Province of Nova Scotia Local Customs

  • Local Customs
    by easterntrekker
  • Local Customs
    by easterntrekker
  • My Lamp Cabin Inn donair.  I ate very bite.  :)
    My Lamp Cabin Inn donair. I ate very...
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Province of Nova Scotia Local Customs

  • Celtic Colours Festival

    Every year in October, over the course of about 10 days, there is a Celtic Colours festival on the island of Cape Breton. There are events small and large in many communities across the island. There is also the spectacular fall colours ablaze across the landscape. The best Celtic musicians and performers are featured during the festival which...

  • Scarecrow Festival

    In the south shore town of Mahone Bay, usually the last weekend of September or early October, you may spy some unusual citizens lounging on front porches and lawns, on street corners and shop fronts. They would be scarecrows of every shape and size. The Scarecrow festival is held over is a fun way to spend a day. They have a vintage car display,...

  • Nova Scotian cuisine II - the Poutine

    While I was in Nova Scotia, I had the pleasure of attending a local junior league hockey game. When in Canada, right? When I visited the food concessions stand between the three periods of play, I noticed that they sold Rolaids antacid tablets - they were literally ON the menu. Really. There are two particularly good reasons that Rolaids would be a...

  • Nova Scotian cuisine I - the Donair

    Canada and the USA may be very similar, but there ARE differences. For example, there are food items commonly sold in Canada that were completely unfamiliar to us. The first example of this would be the ubiquitous donair.... ubiquitous in Nova Scotia anyway.Apparently, this pizza-like casual comfort food was "invented" many years ago in Halifax....

  • where do you live stranger?

    In general in the Maritimes, realize that people do not think it's rude to ask a complete stranger for personal details -especially where they live. They are fascinated with knowing where people are from and want to know if they know anyone where you live. They won't be deterred by general responses either, they will keep pressing for answers. In...

  • Cover your ears - Boom comng over!!

    If you are in Halifax around noon listen out for a loud bang. The Halifax Citadel is a National Historic Site & is still guarded by the 78th. Highlanders The noon day gun is fired everyday - much the same as Edinburgh Castle but not as old. Prince Edward Duke of Kent, the father of Queen Victoria was commander of the British forces in Halifax from...

  • The People & Language

    Nova Scotia makes good use of its dual langauge of English and French, both are spoken widely here in the Province. Most road signs are printed in both languages as are the entry tickets for the attractions. In Cape Breton Scottish Gaelic is also widely spoken, passed down from the Ancestors who came here over three hundred years ago.

  • Grave stones point east

    While travelling around Cape Breton we noticed a lot of graveyards usually in remote areas and nearly always near a church.The head stones were not laid out in straight lines or in neat rows but seemed to be placed at random but one common link was the head stones were all facing the same direction - east to Scotland and France.

  • Sociable!!

    ...hey folks, when you hear this in a bar raise and tip your glass...just a tip, if you go into a Catholic mass the next day don't make the mistake of yelling sociable when the priest raises the'll be a marked duck!

  • Wooden Boat Festival

    n Mahone Bay on the south shore of the province, they hold a wooden boat festival over a weekend in mid summer. There is a strong seafaring heritage in this province and Mahone Bay celebrates it with demonstrations, races, boat building demonstrations, a parade and fireworks.

  • Antigonish Highland Games

    The Highland Games are popular in Scotland. This part of NS is thick with Scottish descendants, arriving here on the Hector during the Highland Clearances of the late 18th Century. They brought the games with them and they've been an official event since 1863. It takes place during a mid July weekend every year during which time there are Highland...

  • See the Highland Village Museum in Iona

    Go and see the Highland Village Museum (An Clachan Gàidhealach) in Iona - it's very interesting and a lovely site. We were there in August-September 2002.


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