It's one thing to listen to a case study in a meeting room, but we think it's much better learning to experience innovative interpretation in person. Wednesday's conference sessions are in person site visits. These are a valuable opportunity to see how various sites approach interpretation while networking with other interpretation professionals and reflecting on your experiences. Conference participants may choose from one of the following site visit options:
Off the Beaten Path Halifax
Board a bus to visit the Africville Museum. First settled in the 1860s, Africville was a thriving African Nova Scotian community that in the 1960s, had its buildings destroyed and residents displaced to free up land for Halifax’s industrial expansion. Next stop will be Shubenacadie Canal in Dartmouth for a short guided hike with a Mi’kmaq curator. You’ll be hungry by the time you arrive at Cole Harbour Heritage Farm Museum for an interpretive lunch with foods all produced or foraged on site. Then to the Black Cultural Center for NS in Cherry Brook to explore how the museum is a vibrant part of its community today. Finally, you’ll get to experience the best view of Halifax for you return to downtown by ferry.
Experience Grand-Pré – a National Historic Site and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Immerse yourself in the unique stories and
lasting legacy of L’Acadie and its inhabitants. The Acadians were a self-sustaining people, known for their agricultural practice of dyking which transformed salty marsh lands into fertile farmland. During the age of L’Acadie, Grand-Pré was a cultural hub - the largest Acadian settlement East of Port-Royal (Annapolis Royal) and the site of the tragic “Le Grand Dérangement” (The Acadian Deportation). Enjoy a traditional Nova Scotian picnic on-site. In the afternoon, delight yourself in the tastings and tour of Domaine de Grand-Pré, the oldest farm winery in Nova Scotia, where you will overlook the renowned views of the Bay of Fundy. Close out the day with a friendly competition of disc golf at Haliburton House Museum.
*Note: The Annapolis Valley excursion does include an extra $25 charge.
South Shore Spectacular
Come find out why Nova Scotia’s South Shore is filled with stories of mystery, adventure and danger that date back to the 18th century. We’ll visit the iconic Peggy’s Cove lighthouse to see their new accessible viewing areas. A quick stop in scenic Mahone Bay before heading to Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic for the ultimate waterfront experience in Lunenburg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. While at the Museum and surrounding area, you will experience life in a fishing community and discover, up close, life at sea. Lunch provided in the Old Fish Factory.