Richard Lewis ARPS is one of the longest serving members on our committee and a frequent judge of the 'Travel Image of the Month' competition. Here he describes what he enjoys about Nova Scotia.
One of my favourite locations, that doesn't seem feature much in published travel images, is Nova Scotia on Canada's Atlantic coast.
It's very different to the more popular areas such as British Columbia and the Rockies, but it has a quiet ruggedness that appeals to me. It has no mountains, just a few hills, but coastline, fishing harbours and forests in abundance. Not to mention wildlife.
In particular I want to focus on Cape Breton, an island to the east of the province. It is circumnavigated by the Cabot Trail which at a pinch could be driven within a day, but actually deserves longer if the side tracks are explored to those harbours and up into the central highlands.
The images I've selected show a range of those locations. I've usually visited in the early fall when colours are starting to appear on the trees but the weather and light are still good for photography. It truly is a miniature Scotland in its appearance and for its Celtic festival and traditions. It even has a single malt whiskey distillery, which offers excellent accommodation. There is also a strong Arcadian influence on the west coast around Cheticamp, where traditional food is served in local restaurants.
Getting there is easy - a six and a half hour flight direct from London to the provincial capital Halifax, then a drive eastwards on quiet roads to Cape Breton. The people are welcoming, the accommodation is good in quality and value, and the opportunities for photography abound.
Do you have a favourite, perhaps off the beaten track, location you would like to share?