Jo Ann Yhard – At Home Here in Nova Scotia

Occupation: Writer

Place of Birth: Sydney Mines, Cape Breton, NS

Currently Resides: Bedford, NS

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

Cabin Coffee on Hollis Street in Halifax. They have friendly staff, delish coffee, and mouth-watering cinnamon buns! There’s no rush to leave, the décor is cozy, and the chairs are cushy.

If you’re ever in Berwick, check out the coconut cream cake in the café at Wheaton’s – amazing.

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

How about a cosmo instead? The Keg in Halifax has the best cosmos in the city, and they grill up an excellent steak every time.

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

For book shopping, Woozles Children’s Bookstore in Halifax is one of the best. They have such knowledgeable staff (Lisa, Suzy), who always have great gift suggestions.

If I’m travelling in the Valley, I always stop in at Box of Delights Bookstore in Wolfville.  They have a great selection of books, including a large Maritime section, and owner Mitzi DeWolfe is terrific.

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

Jo Ann Yhard's fav. viewAt the cove in Little Bras d’Or, Cape Breton, not far from my parents' place.




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

Fossil Hunter of Sydney Mines1. Explore fossils at the Cape Breton Fossil Centre in Sydney Mines and go on the fossil tour (Other fossil spots include Joggins, Parrsboro and Blue Beach).  We are one of the top fossil spots in the world.

Lost on Brier Island Image  - Jo Ann Yhard BOOK2. Go whale-watching and explore the beautiful gem of Brier Island in the Bay of Fundy. It’s a magical place not far from Digby and two cute ferry rides will get you there. Stay at Brier Island Lodge and order the lobster dinner – you must have lobster when visiting Nova Scotia! and

3. Get immersed in history at the Fortress of Louisbourg in Cape Breton. The staff are in costume and run the Fortress as it was back in the 1700’s. Go during the tall ships and you’ll really feel like you’ve been warped through a time machine!

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

It’s surrounded by ocean, which I love. I think a little salt water runs in my veins.


For information on Jo Ann’s books and where you can meet her for signings might we suggest a few on-line options

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  1. So when are you going to make it down the South Shore around Mahone Bay & Lunenburg area? Aspotogan Peninsula? All sorts of old sea salts you could write about ... not to mention some of the gorgeous, breathtaking spots to visit .. if you come let me know and we'll make sure you know all the awesome spots to hit while you're here 🙂

    Comment by Trudi — June 6, 2011 @ 6:44 pm

  2. I'll have to pop down and visit the South Shore for sure now, Trudi! 🙂
    Jo Ann

    Comment by Jo Ann Yhard — June 9, 2011 @ 5:35 pm

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