Be a part of me and revel in salty breezes, historical past, and enjoyable on the japanese shores of Canada, in any other case often called Atlantic Canada, as I make my manner from Halifax to Antigonish.
On this journey, I visited the province of Nova Scotia to expertise the annual Highland Video games pageant within the city of Antigonish. This occasion is the longest working Highland Video games outdoors of Scotland, so you realize it’s going to be a superb time.
Arrival in Halifax
I began my journey within the metropolis of Halifax and spent the evening there earlier than heading out on my two-hour drive to Antigonish the subsequent morning. Having lower than 24 hours in a metropolis has by no means stopped me from exploring, so I did what I do and squeezed in some sightseeing earlier than I acquired on the street. Whereas I arrived after most companies had closed, and could be leaving the subsequent day earlier than town actually acquired going once more, I nonetheless had a enjoyable time exploring the gorgeous waterfront in Halifax. It is filled with retailers, cafes, eating places, and even has the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, so don’t miss it.
You probably have extra time to discover than I did, listed here are some recommendations: Solo Journey to Halifax: Why, How and 10 Issues to Do.
Do you want historical past and/or taking pictures vintage rifles? Then you need to go to the Halifax Citadel! Situated on one of many highest factors within the metropolis, it’s a fort that was in-built 1749 and in operation till the late-Nineteenth century, it’s now a residing museum the place you possibly can immerse your self within the navy historical past of Halifax. For an added payment, you possibly can even gown up like an old-timey British soldier and hearth an vintage rifle, an exercise I extremely suggest.
How Does One Pronounce Antigonish?
You might not have heard of the city of Antigonish (An-tee-go-nish), I admit that I had not previous to this journey. However, you could have heard of St. Francis Xavier College, which is situated on this city, due to its many distinguished graduates which embody a former Canadian Prime Minister. The city formally has a inhabitants of about 4,600, however it positively appears like a a lot bigger place. I feel that’s partly as a result of the locals actually know learn how to throw a celebration.
As soon as I reached Antigonish from Halifax, as a part of the lead as much as the Highland Video games, I attended a memorial ceremony. Commemorating the Battle of Culloden, this morning ceremony has been happening since 1982. A cairn (a man-made pile of stones used as a marker) was in-built 1938 to commemorate three males who had fought within the Battle of Culloden and who had immigrated to Nova Scotia from Scotland in 1791. It was a spectacular morning remembering these males with the backdrop of the ocean, to not point out we additionally loved a wee dram of Scotch to correctly cap off the celebration. Beneath regular circumstances, it could most likely have been a bit early within the morning for me to drink, however when in Rome…
Tasting My Manner from Halifax to Antigonish
Now that the Scotch has gotten my style buds going, it could solely be honest to discover different scrumptious choices within the Antigonish area of Nova Scotia. The Knoydart Cheese Home was a cease I needed to make as I really like cheese. All the cheese is made utilizing milk from the adjoining farm, which is the one grass-fed licensed natural dairy farm in Atlantic Canada. I can affirm that the cheese is scrumptious.
After you’ve visited the Knoydart Cheese Home, you must drive 5 minutes down the street to the Steinhart Distillery. The Steinhart household has been distilling alcohol for nearly 300 years, and now you possibly can take pleasure in a few of these secret household recipes. I used to be impressed on the number of spirits obtainable as most distilleries normally concentrate on only one or two varieties. That isn’t the case right here as they provide a wide range of flavored vodkas and gins, whiskys, the occasional smoked beer, and they’re presently engaged on a tequila. They’re most likely most well-known for his or her infused spirits which you’ll discover served at many institutions in Nova Scotia. I loved a scrumptious sampler as I chatted with the pleasant employees, and caught up on the native information that included some drama with lobster fishermen.
I can’t emphasize the phrase pleasant sufficient to explain the parents you’ll encounter out right here. Canadians are generally called a pleasant bunch, however I’ve to say that the friendliness you’ll encounter in Atlantic Canada is on a scale that makes the remainder of us look impolite. Maintain that in thoughts throughout your go to to Nova Scotia, as a result of it may be a bit unnerving at first for somebody from a bigger metropolis, till you understand that that’s simply how individuals act after they’re simply all actually genuinely good and nice individuals!
Persevering with my exploration of the meals within the space, I extremely suggest visiting the chocolate store on Important Road in Antigonish known as Peace by Chocolate. The store is owned by a Syrian household who misplaced all the pieces when their chocolate manufacturing unit was bombed throughout the civil battle in Syria in 2012. They have been then pressured to go away Syria and have been lastly capable of relocate to Antigonish as refugees in 2016, the place the Hadhad household was capable of reopen the household’s chocolate enterprise. A movie adaptation of their story, additionally known as Peace by Chocolate, premiered on the Tribeca Movie Pageant in 2021. From Halifax to Antigonish and all all over the world, this story has warmed hearts.
I used to be not solely moved by the household’s story, but in addition at how the city of Antigonish has supported this household who had misplaced all the pieces in a mindless battle and has welcomed them with open arms. It must also shock nobody that Antigonish has welcomed many Ukrainians who’ve been displaced as a result of present battle of their homeland. As I discussed earlier than, the individuals you’ll meet listed here are genuinely a few of the greatest individuals you’ll ever encounter.
I posted a video on Instagram you possibly can see right here should you’d like a really fast tour of the Knoydart Cheese Home, Steinhart Distillery, and Peace by Chocolate.
Let’s Get together!
For many who need a greater social gathering, add the Annual Stroll the Important Road Honest to your pre-Highland Video games festivities. Don’t let the generic sounding title of this road honest idiot you into pondering it’ll be a day of consuming tea together with your pinky within the air. I feel road social gathering is a extra correct description of this occasion as they shut off a big portion of Important Road and fill it with distributors promoting all the pieces from one-of-a-kind crafts to cotton sweet. Performers starting from musical acts to buskers are additionally available to thrill and entertain you. For a style of what’s in retailer throughout your future go to, take a look at the video I posted to Instagram concerning the road honest.
Now that you simply’ve gotten a preview of my journey from Halifax to Antigonish and a few of my pre-Highland Video games festivities, look out for my subsequent article for extra of my adventures as I expertise my first highland video games, uncover extra concerning the space, and try to carry out a magic trick at a lighthouse!
Thanks to Tourism Nova Scotia for sponsoring my journey. All experiences and impressions are my very own, and Solo Traveler maintains full editorial management over all content material.
Final up to date: twenty fourth July, 2023