Inaugural South Shore Lobster Crawl a winter hit!

Crowds crazy for crustaceans traveled to Nova Scotia’s South Shore in February as lobster lovers crawled a’board the inaugural Lobster Crawl in the middle of lobster season — a first for not only Nova Scotia but world-wide. Testing the appetite for a winter festival in the midst of the the province’s longest lobster season (zones 33 and 34,) organizers were overwhelmed by the insatiable appetite for not only dining on lobster, but lobster inspired art, events and experiences.

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From going viral with its ‘Lucy the Lobster’ shadow-chasing crustacean on Groundhog Day within less than 10 hours to hosting the inaugural Lobster Roll Challenge crowning Capt. Kat’s Lobster Shack with the ‘2018 Best Lobster Roll’, the South Shore Tourism Co-operative is thrilled with the results of its pilot project.

As home to the Lobster Capital of Canada, the South Shore Tourism Co-operative has birthed what is destined to be a signature experience and game changer for Nova Scotia, in the middle of winter.

Screenshot 2018-02-28 15.12.29Donna Hatt, Chair of the Co-operative and a tri-chair of the Lobster Crawl says the event exceeded all their expectations. “Our industry partners and communities offered an impressive menu of nearly 60 events over the 18-day event in February. Not only did we achieve our goal of demonstrating that there are many places and shops to dine at and explore in winter along the South Shore, we also confirmed our belief that our traditional, productive and savoury lobster industry can be key to growing winter tourism here on the South Shore.”

Creator of Locke’s Island Lobster Wool and owner of Becky’s Knit & Yarn, Becky Williams loved the concept of the Lobster Crawl and decided to host special Crawl events at her shop in Lockeport. With hopes that it would attract a few more customers to her door, she was delighted with the results. “From start to finish, not only did I see my regulars come enthusiastically through the doors due to the hype and excitement of the Lobster Crawl, I had a steady flow of new customers coming into my shop easily doubling my sales for February,” says Williams. She also noted that the event resulted in new business connections and demand for new hand-knitted lobster-themed items that she’ll be introducing for the 2019 Crawl.

Port Grocer, White POint Beach REsortAs a participating Lobster Crawl Restaurant, Deb Melanson at the Port Grocer in Port Medway jumped onboard the Lobster Crawl immediately. As a part of the lobster fishing community, they’d introduced a lobster roll featuring fresh lobster from the wharf just down the street. She’d hoped it would help generate some incremental business in February. “While we’d expected the locals to pop in, which was welcomed, we were overwhelmed by the number of new customers who arrived admitting they were on the ‘Crawl’ and wanted our Lobster Roll,” says Melanson, adding that the boost in business meant they had to make many trips to the wharf to keep up with demand, which they did happily.

The success of the Lobster Crawl was the same for Peter Richardson at Peggy’s Cove U-Cook Lobster who used the opportunity to showcase his business and introduce a new product. During the ‘Lobster Roll Challenge,’ Richardson announced that his entry marked the first lobster roll they had ever offered, and based on reactions from the Challenge Judges and audience, he says it’s a keeper for his menu.

While the majority of participating businesses are open year-round, they used the Lobster Crawl as a theme to leverage for their winter activities. Others like the Quarterdeck Beachside Villas and Grill that operate their restaurant seasonally opened in February just for the event. Stephanie Miller-Vincent says they’d been wanting to test the waters for winter business. Tying in an Artist in Residence program paired with a limited lobster-infused menu was the perfect excuse. “We were thrilled with the response to our events, the two weekends we opened, we were hopping!”

Reports of businesses crawling with insatiable appetites for lobster resulting in higher than anticipated demand have been heard from Capt. Kat’s Lobster Shack, Lane’s Privateer Inn, White Point Beach Resort, 27 South, the Den & Friends at NSCC, Atlantica Oak Island Resort, the Grand Banker and Kiwi Café. Lobster-infused Craft Beer created by Saltbox Brewery and Hell Bay Brewery flowed steadily at their shops and in watering holes all along the South Shore as well, adding another first to the list for the region.

From her office in the Lobster Capital of Canada, tri-chair member Suzy Atwood of the Municipality of Barrington says the Lobster Crawl elevated not only the spirits of the businesses with the spike in demand in the middle of winter, it raised awareness that the South Shore is home to the most productive lobster fishery in Canada. It’s an industry that kicks off the last Monday of November and carries on until May 31. “Everyone seems to know Nova Scotia has lobster in the Summer, but few seem to realize that it’s available in winter. On the South Shore, we not only enjoy the longest lobster season the province, many say it’s the best, sweetest tasting lobster in Nova Scotia,” says Atwood.

lobster roll, south shore lobster crawlJoanne Cooper, General Manager at Best Western Hotel and Conference Centre in Bridgewater echoed the same sentiments as her tri-chair members adding that the momentum for the South Shore Lobster Crawl has motivated the Co-operative to undertake an even more focused strategic action planning program to grow the event. Cooper says: “We’ll work to further strengthen the region’s market-readiness for winter tourism as a means to effectively contribute to Tourism Nova Scotia’s goal of double revenues from the sector by 2024 as challenged in the One Nova Scotia Report.” She adds, “It’ll be a delicious endeavour.”

With reports of Lobster Crawl withdrawal already rolling in, the South Shore Tourism Co-operative has confirmed appetites will once again be satisfied February 1 – 18, 2019 when the region hosts the 2nd Annual South Shore Lobster Crawl. Until then, organizers look forward to savouring Lobster Rolls at a variety of restaurants that have decided to extend their offerings throughout the winter and plan to join in the festivities with Lobster Fishermen at the Shelburne County Lobster Festival in June following the close of the lobstering season.


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Capt. Kat’s of Barrington, NS winner of first-ever Nova Scotia South Shore Lobster Roll Challenge

27748083_2026983550664964_6271069636879803134_oAnd the winner is Capt. Kat’s Lobster Shack, Barrington, Nova Scotia who took first place in the 1st annual South Shore Lobster Crawl Lobster Roll Challenge held on February 11, 2018! Second place honours went to Lane’s Privateer Inn of Liverpool, NS. And tied for third was Atlantica Oak Island Resort & Conference Centre and Quarterdeck Beachside Villas & Grill!

Emceed by the Kilted Chef at White Point Beach Resort, the taste off featured 10 entrants from restaurants along Nova Scotia’s Lighthouse Route, a panel of international judges and a throng of fans and tastings of Hell Bay Brewing Company’s Lobster Ale — the South Shorer — named for the lobster fishing boat that caught the lobster used in the making of the ale.
The South Shore Lobster Roll Challenge is part of a three-week festival known as the South Shore Lobster Crawl held during lobster season and featuring close to 60 lobster dishes, get-aways, museum and gallery showings, shopping and sporting events from Peggy’s Cove to Barrington.
“This is really about celebrating the lobster industry here on the South Shore of Nova Scotia,” says Donna Hatt, chair of the Nova Scotia South Shore Tourism Co-operative which has been the driving force behind the Lobster Crawl and other collaborative events to attract visitors to the south shore. “With 40 per cent of Canada’s lobster coming from zones 33 and 34 here on the South Shore, lobster is deeply embedded in our culture, our history and our communities. It’s a natural thing for us to acknowledge and celebrate and the response up and down the shore has been incredible.”
The winner of the Lobster Roll Challenge were awarded with a uniquely designed plaque hand-carved by local artist Bruce Smith and will be featured in Saltsapes Magazine. “We’re so proud of the team,” said Della Newell, the owner of Capt Kat’s Lobster Shack.  “For us it’s about keeping it simple and using our local lobster.” She also credited Dan’s Ice Cream Shoppe, also in Barrington NS, for designing the custom roll used in Capt. Kat’s signature lobster roll.
Congrats to all the entrants for bringing their A-game:
  • Lane’s Privateer Inn
  • White Point Beach Resort
  • The Port Grocer
  • 27 South Restaurant, Lounge & Catering at Best Western Plus Bridgewater Hotel & Convention Centre
  • Atlantica Oak Island Resort & Conference Centre
  • Quarterdeck Beachside Villas & Grill
  • Peggy’s Cove Lobster U-Cook
  • Capt. Kat’s Lobster Shack
  • The Kiwi Cafe
  • The Grand Banker Bar & Grill
The panel of international judges included:
Niamh Shields based in London, UK. Niamh’s blog site is www.eatslikeagirl.com and she contributes to London Metro, Sainsbury’s Magazine and The Guardian Newspaper
Jennifer Allford: based in Calgary, AB. Jennifer freelances with outlets such as Canadian Automobile Association, Conde Nast Traveler, Endless Vacation, Hemispheres, WestJet Up!, Toronto Star, etc.
Renee Suen: Toronto, ON based food and travel writer is on assignment for www.vacay.ca and is a columnist at Best Health and EliteGen magazines and a regular contributor to Toronto Life and Toronto Star Travel.
Sara Mills: based in Halifax, NS. Sara and Brent are Dashboard Living, a luxury & adventure travel blog featuring travel videos that show you the world. Brent & Sara share the best experiences to help followers plan their next vacation

Vernon Oickle: based in Liverpool, NS. Vernon is a contributing writer to SaltWire Network and long-time advocate of the South Shore, with a number of books published.

The first annual South Shore Lobster Crawl is a collaborative initiative of the South Shore Tourism Co-operative, its members and partners from Peggy’s Cove to Charlesville and a key initiative under its 2017/18 South Shore Tourism Marketing plan to establish the South Shore as a top winter tourism destination. For the official South Shore Lobster Crawl map check out lobstercrawl. ca and enjoy all things lobster through to February 19!
South Shore Tourism Co-operative Limited is an innovative approach to help position Nova Scotia’s beautiful South Shore as a year-round destination for the traveler. We believe in the power of collaboration and building on our collective strengths, investments and resources to market our region to the world! 
South Shore Tourism Co-operative receives support from the South Shore Regional Enterprise Network as well as investing members and supporters.

Crawl a’ Board Nova Scotia’s first-ever Lobster Crawl on Nova Scotia’s South Shore, February 2 – 19, 2018

SSTC-LobsterCrawl-Herald-FNLNova Scotia’s First Annual Lobster Crawl is a veritable feast of close to 60 Sip and Savour experiences, Lobster Get-aways, Sporting Events, Art, Music, Heritage, Film, Local Shopping events AND 13 different Lobster Rolls served up by resorts, restaurants, cafes, pubs and U-cooks from Canada’s Lobster Capital in Barrington Nova Scotia up the shore to Peggy’s Cove!

“We’re honestly thrilled with the enthusiasm and level of participation and collaboration in Lobster Crawl,” says Donna Hatt, Chair, South Shore Tourism Co-operative. “This is an exciting opportunity to celebrate Nova Scotia’s Lobster industry, bring guests closer to fishermen and women, and of course savour and sample lobster in season. It’s a natural, and honestly obvious, opportunity for not only tourism but many businesses!”

Nova Scotia is known for lobster, most notably as a summer experience. Building on Barrington’s reputation as Lobster Capital of Canada, the Lobster Crawl is about to put that to the test. Since introducing the concept of a winter event based on the region’s lobster industry, the Co-operative says feedback has been very positive not only from businesses but from organizations like Taste of Nova Scotia, Restaurant Association of Nova Scotia and the Lobster Council of Canada.

After months of planning with tourism operators, organizations and municipalities on Nova Scotia’s South Shore, the South Shore Tourism Co-operative and its members are rolling out the winter experience with an interactive map at http://www.lobstercrawl.ca that will help visitors plan their Lobster Crawl Experience. The Show Me Map concept comes from South Shore marketing agency Digital Fusion,  a long-time supporter and advocate for South Shore business and an early adopter of Google’s digital mapping technology. “Having the opportunity to work with South Shore Tourism Co-operative and the Lobster Crawl event is just another example of how local businesses can support and benefit each other,” says owner Dwight Robar.

The first annual South Shore Lobster Crawl is a collaborative initiative of the South Shore Tourism Co-operative, its members and partners from Peggy’s Cove to Charlesville and a key initiative under its 2017/18 South Shore Tourism Marketing plan to establish the South Shore as a top winter tourism destination.

“The cold, clean Atlantic waters around Nova Scotia grow what we consider to be the best lobster in the world,” says Emily Haynes, executive director of Taste of Nova Scotia. “The South Shore Lobster Crawl tells our story of the Nova Scotia lobster industry and the people behind it. We’re celebrating our culinary tourism experiences, our fishing history and our local, coastal communities that are the heart of our lobster industry. Fresh Nova Scotia lobster is available year-round and this celebration, in the winter season, is an amazing way to highlight that we are a year-round culinary destination.”

South Shore Tourism Co-operative Limited is an innovative approach to help position Nova Scotia’s beautiful South Shore as a year-round destination for the traveler. We believe in the power of collaboration and building on our collective strengths, investments and resources to market our region to the world! 

South Shore Tourism Co-operative receives support from the South Shore Regional Enterprise Network as well as investing members and supporters.

Visit us at:

www.novascotia.com/southshore

Nova Scotia South Shore on Facebook

Nova Scotia South Shore on Instagram

For more information, please contact:

Heather Spidell, Marketing Coordinator

southshoretourism@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lucy the Lobster makes debut for Lobster Crawl

Lucy the Lobster proclaims NO SHADOW from Cape Sable Island with the help of Nova Scotia Tourism Co-operative Chair Donna Hatt and member Suzy Atwood and lots of encouragement from the local community!
IMG_1335Lucy the Lobster says No Shadow! Early Spring!

Why a Lobster Prognosticator for Groundhog Day? Because it’s Lobster Season on the South Shore!

On February 2, 2018 at 8 am here in the Lobster Capital of Canada, Visit Barrington, Nova Scotia, Lucy the Lobster, a 6.5lb 19 inch-long lobster crawled out of the Atlantic Ocean to offer her prediction of when Spring would arrive. And so a new tradition was enjoyed by dozens of folks in person, and thousands around the world.

Caught by Captain Tyler Nickerson and his crew onboard “Chas’n Rac’n” earlier in the week, they saw something special in Lucy and so did Xsealent Seafood Company Ltd., the official supplier of lobster to Capt. Kat’s Lobster Shack. So they escorted Lucy to Capt Kat’s for this very special assignment. With some coaching from Wiarton Willie and Shubie Sam, Lucy emerged from the water, made her way to the nearby lobster trap with help from her girls Donna and Suzy, turned around to face the crowd and proclaimed : NO SHADOW!

Since Lucy’s proclamation, Lucy has had a lot of attention and so have all her friends at Capt Kat’s and all along the South Shore! Seems like people like the idea of a lobster prognosticating the weather for a change! She’s had shoutouts from Mashable, Buzzfeed, the Weather Network, Cottage Life, local community, radio and print and a lovely visit with Kelly from CTV News!

Lucy’s debut kicked off the inaugural South Shore Lobster Crawl presented by the South Shore Tourism Co-operative — a Lobster Lover’s dream come true! The crustacean-themed calendar of nearly 60 events hosted in communities from Peggy’s Cove to Barrington and all along the Lighthouse Route invited guests to Crawl a’Board and enjoy 14 different Lobster Rolls being offered at 14 restaurants, 14 Sip & Savour Events, 5 Sports Events, 17 Art, Music, Museum and Cultural Events and 5 Lobster Getaway Packages. For the official map and details of all the listings visit www.lobstercrawl.ca.

Lucy the Lobster would like to thank Lobster Crawl Committee members Suzy Powley Atwood from the Municipality of Barrington for being so accommodating, Donna Hatt from White Point Beach Resort, for the coaching, Stephanie Miller Vincent from Quarterdeck Beachside Villas & Grill for the great FB LIVE camerawork and Heather Foster Spidell, marketer for the South Shore Tourism Co-op for keeping the Love rolling for Lucy on Twitter (yes she has her own account @LucyLobsterNS), Facebook and Instagram.

See you all next year … February  2, 8am, 2019 here in the Lobster Capital of Canada!
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South Shore Tourism Co-operative Semi-Annual Update!

It’s been five years since a team of interested and passionate individuals gathered together to model and encourage a collaborative approach to growing year-round tourism on the South Shore. This group formalized its efforts by incorporating as a Co-operative earlier this year. Now with 46 investing members and eight municipalities on board, the Nova Scotia South Shore Tourism Co-operative is tackling winter tourism. On December 5, the Group offered an update on its progress against its 2017/18 Marketing Plan which was endorsed by its members and partners in December 2016.

If you missed the update you can view the presentation here on our WordPress site where you’ll also find other information about the Co-op and how you can get involved. Thanks!

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First ever Tis the Sea’son Festival on Nova Scotia’s South Shore kicks off November 17!

Nov. 17th – Jan. 6: Tis the Sea’son to head for Nova Scotia’s South Shore! Here’s the complete line-up of festive infused events that’ll have you filled with Good Cheer!

SSTC-TisSeason-4C-FNLTis the Sea’son is a collection of Christmas related events and activities that have been registered with the South Shore Tourism Co-operative. The Co-operative has spent months identifying the many holiday activities and offerings along the Shore and we’ve tied a red bow around them for you to sip, savour and enjoy!

Watch for our Nova Scotia Lighthouse adorned wreaths in participating retailers and Co-operative members locations. The Lighthouse ornaments were specially designed and created by ARK/Lunenburg County Association for the Specially Challenged.  Please do share and partake in the festivities! We’ll see you there!

 

Tis the Sea’son Christmas Festival Calendar of Events

– Week 1 – November 17 – 24, 2017–

November 17 – Tis the Sea’son Craft Night, Atlantic Oak Island Resort with Saltbox Brewing and Front Porch Mercantile

November 17 ­– Lullaby, Chester Playhouse

November 18 – 19 – Christmas in Petite

November 18 – December 23 – Festival of Trees in Dickensville, Liverpool

November 18 – December 18 – Gingerbread House Competition & Display, Chester

November 22 – Merry Little Christmas Shopping Party – Island & Barrington Fire Hall, Centreville, CSI – 6 – 8PM

November 23 – December 9thThe Municipality of Barrington’s Festival of Lights

November 23 – Lighting of the Lobster Trap Christmas Tree – 7PM – followed by Fireworks

November 24 – 26 – Barrington Festival of Lights, Barrington

November 24 – Boxing Rock Brewing Trim our Tree Party, Shelburne – 4-8 pm

November 24 – December 3 – Father Christmas Festival, Mahone Bay

November 24 – January 6 ­– Festival of Lights White Point Beach Resort

November 24 – Lunenburg Lighting of the Vessels, Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic, Lunenburg

November 24 – Visit with Santa – Island & Barrington Passage Fire Hall, Centreville, CSI – 6PM

November 24 – 26 – Shelburne Celebrates Christmas

– Week 2 – November 25 – December 1, 2017–

November 18 – December 23 – Festival of Trees in Dickensville, Liverpool

November 18 – December 18 – Gingerbread House Competition and Display, Chester

November 23 – December 9 – The Municipality of Barrington’s Festival of Lights

November 24-25 – Father Christmas Festival, Mahone Bay

November 24 – 26 – Barrington Festival of Lights

November 24 – 26 – Shelburne Celebrates Christmas

November 24 – January 6 – Festival of Lights White Point Beach Resort

November 25 – Canada 150 Lobster Dip – 12 noon
Registration from 10:30 AM – 11:30AM – Canada 150 Swag Bag, Toque and Finishing Medal for the first 150 Participants!

November 25 – Barrington & Area Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade of Lights – 7PM

November 25 – Holiday Season Dinner & Dance, White Point Beach Resort

November 25 – Lunenburg Santa Claus Parade

November 25 – Lunenburg Heritage Christmas

November 25 – Christmas on the LaHave, Bridgewater

November 25 – Canada 150 Lobster Dip – 12 noon
Registration from 10:30 AM – 11:30AM – Canada 150 Swag Bag, Toque and Finishing Medal for the first 150 Participants!

November 25 – Barrington & Area Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade of Lights – 7PM

November 25 – Lunenburg Pilgrimage

November 30 – Christmas Craft Program for Children – Barrington Municipal Library – 6PM – 7PM

December 1 – December 3 – New Ross Christmas Festival

December 1 – Lockeport Community Tree Lighting

December 1 – 25 – Christmas by the Sea, Lockeport

December 1 – 25 – Clark’s Harbour Christmas Party

December 1 – Family Christmas Concert with Lynne Crowell – Wesley Heritage Centre, Barrington – 7PM

– Week 3 – December 2 – 8, 2017–

November 18 – December 23 – Festival of Trees in Dickensville, Liverpool

November 23 – December 9 – The Municipality of Barrington’s Festival of Lights

November 24 – January 6 – Festival of Lights White Point Beach Resort

December 1 – 25 – Clark’s Harbour Christmas Party

December 1 – 25 – Christmas by the Sea, Lockeport

December 2 – Christmas Home Tour, Barrington and Area

December 2 – Mahone Bay Reindeer Fun Run, Mahone Bay Civic Arena, 5 PM

December 2 – Boxing Rock Brewing 4 x 4, Shelburne

December 2 – ERMES Christmas Craft Market – Evelyn Richardson Memorial Elementary School, Shag Harbour – 10AM – 2PM

December 2-3 – Father Christmas Festival, Mahone Bay

December 3 – New Ross Christmas Festival Last Day

December 3 – Christmas Craft Show, Blockhouse Fire Hall

December 3 – Family Christmas Wreath Making, MARC Dayspring

December 3 – Kiwanis Christmas Festival, Astor Theatre, Liverpool

December 2 – Build Your Own Gingerbread House – Children’s Program – Barrington Municipal Library – 10AM

December 2 – 1st Annual Christmas at the Fairgrounds – Barrington Exhibition Grounds – 12PM – 4PM

December 3 – Barrington & Area Chamber of Commerce Christmas House Tour – Barrington, NS

December 8 – Christmas with the King, Astor Theatre, Liverpool

– Week 4 – December 9 – 15, 2017–

November 18 – December 18 – Gingerbread House Competition and Display, Chester

November 18 – December 23 – Festival of Trees in Dickensville, Liverpool

November 23 – December 9 – The Municipality of Barrington’s Festival of Lights

November 24 – January 6 – Festival of Lights White Point Beach Resort

December 1 – 25 – Clark’s Harbour Christmas Party

December 1 – 25 – Christmas by the Sea, Lockeport

December 9 – Holiday Season Dinner & Dance, White Point Beach Resort

December 9 – Wood’s Harbour Community Centre Christmas Craft Sale – Wood’s Harbour, 10AM

December 9 – Reindeer Dash – Sherose Island Rec Centre, 10AM

December 9 – Skate with Santa – Sandy Wickens Memorial, 6PM – 7:30PM

December 9 – Lighting of the Seal Island Light Museum Lens and Old Fashioned Christmas Concert – Old Meeting House Museum – Hosted by the Cape Sable Historical Society – dress warmly – refreshments served afterwards at the Old Court House, 6:45 PM

December 14 – Oh Canada! Dinner Theatre, Atlantica Oak Island Resort and South Shore Players

December 19 – Home for the Holidays, Astor Theatre, Liverpool

– Week 5 – December 16 – 22, 2017–

November 18 – December 18 – Gingerbread House Competition and Display, Chester

November 18 – December 23 – Festival of Trees in Dickensville, Liverpool

November 23 – December 9 – The Municipality of Barrington’s Festival of Lights

November 24 – January 6 – Festival of Lights White Point Beach Resort

December 1 – 25 – Clark’s Harbour Christmas Party

December 1 – 25 – Christmas by the Sea, Lockeport

December 17 – Old Meeting House Concert and Lighthouse Lighting, Cape Sable Island

December 17 – Santa Sunday Brunch, Atlantica Oak Island Resort & Conference Centre

December 21 – Winter Solstace Lantern Walk, MARC Dayspring

December 21 – Festive Fireside Lunch, Atlantica Oak Island Resort & Conference Centre

– Week 6 – December 23-29, 2017–

November 18 – December 23 – Festival of Trees in Dickensville, Liverpool

November 24 – January 6 – Festival of Lights White Point Beach Resort

December 1 – 25 – Clark’s Harbour Christmas Party

December 1 – 25 – Christmas by the Sea, Lockeport

December 16 – Oh Canada! Dinner Theatre, Atlantica Oak Island Resort & Conference Centre and South Shore Players

December 24 – 26 – Christmas at the Beach, White Point Beach Resort

December 26 – 29 – Boxing Week at the Beach, White Point Beach Resort

– Week 7 – December 30, 2017 – January 6, 2018 –

November 24 – January 6 – Festival of Lights White Point Beach Resort

December 30 – Lockeport Mummer’s Parade

December 30 – January 1 – New Year’s at the Beach, White Point Beach Resort

December 31 – Under the Big Top New Year’s Eve, Atlantica Oak Island Resort & Conference Centre

January 1 – Polar Punny Dip, White Point Beach Resort

January 1 – Resolution Brunch, Atlantica Oak Island Resort & Conference Centre

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aboriginal tourism: A Pathway forward

October 16, 2017

What a great day!
from Donna Hatt, Chair, South Shore Tourism Co-operative

Walked in the footsteps of Mi’kmaq ancestors with members of Aboriginal Canada’s Nova Scotia Working Group at Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site before spending time exploring Sipuke’l Gallery in Town Hall Arts and Cultural Centre in Liverpool.

Followed by a gathering of our community to learn about Aboriginal Tourism in Canada and the many opportunities to celebrate and share our rich Mi’kmaq culture.

Thank you to Robert Bernard, a fellow Nova Scotian and Chair of Aboriginal Canada for visiting our area, and Acadia First Nation for hosting us!

Living and Loving the South Shore – with Andrea and Rogerio

One of the many things we love about the South Shore Tourism Co-operative is the gift of meeting so many people and hearing their stories. Andrea and Rogerio, are supporters of our work to connect, collaborate and communicate to attract more visitors to our shores. The more we got to know Andrea and Rogerio, the more we were intrigued and inspired by their journey to Nova Scotia’s South Shore. Here is their story.

Rogerio is originally from Brazil. He admits to being unhappy there and when the opportunity presented itself, he moved to Victoria, BC. That was 28 years ago. Andrea is a Nova Scotian, growing up in Hantsport and eventually living in Halifax until 20 years ago when she too moved to Victoria. And that is where Andrea and Rogerio met and started their lives together.

Years passed and Andrea started getting homesick, like many Nova Scotians who leave for a spell. “My mom and dad lived in Nova Scotia, so I would visit all of the time. But then dad passed away and mom came to Victoria. She had dementia and needed support. So I stopped coming home … and I realized what I was missing.”

Port Medway (Photo by Rogerio Graca)

On a journey east in 2015, Rogerio fell in love with Nova Scotia. And just like that the duo agreed to return. They found a property in Port Medway where they call home. “What an amazing little community; we had no idea! A nice eclectic group of citizens from long-time fishermen to retirees from Ontario and everyone ‘intermingles’ nicely. The Port Grocer also really helps to pull the community together as a meeting place, and the citizens themselves are also very active in organizing things for our community,” says Andrea.

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Andrea and the pups at Carter’s Beach, South Shore Nova Scotia

Andrea and Rogerio confess to loving the simpler life they have discovered on the South Shore. And surprise … they love the weather! Says Andrea: “The climate here on the Southwest Shore is the closest to that of Victoria BC in all of Canada! Did you know the shortest day of the year is 40 minutes longer here than it was where we lived in BC … and there is a lot more sun during the winter.”

Eagle Head Beach. (Photo by Rogerio Graca)

A surfer, Rogerio is able to go surfing about seven minutes ‘down the road’ at a point just off Eagle Head Beach. The couple also likes to windsurf in their cove at Port Medway where they say water temperatures are ‘about 22C this time of year.’

Rogerio relishes the history and culture.  He is known to photograph architecture, lighthouses and fishing villages from different angles and perspectives. “And there is so much to do in the outdoors here. There are world-class beaches and solitude. The coastal routes here make for some of the best cycling I have seen,” says Andrea.

(Photo by Rogerio Graca)

For people wanting to move here, they believe there is a ‘tonne of untapped potential in this province as far as business goes.  “The rest of the world is doing things that haven’t caught on here … YET.  The Internet is a great way to make a living, and you don’t have to live in a big centre to do so,” says Andrea. The couple owns an exclusively online gemstone jewelry business with precision cut gemstones by Rogerio who learned the art of gem cutting in Brazil.

But most of all, they love the sense of community they have found here on the South Shore.  “We just really want to support the economy here.”

Thanks Andrea and Rogerio for sharing your story and your perspectives with us!

#southshorens

 

Artists Wanted! Mark the Date! Fall Fun and Christmas is Coming!

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Queensland Beach is just one of the many white sandy beaches along the South Shore! 
August is well underway, the days are slipping by with so many great events, festivals and folks from around the world exploring the south shore.
While we know you are very preoccupied with welcoming guests, here are a few quick bits of information and upcoming events we wanted to be sure you are aware of! Let’s call it your Top 5!
#1: Artists Wanted!
Attention South Shore Artists, Tourism Nova Scotia is looking for Nova Scotia-made gifting items for GoMedia Canada
Deadline is Aug 18. Be sure to share with your network!
#2: Mark the Date!
Lobster Festival 2018 Planning Meeting, Sept. 7, 12:30pm-2pm. Location: White Point Beach Resort 
From Feb 2-19 we’ll be celebrating Nova Scotia’s greatest culinary ingredient – lobster! We’re challenging and inviting the South Shore to help create and host this winter’s first-ever Lobster Fest. Imagine three weeks bursting with Lobster Roll Week, Savour the Sea Lobster Art Shows, Lobster Tales featuring local lobster fishermen/women, Sea Shanties, and more. Bring your ideas and energy to this kick-off planning meeting… oh winter of 2018, you are going to be a feast for all the senses!
Please RSVP your attendance by emailing Donna Hatt, Planning Committee, at donna@whitepoint.com
#3: Extra Extra, Read all about it!
Summer is sizzling as Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships cruise the South Shore. Read the latest media release now: South Shore Tourism Co-operative Media Release – August 2017
#4: Fall Fun!
September is the new August! Let’s keep the momentum rolling – give us your South Shore Top 10 Things To Do so we will promote it!
Send your ‘picks’ and photos to southshoretourism@gmail.com. And thanks to all of you who have started to send along your plans and photos … we’ll be promoting you near and far!!
#5: Christmas is coming! 
Who wears a suit of red? A cooked lobster AND Santa of course! Our ‘Tis the Sea’Son Festival is beginning to take shape thanks to our Christmas Festival Committee and our lead, Tina Grace at the Best Western Bridgewater. Register your Holiday Season event happening between Nov 19 and Jan 6 to be a part of our Christmas Season on the South Shore promotions!
You can reach Tina at tgrace@bestwesternbridgewater.com
BONUS …
Contest Prize Certificates WANTED!
We’re creating a Fall Contesting Program for our Social Media and email campaigns – are you interested in contributing?
Say yes, and specify what you are willing to provide before August 25 to southshoretourism@gmail.com.  We’re on our way to making the South Shore of Nova Scotia a four-season travel destination!

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19146056_1384756408274174_3247819139791352864_nSummer is sizzling along Nova Scotia’s South Shore and it’s not about to cool off. Hot on the heels of welcoming Canada’s Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau and his family, a parade of Tall Ships from around the world kicks off what promises to be an exceptional August for vacationers to the South Shore. (Photo Credit: Len Wagg Photography) 

img_1707Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships call on the ports of Lunenburg August 10 – 12 and Shelburne August 14 – 15. Visitors to the host communities will experience warm hospitality, glorious white sandy beaches and cultural events like the Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival with a UNESCO World Heritage Site as its backdrop. Shelburne, known as the Lobster Capital of Canada, will serve up a feast of festivities to honour Canada’s 150th birthday.

As the Tall Ships pull up their anchors, the East Coast Paracon Festival in Liverpool explores the mysteries of the universe from August 11 – 13 before welcoming the 27th Annual Hank Snow Tribute August 17-20. Paddles will make a splash in Shelburne at the Kayak Festival August 18 – 20.

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Explorers can navigate Nova Scotia’s Lighthouse Route by visiting world-famous, historic lighthouses in Peggy’s Cove, Fort Point, La Have, Liverpool, Sandy Point, Sambro and at Medway Head in Port Medway before enjoying the Lighthouse Awareness Art and Craft Show and Sale at Port Medway Lighthouse Park inspired by “What a Lighthouse Seas” August 19 -27.

Throughout the area there is plenty more to experience from Farmers Markets featuring local art and artisans, fresh local berries and produce, and harvesting your own feast at Ross Farm. Or you can simply savour your way along the Sea Food Trail at Taste of Nova Scotia’s collection of award-winning restaurants for an exceptional culinary adventure.

Nova Scotians continue to enjoy stay-cations this summer alongside travellers from around the world. While basking in the attention garnered following the Prime Minister’s visit to Kejimkujik National Park Seaside (Photo credit: Theresa Huskilson, Shelburne, NS)  and Islands Provincial Park, the Town of Lunenburg made headlines being named the Cultural Destination of the Year by Luxury Travel Guide Americas Awards based in the U.K. Lunenburg also earned a distinguished third place on the Top Ten Destinations in Canada.

“The energy and excitement here on the South Shore is growing as we realize the potential of working together to share what is special and unique about this corner of the world,” says Donna Hatt, President, South Shore Tourism Co-operative. “Other countries and provinces are discovering us and that bodes well for a growing and prosperous tourism industry, not just for the South Shore but for the entire province of Nova Scotia. Plans are well underway to bring in a spectacular Fall and Christmas Sea’son festival that will round out 2017 and give way to a new Lobster Festival in February 2018.”