Although I've lived in Alberta for the past eight years, I grew up on the east coast of Canada. When we were concocting our European travel plans, Jeremy suggested we do a stop-over in Nova Scotia before heading to Scotland. Every once in awhile, Jeremy has a great idea. :) This was one of them! I used to go home once a year, typically in the summer. Since my grandparents passed away three years ago, I haven't been back. It was time.
We divided our east coast adventure into three weeks - 1) Cheticamp (my hometown) 2) Baddeck 3) Liverpool. Jeremy had never been east of Ottawa, so I felt some pressure to show him all of the absolute best parts of my home province. Writing about our entire adventure in one post is too overwhelming, so this will be part I of II, or III - we'll see how it goes :)
Cheticamp is a small Acadian village on the west coast of Cape Breton Island. It's super quaint, super french and where I spent the first 18 years of my life. My best friend, Marcelle, joined us for the week and I had the best time playing the role of tourist guide and showing off all of my fave spots on the island. When you've lived somewhere your entire life, its easy to overlook the little things that make it so special. After being away for so long, I felt like I was experiencing Cape Breton for the first time, and that made it all the more inspiring. My collection of paintings inspired by my time in Nova Scotia will be released early October. I can't wait to show you the pieces I've been working on!
P.S. We stayed in the cutest airbnb, overlooking the harbour - The Seaside Shack while we were in Cheticamp. If you're planning a trip to the east coast, you need to check this place out! I can't recommend it enough.