Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Nova Scotia - Canada's Ocean Playground

That's the licence plate slogan, but Nova Scotia is also a province of hard work. The sea and beaches are fun in summertime, but the sea is also a place of work. This is evident in every small port and fishing village dotting the shoreline of the province.  Many lobster fisherman ply the offshore grounds in rather small boats - it is not an easy job and the risks are high. The beaches, villages, boats, wharves, processing shacks and lighthouses sure make for picturesque photos, though.  I thought I'd share some with you in this post.

 Fort Point Lighthouse & museum, Liverpool, N.S.

Carter's Beach, Port Mouton, N.S.
(if the water wasn't so cold, you'd think you were on a Caribbean island)

The crystal clear waters of Carter's Beach

Hunt's Point Wharf, N.S.

Processing shacks, Hunt's Point Wharf, N.S.

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The Maritimes is full with salt- and sun-weathered building treasures.

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I think these must be the real deep-sea lobster traps...or else they're made extra strong to stay down longer and hold a larger catch than the traditional, arched wooden traps.

Tied up at Hunt's Point Wharf

Hunt's Point Wharf from the beach. This is one of the most photographed wharves in the province. From the time I was about 14 to 30 years old, my grandparents owned a house and three rental cottages on this idyllic bay with shallow, crystal clear water and fine white sand. I've got many happy memories of this place.

After our week on the South Shore at the family reunion to celebrate my parent's 50th wedding anniversary, we packed up our rental car and headed to my sister's place in Charlottetown, PEI. En route, D requested a visit to the iconic lighthouse at Peggy's Cove. The rest of the photos were taken there. Honestly, it is the most picturesque seaside village ever!

An art festival was on during our visit, so artists 'in residence' were painting throughout the village.

Lobster floats

The week before we visited, a tourist was swept off the rocks by a rogue wave. He got lucky; a fisherman was just pulling out of the harbour and came to his rescue in the high swells within 15 minutes. Another 5 minutes and the story would not have ended well - the frigid water of the North Atlantic is unforgiving.

Another view of this world-famous lighthouse.

You've got to love a piper!

I hope you enjoyed my little tour of our South Shore highlights! I'll try and return to some quilty posts soon...

[NOTE FOR OBSERVANT READERS: I realize that there is some extra script from Flickr showing up on a couple of the photos. Flickr has once again changed their code for imbedding photos and I'm still working out how to change the HTML so that their logo and photo name doesn't automatically appear in an ugly frame around all of my pictures. WHY FLICKR? WHY? I'm so bummed by their constant upgrades and changes that paying users DO NOT WANT. There is a giant "we hate this new imbed code" comment thread on their site]. Sigh.


Colleen said...

Timing is everything and the timing was perfect today. I am taking a little hydration break from packing up my home in preparation for a move from Ontario to Nova Scotia. What a lovely opportunity to see another corner of the province in your family vacation adventures. Thank you for sharing.

Dianne said...

I heart your photos so much! The sky there is impossibly blue isn't it?
Thanks for sharing your holiday with us Krista.

paulette said...

STUNNING photos!! I really want to travel here...thanks for the push!

Diane said...

These pictures make my heart sing!

Kirsty @ Bonjour Quilts said...

So beautiful, love your pictures! I'm hearing you about Flickr. I can't see them going well when they introduce this new pricing scheme, I am most likely going to let my subscription run out as I just don't see any benefit. They used to be my top referrer but now they are totally eclipsed by Facebook and pinterest. They really aren't doing the 'listen to your customers' bit very well!

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

I've wanted to visit PEI since I read the Anne of Green Gables books, the first time.

Lynn said...

Loved your pictures! We were in Nova Scotia and PEI a week ago and had a wonderful time!

Jodie said...

Gorgeous ! Every single shot ! I have given up on flickr. Too dementing.

SarahZ said...

These are just plain awesome photos!!!

What Comes Next? said...

What beautiful pictures Krista! You're making me homesick, and I only just got back from there!

Lisa in Port Hope said...

I don't understand flickr makes photos look ugly with a frame when they are trying to promote using them as a cloud storage. I figured out how ditch the frame quickly, being on wordpress helps, but i don't appreciate the extra clicks required.