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Awesome Nova Scotia; next stop on my cross-Canada tour

I’ve had the good fortune to visit Nova Scotia many times over the past few years. And I’ve loved every visit. The scenery is both varied and fantastic; the food is wonderful and the people are unnervingly polite and sincere. It’s truly one of the great provinces of Canada, and one that not enough of us see on a regular basis. Here are some of my favourite spots and memories….

The coastline between Halifax and Lunenburg is dotted with beautiful villages. JIM BYERS PHOTO

The coastline between Halifax and Lunenburg is dotted with beautiful villages. JIM BYERS PHOTO

Downtown Lunenburg features tons of colourful buildings. Stop in  at the Salt Shaker Deli for great food, or sip local spirits at Ironworks Distillery. JIM BYERS PHOTO

Downtown Lunenburg features tons of colourful buildings. Stop in at the Salt Shaker Deli for great food, or sip local spirits at Ironworks Distillery. JIM BYERS PHOTO

The fishing community of Blue Rocks is just outside Lunenburg. JIM BYERS PHOTO

The fishing community of Blue Rocks is just outside Lunenburg. JIM BYERS PHOTO

Annapolis Royal is an historic and beautiful community in Nova Scotia. JIM BYERS PHOTO

Annapolis Royal is an historic and beautiful community in Nova Scotia. JIM BYERS PHOTO

Acadia University is a lovely spot in Wolfville. JIM BYERS PHOTO

Acadia University is a lovely spot in Wolfville. JIM BYERS PHOTO

The Blomidon Inn is a wonderful spot in Wolfville, with fabulous breakfasts and a great porch. JIM BYERS PHOTO

The Blomidon Inn is a wonderful spot in Wolfville, with fabulous breakfasts and a great porch. JIM BYERS PHOTO

Antigonish is home to St. Francis Xavier University and features a lovely shopping district. JIM BYERS PHOTO

Antigonish is home to St. Francis Xavier University and features a lovely shopping district. JIM BYERS PHOTO

The coast of Cape Breton has endless, lonely beaches meant for exploring. JIM BYERS PHOTO

The coast of Cape Breton has endless, lonely beaches meant for exploring. JIM BYERS PHOTO

Stop in at the Red Shoe Pub in Mabou for live music, good food, and cold beer. JIM BYERS PHOTO

Stop in at the Red Shoe Pub in Mabou for live music, good food, and cold beer. JIM BYERS PHOTO

Cabot Links and next-door Cabot Cliffs are two of the top golf courses in Canada. Both are located on Cape Breton. JIM BYERS PHOTO

Cabot Links and next-door Cabot Cliffs are two of the top golf courses in Canada. Both are located on Cape Breton. JIM BYERS PHOTO

The famous Cabot Trail on Cape Breton; one of the world's top driving trips. JIM BYERS PHOTO

The famous Cabot Trail on Cape Breton; one of the world’s top driving trips. JIM BYERS PHOTO

Stop in at Keltic  Lodge on Cape Breton for fine views and a lovely ambience. JIM BYERS PHOTO

Stop in at Keltic Lodge on Cape Breton for fine views and a lovely ambience. JIM BYERS PHOTO

Halifax is an underrated city that has great restaurants, pubs and shopping. JIM BYERS PHOTO

Halifax is an underrated city that has great restaurants, pubs and shopping. JIM BYERS PHOTO

Fairview Cemetery in Halifax contains the remains of many victims of the Titanic disaster. JIM BYERS PHOTO

Fairview Cemetery in Halifax contains the remains of many victims of the Titanic disaster. JIM BYERS PHOTO

Take a tour of Halifax or Peggy's Cove in a motorcycle sidecar for something different. JIM BYERS PHOTO

Take a tour of Halifax or Peggy’s Cove in a motorcycle sidecar for something different. JIM BYERS PHOTO

A sailboat tour of majestic Halifax Harbour is a great way to finish off a Nova Scotia holiday. JIM BYERS PHOTO

A sailboat tour of majestic Halifax Harbour is a great way to finish off a Nova Scotia holiday. JIM BYERS PHOTO

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