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Giving the gift of memories: treat your loved one to a Nova Scotia experience this season

Mark Uhre, who plays the role of Buddy in the Neptune production of the stage musical adaptation of the Christmas film Elf, is shown in 2012.
Mark Uhre, who plays the role of Buddy in the Neptune production of the stage musical adaptation of the Christmas film Elf, is shown in 2012. Tickets to Neptune never fail to disappoint as gifts. - The Chronicle Herald

It is said that memories last a lifetime, so instead of giving your loved one a sweater or a trinket that will fade over time, why not give the gift of an experience they will never forget?

Across Nova Scotia there are amazing experiences that travellers from around the globe come to savour. For an amazing experiential gift for your best friend, spouse, parent or for your whole family, look no further than your own province for an exciting activity to share. Here are five ways to treat anyone on your holiday list this year.

  1. Halifax’s Local Tasting Tours has made a name for itself as a way to taste-test your way through the city. Delectable tastings at a variety of downtown restaurants, bakeries and lounges are matched with a stroll through historic nooks of Halifax and tour guides who know all the juicy tidbits of local history. This is a great group activity or date that will keep you moving and entertained, as well as adding to your list of must-go dining options across the city. Evening and daytime tours are available and range from $44 to $61 per person.
  2. Neptune Theatre never disappoints. For a night out of entertainment at one of Halifax’s most loved institutions, a Neptune Theatre experience is a classic crowd-pleaser. Winter and spring line-ups include gripping biographical stories, comedies and classics and offer a show for everyone’s tastes. Ticket prices vary depending on the seating. If you aren’t sure which production your loved one would enjoy best, gift certificates are available so they can follow their muse.
  3. For the nature lover in your life, what could be better than a getaway to beautiful Cape Breton for a wellness and glamping experience you will never forget? Cabot Shores, a wilderness resort and retreat along the Cabot Trail, offers lodging in Mongolian yurts, geodomes and chalets, with a main lodge featuring local, gourmet dining experiences, as well as trails and hikes throughout the area. A wellness package for two is $520 and includes a night’s stay in either a lodge room or yurt, dinner, breakfast, access to a cedar hot tub for two, an acupressure or acupuncture treatment and your choice of a guided hike or water excursion by canoe or kayak. Morning meditation and qi gong is also available for a truly restorative experience.
  4. There are no shortages of ways to please any wine lover in your life, but instead of a new bottle or glassware, a hop-on/hop-off wine tour through our own Annapolis Valley might be just the most refreshing way to focus a whole day on new vintages. The Magic Winery Bus is a double-decker bus that runs a continuous loop through the Annapolis hot spots, offering wine and tours. Choose which wineries you want to see and how long you want to stay, as the bus stops every hour at location. The wineries included on the stops are Lightfoot & Wolfville Vineyards, Domaine de Grand Pre, Luckett Vineyards, L’Acadie Vineyards and Gaspereau Vineyards — where guides are happy to offer tours and tastings for visitors. Tickets are $50 per person, leaving extra cash to purchase your favourite take-home bottles.
  5. If you are looking for something truly unique in Nova Scotia, consider the exclusive experience of dining on the ocean floor at Burntcoat Head Park on the Nova Scotian coast of the Bay of Fundy. The Flying Apron Inn & Cookery holds a series of experiences at the park during the warmer months, which includes a lunch meal with local seafood, a guided experience in foraging for and identifying local wild edibles, a tour of the ocean floor during low tide to see tidal pool creatures, then finish off with a three-course meal on the red cliffs at sunset while the tide fills the bay again. For 2019 tickets, check the website often as they sell-out each year quickly, even with a price tag of $745 per couple.

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