Travel Talk: 5 reasons to visit Nova Scotia this fall!

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Travelling is rewarding. Travelling to über popular destinations in the thick tourism season is not. That’s why we luck out in Canada with so many vacation spots which have all-season appeal. Take Nova Scotia for example. I’ve visited Peggy’s Cove in early spring and eaten my fill of fresh scallops (at pocket-friendly prices) in Digby in June. I’ve even wandered along the shore of Lawrencetown Beach on Boxing Day.

Of course, Nova Scotia is a great place to visit during summer, but the province has special appeal after Labour Day, as well. There’s an excellent mix of activities in the fall months throughout Nova Scotia.

Here are five fall festivals to tickle your fancy.

And if you can share a reason why Canadian Living readers should visit your area of Canada during the fall months, just post below and you could win a 300-plus page Fodor’s Guide to Nova Scotia & Atlantic Canada. (See below.)

The Cabot Trail: non-stop photo ops (Photo: Tourism Nova Scotia)

The Cabot Trail: non-stop photo ops (Photo: Tourism Nova Scotia)

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1. Something after dark
Antigonish Art after Dark Festival
When: September 21 to 22
Where: Chisholm’s Park/People’s Place Library, Antigonish
What’s happening: This interactive arts festival follows in the tradition of night-time events cropping up all over Canada, like Nuit Blanche for example, the urban dusk-to-sunrise arts festival that’s taking some North American cities by storm. Antigonish is on the band wagn. On Saturday night the festival will transform the area combining Chisholm Park, the Library and along the river into a place of magic and wonder with diverse performers and entertainers.

2. For a taste of Celtic culture

The Allan Kelly Gang from Ireland perform during Celtic Colours (Photo courtesy of Allan Kelly Gang)

The Allan Kelly Gang from Ireland perform during Celtic Colours (Photo courtesy of Allan Kelly Gang)

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Celtic Colours International Festival
When: October 5 to 13
Where: throughout Cape Breton
What’s happening: Since its inception in 1997, the festival has staged hundreds of musicians from all over Cape Breton, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, England, Brittany, Spain, Denmark, etc. Visitors choose from scores of concerts all over the island, plus an array of workshops and visual art of exhibits. The music is tops!


3.One of the biggest (longest) yard sales ever!

Musquodoboit Valley: 50-Mile Yard Sale
When: Sept 8 to 9
Where: Musquodoboit Valley, Eastern Shore
What’s happening: Exactly what it sounds like. It’s an incredibly long yard sale with all manner of vendors selling their wares by the side of the road. Recommended starting points: Dean, Meagher’s Grant or Dutch Settlement, Nova Scotia.

4. See the highlands on foot!

Hiking the highlands (Photo: Tourism Nova Scotia)

Hiking the highlands (Photo: Tourism Nova Scotia)

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Hike the Highlands Festival
When: Sept 14 to 23
Where: Cape Breton Island, N.S.
What’s happening: This annual ten-day hiking festival features more than
20 guided hikes, workshops and evening events in the Cape Breton Highlands, along the world-famous Cabot Trail, which has become a haven for hikers from all over the globe. And you don’t have to be a diehard hiker. Shorter haunted or sunset hikes are on offer, as well.


5. Music in the deep

Deep Roots Music Festival
When: September 28 to 30
Where: Wolfville, Nova Scotia
What’s happening: Scores of musicians and artists throughout the Valley in pubs, concerts halls, coffee houses and other venues.

So what special events are happening in your part of Canada during September to November months? Post below a description of why you think folks would love your neck of the woods this fall – and you could win one of give “Fodor’s Comprehensive Planning Guides: Nova Scotia & Atlantic Canada (with New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland.)

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