White Point, Nova Scotia (March 17, 2015) — One of the busiest weeks of the year in Nova Scotia has kicked off at White Point Beach Resort, as Nova Scotians head south for a staycation this March Break. The 10 day event reads like a showcase of unique experiences within the Resort’s backyard along the South Shore within the UNESCO Southwest Nova Biosphere Reserve.
Kicking off on March 13th and continuing until the 21st, in keeping with the Resort’s reputation for offering plenty for families to do, the week promises something for everyone, but the core experiences themselves are designed intentionally to serve as ‘edutainment’. Each day is packed with a combination of arts, music, bonfires and an endless list of interactive events hosted by local partners who bring Nova Scotia to life in a way that educates them, while having fun.
Joanne Veinotte, White Point’s General Manager says her team considers it both an honour to welcome families from all over Nova Scotia and an opportunity to engage them in experiences that guests from around the world come here to enjoy. “Our March Break program showcases and celebrates our areas rich heritage, culture and natural assets. Working with our local partners, we’ve created 10 days of hands-on experiences that will have kids learning about everything from lobster and sea creatures to fishing, lumberjacking and exploring the dark sky. We’re excited about the upcoming week, and so are Nova Scotians based on the number of families booked in to be here.”
The program is packed and teeming with diversity. Kicking off with ‘mapleicious’ at the beachside bonfire, families will roast bannock – a traditional M’Kmaq bread, and dip it into the original and natural sweetener, maple syrup from Acadian Maple Products. The team from Barrington, the Lobster Capital of Canada, hosts LobsterFest where kids can learn about lobster and try their hand at ‘banding’ live lobsters and splice rope. Under the cloak of darkness, guests will embark on a journey to the stars and beyond with Interpreter Paul Lalonde. Lumberjacking is a tradition that is enjoying a resurgence in popularity thanks to seven time world log rolling champion, Darren Hudson. His AXEperience will have kids attempting log rolling, Double Bow Sawing, axe throwing and more. Later in the week the Bluenose Coastal Action Foundation presents ‘Beneath the Sea’ Touch Tank and Games where the kids get up close and personal with kelp, urchins, and endangered species.
As a nod to their roots, with the assistance of their local fishing guide Vinal Smithand members of the Nova Scotia Guides Association, the Resort is offering a full day of casting and fishing that will leave the kids hooked on the sport. It’s considered a ‘warm-up’ for the 1st annual Fishing Derby that will be hosted later this spring White Point on May 30th.
The Artists in Residence program hosted in the Main Lodge brings the art on the walls to life as a different White Point Artist takes centre stage each day. From local carver and father of the Resorts ‘little people’, Joe Winters to fabric artist Bev Crouse, who stitched together the White Point Quilt and watercolour painter and neighbour Marg Millard; guests will have a chance to meet the artists, see them working on a piece in progress and explore a display of their work.
Complimenting the symphony of the ocean surf, music plays an important role in the week as well. There are family karaoke dance parties, nightly performances by Nova Scotian musicians with a special guest performance on the 21st by and coming award winning, teen country sensation, Makayla Lynn.
Additionally, Veinotte is quick to point out that although they have a packed schedule of events, there is plenty to see in the area as well. Noting that nearby in and around Liverpool, the Mersey Tobiatic Research Institute has a Bees & Butterfly session and at the Queens County Museum there’s a Mi’Kmaq Drum Making workshop and kids love shooting the cannon off the deck of the Liverpool Packet in their new War of 1812 exhibit. The Star Keeper hits the stage at theAstor Theatre and of course, Keji Seaside can be hiked year-round.
Boasting a beach, pools and bunnies, while this southern destination may not boast the snowless experience many seek in the winter, it more than makes up for it in its March Break programming served complimentary with stays, and is conveniently located just 90 minutes by car from Halifax on the South Shore.
For more information about White Point, the complete line-up of March Break events and their partners, visit www.whitepoint.com.
PRESS RELEASE SOURCE: White Point
Donna Hatt, White Point’s Marketing Manager
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