9 Reasons to Visit Liverpool, Nova Scotia

Just recently, the Region of Queen’s mayor, John Leefe, appealed to Paul McCartney to come to Liverpool, Nova Scotia for a quick trip and the former-Beatle could see his hometown’s namesake and sip beer overlooking a river named after Sir Paul’s famous Mersey. And although this never transpired maybe Paul will slip in at a later date when he has more time.

Here are my favorite reasons to visit Liverpool:

  1. Authentic Architecture: Many historic towns are restored to their former glory through excavating and following old plans. Liverpool doesn’t need to do this. The town has these old places in great abundance representing the 1700’s, 1800’s and prosperous early 1900’s when Liverpool was a prominent ship-building community.
  2. Beaches: Nowhere else in Nova Scotia can you find as many beaches within a 15 miles radius as around Liverpool.
  3. Fort Point Ligthhouse: One of the last great, working lighthouses in Nova Scotia the Fort Point light is also a museum.
  4. Simeon Perkins Museum: In the days of the privateers Simeon Perkins was a leader in outfitting privateer vessels and his original home along with artifacts is on display.
  5. Privateer Days: Usually around July 1st, this festival features pirates and a running gun battle with the King’s Orange Rangers and Liverpool privateers versus American privateers and pirates. Great action!
  6. Rossignol Cultural Centre: This is a celebration of history including aboriginal life, as well as having a very interesting outhouse museum.
  7. Sherman Hines Museum: View the photographs of one of the world’s finest photographers.
  8. White Point Beach Resort: One of eastern Canada’s top resorts with a full compliment of surfing, bike and kayak rentals.
  9. World Class Artists: Painter Roger Savage and folk artist Joe Winters lead a group of premier artists who sell their art all over the world.

In addition, Liverpool was the home of Thomas Raddall, one of Canada’s greatest fiction authors with books like “His Majesty’s Yankees”and “Hangman’s Beach.”

Halifax: The Best in Budget Accommodation

Nova Scotia is the land of watersports, puffins and seals, is the perfect place for a summer getaway far from all those tourist-heavy destinations. One of the beauties of this province is that it has a vast selection of affordable lodgings that caters for all tastes and budgets.

If you’re planning on visiting Halifax this summer and need a place that will help maximise your budget, here are three accommodation options in the capital that will cost you no more than $50 a night.

HI-Halifax
HI-Halifax

HI-Halifax

Hostelling International (HI) members may want to stay at this super convenient heritage house hostel that’s doesn’t implement a curfew, has free Wi-Fi, and is just $26 a night. Located in the heart of the city centre, public transit is just a minute away from HI-Halifax. Note: Non-members will be required to pay an extra fee.

Saint Mary’s University Conference Services & Summer Accommodations

Saint Mary's
Saint Mary’s

Universities have great summer housing options that are easy on the wallet. Starting at $39 a night, guests at Saint Mary’s will have free daily breakfast buffets, Wi-Fi, and parking on top of their private kitchenette and bathroom. You’ll also get the conveniences of on-campus shops and facilities.

Halifax Backpackers

Halifax Backpackers
Halifax Backpackers

The cheapest place to stay in the city is Halifax Backpackers Hostel with rooms starting at $23. The hostel draws in the night owls that love to bar hop, as Halifax Backpackers is located in a neighbourhood filled with dive bars. This is one of the best options to meet and mingle with the locals.

Getting to Halifax

There are plenty of ways to get to Halifax. If flying is your transport of choice, you’ll most likely by flying into Halifax Stanfield International Airport, although you might find cheaper tickets going into JA Douglas McCurdy Sydney or Yarmouth International. Just be careful with time and expenditure associated with these cheaper flights, as Parking4Less explains that there will be additional costs for transportation to and from the airports that are much further away from tourist travel spots. Nova Scotia is also accessible by ferries and cruises, but if you’d like to take in the scenic views of the maritime province, a road trip will be your best bet.

Blue Forest Lane Bed & Breakfast: A Cut Above

In the heart of Bedford there is an amazing property called Blue Forest Lane Bed and Breakfast that goes against the bustle of this bedroom community of greater Halifax, Nova Scotia. Proprietors Brent and Wanda-Lee Kowalczyk have taken great pains to perfect their paradise.

The Rooms

There are three beautifully-decorated rooms, all located on the upper level, with Queen-sized beds, with lots of comfy pillows. Each spacious room is equipped with TV, period furniture, alarm clock, hair dryers, shampoo, internet connection, conditioner, body wash, hand soap and lots of thick towels. These rooms overlook a large wooded area and woodland garden.

The Cottage Suite is their newest addition and is a charming suite of rooms consisting of a bedroom and an ensuite bath with a claw foot tub and shower. The Cottage Suite has a Queen size bed and a twin day bed, perfect for a third person.

The Breakfast

Rather than the staid continental breakfasts of most B&B’s, Blue Forest Lane features classic breakfast dishes such as omelets, waffles, French toast, crepes, and scrabbled eggs on a toasted croissant.

How to Get There From the Airport

Take the Halifax exit to Halifax, highway 102.

From here follow the highway signs to Halifax: One thing to remember is the highway splits. The sign will say Halifax Dartmouth to the left and Halifax, Bedford, Sackville to the right, take the right.

Drive for about 10 minutes until you see an exit sign on the right that says Kearney Lake, Dunbrack Street. Take this exit, go down the ramp and then turn right onto Kearney Lake road.

Drive by the lakes for about 5 minutes until you see a street on the left called Blue Mountain Dr. From here drive down Blue Mountain drive and make your first right onto Blue Forest Lane. It is the fourth house on the left.

Hiking Tours in Nova Scotia

Here is a guest blog by popular travel blogger Rob Barham

If you want to hike in Nova Scotia, whether you are an experienced hiker or not, you can easily take a tour which starts and ends in Halifax, the capital of this ocean influenced Canadian province. Although the hike is primary, tours also include experiences that will give you insight into Canadian history and culture. It’s possible to get tours which transport your bags from point to point to save your back too if desired.

Accommodation on the trekking tours is typically at cozy Bed and Breakfast hotels where you will get a warm Nova Scotia welcome.

Nova Scotia is one of Canada’s maritime provinces and can easily be reached by a flight from the UK to Halifaxwhich only takes about 6 hours with a direct flight. Nova Scotia has a very diverse nature and is ideal for hiking adventures. Also recommended for active holidaymakers is cycling, kayaking, fishing and sailing.

Halifax
It is easy to find your way around Halifax and most of the city’s attractions are within walking distance. The harbour area is pleasant with old restored warehouse buildings. It is also where the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic has their home.

Local Highlights
Crystal Crescent Beach, about 40 km south of Halifax. From the beach you can see the lighthouse on Sambro Island, which is the oldest functioning in North America.

White Point Beach Resort, located by the sea. Our resort is full of history and was once (1928), a private hunting and fishing lodge. Today it is a well-functioning resort with many activities. Try the tasty lobster, which Nova Scotia is so famous for.

Kejimkujik National Park, enjoys a coastal landscape with tundra-like vegetation an dramatic rock formations along the beach. Look for seals and beautiful orchids. Go inland and explore the huge wilderness area with forests, many lakes and rich wildlife. You will walk in a in a relatively flat terrain between 300 years old trees.

Brier Island – Whale watching in the Bay of Fundy. An awe inspiring experience. There is no guarantee you will see them but there is a good chance you will see whales and dolphins.

Tips
If you have not bought any equipment for the hiking tour, you have a good opportunity here in Halifax. Canadians are good at “outdoor wear”, and you get great value for money on brands like The North Face and of course Canada Goose.

At night the city tour Ghost Walk of Historic Halifax is highly recommended. It need not be booked but the meeting place is to gather at the Old Town Clock, located halfway up the hill to the Halifax Citadel – an old British fort.

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Is Nova Scotia RV Unfriendly?

A few years back I was accosted by an awful little man who owned a campground down the road. The reason? I had allowed a friend to park his RV on my acreage while he drove around Nova Scotia in his small car. He was from the west and wanted a break from the confines of his vehicle. In addition to bothering me this overzealous campground nut went to the local grocery store and banged on the doors of two RV’s from the U.S. who had parked for the evening.

I’m not an RV’er but I used to work in tourism and anything to do with tourism in the province interests me. Since then I have been doing research into this man’s claim that RV’s have to park in a registered campground. Here’s what I found on a sign at a Walmart.

“Section three (3) Article three (3) of the Tourism Accommodations Act states: “no person shall use, maintain, operate or manage a camping establishment or permit the use of any lands for the overnight parking or RV for the traveling or vacationing public unless there is a licence which is in force. 1994-95, c.9, s.3.”

I remember phoning up Doug Mathews of Tourism Nova Scotia and asking him about this ban and he was unapologetic. He gave me the impression that RV’ers were not important to Nova Scotia tourism and that they should camp in authorized camping areas to avoid “dumping their toilets in the ditches,” as he explained. He also said that they never bought gas here and “just a few groceries.” What an attitude for a paid employee of ours.

I don’t know if this attitude has changed at all but the law is supposed to be repealed in the spring. (Andrew Cornwall, the one who gave me the picture and wrote a study on the RV situation in Nova Scotia, has since informed me that the signs came down last fall and the law is supposed to be changed any time now)

It’s evident that he either has buddies in the Campground Association or they saw him robbing a bank.Because my RVing friends told me that in RV magazines and websites Nova Scotia has been chastised for this behavior toward RVers. And in the tourism economy we are going through right now (dismal) you would think that every RV coming here was sacred.

For Andrew Cornwall’s study, The Economic Effects in Nova Scotia
of the RV Overnight Parking Ban and Aspects of Campground Minimum Standards
, Click Here

Rumrunner Suite at White Point Vacation Home is a Smuggler’s Delight!

White Point Vacation Home is gearing up for the 2011 holiday season with the inauguration of the Rumrunner Suite, a single bedroom apartment built on a smuggler’s theme. This is because the home was built by a real, live liquor smuggler who operated out of Hunt’s Point wharf during the Prohibition era in the United States.

White Point Vacation Home
White Point Vacation Home

Old Ship Architecture Defines the Rumrunner Suite

This quaint spot was actually the first part of the home to be built. It included the old stove, an appliance that stayed hot for most of the year. The bedroom is the original old bedroom and includes the old winding staircase.

On the main floor the bathroom is the old storage pantry with the original bead board door, the same material as the door to the upstairs bedroom. For sleeping the bed is a converted king on a maple floor.  The Rumrunner Suite is decorated with artifacts from the sea and features pictures of old sailing ships.

The Rumrunner is Relaxing One of the best parts of the Rumrunner Suite is the deck on the main level. It overlooks the old orchard and gives privacy after a day at the beach – or beaches.

    • Wireless Internet
  • Fridge
  • Stove
  • Microwave
  • Kitchen and Dishware
  • Fold-Out Couch for Guests
  • King Bed
  • Private Deck

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The best part about White Point Vacation Home is that is in the center of “Beachland.” There are 4 beaches within a 15 kilometer radius and many more up and down the coast less than an hour away. The most popular is White Point Beach and the resort is just a stone’s throw away.

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