July 10, 2014
Amherst, Nova Scotia – 10:00 a.m.
The town of Amherst Nova Scotia is about a half an hour east of the New Brunswick-Nova Scotia border. It’s a quaint town, with no other claim to fame than that my Grandmother lived here when I was small; so I have fond memories of the area. Coming into Amherst, I made a list of things I know about Amherst. It comprised the following:
- It’s on the Eastern Link bus route from Halifax to Moncton
- The Circle K gas station has chocolate bar-flavoured coffee
- My grandmother used to live there
A poor geographic summary, if I do say so myself. We got in at about nine in the morning; with plans to go up to Springhill (see next week’s article) to visit family for lunch and tea. The Canadian road trip tradition – the Tim Horton’s stop, was made; and with our bodies newly caffeinated we pressed on. As we were running early; we stopped into the shopping center and went to look around in the giant tiger store. It was a bit of a to do, as the store just recently arrived in Amherst; and my grandmother had heard varying reviews from her cousins and wanted to form one for herself. It’s a generic run of the mill box outlet like most giant tiger stores, but it passed the time.
Amherst is a nice place. It has enough grocery stores and outlets that you can get what you need, but it’s close to the more rural areas of Nova Scotia so that it’s not too urban. I used to really enjoy it as a quiet spot of repose on the coach route. I think a lot of people who live in the area do so for the serenity and the option of both country and urban living. Overall it’s a lovely area, close to the beach and ocean so many Nova Scotians love with all the reasonable comforts of being more inland. So while I may not have improved my geographical knowledge of Amherst, I certainly enjoyed my time there.