There are so many events, festivals and tours in Halifax you might never
have to leave the city, but here are some 'must see' local spots. Most of these
destinations are within an hour's drive of Metro, so enjoy a true Nova Scotian
welcome in the rest of the province.
Eastern Passage/Fisherman's Cove
A few minutes from Dartmouth across the bridge from Halifax, lies Eastern Passage,
famous for the daring escape of the notorious privateer "Tallahassee". Buy live
lobster, fill up on great seafood, shop along the boardwalk in the funky converted
fishermens' shanties, or take the McNab's Island Ferry to this historic island
at the mouth of Halifax Harbour. Just go to the end of the wharf and look for
Captain Redbeard. With his white boots, Mike Tilley is pretty hard to miss (or
give Mike a call at 1 (902) 465-4563, Eastern Passage.
A geologist's paradise, and a rockhounder's delight, the Parrsboro area is 2
hours away from Halifax/Dartmouth, but worth the drive. You may uncover a new
dinosaur, or your very own amethyst. Be sure to check out the new site to the
Fundy Geological Museum for a printable admission coupon.
Marine Drive/Highway 7
From Dartmouth, follow the signs to Nova Scotia's Eastern Shore and within minutes
you'll be where some people believe is mainland Nova Scotia's most impressive
coastline. Surf the breakers at Lawrencetown, build a prize winning sand castle
at Clam Harbour Beach, go sea kayaking, hike the woodland forest Trailways or
visit a turn of the century village at Sherbrooke. Spend a day, or spend a lifetime.
An elusive treasure buried on this 140 acre Mahone Bay island has fired imaginations
the world over for more than 200 years. Excavations and explorations of various
theories have cost the lives of six people and millions of dollars and yet,
the mysterious 'money pit' has yet to be reveal its secret to treasure hunters.
The latest theory explores the lost treasure of the Knights Templar (and the
missing Holy Grail). Oak Island is only 40 minutes from Halifax.
Oxford - Blueberry Capital of Canada
If you love wild blueberry pancakes with pure maple syrup, Oxford is the place
for you. Located at the confluence of three rivers (Black River, River Philip
and Little River) Oxford was originally an 'oxen crossing' point; hence the
name. Be sure to be there in late August for the Cumberland County harvest festivals.
Within an hour's drive of Halifax is famous Peggy's Cove, home of the world's
most photographed lighthouse, and a new memorial to SwissAir Flight 111. Here,
travel writers Michael and Allison Goldstein present an excellent online tour
of this not-to-be-missed attraction.
A little over 2 hours from Halifax, Anne Murray's home town of Springhill houses
a centre honouring the famous singer's career, and the Miners Museum, which
offers a tour of the coal mines that cost so many lives in disasters dating
back to the late 1800's. New interest in the mine's geothermal energy, and Springhill's
"Geothermal Industrial Park" brings many visitors to this town nestled in the
Cobequid Mountain Range of Nova Scotia.
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