Nova Scotia

by David Orkin

Nova Scotia

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Virtually surrounded by the sea, the ocean's salty waters pulse through Nova Scotia's historic veins. Nova Scotia's rich folklore is steeped in sea-related superstitions together with fables, myths, Scottish legends and ghost stories. Here fishermen have cast their nets for centuries and the abundance of contemporary seafood restaurants and historic lighthouses breathe life into their traditions. It includes detailed sections on topics such as wildlife, history, culture, sights and cuisine. Resident in the province David Orkin's insider knowledge provides in-depth insight into the best B & Bs, wineries, beaches, remote villages and top spots to see moose and seals while cycling and walking. Interviews with locals bring the destination to life. For everyone from the first time visitor to the most seasoned traveller, this guide delves deeper than any other guide to reveal the best of this fascinating province both on and off the beaten track.

About the author

David Orkin is a freelance travel writer who lives in Nova Scotia.

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'Orkin makes a compelling case for Canada's second smallest province, where more Gaelic is spoken than in Scotland, and where you're as likely to spot a whale as a black bear.....'
Daily Telegraph

'Whale-watching from Digby Neck, sea-kayaking off Tangier and driving the Cabot Trail: three of the thrills waiting in one of Canada's most accessible and fascinating provinces. David Orkin's inspirational guide ranges from the capital, Halifax, to St Paul Island and the "Graveyard of the Gulf" (of St Lawrence), where 350 ships have been wrecked....... '
The Independent

'Comprehensively covers the "Kingdom of New Scotland."'
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Chapter 1
Background Information
Geography 3, Climate 3, Natural history 4, Conservation and environmental issues 11, History 13, Government and politics 21, Economy 22, People 24, Language 26, Religion 26, Education 26, Culture 27

Chapter 2 Practical Information
When to visit 34, Highlights 35, Suggested itineraries 36, Tour operators 37, Tourist information 39, Red tape 39, Embassies 40, Getting there and away 41, Health 45, Safety 47, What to take 50, Money 51, Budgeting 52, Getting around 53, Accommodation 58, Eating and drinking 62, Public holidays and festivals 66, Shopping 66, Arts and entertainment 68, Sports and activities 69, Time, media and communications 73, Business 76, Cultural etiquette 76, Travelling positively 77

Chapter 3 Halifax, Dartmouth and Around
Orientation 81, Getting there 82, Getting around 83, Festivals and events 85, Halifax 87, Around Halifax 118, Dartmouth 121, Around Dartmouth 126,
Bedford 128

Chapter 4 South Shore
Terence Bay, Lower Prospect and Prospect 131, Peggy's Cove 132, Tantallon 137, Hubbards 137, Aspotogan Peninsula 139, Chester 139, Around Chester 143, Mahone Bay 144, Lunenburg 149, Around Lunenburg 157, Bridgewater 160, Liverpool 162, Around Liverpool 168, Port Mouton 170, Lockeport 171, Shelburne 172, Around Shelburne 178, Barrington 178, Cape Sable Island 179, The Pubnicos 181, The road to Yarmouth 183

Chapter 5 Yarmouth, French Shore and the Annapolis Valley
Yarmouth 186, The French Shore 191, Weymouth 194, Gilbert's Cove 196, Digby 196, Digby Neck 200, Bear River 204, Cornwallis, Clementsport and Upper Clements 206, Annapolis Royal 208, Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site of Canada 214, Granville Ferry 218, Victoria Beach 219, Delap's Cove 220, Parker's Cove 221, Bridgetown 221, Middleton 222, Kingston and Greenwood 224, Berwick 225, Kentville 225, Hall's Harbour 227, Cape Split and Cape Blomidon 228, Wolfville 229, Grand Pré 235, Windsor 237

Chapter 6 Minas Basin and Cobequid Bay
Around Windsor 245, Along Cobequid Bay 246, Shubenacadie 250, Around Shubenacadie 251, Truro 252, Around Truro 256, En route to Parrsboro 257, Parrsboro 260, Greville Bay 263, Advocate Harbour and Cape d'Or 264, Cape Chignecto Provincial Park 267, Joggins 268, Springhill 269

Chapter 7 Northumberland Shore
Amherst 271, Oxford 277, Pugwash 278, Wallace 280, Wentworth 281, Tatamagouche 282, Pictou 285, New Glasgow, Trenton, Westville and Stellarton 291, Arisaig Provincial Park 294, Antigonish 295, Around St George's Bay 300

Chapter 8 Cape Breton Island
The west coast 304, The Cabot Trail 311, Cape Breton Highlands National Park 317, The far north 320, The east coast 323, Around Bras d'Or Lake 334, Sydney 339, Around Sydney 346, The south 347, Isle Madame 354, Port Hawkesbury 356

Chapter 9 Eastern Shore
Along the eastern shore 360, Sable Island National Park Reserve 382

Appendix 1 Buying Property
Appendix 2 Further Information

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