by Super Admin
on Tuesday, October 16th, 2018 at 8:35am.
Labour Day Weekend is over, schools are back in session, and there’s no denying that summer is truly over. But in Nova Scotia — and much of Northeastern North America, let’s be frank — fall is the richest season. The air is crisp, the humidity is gone, the sun is warm, and the harvest is starting to come in. And it’s really the best time for adventuring, whether you’re a family with kids, a rugged individualist, or a couple of Empty Nesters! Here are five day trips from Halifax that are just right for September and October.
U-Pick farms are the quintessential Atlantic Canadian Autumn Experience, aren’t they? If you’re looking for the timeless experience, then you can’t do any better than Willowbank U-Pick in Port Williams. They have hay rides, miniature donkeys in the petting zoo, a corn maze, and apples, pears, and plums, all ripe and ready. Looking for something a little bit different? Terra Beata, near Lunenburg, has begun offering U-Pick cranberries in their bogs, where they promise you can harvest four pounds of berries in 45 minutes without even moving.
Maybe you’re done with corn mazes, or you’re looking for a great opportunity to brighten up your Instagram. Have you considered an afternoon in a maze of sunflowers? The folks at Dakeyne Farm in Mount Denson offer this exceptional experience, and you can find an array of sunflower products in their farm store, too (sunflower jelly, anyone?). Every August they also host a butterfly release party — imagine dozens of butterflies fluttering over a field of brilliant yellow, testing their new wings. Mark your calendar for 2019!
After years of construction, another maze has opened just off Exit 11, near Lunenburg: Canada’s first art maze. Bernart Art Maze is a kilometre of concrete sculpture and art installations from artists around the world, created by German-Canadian couple Bernd and Nicole Krebes. The couple hopes to remain open until the end of October, so you have plenty of time to venture out for a Sunday drive — but be sure to leave time to savor the experience. This maze is about the journey, not the destination.
The air might have a bit of a bite and the beaches are deserted, but the North Atlantic is at its warmest in September and October. And it’s the perfect time to learn to surf. Atlantic Surf School runs lessons every day at Martinique Beach. It’s an interesting team-building exercise or unforgettable birthday party for older kids, and Martinique is gorgeous even when you can’t stay on your board. Lessons run until the end of October.
And we’ve saved the best for last: Ghost Town in Annapolis Royal. Annapolis Royal is a great spot for a day trip all summer long, but the whole town joins together to create a creepy, one-of-a-kind experience with something for everyone. The Haunted Gardens at the Historic Gardens host giant papier-mâché masks celebrating the first contact between French explorers and MicMac in the province; the Acadian Cottage becomes home to a convincing witch practicing her dark arts. There’s always a candlelit graveyard tour. Sometimes local students present an Edgar Allen Poe play, or you can catch a vintage horror flick at the King’s Theatre. This year’s events haven’t yet been announced, but you won’t be disappointed, we promise.
We hope that you make the most of this season, and remember, your Century21 Realtor always knows where the coolest things are happening in Nova Scotia.