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Boxwood Festival

Workshop at Boxwood Festival

The Boxwood Festival is a hugely popular musical festival (with a huge focus on flute) that takes place in three select areas worldwide: Waipu, New Zealand; Williamsburgs VA, USA; and (you guessed it) Lunenburg, NS, Canada!

As mentioned above, the large focus of the festival is on the flute (what a magical instrument … though I guess I’m a bit biased having played it myself while I was growing up in Halifax), but there are also many other musical things going on as well: loads of othe rinstruments, vocals, percussion and dancing. There are workshops, classes and shows headed up by world-reknown experts in their own demain, with the emphasis on traditional folk music.

To quote them directly: “Boxwood shares and explores of the roots and branches of musical traditions in a holistic approach that integrates music, dance, language and crafts in educational outreach programs for adults, kids and professionals.”

For a truly unique experience for people of all ages, Boxwood Festival is something to come along and take part in. There are workshops for children to adults, beginner to professional.

And what better place to take part in this amazing festival, than here in Lunenburg where New World History is everywhere you look. The folklore in Lunenburg is oozing from the buildings, drifting through the morning fog, and in the very air you breath.

With the Tall Ships visiting us on the 25th and 26th of July; the Lunenburg Wooden Boat Reunion on the 28th & 29th of July; and the Folk Festival only a few very short weeks away NOW is the time to come. Boxwood Festival in Lunenburg Nova Scotia starts on July 22 and runs until the 28th.

Come for Boxwood and you won’t be able to leave with all the festivals and events going on at the moment … you’ll need to book your accommodation right away and, of course, a backpacker hostel is always a great way to do it. The Kip & Kaboodle hostel can be rented like a cottage – have the whole building to yourself for the cheapest sleep in town. If you aren’t into hostels there are plenty of other accommodation choices in and around Lunenburg, Nova Scotia and Mahone Bay. Take advantage of long-stay discounts and book a few tours with the local tour company Kiwi Kaboodle, who offer hiking, cycling and sightseeing tours of Nova Scotia.

Gorgeous Wee Hike in Lunenburg Nova Scotia

Apron Falls Lunenburg Nova Scotia

Shani sitting at the Apron Falls 'rapids'

So if you are thinking of heading to Nova Scotia, or if you live here but feel the urge to explore your province a bit, then you probably know that there is a plethora of tour companies out there. When Kiwi Kaboodle started, back in 2001, there were very few indeed. Now, though, the province is bursting at its seams with companies (licensed and un-licensed) all wanting to drive you here, there and everywhere. We, of course, offer all of those tours. Of course we do. We, however, offer more as well – here, there, everywhere, and someplace different. And not just van tours, but cycle tours. Hiking tours too. And that’s what I’m on about today – a hike I went on with my family last weekend.

We actually heard about this hike from a tourist who was trying desperately to find the trail which nobody around here seemed to have ever heard of. Apron Falls, it’s called, and it’s lovely. We drove for about 30 minutes out toward New Germany way. You’re supposed to park by a bridge .. we looked for a Bridge (capital B) and couldn’t find one. They really did mean bridge. It’s an overpass, really. A little small nothing-at-all with a dirt trail next to it leading down into the woods. Being me, I said “no, no, this can’t be it” and made Greg drive a bit further til we found someone to ask, who was able to confirm that yes that indeed was the place, so back we went. I hate being wrong.

When you finally park your car, there is this really well-worn, obvious trail to hike along, along which we immediately started hiking. We could hear the waterfall beyond the trees and the sound got louder & louder & louder .. and then, somehow, quieter & quieter & quieter. The inevitable arguments ensued where I said “This is the ONLY trail, so of course it’s right” and Greg said “But we can’t even hear the water anymore so it HAS to be wrong” and the kids said “Just keep moving there’s too many blackflies!!” … and eventually even I had to admit something was amiss (I think it was when the trail became impassable even by foot), and so we headed back. After a bit of scrounging around through the woods we saw yet another, albeit less clear, trail heading into the woods and in a more waterly direction. So off we went once again, amid plenty of grumbling and complaining from the kids (yeah, okay, me too – I just really hate being wrong, particularly when it means my husband was right). Well, after climbing some not-very-big-rocks, and crossing a not-very-rapid-nor-deep-stream we can rather quickly to the waterfalls! Very quick and easy hike – none of the kids needed any help … and neither did I! Small waterfalls – I guess these are actually the rapids. Beautiful though! Just gorgeous. The sound of waterfall is just so relaxing, don’t you think? It was perfect – and better yet, there was a bit of a breeze to keep away those pesky blackflies that were pestering us deeper in the woods. One of the kids had enough at that point, so I stopped there with her, and the other two forged ahead with Greg, all the way to the end of the trail where the water is falling from water-worn rocks – the water has sliced a hole right through the rock and the area is pristine and absolutely drop dead gorgeous. That magic I was talking about last day is here in force. They walked for perhaps another 15 minutes, climbing rocks at times, and wlaking through forest at other times, but the whole hike was an easy one I’m sure you could do. And you really should. There are so many off-the-beat-path things to see and do here in Nova Scotia, if you just take the time to look into it before you get here you’ll keep yourself busy for a year and a day. It takes some looking, though, because a lot of the mainstream people you ask for advice don’t actually know about all of these places and all of these things. VICs are awesome and we’d be lost without them, but don’t rely simply on them for your information … there is so much more out there for you to discover than they can possibly know.

We’ve gone on some other hiking trails, and plan to do more — all the ones worth visiting will show up here once they’ve been hiked by us. Actually, I guess the ones not-so-worth-it will as well, so you don’t waste your time on them. If you happen to be from here and know a trail we shouldn’t miss I’d be grateful to hear about it, because we’re always looking for places to see and things to do with the kids.

And if you aren’t from here and want to see them, you need to come to Nova Scotia – and make Lunenburg County your first port of call. www.hypersmash.com