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A "Crafty" Roadtrip in Nova Scotia, Canada

Nathaniel Welch Driving Cape Breton Island's Cabot Trail.

Photo: Nathaniel Welch

Driving over a thousand miles of scenic byways through Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, with craft stops galore, makes for a perfect Canadian road trip. The tiny 18th-century fishing village, Lunenburg slopes down to a bay lined on the far side by rolling swaths of green lawn, and is home to the annual Nova Scotia Crafts Festival. Ninety minutes north of the town of Baddeck is a small museum dedicated to one of the world's foremost hookers (rug hookers, that is), Elizabeth LeFort.

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Inspired by: Driving Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island — by Henry Alford, Published Jun. 2006

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    Inn at Bay Fortune

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    Boscawen Inn

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    Rusty Anchor

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    Fleur de Sel, Nova Scotia

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    Leather Works

    Pop in for the handsome leather buckets and bags.

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    Baadeck Yarns

    A jumbled, items-spilling-off-of-shelves knitting store.

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    Black Sheep Gallery

    The Black Sheep Gallery was a former fish plant in West Jeddore that now sells folk and outsider art.

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    Myles from Nowhere

    The funky, two-floored shack on the side of the road in Margaree Forks, carries campy stock.

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    Museum of Hooked Rugs & Home Life and the Elizabeth LeFort Gallery

    LeFort's hooked portraits of Jackie Kennedy and various Canadian prime ministers are astonishing in their obsessiveness, as is her 80-square-foot d

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    Co-op Artisanale

    Swoon over the heaps of handmade rugs and socks at the Co-op Artisanale in Cheticamp.

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