Janice Bisson… It’s all Relative

Janice Bisson is Head of Production at an advertising agency in Toronto. Throughout her many years in the fast paced industry she's traveled around the globe - from New York to LA, Namibia to India, New Zealand to England ... but with the call of family ties to Cape Breton and her affinity for the Southern Shores - Janice always makes time to enjoy Nova Scotia.

POSTCARD PERFECT – a photo essay by Janice Bisson

And then one summer...I had the pleasure of spending 3 months on the south shore of Nova Scotia.

Here are just a few of the highlights...

Riding my Bicycle , which gave me chance to see all the little places that you’d miss in a car.   The ship builder, the graveyards, the amazing photo ops, and water, water everywhere

Sea Kayaking:

Taking lessons in Mahone Bay.  Learning how to handle the sea kayak flipping over.  And realizing I could flip it back. Renting a 2 person kayak and having a romantic day paddling to all the islands.

Picnicking on a private island. Food never tastes so good after a good paddle.

Yoga in Hubbards:


Doing yoga with a view of the ocean is amazing. Doing yoga and while in tree watching a whale in the ocean is even more amazing.

The Freewheeling yoga studio above the boathouse in Hubbards is out of this world.

Window’s all around and Kathy leading us through a class, savasana never felt so good.


Yoga in Mahone Bay:

Alex is a wonderful yoga teacher. I spent 3 months doing yoga most days with Alex. She was such a good teacher, and so inspirational, I decided to take teacher training when I came back to Toronto.

One of my favourite things was heading over to The Biscuit Eater as soon as class was over.


The Biscuit Eater, Mahone Bay:

Some of my favourite things about the Biscuit Eater;

Homemade scones, the perfect latte, great books and the interesting people you meet. Friday night readings by some fantastic local writers.

The back garden on a sunny day, the cozy chairs by the fireplace on those rainy afternoons.

Dawn and Alden. The owners, who also became my very good friends.

Going by for a latte and walking out with an armful of books.

The best is how I found the Biscuit Eater:

When I asked in Alex’s Yoga class (Mahone bay), ‘where can I get a good latte?” and she piped up and said ‘my daughter has a great cafe”. She was right, not just a proud mom.




Visiting Peggy’s Cove:

It’s touristy but you are on the South Shore, so you have to go see it. (Buy a hat and be silly, you’re there!)

Don’t stand to close the edge, the waves are big and sneak up on you.

Peggy's Cove


LaHave’s Bakery (in LaHave):

There is a La Have Bakery in Mahone Bay, but I think it’s worth the drive out to the original La Have Bakery. The food is delicious, and the drive is gorgeous. The best part, the LaHave Ferry ride. Pull the car on the ferry and cross the River. It’s just fun.

SeaSide Shanty, Chester Basin:

I was staying across the street from the Seaside Shanty. I can’t count how many times I ate there….lunch, dinner, just dessert, just a beer while watching the boats floating by in the bay….it is such a special place. The back patio is right on the water.

There is nothing like this place, it’s hard to explain. The chowder is great, the fish, and the homemade desserts. It was my home away from home.








Lobster Supper:

It’s not a trip to the Maritimes without attending a ‘lobster supper’.

The Shore club in Hubbards is one of the best I ever attended. The lobster was so fresh. The mussels, the home made rolls, the salad. But really, for me it’s all about the lobster. You have to love the bib…




Here is the scoop on Janice:

Place of Birth: Toronto, ON

Currently Resides: Toronto, ON

Occupation: Advertising

What are your family ties to NS?

My Mom & Dad grew up in Cape Breton, and we still have family there.

FYI - My best friend lives in Chester.

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

The Biscuit Eater, Mahone Bay

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

The Rope Loft, Chester.

What’s the one dish you crave when you’re away from Nova Scotia?

Clam chowder at the Seaside Shanty, Chester Basin

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

Chester Beach

Name 3 things I’ve gotta do when I visit Nova Scotia

1. Yoga,  sea kayaking and bike riding

2. Lobster Supper at the Shore Club in Hubbards

3.  Hang out at the Biscuit Eater in Mahone Bay

Plus 2 more...

4. Go to the beach and swim...Crescent and Rissers are great!

5. Eat at the Seaside Shanty in Chester Basin

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

Hanging out with my Family in Cape Breton. Driving the Cabot Trail. Going to the beach.  Just relaxing and hearing stories from my Aunts and Uncles.


  1. Hi Jan,Just found your site while trying to find your add.at home for christmas cards,I still never think of my computer lol.So if I did this right and you get it let me know.ttfn Barry

    Comment by Barry Bisson — December 16, 2012 @ 11:25 pm

  2. Also have a home by the water with a dock in Huntington Beach California. Your life seems very similar and loved the pictures complementing your site. Interesting to think of another Jan out there only I am a redhead and a bit older than you as your scenes depict. Enjoy your life, it's magic by the water isn't it. JB

    Comment by Janis Bisson — February 1, 2013 @ 11:46 pm

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