Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Nova Scotia's South Shore

Breaking news in our local paper: South Shore a top travel spot, says National Geographic
"National Geographic Travel Magazine ranked the South Shore of Nova Scotia eighth among 99 areas overall and placed it in the top category, which is reserved for coastal regions in excellent shape, relatively unspoiled and likely to remain so."

From http://www.traveler.nationalgeographic.com/:
Score: 77

With its lighthouse-studded peninsulas and cozy harborside villages, Nova Scotia's foggy South Shore conforms to the quintessential image of Atlantic Canada.

Here is a representative sampling of additional anonymous comments from the panelists. They are not necessarily the views of the National Geographic Society:

"Much to appreciate about the South Shore. Towns like Bridgewater, Lunenburg and Mahone Bay seem to remain relatively the same throughout the years. Numbers can be problematic in peak season, but this is no St. Tropez. The communities are still heavily involved in small shops and properties, keeping an authenticity that is becoming increasingly rare these days."

"Lack of swimming beaches and cold temperatures limits tourism to on-shore activities, including history. Driving tours are popular to enjoy the vistas along the shore."

"Beautiful area but threatened by a real estate boom that has seen outsiders "take over" communities as escalating prices push out locals. The shoreline is beautiful, though, and the area is rife with maritime history, cuisine, music, and culture. A great place to visit!"

"Small coastal communities with their backs to forest and lakes. Major draw for summer cottage life."

And I am lucky enought to live here!


Karen said...

See, you really do live in one amazing part of the world :-)

Janet said...

Coastal Nova Scoptia is seeing a decline in community volunteerism which has been the lifeblood of maintaining infrastructure in our communities.
For each house/property that is sold to a cfa (come from away) and opened only for a couple of months or even less, we see a resultant loss of volunteers - I think of one example where the sale and renovation of a village house resulted in a family of mom, pop and two young adults leaving the area and relinquishing their support of fire deparment, community hall, suppers, all day community celebrations etc. This is multiplied in each community and although many new holiday residents are supportive, they lack the total commitment to a community which they see as a vacation spot, not their children's future.
I have very mixed feelings about gentrification and especially about pricing middle class local young people out of the housing market.
We need to remember that tourism is full of entry level and seasonal employment and you can't buy a home and raise a family on that.
There is no doubt, however, that we are fortunate to live in a beautiful place, but we need to be vigilant to keep it that way.

Sandy aka Doris the Great said...

Did I read "lack of swimming beaches"? What about Rissers? Or Crescent? Or Green Bay? Or Herman's? etc etc etc.

But yes, we are lucky! The south shore is beautiful.

Loth said...

Drat! I don't want everyone else discovering NS for their vacations! It's mine, I tell you, MINE!!!!!!!!

Patchmaker said...

Yup, we have the most beautiful province of all!

martha brown said...

I don't think that there is a lack of swimming beaches!