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Dining on the Ocean Floor
Your Dining on the Ocean Floor culinary adventure starts at Burntcoat Head Park, the site of the world’s highest tides and one of the Seven Natural Wonders of North America. There, a local foraging expert will lead you on a tour of the area, to discover the native edibles like wild raspberries, wood sorrel, gooseberries, and edible seaweeds. Next, take the stone stairs to the ocean floor for a private tour to discover fossils and tidal pool creatures as well as see first-hand how the powerful tides impact the coastline. During the tour the tide will ebb to its lowest point and begin rising again. Cap off your culinary adventure with a 4-course seafood feast prepared by celebrated Master Chef Chris Velden, of the award-winning Flying Apron Inn and Cookery. With the ocean floor as your dining room, you’ll savor a selection of fine local cheeses and charcuterie, pasture-raised beef and Nova Scotia lobster, and enjoy drink pairings from nearby Avondale Sky Winery and Meander River Farm and Brewery. Don’t miss Meader’s award-winning Surf & Turf Scotch Ale, made with peated malt and seaweed, created exclusively for this experience. As the sun sets over Cape Blomidon, enjoy your fourth course of fresh local berries, lavender phyllo and Grand Marnier mascarpone cream, accompanied by a cup of organic fair-trade tea or coffee, all by a bonfire on the tidal flats.
The Good Cheer Trail
Grab your Good Cheer Trail passport and sample locally-produced wines, craft beers, ciders, spirits, and meet the passionate artisans who make them on the Good Cheer Trail. There are over 50 brewpubs, wineries and distilleries along the trail. The trail, which stretches from Yarmouth to Cape Breton and spans the entire province, winds through stunning landscapes, historic landmarks, beaches, farmlands, and urban areas. Tour their facilities, attend special events, and taste the latest vintage of single-malt whiskey straight from the barrel. Take the trail at your own pace, or book a guided tour with Grape Escapes or Go North Tours.
The Seafood Trail
The Nova Scotia Seafood Trail holds dozens of seafood tasting adventures. Enjoy seaside lobster boils, scallops, crab, authentic seafood chowder, and freshly shucked oysters as you wind your way along the beautiful seacoast. The Nova Scotia Seafood Trail brings together a collection of restaurants, retail and fisheries that highlight the province’s incredible seafood products, including four sub-trails the Chowder Trail, the Fish and Chips Trail, the Lobster Trail and the Oyster Trail. Visit the Old Fish Factory Restaurant in the UNESCO World Heritage site of Old Town Lunenburg, and dine on the historic waterfront. Experience an authentic Lobster Bay culinary experience at Ye Old Argyler Lodge, on the southwest coast of Nova Scotia. In the Bay of Fundy & Annapolis Valley region, in the quaint seaside fishing village of Halls Harbour, which dates back to 1779, dine at the Halls Harbour Lobster Pound & Restaurant, where you can take a tour of the nearly 200-year-old working lobster pound, enjoy waterfront dining, and views of the Bay of Fundy. After dinner, stroll along the harbour-front boardwalk. Head to Cape Breton Highlands National Park, where you can learn to lobster boil or how to hook a mackerel.
Dine by the vines
With a breathtaking view of the Bay of Fundy and the surrounding Grand Pré UNESCO World Heritage site, enjoy a five-course meal like no other at the Domaine de Grand Pré Winery, Nova Scotia’s oldest winery in the Annapolis Valley. When you arrive, enjoy a tasting and tour through the winery’s cobblestone courtyards and lush gardens. Afterwards, enjoy fresh Nova Scotia oysters shucked by Chef Jason Lynch. Then, head to the vineyard to savor the sunset and a five-course, al fresco meal prepared by Chefs Lynch & Michael Howell. Each course is paired perfectly with a short film, curated by Devour!, the world’s largest film food festival. Start each course with a short film, and insights from each chef about how the films inspired them, and the locally-sourced ingredients they used in each dish.
Paddle and feast by moonlight
Join North River Kayak Tours in Baddeck for Lighthouse Bites: Full Moon Adventure. Take a thrilling nighttime guided kayak adventure to Kidston Island, an uninhabited island in the UNESCO Bras d’Or Lake Biosphere Reserve, in Baddeck, Nova Scotia. Explore the coastline of Kidston Island before landing at the 105-year-old lighthouse and private gazebo, which is only accessible by boat. There, you’ll enjoy gourmet hors d’oeuvres prepared by celebrated chef Bryan Picard of The Bite House, one of Canada’s hottest new restaurants. Savor items paired with the award-winning local flavor of Nova Scotia’s white wine, Tidal Bay, and full-flavored, organic microbrews from Cape Breton’s Big Spruce Brewing. On the island beach near the lighthouse, enjoy live local music and the constellations, before you paddle home by the light of the moon. North River Kayak tours provides all equipment. About 1.8 miles of paddling total.