Saturday, March 1, 2014

Exploring Nova Scotia: Lawrencetown Beach and Cold Water Surfing

Andrew and I have often wondered how similarly aged friends, in similar (or worse) financial situations, can afford to "Go Down South" every year on vacations. Who has that kind of disposable income?

The Answer we have decided upon: No one. It's all credit card debt and not the smartest spending habits. Although this made us feel better, it didn't get rid of the travel bug.

That said, I've never really been a fan of travelling to a tourist, inauthentic resort to lounge on a beach for week while the citizens of the country I was visiting lounge in poverty, violence or under a dictatorship (Canadians get to travel to Cuba, since we don't care about communism...).

I'd like to be able to say I have visited my own country, my own province- since Canada is more than a bunch of snow (and people saying "eh"). Although right now we do have our fair share of snow....

In any case- last weekend we visited a relatively undiscovered beach: Lawrencetown Beach. It was gorgeous and by far my favourite Haligonian (and arguably Nova Scotian) beach. It's all smooth round rocky beaches with huge, powerful waves and raw unbridled Atlantic ocean. The beach is often quiet over the winter months, with only locals and hardcore cold water surfers.

Yep. Nova Scotia, specifically Lawrencetown Beach is the Mecca for cold water surfing. Surfers come from all over the world to discover the waves (and point breaks) around HRM. Surf boards and nondescript surfers can be seen all over the city. (Check out this fantastic video, ignore that it is by Red Bull, on Nova Scotia surfing...)

(Taken by Kevin R)

 (Taken by Kevin R)
(Two tiny dots just left of the outcrop in the water are the two surfers braving the cold water)


  1. One of my favourite spots in the whole world! <3 so beautiful

  2. Not sure how my financial situation compares to yours (income wise) but I am 28, have no credit card debt. I have a pretty low mortgage and a reasonable car loan with 0% financing. I take one big trip a year, which could be within Canada (west coast usually), Europe, or down south. I also usually take a smaller trip and several overnights to Toronto. I minimize my spending elsewhere and prioritize travel. It's a must for me. Just thought I would throw that out there. I would love to road trip to the east coast someday, and while I definitely have a lot more exploring to do within our country, I also love the history and culture of other countries as well! I know jet travel isn't "eco" but I hope my other eco practices help offset that as much as possible.

  3. I love Lawrencetown beach! (But man, I don't think I'd ever have the lady balls to get in the water this time of year!)


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