Why not extend your Convention stay and enjoy an Atlantic Canada holiday?

To help you plan your own Atlantic experience, here are some helpful websites:

Westin Nova Scotian РThe adventure begins at this landmark hotel ( www.westin.ns.ca ). With so much to see and do in Halifax, plan to arrive a few days early and/or stay a few days late. Call the Westin at 1-877-993-7846 to book your reservation today  space is limited!

Nova Scotia International Tattoo РThe first 200 Convention guests have an opportunity to attend this cultural extravaganza on July 3  a stirring spectacle featuring more than 2,000 military and civilian performers. Register early because tickets are going fast! For more information, visit www.nstattoo.ca .

Pier 21 – For more than 40 years, Pier 21 served as the gateway into Canada for more than one million immigrants. It has since been transformed into a National Historic Site and delegates can view the exhibits and take in the emotional immigration experience, enjoying a fun Maritime kitchen party on July 5. More information is available at www.pier21.ns.ca .

The Sights of Halifax РThe waterfront in downtown Halifax is filled with dozens of cultural, tourism, shopping and entertainment venues and events. Visit www.halifaxinfo.com for information on just about every activity you could think of  from museum tours and outdoor fun to dining and nightlife.

Explore Nova Scotia – Refer to www.explore.gov.ns.ca for a look at hundreds of festivals, events, attractions and more to do in urban and rural Nova Scotia. Visit www.explore.gov.ns.ca when dreaming up ways to fully experience Nova Scotia’s natural beauty.

Lunenburg and Peggy’s Cove – Whether you tour Nova Scotia on your own or as part of the Spouses and Alumni programs, no visit would be complete without a stop at the South Shore. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996, the picturesque seaside town of Lunenburg is the proud home of the Bluenose. Visit the trademark Lighthouse at nearby Peggy’s Cove and mail a postcard from the post office in its lower level. For more information, visit www.town.lunenburg.ns.ca and www.ssta.com .

CCNA’s Convention Site – of course, no trip to the Gathering of the Clans would be complete without a visit to CCNA’s Convention web site. Send an e-mail postcard, play the puzzle game, test your knowledge of Halifax and even practice for the Borscht Bowl by racing a lobster! It’s nothing but fun and information at www.communitynews.ca/convention2002 .

There’s so much to see and do in Halifax, you might not know where to start or stop, so plan to arrive early and stay late. Atlantic Canada is a terrific holiday destination.