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.
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 NovaScotiaExplorer.com. 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.
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@example.com
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!
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.
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 magicwinerybus.ca
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.a Rafflecopter giveaway
Happy Anniversary 😊
I can’t believe it’s been a year! Time is just not real these days!!!
Happy one year anniversary! I’m looking forward to future post 🙂
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! 😉
Love that you are helping us all discover the hidden gems in our beautiful province!! Thank you !! Keep on exploring!!
I follow you on tiktok! So excited to see more from you!
Congratulations on 1 year! Love following you!
Happy Anniversary! 🥂
Happy anniversary. I can’t wait to try the domes 😀
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 🎉
Love your content! So many great local ideas! Keep it comin’! 🙂
I love exploring here in the Valley. Lots to see, taste and try!
Happy Anniversary 😊
Happy anniversary! My birthday is July 11 th, so that would be a nice gift… wink wink nudge nudge. Haha
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Happy Anniversary!!! I live in Nova Scotia. Thanks for giving more ideas how to explore better 🙂
Happy Anniversary! 🎉
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!!
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 ❤️
Happy Anniversary 😊 what a great giveaway, I love hiking, visiting beaches, chasing waterfalls and love trying seafood dishes along the way!
Love the blog and getting to see all the best of NS! Thank you!!
Happy Anniversary! This is an amazing giveaway!
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!
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.
I’ve been watching your Tiktok for awhile now and love it! ♥️ Enjoy your future travels! (come visit Yarmouth 😉)
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!
Loving all the great staycation suggestions! Looking forward to trying some of these adventures this summer. 😁🙏
Chilling at the beaches
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!
Happy anniversary to a great blog!
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 😍❤️🌊🏖
Congratulations! What a great way to celebrate!
Yay! I’m so excited for the opportunity for the giveaway! Thank you and congrats! I’ve been loving this blog
Happy Anniversary! I love seeing all the places you have been: new and familiar.
I love clams and chips and would enjoy them in Five Islands !!! Happy Anniversary to you
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 🙂
Happy Anniversary! This would be an awesome win!
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
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
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! 🙂
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.
Carters Beach is definitely one of my favorite experiences in NS
Beautiful province to grow up in. Great idea for a giveaway!
I live here and didn’t know about some of these fantastic experiences.
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.
Happy 1st birthday!!!
Yay!!! Would love to do cape breton but also love going down to the valley every fall!
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 ❤🥂
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!
Congratulations and thank you for the chance to win this incredible giveaway!!!
Congrats on your anniversary! Great contest on a great blog – will be returning to read! <3
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 🙂
Congrats on 1 year! Its been really great to follow
Just found you! I’ll be following 😊
Happy anniversary! Looking forward to seeing more of your adventures
Happy Anniversary 🙂
Happy Anniversary! I love visiting Route 19 brewery in Inverness after a day o. The beautiful beach!
Happy Anniversary! I love seeing all the amazing places to explore in Nova Scotia!
Great giveaway. Would love to win 💕 love your TikTok
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
Happy Anniversary! Thanks for the opportunity to win such an amazing Staycation!
Thanks & this would be fabulous to win! We love our adventures in Nova Scotia!!
Happy anniversary!! I love the Camping Domes
Happy anniversary! Found you on TT…love your stuff.
Nice! Would love to win and see more of N.S.
Happy Anniversary!! Thank you for hosting such a cute giveaway in celebration! 💛
Happy Anniversary 😊
Happy 1 year anniversary. I love your page!! We’ve explored parts of nova scotia we hadn’t been before after finding you.
Happy Anniversary, love following your posts! My favourite food is a delicious fish and chips!
Love watching your tiktoks! I always want to go everywhere you go, great ideas!
Hope I win!
Happy Anniversary! I love the Annapolis Valley, my favourite part of the province to explore!
Thanks for the content and the tips for exploring our great provinces!
Happy anniversary!! I love following ur videos.. its awesome that you get to see all these amazing places
I love following all of your adventures and getting new ideas of places to visit and things to try!
My 5 year wedding anniversary is in September, this would be awesome!
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!)
Happy anniversary! What a way to celebrate! Love following along on your adventures!
I just love the Summer for the cantine mozza fries and moon mist ice cream.