Cottaging is as much about sharing experiences with loved ones as it is about disconnecting from the burdens of everyday life. Somehow, it always offers the remedy we most need.
We learn to dive for the first time off the lakeside cottage dock. There’s a fossil during a walk on the seashore. As teenagers, friends host bonfires and sneak beers when we think the grown-ups aren’t paying attention. As adults, we savour waking before dawn to the eerie call of a loon, seizing the opportunity for a quiet moment on the porch, wrapped in a quilt with a steaming cup of Earl Grey tea. When the temperatures drop, we huddle inside and watch old films or read novels left behind by other visitors.
Undoubtedly, nature is one of Nova Scotia’s best assets and we are all drawn to occasions in which we can wholly immerse ourselves in her beauty: the crystal-clear lakes, the pounding ocean surf, the autumnal foliage, and the comforting silence that accompanies our great snowfalls in the winter.
Nova Scotians love a cottage weekend, but not everyone is lucky enough to have been born into a family with a shared cottage. Luckily, there are plenty of year-round options available for a weekend escape into the woods, whether you come in your flip-flops or pack your snowshoes.
Make a new Spotify playlist and load up the car with plenty of snacks – after all, no one wants to run out of storm chips when you’re out in the middle of nowhere. Here’s where we’re off cottaging.