Nova Scotia is a center of Shambhala Buddhism, and though Shambala International is headquartered in Halifax, this abbey is its monastic heart. Finding the site high above the sea, however, requires more than soul searching. From Pleasant Bay, a spur road creeps along the cliffs to Red River; beyond that, a gravel road twists and turns for some 3 km (2 miles) before reaching the broad, flat bench of land upon which the monastery sits. You can tour the abbey and wander
through some of its 230 acres to visit a small shrine and grotto. If the abbey is closed for a retreat or other event, continue down the road for about 500 meters (¼ mile) to see the Stupa of Enlightenment, a large and elaborate shrine dedicated to world peace.