Winter fun!

I love this time of year!  There are so many fun outdoor activities to choose from and this weekend’s weather looks like it will be just about perfect:  Sunny skies and forecasted temperatures of -5*C.

We are lucky, living in Central Nova Scotia, to be surrounded by fantastic spots to spend a winter’s day.  Victoria Park, right here in Truro is a 1000 acre wonderland, perfect for hiking or cross-country skiing.  We are always pleased to have a cozy fire for our guests to cozy up in front of after spending the day at the park!

Sugar Moon Farm,   just a 30 minute drive from The Belgravia, is an award-winning year-round Maple Syrup Farm.  They offer tours of the facilities and also have wonderful trail through the Sugar Woods to hike, ski or snowshoe.  There are weekend sleigh rides and they even rent snowshoes!  Each month has its own “Chef’s Night” featuring some of Nova Scotia’s finest culinary talents.  Next month, February, in honor of Valentine’s Day, they are offering this culinary treat twice – Friday, February 5th and Friday, February 12th. We have had many guests over the years who have stayed with us and then gone to Sugar Moon for the chef’s night and they always come back raving about the experience – it’s even more fun when you bring along some friends and stay with us!

When I was growing up here in Truro, I would spend every weekend (and day off school!) at Ski Wentworth which boasts some of the most varied and challenging terrain in the Maritimes.   Click HERE for photos of fun times at Ski Wentworth.  We’ve put together a package of winter fun, enabling you to hit the slopes by day and relax by one of The Belgravia’s warm fires by night. Discover the snowy playgrounds of Cumberland County. This action packed weekend ($274.95 + HST per couple) includes:

  • 2 Nights of Rest and Relaxing Accommodation
  • 2 Healthy Gourmet Breakfasts for Two
  • 2 All-day lift tickets for Ski Wentworth
  • Nova Scotia Delicacies in front of the fireplace after your day of winter adventuring

This weekend, I’ll be running the B&B mostly on my own while D’Arcy participates in a Curling Tournament at the Truro Curling Club with a group of other teachers. I suspect that with the exception of two basketball games, most of my weekend will take place outside on D’Arcy’s pride & joy our own skating rink.  When you come to stay, be sure to bring your skates for a trip around the Belgravia’s 28′ x 45′ outdoor rink, complete with benches & chiminea!

To book your reservations with us to stay one night or to enjoy one of our packages, please call us toll-free (866) 877-9900 or send us an email: belgravia @ eastlink.ca

We still have tables left for each evening of our Valentine’s Dinner with Chef Daniel Creelman.

For more information on our Bed & Breakfast, we invite you to explore our website: www.belgravia.ca


A day on the Bay of Fundy

Yesterday, I was lucky enough to get to take a day trip to Joggins to represent the Tourism Industry Association of Nova Scotia at a presentation given by the Cumberland Wilderness Society as they unveiled their plan for a new Protected Wilderness area around and including the Chignecto Game Sanctuary.  An article about the presentation can be found here:  http://www.amherstdaily.com/index.cfm?sid=303455&sc=58

Because the trip along the Bay of Fundy is an easy and beautiful drive from Truro, we often recommend it to guests who are interested in a day trip.  There are many interesting spots to stop and see and the scenery is spectacular.

Because I had a time line in which to get to the presentation, I drove the Trans Canada Highway to get there.  The day wasn’t too promising as I started out, with thick fog making it hard to see.  I took the old road through the Wentworth Valley rather than the Toll Highway.  The drive is much more scenic and only adds about five minutes to your time.  Not to mention you don’t have to pay the $4.50 toll!  As I passed Ski Wentworth, the fog lifted and the sun started to shine.

I got to Joggins in about an hour-and-a-half.

The Joggins Fossil Center and Fossil Cliffs were named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008 and the Centre opened on Earth Day that year.  This was my first chance to get there to see the new building and it is beautiful!!  I would highly recommend this attraction to any guests who are visiting Northern Nova Scotia!  I just wish I’d had more time to explore.  Alas, business called…

When the presentation was over, I took the shore road along the Bay of Fundy to go home.  The half-hour it takes to get from Joggins to Advocate is mostly trees, but the wild blueberry fields were glorious!  I wish I’d been able to get a photo that did them justice.  Although the colour of the trees is over now that the leaves have fallen, the blueberry fields are still in their splendor!  As I turned a corner in Advocate, there was a cemetery on a hill which is covered in blueberry bushes and the sun was illuminating them.  I wish I had stopped for a photo.

I did take the 5km side trip to go to Cape d’Or.  It is one of my absolute favourite places in Nova Scotia!  To get there, you travel on a very twisty and hilly dirt road, but the views when you get to the end are spectacular!  The following photos were all taken from the top of the road.  In the summer, from May – October, there is a restaurant that we highly recommend located in the lighthouse!  The food and the service are wonderful and you just can’t beat the view!!

I traveled back to Truro, passing some favorites:  Shaw’s Country Store in Port Greville, Ship’s Company Theater & The Fundy Geological Museum in Parrsboro, Mo’s at Five Islands, The Joy Laking Gallery in Portipique, the antique shop in Great Village, and of course Bass River Chairs in Bass River!  I drove 355 km in total during the day and was home in time to make supper!