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Scottish Pines on the Gulf Shore of Nova Scotia is about 15 km from the scenic little village of Pugwash, home of Cyrus Eaton and The Peace Conferences.

The Gathering of the Clans is held every July 1st when we celebrate Canada Day with highland dancing, Scottish piping, a parade, entertainment, and elaborate fireworks at dusk. Harbourfest is scheduled for July 22nd, 23rd, and 24th. Going south east 8km to Wallace you can fish or go kayaking or canoeing in the Wallace River or pick up fresh lobster at the wharf (in season). You may be interested in visiting the National Wildlife Sanctuary at Wallace Bay.

Follow the Sunrise Trail toward Tatamagouche another picturesque village. Here you will find the Fraser Cultural Centre, Sunrise Trail Museum, The Balmoral Grist Mill and the Creamery Square where they house the North Shore Archives and the Farmers Market on Saturday 8:00am until noon. The Jost Vineyards in Malagash offer tours year round where they have a wine store and gift shop. They have won many international awards and love to showcase this fact to all visitors.

Continuing east you will next experience River John a former ship building community, and then Pictou where the Scottish immigrants landed on The Ship Hector in 1773. Continue on to New Glasgow, the province's fourth largest urban area and home of the Riverfront Music Jubilee July 29th, 30th and 31st, the annual Dragon Boat Festival and the Johnny Miles Marathon.

Another 110 km to the Canso Causeway leads you on to Cape Breton Island. You should allow more time for a trip around the Cabot Trail. It is well worth an overnight en route especially if you plan to visit the Fortress of Louisburg, a National Historic site.

Heading west from Scottish Pines leads you through Oxford, the blueberry capital of Canada. They have some interesting antique and gift shops. You are about 50 minutes from Springhill, home of the Anne Murray Center and Miners Museum. We also recommend you visit Joggins Fossil cliffs and Center or Parrsboro to see the changing of the tides in the Bay of Fundy. Twice a day, the highest tides in the world may reach 4.6 feet. The Ships Company Theatre in Parrsboro stages new plays every season.

From Scottish Pines it's easy to do a day trip to Prince Edward Island via the Confederation Bridge or to New Brunswick via Amherst to visit Sackville or Moncton for shopping and sightseeing. You can be in three provinces in a single day!

Halifax the capital of Nova Scotia is about 2 hours away and offers many historic sites and excellent shopping and theatre. You may want to stop in Truro "the hub of the Maritimes" where all major highways intersect. Victoria Park a national woodland park offering walking or cycling trails, two sets of waterfalls and a public swimming pool and water park may interest your family. Google any of these areas for attractions or information on events schedules for the summer months. Our wish is that you enjoy a memorable Maritime experience by the sea. ' Go Maire tu on la" (Many happy returns).

Nova Scotia is one of three Maritime Provinces (New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island being the other two), a region of Eastern Canada. The word "Maritime" means "of the sea". The Maritimes are home to Mi'kmaq and Maliseet people and have an extensive history of French and British settlement dating back to the seventeenth century, forming a unique culture that predates Canada, The black population are descendants of the West Indies or former African American runaway slaves, loyalists, largely concentrated in Nova Scotia.

British settlement accelerated through the late 18th century and into the 19th century with significant immigration to the region as a result of Scottish migrants displaced by the Highland clearances and Irish escaping the Great Irish Famine. A significant portion of the three provinces are influenced by Celtic heritage, with Scottish Gaelic having been widely spoken.

The Maritimes have a mixture of traditions and cultural activities many traced back to rural resources-based economies of fishing, agriculture, forestry and coal mining. Cultural activities are fairly diverse throughout the region and tend to follow the particular cultural heritage of specific locals. A fragment of Gaelic culture remains in Nova Scotia but primarily on Cape Breton island that merged with the Colony of Nova Scotia in 1820.

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