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Nova Scotia II
Travelogue

With its paradoxal combination of a modern networked infrastructure and an authentic rural atmosphere, Nova Scotia has always been a bit difficult to categorize as entirely rural. On one hand, you have the warm and friendly locals who tend to remember you even years later, living among abundant unspoiled nature and remarkable scenery. On the other, you face a technology-literate society with inexpensive broadband connections and computing resources available in even the most rustic of locations. Perhaps the most appropriate description of Nova Scotia would be a uniquely balanced region with modern infrastructure when you need it, rich scenery for walks when you desire solitude, and for all other occasions, you have plenty of friendly locals around for a good old fashioned chat.

This collection of images (mainly panoramas) is an attempt to share some of the many sights I've enjoyed during my travels around the region in 2002-2003.


(Note: If you like these photos, be sure to also check my early Annapolis Valley collection of winter photos)


Basin Shores
Near the Blomidon Provincial Park, this lonely highway view provides an excellent view of the Minas Basin.

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Cape Blomidon
Special rock sediment layers can be found at Cape Blomidon. Indeed, the Blomidon Provincial Park has proven to be popular with mineral and gem collectors from all over thew world. And for hikers and bikers, the shore offers an otherwordly location where o . . More..


Blomidon Morning
A spot just outside the village of Blomidon, with a view towards the Blomidon Provincial Park, set the scene for this cozy rural morning motif.

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Digby
The harbour of the town of Digby, known around the world for its Digby scallops. If you're driving nearby, this town is well worth a visit, not least because of its many harbour restaurants with (surprise) fresh fish menus.


Grand Pre Detail
Grand Pre memorial chapel detail. On the inside, the history of the Acadians is outlined by exhibits and timelines.


Halifax MacDonald Bridge
Halifax's MacDonald Bridge at night.


Halifax Night
Night panorama of Halifax, as seen from Dartmouth's ferry terminal on Alderney Drive. The MacDonald Bridge can be seen on the right, and an approaching ferry on the left.

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Lookoff Point in the Morning
In accordance with the name the locals gave it, Lookoff Point provides a spectacular view of the Annapolis Valley. In this panorama, the early rays of a sunrise wash the landscape in a warm light, gently waking up the slumbering fields below.

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Road to Port Williams
Near Port Williams (seen in the distance), passing travellers are greeted by a peacefully grazing cowherd.

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Sunset at Scots Bay
Scots Bay is a small village behind the North Mountain. The area was named after a group of Scottish immigrants who ended up camping in the relative protection of the bay over a winter. Cape Split can be seen in the distance.


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Swissair Memorial
Cast among a unique rock landscape is the memorial for the victims of Swissair Flight 111, which crashed right off the coast of Nova Scotia on September 2nd 1998. The disaster put Nova Scotia in the focal point of the world's media as the desperate search . . More..


Shoreline Cliffs
Cliffs in the Minas Basin are painted red by the early morning sun, as seen from the direction of the Blomidon village.

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Blomidon Exposed
A failed closeup exposure of a Cape Blomidon beach twig ended up looking like cheesy arts photo from the 80s. It is included here in all its accidental glory.


Digby Neck
Although the ultimate destination for drives down the Digby Neck may be the memorable whale watching cruises in the Bay of Fundy (and if you're not used to boating, be sure to get something for sea sickness beforehand in case the seas are rough!), the dri . . More..

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Grand Pre Memorial
The Grand Pre National Historical Park memorial was built in honour of the early Acadian settlers who were forcefully evicted in 1755. The park contains several remains of the Acadian period, and in the summer months the park offers visitors a colorful fl . . More..


Rolling Hills
One of many scenic rural views on offer when driving through Nova Scotia. This one taken close to the town of Windsor.


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Halifax MacKay Bridge
Halifax's MacKay Bridge, as seen from the edge of the Seaview Park.


Kingsport Rock
This majestic rock-covered sign crowns an early stage of the construction of a new beach structure at Kingsport. It's worth noting that this particular photo doesn't really do Kingsport justice - esp. after the construction of the new beach boardwalk, it . . More..


Lookoff Point at Night
Another panorama from the Lookoff Point, this one captured an hour after sunset. Populated areas such as Port Williams, Canning and Wolfville can be clearly seen, interspersed with the amber light from farmhouses.

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Road Less Travelled
One of several small side roads near Grand Pre.

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Scots Bay on Fire
After sunset, a group of locals gather at the pebblestone beach, and ensconce themselves by a campfire.


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Peggy's Cove Closeup
A closeup of Peggy's Cove and its famous lighthouse, as seen from the direction of the Swissair Memorial site.


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