Janet E. Cameron – No Place Like Home in Nova Scotia

Occupation: Writer

Place of Birth: Halifax, NS, but grew up in the Annapolis Valley.

Currently Resides: Dublin, Ireland

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

I was going to say ‘Perks’ for the memories of late-night rambling conversations on the waterfront, but just found out that they’ve been closed for a couple of years! The last time I was in Halifax for a visit I really liked Just Us, and Uncommon Grounds was good too.

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

Anywhere! If I’ve got a pint in my hand and some good friends sitting across the table from me, then I’m a happy lady. The Old Triangle in Halifax is handy when I’m with my homesick Irish husband, and then there’s the Henry House, although I’d remember it as The Granite Brewery. I was ID’ed once at Maxwell’s Plum at the age of 35, so I’ll always love them for that.

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

When I was a student I really appreciated all the second hand shops in Halifax - Back Pages, JWD, and Schooner for books, and Junk & Foibles and Second Hand Rose for clothes, although my tastes have moved on a bit since then and some of those book stores are gone. Now I like wandering down Spring Garden Road to see if there’s anything new, or checking out other old favourites like The Book Mark.

What's the one meal you miss the most when you're away?

I can’t choose just one! I miss the seafood. I tell people in Ireland that I used to be able to get lobster rolls at McDonald’s and nobody believes me. I also love all the cooking with blueberries in the summer: pancakes, muffins, pie - not to mention Blueberry Grunt! As for restaurants, the last time I was home I had some artichoke dip at the Carlton on Argyle Street that couldn’t be beat.

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

About halfway up the North Mountain in the Annapolis Valley there’s a look-off point. It’s a great place to see the seasons change from a distance – especially beautiful in the fall.

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

1. Drive down to the Annapolis Valley in October. Then find a wooded spot with some trails, ditch the car, and go walking. Again, the North Mountain is my favourite spot for this. The leaves and the views are incredible.

2. Go somewhere out-of-the-way and find a local talent night to attend. I went to one in a small town in the Valley years ago: it started with an eighty-year-old woman on the accordion and ended with a young German girl singing Eric Clapton in a voice that would break your heart. Not your average night out.

3. Whale watching – you have to try it once. And the Halifax market on Sundays. I know that’s more than three things now, but I’m really getting homesick writing this…

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

It’s home! It’s my childhood, my early twenties in college, my family and friends. The landscape isn’t just ‘scenery’ – it becomes a part of you, if that doesn’t sound too hippy-dippy. I miss it all so much.



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MEET JANET E. CAMERON for Nova Scotia book readings

Catch the Launch in Halifax - May 22, 6pm
@ The Company House, 2202 Gottigen Street

Another Reading - May 23, 5 pm
@Box of Delights Bookshop, Wolfville, N.S.,


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