From a girl with a blog, to a man and his dog, to a Facebook group where the locals are talking up a storm, we’ve created a list of some of the best Nova Scotia travel influencers who can help you plan your next Nova Scotia vacation.
A for Adventure
If you don’t follow Chris Surette and Jan Sebastian LaPierre, also known as A for Adventure, you’re missing out a ton of outdoor travel inspiration geared especially toward families. What began as a children’s book in 2015 soon blossomed into a vast program of videos, podcasts and other adventures designed to get you out into the great outdoors. In the summer of 2020, A for Adventure produced an 8-part video series called Learn to Camp in collaboration with Parks Canada. Who knows what they’ve got in store for 2021! Find inspiration on their website, Instagram or Facebook account, or listen out for their podcasts!
Have you ever considered what it might be like to tour Nova Scotia in a motorized wheelchair? Kevin Penny and Dee Osmond are Accessible Adventurers – an interabled couple who share travel vlogs and accessibility reviews, from where to get an “accessible ice cream” from a review of the most accessible beaches in Nova Scotia. Kevin and Dee’s fresh travel content is inspiring for anyone travelling with a disability, and a great resource anyone who wants to explore the province. Follow these two Nova Scotia travel influencers, and you will never look at a hotel bathroom in the same way again.
Kayla Short of Short Presents is our favourite Halifax fashionista, with dozens of ‘Best Blogger’ awards beneath her haute-couture belt. Lately, Short has been turning to travel with inspiring stories of how to best enjoy Nova Scotia, including her native Cape Breton. If you want to know what it’s really like to chill out at the Sensea Spa in Chester or spend the night in a Geodesic Dome on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, check out her website, or follow her Instagram stories for a dose of soft-filtered, feel-good positivity and local love.
Elevate and Explore Black Nova Scotia
René Boudreau says that often times, when she travels outside of Canada, she gets asked by other Black people “Where are you from?” and when she tells them, they’re surprised to learn that there are Black communities in Nova Scotia. This reaction inspired Boudreau to create Elevate and Explore Black Nova Scotia, a brand that increases awareness of Nova Scotia’s rich Black history, encourages more Black tourists to Nova Scotia, and inspires people from all backgrounds to explore our beautiful province. The result is a stunning Instagram page full of inspiring photos of youth, couples, and families enjoying the best of what our province has to offer, from hiking the Gypsum Mine Trail, near Chéticamp, to apple-picking with the kids in the Annapolis Valley.
After years of experience travelling around the world, Ayngelina Brogan’s favourite place to blog about is now her home province of Nova Scotia. Check out her food stories at Bacon is Magic, while on Youtube, you’ll find inspiring videos that include everything from eating ice cream in Yarmouth to hunting for waterfalls outside Kentville. When you travel with Ayngelina, expect expertly shot and edited videos with lots of facts and useful travel tips, from a travel expert who loves her home province…even in the winter!
Nova Scotia Explorer
Like Ayngelina, Cailin O’Neil enjoyed a successful career as an international travel influencer with her brand, Travel Yourself. but never ignored her local region, embarking on tours of where to find the best lobster rolls or oysters in the Maritimes. In recent times, O’Neil has turned her skills to focus on local travels, as the Nova Scotia Explorer where she shares local travel inspiration.
Nova Scotia Staycation 2021
Local – and organic! Nova Scotia Staycation 2021 is a private Facebook group that grew naturally during the Covid-19 Pandemic. Since then, the platform has been a go-to for locals who want to find the best accommodation packages and travel advice during these “extraordinary times”. Growing in followers every day, Nova Scotia Staycation 2021 has already spawned an offshoot group, Nova Scotia Kayakers. For a real-deal place to join conversations about where to vacation in Nova Scotia, follow this page!
It’s impossible not to adore Puppercycle. After completing a quest to visit every lighthouse in Nova Scotia, Datsun the dog is turning to the bottle in his new mission: to visit every Brewery in Nova Scotia! Follow Steve Gallant and his trusty Nova Scotia Duck Tolling retriever, Datsun as they motorcycle their way around the province, and enjoy inspiring photos from around the province puppercycle-style!
Family Fun Halifax
And there’s us! As part of the Family Fun Canada network, the Family Fun Halifax website and calendar helps families find the best events and activities for kids in Halifax. We also publish informative, full-length road trip and vacation stories packed full of family travel tips. If you are wondering How to plan a 5-Day Road trip through Southwestern Nova Scotia or what to do in Hubbards… you’ve come to the right place! Pictured above: our core editorial team, from Vancouver all the way to Halifax. Behind the scenes: dozens of local freelance travel writers who keep our content fresh.
Bourques Go the Distance
Our final shout-out is to the Bourque family, Nova Scotia travel influencers who publish reviews of family-friendly hotels, restaurants, camping and spa across Halifax Regional Municipality via their family lifestyle Facebook page, Bourques go the Distance. Expect fun, inspiring and informational posts and videos that show what it’s really like to check into a hotel with two busy kids. (Yup, suitcases and kids everywhere!) The Bourques are just starting out on their influencer journey, but we love their authentic, cheerful style, and we can’t wait to see where they go!