Uniquely Nova Scotia
for [EDIT] Magazine
These uniquely Nova Scotian experiences, unequalled elsewhere, offer exciting and new opportunities for outdoor adventure, seacoast exploration, and immersion in the province’s cultural and culinary offerings.
You don’t need to fly around the world for unique, one-of-a-kind experiences — they are all right here in Nova Scotia. After the runaway success of Dining on the Ocean Floor offered by The Flying Apron Inn & Cookery, which each year sells out within minutes of going on sale, there are so many more incredible, life-changing experiences to be enjoyed. Here is [EDIT]'s pick.
SAVOUR & SAIL
Bras d’Or Lake
Departing from the charming town of Baddeck, you will set sail on a culinary adventure aboard a luxurious catamaran with your very own captain and five-star chef. While taking in the breathtaking coastline all around, you will feast on the finest local flavours including Cape Breton crab cakes, smoked-salmon canapés and fresh seafood-sushi rolls paired with Nova Scotia wine and beer. Swim, paddle board, and explore a secluded cove of Canada’s largest inland, salt-water sea, the Bras d’Or Lake. Take the wheel with expert tips from your captain, have fun in the water in a hidden cove, or simply sip fine wine and relax on deck. sailingcbi.com
OCEAN SPA ESCAPE
Fox Harb’r Resort, Wallace
Ever since it was opened in 2000, Fox Harb’r is one of only five 5-star resorts in Canada and is one of the most luxurious resorts in the province. The resort’s 18-hole Graham Cooke championship golf course is globally recognized, but the glowing reviews sometimes distract from the fact that Fox Harb’r offers so much more. Sport shooting, horseback riding, swimming in the spectacular pool, fishing, stand-up paddle boarding, boat tours, pickleball, archery, beach volleyball, cycling, kayaking, a fitness centre and an on-site vineyard — there is something for everyone. A runway for private planes has made it spectacularly easy for Hollywood stars to drop by when they wish. To meet the phenomenal demand, the resort has added two new buildings that contain 16 more guest suites. A coastal-wellness getaway at this five-star resort offers oceanside yoga with a personal instructor, spa treatments featuring locally sourced botanicals from Seafoam Lavender and Bay of Fundy clay. You will feel nourished with a health-inspired, gourmet three-course dinner accompanied by a glass of resort-grown Nova Scotia Tidal Bay wine and sea views from the best seat in the Cape Cliff Dining Room.
SEA-TO-TABLE LOBSTER ADVENTURE
East Coast Outfitters, Prospect
Kayak Nova Scotia’s dramatic granite coast and clear, turquoise waters to a charming fishing village for the inside scoop on lobster fishing in this sea-to-table adventure. A chef-prepared lobster dinner, featuring local ingredients and seafood awaits you at the ocean's edge at sunset. Your adventure begins by sea kayak. Paddle through secluded bays, between granite islands, and into hidden inlets, such as Rogue's Roost. Explore the small fishing village of Lower Prospect from the sea, where you'll meet local fishermen. Aboard their working lobster boat, sample a real and authentic day on the water as they show you how they set and haul lobster traps, while regaling you with anecdotes and tales stories of life on the water. Returning to East Coast Outfitters' dock, you'll be greeted with the catch of the day – smoked oysters and an authentic lobster dinner served wharf side, as the sun begins to set over the ocean.
OAK ISLAND LEGENDS & LOBSTER
Oak Island Resort, Western Shore
This island adventure unlike any other kicks off with a luxurious, guided tour of legendary Oak Island by Salty Dog Tours, which offers a unique perspective of this mysterious island, site of the one of the world’s longest running treasure hunts. You are guaranteed to get the inside scoop on treasure hunting from the local diver who works on the History Channel’s The Curse of Oak Island! And then you cruise to your own island for fun in the ocean; swimming, water sports, exploring or relaxing on a private beach where you will enjoy lobster spring rolls and a refreshing rum punch featuring award-winning Bluenose Rum by Ironworks Distillery. This unforgettable island adventure culminates with sushi-rolling, creating your very own lobster maki from local seafood alongside Oak Island Resort’s executive chef and pairing it with Nova Scotia’s signature white wine, Tidal Bay.
GINSTITUTE BY THE SEA
Steinhart Distillery, Arisaig
A genuinely unique chance to go behind-the-scenes at the award-winning Steinhart Distillery to craft your very own spirits inspired by 300-year old German family traditions. With ocean views as your backdrop day and night courtesy of stunning ocean view chalets, forage for ingredients and select from an array of spices and citrus to create your flavours with the distiller himself, Thomas Steinhart. Savour German-inspired local delicacies from Thomas’ traditional family recipes, including German schnitzel and local farm produce paired with Nova Scotia cocktails, as you perfect your own cocktails. Discover the secrets of distilling and flavouring using local ingredients to create and bottle a gin or vodka that’s completely your own!
STARLIGHT CULINARY ESCAPE
Trout Point Lodge, East Kemptville
Indulge in a luxury wilderness escape at the world’s first starlight hotel and the only Small Luxury Hotel of the World in Atlantic Canada, Trout Point Lodge; a quintessential luxury wilderness resort and hotel. The five-star lodge has welcomed visitors from around the world, and the 100-acre wooded estate borders the remote Tobeatic Wilderness Area in the heart of the UNESCO Southwest Nova Biosphere Reserve, the largest remaining protected area in the Maritimes. The Tobeatic is characterized by stunning landscapes with undisturbed glacial landforms including esker fields, moraines, kettles and outwash plains. Trout Point Lodge is the finest way to experience it.
You will savour an artfully prepared, four-course gourmet dinner that includes Trout Point’s seasonal welcome cocktail, a menu featuring fresh, local ingredients, and sommelier-curated wine pairings. Explore the edge of the Tusket River on forested paths and boardwalks from your private stargazing deck. Savour an exclusive night-time tasting of Nova Scotia chocolate and sparkling wine as you stargaze. Enjoy the celestial stories and secrets of the dark-sky preserve shared by your astronomy expert. Unwind in the wood-fired hot tub beside the river, relax in the outdoor barrel sauna, and revel in guided activities including kayaking, paddle boarding, forest bathing, hiking and yoga.
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