Experience the ultimate escape to nature

Outdoor enthusiasts and history buffs will quickly take notice this region’s passion for the past and natural beauty. The Eastern Shore is brimming with a handful of provincial parks that will feed your thirst for wild adventures including sea kayaking, hiking miles of rugged trails and riding fierce waves at some of the Nova Scotia’s finest beaches. With gold mines, museums and heritage villages, this nature’s wonderland is also where past meets present

Not quite sure where to begin? Our Eastern Shore destination itineraries can guide to you to many top things to see and do on in Nova Scotia’s nature lover’s paradise.

For Nature Enthusiasts:

Day 1 – Watch the lake water sparkle as you fill up on an early Italian dinner at Cicero’s on the Water in Porters Lake. It’s a short drive to Musquodoboit Harbour where you’ll check in to your charming overnight accommodations. Old Riverside Lodge B&B overlooks the Musquodoboit River and offers a full legnth verandah that allows you to take full advantage of the view while savouring your complimentary tea and goodies, served between 8:30 and 9:30 every evening.

Day 2 – After breakfast and check-out, take some time to explore Nova Scotia’s longest sandy beach. Martinique Provincial Beach Park is 5 km long and is a protected nesting area for the endangered Piping Plover. Shake the sand out of your shoes and head east to take in a boat tour at Murphy’s Camping on the Ocean. For those who are up for an adventurous picnic lunch, he’ll drop you off on one of the nearby islands with a bucket of lobster and all the fixings. (Please call ahead to arrange.) Explore the unique flora and fauna of your own private island before Captain Murphy returns. Taylor Head is another beach well worth exploring. Many consider its shoreline trail system to be one of the finest in North America. Visit www.friendsoftaylorhead.com to find out about themed activities or guided walks that might be available during your visit. Now grab a hearty dinner at the Henley House Pub in nearby Sheet Harbour. You’ve earned it! Savour another fine view from your balcony at Marquis of Dufferin Seaside Inn in Port Dufferin before bedding down for the night.

For History Buffs:

Day 1 – If you spend the night at the nearby Sherbrooke Village Inn and enjoy breakfast in their full-service dining room, you can arrive at the Sherbrooke Village Provincial Musuem nice and early today. You will need several hours to see all there is to offer at Nova Scotia’s largest living history museum, which depicts what life was life was like in this shipbuilding and lumbering community between 1860 and the early 1900s. After a full day of historical discoveries, Seawind Landing Country Inn in Charlos Cove (about a 1.5 hour drive) will be calling your name. This inn offers a dining room on-site which features nothing but the freshest local seafood and produce.

Day 2 – Continue eastward to Canso, a little community with big history. Visit the well-preseverd Whitman House Museum and climb the stairs to the Widow’s Walk for a commanding view of the area. Tour the interpretive centre at the Canso Islands National Historic Site and learn about the thriving fishers and merchants who inhabited this area before becoming casualties of the infamous Anglo-French rivalry for North America. You may take a boat tour to the island itself if you wish. A fresh haddock dinner is waiting for you on the outskirts of Canso at the Last Port Motel & Family Restaurant.

For Adventure Seekers:

Day 1 – Book a surf lesson with one of the many qualified instructors who teach at Lawrencetown Beach. (Look under “Surfing” on page 35 for a list of schools and contact information.) Since salt water play is good for your appetite, shed your wet suit and head just down the 207 to Happy Dudes Surf Emporium in Three Fathom Harbour for some good grub, take-out style. share your surfing stories with the friendly innkeepers at Coastal Waters B&B down in the lakeside gazebo before retiring in one of their comfortable guestrooms or the apartment suite for the night.

Day 2 – Rise and shine! Get your caffeine fix a few kilometres down the road in Grand Desert at the Rose & Rooster Café. Then head about an hour east to Coastal Adventures in Tangier. Here, your sea kayaking instructors will lead you on an adventure in and around the islands where you’re sure to experience a feeling of peace and serenity hard to find elsewhere. Depending on when your kayaking adventure ends, stay here for the night at the on-site Paddler’s Retreat B&B or continue east for 1.5 hours to stay at Liscombe Lodge Resort for the night.

Day 3 – If the last two days haven’t tuckered you out, plan your hiking route along the Liscomb River. This challenging hiking system, which departs from Liscombe Lodge Resort, offers routes ranging from 1 km to 9.5 km in length so pack picnic supplies as needed! Be prepared to encounter waterfalls, a swinging bridge and possible wildlife along the way. When hunger calls, simply follow the scent of planked salmon wafting from the dining room at the resort.

For Foodies:

Day 1 - Serious culinary enthusiasts will want to head straight to the DesBarres Manor Inn in Guysborough. Not only is the dining room a recipient of Wine Spectator Award of Excellence but this inn also offers the kind of luxurious accommodations you’ll love to sink right into after a fine meal. And to add to your experience, it’s worth calling ahead to find out if the inn will be offering cooking classes during your stay.

Day 2 – Savour your coffee this morning at the DesBarres – it’s called “Full Steam” and it’s brewed right here in Guysborough by the same company that owns the inn! After breakfast, stroll the colourful Guysborough Waterfront, do a little shopping at the Skipping Stone Café & Store or rent one of their kayaks for a paddle around the peaceful harbor. Follow the smell of freshly baked bread to Days Gone By Bakery where you may indulge in a homemade lunch or stock up on picnic supplies. Enjoy your picnic somewhere along Route 16, overlooking Chedabucto Bay, which is truly one of the province’s best-kept secrets.