Nova Scotia, Your Year-Round Destination

Fishing guide and instructor Ron Seney, left, congratulates Frank Hawkins on catching his second trout of the day at Sucker Lake in Upper Northfield.

Fishing guide and instructor Ron Seney, congratulates Frank Hawkins on catching his second trout of the day at Sucker Lake in Upper Northfield.

The luxury of living in a climate with four distinct seasons is that there are many different types of activities to partake in.  Snow, ice, and cold weather periods are typical conditions of winter in Nova Scotia. With a little innovation and imagination, you can have a blast enjoying what nature provides us with at this time of year.

Winter activities can be exciting and refreshing for visitors not accustomed to the climate. As locals, winter recreational activities are a way of life and we know how to make the most of them by taking advantage of the weather. Tourism Operators throughout the province are experts on their regions and how to experience the best of what a colder climate offers; things like spending a day at the maple syrup farm and restaurant at Sugar Moon Farm in Earltown, warming yourself by the fire at a one-day to one-week blacksmith course at Firehouse Ironworks in Cape Breton, and opening the tickle trunk at DeBarres Manor Inn in Guysborough to use the props to build a snowman. Of course traditional activities are not to be missed; like snow shoeing, skating, sledding or sleigh rides, and taking in the beauty of the province through winter walking and driving in all areas.

Digby, NS

Digby, NS

There’s another wonderful thing about having a varying climate through the year. Your favourite activities can not only continue, but they can be taken to the next level. Take fishing for example. Nova Scotia’s recreational and sport fishing is world-renowned.  Fishing here in the winter brings a unique and satisfying twist from within the other seasons. Today’s blog post focuses on the experience of Ice Fishing in rural Nova Scotia.

TIANS newest member Ron Seney, President of Sentinel Safety Consultants Limited is a licensed Guide Instructor and a Director of the N.S. Guides Association.  Licensed guides use their knowledge to provide you with an experience you won’t soon forget.  The South Shore Breaker published an article about Ron Seney and the adventure that is Ice Fishing in Nova Scotia. We would like to share that with you today. We encourage you to visit Nova Scotia year-round to experience everything available here within each of the four seasons.

Hants Co., NS

Hants Co., NS

COLD COMFORT FOR ICE FISHING EXPEDITIONS by Peter Simpson

Fishing guide and instructor Ron Seney, left, congratulates Frank Hawkins on catching his second trout of the day at Sucker Lake in Upper Northfield. Like Seney, Hawkins has been ice fishing since he was a teenager. (Peter Simpson)

It wasn’t so long ago that ice-fishing tournaments were a big deal on the LaHave River estuary. They were major events — a weekend of fun activities, including a dance. It wasn’t unusual to see 30 to 40 huts on the ice, many tricked out with all the comforts of home.

Winsdor, NS

Winsdor, NS

But ice huts, tricked out or basic, have become a fond, yet distant memory, partly because of wide variances in ice thicknesses during the past several years, creating unsafe conditions. The Canadian Red Cross considers six inches of ice to be a safe surface for fishing.

But there are still some local hardy souls who don’t mind enduring frosty weather and trudging out onto frozen lakes for a chance to hook a tasty speckled trout, rainbow trout or perch.

Located in Upper Northfield, Sucker Lake was the scene recently for the first of a series of ice-fishing learning experiences presented by the LaHave River Watershed Enhancement Foundation and the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg Recreation Department. The Lunenburg County Wildlife Association stocks the lake with trout and plows the off-road parking area.

Sucker Lake, Lunenburg Co., NS

Sucker Lake, Lunenburg Co., NS

Registered Nova Scotia hunting and fishing guide Ron Seney said future events will include seminars on the equipment required, techniques, safety considerations and preparing fish for cooking. Registration numbers will be limited to allow ample time for one-to-one instruction.

Seney, 71, has been ice fishing since his teens, but he doesn’t consider himself a sportsman.

“I don’t believe in harassing fish by catching and releasing them. I catch them, then eat them. With lots of Omega 3, fish are a key staple in my diet. Getting out in the fresh air is a bonus,” he said.

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Pictou Co., NS

Seney said ice fishers should be aware of weather conditions, which can change dramatically, and wear several layers of clothing so they can shed a layer or two and put them back on later if needed.

“My personal recommendation is that at least two people should go on the ice together, and let family or friends know where you are going and when you expect to be home,” he said.

Other tips offered by Seney and his fishing-guide colleagues include:

  • Pack a throw line in your backpack. It could save a life.
  • Carry a cellphone to obtain weather updates, and for summoning help if needed.
  • Record a nearby civic address so emergency responders have a reference point to locate you.
  • Bring a thermos containing coffee, tea or hot chocolate, and high-carb snack food.
  • Carry out what you take onto the ice, and be a good sport and pick up garbage left by others.
  • Ensure your ice-auger blade is sharp and keep the blade capped between uses.
  • Be cognizant of your physical limitations and don’t exceed them.
  • Carry a basic first-aid kit, including a lightweight emergency blanket.

    Cape Breton, NS

    Cape Breton, NS

Frank Hawkins of Bayport is a veteran ice fisherman who stood out from the half-dozen or so guys on the scenic lake when Seney’s group showed up. Hawkins was sitting contentedly on a padded seat attached to fold-out planks on old skis. The planks function as wind breaks behind the seat. When collapsed and placed flat, the entire contraption becomes a sleigh to transport the fishing gear.

Like Seney, Hawkins has been ice fishing since he was a teenager. “I do it for the relaxation and the fresh air. I get to talk to different people, maybe give them advice. I like being on the lake so I’ll sit here all day if I have to, while other days I’ll catch my two fish in half an hour,” he said.

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Cape Breton, NS

Hawkins took about an hour to catch his two trout that day. He believes science and luck combine to ensure he goes home with supper in the cooler. “I use this to gauge the best time to fish,” he said, revealing a compact, hand-hand barometer. “Some old timers say it’s no good fishing when there’s an east wind. Pressure, not wind, is the best indicator for me, so I watch my barometer.”

According to Hawkins, the fish prefer a high-pressure system. “High pressure gives me good faith to go fishing. If it’s low I’ll go anyway but I won’t have as much faith in catching a fish,” he said.

Although they were not part of Seney’s group, Rhodes Corner residents Cole Baker and friend Nick Corkum, both 24, were ice fishing for the first time and, despite intermittent snow flurries and a rookie miscue, they were happy to sit on their upside-down pails and enjoy this new experience.

Blockhouse, NS

Blockhouse, NS

“We tried to cut a hole in the ice with an axe, and we weren’t doing so good. Fishing guide Billy Hirtle saw us struggling and brought over an auger and drilled two holes. He shared some tips on techniques and kinds of bait to use. It was good to learn from such an experienced guy,” said Baker.

The day’s bragging rights were claimed by Corkum. “I caught the first fish, and Cole is still waiting for a nibble. It’s a good time, and I’m definitely coming back to the lake,” he said.

Baker laughed off the good-natured one-upmanship from Corkum. “I’m not completely a novice since I’ve fished for bass during the past two summers. I always wanted to try ice fishing so here we are today, our first time on the ice.” said Baker.

“We went from full sun to snow in a matter of minutes today, but the weather is not a problem as long as you dress for it. I’m enjoying it. I guess you could say I’m hooked,” he said.

For details on Lunenburg County ice-fishing programs, call the Recreation Dept. at 902-541-1343.

West Hants, NS

West Hants, NS

Written by: Jennifer Falkenham 

Members in Your Neighbourhood – Sweet Spot Chocolate Shop

Having a career that you love is a reality. Tourism careers give you the ability to turn innovation into action while expanding your knowledge and skill set as you work toward success. Through this blog series, we want to share with you a non-filtered, first hand glimpse, into the many career opportunities the Nova Scotia tourism industry affords you.  Shopping is an important part of the tourism experience and many businesses have developed their products to complement that experience. Successful retailing is often rooted in the growth of innovative businesses that serve local residents and visitors. Such is the case with today’s interview focus; retail business Sweet Spot Chocolate Shop in Elmsdale, Nova Scotia.

SweetSpotNancy and Greg McTiernan opened their business in 2006 and continue to operate it with one goal in mind; to create extraordinary chocolates where the commitment to quality, detail and outstanding taste comes through with every bite. Sweet Spot Chocolate Shop offers handcrafted premium chocolates, truffles, fudge and specialty items using traditional candy making techniques and only the finest ingredients.  Their chocolates are available for purchase individually or in a variety of boxed sizes, gift baskets and a wide variety of moulds. You can have them create a one-of-a-kind accent on your special occasion, or make a lasting impression with a corporate gift. Valentine’s Day is next week; why not buy local and support Nova Scotia business owners?  Sweet Spot Chocolate Shop has many delicious ways to express yourself through chocolate.

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Our interviewee, Nancy McTiernan, gets satisfaction from working with her hands to make a quality product to share with people in her community and the world. Here are Nancy’s thoughts about the business of tourism and being owner and operator at Sweet Shop Chocolate Shop:

1.  How long were you running your business before you started paying yourself? What strategies did you use for the first few months/years to ensure economic stability?

It was a few years before we started to pay ourselves. 

The strategies we used were simple, we learned to live on less, only bought things that were absolutely necessary and  made do with what we had.

2.  What are some of the unexpected business challenges you face as a business owner? What strategies do you use to navigate through these challenges and come out successful?

One of the challenges was the negativity from people who didn’t think that a chocolate shop would survive in Elmsdale; we just stopped telling people what we were doing and let the business evolve.  Another challenge was funding; there  was no help there. We just had to keep working and proving ourselves and eventually the bank gave us a small loan for a piece of equipment.

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3.  Can you share with us one of the pleasant surprises you encounter through your business on a day-to-day basis?

One of the surprises is how happy people are when they come into our shop. 

4.  What would you consider to be the best business investment you have made on behalf of Sweet Spot Chocolate Shop?

The best business investment we have made was to educate ourselves on not only how to make the product but on how to operate a small business. We never stop educating ourselves.

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5.  How many employees do you have? What strategies are you using to find and retain your employees?

We have 2 part-time and 2 full-time, plus Greg and myself. The strategies we use to find and keep employees are:

  1. All the chocolate you can eat
  2. Flexible scheduling
  3. Some health insurance benefits
  4. Fun, relaxing work environment

6.  What are your businesses three highest expenses?

Ingredients, employees, rent.

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7.  Did you automatically make the connection between Sweet Spot Chocolate Shop being a part of the tourism industry? If not, what was it that assisted in making the connection for you?

Yes we immediately made the connection to be part of tourism. People will come from everywhere to get good chocolate.

8.  Is there a current issue or trend in the Nova Scotia tourism industry that is impacting your property? Is it a positive or negative impact?

Negative impact – Lack of highway signage to get people off the highway and into the smaller communities where tourism is.

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9.  Why does everyone need to come to and experience the products at Sweet Spot Chocolate Shop?

Everyone needs to come to The Sweet Spot Chocolate Shop to experience the fresh, handcrafted, quality products that are made on site. 

10.  What is your favourite chocolate? Which one do you recommend to first-timers to your shop?

My favorite chocolate is the Cappuccino Meltaway and Greg’s favorite is the Dark Chocolate Orange Crème. We recommend first timers try the caramel; it is our most popular piece.

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11.  What are you most excited about for the future of Sweet Spot Chocolate Shop?

Expanding and bringing our product to more people. Online shopping coming soon!

12.  If someone asked for your advice about owning a business and you only had a few minutes to give them your best tip, what would it be?

Education, watch your spending, be prepared to work and have no days off and avoid being overly optimistic about your market. 

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13.  As a TIANS member, are you aware of the benefits offered to assist in reducing operating costs? If so,  are there any that you are using?

Yes, we are aware of the benefits and we are currently using the free technology assistance program for members.

14.  Is there any further information about Sweet Spot Chocolate Shop that you would like to share with our readers?

We do a lot of custom work for companies, large and small as well as weddings and events.

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Overview of the 2014 Tourism Summit – Tourism Works for Nova Scotia

“With the release of the Now or Never Report, and a bold target of doubling tourism revenues over the next decade, the next three days are committed to exploring ideas and sharing perspectives on how we can better position tourism to meet this goal,” says Glenn Squires, TIANS Chairman, speaking at the 2014 TIANS Tourism Summit Welcome Reception.

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The 37th Annual TIANS Tourism Summit – Tourism Works for Nova Scotia- brought tourism stakeholders together with one interest in mind, and that is the success of Nova Scotia’s tourism industry.  Over 500 delegates representing all five sectors of Nova Scotia’s tourism industry convened in Halifax on November 23-25, 2014 for the Summit; the most significant tourism event of the year.  Hosted at the World Trade and Convention Centre, and sponsor member properties, TIANS was pleased to engage tourism industry delegates and act as a conduit for communication, innovation and celebration.

TIANS worked diligently to put together a valuable agenda for this year’s Tourism Summit that addressed both present and future business needs for the industry. While networking with peers, delegates attended the Marketplace to connect with industry suppliers, partook in inspirational keynote speakers, and chose from a bevy of education sessions to arm them with information applicable to the business climate for the upcoming season and beyond. In true maritime fashion, we scheduled time to celebrate being a part of the best industry in Nova Scotia during the Welcome Reception, Kitchen Party, and Crystal Tourism Awards of Excellence Gala dinner. Delegates even got a jump on their Christmas shopping through the Silent Auction that generously raised over $7000 toward Tourism Scholarships.  Attendees participated in this three-day working vacation while enjoying first-class food, beverages, and entertainment throughout.

Through a captivating line up of international and local keynote speakers, delegates were re-energized. Our international keynote speakers both had common underlying themes relevant to today’s business environment; social entrepreneurship and the importance of sustainable business models that serve the community. Bruce Poon Tip, Founder of G Adventures, motivated us as he told his story of growing the largest travel company in the world by staying rooted in social innovation and using change as a catalyst for business growth.  Our second keynote, Mark Brand, a Social Entrepreneur and Restaurateur, inspired the crowd. Mark shared his journey of how he owns and operates seven successful businesses through continually altering his perspective, embracing change, and leveraging opportunities. Delegates were left with core messages about achieving success by pushing beyond the status quo, aligning your value systems with your business practices, and the best ways to tell people about it.

The local lineup of speakers at the Tourism Summit was equally impressive. Glenn Squires, TIANS Chairman and CEO of Pacrim Hospitality Services, gave a stirring inaugural speech during the Chairman’s Luncheon that talked about game changers for tourism. These conversations may not always be comfortable, but they are necessary for our industry’s advancement and sustainability. The Nova Scotia Tourism Agency reviewed their 2014 marketing strategy and presented their plan for 2015.  The Honourable Michel Samson, Minister of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism, and the Honourable Diana Whalen, Deputy Premier of Nova Scotia addressed the delegates and networked. The Honourable Monte Solberg, Principal of New West Public Affairs, spoke about the ways in which industry and government can work together toward the same goals.

The 2014 Tourism Summit concluded with a grand finale celebration; the Crystal Tourism Awards of Excellence Gala Dinner.  It’s here that we gathered to showcase those individuals and businesses who are true leaders in tourism. Nine Crystal Tourism Awards of Excellence were presented. The winners this year were:

  • Donald Wallace – Alastair and Frances Campbell Tourism Achievement Award
  • NovaScotian Crystal – Tourism Business of the Year Award
  • Scotiabank Bluenose Marathon – Ambassador Award
  • Wolfville Magic Winery Bus Tour – Tourism Innovator Award
  • Wendy Swedlove – Human Resource Leadership Award
  • Cape Breton Centre for Craft & Design – Parks Canada Sustainable Tourism Award
  • Gail Montgomery – Golden Hospitality Award
  • Eldon George – Tourism Champion
  • Organizing Committee, Sherbrooke Village Old Fashioned Christmas– Community Service Award

Also presented were the 2014 Pineapple Awards – a celebration of our Pride in Service and of the individuals who go above and beyond to enrich visitor experiences. Throughout the year, visitors to Nova Scotia complete Pineapple Awards ballots located in hundreds of establishments throughout the province. The winners this year were:

  • Glen Morrison – Hampton Inn by Hilton, Membertou
  • Liz Ingram-Chambers – Le Bistro By Liz, Halifax
  • Tish Moses – Yarmouth Visitor Information Centre, Yarmouth

Working with partner associations and stakeholders, TIANS is committed to representing the best interests of the Industry; enhancing and supporting the development of a competitive business environment; advocating on issues critical to the Industry’s success; and most importantly, leading Nova Scotia’s most promising economic sector.

*Published article in Eastern Hotelier Magazine. Written by: Jennifer Falkenham

2014 Tourism Summit – Tourism Works for Nova Scotia – Photo Blog 5

The 2014 Tourism Summit concluded with a grand finale celebration; the Crystal Tourism Awards of Excellence Gala Dinner.  We gathered at the Grand Ballroom at the World Trade and Convention Centre in Halifax to showcase those individuals and businesses who are true leaders in tourism. Nine Crystal Tourism Awards of Excellence were presented.

Also presented were the 2014 Pineapple Awards – a celebration of our Pride in Service and of the individuals who go above and beyond to enrich visitor experiences. Throughout the year, visitors to Nova Scotia complete Pineapple Awards ballots located in hundreds of establishments throughout the province.

We invite you to share your photos and videos of the 2014 TIANS Tourism Summit on our facebook page or through our twitter handle. On behalf of the board and staff at TIANS and NSTHRC, we would like again to thank all of the attendees, speakers, and sponsors for making the 2014 TIANS Tourism Summit a success!CrystalAwards ticket image

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Crystal Tourism Awards of Excellence Reception

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Crystal Tourism Awards of Excellence Reception

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Crystal Tourism Awards of Excellence Reception

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Crystal Tourism Awards of Excellence Reception

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Crystal Tourism Awards of Excellence Reception

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Crystal Tourism Awards of Excellence Reception

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Crystal Tourism Awards of Excellence Reception

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Crystal Tourism Awards of Excellence Reception

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Crystal Tourism Awards of Excellence Reception

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Crystal Tourism Awards of Excellence Reception

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Crystal Tourism Awards of Excellence Reception

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Crystal Tourism Awards of Excellence Reception

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Crystal Tourism Awards of Excellence Reception

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Crystal Tourism Awards of Excellence Reception

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Crystal Tourism Awards of Excellence Reception

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Crystal Tourism Awards of Excellence Reception

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Crystal Tourism Awards of Excellence Reception

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Crystal Tourism Awards of Excellence Reception

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Crystal Tourism Awards of Excellence Reception

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Crystal Tourism Awards of Excellence Reception

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Crystal Tourism Awards of Excellence Reception

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Crystal Tourism Awards of Excellence Reception

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Crystal Tourism Awards of Excellence Reception

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Crystal Tourism Awards of Excellence Reception

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Crystal Tourism Awards of Excellence Reception

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Crystal Tourism Awards of Excellence Reception

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Crystal Tourism Awards of Excellence Reception

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Crystal Tourism Awards of Excellence Reception

Bob Sime, Master of Ceremonies

Bob Sime, Master of Ceremonies

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Mo Kenny Entertaining at the Crystal Tourism Awards of Excellence Gala Dinner

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Mr. Eldon George – Tourism Champion

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Wolfville Magic Winery Bus Tour – Tourism Innovator Award

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Organizing Committee, Sherbrooke Village Old Fashioned Christmas– Community Service Award

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Ms. Wendy Swedlove – Human Resource Leadership Award

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Loretta Buchanan accepting for Mr. Donald Wallace – Alastair and Frances Campbell Tourism Achievement Award

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Scotiabank Bluenose Marathon – Ambassador Award

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NovaScotian Crystal – Tourism Business of the Year Award

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Ms. Gail Montgomery – Golden Hospitality Award 

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Cape Breton Centre for Crafts & Design – Parks Canada Sustainable Tourism Award 

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The Honourable J.J. Grant, CMM, ONS, CD (Ret’d), Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia

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Pineapple Award Winner Glen Morrison, Hampton in by Hilton Cape Breton

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Pineapple Award Winner Liz Ingram-Chambers, Le Bistro by Liz Halifax

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Pineapple Award Winner Tish Moses, Yarmouth VIC

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Loretta Buchanan accepting for Mr. Donald Wallace – Alastair and Frances Campbell Tourism Achievement Award

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Organizing Committee, Sherbrooke Village Old Fashioned Christmas– Community Service Award

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Cape Breton Centre for Craft & Design – Parks Canada Sustainable Tourism Award

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Wolfville Magic Winery Bus Tour – Tourism Innovator Award

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Ms. Gail Montgomery – Golden Hospitality Award

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Mr. Eldon George – Tourism Champion

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Ms. Wendy Swedlove – Human Resource Leadership Award

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NovaScotian Crystal – Tourism Business of the Year Award

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Scotiabank Bluenose Marathon – Ambassador Award

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Kevin Davison Entertaining at the Crystal Tourism Awards of Excellence Gala Dinner

Written By: Jennifer Falkenham 

2014 TIANS Tourism Summit – Tourism Works for Nova Scotia – Photo Blog 4

The fourth photo blog in our 2014 TIANS Tourism Summit – Tourism Works for Nova Scotia series focuses on day three; Tuesday, November 25th. Don’t forget that you can download copies of the Tourism Summit presentations on the conference website under the Sessions tab.

We invite you to share your photos and videos of the 2014 TIANS Tourism Summit on our facebook page or through our twitter handle. Stay tuned to the Voice of Tourism Blog for the photos from the Tuesday evening finale event; the Crystal Awards of Excellence Gala Dinner!

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TIANS Chair Glenn Squires introducing the Honourable Diana Whalen, Deputy Premier to the Province of Nova Scotia

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Industry Breakfast Keynote Address : Honourable Diana Whalen, Deputy Premier to the Province of Nova Scotia – WTCC

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Industry Breakfast Keynote Address : Honourable Diana Whalen, Deputy Premier to the Province of Nova Scotia – WTCC

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Industry Breakfast Keynote Address : Honourable Diana Whalen, Deputy Premier to the Province of Nova Scotia – WTCC

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Industry Breakfast Keynote Address : Honourable Diana Whalen, Deputy Premier to the Province of Nova Scotia – WTCC

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Industry Breakfast Keynote Address : Honourable Diana Whalen, Deputy Premier to the Province of Nova Scotia – WTCC

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Keynote Speaker: Mark Brand, Social Entrepreneur and Restaurateur – WTCC

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Keynote Speaker: Mark Brand, Social Entrepreneur and Restaurateur – WTCC

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Keynote Speaker: Mark Brand, Social Entrepreneur and Restaurateur – WTCC

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Keynote Speaker Session with Mark Brand, Social Entrepreneur and Restaurateur – WTCC

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Keynote Speaker: Mark Brand, Social Entrepreneur and Restaurateur – WTCC

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Networking with Mark Brand, Social Entrepreneur and Restaurateur – WTCC

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Part of the TIANS team and Jose Cabrita

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Taste of Nova Scotia Educational Session – WTCC

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Educational Session – WTCC

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Darlene Grant Fiander, Penny Squires, Honourable Diana Whalen, Glenn Squires

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Networking – WTCC

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Networking – WTCC

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Networking with the Honourable Diana Whalen – WTCC

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Networking with Mark Brand, Social Entrepreneur and Restaurateur – WTCC

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Silent Auction Bid Boards – WTCC

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Silent Auction Bid Boards – WTCC

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Ice Cream Social – WTCC

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Educational Session Panel Presentation with Q & A – WTCC

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Educational Session Panel Presentation with Q & A – WTCC

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Keynote Speaker: Honourable Monte Solberg – Casino Nova Scotia

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Keynote Speaker: Honourable Monte Solberg – Casino Nova Scotia

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Taste of Nova Scotia Prestige Award Luncheon – Casino Nova Scotia

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Taste of Nova Scotia Prestige Award Winners – Casino Nova Scotia

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Charlotte Lane & Cora Beck, Server of the Year – Casino Nova Scotia

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Lia Rinaoldo, Culinary Ambassadors of the Year – Casino Nova Scotia

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Micheal Howell & Lia Rinaldo, Culinary Ambassadors of the Year – Casino Nova Scotia

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Avondale Sky 2013, Bliss Consumer Product of the Year – Casino Nova Scotia

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Avondale Sky 2013, Bliss Consumer Product of the Year – Casino Nova Scotia

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Cora Beck, Charlotte Lane, Server of the Year – Casino Nova Scotia

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Cora Beck, Charlotte Lane, Server of the Year – Casino Nova Scotia

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Grand Pre Wines, Supplier of the Year – Casino Nova Scotia

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Tideview Cider, Innovative Product of the Year – Casino Nova Scotia

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Taste of Nova Scotia Prestige Award Luncheon – Casino Nova Scotia

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Fleur De Sel, Restaurant of the Year, Chef Inspired Fine Dining – Casino Nova Scotia

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Ted Grant, NSCC, Taste of Nova Scotia Prestige Award Luncheon – Casino Nova Scotia

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Brooklyn Warehouse, Restaurant of the Year, Chef Inspired Casual Dining – Casino Nova Scotia

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Taste of Nova Scotia Prestige Award Luncheon – Casino Nova Scotia

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The Lobster Shack, Restaurant of the Year, Essence NS – Casino Nova Scotia

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The Lobster Shack, Restaurant of the Year, Essence NS – Casino Nova Scotia

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Janice Ruddock,Taste of Nova Scotia Prestige Award Luncheon – Casino Nova Scotia

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Taste of Nova Scotia Prestige Award Luncheon – Casino Nova Scotia

Written By: Jennifer Falkenham

2014 TIANS Tourism Summit – Tourism Works for Nova Scotia – Photo Blog 3

The third installment of our 2014 TIANS Tourism Summit – Tourism Works for Nova Scotia photo blog series focuses on day two; Monday, November 24th, 2014. Copies of the Tourism Summit presentations can be found on the conference website under the Sessions tab.

We invite you to share your photos and videos of the 2014 TIANS Tourism Summit on our facebook page or through our twitter handle. Stay tuned to the Voice of Tourism Blog in the coming days for more photos from the event!

 

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Beginning of the Second Day of the TIANS Tourism Summit

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Opening Musical Performance by The Stanfields

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Opening Musical Performance by The Stanfields

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Opening Musical Performance by The Stanfields

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Opening Musical Performance by The Stanfields

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Opening Musical Performance by The Stanfields

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Opening Musical Performance by The Stanfields

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TIANS Chair Introducing Keynote Speaker Presentation – Making Tourism Work – Bruce Poon Tip, G Adventures

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Keynote Speaker Presentation – Making Tourism Work – Bruce Poon Tip, G Adventures

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Keynote Speaker Presentation – Making Tourism Work – Bruce Poon Tip, G Adventures

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Educational Session – WTCC

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Educational Session, Panel Presentation with Q & A – WTCC

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Registration Desk with Part of the TIANS Team and NSCC Student Volunteers- WTCC

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Nutrition Break – WTCC

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Part of the TIANS Team – WTCC

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Delegates – WTCC

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Lynn McDonagh Hughes, NSTHRC Manager Operations – WTCC

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Darlene Grant Fiander, TIANS President – WTCC

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Chairman’s Luncheon – WTCC

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Chairman’s Luncheon – WTCC

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Chairman’s Luncheon – WTCC

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Chairman’s Luncheon – WTCC

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Chairman’s Luncheon – WTCC

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Chairman’s Luncheon – WTCC

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Chairman’s Luncheon – WTCC

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Chairman’s Luncheon – WTCC

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Networking – WTCC

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Networking – WTCC

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Delegates – WTCC

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Networking – WTCC

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Nova Scotia Tourism 2015 Presentation – Patrick Sullivan, CEO of the Nova Scotia Tourism Agency

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Nova Scotia Tourism 2015 Presentation – WTCC

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Nova Scotia Tourism 2015 Presentation – WTCC

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Minister’s Address, Honourable Michel Samson, Minister of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism – WTCC

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Nova Scotia Tourism 2015 Presentation – Patrick Sullivan, CEO of the Nova Scotia Tourism Agency

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Questions from the floor at the Nova Scotia Tourism 2015 Presentation – WTCC

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Nova Scotia Tourism 2015 Presentation – WTCC

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Nova Scotia Tourism 2015 Presentation – WTCC

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Questions from the floor at the Nova Scotia Tourism 2015 Presentation – WTCC

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Donation for a draw to award a TIANS Tourism Summit Delegate a $5000 Marketing Package from Transcontinental Nova Scotia Media Group

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Kitchen Party at Murphy’s the Cable Warf – Monday Evening

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Kitchen Party at Murphy’s the Cable Warf – Monday Evening

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Kitchen Party at Murphy’s the Cable Warf – Monday Evening

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Kitchen Party at Murphy’s the Cable Warf – Monday Evening

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Kitchen Party at Murphy’s the Cable Warf – Monday Evening

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Kitchen Party at Murphy’s the Cable Warf – Monday Evening

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Kitchen Party at Murphy’s the Cable Warf – Monday Evening

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Kitchen Party at Murphy’s the Cable Warf – Monday Evening

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Kitchen Party at Murphy’s the Cable Warf – Monday Evening

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Kitchen Party at Murphy’s the Cable Warf – Monday Evening

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Kitchen Party at Murphy’s the Cable Warf – Monday Evening

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Kitchen Party at Murphy’s the Cable Warf – Monday Evening

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Kitchen Party at Murphy’s the Cable Warf – Monday Evening

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Kitchen Party at Murphy’s the Cable Warf – Monday Evening

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Kitchen Party at Murphy’s the Cable Warf – Monday Evening

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Kitchen Party at Murphy’s the Cable Warf – Monday Evening

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Kitchen Party at Murphy’s the Cable Warf – Monday Evening

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Kitchen Party at Murphy’s the Cable Warf – Monday Evening

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Kitchen Party at Murphy’s the Cable Warf – Monday Evening

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Kitchen Party at Murphy’s the Cable Warf – Monday Evening

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Kitchen Party at Murphy’s the Cable Warf – Monday Evening

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Kitchen Party at Murphy’s the Cable Warf – Monday Evening

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Kitchen Party at Murphy’s the Cable Warf – Monday Evening

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Kitchen Party at Murphy’s the Cable Warf – Monday Evening

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Kitchen Party at Murphy’s the Cable Warf – Monday Evening

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Kitchen Party at Murphy’s the Cable Warf – Monday Evening

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Kitchen Party at Murphy’s the Cable Warf – Monday Evening

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Kitchen Party at Murphy’s the Cable Warf – Monday Evening

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Kitchen Party at Murphy’s the Cable Warf – Monday Evening

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Kitchen Party at Murphy’s the Cable Warf – Monday Evening

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Kitchen Party at Murphy’s the Cable Warf – Monday Evening

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Kitchen Party at Murphy’s the Cable Warf – Monday Evening

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Kitchen Party at Murphy’s the Cable Warf – Monday Evening

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Kitchen Party at Murphy’s the Cable Warf – Monday Evening

Written By: Jennifer Falkenham

2014 TIANS Tourism Summit – Tourism Works for Nova Scotia – Photo Blog 2

We are pleased to present the second 2014 TIANS Tourism Summit – Tourism Works for Nova Scotia photo blog. This set of photos are from the Sunday, November 23rd, 2014 Welcome Reception and Marketplace that took place at Casino Nova Scotia, Halifax.

We invite you to share your photos and videos of the 2014 TIANS Tourism Summit on our facebook page or through our twitter handle. Stay tuned to the Voice of Tourism Blog in the coming days for more photos from the event!

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Written by: Jennifer Falkenham

2014 Tourism Summit – Tourism Works for Nova Scotia – Photo Blog 1

On behalf of the board and staff at TIANS and NSTHRC, we would like to thank all of the attendees, speakers, and sponsors for making the 2014 TIANS Tourism Summit a success! The energy during this years event was outstanding. It’s always a pleasure to host 600 tourism professionals from around the province and facilitate the industry’s immersion in the enterprise of tourism.

A picture speaks a thousand words. So this year, we will be showcasing the Tourism Summit through photo and video blogs.   This first Tourism Summit blog is comprised of personal photos taken throughout the three day event in Halifax from November 23-25, 2014.

We invite you to share your photos and videos of the 2014 TIANS Tourism Summit on our facebook page or through our twitter handle. Stay tuned to the Voice of Tourism Blog in the coming weeks for more photos from the event!

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Reception Desk

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Student Session – Sunday

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New Member Meet & Greet – Sunday

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New Member Meet & Greet – Sunday

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New Member Meet & Greet – Sunday

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The Brood – Sunday Opening Reception

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Vendor Marketplace – Sunday Welcome Reception

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Vendor Marketplace – Sunday Welcome Reception

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Vendor Marketplace – Sunday Welcome Reception

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Vendor Marketplace – Sunday Welcome Reception

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Gary Moore, Casino NS – Sunday Welcome Reception

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Vendor Marketplace – Sunday Welcome Reception

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Vendor Marketplace – Sunday Welcome Reception

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Vendor Marketplace – Sunday Welcome Reception

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Vendor Marketplace – Sunday Welcome Reception

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Sunday Welcome Reception

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Vendor Marketplace – Sunday Welcome Reception

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Vendor Marketplace – Sunday Welcome Reception

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Vendor Marketplace – Sunday Welcome Reception

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Vendor Marketplace – Sunday Welcome Reception

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Vendor Marketplace – Sunday Welcome Reception

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Scott MacAulay, Cape Breton Resorts – Sunday Welcome Reception

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Vendor Marketplace – Sunday Welcome Reception

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Vendor Marketplace – Sunday Welcome Reception

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Sunday Welcome Reception – Casino NS

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Vendor Marketplace – Sunday Welcome Reception

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Vendor Marketplace – Sunday Welcome Reception

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Vendor Marketplace – Sunday Welcome Reception

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Sunday Welcome Reception – Casino NS

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Silent Auction Table – Sunday Welcome Reception

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Sunday Welcome Reception — Casino NS

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WTCC – Monday

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Nutrition Break – WTCC Monday

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Chairman’s Luncheon – WTCC Monday

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Chairman’s Luncheon – WTCC Monday

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Communities in Bloom Draw

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WTCC Monday – Convening for Educational Sessions

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WTCC Monday – Conviening for Educational Sessions

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Opening Musical Performance – WTCC Monday

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Opening Musical Performance, The Stanfields – WTCC Monday

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Opening Musical Performance, The Stanfields – WTCC Monday

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Opening Musical Performance, The Stanfields – WTCC Monday

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Opening Musical Performance, The Stanfields – WTCC Monday

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Keynote Presentation “Making Tourism Work”, G Adventures, Bruce Poon Tip – WTCC Monday

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Keynote Presentation “Making Tourism Work” – WTCC Monday

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Minister’s Address Honourable Michel Samson, Minister of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism – WTCC Monday

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Minister’s Address Honourable Michel Samson, Minister of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism – WTCC Monday

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Nova Scotia Tourism Agency Session – WTCC Monday

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Ice Cream Social – WTCC Monday

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Ice Cream Social – WTCC Monday

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Educational Session

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Silent Auction Board – WTCC Monday

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Some of the Silent Action Items

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Educational Session

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Educational Session – Panel Presentation and Q & A

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Educational Session – Panel Presentation and Q & A

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Nutrition Break – WTCC

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Kitchen Party at Murphy’s the Cable Warf – Monday

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Kitchen Party at Murphy’s the Cable Warf – Monday

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Kitchen Party at Murphy’s the Cable Warf – Monday

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Kitchen Party at Murphy’s the Cable Warf – Monday

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Kitchen Party at Murphy’s the Cable Warf – Monday

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Kitchen Party at Murphy’s the Cable Warf – Monday

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Kitchen Party at Murphy’s the Cable Warf – Monday

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Kitchen Party at Murphy’s the Cable Warf – Monday

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Kitchen Party at Murphy’s the Cable Warf – Monday

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Kitchen Party at Murphy’s the Cable Warf – Monday

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Kitchen Party at Murphy’s the Cable Warf – Monday

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Kitchen Party at Murphy’s the Cable Warf – Monday

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Kitchen Party at Murphy’s the Cable Warf – Monday

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Kitchen Party at Murphy’s the Cable Warf – Monday

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Kitchen Party at Murphy’s the Cable Warf – Monday

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Kitchen Party at Murphy’s the Cable Warf – Monday

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Kitchen Party at Murphy’s the Cable Warf – Monday

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Kitchen Party at Murphy’s the Cable Warf – Monday

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Kitchen Party at Murphy’s the Cable Warf – Monday

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Kitchen Party at Murphy’s the Cable Warf – Monday

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Kitchen Party at Murphy’s the Cable Warf – Monday

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Kitchen Party at Murphy’s the Cable Warf – Monday

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Industry Breakfast – WTCC Tuesday

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Honourable Dianan Whalen, Deputy Premier of NS – WTCC Tuesday Breakfast

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Honourable Dianan Whalen, Deputy Premier of NS – WTCC Tuesday Breakfast

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Keynote Presentation “The Impact of an Unconventional Solution”, Mark Brand – WTCC Tuesday

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Keynote Presentation “The Impact of an Unconventional Solution”, Mark Brand – WTCC Tuesday

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Nutrition Break – WTCC Tuesday

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First Year Student Volunteers – NSCC Campuses

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Nutrition Break – WTCC Tuesday

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Nutrition Break – WTCC Tuesday

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Nutrition Break – WTCC Tuesday

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Educational Session – WTCC Tuesday

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Nutrition Break

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Nutrition Break

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Nutrition Break

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Taste of NS, Luncheon and Prestige Awards – Casino NS Tuesday

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Taste of NS, Luncheon and Prestige Awards – Casino NS Tuesday

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Taste of NS, Luncheon and Prestige Awards – Casino NS Tuesday

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Taste of NS, Luncheon and Prestige Awards – Casino NS Tuesday

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Taste of NS, Luncheon and Prestige Awards – Casino NS Tuesday

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Mo Kenny performs during the Crystal Tourism awards of Excellence – WTCC Tuesday

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Mo Kenny performs during the Crystal Tourism awards of Excellence – WTCC Tuesday

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Dessert bar after the Crystal Tourism Awards of Excellence – WTCC Tuesday

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Crystal Tourism Awards of Excellence – WTCC Tuesday

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Crystal Tourism Awards of Excellence – WTCC Tuesday

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Crystal Tourism Awards of Excellence – WTCC Tuesday

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Crystal Tourism Awards of Excellence – WTCC Tuesday

 

Written by: Jennifer Falkenham

The Early Bird Catches the Worm – Don’t Miss a Chance to Save!

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There are only three days left to get the early bird rate on the most significant tourism event of the year! The 37th Annual TIANS Tourism Summit – Tourism Works for Nova Scotia – is happening on November 23-25, 2014 at the World Trade and Convention Center in Halifax. We, and sponsor member properties, look forward to hosting you during this three day working-vacation.

Nowhere else can you find an agenda like the one we provide. The combination of content, opportunities, and value for money make the TIANS Tourism Summit one of the most relevant investments you can make for yourself, your business, and the Nova Scotia tourism industry.

  • Attend the Summit to be re-energized through key note speakers and networking with your peers from all levels of the industry.
Keynote Speaker: Bruce Poon Tip of G Adventures

Keynote Speaker 2014: Bruce Poon Tip of G Adventures

  • Choose educational sessions applicable to you and today’s business environment that will allow you to gather and share information in preparation for the coming season and beyond.

    John Beaton: Senior Manager Entrepreneurship  Development, C.E.E.D

    2014 Speaker: John Beaton: Senior Manager Entrepreneurship Development, C.E.E.D

  • Shop at the Marketplace to connect with suppliers and contacts that may bring value to your business.

    Tourism Summit - Business to Business Marketplace 2013 at Casino Nova Scotia

    Tourism Summit – Business to Business Marketplace 2013 at Casino Nova Scotia

  • Celebrate belonging to the best industry in Nova Scotia at the opening reception, kitchen party, and Crystal Tourism Awards of Excellence Gala dinner.

    Crystal Tourism Awards of Excellence

    Crystal Tourism Awards of Excellence

  • Get a jump on your Christmas shopping and support tourism scholarships by bidding on fantastic items at the Silent Auction.

    2013 Tourism Summit Silent Auction for Tourism Scholarships

    2013 Tourism Summit Silent Auction for Tourism Scholarships

  • Meet potential employees and employers from our Tourism student volunteers and delegates.

    Student Delegates at the Tourism Summit

    Student Delegates at the Tourism Summit

  • Participate in all of this while enjoying first-class food, beverages, and entertainment throughout!
2013 Tourism Summit, Smores Station

2013 Tourism Summit, Smores Station

What do your peers say about the TIANS Tourism Summit? Click here to read their feedback.

TIANS Tourism Summit Delegates

TIANS Tourism Summit Delegates

What has the experience been like in past years? Check it out here.

Dave Gunning

Tourism Summit Past Performer Dave Gunning

TIANS believes a key to success is through partnerships and collaboration. We want you to be present to contribute your voice and ideas to the future success of our industry. And we make it easy and affordable to participate:

  • Register before October 31st, 2014 to take advantage of the early bird rate!
  • Bring your colleagues or people in your community and register at the group rate!
  • Are you a student looking to connect with important information and be introduced to the industry? Take advantage of the Student Rate package!
  • Join in the celebration of excellence at the Crystal Tourism Awards of Excellence Gala dinner!

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to save! Register online at www.conferenceontourism.com or call us at (902) 423-4480 or (800) 948-4267.

TIANS Summit 2013

TIANS Summit 2013

Stay downtown close to the action happening during the Tourism Summit? There are two host hotels are offering Tourism Summit delegates special rates:

Register today! We look forward to hosting you at the 2014 TIANS Tourism Summit.

Keltie Butler, Executive Director Farmers Markets of Nova Scotia

2014 Speaker: Keltie Butler, Executive Director Farmers Markets of Nova Scotia

Written by: Jennifer Falkenham 

Tourism Champion Blog 10 – A Tale of Guysborough

Guysborough, Nova Scotia

Guysborough, Nova Scotia

It’s been said that true business success is attained only when you inspire people. Inspiration in business terms can come in many forms; influencing customers to choose your brand, infusing your employees with the belief in your business so they use their best selves to represent you, spurring those in your community to support you and be your biggest ambassadors, and exerting the passion within yourself in order to sustain and elevate your business vision. What is one of the biggest triggers for inspiration? Love. Today’s champion blog tells the story of how the love of Guysborough Nova Scotia sparked inspiration for one business owner.

The story surrounding the Authentic Seacoast and Mr. Glynn Williams is a remarkable one.  A visit to Guysborough  impacted Mr. Williams so much that he committed himself to the belief in Nova Scotia and set out to fulfill the potential he saw for the area.  With a focus on two of the original export industries, tourism and manufacturing, Mr. Williams has made tremendous strides in revitalizing Guysborough and inviting everyone to share in the treasures found there.  Mr. Williams continues to foster his businesses in Nova Scotia by recognizing the importance of investing in people and sustaining communities through improved business practices.  This is A Tale of Guysborough ; one man’s journey to help bring the history of the Guysborough area back to life.

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Guysborough

A Tale of Guysborough

Written by: Doug Anweiler, Vice President, Marketing, Authentic Seacoast Company

Guysborough is the perfect setting for story telling. Continuously settled since the early 1600s, Guysborough is one of Canada’s oldest communities with epic battles on its harbour, an adventuresome seagoing past and a natural beauty that is unsurpassed.

People often say Guysborough is Nova Scotia’s best-kept secret. We say make it Nova Scotia’s best-told story. And with a commitment to make a difference in rural Nova Scotia, Glynn Williams has been doing just that over the past decade.

Like early explorers before him, Glynn discovered Guysborough cycling up the Nova Scotia seacoast nearly 30 years ago. That adventure led him to purchase a home in the area so he could get away from it all to pursue his passions for fishing, photography, hiking and music.

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Guysborough

While Guysborough was the perfect oceanside retreat for a busy Bay Street executive, it was the story of this community that called out to him to be told. When a local microbrewery and pub sat vacant two years after a German businessman developed the property, he stepped up to tell the story of Atlantic Canada’s first commercial brewery.

Next door, the historic Hart Building on the Guysborough Waterfront was also for sale and Glynn stepped up to tell the story of a store where steam ships docked, bringing goods and people to the community. An historic inn also sat vacant and Glynn again stepped up to tell the story of the legendary DesBarres family.

He restored the second floor of the brewery and pub building and reopened it as the Rare Bird Pub & Eatery in 2003. Also that year, DesBarres Manor Inn reopened as an inn and restaurant following a million dollar renovation. The inn has gone on to receive six Wine Spectator Awards of Excellence, Nova Scotia’s Cuisine of the Year, the Canadian Wine Annual’s best places to eat & stay in Atlantic Canada and was on the Toronto Sun’s list of 9 of the most romantic hotels in Canada. The Hart store is now the Skipping Stone Cafe & Store renting sea kayak and canoes, once again being a welcoming door to the Guysborough harbour.

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Sunset Over Osprey Golf Resort

A couple of years later, what was the Belmont Golf Course and Resort was in need of serious investment and Glynn again stepped up, injecting the capital necessary to keep the golf course running and rebranding the scenic course and accommodations as Osprey Shores Golf Resort. Together, these hospitality and tourism businesses emerged as the Authentic Seacoast.

But in a community that has seen its population in decline since 1921, more than hospitality and tourism is needed to bring about sustainable growth. There was a story to be told in the proud trading heritage that made the Guysborough harbour a bustling centre of shipping in the 1800s. To tell this story, Williams has created the Authentic Seacoast Brewing Company, Full Steam Coffee Co., Authentic Seacoast Distilling Co., Glanbùrn Artesian Water, Authentic Seacoast Soap and Harbour Belle Bakery, all with a focus on exporting quality Guysborough products to the world. These products serve as ambassadors for the Authentic Seacoast, a way for people to make a connection with the spirit of our magical place by the sea.

The Authentic Seacoast Brewing Company’s Rare Bird Craft Beer continues Guysborough’s proud brewing heritage begun in Guysborough in 1659 by the enterprising Acadian Nicholas Denys, the oldest commercial brewery in the Maritimes. These craft beers are sold across Nova Scotia with plans to export outside of the Province.

Rare Bird Craft Beer

Rare Bird Craft Beer

The Full Steam Coffee Co. roasts certified organic, fair trade coffees that are sold in Sobeys stores across Atlantic Canada along with other fine grocers, coffee shops and restaurants. The S.S. Malcolm Cann, the steamship that brought people and goods to the Hart Store on the Guysborough harbour, graces every bag.

The Authentic Seacoast Distilling Co. is building a distillery on the historic Osprey Shores Golf Resort peninsula with premium spirits to be sold in the NSLC in the not too distant future with distinctive brands that capture more of the history and spirit of this special place.

Likewise with Glanbùrn Artesian Water, Authentic Seacoast Soap and the Harbour Belle Bakery, each business is committed to quality products that connect people to our place, our history and our traditions.

The Authentic Seacoast is a story that wants to be told. With Glynn’s patience, vision and a dedicated team of people who share the dream, it’s a story that’s being heard.

Guysborough Waterfront at Night

Guysborough Waterfront at Night

Introduction written by : Jennifer Falkenham