Nova Scotia Explorer Anniversary Giveaway!

Last Updated on July 6, 2021

Happy one year Anniversary to Nova Scotia Explorer!

In September 2019 I bought the url for this website while at a travel blogging conference in Italy after suggestions from friends. Niche blogs in the travel industry were becoming more popular and I thought Nova Scotia would be the perfect niche for me. I held onto the url for a few months and finally started building the website in January 2020. Then we all know what happened that March, the whole world basically shut down and travel almost became non-existent because of COVID-19.

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I suddenly had a lot of time on my hands as the world stopped which gave me more time to work on my site. Finally on July 6, 2020 I officially launched I am excited now to celebrate it’s one year anniversary with all of you!

This website has been a precious gift and has allowed me to explore a lot more of my home province and share it with the world. I got to explore way more than I ever would have. I visited many places that I had never been, found new favourite places to eat, explored some amazing beaches, went chasing waterfalls, made new friends, and I feel like I still haven’t even scratched the surface of what our amazing province has to offer.

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Thank you for supporting Nova Scotia Explorer

I want to give a big thanks to all of my supporters this past year. From friends and family who have encouraged me, to people who have guest posted, people who have let me use their images, people who have supported me literally and more. Also I’d like to give a big thanks to the people that have promoted me whether it was as simple as a RT on Twitter or interviewing me for the news or radio. A big thanks also goes to the various tourism boards, tour operators, businesses, accommodations and more that have worked with me this past year especially Tourism Nova Scotia.

I created this site to promote and encourage tourism and exploration in Nova Scotia and I hope to keep doing it for many more years to come. If we haven’t worked together yet be sure to connect with me on social or at [email protected]

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Nova Scotia Explorer Anniversary Giveaway!

To celebrate this milestone I want to share some of my favourite local Nova Scotian things with you with a HUGE giveaway!


A Bougie Box Charcuterie for 2-4 people

I have always been a big charcuterie fan and have eaten some of the best around the world. I’ve had the finest jamon iberico in Spain, in Italy I’ve eaten the finest culatello and so much more. In 2020 and 2021 charcuterie boxes became trendy across TikTok and Instagram. Many self made charcuterie businesses popped up online including locally on Instagram in Nova Scotia. Featuring not only tasty charcuterie but also local cheese, desserts, crackers, bread, fruits, local honey and more.

Bougie Box Charcuterie owned and operated by the lovely Yesir quickly became one of my favouites. You can tell she puts a lot of thought and care into making the boxes and they are so reasonably priced. Check her out on Instagram and DM to order.

For this giveaway she is graciously providing a Bougie Box which feeds 2-4 people. The Bougie Box is an assortment of specialty meats, cheese and a combination of local fruits, vegetables, crackers and nuts. Also included are macaroons and local jam or honey. Pair this box with your favourite Nova Scotian wine or craft beer and cider for a delicious treat!

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A Wine Tour for two with the Magic Winery Bus

Several years ago I took a sommelier course in Halifax so that I could better understand and write and create content about wine. Now eight years later I still haven’t quite completed the course (it’s really hard!) but I do appreciate and love wine so much more. Especially our local Nova Scotian wines. With over 20 vineyards and 70+ grape growers in the province there is so much local wine to love and learn about, but where do you start?

The Magic Winery Bus tour is an awesome vineyard tour operator located in Wolfville in the Annapolis Valley. They offer a guided double decker wine tour experience visiting four different vineyards in the region. Not only does the Magic Winery Bus take you to some of the very best vineyards we have but they also provide you with tons of wine history, information, facts and entertainment. The guides can suggest the best wine pairings, they give you time to enjoy tastings at every stop, and you also have time to make many wine purchases. They also of course drive you everywhere so no designated driver is needed and they can tour you around safely.

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For this giveaway they are providing a Thursday or Friday wine tour for two! To learn more about their tours available and what is included this their site

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A One Night Stay for up to four people at the Valley Sky Luxury Camping Domes!

If you have been following me on Instagram, Facebook or TikTok you have seen how much I love the Valley Sky Luxury Camping Domes! Located in Wolfville just 2kms past Luckett’s Vineyard these charming geodesic domes are luxury in the woods. Each dome sleeps four people, two on the main level and two in the loft where you can open the ceiling panels and sleep under the stars.

These luxury glamping domes come fully equipped with a mini kitchenette, full bathroom, dining table, chairs for lounging, and a propane stove to heat the dome on cool nights and winter months. On the outdoor private deck there is also a BBQ, fire table and the best part, a private hot tub. These domes also happen to be the prefect place to enjoy a delicious charcuterie box with your new wine purchases after you tour some of the nearby vineyards in Wolfville.

For this contest there will be ONE winner who can win: 1x Bougie Box, 2 x Magic Winery Bus tour tickets for a Thursday/Friday tour and a 1 night stay for up to four people at the Valley Sky Luxury Camping. To enter to win follow the prompts below.

The contest is open from today, July 6th, 2021, and closes at 12pm AST on Monday, July 12th, 2021 to Nova Scotians ONLY and must be 19+. (Sorry, everyone else.) Winners will be chosen at random and contacted on July 13th, 2021.

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  • Reply Erin Bray July 6, 2021 at 9:01 pm

    Happy Anniversary!

    • Reply Kelly Herd July 12, 2021 at 9:33 pm

      Happy Anniversary 😊

    • Reply Megan Blakeley July 12, 2021 at 10:49 pm

      Happy anniversary!

  • Reply Jennifer Walker July 6, 2021 at 9:08 pm

    I can’t believe it’s been a year! Time is just not real these days!!!

  • Reply Kanae July 6, 2021 at 9:09 pm

    Happy one year anniversary! I’m looking forward to future post 🙂

  • Reply Pam July 6, 2021 at 9:16 pm

    Thanks for sharing the love … we love you right back! And there is still so much more to explore … like yurts in Guysborough, Cape Breton Lobsterlicious Festival, climb Cape Forchu Lighthouse, sport clay shooting at Fox Harb’r Resort … I could go on and on! 😉

  • Reply Melanie July 6, 2021 at 9:35 pm

    Love that you are helping us all discover the hidden gems in our beautiful province!! Thank you !! Keep on exploring!!

  • Reply Samantha July 6, 2021 at 9:37 pm

    I follow you on tiktok! So excited to see more from you!

  • Reply Jen July 6, 2021 at 10:05 pm

    Congratulations on 1 year! Love following you!

  • Reply Maritza Snyman July 6, 2021 at 10:09 pm

    Happy Anniversary! 🥂

  • Reply Laura July 6, 2021 at 10:17 pm

    Happy anniversary. I can’t wait to try the domes 😀

  • Reply Amy July 6, 2021 at 10:45 pm

    I love reading your blogs! So many great ideas and places I haven’t been, even though I have lived in NS most of my life. Keep up the great work and congrats on your anniversary 🎉

  • Reply Lori W July 6, 2021 at 10:48 pm

    Love your content! So many great local ideas! Keep it comin’! 🙂

  • Reply Aleea Edwards July 6, 2021 at 10:51 pm

    I love exploring here in the Valley. Lots to see, taste and try!

  • Reply Brittany Garrison July 6, 2021 at 11:05 pm

    Happy Anniversary 😊

    • Reply Ann July 7, 2021 at 10:10 am

      Happy anniversary! My birthday is July 11 th, so that would be a nice gift… wink wink nudge nudge. Haha

      • Reply Ann Smith July 7, 2021 at 10:12 am

        I have no idea how this came on as a reply to the comment, instead of its own comment. Sorry

        • Reply Haoruo Fu July 10, 2021 at 11:39 am

          Happy Anniversary!!! I live in Nova Scotia. Thanks for giving more ideas how to explore better 🙂

      • Reply Hayley July 10, 2021 at 3:40 pm

        Happy Anniversary! 🎉

  • Reply Robin Gushue July 6, 2021 at 11:11 pm

    Happy Anniversary! My favorite place to eat, while in Peggy’s Cove, is The Rhubarb restaurant. You are always greeted with a warm welcome and treated to a delicious meal. I highly recommend the braised lamb shank….delish!!

  • Reply Erin O'Keefe July 6, 2021 at 11:40 pm

    Happy anniversary!

  • Reply Jayde July 6, 2021 at 11:41 pm

    So amazing! Would love to win this give away. I can’t wait to visit the wineries this summer as well as cape breton this fall ❤️

  • Reply Val Kean July 6, 2021 at 11:47 pm

    Happy Anniversary 😊 what a great giveaway, I love hiking, visiting beaches, chasing waterfalls and love trying seafood dishes along the way!

  • Reply Kerry July 6, 2021 at 11:51 pm

    Love the blog and getting to see all the best of NS! Thank you!!

  • Reply Eva Gagnon July 7, 2021 at 12:10 am

    Happy Anniversary! This is an amazing giveaway!

  • Reply Jenn July 7, 2021 at 12:14 am

    Happy Anniversary!
    One of my all time favorite places to visit is McNabs Island! The tours that Friends of McNabs Island puts on are amazing, or go and explore on your own!!! You won’t be disappointed!

  • Reply Danica July 7, 2021 at 1:02 am

    Happy Anniversary! One of my favourite places to visit is our amazing beaches to watch a sunset! While in Truro I love to eat at the nook and cranny. They have a delicious Caesar.

  • Reply Jessica July 7, 2021 at 1:03 am

    I’ve been watching your Tiktok for awhile now and love it! ♥️ Enjoy your future travels! (come visit Yarmouth 😉)

  • Reply Danica July 7, 2021 at 1:06 am

    Happy anniversary! One of my favourite places to visit is any beach to watch a sunset! I love to visit the Nook and Cranny in Truro to eat. They have a delicious Caesar!

  • Reply SJ July 7, 2021 at 2:45 am

    Loving all the great staycation suggestions! Looking forward to trying some of these adventures this summer. 😁🙏

  • Reply Dawn July 7, 2021 at 4:03 am

    Happy anniversary
    Chasing waterfalls
    Chilling at the beaches

  • Reply JoKing July 7, 2021 at 4:34 am

    Nova Scotia is full of many wonderful places. My favourite would be the Cabot Trail. Food anything from the ocean fresh is preferable. Happy Anniversary!

  • Reply Diane July 7, 2021 at 10:04 am

    Happy anniversary to a great blog!

  • Reply Alyshia Wambolt July 7, 2021 at 10:16 am

    One of my favourite places to travel to in Nova Scotia would have to be Carter’s Beach. I love that it has nice white sand , three beaches in one , and has waters that look like you would see down south. People say it’s cold, but me and my aunt and children swam in it for hours when we went and it was fine. It was an amazing experience and we definitely will be going again this summer 😍❤️🌊🏖

  • Reply Janice smith July 7, 2021 at 10:21 am

    Congratulations! What a great way to celebrate!

  • Reply Marcie July 7, 2021 at 10:56 am

    Yay! I’m so excited for the opportunity for the giveaway! Thank you and congrats! I’ve been loving this blog

  • Reply Melanie C July 7, 2021 at 11:18 am

    Happy Anniversary! I love seeing all the places you have been: new and familiar.

  • Reply Lynn MacDougall July 7, 2021 at 11:32 am

    I love clams and chips and would enjoy them in Five Islands !!! Happy Anniversary to you

  • Reply Kayla McLennon July 7, 2021 at 12:07 pm

    Thank you for being the explorer I strive to be! We based our whole summer plans on places you’ve seen and things you’ve done! We appreciate you 🙂

  • Reply Jodi July 7, 2021 at 12:11 pm

    Happy Anniversary! This would be an awesome win!

  • Reply Kayla McLennon July 7, 2021 at 12:34 pm

    Thanks for being the explorer I strive to be! Happy anniversary 🙂 we based our summer vacation on your must sees and dos! You’re the best

  • Reply Danielle Corbett July 7, 2021 at 1:31 pm

    Favourite touring destinations are Cape Breton, Lunenburg and Upper Bay of Fundy areas. Favourite food destination is the Wild Caraway in Advocate Harbour! If you’ve never been, you must go! My fave restaurant in NS! <3

  • Reply Brenda G July 7, 2021 at 1:48 pm

    Happy anniversary!! I love following along on your NS adventures!! My favourite place to explore is Cape Breton, so many amazing hikes and the views are the best!! And locally I love Duncan’s Cove! 🙂

  • Reply Marissa Bernard July 7, 2021 at 2:02 pm

    Happy Anniversary!
    My favourite place to eat in NovaScotia definitely has to be the fried clams from Dianes Restaurant in Five Islands. Followed by a great walk along the beach at Partridge Island in Parrsboro to ground myself in one of the beautiful places of one of the Mi’kmaq legends I was told as a child. It’s a great family friendly environment.

  • Reply Jasmine July 7, 2021 at 2:02 pm

    Happy Anniversary!
    Carters Beach is definitely one of my favorite experiences in NS

  • Reply Kaitlin July 7, 2021 at 2:40 pm

    Beautiful province to grow up in. Great idea for a giveaway!

  • Reply Kelly Bethune July 7, 2021 at 4:06 pm

    I live here and didn’t know about some of these fantastic experiences.

  • Reply Jenn Parsons July 7, 2021 at 4:23 pm

    My favorite Nova Scotia experience every year is ALWAYS a wine tour with girlfriends!! The valley is my fave!!
    I do also enjoy chasing waterfalls with my Hunnie in the Winter & Spring.

  • Reply Nola Hines July 7, 2021 at 7:35 pm

    Happy 1st birthday!!!

  • Reply Cassandra McCormick July 7, 2021 at 9:26 pm

    Yay!!! Would love to do cape breton but also love going down to the valley every fall!

  • Reply Melissa Graham July 7, 2021 at 9:55 pm

    Thank you for the opportunity to win!! My favourite place to eat is Luckett’s Winery and fav wine is Planter’s Ridge Tidal Bay ❤🥂

  • Reply Laura Dole July 8, 2021 at 9:02 am

    Happy Anniversary! Thank-you for sharing your experiences. We have such a beautiful province. The wineries in the valley and beaches along the south shore are my favourite summer experiences. Hiking and waterfalls the rest of the year!

  • Reply Monique Bullen July 8, 2021 at 10:52 am

    Congratulations and thank you for the chance to win this incredible giveaway!!!

  • Reply Sara Ericsson July 8, 2021 at 6:13 pm

    Congrats on your anniversary! Great contest on a great blog – will be returning to read! <3

  • Reply Liz July 8, 2021 at 6:37 pm

    So excited about this giveaway! Thank you for using Covid-19 as a chance to start Nova Scotia Explorer and bring all the amazing things about this region into the spotlight 🙂

  • Reply Calen Murray July 8, 2021 at 11:29 pm

    Congrats on 1 year! Its been really great to follow

  • Reply Kathleen July 9, 2021 at 2:55 am

    Just found you! I’ll be following 😊

  • Reply Giovanna July 9, 2021 at 3:08 am

    Happy anniversary! Looking forward to seeing more of your adventures

  • Reply Cherie July 9, 2021 at 10:10 am

    Happy Anniversary 🙂

  • Reply Kerry Comeau July 9, 2021 at 11:48 am

    Happy Anniversary! I love visiting Route 19 brewery in Inverness after a day o. The beautiful beach!

  • Reply Kerry Comeau July 9, 2021 at 11:51 am

    Happy Anniversary! I love seeing all the amazing places to explore in Nova Scotia!

  • Reply B July 9, 2021 at 9:47 pm

    Happy Anniversary

  • Reply Kristin July 9, 2021 at 10:54 pm

    Great giveaway. Would love to win 💕 love your TikTok

  • Reply Jacquelyn July 9, 2021 at 11:49 pm

    Thank you for all that you share and inspire others to do here in NS. I would love to see a blog of Trout Point Lodge!
    I can’t wait to get out to the south shore this summer

  • Reply Melissa Gray July 10, 2021 at 2:44 am

    Happy Anniversary! Thanks for the opportunity to win such an amazing Staycation!

  • Reply Janet Deacon July 10, 2021 at 7:00 pm

    Thanks & this would be fabulous to win! We love our adventures in Nova Scotia!!

  • Reply Kobi Carpenter July 11, 2021 at 4:04 am

    Happy anniversary!! I love the Camping Domes

  • Reply Erica July 12, 2021 at 3:19 am

    Happy anniversary! Found you on TT…love your stuff.

  • Reply Dave July 12, 2021 at 2:03 pm

    Nice! Would love to win and see more of N.S.

  • Reply Courtney Lydiard July 12, 2021 at 9:29 pm

    Happy Anniversary!! Thank you for hosting such a cute giveaway in celebration! 💛

  • Reply Kelly Herd July 12, 2021 at 9:34 pm

    Happy Anniversary 😊

  • Reply Kaitlin July 12, 2021 at 9:36 pm

    Happy 1 year anniversary. I love your page!! We’ve explored parts of nova scotia we hadn’t been before after finding you.

  • Reply Sandra Hill July 12, 2021 at 9:40 pm

    Happy Anniversary, love following your posts! My favourite food is a delicious fish and chips!

  • Reply Paige July 12, 2021 at 9:51 pm

    Love watching your tiktoks! I always want to go everywhere you go, great ideas!

  • Reply Nicole Glavine July 12, 2021 at 9:53 pm

    Hope I win!

  • Reply Lisa July 12, 2021 at 10:12 pm

    Happy Anniversary! I love the Annapolis Valley, my favourite part of the province to explore!

  • Reply Cathy Samms July 12, 2021 at 10:20 pm

    Thanks for the content and the tips for exploring our great provinces!
    Happy Anniversary!

  • Reply Brittany July 12, 2021 at 10:25 pm

    Happy anniversary!! I love following ur videos.. its awesome that you get to see all these amazing places

  • Reply Nicole July 12, 2021 at 10:30 pm

    Happy Anniversary!
    I love following all of your adventures and getting new ideas of places to visit and things to try!

  • Reply Danielle July 12, 2021 at 10:49 pm

    My 5 year wedding anniversary is in September, this would be awesome!

  • Reply Sarah Townsend July 12, 2021 at 11:12 pm

    Happy Anniversary!

  • Reply Lee N July 12, 2021 at 11:19 pm

    Congratulations and Happy Anniversary!

    Paddling with Pilot Whales off the coast of the Cape Breton Highlands National Park was a life-changing experience. The whales surfaced, surrounded our kayaks, and made eye contact. Some of the whales had babies who swam in unison with their moms.

    For a half-hour they followed us, swimming alongside. I can still hear the waves and the sound of a pod of whales blowing each time they surfaced.

    Such a magical moment – when my then 5-year-old decided to become a marine biologist, (graduated from Dalhousie in 2018!)

  • Reply Shannon Kerr July 13, 2021 at 1:01 am

    Happy anniversary! What a way to celebrate! Love following along on your adventures!

  • Reply Gabrielle Samson July 13, 2021 at 1:57 am

    I just love the Summer for the cantine mozza fries and moon mist ice cream.

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