Lana Grant – At Home Here in Nova Scotia

Occupation:  Singer/Songwriter & Author

Place of Birth: I was actually born in Newfoundland (St John’s)…my dad was with the RCMP, so within a short few years there I lived in both Ferryland and Whitbourne…very small towns.

Currently Resides: Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia…you know - Sidney Crosby’s home town!

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

I have a couple good coffee/tea haunts in the city…really enjoy Two if by Sea in Dartmouth. Not only do they have great coffee – they also make the best stuffed croissants I’ve ever tasted….they usually run out by mid-afternoon, so you have to go early!

I also still enjoy a yummy peppermint tea at the Dartmouth Starbucks in Chapters…can grab a nice chair and get caught up on some writing.

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

I really enjoy a local watering hole called Jamieson’s…they have two large and comfy sitting areas besides their main dining/bar area. I schedule a number of my music meetings there – great energy inside that place and the food is awesome!

Though I wouldn’t want to leave out another spot I enjoy on occasion when on a night out with friends…the Halifax favourite – The Lower Deck…great music and always a cold beer to be had!

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

I love the Turbine Boutique in the Bishop’s Landing shops area…Lower Water St in Halifax. That is home to the gorgeous clothes designed by Lisa Drader-Murphy. If you’ve never tried out her Upside-Down dress you should – worn one way it’s a cowl neck shirt…worn the other it’s the perfect dress for a night out! The staff there is wonderful and really work to put together the best look for you!

My other weakness is Winners – I could spend hours in there roaming the aisle’s looking for unique designer items from shoes to clothes to housewares! My favourite ones are the Portland St (Dartmouth) and the Mumford Road (Halifax).

Deserving honourable mention is downtown Lunenburg…I love hitting all the wonderful shops there in the summer months filled with such interesting wares. As well, I can’t resist a Guy’s Frenchy’s run every so oftenJ.

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

Without a doubt my favourite place in Nova Scotia is Risser’s Beach. It may be because I grew up camping there in the summer with the trailer sites that were only a few steps from the white sandy beach. There is something almost spiritual, calming and healing there for me and I always feel so at peace when visiting it. The day views are full of the beautiful Atlantic Ocean, warm sandy beaches and landscapes…in the night time the sky becomes this dark canvas filled with the most gorgeous display of stars, complimented by the orange crackle of the open wood fires. As a young girl I used to also love how people would meet around the campfires to play guitars and harmonicas…I thought the place was magical.

I also enjoy boating around Chester Basin…my dad keeps his boat down there and it’s such a treat to have him take us out. The beautiful ocean, the huge homes that you can only really appreciate from the water are all simply breathtaking.

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

  1. Everyone says Peggy’s Cove…but I think we should make it a more of a south shore tour….starting with Peggy’s Cove, but then making sure to hit Chester, Lunenburg and Mahone Bay – all stunning bits of NS!
  2. Talk a walk around downtown Halifax (including the waterfront) and maybe even jump on the Ferry for an even better view of both sides of the Harbour! So many great shops, restaurants, pubs, etc….a perfect way to spend a day! My girlfriends and I often do a travelling night out where we start with a glass of wine and an appetizer at one spot, then head to another spot for dinner and then if we want to keep the night going we’ll land at the Lower Deck – it makes for a really fun night!
  3. Visit one of our great local wineries! We have some awesome spots in the valley from Domain De Grand Pre’, Luckett Vinyards and so many more…plus we can’t forget about the South Shore with their lovely Petite Riviere Vineyards. Many of these have great restaurants onsite – I’m a big fan of these!

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

I’ve lived in five different towns/communities within this beautiful province. I’ve been lucky enough to always live near the ocean and feel we are so blessed to have that accessible to us. The fresh salt air, the friendly people, the music…the list is endless. Every day is a gift and I’m glad I get to unwrap them here!


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