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  1. Is there a friendly, fascinating place in your vacation plans?

    January 2013: As we unloaded suitcases from our rent-a-car into yet another

    overnight stop in a stunning location on the other side of the planet, we hailed a

    “good morning” to an elderly gentleman outside the next cottage.

    “Where ya from?” he countered.

    “Canada,” we said. “You?”

    “New Yak,” he responded in a familiar twang. “What part of Canada?”

    “East Coast,” we said. “We’re neighbours.”


  2. The worsening litterpig liability

    IT’S A PRETTY safe bet these days that we have several times more discarded coffee cups than people. Litter is an unintended consequence of our increasingly convenience-oriented, disposable culture. 

    Discarded cigarette butts constitute a surprisingly large proportion of litter, and about 20 per cent of them end up in rivers, lakes, streams and oceans. The toxins filtered out of the tobacco are then shared with fish and other marine organisms.  

  3. The apples of autumn

    Any fruit or vegetable that is grown locally tastes delicious, but perhaps the most popular and most amazingly delicious “just picked” is being harvested now in orchards around the region: Apples! Our country has been growing apples since European colonists brought them over in the 17th century. Today, Nova Scotia produces about 10 % of the commercial apple crop in Canada with some 1800 hectares under production, while New Brunswick produces about 1% on about 225 hectares. (Statistics Canada for 2010). This of course does not count the many apple trees growing in backyard plantings by homeowners wanting to grow their own apples.

  4. Corn Tales

    Get out the salt, pepper, and butter! Local sweet corn is available throughout much of Atlantic Canada now. Unlike its relative field corn, (grown for livestock feed or for cooking oil or ethanol), sweet corn, as the name suggests, is much higher in sugar than other varieties, making it a desirable food for our tables.

  5. Cautionary Tails…

    What if the Pinta Island Galapagos giant tortoise and the Yangtze giant softshell turtle — each currently estimated to have a population of one — go the way of the dodo? Does this mean that they couldn’t cut it in an evolutionary sense; that they were unfit, and therefore extinction is somehow acceptable?

  6. PEI Loves Burgers

    Last month, PEI beef lovers were in hamburger heaven as restaurants competed to create the ultimate burger made with 100 per cent PEI beef. An extensive marketing campaign called “PEI Burger Love” encouraged Islanders to get out and taste burgers from 22 restaurants. Each person who sampled a burger was then asked to “rate their love” online. The burger with the highest “love” rating won the crown.

  7. Not a Mug’s Game!

    We probably don’t need to tell you that Saltscapes magazine has some talented contributors. Writer Jack MacAndrew won gold at last weekend’s Atlantic Journalism Awards (held in Fredericton) in the category Best Magazine Profile for his story on Catherine MacLellan (Mar/Apr, 2011); Sara Jewell took home silver in the category Best Magazine Article for her story “Circle of Life” (Sept/Oct, 2011). Photographer John Sylvester won an award in the Travel Media Association of Canada (TMAC) Awards, also held in Fredericton last weekend, in the category Best Evocation of a Place Photo for his image that opened the story “Torngat Safari,” Nov/Dec 2010. And raise a glass to our Drinks columnist, Natalie MacLean, who is a finalist in the National Magazine Awards’ How-To category for her story “Grapes of Laugh,” May/June, 2011 Good Taste. Go, team!

  8. Join the Club

    Experience is the best teacher when it comes to photography. Whether you have been taking pictures for years or you just bought a new camera and don't have a clue how to use it, joining a photography club is a wise move. I joined the Sackville, NS, photography club to help me feel more at ease taking photos, to learn more about my new Canon G12 camera and to share my passion with like-minded people.

  9. Bravo, Alain!

    Saltscapes' food editor wins first-ever Culinary Ambassador of the Year award.

    The Taste of Nova Scotia Prestige Awards were handed out last week during the Annual Tourism Summit in Halifax. (Taste of Nova Scotia is a province-wide marketing program, whose members have met and are committed to maintaining the program's quality standards for food, service and hospitality.)

  10. World Famous Snowblower

    Saltscapes contributor Alec Bruce steps up to buy the snowblower that wowed the world

    By now, you've probably heard about the cleverly worded snowblower ad on the online classified site, Kijiji was written by a Moncton man, Weh-Ming Cho.