PRE-CONFERENCE MEDIA TOURS
June 19 – 22, 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. 

All Pre-Conference Media Tours outlined below start Sunday June 19, 2022 and end Wednesday June 22, 2022. Plan to include one of these incredible tours within your conference attendance, included complimentary for our Media Members. 

When planning to attend a Pre-Tour, please make arrangements to arrive in Halifax, NS anytime on Sunday June 19th. It is strongly recommended / requested that media make every effort possible to arrive by 5 pm AST. 

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: 

  • Shuttle service will be available on June 19th from the Halifax Stanfield International Airport to downtown Halifax. 
  • Media selected for the pre-conference press trips will be staying at the Sutton Place Hotel Halifax on the night of Sunday June 19th 
  • A welcome reception for all media participating on the Pre-Conference Press Trips will take place at the new MUIR Hotel the evening of Sunday June 19th. Get a glimpse of Nova Scotia’s only Marriot Autograph Collection hotel and learn why it is putting Halifax on the map. 
  • Each pre-conference press trip will depart from Halifax no later than 9 am the morning of Monday June 20th. 
  • Each pre-conference press trip will conclude in Yarmouth the afternoon of Wednesday June 22nd with drop off at the Rodd Grand Hotel, Yarmouth. Participants are responsible for their own accommodations on June 22nd. 
  • All accommodations are single occupancy rooms. 
  • Transportation will be provided by spacious and comfortable mini-vans with local experts serving as your host/driver for the duration of the trip. 
  • 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. The Registration forms are available HERE.
     

     

    1 . Pre-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:

      • Sutton Place Hotel Halifax (1 night)
      • TRU by Hilton Yarmouth (2 nights)

      2 . Pre-Tour #2: Golf, Greenery & Scenery


        Nova Scotia welcomes the world to discover the exceptional golf experience awaiting golfers of all levels. Discover courses to challenge your game set against scenic coastal and lush green backdrops that are easy on the eyes. This press trip, designed for golf enthusiasts, includes rounds at 3 popular courses: The Digby Pines, Clare Golf & Country Club and West Pubnico Golf & Country Club. All clubs and equipment will be provided. In addition, this press trip also includes a Bay of Fundy Scenic Lobster Tour where you will learn everything you ever wanted to know about lobster and the local lobster fishing industry! 

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

        • Sutton Place Hotel Halifax 
        • Digby Pines Golf Resort & Spa
        • Cape View Motel & Cottages, Mavillette Beach 

        3 . Pre-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:

          • Sutton Place Hotel Halifax
          • Cape View Motel & Cottages, Mavillette Beach
          • MacKenzie Motel & Cottages, Shelburne  

          4 . Pre-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:

            • Sutton Place Hotel Halifax
            • Cooper’s Inn, Shelburne
            • Starboard Inn, Barrington 

            5 . Pre-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 Hotels:

            • Sutton Place Hotel Halifax 
            • Starboard Inn, Barrington 
            • Red Cap Motel, Pubnico 

            6 . Pre-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:

              • Sutton Place Hotel Halifax
              • Dockside Suites, Digby
              • L'Auberge au Havre du Capitaine, Meteghan River 

              7 . Pre-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:

                • Sutton Place Hotel Halifax
                • L’Auberge au Havre du Capitaine, Meteghan River 
                • Argyler Lodge, Argyle 

                8 . Pre-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 Halifax 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:

                • Sutton Place Hotel Halifax (1 night)
                • Kejimkujik oTENTik:
                  - sleeping bag, bedding, pillow, towels, flashlight will be provided 
                  - fully equipped, modern gender-neutral washrooms and showers located within close proximity