Nova Scotia The Winter Shopping Destination

first_img When dazzling Christmas trees are illuminated in communitiesacross the province, they signal a time when Nova Scotians andvisitors head out to shops and markets. Whether you’re lookingfor a gift for that special someone, a unique item to treatyourself, or you’re just window shopping, there’s guaranteed tobe something to tempt you. From the novice shopper to the dedicated expert, there’s ashopping experience to meet everyone’s need. Browse throughhistoric shopping districts in Halifax’s Hydrostone area, inAnnapolis Royal, Sydney and Lunenburg. Peruse antique shops inthe highlands of Cape Breton and Pubnico. Spend a day in thelargest malls east of Montreal. Or visit century old farmers’markets and regional craft fairs. Nova Scotia has an international reputation for its handmadegoods, fine wines, and products from the sea. Many Nova Scotiastores also offer clothing and other products found in biggercentres like Toronto, Montreal and New York. On a shopping tourof Nova Scotia, you can find everything you’re looking for, andeven 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 highestquality kitchen knives in the world. In Halifax, you’ll find thelatest fashion trends straight from the runways of Paris and NewYork. If a more relaxed atmosphere is what you’re looking for, head toCape Breton where you’ll find stores filled with the perfect NovaScotia gift items including music and one-of-a kind crafts.Antique dealers in shops from Yarmouth to Sydney will tempt youwith their knack for finding those special items not foundanywhere else. Whether it’s the 2003 limited edition Christmas ornament, or thatspecial bottle of wine, you’ll quickly realize that Nova Scotiacraftspeople accept only the best of quality and character intheir work. Shopping makes an ideal excuse for a weekend getaway in NovaScotia. Many hotels and bed and breakfasts offer special packagesto make your shopping weekend that much more special. Whetheryou’re from the Maritimes, New England, or from right here athome, our shopkeepers will welcome you with genuine Nova Scotiahospitality. This year, the potential for a weekend shopping getaway in theprovince is even better. As always, many bookshops and smallerstores are open seven days a week. However, this year, many ofthe larger Nova Scotia stores will also open on Sundays duringthe weeks leading up to Christmas. For further information on winter shopping, events, festivals andattractions, see the Tourism and Culture website atwww.novascotia.com or call 1-800-565-0000. -30- NOTE TO EDITORS: Following is one in a series of feature articlesfrom Tourism and Culture.last_img read more

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Sharpe riding high into halfpipe season as Olympic champ

Cassie Sharpe was name-dropped in a tweet by movie star Ryan Reynolds, saw a little girl dressed up as her for Halloween and even got her face on a pair of socks owned by the prime minister.These things can happen when you win Olympic gold.Sharpe won the halfpipe skiing competition in South Korea, nailing jump after jump and thrilling her native Canada. She gave Prime Minister Justin Trudeau the special socks during a meet and greet at Parliament Hill with other Olympic medallists in May. The idea came after she saw socks adorned with Trudeau’s face at a tourist shop in Vancouver and bought them to wear to the meeting.“I told one of my friends about it and she was like, ‘You should get socks with your face on them and give them to him.’ So yeah, I gave the prime minister socks with my face on them,” Sharpe said with a laugh in a phone interview with The Canadian Press. “He said people always give him stuff with his face on them so I was like: ‘you know what? Funny you should say that,’ and I pulled up my pant leg and showed him my socks with his face on them.”The visit to the capital was just one of the highlights for Sharpe in a summer that also saw her take some much-needed time for herself after years of near non-stop training for her Olympic debut. She went to Mexico, Disney World and Japan over a three-month break. Now that she’s back on snow in the Colorado mountains, Sharpe is ready to defend her World Cup points title at her season-opening event at Copper Mountain.Sharpe finished first in qualifying runs Wednesday for the weekend’s competition with 93.75 points. She called the Copper Mountain halfpipe her “nemesis” — three years ago, she took a tumble on the course while doing one of her easier tricks and has had trouble turning off the negative feelings.“I think coming into last year I was only thinking about that (fall) and I wasn’t aggressive, I wasn’t enjoying skiing it, I had so much on the back of my mind,” said Sharpe, who’s spent the last few weeks training in Austria. “I think this year coming into it I’ve tried to only have positivity about it and not dwell on something that happened three seasons ago. We’ll see how it goes but I’m definitely trying to emote more positive vibes toward this pipe.”Sharpe capped the 2017-18 halfpipe campaign with a World Cup victory in France a month after winning Olympic gold. The 26-year-old won two other World Cup competitions last year and added to her medal haul with a Dew Tour gold and an X Games bronze.While the next Olympic Games is still three years away, Sharpe said she is not taking it any easier this season. The pressure to maintain her top ranking is serving as a motivation.“I definitely feel the pressure of being the athlete on top,” Sharpe said. “I feel like it’s more performing on demand — like I have to always be on and skiing my best to maintain that spot and that pressure and expectation that I’m going to do that. That’s what I feel more, but I’m for sure my worst critic. I’m the person who pushes myself the most.“My family, my coaches, my team, no one is putting that pressure on me. So I’m trying to just be more positive and go out there with a more fun (attitude) instead of that heavy, competitive vibe all the time. I just want to have fun with this season.”The Associated Press read more

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