Canada 150 Chair

The Kings County Museum, located in Kentville, Nova Scotia, came up with an interesting project to mark Canada’s 150th birthday – the Canada 150 chair. As soon as I heard about it, I knew I wanted to take part in the fun!

Chair in the VineyardCurator Bria Stokesbury found a wonderful, well-loved (read: falling apart), old chair out on the side of the road during bulk garbage. It seems she fell in love right away. With the help of local artisans, she created this wonderful Canada-themed chair. Now what? Why not involve the community?

So, the plan: allow people to sign out the chair and take photos of it in their favourite places. Create meaningful scenes. Show what “Canada” means to them.

I ended up taking the chair out this Monday with my photo buddy. It took us forever (like, the two months leading up to the day, including sitting in the car with the chair in back) to decide what to do. In the end, we settled on…

A Day in the Life of a Canada 150 Chair

We started off with breakfast at The Noodle Guy in Port Williams.

The Noodle Guy

Before leaving town, we stopped next door at Hazel’s Hand Picked Clothing as she set up for her big opening. Our buddy the chair wanted to try on some clothes.
Peep Show No. 2

Next, we decided it was five o’clock somewhere and checked out Barrelling Tide Distillery. The staff were super excited to have the chair visit and even let it sit near the stills. (Only Chair was drinking this early.)

The Chair Visits the Distillery

They suggested we visit a beekeeper around the corner. Chair was very interested in learning more about beekeeping and, more importantly, buying some honey. To Wood ‘n’ Hive we went! We chatted with the owner in the shop for a bit, and then he brought us all around to the hives. Chair made some new friends – a couple of cyclists who stopped by for honey and came to the hives with us.

Queen of the Castle

We looked forward to some honey and crackers after our adventure, so we had to go to Fox Hill Cheese to buy some cheese.

Fox Hill Cheese

Chair needed another drink. Next stop: Planter’s Ridge Winery.

Lunch at Planter's Ridge

No tour of Kings County is complete without stopping at the Lookoff.

TipsyChair was a bit tipsy by this point and kept falling over…


The Bay of Fundy is a must-visit spot, too, so we checked out the Baxter’s Harbour waterfall.

The Chair at Baxter's Harbour
Our final stop of the day was a small farm – actually the home of my photography partner!  Chair found another friend.

The Patient Model

It was a Good Photography Day

Check out the rest of my photos over on Flickr and everyone else’s photos on this cool map.

4 thoughts on “A Day in the Life of a Canada 150 Chair”

  1. Wonderful photos & witty commentary.
    Would serve as an excellent mini-tourism aid to the area too.
    (Heck first I’d heard of To Wood & Hive!)
    Thank YOU!

  2. I’d like to thank Justine and Debbie for the fun road-trip…and even though I was scared once or twice that they might have a Thelma and Louise moment with me at the Look-Off I realized it was all just in fun. The Canada 150 Chair.

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