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Putting Nova Scotia On The Map: 8 of Nova Scotia’s Award-Winning Businesses

By June 21, 2021August 12th, 2021Blog

Nova Scotia is filled to the brim with incredible culinary and experiential offerings—offerings that have attracted praise and awards on the national and global stage. Here’s a list of just a few (of many!) award-winning Nova Scotia businesses. Know another award-winning business in your community? Let us know on the Shine On Tourism Facebook page!

Ironworks Distillery

Ironworks is an artisanal micro-distillery located in the old port of Lunenburg on Nova Scotia’s historic South Shore. Distilling by hand, they use only natural ingredients as fresh and local as possible.  This approach has paid off with Ironworks consistently bringing home a wide variety of awards and medals, notably the Ironworks Bluenose Rum being named the World’s Best Dark Rum in London, England in 2015.

More recently, Ironworks enjoyed a medal haul at the 2021 Micro Liquor Spirit Awards. Ironworks’ Heart Iron Whisky was awarded the Triple Gold Medal level for Taste along with a Silver Medal for Package Design. Gin Noir acquired a Gold level award for Taste and Triple Gold for Package Design and the Maple Rum Cream also brought a Gold Medal for Taste.

The judges noted that the Heart Iron Whisky had “extraordinary taste” and gave it the “highest recommendation.”

L’Acadie Vineyards

Located in the heart of the Gaspereau Valley, L’Acadie Vineyards uses traditional methods to create world-class sparkling wine. They released the region’s first traditional method sparkling wine in 2008, after experimenting with small lots going back to 2004. Recognition soon followed. At the 2010 Canadian Wine Awards, their Prestige Brut was the Top Scoring Sparkling and received a Gold –an honour only given to three sparkling wines in the history of the competition. On the international stage, their 2007 and 2010 Prestige Brut were awarded silver medals at the prestigious Effervescent du Monde competition in France – the only sparkling wine on the North American continent to have won a medal there.

Chain Yard Urban Cidery

It’s safe to say that Chain Yard, Halifax’s Urban Cidery is familiar with the awards circuit, as they have racked up awards every year since opening. They are also home to Canada’s second-only Pommelier, and the first in Atlantic Canada.

Some of their award highlights include a Gold for their Pippin Russet – Heritage Cider at the 2019 Great Lakes International Cider and Perry Competition, Silver at the 2019 Canadian Cider Awards for the Foundation – New World Cider, and a Sliver for the Rhubee Cyser at the 2019 National Wine Awards of Canada.

Trout Point Lodge

​Described by the New York Times as “worth a visit no matter what the season,” Trout Point Lodge is Canada’s only member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World and also the world’s first certified Starlight Hotel by the UNESCO partner Starlight Foundation, headquartered at the Canaries Astrophysics Institute in Spain. Trout Point’s kitchen was the first restaurant in Canada to receive international recognition for its sustainability, with the award of a Three Star rating from the UK-based Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA) in 2013. It also has been recognized by the Parks Canada Sustainable Award and the National Geographic Society for its overall sustainable tourism practices.

Fox Harb’r Resort

As one of only four 5-star resorts in Canada, it’s of little surprise that Fox Harb’r Resort & Spa has consistently placed in the top rankings of luxury resorts around the world. Of particular note is Fox Harb’r’s incredible Spa, which was recently named one of the ‘Top 25 Spas in Canada’ at the Canadian Spa & Wellness Awards.

Le Caveau Restaurant at Domaine de Grand Pré Winery

Located onsite at the beautiful Domaine de Grand Pre Winery, Le Caveau describes their culinary approach as “built on forging relationships with local purveyors.” It is that focus on local, combined with a global flair that has earned Le Caveau recognition on the international stage. In fact, Wine Access Magazine recently named Le Caveau Restaurant at Domaine de Grand Pré Winery one of the Top 20 Winery Restaurants in the World.

Cabot Links

Nova Scotia is home to many incredible golf courses. One of the most famous, and most awarded, is Cabot Links, located on Cape Breton Island.  Cabot Links has earned a place on Golf Digest’s World’s Greatest Golf Courses since 2014, and Architectural Digest included it on their list of 8 of the World’s Most Beautiful Golf Courses. But it’s not the just the course garnering attention — named Cabot Links Lodge as one of the 50 Best Hotels in Canada.

Birkinshaw’s Tea Room

At Birkinshaw’s Tea Room, awards are on the menu. Located in historic downtown Amherst, Birkinshaw’s Tea Room was recently named by Canada Prestige Awards and Corporate Live Wire as the 2020-21 winner of the Tea Room of the Year for Canada. This recognition came on the heels of receiving the Tourism Industry Association of Nova Scotia (TIANS) New Business of the Year award and being listed by Chatelaine Magazine as one of the top tea rooms to visit in the country. From vintage china to locally roasted coffee and freshly made food, its little wonder that Birkinshaw’s provides such a memorable experience for local and visitors alike!