Margie Beaton – At Home Here in Nova Scotia

Occupation: Touring Artist & Graphic Designer, Gaelic College, St. Ann’s, Cape Breton

Place of Birth: Antigonish, NS but from Mabou, Cape Breton

Currently Resides: Baddeck, NS

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

It’d be great to have a really cool, hip answer here about some quaint little café that I frequent for a mocha-chicko-latte-grande kinda deal, but to be totally honest, especially after some time away from home and first arriving back in a Canadian airport, the sight of the ol’ Tim Hortons makes my heart skip a beat as I dash over for a sugary French Vanilla Cappuccino. A must have for most road trips.

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

The Red Shoe Pub in Mabou… no question… though I’m more likely to request a fancy Shirley Temple than a typical pint.

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

Besides the Freshmart in town there, (Mabou) there’s a great little dress and accessories shop in North Sydney that I’ve been telling everyone about – La Quaintrelle. Full of retro-styles and fun shoes, hats and pretty things, it’s a spot all the ladies just have to check out. Oh! And the Farmers’ Market in Mabou too… shopping that just feels good.

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

Not gunna lie, I’m a bit bias toward Mabou for having some of the best views around, and even in that wee spot, it’s hard to pick just one. When home and with enough time to take a quick spin in the Corolla, I’ll head up on the stretch that leads to West Mabou, then sidetrack onto Hunter’s Road. Climb the dirt trail that winds up the hillside and soon, you’re overlooking the village of Mabou! Below you see sprawling farmland, the sparkling Mabou River (from where the name Mabou derives) the main hub of the town itself, St. Mary’s Parish Church, usually in lights if timed right, all with the backdrop of the stunning, rolling Cape Mabou hills. Our homestead is also in plain sight. It’s simply spectacular and a must see if you’re ever in the area.

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

1. Drive! Be sure to factor in not only travel time, but sight-seeing and greeting time. Stop on many occasions, meet some folks, and take the road less travelled… it’s so worth it.

2. Stop into the Gaelic College. And not just because I work there, I promise! It’s a true haven of wonderful things – everything from classes and demonstrations to being the venue for your dream wedding! So much on the go. Come see what we’re all about sometime!

3. Come back in October and take in the Celtic Colours festival – it is unlike any other festival, a true celebration of wonderful music and culture all over the island. Don’t leave without a stop into the Festival Club… just take my word on it.

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

I feel truly fortunate and proud to call Nova Scotia home, as I do in saying I am Canadian. This place has shaped me as a person in every way. It’s true what everyone says… it’s the landscape, the culture, the people. Ahh, there’s just no place like home.

While you're here check out Margie when she's featured in Part 1 of SEA AND BE SCENE TV at Celtic Colours, plus she and sister Dawn share a Must Do when you're in Cape Breton watch!

You can also catch Margie on SABStv's 2015 ECMA WEEK Special when she goes head to head in our EAST COAST MUSIC Challenge - click here for that.

Margie Beaton vs Chrissy Crowley ECMA music challenge 2015

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1 Comment »

  1. Margie is most probably one of the best ambassadors Nove Scotia & especially Cape Breton can have. great work very well done,Margie.

    Comment by janice Ferguson — November 16, 2012 @ 11:46 am

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