National Geographic : 1973 Apr
How do you squeeze a village into a suitcase? How do you tow away one of those little fishing coves sheltering on Nova Scotia's South Shore? When you leave Nova Scotia, you leave it, regretfully, where it is, riding peacefully at anchor off Canada's eastern sea board. But you don't have to content yourself with pho tographs and memories. There are many beauti ful, tangible things you can take home with you to re mind you of your vacation. For example: While Alexander Graham Bell was busy down in the cellar inventing things, Mrs. Bell was establishing a rug hooking in dustry in Baddeck (the Bells' summer home). In the intervening years, the home industry L of rug hooking has spread into almost all the small towns and coastal villages around Cape Breton. But the center is Cheti camp, where you can watch the women at work weaving colorful, original designs. Native artistry and ma terials make Nova Scotian handicrafts unique as well as beautiful. You may go home with hand-made pottery made from the Musquodoboit clay banks, Micmac Indian baskets or bead work, original paintings by Nova Scotian artists, marine souvenirs or mementos from early colonial days. You may go home with something that's free for the finding, such as sea shells, or semi-precious gem stones, or even a 2 million-year-old fossil, because Nova Scotia is a paradise for rockhounds, and fossil-collectors. But even if all you go away with is memories, I that's fine with us. We know they'll bring you back. Nova Scotia Couldn't you use a little now? For more information about Nova Scotia vacations, write to one of our Nova Scotia Information Offices, at the following addresses: 607 Boylston Street, Boston, Mass. 02116. Area Code 617 267-1431/630 Fifth Avenue, Suite 3115, New York, N.Y. 10020. Area Code 212 581-2420/P.O . Box 130, Halifax, Nova Scotia.