Seniors Travel to Nova Scotia

Sep 24th, 2010 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel

Nova Scotia is one of the friendliest places on earth. Seniors are invited to discover the seven regions of Nova Scotia and all the experiences they have to offer. Whether you’re an urbanite wanting to shop and pamper yourself, a history buff interested in Atlantic Canada’s heritage, a foodie in search of the best seafood, or an outdoorsman excited to begin a new adventure, Nova Scotia has something spectacular for you.

A few facts include Nova Scotia [Lat.,=new Scotland], province (2001 pop. 908,007), 21,425 sq mi (55,491 sq km), E Canada.  I recall well that one of the tourist attractions is the Bay of Fundy. Home to the highest tides in the world, the Bay of Fundy is a 270 km (170 mile) long ocean bay that stretches between the provinces of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia on Canada’s east coast. 
Each day 100 billion tonnes of seawater flowin and out of the Bay of Fundy during one tide cycle, more than the combined flow of the world’s freshwater rivers! The nutrient-rich Bay of Fundy is home to some amazing marine life. The  finback whale, the second largest animal on earth, comes to the Bay of Fundy to feed and play along with the Right whales, Minke whales and Humpbacks. A whale watching tour will give you a new definition for “awesome”.

The government of Nova Scotia has a very informative site.  If you are an “explorer” there is plenty to explore.  Come explore Nova Scotia’s rich cultural heritage and breathtaking scenery by browsing through the tourism and travel information found throughout this website.  Canada’s Ocean Playground has something of interest for all visitors!

Visit Lunenburg, a UNESCO World Heritage Town, and visit the waterfront where the schooner Bluenose and her replica Bluenose II were built. Old Town Lunenburg has been designated by the Government of Canada as a place of National Historic Significance. Lunenburg is part of the family of National Historic Sites, one of more than 800 places across Canada which help define the important aspects of Canada’s diverse heritage and identity. Due to its strong Maritime culture, Lunenburg has retained close ties with fellow Maritimers in the New England states, such as Gloucester, Massachusetts. Lunenburg’s rich German heritage has also made it a popular destination for European visitors.

Bluenose IIis undergoing a major restoration during 2010 to ensure her legacy for many years to come and will not be offering sailing excursions. Bluenose II, whose famous mother graces the Canadian dime, will return to sailing in the summer of 2011. The restoration is taking place on the Lunenburg waterfront, site of the original construction in the 1960s, so the public can see and learn about preserving this important piece of Nova Scotia’s heritage. 

WikiTravel has great information prior to your visit.  Things to do can help in your planning stages.  What is Nova Scotia famous for? Well, Donald Sutherland and Anne Murray for starters.   And of course the very famous Bluenose.  

You will probably want to start off your visit to Halifax.  I recall well a young couple, both recent graduates of the PhD program in foreign language education at Ohio State where I was a student as well, accepted positions at the University of Halifax.  I thought that I may never see them again going “way up there”… but they were very excited about living in Nova Scotia.  Halifax has much to offer. In the heart of the downtown you’ll find art galleries, museums, historic sites and churches, shopping, sidewalk cafés and friendly nightclubs. Lively pubs and livelier entertainment and a nightlife that doesn’t quit, spectacular shows, first class sporting events, riveting live theatre on both sides of the harbour, scrumptious dining and non-stop fun are the ticket to an exhiliarating Halifax experience.

Need a good map?  Try these or these on the Nova Scotia site.   Trip Advisor suggests this on the best time of year to visit Nova Scotia. Read more about visiting Visit Nova Scotia on eHow.com.  Order the official Nova Scotia travel guide (see Resources below) before you leave for your visit. This free guide provides information and resources about places to stay and things to do.
 Check out this video of How to See Great Tourist Attractions in Nova Scotia on eHow.com. 
 Seniors… enjoy your adventure in NS.  jeb



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