During my 5 plus years of living in the East Coast, I had been to Canada a grand total of…..zero times. Now don’t get me wrong, I’ve always wondered what mysteries were contained in our great big Northern neighbor, but somehow life (and maybe a bit of poor planning) always seemed to get in the way of actually crossing that proverbial border bridge. That is until last week.
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~Fun Eats~Domanie de Grand Pre, one of the Grand Pre’s best known wineries, was started not by an Arcadian, but by a Swiss-German financier named Hans Peter Sturz. The winery is known not only for producing wines using the specialty grapes that are developed for Nova Scotia’s specific climate and landscape, but also its extreme precision in the property design (be sure to check out the stone walkways and iron fencing inlayed with grapevine clusters!).
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Also don’t miss:
--Saltscapes Restaurant and General Store, the Canadian Cracker Barrel home to some of the best made from scratch fish cakes in Millbrook -- and maybe the world (secret: more fish, less filling).
Bare Bones Bistro, a lovely eatery in the heart of small town Parrsboro that serves upscale Big City cuisine in a casual and relaxed setting. Not to be missed: the Lady Jessica (aptly named after the Chef’s grandmother) – a warm blueberry cake made with fresh local blueberries, soaked in an ooey-gooey decedent brown sugar sauce.
Churchill’s Restaurant and Lounge, the official dining hall in the Digby Pines Golf Resort and Spa. Get the Sandy Cove Lobster and Wild Mushroom Risotto – this hearty dish is filled with gigantic chunks o’ lobster (and comes topped with two meaty lobster claws!).
~Cool Treats~I’ll be the first to admit -- I am a creature of comfort and I don’t do rustic living. So when I heard we would be spending a night in an Abe Lincoln century log cabin in the middle of the woods without cable TV, reliable internet service, and a high sheet count - -well, this made me very nervous (terrified to be exact).**
Also don’t miss:
--Glooscap Herritage Center, a museum on the outskirts of Truro dedicated to celebrating the heritage of the Mi’kmaw Indians - the Aboriginal group of Nova Scotia. Be sure to ask for tour guide Gordon – he might be young, but his knowledge of the Mi’kmaw tribe is extensive beyond his years.
Fundy Geological Museum, a center of knowledge that showcases such wonders as the skeleton of a Prosauropod (Canada’s largest dinosaur) as well as other fossils, mineral, and amethysts found along the Bay of Fundy.
Fundy Adventures Clamming Experience, where you spend the first part of your day digging up live clams along the beach (FYI, I was terrible at this and ended up digging up more worms then clams), then spend the second part of the day eating your (or your more experienced group leaders’) clam catches. Trust me, nothing is sweeter and more flavorful than a steam clam fresh from the water – you’ll never want to eat a clam from a restaurant again!
Be sure to check out Part 2 of my Canadian adventure, where I take the beautiful New Brunswick for a spin.