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MAY 2017

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2 9 GROUP TRAVEL LE ADER T H E P R I N C E E DWA R D I S L A N D P R E S E RV E C O M PA N Y F or island souvenirs and a delightful lunch in a historic creamery-turned-restaurant, take your group to the Prince Edward Island Preserve Company. Owner Bruce MacNaughton, sometimes dressed in his Scottish kilt, enthusiastically greets motorcoaches with a brief history of the region and his com- pany, which officially started in 1985. "On the island, we grow some of the best fruit anywhere," said MacNaughton. "One day, a friend handed me a jar of homemade strawberry preserves, and the light went on. So I apprenticed in Toronto to become a chef and to under- stand the science of food." MacNaughton uses no chemicals and as little sugar as possible in his products, preferring instead to incorporate the island's fruit, such as wild blueberries and strawberries. He bottles up to 1,000 jars each day and oversees pro- duction of every jar. The sample room overflows with people buying and tast- ing preserves, which can be purchased and shipped home as souvenirs. Walls are lined floor to ceiling with jams of every sort, traditional flavors to exotic combinations such as Cabernet Sauvignon jelly and raspberry champagne preserves. Few diners leave without ordering the restau- rant's signature dessert, a flaky raspberry cream cheese pie, along with a cup of tea from their extensive selection. WWW.PRESERVECOMPANY.COM Breton Highlands National Park. The park's Skyline Trail footpath over- looks the Gulf of St. Lawrence, known for migratory whales. Driving tours of the area give groups a look at the stunning scenery, winding roads and expansive countryside. While on the cape, visitors should plan to stop at the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site. This museum showcases Bell's numerous inventions, including his landmark work with the deaf. An optional "white glove" tour takes participants into the archives, where they can touch and see additional inventions that aren't on display. Another popular attraction, the Highland Village Museum, is perched on a picturesque hillside above Bras d'Or Lake and features costumed interpreters in reconstructed buildings. Each building depicts a different era of Gaelic heritage from the late 1700s to the early 1900s. Located on the southwestern tip of Nova Scotia, approximately two and a half hours from Halifax, Barrington claims some of the best bird- ing in eastern Canada. It's also home to Peggy's Cove, where the iconic lighthouse perched on a granite outcropping has become one of the most photographed spots in the Maritimes. The Barrington Woolen Mill Museum features demonstrations of spinning, dyeing and weaving. And at Darren Hudson's Lumberjack AXEperience, visitors learn skills like axe throwing, log rolling and com- petitive sawing from a seven-time world-champion lumberjack. "The lumberjack experience is very Canadian and unique," said Pam Wamback, media relations specialist for Tourism Nova Scotia. "Barrington Courtesy Tourism Nova Scotia THE ICONIC LIGHTHOUSE AT PEGGY'S COVE

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