Province is home to dozens of wineries
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Oenophiles will be in their element in Nova Scotia.
Peter Johnson of Tourism Nova Scotia said during Rendez-vous Canada 2023 that his province is “one of the fastest growing wine regions” in the country, now being home to some 26 wineries. Hop-on, hop-off winery tours and vineyard stays are available, he told his late May Quebec City audience.
The Annapolis Valley — known for the grapes and other fruit produced there — is at the centre of the province’s wine industry. The Good Cheer Trail is designed for those who appreciate wine, cider, spirits and craft breweries.
Johnson also praised Nova Scotia’s culinary scene, which can include having catered, multi-course dinners served on the ocean bed in the Bay of Fundy when the tide is out. “You get out of the way before the tide comes back.”
The Bay of Fundy is also a prime spot for summertime whale-watching, he continued.
Johnson said Cape Breton Island offers insights into Nova Scotia’s past, being home to the historic Fortress of Louisbourg, built by France centuries ago. Acadian culture remains visible in Nova Scotia.
Those visiting Cape Breton can also visit Highland Village, which tells of long-standing Gaelic influences on the large island. Johnson also added that scenic Cape Breton’s Cabot Links golf course offers “amazing views while you golf. You can’t beat that.”
Meanwhile, Johnson — from a province that bills itself as Canada’s Ocean Playground — noted that summertime sailings are available on the Bluenose II, based in Lunenburg, which has UNESCO World Heritage Site status.
Surfing is also available on the eastern shore, he added.