Betty Belmore – At Home Here In Nova Scotia

Written by Sea and Be Scene.

Occupation: singer/songwriter/make-up artist

Place of Birth: I was born in my grandmother’s parlour in Wittenburg, Nova Scotia. I grew up in Caribou Gold Mines, a tiny remote community in Nova Scotia. My father was a gold miner and my mother taught in the one room school. Our family home, built by my great grandfather, was the post office, general store and hotel during the turn of the century boom days.


Currently Resides: Jollimore, a unique little annex of Halifax on the Northwest Arm.

Where’s your favourite place in Nova Scotia to grab a coffee?

On my verandah in the mornings with a good, strong roast. Pavia Gallery in Herring Cove is a great espresso bar and café close to my neighbourhood. If I’m meeting friends in town I like Julien’s on Young Street.

Where’s your favourite place in Nova Scotia to grab a pint?

I love having martinis on my sister’s deck in Smith’s Cove watching the sunset over the Annapolis Basin.

When I go out it’s generally to hear live music. Staynor’s Wharf in Halifax is an old favourite. The Company House and The Carleton are good venues too.

Where’s your favourite place to shop in Nova Scotia?

Any and all gardening centres. They are such welcome sights in early spring. Seabright Nurseries in Seabright, Blomidon Garden Centre in Wolfville and Bunchberry Nurseries in Upper Clements are three favourites. I’m a sucker for an auction and have a shed loaded with junk to prove it. I like doing a Guy Frenchy’s tour once or twice a year.

Where in Nova Scotia would we stand to see your favourite view?

Although I’m never standing for long, did I mention my sister’s deck in Smith’s Cove overlooking the Annapolis Basin with a martini in my hand? From a boat at sunrise (again not recommending standing), on the Eastern Shore’s Liscomb River. Standing on the hill overlooking Lawrencetown Beach at East Lawrencetown, spectacular in all seasons, in all weather.

Name 3 things we’ve gotta do when we visit Nova Scotia:

1. Go to Brier Island, hike the coastal trails and make sure to take binoculars, especially for the birds

2. Tidal bore river rafting

3. Take a drive through the Musquodoboit Valley, visit The Moose River Gold Mine Museum with lots of artifacts and photos of the famous Cave-in of 1936, check out Markland and learn about the old Icelandic settlement and see the largest outdoor Humming Bird sculpture in North America.

What makes Nova Scotia such a special place on earth for you?

I have to start with the people. There is humility, strength, generosity, mischievous wit, and just enough irreverence to make for a great time. I’m lucky to come from a large family of wonderful storytellers and the wealth of stories and folklore has always intrigued me. More than anything else, my family ties connect me to Nova Scotia.

Original article at Sea and Be Scene