POST-CONFERENCE PRESS TRIPS:
June 26 – 29, 2022 

For your convenience and to maximize your attendance within the Southwest Nova Scotia destination, 8 itineraries (with one exception) are available as both PRE and POST-Conference Media Tours.  You are guaranteed a spot on at least one press trip offering.  If space permits, media can be selected to participate in both pre and post press trip opportunities. 

Post-Conference Media Tours take place starting Sunday June 26, 2022 and end Wednesday June 29, 2022
With the exception of Tour #2, these tours are the same offerings for the Pre-Tours. 

NOTE: Media, who have registered by the Early Bird Deadline of April 22, will be advised of the tour they have been confirmed for on or before May 5th,  the final Registration closing date, to provide a larger planning window.  

Please note the following: 

  • Each post-conference press trip will depart from Yarmouth the morning of Sunday June 26th from the Rodd Grand Hotel, Yarmouth and conclude at the Westin Nova Scotian Hotel in Halifax with an overnight stay on Tuesday June 28th. (checking out/end of the tour on Wednesday June 29th)
  • All accommodations are single occupancy rooms (unless travelling as a media couple in which accommodations will be shared). 
  • Transportation will be provided by spacious and comfortable mini-vans with local experts serving as your host/driver for the duration of the trip. 
  • Media selected for the post-conference press trips will be staying at the Westin Nova Scotian Hotel Halifax on the night of Tuesday June 28th with will a farewell reception for all press trip participants that evening. 
  • Shuttle service will be available on June 29th from the Westin Nova Scotian Hotel to the Halifax Stanfield International Airport. 
  • IMPORTANT: Please select your 1st, 2nd and 3rd choices. We will make every effort to accommodate your request, noting that spaces are limited as indicated for each of the eight (8) tours. REGISTRATION FORMS for these tours are here.
  • NOTE: Media, who have registered by the Early Bird Deadline of April 22, will be advised of the tours they have been confirmed for ahead of the May 5th Registration closing to provide a larger planning window. 


Please make arrangements to depart Halifax, NS anytime on Wednesday June 29th. It is recommended / requested that media make every effort possible to schedule flights or departure after 7 am AST. 

1 . Post-Tour #1: Yarmouth Sights & Sounds


    Take a deep dive into all that Yarmouth has to offer! Depart Halifax via the Lighthouse Route with a stop at the Black Loyalist Heritage Centre before making your way to downtown Yarmouth for an afternoon walking tour that will give you a glimpse into town’s history, folklore and legends. Discover the incredible architecture that marks Yarmouth's heritage district as one of the most unique in Canada. Explore downtown Yarmouth and learn about the area’s important connections to the fishing industry via working wharves, working fishplants and working museums. Discover the night sky the way it was meant to be seen as you learn why this part of the province is North America's first certified Starlight Tourist Destination (as issued by the UNESCO backed International Starlight Foundation). Capture some fantastic photo ops around the town of Yarmouth before climbing Cape Forchu Lighthouse for a unique view few people have seen! 

    Group Size: 6
    Minimum Fitness Level: Low to Moderate
    Host Hotels:

    • TRU by Hilton Yarmouth (2 nights)
    • Westin Nova Scotian Hotel, Halifax (1 night)

     

    2 . Post-Tour #2: Starlight Culinary Adventure at Trout Point Lodge 


      Lodge, Canada’s only member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World and also the world’s first certified Starlight Hotel by the UNESCO partner Starlight Foundation. Spend 2 nights in a luxury wilderness suite where you will have the time to indulge in Trout Point’s various amenities. Savour artfully prepared Nova Scotia gourmet dinners featuring courses curated by the chef and sommelier. Take a guided forest walk to explore the edge of the Tusket River on forested paths and boardwalks. Unwind in the wood-fired hot tub along the Tusket River. Relax in the outdoor barrel sauna. Enjoy guided activities including kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, forest bathing, hiking, and yoga. Experience Trout Point Lodge’s breathtaking night skies on nightly Stargazing excursions. The enchanting location and spacious accommodations will make for a most memorable – and rewarding - Nova Scotia press trip. 

      Group Size: 4
      Minimum Fitness Level: Low to Moderate
      Host Hotels:

      • Trout Point Lodge, East Kemptville (2 nights)
      • Westin Nova Scotian Hotel, Halifax (1 night)

      3 . Post-Tour #3: Lighthouses & Landscapes: Photography Focused 


        In some spots, time has stood still in Nova Scotia which lends itself to intriguing photography across the province and the Southwestern tip is no exception. It’s where you will find one quaint fishing harbour after another with dozens of lighthouses scattered along the shorelines. Peggy’s Cove lighthouse might be the most well known in the province but this trip will take you down back roads for some spectacular coastal photography opportunities. Designed with the professional photographer in mind, early and late shooting is scheduled each day. The trip will be escorted by a local photography expert who will share insights on how to capture that magical shot. Lighthouses on the itinerary include Gilbert’s Cove, Cape Saint Marie, Cape Sable, Sandy Point and Cape Forchu to name a few. 

        Group Size: 6
        Minimum Fitness Level: Low to Moderate
        Host Hotels:

        • Cape View Motel & Cottages, Mavillette Beach
        • MacKenzie Motel & Cottages, Shelburne  
        • Westin Nova Scotian Hotel, Halifax

        4 . Post-Tour #4: Loyalists, Lobsters & Lumberjacks


          Welcome to Shelburne County, where a fabulous coastal adventure awaits. Here you will become enchanted by unspoiled panoramic views, whether it’s from one of the area’s pristine white sand beaches, strolling historic Dock Street in the Town of Shelburne or gazing at a lighthouse (or two). During the American Revolution, pro-British refugees founded the area. Uncover the historic charm and mysterious past of the area by visiting one of the many cultural and historic museums such as the Shelburne Museum Complex and the Black Loyalist Heritage Centre. Of course, no visit to Shelburne County is complete without including lobster. Spend a day in Barrington, the Lobster Capital of Canada, where fresh seafood is easily found here amongst some of the richest lobster fishing grounds in the world. Before leaving Barrington, join World Champion Logroller Darren Hudson for a Lumberjack AXEperience where you will learn the aspects of being a genuine lumberjack such as logrolling, competitive sawing, and axe throwing! The Lumberjack AXEperience is like no other – it’s a one-of-a-kind, hands-on experience … an exciting blend of outdoor adventure, history, and culture all rolled up in one. 

          Group Size: 6
          Minimum Fitness Level: Low to Moderate
          Host Hotels:

          • Starboard Inn, Barrington 
          • Cooper’s Inn, Shelburne
          • Westin Nova Scotian Hotel, Halifax

          5 . Post-Tour #5: Southwest Cultural Connections 


            The Southwestern part of Nova Scotia has rich and diverse cultural and historical connections. After all, they have been welcoming people from all over the world for hundreds of years. This trip will let you visit and explore the uniqueness of several communities to learn more about our people and their history and see how their vibrant cultures influence the entire region. Highlights include Shelburne’s Historic Waterfront, the Black Loyalist Heritage Centre, Cape Sable Island, Dennis Point and Le Village Historique Acadian de la Nouvelle Écosse. Seafood is a dominant theme throughout this trip that also includes a boat tour around the historic Tusket Islands where a sample of fresh local seafood chowder, cooked by the Captain, is part of the entertainment on the sail back to the Wedgeport dock. 

            Group Size: 6
            Minimum Fitness Level: Low to Moderate
            Host Hotel:

            • Red Cap Motel, Pubnico 
            • Starboard Inn, Barrington 
            • Westin Nova Scotian Hotel, Halifax

            6 . Post-Tour #6: Flavours of Southwest Nova


             


              This trip literally allows you to eat your way to Yarmouth! The town of Digby is home to a large scallop and lobster fishing fleet and known worldwide for their famous Digby scallops. Learn how to shuck a scallop and then taste the various ways they are served throughout the region, whether they are seared, fried, or in a chowder. The Acadian culture is prevalent along the shores of Baie Sainte Marie and here you find Râpure, commonly referred to as “rappie pie”. It’s the ultimate Acadian comfort food and here you will learn about it’s history, how it’s made and of course sample it! Enjoy a unique dining experience at La Cuisine Robicheau, which most equate to dining at grandma’s house! They specialize in fresh local seafood, home cooked meals and traditional Acadian dishes and are best known for their signature seafood lasagna and haddock with creamed lobster – good luck choosing just one dish! This trip also includes an afternoon boat tour on the Bay of Fundy, a walking tour of Baie Sainte-Marie and of course lots of fantastic treats along the way. 

              Group Size: 6
              Minimum Fitness Level: Low to Moderate
              Host Hotels:

              • Cape View Motel & Cottages, Mavillette Beach 
              • Dockside Suites, Digby
              • Westin Nova Scotian Hotel, Halifax

               

              7 . Post-Tour #7: Acadian Immersion: Bilingual Tour


                The Municipality of Clare is home to the largest Acadian community in Nova Scotia where over 75% of its residents speak both French and English. Clare is renowned for its joie de vivre and its vibrant Acadian culture, from kitchen parties to seafood suppers and this press trip will allow you to indulge in a bit of all if it. Explore the shores of la Baie Sainte Marie as you dig for clams with a local and learn the area’s history on a walking tour and night hike. Meet local Acadian artist June Deveau as she helps to inspire your own work of art using color, bold brushstrokes and movement. Head to Pubnico, the oldest Acadian region still inhabited by descendants of its founder. Le Village Historique Acadian de la Nouvelle Écosse showcases the industrious and joyful spirit of the Acadian people, celebrating a language and culture that has thrived for more than 350 years. Learn the village’s history while exploring the numerous historic buildings such as the original wooden homes as well as the lighthouse and local cemetery. Experience fishing and farming traditions that were practiced over a century ago. Finally, be sure to enjoy hospitality that is second to none while savoring home-cooked Acadian cuisine. Cap off your trip with an authentic lobster boil on the shores of Lobster Bay! 

                *English and Acadian French will be spoken throughout this trip. It is recommended for bilingual participants. 

                Group Size: 6
                Minimum Fitness Level: Low to Moderate
                Host Hotels:

                • Argyler Lodge, Argyle
                • L’Auberge au Havre du Capitaine, Meteghan River 
                • Westin Nova Scotian Hotel, Halifax

                8 . Post-Tour #8: Parks Canada Campout


                  This press trip will take you on a natural and historical journey exploring some of the most historic spots in Canada. Depart Yarmouth on June 26 and spend your first day learning about the many cultures that helped shape Nova Scotia including the British, Scots, French, Mi’kmaq and Acadian peoples as you explore Grand Pré National Historic Site, Port-Royal National Historic Site and Fort Anne National Historic Site. Make your way to Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site and set yourself up for 2 nights in your private oTENTik. Spend a day exploring hiking trails through old growth forests, traversing gentle biking trails, or canoeing historic routes that are thousands of years old. Learn why it’s the only National Park in Canada that is also a National Historic Site when you visit the Petroglyphs where the Mi’kmaq made their mark thousands of years ago, leaving stone carvings on the shores of Kejimkujik Lake. After a campfire cookout, where a local chef guides you in preparing an authentic Nova Scotia meal, experience the astronomical depth of this Royal Astronomy Society of Canada (RASC) designated Dark-Sky Preserve. Your private guide will share Mi’kmaw stories/myths/legends and assist you in gazing at brilliant celestial bodies and discovering how stars have inspired centuries of story, song, and legend in Southwest Nova Scotia. 

                  Group Size: 6
                  Minimum Fitness Level: Moderate
                  Host Hotels:

                  • Kejimkujik oTENTik (2 nights: June 26 and 27):
                    - sleeping bag, bedding, pillow, towels, flashlight will be provided 
                    - fully equipped, modern gender-neutral washrooms and showers located within close proximity
                  • Westin Nova Scotian Hotel (June 28), Halifax