All posts by Laura Snow

I'm a production accountant and a blogger. I started blogging in 2012. I'm a dreamer. I love to travel locally and abroad. I love to learn and experience new things. My husband and I enjoy going on road trips with our two daughters, camping, and going to the beach. We live in beautiful Nova Scotia, Canada.
Peggy's Cove

The TRUE Story of Peggy of the Cove

Peggy’s Cove is an iconic destination and its lighthouse sitting out on Peggy’s Point is a must-see attraction. Visitors love the area, including for its quaint fishing village, the beautiful lighthouse and the smooth, wave-sculpted granite rocks.

Although the lighthouse has had hundreds of thousands of visitors, few people know the story behind Peggy’s Cove, including who Peggy was and why the lighthouse and surrounding village were named for her. Read on for answers to these questions and more!

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Top 5 Fall Recipes from Halifax!

Fall in Nova Scotia is all about harvesting locally grown fruits and vegetables, and making comfort food to warm you up on those crisp fall days. It’s the perfect time of year to visit farmers’ markets, pick apples and make warming recipes such as cider and soup.

The top five recipes I have chosen are from the Taste of Nova Scotia website and feature many delicious local products.

  1. It’s traditionally a Christmas dish, but I think this Ginger Cake with Rum Sauce by Kitchen Door Catering would be welcome at any fall occasion. The rum featured in this recipe is from Ironworks Distillery, the first micro-distillery in Nova Scotia.
  1. Honeycrisp Apple and Butternut Squash Soup by the Kilted Chef is the perfect dish for all of those fresh picked apples and the squash you picked up at that farmers’ market! The recipe also includes white wine from Jost Vineyards. Sounds delicious to me!
  1. Haskap berries are the latest popular superfood and this Haskapa Glazed Turkey recipe would be an interesting addition to your holiday plans. The Haskapa company grows haskap berries right here in Nova Scotia and makes jam, juice and chocolate from the haskap berries.
  1. Hodge Podge is a traditional Acadian dish and it’s another wonderful way to throw all those delicious fall vegetables into a hot dish. Due to its cream base, Hodge Podge is an extremely filling and satisfying fall dish.
  1. On a cold fall afternoon there is nothing better than a hot Mulled Apple Cider made with fresh squeezed apple juice or cider from a local farm. This unique recipe is made with maple syrup as a sweetener. You can find local maple syrup at Acadian Maple Products.

Do you have a favourite fall recipe originating in Halifax? Let us know on Facebook and Twitter!

Photo credits:
Photo 1 – Paul Adams
Photo 2 – Acadian Maple Products / Nova Scotia Tourism
Photo 3: Taste of Nova Scotia

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Top 5 Fun Fall Family Activities!

Are you searching for some fun family activities to do this fall? Look no further than this great list!

  1. Corn Mazes and Apple Picking

Just outside the city limits, there are a multitude of orchards and corn mazes full of family fun for all ages. If you’ve never been apple picking, explored a corn maze or picked your Halloween pumpkin right from the vine, then this is the year to do it!

The two spots with the most family activities are Noggins Corner Farm Market in Greenwich and River Breeze Farm & Corn Maze in Truro. You can find a corn maze, wagon rides, a petting zoo, jumping pillow, straw mountain, pumpkin U-Pick and more at River Breeze. While at Noggins you can find a wagon ride, corn maze, rope maze, duck races, washer toss, puzzle mazes, the barnyard adventure area and the Red Cross Haunted House.

  1. Take in a Ghost Tour of Citadel Hill

In the dark of the night, after all the tourists have gone home, your family can brave a family friendly ghost tour of the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site. While this isn’t for the faint of heart, it’s definitely fun and age appropriate for older children.

Led by a costumed guide, you travel deep into the dungeons of Citadel Hill and learn more about the history of the fortress and the ghosts who supposedly reside there.

Tours are offered on Friday and Saturday nights.

  1. Bluenose Ghost Festival at Alderney Landing

If your family is looking for more Halloween fun, take them to the Bluenose Ghost Festival at Alderney Landing on October 9-11 and 15-31. You’ll find a haunted house, cemetery tour, a trick or treat house and more!

Pop into the Alderney Landing Farmers’ Market if you’re there on the weekend to grab some local apples or pumpkin pie!

  1. Take in a Wagon Ride at Hatfield Farms

There are lots of fun activities at Hatfield Farm in the fall. The weekend family round up includes a Wagon Ride, Petting Pen, Mini Golf, All-You-Can-Eat Hot Dogs and time in their Rubber Rodeo with the inflatable games.

They are having a Halloween Costume Party on October 31st which also includes a full meal, campfire and a DJ!

  1. Nocturne: Art at Night

Nocturne is a family friendly, delightful art festival, which takes place on October 17th from 6pm to midnight.

It spans the harbour with exhibits in both downtown Halifax and downtown Dartmouth, linked by the ferry. Various displays of wonder showcasing the visual arts scene are located in both museums and public spaces and the event is completely free.

Let us know if you take part in one of these fun family activities on Facebook and Twitter!