Yes, we all want to live in the moment. But, let’s be real: we also want that perfect, insta-worthy photo every now and again, right!?
Here are a few examples of giant landmarks throughout Central Nova Scotia that are not only perfect for the ‘gram, but also rich in history from our local communities.
*See below for details on a fun CONTEST running the month of August!
- MASTODON RIDGE — Stewiacke
Marvin the Mastodon is a life-sized replica of a mastodon, located just off the highway at Mastodon Ridge, in Stewiacke, named for a nearby fossil discovery. In 1991, while preparing to mine gypsum, Stanley McMullin, a heavy equipment operator, unearthed large teeth, a tusk and bones at the nearby National Gypsum Quarry in Milford, about 15 kilometres away. A full-scale recovery plan was launched and, over a ten-month period, all remains were taken to the Nova Scotia Museum, where they were carefully cleaned, preserved, and recorded. Based on the scientific analysis, the bones are believed to be 80,000 years old and from a male animal of approximately 22 years of age. Now, 30 years after the discovery, Mastodon Ridge is a great stop for family fun. Experience the new Fun Fort, the newly upgraded 18-hole mini golf, enjoy an ice cream cone, and explore the prehistoric stone house and car. Stop in to the Visitor Centre to learn about the history of Stewiacke and surrounding areas, and to learn more about the mastodons.
- GLOOSCAP — Millbrook
You’ve probably noticed the giant Glooscap statue on the side of Highway 102 at the Truro Power Centre, at exit 13A. He stands tall and strong, and is the focal point of the Millbrook Cultural and Heritage Centre. One of the most universal symbols of the Mi’kmaq people, Kluskap (Glooscap) is an Abenaki word meaning “man from nothing.” Mi’kmaq legends and stories say that Glooscap is the first human, having been “created by a lightning bolt in the sand.” Snap a photo of the giant statue, and be sure to take in the visitor centre and museum while you’re there. You will learn about the history of the Indigenous peoples of the surrounding areas.
- STRAWBERRY MAN — Great Village
If you’ve ever driven through Great Village, there’s a good chance you’ve seen the giant strawberry statue on the side of the road. Part of Millen Farms, a family-owned sustainable berry farm, the Strawberry Man grins broadly and points to the nearby farm and u-pick just down the road. You can spend a few hours at the farm taking in the sun, gathering fresh berries for delicious homemade treats, and taking a selfie with the giant strawberry. You won’t regret stopping in!
- FUNDY LIGHTHOUSE — Five Islands
The first kerosene light at Five Islands Lighthouse was lit in 1914, before being removed and replaced in 1963 with a battery operated light, and then electricity in 1967. The lighthouse itself has been moved three times to avoid cliff erosion, and now stands at its permanent home at Five Islands Lighthouse Park. Grab the family, pack a picnic lunch, take a drive down the coast, and make a day trip of your Fundy adventure! The scenery is spectacular and the views are breathtaking. Five Islands Lighthouse Park is arguably one of the best viewing points for the Bay of Fundy. The panoramic view includes all Five Islands (Moose, Diamond, Long, Egg, and Pinnacle), as well as the Old Wife, the Brothers, Cape Blomidon, and Cape Split. The kids will love the unique ship-themed playground. Be sure to snap a selfie by the lighthouse, relax in the new hammocks, or take a peaceful stroll along the beach.
- THE SHIP HECTOR — Pictou
Visit this living history attraction in Pictou, “The Birthplace of New Scotland”. On September 15, 1773, The Ship Hector, a three-masted cargo vessel, arrived in Pictou Harbour with 189 Scottish Highlanders on board, fleeing their homes with the promise of land and a better life in the New World. It was the first ship to directly transport passengers from Scotland to Nova Scotia, and this initial trip sparked a massive wave of immigration over the next few decades. This true-to-size replica Ship Hector and the Hector Heritage Quay interpretive centre tell the story of these first settlers. Unfortunately, the replica is currently removed from the water for an expansive restoration project, but you can still view it on the Heritage Quay grounds and see the work that’s being done!
- WORLD’S LARGEST BLUEBERRY — Oxford
Oxford, a town just east of Amherst, is largely considered to be the wild blueberry capital of Canada. This nutritious fruit grows wildly and abundantly here, with no human interference. Oxley, the giant blueberry statue on Main Street represents the booming industry, greeting visitors with a wide smile and drawing them into the small community. As the blueberry capital, it’s only fitting the town would have a blueberry celebration. The Wild Blueberry Harvest Festival takes place here and in communities throughout the region during the last two weeks of August.
1. Take a photo of one of the above local landmarks
2. Post your photo on Instagram or Facebook between August 1 and 31.
Make sure your post is public so we can see it.
Note: If you’re not on social media, you can email your photo to us!
3. Tag us @secretnovascotia + use the hashtag #instaworthyns
4. We will ENTER YOUR NAME TO WIN A PRIZE PACK of local goodies, valued at $100.
5. We will announce the random winner on Wednesday, September 1.