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Beginnings in Cape Breton

 

• Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia •

A breathtaking sea of green and hairpin turns along a beautiful coast is what makes Cape Breton the ideal detour (or destination) for a road trip. Oh, and car advertisements.

Just a three-hour drive from Halifax, the Cape Breton Highlands National Park draws in thousands of people each year to hike the many trails along its routes. While driving, you’ll be surprised that the road conditions are far better than most cities, such as Toronto.

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Moissanite over Diamond

“Diamonds are a girl’s best friend” they say. “Diamonds are forever.” As my four year anniversary with Patrick flew by this past August and having bought a condo this year, there are moments where I think hard about a proposal, a wedding, a life together… That kind of stuff.

I don’t like to make it obvious that I think about these things (people don’t peg me as the type to, I can be pretty savage IRL), but I do. But as someone who thrives with an occasional “treat yo self” mentality while living affordably, I’d like to think there is another finer option than a diamond.

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Beyond the Fog

• Cape Split, Nova Scotia, Canada •

General overcast meant dense fog during the drive, the hike, and the views. On this somewhat lengthy hike, we were struck with a feeling of surrealism, like a place floating in the sky.

Located in Scots Bay, the Cape Split hike is a highly-suggested 3-6 hour straightforward hike through (an unremarkable amount of) forest. If you pull through and manage to overcome boredom and exhaustion – from hiking without scenery, because you won’t see anything till the end 😂 – you’ll reach a beautiful field of green on 200 foot cliffs and see the Bay of Fundy.

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Inside my Camera Bag

Never again would I relive the days where I used satchels and regular backpacks for travelling and photography. Especially considering hiking is the focal point of most of my travels.

I want to be comfortable wearing my camera bag and knowing that it can protect whatever is in it. Because whatever is in it is pretty darn imperative to my adventures. Which brings me to answer the question: what’s in your camera bag?

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A View from Military Bunkers

• Duncan’s Cove, Nova Scotia, Canada •

With sturdy shoes and a couple of hours in your day to spare, immerse yourself in the remnants of Nova Scotia’s history as you walk through the gorgeous oceanside trail of Duncan’s Cove.

A little ways from downtown Halifax, you start off by parking in one of very few (like four) spots available near the trail. A short, uphill walk on a gravel road to an unknown house (signs are posted by the owner, probably due to a lot of hikers accidentally trespassing) leads you to the trailhead.

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Being Touristy

• Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia, Canada •

Seeking silence amongst the hustle and bustle of small tourist communities isn’t too difficult if you have a sense of calm within, and the ability of a long exposure at hand.

As much as I try to distance myself from touristy areas, I somehow was able to mould myself amongst the throngs of people entering the village, one charter bus after another. I thought that the amount of people and the dark, gloomy skies would dampen my mood, but perhaps my skin had thickened from the constant exposure to people that it did not bother me one bit.

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Eastward, Again

• Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada •

A single dose of the east coast blues was warrant enough to return. Little did I know what was in store when Patrick and I visited Nova Scotia, just one day after returning from Newfoundland.

After a 12 hour shift (yes, I worked right away the next day after returning) and another two hour flight (I know, I could have just flown from Newfoundland), my boyfriend (Patrick) and I landed in Halifax, a destination he had visited via bus tour in his childhood. But oh, the places we’ll go; I’d show him a different side of Nova Scotia, with a more realistic itinerary, even though I’d never been.

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