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Some Nova Scotia travel tips for this summer

['At the Library with Denise Corey']
['At the Library with Denise Corey']

At the Library with Denise Corey

This summer I’m planning a Li-brewery tour, I’m going to visit public libraries around the province that I’ve never been to before and hit a few Nova Scotian breweries on the way. 

Are you planning to do a tour of Nova Scotia this summer? Here are a few books that can give you some tips and locations to visit, in case your plans are not to go to every library.

Best Nova Scotia Beaches: 27 Top Seashore Spots for Sun, Sand and Surf by Allan Billard. While we have beautiful beaches in Cumberland County sometime you want to discover lovely spots in the other parts of the province. Instead of beaches would you rather look at waterfalls?  The book, Waterfalls: Nova Scotia's Masterpieces with pictures by Donna Barnett, and text by Allan Billard, has 42 waterfalls with breathtaking images and lyrical descriptions. The book also includes driving directions. Keep in mind that this book is 10 years old so some of the falls may not be currently open to the public.

If you like the breweries part of the Li-brewery tour, a couple of good guidebooks are The Wine Lover's Guide to Atlantic Canada by Moira Peters and Craig Pinhey; and East Coast Crafted by Whitney Moran and Christopher Reynolds. I realize that vineyards and wineries aren’t exactly breweries but it’s a good idea to have some back up plans. The Wine Lover's Guide includes wines from all of the Atlantic provinces so you can find wine even if you go someplace exotic, like New Brunswick. East Coast Crafted also includes our very own Trider’s Craft Beer.

The library has guidebooks for all kinds of interests. You can get books on birding: The Formac Pocketguide to Nova Scotia Birds: 120 Common Inland Birds by Jeffrey C. Domm and Birding Sites of Nova Scotia by Blake Maybank; geology, Geology of Nova Scotia: Touring Through Time at 48 Scenic Sites by Martha Hickman Hild and Sandra Barr; whale watching, The Formac Pocketguide to Whale Watching on Canada's East Coast by Jeffery C. Domm.Even a guide to historic industrial sites, Nova Scotia's Industrial Heritage: a Guidebook by David Rollinson, with information on 70 of Nova Scotia's historic industrial sites.

As a side note, did you know that you can borrow books and other materials from any public, university, or community college library in Nova Scotia and then return those items to your home library? If you find yourself in the wilds of Cape Breton, in downtown Halifax, or in the picturesque little town of Lunenburg feel free to drop in to their libraries and borrow and bring them back to Cumberland when you’re finished. You can find a map of all of Nova Scotia’s public libraries on this website: library.novascotia.ca/map. 

Start your vacation planning by taking a tour around our own backyard. Let us know what you find on the library’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/CumberlandPublicLibraries.

Denise Corey is the chief librarian for the Cumberland Public Libraries.

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