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Place: Nova Scotia

Vacationing in Nova Scotia
By Caitlin Moore

Getting away from it all is the goal of any vacation, but there are definitely different levels of “away” that one can achieve. For those of us who truly like to become lost in a landscape and disappear into a calmer and gentler world, it’s best to consider a place like Nova Scotia. The seacoast of Canada has a certain matchless quality that conquers even the worst cases of fatigue and overstress, and after a bit of time here what’s truly important seems to come into sharper focus.

The maritime history as well as the stunning scenery lay a strong foundation for the many towns and regions worth getting to know in Nova Scotia. Special events and various activities serve as the icing on the cake, making a visit here certain to be as full (or as delightfully laid-back) as you desire.

Mild summer weather is perfect for touring the historic sites of Nova Scotia, which include the Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens, Grand-Pre National Historic Site of Canada, Highland Village (the continent’s only living history museum for Gaelic culture and language) and “Old Town” Lunenburg, among many others. All are impressive in their dedication to preserving a unique and undeniably charming way of life that once reigned supreme, and the incorporation of the old days with modern ways is quite impressive.

As for the scenery, there are several places to hone in on in order to fully drink in the land and sea from every angle. The Bay of Fundy is the star around here, with its dramatically high tides, vibrant marine life and thrilling rafting and whale-watching opportunities. This geological wonder brings everything into perspective, reminding all onlookers that Mother Nature reigns supreme while welcoming us to enjoy the show. Taste the excellent seafood, do some hiking or rock-hounding, or just take a moment to look out across the vista from a high point - as long as you don’t miss this special spot.

Head on down the road to Halifax, the capital of Nova Scotia. It’s filled with buildings from yesterday and today, which creates an exciting tension and a one-of-a-kind allure. Sidewalk cafes, tree-lined paths, museums, boutiques and all types of nighttime entertainment all enhance the cosmopolitan-yet-unpretentious atmosphere. Halifax remains an important port city and should be given some time by anyone who hopes to truly understand the spirit of Nova Scotia.

All good vacations should contain some time on the beach, so squeeze in a day or two to go exploring, swimming, kayaking or whatever it is that floats your boat. Try Cabot Trail for some great views, Bras d’Or Lakes Scenic Drive, the Lighthouse Route or Sunrise Trail. All are intoxicatingly beautiful and certainly different than the view you’re used to seeing. Lawrencetown Beach is the spot for surfers, stop into a quaint fishing village for a change of pace, or scour a stretch of shore for the perfect souvenir from the sea.

Between dreaming about all the lakes, forests, cultural events and shopping and dining offerings, it might be easy to forget about lodgings. A good way to handle this detail in Nova Scotia is to rent a vacation home somewhere convenient to the top attractions on your lists. From Annapolis Valley to Liverpool, South Shore to Bridgewater, there are cottages, cabins and beach houses galore. Sink into a special place within this special place and you’re guaranteed to have a most memorable vacation.

Nova Scotia Vacation Rentals are the way to go for folks who like to venture from the beaten path yet still want to be comfortable, happy and well taken care of. Check into one of these amenity-filled places that seem to epitomize all things relaxing and carefree as you start planning your visit to lovely Nova Scotia.

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