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Camping at Lake Rossignol

In My day to day on August 2, 2010 at 9:32 am

It’s a holiday weekend in Nova Scotia (and in many of the other provinces).The holiday is known by a variety of names in different provinces and municipalities, including British Columbia Day in British Columbia, New Brunswick Day in New Brunswick, and Saskatchewan Day in Saskatchewan. In Alberta, Heritage Day is an “optional” civil holiday, having been downgraded from a statutory holiday following the introduction of Family Day in 1990.

The holiday is celebrated as Natal Day in Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, but is not an official holiday in either locale.

Unlike most holidays, there is not much of a reason for the Civic Holiday to exist, other than its timing. Between Canada Day and Labour Day there are no recognizable holidays, one of the longest stretches on the Canadian calendar without a holiday. Thus, this contrived holiday was placed roughly halfway between Canada Day and Labour Day.

Cameron and I decided to spend part of the long weekend camping at Lake Rossignol. Lake Rossignol is the largest freshwater lake in Nova Scotia and is located in the south-western area of the province.

The lake was quite choppy in the afternoon so we spent our time setting up the tent and establishing a fire pit. Come evening the wind had died away and the lake was lovely and calm. Our first thought was to jump in for a swim but this is as far as we got…

Although the lake is large and shallow the water wasn’t very warm. We decided to take the canoe out instead. After a paddle we cooked dinner and spent a pleasant evening by the camp fire. We had however managed to set our tent up over some serious tree roots and hence we were awake by 5:30am! It was lovely watching the sun rise whilst being out on the water canoeing.

We decided to have breakfast before heading back to civilization.

The road to civilization:


Canada Day Celebrations

In My day to day on July 14, 2010 at 6:26 pm

Frequently referred to as “Canada’s birthday”, the occasion marks the joining of the British North American colonies of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and the Province of Canada into a federation of four provinces (the Province of Canada being divided, in the process, into Ontario and Quebec) on July 1, 1867.

Most communities across the country will host organized celebrations for Canada Day, usually outdoor public events, such as parades, carnivals, festivals, barbecues, air and maritime shows, fireworks, and free musical concerts,as well as citizenship ceremonies for new citizens (we’re not quite at that stage yet). In the South Shore region, New Germany is famous for it’s Canada Day celebrations. This year there was a Children’s Parade, which we didn’t see, and then an Ox Pull:

The Ox pull lasted for most of the day, but we skipped out to watch the Parade in between:

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A few snowy snapshots from round n’ about!

In My day to day on January 21, 2010 at 12:01 pm

So after a very green November and December, Nova Scotia is once again starting to look like a winter wonderland. Here are a few random snapshots we’ve taken whilst out and about the last few weeks.

Snowbanks at Walmart

Snowed In!

Follow the leader


Snack time

Cameron spent 2 hours this morning shoveling the driveway! We have to admit that as much as we love our ocean view we are looking forward to moving back into town next month – more on that soon…

First Ever Canadian Camping

In Sites and Sounds on September 14, 2009 at 3:30 pm

For want of something better to do this weekend just past, we decided to pack up the canoe and head off for an over night trip.

We settled initially on Shingle Lake, 30km west of Bridgewater, however on arrival I had a change of heart and much to Cameron’s annoyance refused to even consider canoeing here. The reason: access to the lake was via a stream, involving an upstream paddle, landing (I’m not sure where), pulling the canoe over some rapids, re-entering the canoe, and continuing to paddle upstream until lake access was achieved. Sounds tricky huh (remember I’m just a beginner)? Anyway my flat out refusal ended in a domestic, tears and my refusal to go anywhere other than home.

After heading in the wrong direction (i.e. not towards home – Cameron was driving), my curiosity got the better of me, and we decided to call a truce and continue on with the camping adventure. Next port of call was The Christopher Lakes (near Caledonia) – a succession of lakes joined by various portages.

We loaded everything into the canoe and entered the water easily via a boat ramp. We paddled the full couple of km’s to where the camp site was marked on the map and stopped for lunch.



We snacked on homemade cider, tuna sandwiches and cookies before jumping back in the canoe to explore some more. On the way up the lake we had bumped into a couple of other canoeist who had told us about a cabin where we could stay. The journey would involve carrying the canoe up one of the portages.



We eventually found the portage but decided it was too long a carry and also too dangerous to come back down the connecting stream as it was pretty rocky. We decided to look around the lake and see if we couldn’t find a good camping spot where we were Read the rest of this entry »

Tartan Totes

In Uncategorized on July 24, 2009 at 4:58 pm

Well as many of you may or may not know Jackie (Cameron`s Mum) and I have been working on a business idea for the past few months. We are now ready for the launch so I thought I would tell you a little bit more about what we have been up to.



As it says on our homepage of our website, we wanted to make something that was unique, original and which utilized recycled fabrics. We wanted something that reinforced the connection between our past and present, old Scotland and new Scotland – and what better than tartan to do this. We think the tartan we source for our totes is colourful, fashionable and practical – we do hope you agree!

the ailsa

the ailsa

The Kirsty

The Kirsty

For more bags and styles please check out our website at www.tartantotes.com and let us know your thoughts.

Hooray for Globespan!

In My day to day on January 14, 2009 at 11:55 am

For all of you who were a little worried about tackling Heathrow, Gatwick or some more obscure airport in order to come visit us in bonny Canada, you no longer need worry.

Glasgow to Halifax

Glasgow to Halifax

Flyglobespan have accounced that they are introducing a new flight path from Glasgow to Halifax, Nova Scotia. Their reasoning – to increase their transatlantic service with ‘cheap’ flights to Canada. Nova Scotia is afterall home to many Scottish immigrants since the Highland Clearances in 1773.

It’s only after this incredible news that we now know why Zoom went bust – they couldn’t keep up with the 1773 fare prices. Infact it’s a miracle their last few planes even made it here. Let’s just hope that flyglobespan are able to keep up the service for the next 236 years!

And for all of you who are worried about the environment… “Flyglobespan operates a young fleet of modern aircraft. The technology used is always up to the latest standards and the quietest and most economical engines are used. This enables the airline to save operating costs and increase competitiveness, as well as making an effective contribution to environmental protection. Flyglobespan was also the first UK airline to install winglets to the wings of its 737-800’s enabling a faster rate of climb and resulting in greater fuel efficiency.”

So what are you waiting for? ‘Cheap’ fares, doing your bit for the environment, and visiting your buddies from the Clearances – what more could you want from a holiday?