Jayme Burns – At Home Here in Nova Scotia

Occupation: Graphic Design Instructor/Photographer/Visual Artist

Place of Birth: Truro, NS, (raised in Louisbourg, NS)

Currently Resides: Sydney, NS

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

Wentworth Perk, in Sydney is fantastic! They have free live music, great art, friendly folks and a wonderful embrace for anything local. They also make the best Chai Lattes on the island!  

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

I’m a big fan of Governors when I’m home on the island, but I’ve been known to hang out at Tom’s Little Havana when I’m in the city.

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

I love love love Biscuit in Halifax, so many unique finds. When I can I stop in at the farmers markets in Sydney and the Seaport Market when I get up to Halifax. If I’m looking for craft/art I go to the Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design, or the Finders Keepers Shop. Both have so many fabulous one-of-a-kind pieces!  

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

Inverness, Cape Breton - Jayme BurnsMy favorite view would have to be in Inverness at the Inverness Beach Village. It’s just my favorite place to be in the summer. Nestled right along the base of the mountains, beach for miles, and you can see the pilot whales off on the horizon.

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

1. Explore! Start with downtown Halifax on foot, there’s so many fantastic little shops, pubs and galleries. Every time I’m there I just want to absorb as much of the city as humanly possible. Then hit the beaches, hike, go to the national parks. Stop in every art gallery (big or small), and boutique possible! There are so many little treasures around every turn; it’s easy to get lost in the details.

2.  Embrace the local festivals: I’m from a tiny fishing village and anyone who knows me, knows my love for the Crab Festival in Louisbourg. It’s a big weekend long party at the end of July/first weekend of August. Every year we celebrate the end of the crab fishing season with music, crab, mussels, and so many fantastically warm people! It has grown to be one of the best parties of the summer! And there’s thousands like it all over the province. Do yourself a favor and GO!

3. Check out the local music scene: I can’t say enough about how talented Nova Scotian musicians are. The majority of the music in my iPod and on my CD shelf consists of home grown talent.

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

Hands down, the people make this province what it is. I’ve lived other places. I’ve travelled, and interacted with folks from all over. They’ve all been kind, but there’s a generosity of spirit you don’t find anywhere but home. Maybe it’s a reflection of ourselves in each other that we all love, but I think there’s more to it. We’re a different breed. People here are truly beautiful, inside and out and I can’t imagine being anywhere else.


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Jayme is a member of the Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design and her beautiful works are available for purchase at the centre.  www.capebretoncraft.com

 You can also check out her fantastic photography at http://jaymeburns.tumblr.com/


  1. couldn't have said it better myself,the people make the place.you won't find any nicer or friendlier folks than you will here in Nova Scotia.
    We have one of the most beautiful provinces in the Country.Proud to call myself a Caper.

    Comment by Gail — August 25, 2011 @ 11:27 pm

  2. You've got some great places mentioned in here Jayme!

    Comment by Jennifer F. — August 26, 2011 @ 8:45 am

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