NS Heritage Day

As we prepare to celebrate Heritage Day in Nova Scotia, here is an overview of a great way to spend the day courtesy of our Client Care Coordinator, Lyndsay, mother to five kids.

The third Monday of February each year brings us our Provincial Heritage Day. This is a day for bringing people together to honour the remarkable people, events and places in Nova Scotia’s History. This year’s theme for Heritage Day is to honour our beloved Canadian Folk Artist, Maud Lewis; Maud was born and raised in Nova Scotia and lived here throughout her life until her passing in July of 1970. There have been several books, plays, and films produced about Maud Lewis. If you’d like to learn more about her, you can find some more information here: NovaScotia.ca . Most recently there was a film made about her life. You can find the trailer here: Maudie.

This year, like most of you, I will be spending the day with my family and friends visiting our beautiful city and taking in our rich Nova Scotian Heritage. We are going to downtown Halifax.

Halifax has so many great places to explore and there are always lots of events going on for various age groups.  Here is what the perfect Heritage Day might look like:

  1.  Art Gallery of Nova Scotia

What better way to spend the morning but to visit Maud Lewis’ very own art exhibit. Her home is on display the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. Please visit the gallery’s website for more information by clicking on this link to their page Maud Lewis Heritage Day . The event opens at 10:00am.

  1.  Emera Oval 

This year the Oval is holding a Character Skate where you can skate with your favourite costume on. In case you weren’t aware, you can rent skates and helmets for free at the oval so there is no excuse not to go! Just be sure to have a valid piece of ID to give to the friendly staff if you plan on using their equipment. This event is from 1:00pm to 3:00pm.

  1.   Museum of Natural History

Once you’ve had your fill of Beavertails and skating, you can head on over to the Museum of Natural History which is just a short walk from the Oval. From now until April 28, 2019 there is a new dinosaur exhibit! Dinosaurs Unearthed is an immersive exhibition that has life sized animatronic dinosaurs as well as skeletons and fossils from all over the world. Totally cool! I may be a little more excited than the kids J. The museum holiday hours are 9:00am to 5:00pm.

After this busy day, I hope to have some worn out kids. I know I will be.

Please be sure to call ahead to all the places you decided to head to this Heritage Day, they might not be open or have modified hours.

Whether you have the pleasure of spending time with loved ones this Heritage Day, or you are stuck at work, I hope you take time to honour Maud Lewis. She truly is an inspiration to us all. I only wish she would have been able to see how beloved she has become.

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