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Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Nova Scotia Fall 

Nova Scotia Department of Tourism, Culture, and Heritage is reminding vacationers of the beauty of Nova Scotia in the fall. From golfing in the fresh, clear air of the East Coast, to plenty of exciting Halloween activities and fairs for the whole family.

Nova Scotia boasts around four million hectares of woodland rich with maple, birch, oak and mountain ash and in the fall they burst into an explosion of brilliant colour, For leaf peepers the Department of Tourism's website provides a Leaf Watch service, operational between mid September and the end of October.

The Department of Tourism website includes leaf reports, to assist in planning fall foliage outings, and new web cams which provide a sneak peek of the scenery at a number of locations throughout the province. Visitor Information Centres also offer pocket-size Leaf Watch brochures which include maps for 85 locations around Nova Scotia where fall colours are displayed at their finest, as well as a quick reference of tree types and their leaves, helping leaf watchers identify the most vibrant trees.

Active outdoor enthusiasts, might enjoy a guided 'easy walking' tour of the Annapolis Valley and South Shore which covers not only forest trails and coastal hikes, but also includes a Nova Scotia wine tour, tasting and dinner at an award-winning valley vineyard; that's my kind of hike. A more strenuous adventure, that lends a whole new perspective to leaf watching, is a six-hour kayak tour along the coastline of Cape Chignecto in mid to late October. Alternatively, Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site, offers visitors great hiking, biking, canoeing and camping, while viewing fall foliage. A final recommendation for that outdoor autumn adventure, is the incomparable Cape Breton Island, it is said that the Nova Scotia Cabot Trail and Cape Breton Highland offer tourists some of the best leaf watching look-outs available.

Visitors seeking accommodation for an autumn getaway in Nova Scotia, will find a complete listing of inns, cottages, resorts, and bed and breakfasts at the Nova Scotia Department of Tourism website.

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