It was Natal Day yesterday, Monday August 7th, 2017, so we had a long weekend. Natal Day is a civic holiday to celebrate the “birthday” of the province of Nova Scotia. It is held on the first Monday of August. Birthday cakes are prepared and distributed. Other events include communal meals, parades, sporting activities, firework displays, entertainment e.t.c. Happy Natal Day Nova Scotia.
During the weekend, we went to Kejimkujik National Park and one of my peak experience there was paddling a canoe with my family. You know what they say about facing your fears. I did face one of mine this weekend.
Kejimkujik National Park (often called Keji for short) is part of the Canadian National Parks system, located in the province of Nova Scotia. The park consists of two separate properties. The park covers 404 km2 (156 sq mi). The inland unit is designated a National Historic Site of Canada, making Kejimkujik unique in the park system as the only national park whose virtually entire area is a National Historic Site. This is the only Canadian national park that serves both as a national park and a national historic site, all other parks are either a national park or a national historic site.
In 2017, all national parks and national historic sites in Canada are FREE to visit in celebration of Canada’s 150 years.
Canoeing and kayaking are the common sports and recreation activities Atlantic Canadians do, perhaps because we are surrounded by water in the eastern part of Canada. So, back to our canoeing experience, my adventurous husband actually encouraged us to go on the canoe so as to experience it. I was quite scared (I can be a jelly sometimes) plus I think I have phobia for been on water especially on an open space like a canoe, boat e.t.c and to think we would be the ones to paddle ourselves to and fro further gave me a scare. Anyway, we were given a short course on what to do and expect while canoeing, we were told what to do incase of any emergency. Our life jackets has whistles on them plus another external whistle (which are to be blown if we needed help), there were life guards around and we were given some first aid tools and a map, all these made the ‘voyage’ a bit reassuring and less scary. However, I kept imagining all sorts (I can be paranoid sometimes). I am happy, thankful and grateful to God that it all went well, at least that is something out of my bucket list, as they say we only live once, so I love to explore and go on adventures. It was definitely an experience worth embarking on but it definitely isn’t for the faint hearted. It was a beautiful adventure in all.
I’ll be sharing the videos of the canoeing experience on my social media pages.
We also had some other good experiences at Kejimkujik National Park. Another place I also liked at the park is the Mill Falls, the waterfalls there is so beautiful and breathtaking.
It’s official I am in love with nature and nature just has a way of doing wonders to my body, mind and soul.
For the Natal Day celebration, the minister of immigration in Nova Scotia, who is also a Member of the Nova Scotia House of Assembly for Halifax Armdale, Lena Diab shared some activities happening in the city on social media and we were able to make four out of the numerous events lined up for Saturday, Sunday and Monday; Spryfield Lions Club Pancake Breakfast, Annual Natal Day Parade, Halifax International Buskers Festival and the 10th Annual Natal Day Party at the Dingle, all free events. We met Minister Lena at the Dingles.
It was a great weekend and holiday and my major takeaway from the weekend was Face Your Fears but don’t go and face lion o 😊.