After playing in the chop, try playing in the sand – with miles of beaches and dunes, we’ve got you covered, sometimes literally. Re-awaken skills honed in childhood at the annual Clam Harbour Beach Sand Castle Competition although expect to see pirate ships, dinosaurs, and human-eating octopi among the sand forts.
- Surfing at Lawrencetown Beach Provincial Park.
- Beachcombing and birding at Martinique Beach Provincial Park, the longest sandy beach in Nova Scotia!
- Hike one of the finest coastal trail systems in North America at Taylor Head Provincial Park.
- Cycling the Musquodoboit Harbour Trailway or hike Gibraltar Rock
- Paddling the Musquodoboit River
- Hike the Liscombe River Trail, a 9.6 km trail including suspension bridge overlooking a waterfall, at Liscombe Lodge Resort.
- Enjoying a scenic boat tour with Murphy’s Camping on the Ocean
- Kayak our coast with Coastal Adventures
- Swimming at Clam Harbour Beach Provincial Park.
- Go musseling with Captain Murphy aboard his Cape Island boat.
- Golf at Osprey Shores Golf Resort, Harbour Ridge Gold Club, and River Oaks Golf Club.
Explore 100 Wild Islands
The Eastern Shore features 100 coastal islands that have been largely undisturbed by humans for over 10,000 years. Stretch from Clam Harbour to Liscomb, the islands are easily accessible by a guided sea kayak tour with Coastal Adventures. These islands offer pristine white sand beaches, sheltered coves, dramatic windswept headlands, and unique boreal forests, bogs and barrens, as well as a rich diversity of seabirds, songbirds, and shorebirds. Deemed a “Coastal Wilderness of ecological significance unmatched in North America” by the Nova Scotia Nature Trust – climb in a kayak and start exploring.
Stan Rogers Folk Festival
Shake the sand off your beach chair and unfold it at the Stan Rogers Folk Festival. Held in the small fishing village of Canso, this musical smorgasbord offers more than 100 concerns featuring an eclectic menu of Celtic, country, folk, blues, rock, and bluegrass music and attracts over 12,000 music fans each year.
- Live life 1800’s style at Nova Scotia’s largest living history museum, Sherbrooke Village.
- Step into the life of a fisherman at the Fisherman’s Life Museum.
- Dine at the cookhouse in a 1940’s restored village at Memory Lane Heritage Village.
- Take a short boat trip to Grassy Island, a once-thriving community of fishermen and merchants at Canso Islands National Historic Site.
- Celebrate the history of the Acadian families who settled in this area at the Acadian House Museum.
- Learn about the important role the lighthouse keepers played in guiding fishing boats to safety at Port Bickerton Lighthouse Interpretive Centre.
- Check out the collection of heritage fishing artifacts, memorabilia and exhibits on efforts to protect the Atlantic Salmon at the St. Mary’s River Salmon Museum.
- Explore the Guysborough Waterfront – dine, bike, kayak, golf at Osprey Shores Golf Resort, enjoy Full Steam Coffee at the Skipping Stone Café & Store, fresh baked goods at Days Gone By Bakery, and Rare Bird craft beer at the Rare Bird Pub in Guysborough.
- Experience seaside gourmet dining with breathtaking views at SeaWind Landing Country Inn in Charlos Cove.
- Taste some of the best smoked salmon around at St. Mary’s River Smokehouses in Sherbrooke.
- Try the award-winning DesBarres Manor Inn who use just picked ingredients from their gardens along with local fresh ingredients to create their seasonally inspired menu.
- Learn how mussels are grown and harvested at AquaPrime Mussel Ranch and take home a pound or two for supper. While you’re there pick up a dozen or so Sober Island Oysters, both are a local delicacy.
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