A Winter Wonderland: Annapolis Royal

Posted by on Jan 11, 2018 in Canada, Nova Scotia, Travel Photo Thursday | 8 comments

Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia, Winter 2018

Welcome to week 355 (1/11/218) of Travel Photo Thursday. Since December 27th Annapolis Royal has been a snow lovers paradise. Yesterday was the first day since the 27th that we haven’t had snow. We even saw the sun and there was a well-deserved sunset to ooh and ah over. Today we hit a balmy 10C, and there’s lots of rain on the way. Some of it might even be freezing (ugh)! All these pressure systems have been playing havoc with my head, and I’ve pretty much had a headache every day for the past week. Thankfully, I had a break from that today. Enough of my moaning. I want to show you how pretty Annapolis Royal is in the snow and cold (think -17c).

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We had a real winter wonderland right outside my front door! I am so glad I don’t have to shovel.


Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia, Winter 2018

However, I have had to clean and scrap my car on numerous occasions since December 27th. I can’t remember ever reminiscing about this. 🙂 However, there is a silver lining. Without my trusty car, I wouldn’t have the freedom I enjoy living in this beautiful tiny rural town.


Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia, Winter 2018


I live a stone’s throw from Annapolis Royal’s Historic Gardens, recognized as one of the best gardens in the country, and although not open in the winter there is a delightful farmers market every Saturday morning. People are also welcome to wander around in the wintertime. The paths are not shoveled, so it is strictly at your own risk. I so love this setting.


Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia, Winter 2018

Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia, Winter 2018

Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia, Winter 2018


My condo has four huge windows, and this shot was taken from the laundry room window at the height of one of our stormier days. One of my favourites of this series.


Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia, Winter 2018


Yesterday (Wednesday) was the first time we have been treated to any amount of sunshine since December 27th. Mother Nature must have been in a benevolent mood yesterday. Not only sunshine but this fabulous sunset all in one day. How lucky were we, right? And, to make things even better we got above 0 celsius yesterday and today. At +10C today I could almost envision a stroll on the beach. Instead, I headed to the city to visit my amazing Dad. We had a lovely lunch and chatted away the afternoon. Our January thaw appears to be around for at least a little while. We’re expecting rain and freezing rain over the next few days. Hopefully, our snow will be history by Sunday.


Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia, Winter 2018


If you’re a fan of winter, Nova Scotia is a fab winter destination. However, we don’t have big ski hills. We do have some small ones, though. You can also treat yourself to an oceanfront room in various places around the province and watch the North Atlantic as it unleashes its winter fury. Add the best seafood in the world and you’ve got all the “fixins” for a great winter holiday away from the bustling crowds.


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  1. Well, this sure looks pretty! I would like to see the snow for a couple of days but I would be happy to go back home. I had hopes of going to the mountain to enjoy the snow for at least a day but not sure if that is going to happen. It is pretty warm in here.

    • Hi Ruth. I hear you. Snow gets old fast and especially when Mother Nature decides dump on you everyday 🙂

  2. There is just something about photos of snow – it’s as if snow is dressing nature in high fashion. Beautiful photos, Nancie! And I grew up in the Midwest of the US and lived in Cleveland with it’s lake effect snow where we didn’t see green grass from December to March, so I enjoy a few days of it then I’m ready for it to be gone.Thankfully, I live where there is a change of seasons and a short snow every other year or so.But I’d love to visit Nova Scotia in winter!

    • Hi Jill. It is pretty here in the winter. This is my first one here in 17 years. Next year I hope to hit the sun again 🙂 Thanks for linking up. #TPThursday

  3. So pretty! For some reason, I love seeing benches in the snow (not sitting on them, just seeing them in a photo). Stay warm!

    • Hi Sharon. I agree the bench is pretty, but not for sitting. I like to keep moving when it’s cold outside. Thanks for linking up this week. #TPThursday

  4. I’ve only holidayed in snow and don’t think I’d be good at living in it for any length of time. How do you scrape the snow from your car? I love all of your snowy photos – they evoke Christmas Cards to me. Even though we live in Australia where it is hot at Christmas we still have a fair percentage of Snowy Scene Cards, interspersed nowadays with kangaroos wearing santa hats lol.

  5. Hi Jan. We have car scrappers with brushes. I always turn the car on while I’m clearing so that I don’t have to do as much scrapping. I had forgotten what a cold job it is, but have been getting lots of practice recently. I can’t imagine an Australian Christmas card with a snowy scene. The kangaroo scene sounds more realistic 🙂 Thanks for co-hosting this week. #TPThursday

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