Nova Scotia: The Winter Shopping Destination
NOTE TO EDITORS: Following is one in a series of feature articles from Tourism and Culture.
When dazzling Christmas trees are illuminated in communities across the province, they signal a time when Nova Scotians and visitors head out to shops and markets. Whether you're looking for a gift for that special someone, a unique item to treat yourself, or you're just window shopping, there's guaranteed to be something to tempt you.
From the novice shopper to the dedicated expert, there's a shopping experience to meet everyone's need. Browse through historic shopping districts in Halifax's Hydrostone area, in Annapolis Royal, Sydney and Lunenburg. Peruse antique shops in the highlands of Cape Breton and Pubnico. Spend a day in the largest malls east of Montreal. Or visit century old farmers' markets and regional craft fairs.
Nova Scotia has an international reputation for its handmade goods, fine wines, and products from the sea. Many Nova Scotia stores also offer clothing and other products found in bigger centres like Toronto, Montreal and New York. On a shopping tour of Nova Scotia, you can find everything you're looking for, and even a few surprises you hadn't planned on.
In Mahone Bay you'll find the finest handmade Belgian chocolates, while across the province in Pictou, you'll find the highest quality kitchen knives in the world. In Halifax, you'll find the latest fashion trends straight from the runways of Paris and New York.
If a more relaxed atmosphere is what you're looking for, head to Cape Breton where you'll find stores filled with the perfect Nova Scotia gift items including music and one-of-a kind crafts. Antique dealers in shops from Yarmouth to Sydney will tempt you with their knack for finding those special items not found anywhere else.
Whether it's the 2003 limited edition Christmas ornament, or that special bottle of wine, you'll quickly realize that Nova Scotia craftspeople accept only the best of quality and character in their work.
Shopping makes an ideal excuse for a weekend getaway in Nova Scotia. Many hotels and bed and breakfasts offer special packages to make your shopping weekend that much more special. Whether you're from the Maritimes, New England, or from right here at home, our shopkeepers will welcome you with genuine Nova Scotia hospitality.
This year, the potential for a weekend shopping getaway in the province is even better. As always, many bookshops and smaller stores are open seven days a week. However, this year, many of the larger Nova Scotia stores will also open on Sundays during the weeks leading up to Christmas.
For further information on winter shopping, events, festivals and attractions, see the Tourism and Culture website at www.novascotia.com or call 1-800-565-0000.
njm December 1, 2003 2:12 P.M.