two years ago, Drew and I have been having the best dates.  Whether it is an afternoon on a great Halifax patio, a day exploring a bus route or a weekend trip to one of the many fantastic rural communities in Nova Scotia, our life has become rich with enjoying simple pleasures.  Drew actually set the tone for this early in our relationship, surprising me with a weekend trip to Stonehame Chalets in Pictou County. Our two-day date included an outdoor hot tub, hikes in the snow, breakfast at Sugar Moon, cooking for each other in the chalet, and reading by the fire.  It set the bar for every date we have had since and snowballed into our shared passion for local travel.

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