7-days exploring Nova Scotia in luxury lodgings
By day, watch as mirror-flat lakes reflect the green and gold of maple, beech, red oak and pine. By night, gaze out at pitch-black skies dotted with endless stars. Nova Scotia, in eastern Canada, is a wilderness where you can slow down, switch off and fully immerse yourself in nature. And, with one of Canada’s best luxury hotels as your base, you needn’t forego those essential creature comforts.
DAY ONE: SETTLE IN
Wherever you’ve come from, however far you’ve travelled, arriving into Nova Scotia is, quite literally, a breath of fresh air. The clean salt breeze reinvigorates your senses. The quiet roads build the sense of anticipation. And, as you approach Trout Point Lodge of Nova Scotia, you’re already shifting into a different gear.
Tucked away on the banks of the Tusket River and within the Tobeatic Wilderness Area, this eco-luxury lodge blends seamlessly into nature. After dropping your bags, take a moment to explore your surroundings. If you’re lucky, you might just catch a glimpse of deer, beaver, eagles and moose. Then revive sore feet and jet-lagged minds with a soak in the riverside wood-fired cedar hot tub or a sit in the barrel sauna.
DAY TWO: A TASTE OF WILDERNESS
Fresh-from-the-river fish. Ripe berries and mushrooms. Not to mention some of the world’s finest lobster, oysters and mussels. Trout Point Lodge is a foodie’s dream come true. And, with its own cookery school, there are plenty of opportunities to roll up your sleeves and get hands on. Join the team for a day’s cooking and wine tasting or step outside for a wild food foray.
Whether you’ve been cooking on hot coals or chilling out, you can always round off your day in the hotel’s exceptional restaurant. Serving locally inspired and regionally sourced cuisine, every dish is infused with the fresh taste of the wild.
DAY THREE: SPA (AND STAR) TREATMENT
At Trout Point Lodge, mother nature is your spa therapist. Every day, the hotel offers “forest bathing” excursions. Rather than actually taking a dip, this Japanese-technique involves setting off on a slow, mindful walk into the woods to contemplate nature and open up the senses. These walks can be complemented by a forest-side foot massage or in-room treatment.
DAY FOUR: STAR GAZING
After a day of nature and nurture, spend your night stargazing under North America’s darkest skies. Trout Point Lodge was recently certified as ‘The World’s First Starlit Hotel’ from the Starlight Foundation and offers incredible views, as well as a staff astronomer to help explain your observations.
See the magnificent milky way like never before. Catch a glimpse of distant meteor showers. And, if you’re lucky, take in the aurora borealis. Use the Lodge’s Meade 10” telescope, astronomical binoculars, portable Celestron SkyProdigy 130mm and Coronado 6omm solar telescope for a closer look.
DAY FIVE: INTO THE WILD
Located in the Tobeatic Wilderness Area, Trout Point Lodge is surrounded by a unique wildlife habitat with expansive wetlands, old-growth pine and hemlock forest, and a rich biodiversity. Arrange a guide and venture into the wilderness on foot. Or paddle your own canoe to get an entirely fresh perspective.
DAY SIX: CULTURE FIX
Of course, there’s plenty to discover away from your hotel. This corner of Nova Scotia is filled with history, beaches and a unique Acadian French culture. See where it all began at Port Royal, one of the earliest European settlements in North America. Visit the Smuggler’s Cove parks and art galleries. Seek out tiny villages and towering churches such as the Musée Église Sainte-Marie, the largest wooden church in North America.
DAY SEVEN: A FOND FAREWELL
Sadly, all good things must come to an end. Make the most of your final hours by storing the sights, sounds and scents of Trout Point Lodge in your memory. And remember, there’s always next time…