Spotlight_Vol 23_Issue_4

This issue explores the Tides, Towns & Tranquility of Nova Scotia's Bay of Fundy along with some of the best places to eat, play, and stay while visiting the province and region this year and beyond. Sharing the cover with Pines Bay Acres, are the Seaside Shanty, The Clairestone Inn, R&B Adventures, the Rodd Grand Yarmouth and the experts of keeping you comfortable TNB Plumbing Heating Air Conditioning Ltd

THE CLAIRESTONE INN Stay & Explore Isle Madame Shauna Austin was missing inspiration, and felt a calling back to Cape Breton, to the remote Isle Madame, Nova Scotia after being away from home for many years to continue her entrepreneurial journey. Returning to her roots and happy to be close to her family, Austin took on a business project that would give her and a local business a fresh start and guests the opportunity to experience the warm, Nova Scotian hospitality that brought her back to this little Island home.





12 CANADIAN ENERGY Making progress on Canadian oil sands CO2 emissions intensity

16 CONTRACTOR'S CORNER Your Protocol for Completing a Successful Renovation Project 22 INCLUSION IN INDUSTRY Indigenous Communities Benefiting One Year after Enbridge Pipeline Ownership Deal 26 ENTREPRENEURIAL LI F ESTYLE Work-Life Balance Shouldn't be a Balancing Act 98 ARCHITECTURE INNOVATION How AR Uses 3D Visualization to Transform Your Home 122 NURTURING YOUR HOBBIES How to Keep Your Favourite Items Safe and Sound 134 GUILTY CHOCOHOLIC MAMA I Miss You!

RODD GRAND YARMOUTH True Maritime Hospitality with Every Stay

The Rodd family hospitality business has been there for tourists for eighty-eight years and counting. Starting from a small group of cottages to a large hotel family-owned chain with third­ generation company leadership.

Guests who stay at a Rodd Hotels & Resorts property can count on exceptional service as if they are part of the family too. With an insider look at the Rodd Grand Yarmouth Hotel, we dive further into the Maritime hospitality in the coastal town of Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, and what the Rodd Grand Hotel has to offer those coming to this seaside town for business or pleasure. THE BAY OF FUNDY Tides, Towns & Tranquility

The fourth and final installment of our Canada's Ocean Playground Series explores the extraordinary Bay of Fundy region, which is a body of water that lies between Nova Scotia and New Brunswick on Canada's East Coast plus is also so large that it even touches the state of Maine in the United States. It is known for extremely high tides, amazing shellfish, outstanding whale-watching experiences, phenomenal fossil and rock-hounding experiences, and some of the best places to eat, play and stay along the Fundy shoreline.



Heading back to the mainland on Highway 217 we head to Digby, which was formally settled and surveyed as a town in June 1783 by the United Empire Loyalists under the leadership of Sir Robert Digby, hence the name. Throughout the 19th century, the town developed a sizable shipping fleet. One famous Digby vessel was the brigantine Dei Gratia, which discovered the famous mystery ship Mary Celeste that was adrift and deserted in the

Atlantic Ocean off the Azores Islands. The Mary Celeste was discovered on December 4, 1872. This is an intriguing story because the ship was found in dishevelled but seaworthy condition under partial sail with the lifeboat missing. The last entry in the ship's log was dated ten days earlier. The Mary Celeste left New York City for Genoa on November 7 and was still amply provisioned when found. Her cargo of alcohol was intact, and the captain's and crew's personal belongings were undisturbed. None of those who had been on board were ever seen or heard from again and the mystery has never been solved but residents will be happy to share the stories regarding the fate of those on board that have been passed on over the years. Tourism has played an important role in Digby since the start of the 20th century, beginning with the establishment of railway and steamship links.




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For our next stop, we follow the shoreline on Highway #1 to Annapolis Royal, where it feels as though you have stepped back in time. Stroll through a designated National Historic District of quaint tree-lined streets peppered with heritage homes, the Fort Anne National Historic Site, which was the site of several forts dating back to the early 17th century and the beautiful Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens, the oldest formal gardens in North America. Annapolis Royal has one of the highest concentrations of heritage buildings in Canada (135 and counting). The town of Annapolis Royal contains an unusual treasure of heritage buildings, including the oldest wooden frame buildings in Canada. The charm of this small sea­ side town that is deeply steeped in history and tradition will leave you wanting to extend your

Annapolis Royal vacation.

Idyllically situated between mountain and sea, Annapolis Royal offers a stunning waterfront shopping area, an enviable selection of restaurants and cafes like the Sissiboo Coffee Roaster where they curate ethically sourced beans and roast them with precision and care. Their warm and charming cafe fosters a unique coffee culture that reflects their commitment to quality, sustainability, and the transformative power of great coffee to enrich local communities and economies. If you love coffee as much as we do, then you must check them out in either Annapolis Royal or at their main location in Bear River.





After an exciting visit to Aylesford, it is time to jump back on Highway #1 to Kentville. What was once an Acadian farming town, Kentville has since emerged as the business centre of Kings County, located in the heart of the Annapolis Valley. Kentville offers many business services, activities, festivals and 'must stop' locations. One of those 'must stop' locations is the CentreStage Theatre. Since its inception, the theatre has provided the Valley with not only excellent productions, but also an outlet for the creative talents of its citizens for almost 40 years. As a result, the theatre has garnered a large and dedicated following among the members of the

results in a production that is presented to the general public.

In June, Kentville hosts the Devil's Half Acre Motorcycle Rally. The event takes its name from a popular nickname for Kentville in the early 1900s. The event offers many activities that are open to everyone, not just motorcyclists. However, the bulk of the activities are aimed at bikers and motorcycle enthusiasts. Kentville is also well known for its Pumpkin People Festival which sees the pumpkin people coming back to life and making their way from the fields to the streets every October. Each year offers a new theme and lots of fun activities for the whole family.

theatre-going public. CentreStage produces eight different plays a year, each of them running for six consecutive weekends on Friday and Saturday evenings. During the run of each show, provision has been made for several matinee performances, giving you ample opportunity to take in the mix of comedies, mystery thrillers, musicals, and warm-hearted dramas. They also offer theatre camps for children, which typically



Now that we are rested up, we continue our journey through the province's Noel Shore where the Guinness Book of World Records lists Burntcoat Head Park as the site of the highest tides on earth with an amazing tide of 21.6 metres (71 feet) which occurred in October 1869. It caused extensive destruction to ports and communities, much of which was attributed to a two-meter storm surge created by the Saxby Gale, a tropical cyclone. The storm coincided with a perigean spring tide that caused waves to breach the dykes protecting low-lying farmland in the Minas Basin and the Tantramar Marshes, sending ocean waters surging far inland. At low tide, you can walk the ocean floor at Burntcoat Head Park and marvel at the beautiful seascapes sculpted by the tides. At high tide, just up Route 215 which is the amazing Shubenacadie River and the only place in the world where you can experience the tidal phenomena known as tidal bore rafting. As the water from the Bay of Fundy gets funneled into the shallow Shubenacadie River, it channels to create a surge of water. The front wave of this very few places in the world that have a tidal bore and even fewer that can compare in size! After the tidal bore goes by, the river reverses direction and starts flowing inland at nearly 30km/hr. It is because of the huge volume of water forcing its way into the shallow waters that creates our rapids ranging from 4-12ft standing waves! Fundy Tidal Bore Adventures is a family-run premium rafting company. Their focus is on your safety and giving you the very best adventure experience possible. No

paddling is required as your experienced guide navigates the waters on custom zodiacs. Just hold on and enjoy the thrill of this ultimate epic adventure, twice daily, every day from May until late October.

For those readers who are history buffs, the village of Maitland in the Noel Shore area is Nova Scotia's first Heritage Conservation District. Here, the stately Lawrence House Museum shares the area's incredible shipbuilding past. The nearby Frieze and Roy General Store has been serving the community since 1839, that is 28 years before Confederation, making the general store older than the country it calls home and the oldest in Canada. During the 1800s and 1900s, the 184-year-old store was the center of shipping, shipbuilding, and trading on the Bay of Fundy and Shubenacadie Canal and yes, it is still open so check it out. surge is known as the Tidal Bore. There are .-------------------..�



A great home for your time in Truro is the Inn on Prince. Conveniently located in the heart of the Hub Town with easy access roadways to the surrounding areas. It has everything you need whether you're just passing through town, on business, or staying for a while to enjoy nearby attractions, events or festivals. Relax after a busy day of meetings or exploring and make a splash in their heated indoor pool then dine in at the on­ site restaurant, lounge, and seasonal patio. Whether it be a casual meeting with friends or a celebratory dinner, Bistro on Prince is the perfect spot for all occasions. Don't forget to stop by in the morning for your complimentary hot buffet breakfast to get you ready for the day wherever it takes you.

ocated in the hamlet of Wentworth in the Wentworth Valley about 48 km (30mi) northwest of Truro, is Ski Wentworth. A Canadian alpine ski hill in Nova Scotia's Cobequid Hills. It is the largest alpine ski facility in Nova Scotia, having a 248-metre (815 ft) vertical difference offering four seasons of activity and boasting some of the most varied and challenging ski and mountain bike terrains in the Maritime Provinces. Whether you are skiing, biking, hiking, or snowshoeing with 4 lifts, 20+ alpine trails, 3 terrain parks, ski/snowboard cross, there are a variety of trails that will challenge anyone from beginner to expert.



It is a neat little place just off the highway that is definitely worth the trip. It is a must-stop destination for the cheese, interaction with the animals, and the view. As we continue West on Trunk 2, we head towards Economy and Five Islands, named after five small islands - Moose, Diamond, Long, Egg, and Pinnacle. Located just off the coast, the islands are visible as you drive along the shore. Five Islands is home to the Five Islands Provincial Park, one of Nova Scotia's premiere outdoor destinations. Situated 24 km (15 mi) east of Parrsboro, the park features 90-metre (300-ft.) sea cliffs overlooking the world's highest tides. It is a spectacular setting for camping and has many opportunities that abound for hiking, beachcombing, rock collecting, and clam digging. But check tide times as a precaution before walking on the mud flats as the Fundy tides rise very quickly. Red Head Trail offers four of the best views of the islands and the basin. You can enjoy hiking, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing on the west side of Economy Mountain with 5.2 km (3.2 mi) of tracked trails, which are marked and mapped. Although there are no facilities or services offered in the winter months, the park is open for winter recreational activities. The park road is normally plowed to the parking lot near the start of the Economy Mountain Trail.

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seafood 'shack' right on the beach on Parrsboro Harbour. It has two dining areas, both offering views of the beach. It's also a great place for takeout to eat on the beach and enjoy the great harbour views, which include the Parrsboro Lighthouse. You can expect friendly service and reasonable prices. Trust me, you will want to save room for dessert.

chilly evenings, while others are insulated with electric heat. All cabins are equipped with kitchenettes and have 2 burner hot plates, microwave, kettle, toaster, coffeemaker, fridge, pots, pans, dishes, and cutlery to make it your home away from home. If you are looking to leave the cooking to someone else, you are in luck at the Harbour View Restaurant which is located right next to the main Pier in Parrsboro. Their fried clams and scallops are absolutely delicious and some of the best I've ever had. They were big, and perfectly battered. That being said, I don't think you can go wrong with anything on the menu of this quaint little



We finish our journey around the bay traveling on Nova Scotia Highway 209 from Parrsboro to Spencer's Island with its beaches and historic lighthouse that dates to 1904. Recently granted permission by the Canadian Coast Guard to turn the light back on, the lighthouse is open to the public with pictures of the shipbuilding and shipbuilding artifacts on display. We then make our way to Advocate Harbour, a small well-protected fishing harbour opening on the Bay of Fundy, which dries at low tide. The scenic Cape d'Or Lighthouse and Cape Chignecto Provincial Park attract tourists and hikers. Due to the extreme tidal range in this area, it is also a well-known sea kayaking destination. The coastal erosion creates sea stacks, caves, and arches, and a long rocky beach with large amounts of driftwood is popular with


Back on the 209, you travel through the Raven Head Wilderness Area, which is 44 km of undeveloped coast along the Bay of Fundy, between Apple Head and Two Rivers. The area features fossil-bearing coastal cliffs, sheltered coves, beaches, small salt marshes, and coastal forest. It provides habitat for the endangered mainland moose and other sensitive species.

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