In Annapolis Royal, home to Canada's oldest street, Greg Pyle also taps into the local bounty while running the kitchen at his Queen Anne Inn (902-532-7850, queenanneinn.ns.ca). "We do everything in-house," he said. "Bread, ceviche, you name it.
"I use local providers. Twice a week a couple of local women who grow produce drop off the greens and vegetables. ... If I call the fish monger right now, he'll be here in the morning."
After buying the inn 12 years ago, Pyle worked in the kitchen alongside his chef. Honing his skills on cooking classes taken all over the world, he now runs the kitchen alone. "On a busy night, we'll serve 20-22 people, but no more. We'll turn people away," he said at the end of the evening while chatting with the few remaining guests and displaying a wit that showed he can crack a joke as easily as cracking an egg.
Just another example of this area's home-grown bounty.
More food, wine
Be aware that many places may be closed off-season or have limited hours, so for the best trip, go in warm weather. Check contact information.
Wolfville Farmers' Market (902-697-3344, wolfvillefarmersmarket.ca) offers produce in season, as well as chicken, eggs, pork, beef, pies, cakes and more. Also restaurants ranging from Indian to a schnitzel place offer prepared food popular with the locals for eating on the premises.
Winery Association of Nova Scotia (902-298-1998, winesns.ca) has information on all of the wineries in the province.
Just Us! Coffee Roasters Co-op (902-542-7474, ext. 221, justuscoffee.com) roasts coffee and makes chocolates, all of which are for sale, and you can browse the Fair Trade Museum and see how the company buys coffee directly from small growers in Mexico.
Fox Hill Cheese House (902-542-3599, foxhillcheesehouse.com) crafts cheeses made from its own Holstein herd, as well as offering yogurt, gelato and milk.
Nova Scotia Tourism (800-565-0000, novascotia.com) can help you map out how to get to Nova Scotia and where to stay in Halifax or the Annapolis Valley.