Due to a series of bad winter storms and back to back illness in our home we were unable to go anywhere for March break this year. In fact we will be schooling right through our March break due to the sickness factor but that’s very unusual for our family. This all seemed like a downer so I brought up the idea of making pictures and doing a write up of their favorite local places to visit. As we started to discuss these ideas excitement grew in everyone! The children were all shouting out there favorite spots and stories started exploding for each of them.
We currently live on the South West shore of beautiful Nova Scotia, Canada. We have stunning ocean shore lines that wrap around this whole end of Nova Scotia and yet you go inland just minutes to find picturesque lakes and rivers that run like veins though the land. I’m always amazed when we go on a scenic Sunday afternoon drive at the diverse landscape and abundant bodies of fresh and salt water everywhere. The diversity continues with large and hearty softwood trees on the coast and tall, lush hardwoods inland which in the fall decorate the landscape with vibrant earthy tones.
The area’s natural setting blends well with the people and cultures that call this area home. The area is home to a rich Acadian culture and heritage which has thrived in the area for centuries. The fishing industry is the backbone of this of this area and there is evidence of that where ever you go.
The favorite places my children described and the art work they created are a reflection of all of this, so come with us on a virtual tour of The Acadian Shore’s, mind you this is just a taste of what is offered here in Nova Scotia.
Le Village historique acadien de la Nouvelle-Écosse is located in Lower West Pubnico, Nova Scotia and is the place to go to see how the settles lived off the land in the early 1900’s. Our local home school group did a field trip here a few years ago and it was a big hit with everyone. The boys and girls were split up and taken on separate tours showing each group what life was like for the girls of the time and of the boys. The girls had a chance to tour the house and see how families lived and worked; they baked biscuits and made candles. The boys learned how to stack fire wood, they used tools to garden and saw how men repaired nets and traps for fishing. This is a place you can come spend the day, learn about a charming place and a time in history and enjoy a picnic with ocean views. Le Village has created lasting memories for our family and we look forward to our next visit there soon. https://levillage.novascotia.ca/
Not far down the road from where we live is the community of Tusket ,NS here you’ll find the quaint old fashioned general store, Carl’s. You can find just about anything at Carl’s general store, really its more then I can list but its fun to go and check out. Across the street you’ll find the oldest court house and goal in Canada. During the summer months they offer tours and have a lovely gift shop. http://www.argylecourthouse.com/content/
Continuing on a day adventure in Tusket, you can get a frozen treat at Lickety Splitz Ice cream Shop, find a unique or locally made gift at Cindy’s Home Décor and experience a local phenomenon called Frenchy’s. http://www.guysfrenchys.com/about-guys/shopping-at-guy-s
Basically shopping at Frenchy’s saves you money yet it’s become a favorite pass time for the young and old alike around here. It took me years to truly appreciate this local pass time, I’m not one for sifting through bins of clothes or wading through shelves of what sometimes looks like junk but when you find that special item for next to nothing its easy to get hooked especially when you’re a family of nine . Our children are always asking to take a trip to their favorite Frenchy’s located in Tusket to spend their hard earned money.
The town of Yarmouth, NS is the South Shore shopping destination. It has great places to eat like our favorites, The Old Mill Seafood and Dairy Bar, The Shanty Café and The Old World Bakery. Yarmouth has unique shops, larger box stores, several museums, parks and hotels. A museum in town we would highly recommend is the Sweeny’s Fisheries Museum, there is a lot to see, and it’s very interactive to keep everyone interested. The Firefighters Museum is another favorite located on Main street in Yarmouth that they enjoy best when their grampy, a deputy fire chief, is visiting.
In the summer we spend several days a week at Port Maitland provincial beach located in the community of Port Maitland, NS. This is a popular beach but never feels over crowded and we always find friends there to play with when we go. http://www.novascotia.com/see-do/outdoor-activities/port-maitland-beach-provincial-park/2022
Ellenwood Provincial Park is a great place for a day trip and picnic but is also where we camp with friends. Some of us homeschooling families also have hobby farms so it keeps us close to home most of the time so we can attend to animals but we all still love to go camping together as families so we have a local central camp ground that we go to. Ellenwood Provincial Park offers an 87 site campground, two picnic areas, boat launch, a supervised beach, and hiking trails. We have some great memories with our homeschool friends camping and day trips spent together at this park.
It has been fun reminiscing of good times over the years of places we have visited, some once and many others over and over again. This comes at a time where we are getting ready to move to a new province in a few short months, where we will find new places to explore. We look forward to coming back here on our vacations after we move and enjoying all of these great locations and more.
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