The Enchanted Land

Magical Nova Scotia

Here's a puzzle for you. From these six clues see how quickly you can identify the wonderful part of the world we're about to visit. First, its sailors are renowned for their daring at sea. Second, its beautiful landscape inspired a famous poem. Third, travel there is extremely easy. Fourth, the food won't upset your stomach — unless you eat too much. Fifth, the local language is very familiar to your ears. Sixth,"loonies" are so common you can touch one every day. Figured it out yet? Okay, one last clue: our destination is right here on the North American continent.

The inspired poem was "Evangeline" by Longfellow, the local language is English, and the answer to the puzzle is . . . the Canadian maritime province of Nova Scotia, a land so enchanted it might have been created by magic. So where, exactly, is Nova Scotia?

It's an almost-island in the Atlantic Ocean, barely attached to the Canadian province of New Brunswick. It's only about 60 miles east of Maine, across the Bay of Fundy.

I think of Nova Scotia as a land of horizontal beauty: tranquil lakes, cool forests, and rugged coastlines. There are few places on this planet as pleasing to the senses. Picture white two-story homes with gables and red barns, and beech-fir-maple forests, and lighthouse beacons piercing the night sky.

Imagine fishing villages, stacks of weathered lobster pots, and Cape Island dories tugging at their buoys. Think of good roads, courteous drivers, reasonable prices, and no need to lock your door.

Published: 30 Apr 2002 | Last Updated: 15 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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