White Point Salutes the Sea during World Oceans Week
Surrounded by 7400 kms of coastline, Nova Scotia is shaped and influenced by the sea. For nearly 90 years, White Point Beach Resort has welcomed guests to explore and enjoy its perch along the edge of the Atlantic Ocean. On June 4th, in honour of World Oceans Week, the Resort along with its partners, will host a full day of events that salute and celebrate the sea.
The collection of events being offered are as dynamic and unique as the ocean. White Point’s General Manager, Joanne Veinotte says while every day is Oceans Day at White Point, June 4th is a special day. “Nova Scotia is known as Canada’s Ocean Playground. As a year-round destination, we have an intimate relationship with and respect for the ocean. Inviting guests to enjoy our shoreline also comes with a responsibility to enrich and enhance their appreciation of this natural and powerful resource. As stewards of our living shoreline, we are delighted to present such an exciting full day of events with our partners.”
Kicking off at 1pm, with a painting class, the day unfolds with a glimpse at endangered as well as invasive species, and an extensive salute to Lighthouses. While looking out over the ocean, the line-up melds together artists, research and passion.
Meeting outside, along the edge of the ocean, at 1:30pm guests are invited to join officials from White Point to head out on a beach walk to check in on the nesting pair of Piping Plovers. The endangered species has ‘checked-in’ for the 5th year in a row. With a nest of 4 eggs and an anticipated hatch date of June 5th, birdwatchers just might catch a glimpse of the newest guests of White Point.
Artists have drawn on the ocean for inspiration for centuries. For their June edition of ‘A Brush with Good Cheer’, White Point welcomes local Cherry Hill watercolour artist Dennis Curran as he hosts a painting class from 1-3:30pm. Participants will paint their version of ‘Rock and Rolling Waves’ while sipping wines from Petite Riviere Vineyard whose varieties are also influenced by the ocean.
For several years, Parks Canada and Coastal Restoration Project partners have been studying and working to improve coastal habitat conditions being affected by a new strain of the invasive European Green Crab. Conservationist Gabriele Beaulieu, a Conservation Restoration Specialist with Parks Canada will host ‘Trouble Beneath the Tides’ from 3:30-4:30pm sharing what they’ve learned and new initiatives that the public can get involved in.
As beacons that dot the shoreline, a salute to the sea would be incomplete without celebrating Lighthouses. Illuminating and powerful, Lighthouses and what they ‘sea’ is the theme of the 2017 Two Ports Lighthouse Calendar that will be launched at 5pm. Volunteers with the Medway Head Lighthouse and Spectacle Island Lighthouse have curated this art project for the past number of years as a fundraiser and to draw attention to their efforts to save and protect lighthouses within their communities. Joined by the artists and their works showcased within the Calendar, the launch is honoured to welcome Nova Scotia Lighthouse Preservation Society President, Joanne McCormick as a special guest speaker.
As the sun sets on the day’s festivities, the Resort invites the public and guests to join them at 7:30pm to soar high above Nova Scotia’s coastline and explore nearly 100 of the Lighthouses through the lens of #NSLighthouseProject producers No Ka Oi Drone Guys. Videographer and producer Larry Peyton is a passionate maritimer who, along with his partners, embarked on a journey to capture images and video of Nova Scotia’s Lighthouses.
For those seeking a more interactive experience, the Resort invites guest to try surfing or body boarding. Boards and wetsuit rentals are available from the Boathouse which is open daily.
With the exception of the painting class which requires pre-registration and $49 per person, the entire day of events and presentations are free to the public to attend. For more information, visit www.whitepoint.com for details.
Open year-round, White Point Beach Resort is located just outside of Liverpool along Nova Scotia’s Lighthouse Route. Offering a variety of programs and experiences that embrace their oceanfront surroundings, the Resort represents more than 65 artists in their gift shop, showcases Taste of Nova Scotia infused menus and offers a variety of accommodations from cottages and vacation homes to guest rooms.
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Donna Hatt, Marketing & Product Development Manager
White Point Beach Resort
at the beach: 902.354.2711 ext 369
on the road: 902.521.7319