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ristine coastline with stunning sunsets, soothing gentle breezes, peaceful havens and sanctuaries designed by Mother Nature, and clear night skies filled with shining stars that will uplift your spirit and nourish your soul. This is what awaits you on Nova Scotia’s Eastern Shore. We have an unspoiled beauty that visitors can see and feel. There are many outdoor activities for adventurers and explorers. For those who truly want to understand life by the sea, there are experiences to deeply savour the stories, music, charm, and cuisine that are all an important part of our historic coastal communities. The Eastern Shore offers a unique opportunity to experience the natural unspoiled beauty of miles and miles of coastline, glorious rivers, and tranquil lakes, plus the stirring music and inspiring arts and culture that resonate with the personality, character, and mosaic of our people. We’ve separated this guide into four sections, making it easy to navigate your way along our shore. We encourage you to venture off the beaten path and travel a side road where you’ll uncover a memorable treasure waiting just for you. Your memories made on the Eastern Shore, along with the warmth and sincerity of our people, will lure you to return time and again.

Lawrencetown Beach

Cole Harbour Heritage Farm

Liscombe Lodge Resort

Seawind Landing Country Inn

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If you have memories you’d like to share, we’d love to hear from you. Visit us on Facebook at Destination Eastern Shore or email deansvic@gmail.com. We may even feature one of your pictures in next year’s guide.


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Table of Contents Welcome...............................................3 General Information................................5 Travel Tips..............................................6 Explore Our Great Outdoors Cycling Map.....7 Tips for Cycling the Eastern Shore......... 8–9 For the Love of Food! ............................ 10 Our Proud Heritage. Your Incredible Adventure! ..................................... 12–13 Hidden Gems ...................................... 13 Dartmouth to Musquodoboit Harbour to Musquodoboit Valley ........... 14–22 People of the Eastern Shore.............. 15 Top Photo Opportunities.................. 16 Souvenir Stops........................... 16–17 Attractions................................. 17–19 Dining....................................... 19–20 Accommodations............................ 20 Marinas.......................................... 20 Beaches and Parks........................... 21 Golf Courses................................... 21 Trails ......................................... 21–22 Services ......................................... 22 Head of Jeddore to Sheet Harbour to Liscomb..............................23–29 People of the Eastern Shore.............. 24 Top Photo Opportunities.................. 25 Shopping....................................... 25 Attractions................................ 25–26 Dining...................................... 26–27 Accommodations...................... 27–28

Beaches and Parks........................... 28 Marinas.......................................... 29 Tours and Guided Adventures........... 29 Trails .............................................. 29 Services ......................................... 29 Sherbrooke to Half Island Cove 30–35 People of the Eastern Shore.............. 31 Top Photo Opportunities.................. 32 Souvenir Stops................................ 32 Attractions................................ 32–33 Dining...................................... 33–34 Accommodations............................ 34 Beaches and Parks..................... 34–35 Marinas.......................................... 35 Trails............................................... 35 Services ......................................... 35 Canso to Guysborough to Mulgrave.............................36–40 People of the Eastern Shore.............. 37 Top Photo Opportunities.................. 38 Souvenir Stops................................ 38 Attractions................................ 38–39 Dining............................................ 39 Accommodations...................... 39–40 Beaches and Parks........................... 40 Marinas.......................................... 40 Trails .............................................. 40 Services ......................................... 40 Festivals and Events.......................... 41–45

Cover photos: Main Image is Kimberly Putinta, Norse Cove Camping; Stan Rogers Folk Festival, Canso (Stanfest); Sober Island Brewing, Henley House Pub & Restaurant, Sheet Harbour; Sherbrooke Village, Sherbrooke.

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Destination Eastern and Northumberland Shores would like to thank Dan Macdonald, Alex MacAulay, Janice Bray, Robert Moser, Sherbrooke Village, Memory Lane Heritage Village, Destination Halifax, Hollie Quick, Tourism Nova Scotia, Proptonics, Joey Yazer, Scott Cunningham, Lost Shores Gallery, John Bastin, Ron Whitaker, Linda Nasdalack, Proptonics, and Kimberly Putinta for their photo contributions. Discover Nova Scotia’s coastal diversity… Regional guides are produced by: Metro Guide Publishing 2882 Gottingen Street, Halifax, NS B3K 3E2 t 902.420.9943 f  902.429.9058 e  publishers@metroguidepublishing­.ca metroguidepublishing.ca

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General Information

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Visitor Information Centres

Most seasonal visitor information centres are open from mid-June to mid-October (subject to change). Call the numbers listed below or visit easternshorens.ca.

Musquodoboit Harbour

Sherbrooke

Sheet Harbour

Canso

Musquodoboit Harbour Railway Museum 7895 Highway 7 902-889-2689 MacPhee House Museum 22404 Highway 7 902-885-2092

Inside Sherbrooke Village 42 Main Street 902-522-2400 888-743-7845 Whitman House Museum 1297 Union Street 902-366-2170

Guysborough

Old Court House Museum 106 Church Street 902-533-4008

Mulgrave

Mulgrave Heritage Centre 54 Loggie Street 902-747-2788

Ports EV Plug (J1772)

Veterinarians

Canso Library

Eastern Shore Veterinary Hospital

Charging points for electric vehicles. 169 Main Street, Canso Sun Country Highway 40A 902-366-2955

Cyril Ward Library

PlugScore 9.0 27 Pleasant Street, Guysborough Sun Country CS60 located in the rear parking lot. 902-533-3586 24 Hours

The Deanery Project

751 W.Ship Harbour Road, Lake Charlotte thedeaneryproject.com

Goldboro Interpretative Centre 12881 Highway 316, Goldboro Full time Sun Country Highway 40A

Stay connected

Porters Lake Shopping Centre, Chezzetcook 902-827-4257 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Friday, Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., closed Sunday

Highland Veterinary Clinic 9996 Highway 16, Guysborough 902-533-2659 Monday to Friday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday to Sunday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Watch for Wi-Fi signs when visiting our local tourism properties. Public Internet access is available at most Visitor Information Centres and public libraries. If you are having difficulty connecting, check your settings, as you may be better served switching to 3G along our shore. Cell phone coverage is limited in some areas.

Smoke-free places

Regulations require all public places in Nova Scotia to be smoke-free. Smoking is forbidden in outdoor licensed areas and patios of restaurants, lounges, and beverage rooms.

Important numbers

Emergency / 911 Police, fire and medical emergencies.

Hospitals

Canso 746 Union Street 902-366-2794 Guysborough 10560 Route 16 902-533-3702

Sherbrooke 91 Hospital Road 902-522-2882 Sheet Harbour 22637 Highway 7 902-885-2554

Middle Musquodoboit RR#2, 492 Archibald Brook Road 902-384-2220 Musquodoboit Harbour 7704 Highway 7 902-889-2200

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Non-emergency Medical Information / 811 Environment Canada Weather Information: 902-426-9090 / weatheroffice.gc.ca


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Travel Tips The Eastern Shore has 325 kilometres of winding, coastal highway. It is best enjoyed at a leisurely pace. Here are some approximate driving distances to help you plan your visit: Dartmouth to Musquodoboit Harbour.............................................35 km Musquodoboit Harbour to Middle Musquodoboit.......................... 39 km Musquodoboit Harbour to Sheet Harbour......................................70 km Sheet Harbour to Sherbrooke...................................................... 80 km Sherbrooke to Canso................................................................. 135 km Canso to Guysborough...................................................................48 km Guysborough to Canso Causeway................................................ 52 km Mulgrave to Guysborough (route 344).......................................... 50 km Mulgrave to Canso Causeway........................................................ 8 km To make your stay as pleasant and as safe as possible, please keep these rules and regulations in mind: • The use of seatbelts and daytime running lights is compulsory. • Driving while under the influence of alcohol is against the law. • Nova Scotian law prohibits the use of a mobile phone or other device while operating a motor vehicle, unless it is with a hands-free device.

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• It is illegal to smoke in vehicles carrying youths under 19 years of age. • Child safety seats are required for children under 18 kg (40 lbs) and booster seats are required for children under age nine or less than 4’9” in height. • The use of a helmet is mandatory for cyclists and motorcyclists. • We welcome cyclists along the Eastern Shore. Share the road.

The Eastern Shore offers long stretches of peaceful coastline to explore. For peace of mind, be sure to check your fuel level versus your next gas station. Tips are generally not included in charges for food or other services. A tip of about 15% is typical for good service. The Eastern Shore is a motorcyclist’s haven. The serenity of the coast will leave you feeling relaxed and refreshed as you breathe in the fresh, salt-water breezes. For a more complete motorcycle adventure offering, you may purchase a motorcycle tour guide at several locations along the shore.

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Ferry Info The Country Harbour Ferry is a 12-car cable ferry named Stormont which connects Port Bickerton with Country Harbour. In summer, the ferry departs every 15 minutes. During the rest of the year, the ferry departs on the hour from the Country Harbour side and on the half hour from the Port Bickerton side. Signs are posted to notify travellers if the ferry is not running or you may phone 902-387-2200. There is a $7 toll (cash only—no debit service available on the ferry). This ferry is all part of the Eastern Shore experience, so feel free to get out of your car, stretch your legs, and talk to the crew during this short crossing. If you’ve missed the ferry, or prefer to drive, coming from Halifax, continue along Highway 7 until you reach Highway 348 at Melrose-Country Harbour Cross Roads (about 10 minutes). Turn right onto Highway 348 and continue for about 10 minutes until you reach Highway 316.


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Tips for Cycling the Eastern Shore want to stop in at any café or store you come across on your route as there may not be another one for a while. Be sure to pack plenty of water and snacks for your trip.

1. Check the weather then forget it Weather changes every five minutes in Nova Scotia so be prepared for everything. Got fog? Lucky you! There are many bonuses when cycling the coast, one of which is nature’s best kept beauty secret: the Fog Facial. It is a wonderful way to revitalize your skin.

3. Which way to the beach? Travelling west, every road on your left leads to a beach. Travelling east, every road on your right leads to a beach. Pack a suit and go cool off in the surf. Another added bonus of cycling the coast: a chilly sea salt soak will invigorate your tired legs after a long ride.

2. Living on the wild wild coast Relax! Enjoy the unhurried pace of the Eastern Shore and stop to chat with the locals: they’re super friendly. You will also

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Seawind Landing Country Inn Mussels Recipes courtesy of Seawind Landing Country Inn

The surprise combination of liquorice and salt makes this simple preparation a favourite of Seawind Landing guests.

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Ingredients: 1 lb fresh Nova Scotia mussels picked through, scrubbed and rinsed 1/2 onion, finely sliced 1 teaspoon chopped garlic Splash of white wine (sufficient to cover bottom of saucepan) 1.5 oz. pernod 1 cup whipping cream

In a large pot, combine wine, onion, and garlic. Add mussels. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to simmer for approx. five minutes until all shells open. Meanwhile, in a separate pot bring cream to a full rolling boil, add pernod. Boil five minutes until cream thickens slightly. Plate mussels, pour cream over mussels and enjoy. Serve with crusty bread as this is one dish where you don’t want to miss a drop!

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Pair a pint with your meal at The Henley House.

COME SEE US BREW COLD BEER TO GO The Henley House Pub & Restaurant 22478 Hwy 7 Sheet Harbour, NS 902-885-3335 meryl@henleyhouse.ca


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Our Proud Heritage. Your Incredible Adventure! West River Falls. Explore the lumber-related history of Sheet Harbour from the mid 19th to mid 20th centuries as well as local artworks, photography and carvings. Enjoy free Wi-Fi and public washrooms, open daily from June to mid September.

Hands-on History Program, Sherbrooke Village

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History buffs will find the Eastern Shore a fascinating destination rich in stories that make up this region’s past. A vast physical and cultural history is well-documented at our many museums, historical sites, and interpretive trails found in the area. And don’t forget to ask the locals. They are often the source of some of the best stories you’ll ever hear.

Memory Lane Heritage Village 5435 Clam Harbour Road, Lake Charlotte Rinso soap flakes, coaster brakes, party lines, baked beans and brown bread… all are part of this award-winning living history museum just a 50-minute drive from Halifax. Stroll back in time to the 1940s, when pink fridges and green washing machines were the height of modern convenience. Cuddle a kitten while sitting on the running board of a bright red 1948 International pick-up. Experience an era of transition, when oil lamps faded away to bare lightbulbs, and the Second World War changed rural life forever. MacPhee House Community Museum 22404 Highway 7, Sheet Harbrour 902-885-2092 This heritage building features a museum and visitor-information centre and the grounds include a boardwalk with views of

Sherbrooke Village 42 Main Street, Sherbrooke Located along the shores of the beautiful St. Mary’s River, historic Sherbrooke Village is a place frozen in time. With approximately 80 original buildings and over 25 of those open to the public, it depicts life in a typical Nova Scotian village from 1860 to pre-First World War. With costumed interpreters breathing life into the past, it’s a wonderful place to spend a day. Be sure to visit the woodturner shop, the blacksmith, and the ambrotype photography studio. Le Parc de Nos Ancêtres Highway 316, Larry’s River A unique historic park located across the road from l’Eglise St. Pierre and the cemetery where Acadian ancestors lie at rest. Ten large painted rocks, with artwork by local artists, individually feature chapters in the history of the Tor Bay Acadians, from their departure from France to their settlement along this bay. Accompanying bilingual interpretive panels explain each painting and chapter. The park is designed in an anchor formation symbolizing the resolve of the first settlers to anchor themselves to this local area. Canso Island National Historic Site 1465 Union Street, Canso Grassy Island National Historic Site in Canso offers a glimpse into the past with exhibits and an island walking tour covering 400 years of the fishing industry


in Nova Scotia. Start your tour at the Information Centre where you’ll find lifesized dioramas of 18th-century living and artifacts recovered from the island. A short, free ferry ride takes you to Grassy Island where you can follow a walking trail past the remnants of a stone fort and houses of the island’s most prominent residents. Learn about the trials and achievements of the hardy people who made this place their home. Out of the Fog Museum Highway 16, Half Island Cove (between Guysborough and Canso) Don’t let the size of this little museum fool you, for inside this volunteer-curated-andoperated museum lies a lot of heart. The Keepers of the Beacons Society maintain the museum. Its members are former lightkeepers and their families, fishermen, and others with ties to this once essential

occupation. In addition to the extensive collection of artifacts, expect to hear a few great stories.

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Old Courthouse Museum 106 Church Street, Guysborough Tells the story of the area’s marine, agricultural, and forestry-related history. It houses a large collection of tools and handcrafted artifacts from local black and Acadian settlements. The museum resides in the 173-year-old court house built in the British bulldog architectural style. Its commanding look and location reminded residents of the importance of law and order in the colonies. The museum is lovingly curated by the Guysborough Historical Society, whose staff will welcome you and assist with your exploration of the past. Pick up a guide to the Guysborough Historic Walking Tour to learn more about this beautiful seaside village.

Hidden Gems As you enjoy all that the Eastern Shore has to offer, we had to mention these unique, can’t-miss experiences. Giant hummingbird sculpture Cornerstone Park, 2 Elm Drive, Middle Musquodoboit Local self-taught artist and nature lover Roberta (Bobby) Annand (1920–2014) wanted Musquodoboit to have something in the community that would stand out—the biggest something. At age 92, she commissioned AtlantexCreativeWorks to create a giant hummingbird sculpture of her own design. In May 2013, her vision was realized with the unveiling of her ruby-throated hummingbird sculpture. Measuring almost three metres from its beak to the tip of its tail, the hummingbird is believed to be the largest outdoor hummingbird sculpture in North America.

Playground at Upper Musquodoboit 8747 Highway 224, Upper Musquodoboit Come play on Nova Scotia’s largest wooden playground. These giant old-school, castle-like structures are begging to be climbed and played on in this hidden gem. Kids and adults alike will enjoy the impressive wooden towers, wavy slides, and themed sections for imaginative play. 10099 Highway 7, Head of Jeddore These gardens on a south-facing hillside feature beautiful views over-looking the eastern arm at the head of Jeddore Harbour. About three acres of land, pathways, rock walls, and stairways lead visitors through a variety of formal, semi-formal, Japanese-style, and eclectic gardens. The gardens open the second week of May until the first week of September each year.

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Lawrencetown Beach

Dartmouth to Musquodoboit Harbour to Musquodoboit Valley While sinking your toes in the soft sand at the longest sandy beach in the province (Martinique), you’ll find it hard to believe you’re just a little over a 40-minute drive from the hustle and bustle of downtown Halifax. This section of the Eastern Shore boasts several other beautiful beaches as well, including Lawrencetown Beach, an international surfing destination. On this shore, enjoy as much or as little activity as you like. Hunt for beach treasures in the sand or search for the best waves out in the cool waters of the Atlantic. The adventure, or the relaxation, is yours to enjoy.

Fisherman’s Cove, Eastern Passage

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Venture onto Highway 357 and you’ll discover the Musquodoboit Valley. Enjoy a bit of live theatre or fine musical entertainment at the Bicentennial Theatre and be sure to take a selfie with the giant hummingbird sculpture, believed to be the largest in North America.


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Paul Dobbit from Dobbit Bakehouse

Paul Nicholl moved to the rugged Eastern Shore 15 years ago from the high-tech world of Ottawa. He and his partner run the region’s only Certified Organic Farm. Nova Bluewater Farm sits on a few precious arable acres of land overlooking the western edge of the 100 Wild Islands. Paul grew up outside North Sydney in Cape Breton so was happy to return to rural living. He obtained his Bachelor of Computer Science Degree from Acadia in 1982 and was hired immediately by BellNorthern Research in Ottawa. After 20 years with what became Nortel Networks Paul’s work had less appeal and the calling of the ocean began to tug at his heart strings. For the first few years in Nova Scotia, Paul commuted daily to Halifax to work at an outsourcing call centre in various management functions. One day a layoff notice came which launched the beginning of a new career. Paul had always had a passion for baking, especially breads. So he took the leap and went back to school, a little fearful of returning to a classroom with students that

could easily be his children. He enrolled in the Boulanger & Baking Arts program at the Nova Scotia Community College with the intention of opening his own bakery. He excelled in class and won the Most Promising Entrepreneur award from the college for that year. Within a few months of graduation, an old pizza parlour on Highway 7 in Musquodoboit Harbour was transformed into an artisan bakery using locally sourced and/or organic ingredients. In August 2008, Dobbit Bakehouse opened its door. Paul successfully transitioned from high-tech to low-tech. Dobbit Bakehouse offers a mix of traditional and European breads (Granny’s Brown Bread is the most popular), plus a selection of cookies, muffins, squares, pastries, and cupcakes. The selection also includes coffee, tea, and hot chocolate from Just Us Coffee Roasters. Recently, they added espresso to the menu as well. Paul values education. To that end, he offers Bread Baking classes to help those aspiring bakers at home feel confident they can make great bread too. He also frequently partners with the local high school and NSCC taking on students seeking work experience in the baking industry. Paul was one of the original vendors at the Musquodoboit Harbour Farmers’ Market when it first opened in June 2008. Since, Paul has chiselled out enough time to sit on the board of the market for several years. He has also been very involved in the Seaside Tourism and Business Association for the last number of years, particular for the annual Seaside Christmas event held in November each year. So stop in and say hi to Paul and the staff at the bakery with its open kitchen where you can see and smell what they’re making.

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Top Photo Opportunities (Dartmouth to Musquodoboit Harbour to Musquodoboit Valley) Tower at Hope for Wildlife rehabilitation facility 5909 Highway 207, Seaforth Not for the faint of heart: climb to the top of the tower located near the back of the property for a commanding view of beautiful Seaforth. Any photos taken from up here will have a dramatic aerial-view quality.

Gibraltar Rock and Musquodoboit River Hike up to Gibraltar Rock, a steep granite peak on the Musquodoboit Trailway system, and you’ll be rewarded with a fine view of the Musquodoboit River winding through the mosscovered gorge below.

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Giant Hummingbird Sculpture Cornerstone Park, 2 Elm Drive, Middle Musquodoboit Local self-taught artist and nature lover Roberta (Bobby) Annand (1920–2014) wanted Musquodoboit to have something in the community that would stand out—the biggest something. At age 92, she commissioned AtlantexCreativeWorks to create a giant hummingbird sculpture of her own design. In May 2013, her vision was realized with the unveiling of her ruby-throated hummingbird sculpture. Measuring almost three metres from its beak to the tip of its tail, the hummingbird is

believed to be the largest outdoor hummingbird sculpture in North America.

Cole Harbour Heritage Museum Cole Harbour Heritage Farm 471 Poplar Drive, Cole Harbour, (Route 207) 902-434-0222 / coleharbourfarmmuseum.ca This community museum, established on the site of an original 200-year-old family farm, is dedicated to preserving and interpreting Cole Harbour’s agricultural past, while developing understanding of plants, animals, and farming today. Enjoy the beautiful grounds and gardens (featured in Tourism Nova Scotia’s Garden Road Trip), meet the farm animals, explore historic buildings and collections, and stop by the charming tea room and gift shop. A member of Taste of Nova Scotia.

Souvenir Stops MacDonald House 4144 Lawrencetown Road, Lawrencetown 902-434-7985 Built in 1949, this historic house sits atop a dramatic cliff overlooking Stoney Beach to the west and Lawrencetown Beach to the east. Previously a private home, the house is now run by a non-profit volunteer-led community association. MacDonald House offers a great mixture of local businesses, including Kanon Beach Wind & Surf, The Heron’s Nest Tea Room, Fancy Lucky Seaside Shop, Mid-Century Maniac, and Open View Pre-School. House open year-round.


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4 Government Wharf Road, Eastern Passage 902-465-6093 / fishermanscove.ns.ca Explore a restored 200-year-old fishing village, walk the boardwalk, sample seafood, shop for souvenirs, and book a tour to go whale watching or deep-sea fishing.

Cole Harbour Heritage Farm 471 Poplar Drive, Cole Harbour, (Route 207) 902-434-0222 / coleharbourfarmmuseum.ca This community museum, established on the site of an original 200-year-old family farm, is dedicated to preserving and interpreting Cole Harbour’s agricultural past, while developing understanding of plants, animals, and farming today. Enjoy the beautiful grounds and gardens (featured in Tourism Nova Scotia’s Garden Road Trip), meet the farm animals, explore historic buildings and collections, and stop by the charming tea room and gift shop. A member of Taste of Nova Scotia.

Tin Roof Mercantile & Café 6321 Highway 7, Head of Chezzetcook 902-827-5313 / tinroof.ca This Eastern Shore favourite houses a plethora of gifts, quality clothing, and home-décor items. While browsing the extensive collection of charming products, you’re sure to be beckoned toward the back of the shop to the café.

Old Times, Old Friends Antiques & Collectables & Dolls 414 East Petpeswick Road, Musquodoboit Harbour 902-889-3125 Browse this collection of treasures on your way to Martinique Beach in Musquodoboit Harbour. Childhood items are the specialty (toys, games, dolls, and tea sets) but you are sure to find whatever items you’ve been searching for in this extensive collection. Open daily from June to mid-October and by chance or appointment during the rest of the year.

Hope for Wildlife 5909 Highway 207, Seaforth 902-407-9453 / hopeforwildlife.net Rehabilitation facility for injured and orphaned wildlife. Education centre, educational animals, and wildlife garden.

Acadian House Museum / L’Acadie de Chezzetcook 79 Hill Road, Highway 207, Grand Desert 902-827-5992 Experience Acadian life as lived in Grand Desert and Chezzetcook. This circa 1850 house offers local heritage displays. Special events take place year-round in La Grange (the re-created barn). Open July 1 to August 31, closed on Mondays.

Musquodoboit Harbour Farmers’ Market Eastern Shore Community Centre (“The Rink”) 67 Park Road, Musquodoboit Harbour 902-220-9114 / mhfarmersmarket.ca A vibrant community meeting place that connects the communities of the Eastern Shore. Range of vendors offering local meat and produce, homebaked treats, and handcrafted products. Open Sundays

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Musquodoboit Railway Museum and Visitor Information Centre 7895 Highway 7, Musquodobit Harbour 902-889-2689 novascotiatrailwayheritage.com Photos, maps, and artifacts (all housed in railway cars and the former Canadian National Railway station) tell the story of Nova Scotia’s railways. The building also houses a Visitor Information Centre and there is a picnic area outside. Free admission. Open June 1 to August 31.

Old School Art Gallery 7895 Highway 7, Musqodoboit Harbour 902-889-2735 / theoldschool.ca This art gallery and community gathering place has breathed new life into the former Musquodoboit Harbour Elementary School. Browse through the large collection of paintings by local artists before deciding on the perfect souvenir.

of Canadian William Gill’s stage art left in North America. Many top Canadian musicians, entertainers, and theatre troupes have graced this stage since its beginning in the early 1900s. Open year-round.

Moose River Gold Mines Museum 6990 Moose River Road, off Highway 224 902-384-2484 / musquodoboitvalley.ca This museum and the adjacent Provincial Park chronicle gold mining in the Moose River area. Browse photos, news clippings, and tapes of the first live on-the-scene radio broadcasts by reporter Frank Willis of the 1936 Moose River mining disaster. Mining equipment, rock and mineral samples, and artifacts on display. Open July 1 to August 31.

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Musquodoboit Valley Bicentennial Theatre and Cultural Centre 12390 Highway 224, Middle Musquodoboit 902-384-2819 / bicentennialtheatre.ca This location offers a 230-seat theatre with raked seating and raked stage and a hall for dances, meetings, and community events. The Theatre is home to the last remaining example

380 Caribou Road, Markland 902-860-3551 nova-scotia-icelanders.ednet.ns.ca/markland.htm MusquodoboitValleyTourismAssociation A memorial to Nova Scotia’s little-known Icelandic settlers. Walking trails, log cabin replica, and interpretive signage. Site tours arranged upon request.

Upper Musquodoboit Wooden Playground 8747 Highway 224, Upper Musquodoboit musquodoboitvalley.ca Nova Scotia’s largest wooden playground is made up of giant old-school, castle-like structures begging to be climbed and played on in this hidden gem of a playground. Kids and parents alike will be impressed with the wooden towers, wavy slides, and themed sections for imaginative play.

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10246 Highway 224, Middle Musquodoboit novascotia.ca/natureplayspace This outdoor play space helps kids of all ages explore, experience, and connect with nature, accomplishing what backyard woodlots did for kids in bygone days. Curl up in the bear den, perch in the hummingbird nest, brave the mud pit, climb a small hill or slide down the other side and do all sorts of other fun things.


Natural Resources Education Centre 12014 Highway 224, Middle Musquodoboit 902-384-3420 The Natural Resources Education offers curriculum-based educational programs for schools and groups at all age/grade levels with the goal of fostering a sense of stewardship and sustainable development of natural resources.

Dining (Dartmouth to Musquodoboit Harbour to Musquodoboit Valley) The Rose & Kettle Tea Room 471 Poplar Drive, Cole Harbour 902-434-0222 / coleharbourfarmmuseum.ca Located in the original farmhouse at the Cole Harbour Heritage Farm Museum, the tea room uses fresh ingredients straight from the farm museum gardens wherever possible and sources local products to create its menu. A member of Taste of Nova Scotia, the tea room recreates the farmhouse kitchen of old with nostalgic sights and smells, and features recipes passed down through Cole Harbour’s kitchens. The kettle is always on.

are available daily from April to December. The tea room also has an all-you-can-eat breakfast on the first Sunday in the month.

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Tin Roof Mercantile & Café 6321 Highway 7, Head of Chezzetcook 902-827-5313 / tinroof.ca This cozy café features a made-from-scratch lunch menu that includes an array of homemade soups, salads, quiches, and sandwiches on homemade bread as well as daily specials like Acadian tortière and hodge podge, depending on what ingredients are in-season.

Dobbit Bakehouse 7896 Highway 7, Musquodoboit Harbour 902-889-2919 facebook.com/Dobbit.Bakehouse Artisan bakery offering breads, muffins, cookies, pastries, pies, cakes, and hot drinks made with natural and certified organic ingredients. Indoor and outdoor seating. Free Wi-Fi. Open weekdays 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sundays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

6502 Highway 207, Grand Desert 902-827-1042 / roseandrooster.com Good - Local - Food This is the place for a great breakfast, lunch or special weekend brunch near Lawrencetown Beach. Lattes, espresso, and other specialty coffees and teas are served in this friendly café, along with local craft beer and wine. Rose & Rooster sources local, seasonal ingredients and makes everything in house. A great place to stop when biking the beautiful The Great Trail or taking the scenic route past the beautiful beaches along Highway 207. Daily soups, sandwiches, Maritime favourites, and house-baked sweet treats will all tempt you.

La Cuisine de Brigitte Highway 207, Grand Desert 902-827-3431 / acadiantearoom.com One of the buildings on the grounds of the Acadian House Museum is this tea room, which offers so much more than tea and crumpets. Hearty, homestyle meals, including soups, chowders, and salads, all made from scratch,

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Uprooted Market & Café

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7992 Highway 7, Musquodoboit Harbour 902-889-9189 / uprootedmarketcafe.ca Uprooted Market & Café is focused on improving the accessibility of locally grown and locally produced goods to residents and visitors to provide healthy, seasonal, and local food options.

River Oaks Golf Club 3909 Highway 357, Meagher’s Grant Road, Meagher’s Grant 902-384-2033 / riveroaksgolfclub.ca The clubhouse is known for great homemade meals and snacks. Accommodations and licensed restaurant on-site.

Reid’s Restaurant & Bakery 105 Elm Drive, Middle Musquodoboit 902-384-2424 This family-owned-and-operated restaurant offers hearty home-cooked meals in a casual setting. The aroma of fresh-baked bread, rolls, and sweet treats will tantalize your taste buds as you walk in the door. Dine-in or take-out. Open year-round.

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Coastal Waters Accommodations B&B 16 Emerald Drive RR#2, Three Fathom Harbour, Head of Chezzetcook 902-827-4223 / coastalwatersbnb.ca Lakeside retreat situated on Porter’s Lake. Couples, surfers, and family friendly. Two spacious guestrooms with ensuite baths plus a fully equipped one-bedroom apartment suite with full kitchen.

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Changing Tides B&B 6627 Highway 207, Grand Desert 902-827-5134 / changingtides.ca Two spacious rooms with four-piece ensuite baths overlooking Chezzetcook Inlet. Beautifully crafted modern home; full homestyle breakfast included.

The IN House Musical B&B and Gallery 5315 Highway 7, Porters Lake 902-827-2532 A beautiful country Victorian-style home. Tastefully decorated with your comfort in mind, and resting on a peaceful, semi-secluded property only 20 minutes from Dartmouth.

River Oaks Golf Club

Old Riverside Lodge B&B 98 Riverside Avenue, Musquodoboit Harbour 902-889-3464 / oldriversidelodgebnb.com Three modern and beautifully decorated guest rooms in a 150-year-old home with a large verandah overlooking the Musquodoboit River. Evening tea and gourmet breakfast included. Walking trails nearby.

River Oaks Country Lodge 3909 Meagher’s Grant Road, Meagher’s Grant 902-384-3033 / riveroaksgolfclub.ca Eight air-conditioned units (some with kitchenette), TV, pool. Breakfast and licensed dining at golf club.

Camping Porters Lake Provincial Park 1160 West Porter’s Lake Road 888-544-3434 / novascotiaparks.ca 80 overnight sites with open campground on large lake. Open May to October.

Dollar Lake Provincial Park Route 212, Wyse Corner 888-544-3434 / novascotiaparks.ca 119 sites. Wooded campground and picnic area with sandy beaches on the shores of a large lake.

Marinas (Dartmouth to Musquodoboit Harbour to Musquodoboit Valley) Petpeswick Yacht Club 434 East Petpeswick Road, Musquodoboit Harbour 902-889-2896 / petpeswickyachtclub.ca Short-term docking is subject to availability.


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Visit novascotiaparks.ca or novascotia.com for a complete list of provincial day-use parks and additional beach parks.

McCormacks Beach Provincial Park 1641 Shore Road, Eastern Passage Extensive boardwalk provides beautiful views of McNab’s, Lawlor’s, and Devil’s islands.

Lawrencetown Beach Provincial Park 4348 Lawrencetown Road, Route 207, Lawrencetown Sand and cobble beach with high Atlantic surf. Boardwalks, change houses, showers, canteen, trails. Supervised during the summer.

Conrad’s Beach End of Conrad Road, off Highway 207, Lawrencetown On hot days, Conrad’s is often less crowded than the more popular beaches. This is a true gem of a beach with gorgeous, golden sand. No services on-site but well worth a visit for the beauty and solitude.

Porters Lake Provincial Park 1160 West Porters Lake Road A large freshwater lake great for fishing, swimming, and boating. Camping sites are available.

Martinique Beach Provincial Park 2389 East Petpeswick Road, Musquodoboit Harbour A gorgeous 5-km white sand beach with open and wooded picnic areas behind the dunes. A great spot for beachcombing and watching migratory waterfowl. Supervised in summer.

Dollar Lake Provincial Park 5265 Old Guysborough Road, Route 212, Wyse Corner A large freshwater beach park with camping, canteen, picnicking, playground, trails. Supervised in summer.

Rainbow Haven Beach 2248 Highway, 322 Cow Bay Road, Cow Bay

Golf Courses (Dartmouth to Musquodoboit Harbour to Musquodoboit Valley) River Oaks Golf Club, Meagher’s Grant 902-384-2033 / 902-384-3033 riveroaksgolfclub.ca 18-hole, par 70 course plus smaller south 9-hole course.

Trails Salt Marsh and Shearwater Flyer Trails (various distances) From Shearwater to Cole Harbour to Lawrencetown, multi-use linked trails on former rail bed stretch 7 km inland and 6.5 km on a causeway through the Cole Harbour salt marsh.

The Great Trail—Atlantic View Trail (10 km) / thegreattrail.ca From Lawrencetown Beach, through woodland and salt marshes and across wooden bridges with stunning ocean vistas.

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(10 km) / thegreattrail.ca A popular section of The Great Trail that offers pretty views and connects Three Fathom Harbour to Porters Lake Provincial Park.

Crowbar Lake Hiking Trails, Porters Lake (18 km) / trails.gov.ns.ca Trailhead is located at 1800 Myra Road (9 km down). 18 km of backcountry trails with 2-to10-hour loops. Trails eventually lead to Dollar Lake Provincial Park. Spectacular scenery in a rugged setting.

The Great Trail—Acadian Marsh Trail, Chezzetcook (2.5 km) / thegreattrail.ca Abandoned rail bed that offers pretty views of the salt marsh in Chezzetcook.

The Great Trail—Musquodoboit Trailway (16 km) / thegreattrail.ca This section of The Great Trail offers picnic shelters and three backcountry look-offs from the main trail, each offering spectacular views.

Services Gas Stations Westphal Esso, 646 Main Street, Westphal Fast Fuel (Sobeys), 639 Highway 7, Westphal Ultramar Porters Lake, 5204 Highway 7, Porters Lake Needs Convenience & Gas (Shell), Highway 7, Porters Lake Harbour
Parker’s Esso, Highway 224, Middle Musquodoboit Grocery Stores Sobey’s Westphal, 612 Highway 7 Atlantic Superstore, Highway 7, Porters Lake Pharmacies Sobeys Westphal, 612 Highway 7 Forest Hill Drug Mart, 4 Peter Crt., Mineville Superstore Pharmacy, 5240 Highway 7, Porters Lake Lawton’s, 5228 Highway 7, Porters Lake Forest Hill Drug Mart, Highway 7, Musquodoboit Harbour Lawton’s, 8003 Highway 7, Musquodoboit Harbour Haverstock Pharmasave, Highway 224, Middle Musquodoboit Musquodoboit Valley Tourist Association: musquodoboitvalley.ca

“Step Into 1867”

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You’re always the right age to play dress-up!

Hands on Victorian activities, arts programs, learning camps & special events!

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Memory Lane Heritage Village

Head of Jeddore to Sheet Harbour to Liscomb This is a place where quaint fishing villages beckon from side roads, urging you to stop and breathe in the fresh salt air. Invigorating, isn’t it?

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As you meander along this section of the Eastern Shore, you’re sure to sense the history coming to life all around you. While several of the area’s museums focus their exhibits on the past, you’ll also find a sense of history in our very way of life. The oldfashioned pleasures are still valued here: community picnics, church suppers, fishing right off the wharf. And just because you’re visiting doesn’t mean you can’t take part. We’re certain you’ll be welcomed with open arms.


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Harbour Breezes DayLilies

Harbour Breezes’ owner Allan Banks grew up on a farm in Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley where his love of gardening began. He obtained a degree in music education in the southern U.S., then went to northern Canada to teach and also completed a M.Ed. at McGill University. He eventually moved back to Nova Scotia where his teaching focused on adult literacy education and where he became more involved with his other loves of choral singing and gardening. After buying a cottage in 1999 on Musquodoboit Harbour, he fell in love with Nova Scotia’s Eastern Shore and he and his partner Shane Doucette permanently moved to Salmon River Bridge in 2003. An avid gardener, by now Allan had discovered daylilies and knew that he wanted to start his own daylily business. He launched the business in 2006 and it’s been growing ever since! Luckily, after outgrowing the original one-acre property, Shane was able to purchase the neighbouring 2-acre property where the gardens have expanded monumentally. The hillside gardens at Harbour Breezes Daylilies now contain over 800 registered varieties of daylilies and daylilies that Allan has hybridized. Concurrently, Allan began growing and selling Japanese irises and

is now the largest seller of Japanese irises in Canada, growing well 100+ varieties. Daylilies and Japanese irises are sold on site or through harbourbreezes.ca and are shipped all across Canada. Starting at the roadside gift shop, the gardens meander up gravel pathways to higher and higher vistas with Jeddore Harbour providing a stunning backdrop. If you have four-wheel drive, you can also access the upper gardens using the service driveway. Hundreds of feet of rock walls encircle garden areas that include formal and informal gardens and Japanese style areas as well as sculptures and an eclectic mix of plants and garden features. Food crops make up part of the garden design and the harvest is sold through jams and jellies in the gift shop. Unique to Harbour Breezes is their popular daylily jelly and daylily syrup made from the flowers. Shane’s Christmas fruitcake became so popular they now sell it all year long! This summer Allan will be the keynote speaker for the Nova Scotia Daylily Society convention in Halifax, July 27 to 29. Visitors will be arriving from the northeastern seaboard of the U.S. and Central and Eastern Canada. Harbour Breezes will be one of the featured tour gardens.


(Musquodoboit Harbour to Sheet Harbour to Sherbrooke) Harbour Breezes Daylilies 10099 Highway 7, Head of Jeddore 902-889-3179 / harbourbreezes.ca This stop will be a delight for both photographers and gardeners. Zoom in and take a shot of one of the 100 species of rare Japanese irises or change your setting to “landscape” and capture a photo of beautiful Jeddore Harbour from a unique vantage point. The friendly owners offer guided tours of their well-cared-for hillside garden, which is in a state of constant expansion. They grow over 800 varieties of daylilies.

Memory Lane Heritage Village 5435 Clam Harbour Road, Lake Charlotte 902-845-1937 / heritagevillage.ca Many photographers have caught on to this museum village and for good reason. The 1940s setting is a fun backdrop for the vintage-style photography that is so popular today. Adorn yourself in vintage attire and pose in front of the shiny antique truck, strike a pose beside the old-fashioned gas pumps, or capture a candid shot of your children interacting with the sheep or kittens in front of the barn.

Sheet Harbour Falls 22404 Highway 7, Sheet Harbour As you enter Sheet Harbour you will see the beautiful view of the falls. Just beside the MacPhee House Museum you’ll find a trail leading down to the river with a footbridge and more of this breathtaking view.

Liscomb Falls, Liscomb Mills Highway 7 A nature lover’s paradise. Nestled along the Liscomb River are several breathtaking photo opportunities from the marina to the flowing river waters to the swinging bridge nestled among the many kilometres of hiking trails.

Shopping Black Sheep Folk Art Gallery

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1689 West Jeddore Road 902-889-5012 / blacksheepart.com Featuring folk art that is often inspired by lives led near the sea, this colourful gallery is well suited to its location in a converted 1,200- square-foot fish plant on the shore of Jeddore Harbour. The work of over 40 Nova Scotian folk artists, including Barry Colpitts and Maud Lewis, are featured, plus a selection of folk art from Ontario and Quebec. The views alone are well worth the drive down the winding West Jeddore Road.

Hosking General Store at Memory Lane Heritage Village 5435 Clam Harbour Road , Lake Charlotte 902-845-1937 / 877-287-0697 heritagevillage.ca Built in 1894, this year-round general store displays merchandise typical of the 1940s. The gift shop section stocks a variety of local art and crafts, antiques, and collectibles.

HardyWares Preserves hardywares.com / info@hardywares.com Small-batch traditional recipes for jams, jellies, pickles and relishes all made in Necum Teuch. Their products can be found at various stores, markets and events throughout the province, for the most up-to-date locations visit facebook.com/HardyWaresPreserves.

Tangier Lobster 172 Lawlors Point Road, Tangier 902-772-2130 / tangierlobster.com Tangier Lobster is a leading Canadian exporter of live lobster. Their commitment to quality is second to none in everything they do.

Attractions Harbour Breezes Daylilies 10099 Highway 7, Head of Jeddore 902-889-3179 / harbourbreezes.ca A gardener’s delight, this property offers guided tours of a hillside garden overlooking Jeddore Harbour. Garden features over 800 varieties of daylilies and 100 varieties of rare Japanese irises. Gift shop on site.

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58 Navy Pool Loop, Jeddore Oyster Pond 902-889-2053 fishermanslife.museum.gov.ns.ca Come in for a cup of tea and a warm welcome at this typical homestead of an inshore fisherman. You’ll hear stories about the land, the sea, and life from people on the Eastern Shore.

Memory Lane Heritage Village Highway 7, Lake Charlotte 5435 Clam Harbour Road 902-845-1937 / 877-287-0697 heritagevillage.ca Immerse yourself in the nostalgia of the 1940s as you stroll back in time to an authentically restored village where the automatic washer is a novelty and making a living from the land and sea a necessity. Experience an era of change, as rural Nova Scotia entered the modern world.

The Deanery Project 751 West Ship Harbour Road, 902-845-1888 / thedeaneryproject.com This beautiful oceanfront property provides a variety of learning, recreational, and research opportunities related to environmental sustainability, forestry, and rural living. Explore the trails, take in the waterfront, or attend a workshop on topics ranging from permaculture and maple tree tapping, to guitar building and straw bale construction. Visit the website for information on upcoming workshops and events.

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Barry Colpitts Folk Art 15359 Highway 7, East Ship Harbour 902-772-2090 / barrycolpitts.ca Chances are this house will stand out when you’re travelling through Ship Harbour. The artist’s home and outbuildings are adorned with his colourful folk art, inspired by his Eastern Shore setting. Colpitts is pleased to chat with visitors about his artistic process while they select a sea bird, a mermaid, or other sea creature to take home as a unique souvenir.

MacPhee House Community Museum 22404 Highway 7, Sheet Harbour 902-885-2092 This heritage building features a museum and visitor information centre and the grounds

include a boardwalk with views of West River Falls. Come discover the history of Sheet Harbour and its lumber-related industries through artifacts from the mid-19th to the mid-20th centuries, plus local artworks, photography, and carvings. Free Wi-Fi and public washrooms. Open daily from June to mid-September.

Sober Island Brewing Company Ltd. Sheet Harbour 902-719-9463 / soberislandbrewing.ca A small start-up, brimming with big ideas and hometown pride. You can find Sober Island ales in your favourite local eateries along the Eastern Shore. Their current home base is the Henley House Pub and Restaurant. Keep an eye out for their mobile craft beer truck at local events and farmers’ markets across the province.

Dining (Musquodoboit Harbour to Sheet Harbour to Sherbrooke) Salmon River Country Inn 9931 Highway 7, Head of Jeddore 902-889-2233 / salmonrivercountryinn.ca Full-service dining room offers a variety of Canadian and German cuisine, fresh local seafood, many gluten-free options available.

The Cookhouse at Memory Lane Heritage Village 5435 Clam Harbour Road, Lake Charlotte 902-845-1937 / 877-287-0697 heritagevillage.ca Cookhouse chow is served buffet style in the 60-seat replica of a 1940s cookhouse between 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. daily. All food is prepared on-site and features baked beans, soup, homemade brown bread, gingerbread, cookies, coffee, tea, and lemonade.

Webber’s Store 11470 Highway 7, Lake Charlotte 902-845-2800 facebook.com/webberstore Convenience store, café (serving all-day breakfast), giftware, fishing gear, hardware, and much more. Drop by on your travels to the Eastern Shore to pick up all of your travel essentials.


15643 Highway 7, East Ship Harbour 902-430-4559 / norse-cove.com facebook.com /norsecovestore info@norse-cove.com The perfect stop for coffee, homemade snacks and light homemade meals, convenience items, local artisanal offerings, campground bookings, and check-in. There is a small seating area (more in the summer) where you can relax, enjoy coffee, fresh food, and company or play a board game. You can’t miss the bright blue building, next to Highway 7.

The Henley House Pub & Restaurant 22478 Highway 7, Sheet Harbour 902-885-3335 / henleyhouse.ca Located in a 96-year-old former inn, the Henley House Pub & Restaurant is open for the season at the beginning of May. The pub features live music, local seafood, and a full-service bar. Opens at 12 p.m. Call ahead to make sure you don’t miss out on this Eastern Shore gem.

Fairwinds Motel & Restaurant 22522 Highway 7, Sheet Harbour 902-885-2502 fairwindsmotelsheetharbour.ca Casual licensed dining with harbour view.

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Accommodations For detailed information, pricing and help with reservations, visit novascotia.com.

Salmon River Country Inn Highway 7, Salmon River Bridge 902-889-2233 / salmonrivercountryinn.ca Seven comfortable guestrooms, all with private baths and gorgeous water views. Dining room onsite specializes in Canadian and German cuisine, with many gluten-free options. English and German spoken. Gluten-free bakery on the premises.

Webber’s Lake Charlotte Motel 11470 Highway 7 902-440-6731 / webbersmotel.com lakecharlottemotel@gmail.com Their accommodations are newly renovated and include eight air-conditioned guest units (single, double, twin) with a new four-piece bath, cable television, Smart TV, fridge, and wireless Internet access. Guest amenities include a general store, gift shop, and food court. All major credit cards accepted.

Paddler’s Retreat B&B 84 Mason’s Point Road, Tangier 902-772-2774 / coastaladventures.com Circa 1860 fisherman’s home offers four rooms with shared and private baths. Full breakfast included. Sea kayaking tours and rentals available.

22808 Highway, Sheet Harbour 902-885-3111 / facebook.com/ilporto Enjoy homemade food in a casual atmosphere. Try their Lobster Roll, Seafood Chowder, Fresh Salads and Soups, Panini Sandwiches and Pastas, and delicious homemade desserts.

Fairwinds Motel & Restaurant

The Riverside Dining Room at Liscombe Lodge Resort

Birchill Bed & Breakfast & Guesthouse

2884 Highway 7, Liscomb Mills 902-779-2307 / 800-665-6343 liscombelodge.ca Relaxed fine dining in the Riverside Dining Room, featuring fresh seafood, local produce, and Nova Scotia wines. Planked salmon is prepared the traditional way, slow-roasted outdoors.

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22522 Highway 7, Sheet Harbour 902-885-2502 fairwindsmotelsheetharbour.ca 10 air-conditioned units, TV, licensed dining room.

5254 Highway 7, Liscomb 902-779-2017 / birchillbb.com A beautiful and relaxing getaway with modern rooms, private baths, hot tub, and more.

Liscombe Lodge Resort & Conference Centre 2884 Highway 7, Liscomb Mills 902-779-2307 / 800-665-6343 liscombelodge.ca This Nova Scotia Signature Resort offers rustic chalets, spacious four-bedroom cottages,

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and luxury-lodge guestrooms with private balconies. Indoor and outdoor activities and fine dining.

Camping

E & F Webber Lakeside Park 738 Upper Lakeville Road 902-845-2340 / webberslakesideresort.com 33 sites. A family-owned and operated wooded campground on beautiful Lake Charlotte. Playground, marina, rec hall, organized weekend activities, pedal boats, canoe, and kayak rentals. Open mid-May to October.

Murphy’s Camping on the Ocean 308 Murphy’s Road, Murphy Cove 902-772-2700 / 800-565-0000 murphyscamping.ca 25 unserviced, 13 serviced, 4 rental units, Wi-Fi and laundry, situated on a peninsula overlooking the ocean. Marina, boat tours, and canoe rentals available.

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Spry Bay Campground and Cabins 19867 Highway 7, Spry Bay, Tangier 902-772-2554 / 866-229-8014 sprybaycampground@msn.com 43 overnight sites; 19 sites, 24 unserviced and two campers cabins. Open and wooded sites. Beautiful spacious tenting area. Showers, laundromat, firepits, wood, ice, payphone. Convenience store and pizza shop. Playground, above ground swimming pool, free Wi-Fi, communal campfires. Taylor Head Beach and walking trail nearby. Offers winter camping (call ahead to arrange).

51 Dewolfes Rd, Tangier 902-430-4559 / norse-cove.com Norse Cove Camping and Recreation is a smallfootprint campground on the ocean along the wild and beautiful Eastern Shore. Tents, pop-ups, Westfalia, and Boler styles are accommodated amongst the trees and next to the ocean. If you lack a tent, stay in one of the rustic Nordic huts. A central gathering area includes a full-service wash house, ocean-side rest areas, Wi-Fi and charging stations, and a small boat launch that’s less than one kilometre away from the 100 Wild Islands. For your check-in, travel information, snacks or supplies, visit Norse Cove Café and Supply adjacent to the campground.

East River Lodge Campground and Trailer Park 200 Pool Road, Sheet Harbour 902-885-2057 34 sites with adjacent boat launch, play area, indoor recreation, canteen.

Beaches and Parks Visit novascotiaparks.ca or novascotia.com for a complete list of provincial day-use parks and additional beach parks.

Clam Harbour Beach Provincial Park 158 Beach Road, Clam Harbour A long sandy beach and a picnic area in a field atop a bluff. Supervised on weekends only.

Taylor Head Provincial Park 20140 Highway 7, Spry Bay A beautiful picnic park with boardwalks to white sand beach and several backcountry hiking trails (2 km to 8 km) along the Mushaboom Harbour.

Spry Bay Provincial Park 19310 Highway 7, Spry Bay A small stopover roadside park overlooking Spry Bay.

Marie Joseph Provincial Park 1420 Highway 7, Marie Joseph A picturesque roadside picnic park overlooking the ocean. Clam Harbour Provincial Beach Park


Trails

Marinas For further marina information contact Harbour Authorities by visiting dfo-mpo.gc.ca.

Liscombe Lodge Marina 902-779-2307 / liscombelodge.ca Service dock, water, electric, fuel, washroom, showers. Resort facilities available to visiting boaters.

Sheet Harbour approximately N44.55.061 – W62.32.030

Tours and Guided Adventures Murphy’s Camping and Scenic Boat Tours 308 Murphy’s Road, Tangier 902-772-2700 / 800-565-0000 Murphyscamping.ca Welcome aboard the Ryan, a Cape Island-style wooden boat offering coastal island tours, fishing tours, sunset cruises, and an island drop-off service.

Coastal Adventures 84 Mason’s Point Road, Tangier 902-772-2774 / 877-404-2774 coastaladventures.com 34 years offering guided sea kayaking tours and coastal paddling excursions. Guided adventures available for every interest and skill level.

Oyster Pond (1.5 km) A short walk leads from the dam at Oyster Pond along an old loop highway to a war memorial.

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Taylor Head Provincial Park Trail (various distances) Off Highway 7 in Spry Bay, the park offers several backcountry hiking trails, ranging from 2 km to 8 km along Mushaboom Harbour and the end of the peninsula.

Liscomb River Trail System, Liscomb Mills (various distances) Over 20 km of trails, from 1 km to 9.5 km, the system features inland and coastal hiking, waterfalls, swinging bridge.

Services Gas Stations Ultramar, Highway 7, Head of Jeddore Wilson’s, Highway 7, Sheet Harbour Irving, Highway 7, Sheet Harbour Church Point Variety and Gas, Sheet Harbour Pharmacies Lawton’s, Highway 7, Sheet Harbour Grocery Stores Sobeys, Highway 7, Head of Jeddore Foodland, 22579 Main Street, Sheet Harbour

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Sherbrooke Village

Sherbrooke to Half Island Cove As you make your way into this section of the Eastern Shore, you’ll find Nova Scotia’s largest museum site at Sherbrooke Village. Dating back to 1860 through to the First World War, you’ll walk through a typical Nova Scotian village in those times and gain a unique sense of history. Stroll the Main Street where you’ll find dining experiences in a relaxed atmosphere. As you continue along the shore, you’ll want to stop and capture more memories of beautiful St. Mary’s River. Continue your journey by car, or a short ferry ride, where you’ll appreciate the natural wonders as you wind your way around the dips and bends in the road that give way to incredible coastal vistas. You may want to take along your rod because you’ll encounter several great fishing spots along the way. Plan to spend the night, enjoy the hospitality, and the view of a sunrise or a sunset along a hidden treasure of this shore.

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The Acadians of Tor Bay Don’t be alarmed if one of them appears, armed with enough genealogical and historical information to turn your short visit into a fullblown lecture series! The Acadians of the Tor Bay region have been working hard over the years to fill in the blanks left in the historical record during their turbulent history. The story set in stone is their story, and they are proud to share it with you if you have the time. Footbridge, Larry’s River Each August, Larry’s River plays host to a large festival commemorating a meeting between Highway 316 runs right through the middle Samuel de Champlain and Basque fisherman of Larry’s River. There in the heart of this little Captain Savalette, inventor of the dry fishery in Acadian village along the shore of Tor Bay, North America. On his voyage of discovery in your eye is drawn to a configuration of painted 1607, Champlain encountered Savalette and rocks and plaques. was warmly welcomed by the Captain who had It’s worth stopping to investigate because already made more than 40 trips to present-day here you’ll see in beautifully painted detail, Port Felix in search of cod. the story of the Acadian settlement, expulsion, As you continue your drive along Route 316, be and eventual return to establish vibrant sure to stop off at Port Felix for the commanding communities across Nova Scotia. You won’t view of Tor Bay and a tour of Place Savalette, built find a more colourful and succinct account of in 2017. The park is shaped like a boat, symbolic the last half millennium anywhere. of the legacy left by the Basque and the lifeline of For many tourists, a quick stop at Le the Acadians who settled here. Parc de Nos Ancestres is made even more Stick around long enough and you might even special by a visit with one of the locals be inducted into Le Ordre des Bonnes Temps, the from “The River.” They are likely to drop by first European social club formed in North America to answer any questions, avail you of the open to all. All in all, a little time spent avec des Acadian Resource Room, offer directions, Acadiens de la Région de Tor Baie is bound to and generally welcome you to the area. enhance your Eastern Shore experience.

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Top Photo Opportunities Souvenir Stops Sherbrooke Village Ambrotype Studio

Sherbrooke Village Company Store

42 Main Street, Sherbrooke 902-522-2400 Get outfitted in period costume (1860–1900) and have your photo taken at Canada’s only ambrotype photo studio. Ambrotype is one of the earliest forms of photography in which a positive image is created on a sheet of glass using the wet plate collodion process. This is the one time in your life where you will be asked not to smile for a photograph. Just like in 1860, you will be required to sit very still for 10 to 30 seconds, making a smile almost impossible to hold. The result will be a photo that is hard to distinguish from those actually taken back in the 1860s.

42 Main Street, Sherbrooke 888-743-7845 / 902-522-2400 museum.gov.ns.ca/sv The company store, now a traditional arts, crafts, and gift shop, sells handmade items produced in Sherbrooke Village, including woodturning products, pottery, blacksmith pieces, hand cream, and candles. The building was an original lumbber company store in Sherbrooke in the late 1860s.

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Place Savalette Highway 316, Port Felix Soak in the beautiful view of Tor Bay while standing in the footsteps of Basque Captain Savalette. Interpretative panels and paintings bring to life the amazing story of this Basque Captain who fished these waters many years ago and welcomed such notable visitors as Samuel de Champlain.

The Soap Company of Nova Scotia Ltd. (Studio & Shop) 2433 Highway 211, Port Hilford 844-522-2114 / 902-522-2114 soapnovascotia.com The Soap Company is in the business of helping others feel content naturally and simply, one handcrafted small-batch product at a time for your family, your pets, and your home.

Attractions (Sherbrooke to Half Island Cove) Goldenville Gold Mining Interpretive Centre 199 Goldenville Road, Goldenville On the site of what was once a working gold mine, this restored turn-of-the century church now houses a gold mining interpretive centre.


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Sherbrooke Village Provincial Museum 42 Main Street, Sherbrooke 902-522-2400 / 888-743-7845 sherbrookevillage.novascotia.ca facebook.com / sherbrookevillage Every day is a trip back in time as Nova Scotia’s 19th-century heritage is brought to life for visitors of all ages by costumed interpreters in 25 original heritage buildings including blacksmiths, potters, weavers and printers. Come back in time to the boom years when shipbuilding, lumbering, and gold mining dominated the local economy. Dress in period costume, or immerse yourself even further by taking on one of a variety of characters available for the day. Our activities, learning camps, weekly concerts, and schedule of special events make it easy to get your hands-on history all summer long! Open June 9 to September 22 from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., with extended offers from Victoria Day to Thanksgiving. Visit us 45 minutes south of Antigonish at exit 32, on Highway 7.

St. Mary’s River Association Salmon Museum 8404 Highway 7, Sherbrooke 902-522-2099 / stmarysriverassociation.com The centre features displays of fishing exhibits from the St. Mary’s River. Learn about the lifecycle of an Atlantic salmon and enjoy exhibits on local wildlife.

Baird’s Tradesmen Museum 12453 Highway 7, Aspen 902-833-2219 A wonderful collection of antique tools from many now forgotten trades such as cooper, cobbler, leatherworker, farrier, blacksmith, wood working, wheelwright, wood turner, plumber, machinist, type setter, and more. Also items from local industries such as retail, mining, farming, and forestry. Open July 1 to October 1.

SeaWind Landing Country Inn, Charlos Cove

Port Bickerton Lighthouse Interpretive Centre Marine Drive Route 211 902-364-2007 / portbickertonlighthouse.ca This restored lighthouse is accessible by car from the Village of Port Bickerton and displays story boards, pictures, and directories on all of Nova Scotia’s remaining lighthouses. Operated by the Port Bickerton and Area Planning Association. Open from mid-June to mid-September.

Port Bickerton Artist in Residency Port Bickerton Lighthouse, 630 Lighthouse Road, Port Bickerton 902-364-2007 / portbickertonlighthouse.ca facebook.com /Port-Bickerton-Lighthouse

Goldboro Interpretative Centre 12881 Highway 316, Goldboro The centre provides a welcoming comfort and a feeling of community spirit. You can learn about the local area, past (fishing, forestry, mining and ship building) and present. The centre also sells refreshments for those traveling through the area.

Parc de nos Ancêtres Larry’s River, Highway 316 A peaceful, historic park that features a series of large stones, all painted by a talented local artist, and placed in the shape of an anchor. The accompanying interpretive panels help tell the story of Acadian history in Nova Scotia and how the villages of the Tor Bay region came to be settled.

Dining (Sherbrooke to Half Island Cove) Beanie’s Bistro 27 Main Street, Sherbrooke 902-522-2044 / facebook.com/BeaniesBistro Fresh healthy food with a little love on every plate. Organic fair-trade coffee with Italian espresso machine.

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House of Jade Restaurant & Lounge

SeaWind Landing Country Inn

8164 Main Street, Sherbrooke 902-522-2731 / goo.gl/v6lpjT Chinese and Canadian dishes. Fresh seafood. Fully licensed. Daily specials.

159 Wharf Road, Highway 316, Charlos Cove 902-525-2108 / 800-563-4667 seawindlanding.ca Thirteen oceanfront rooms. Spectacular 20-acre oceanfront setting with breathtaking views, secluded beaches, coastal walking trails. Seaside country gourmet dining (breakfast and dinner open to public). Sheltered motorcycle parking. A gift shop featuring local arts and crafts. Open yearround (October 15 to May 31, call ahead).

What Cheer Tea Room Sherbrooke Village 902-522-2423 Tea room providing light meals for visitors, just as it did when the McDaniel family operated the hotel from the 1860s until 1918.

Jordan’s Lakeside Restaurant 1962 Highway 211, Indian Harbour Lake 902-522-2385 / goo.gl/3Y617E Home cooked delicious seafood, chowders, and more with a lake view.

SeaWind Landing Country Inn 159 Wharf Road, Charlos Cove 902-525-2108 / 800-563-4667 seawindlanding.ca Oceanfront dining room providing country gourmet dining. Licensed. Breakfast served from 7:30 to 10 a.m.; dinner from 6 to 9 p.m. Reservations recommended. Open year-round (October 1 to May 31, call ahead).

Accommodations

For detailed information, pricing, and help with reservations, novascotia.com.

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Camping

Nimrod’s Campground 159 Highway 211, Stillwater 902-522-2441 / nimrodscampground.ca Sixty sites, 52 with water and electric, Wi-Fi, canteen, swimming, and playground. Canoe rentals and rec hall, washer toss, darts, dump station, hiking trails.

Salsman Provincial Park Highway 316, Country Harbour 888-544-3434 / novascotiaparks.ca A picnic park with a view of the harbour. The facility has a boat launch and can accommodate tents and RVs for overnight guests. Great area for swimming.

Beaches and Parks Visit novascotiaparks.ca or novascotia.com for a complete list of provincial day-use parks and additional beach parks.

7975 Highway 7, Sherbrooke 902-522-2228 / 866-522-3818 sherbrookevillageinn.ca Fourteen comfortable guest rooms with private baths, efficiency units, and housekeeping chalets.

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Daysago B&B

13575 Highway 7, Lochiel Lake Quiet picnic park under mixed-wood trees. Lake is suitable for boating and swimming.

15 Cameron Road, Sherbrooke 902-522-2811 / 902-328-7600 bbcanada.com/daysago Three guest rooms. Relax in the sun porch with view of St. Mary’s River. A quiet setting overlooking Historic Sherbrooke. Check-in 5 p.m. or earlier by request.

Lonely Rock Seaside Bungalows 150 New Harbour Road, New Harbour 902-387-2668 / 866-248-1877 lonelyrock.com Six fully equipped cottages nestled in a wooded area overlooking a sandy beach with firepit, playground, and ocean views.

8407 Highway 7, Sherbrooke Small picnic park on the banks of the St. Mary’s River.

Lochiel Lake Provincial Park

Salsman Provincial Park 15641 Highway 316, Country Harbour Picnic park with a view of the Harbour. The facility has a boat launch and can accommodate tents and RVs for overnight guests.

Port Bickerton Beach Park Route 211, 640 Lighthouse Road A naturalist’s paradise, this beach is a quiet one that stretches along 3.7 km of maintained trails with interpretive panels describing the local flora.


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8152 Highway 7, Sherbrooke 902-522-2881 facebook.com/SherbrookeGarageLtd Service station, 24-hour emergency towing.

Bud’s Kwikway & Wilson’s 8208 Highway 7, Sherbrooke 902-522-2325 facebook.com/budskwiway Full service gas station, convenience store, fast food, laundromat, propane.

Tor Bay Beach Provincial Park 650 Highway 316, Tor Bay Picturesque picnic area on a rocky point looks out to the open Atlantic. Sand beaches, boardwalk, interpretive displays.

Marinas For further marina information contact Harbour Authorities by visiting dfo-mpo.gc.ca.

St. Mary’s Boat Club Located behind Sherbrooke Village Museum. Floating dock, four berths for small boats, launch way, no services. For more information phone Don Dunbar at 902-522-2572.

Trails Port Bickerton Lighthouse Beach Park and Trail (various distances) Off Route 211, a boardwalk meanders through flora to a sandy beach. A great family trail, it features a lighthouse museum.

United Empire Loyalist Trail (2.2 km) On Highway 316 in Stormont, the trail was established to acknowledge the Loyalists who settled in the area. You’ll find listings of people who were granted land, the names of the various plants and trees and distance markers.

Old Queensport Road Radar Base Trail The trail head is near Cole Harbour. This old road leads to the remains of a Second World War airforce radar base, huge glacial erratics (rocks left from the last ice age), and on a clear day, a spectacular view.

Municipality of the District of St. Mary’s Kayak Rentals joshua.hilton@saint-marys.ca Contact Josh Hilton at the Municipality of District of St. Mary’s Recreation Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. or by email.

Shopper’s Drug Mart 14 Main Street, Sherbrooke 902-522-2010 shoppersdrugmart.ca/en/store-locator/ store/159 Pharmacist available Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., front store only, Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tonya Edwards, pharmacist, certified diabetes educator.

Sherbrooke Village Clover Farm 3 Main Street, Sherbrooke 902-522-2999 Full-service grocery store with fresh produce and meats, milk, frozen foods, and much more. Open daily.

Rhynolds Gas Bar & Convenience Store 15048 Highway 316, Stormont 902-328-2496 Open Monday to Saturday 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Whitney’s Corner Store 4955 Highway 211, Port Bickerton 902-364-2017/ goo.gl/dFmbTt Convenience, takeout, groceries, wine, beer, and spirits. Monday to Saturday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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Canso Waterfront

Canso to Guysborough to Mulgrave Your appreciation for the natural wonders of the world will increase by leaps and bounds as you wind your way around the dips and bends in the road that give way to incredible coastal vistas. This is Chedabucto Bay, one of the province’s best- kept secrets. Your prize at the end of this beautiful drive is the hospitality that awaits you in the charming village of Guysborough. Lining the colourful waterfront on Wednesday nights during the summer months you’ll enjoy a weekly ceilidh that features the talents of several young musicians and dancers.

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The community pride swells along this section of the Eastern Shore. Take in an annual festival or experience one of the many outdoor events. Community pride is evident in the preservation of the area’s history that can be found in community-run museums like the Scotia Ferry II Museum in Mulgrave by taking Route 344. As you travel from Guysborough to Canso you will enjoy breathtaking views and stunning sunsets and you’ll realize this was a truly beautiful way to end your tour of the mainland before crossing the Canso Causeway.


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The Mulgrave Heritage Centre Volunteers

Mulgrave Heritage Centre

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replicate the Scotia II ferry that was an important rail transportation link between mainland Nova Scotia and Cape Breton Island, and then onto Newfoundland and Labrador. To celebrate Canada’s 150th a mural was erected entitled Mulgrave’s Golden Age—The Railway Era from 1880–1955. Located in the parking lot it encourages visitors to come by and see all of the history depicted at one location. The heritage is presented in four Scotia Ferry Look-Off themes: railway, fishing, military, and the Black Loyalists settlers. The centre also has The Mulgrave Heritage Centre is managed by a genealogical research component that is a dedicated group of volunteers who focus on complimented by the heritage of the people preserving and presenting the rich history of and events that shape Mulgrave. Mulgrave and the surrounding area. The centre is open in summer and you can The committee raises funds throughout arrange access at other times by contacting the year to maintain the visitor information the committee members. The volunteers centre, the Scotia Ferry museum, a kitchen, shape this community and provide a legacy to and a small gift shop. Local tradespeople the community’s heritage for generations to constructed the centre to symbolically appreciate for many years. visitguysborough.ca/ mulgrave-heritage-centre-and-vic


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Top Photo Opportunities Prince Henry Sinclair Monument and Park Halfway Cove This monument commemorates the landing of the Prince Henry Sinclair Expedition. The monument is in a scenic picnic area with interpretive panels and offers a panorama of Chedabucto Bay.

Boylston Provincial Park Highway 16, Boylston Picnic area on Guysborough Harbour, with a short bridge to a small offshore island.

Scotia Ferry Look-off Mulgrave A perfect location to view the routes that boats used to travel on the Strait of Canso. The lookoff features a walking path with benches and documented history along the path.

Souvenir Stops Days Gone By Bakery, Restaurant, Antiques & Gifts 143 Main Street, Guysborough 902-533-2762 / daysgoneby.ca Fresh-baked breads, rolls, muffins, and sweets available in the 1950s-themed bakery. A variety of indoor and outdoor décor items, children’s toys, and specially selected antiques grace the shelves of the store.

Foggy Fiddler Gift Shop

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On the site of Stan Rogers Folk Festival, Canso Open all summer and winter from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Patrons may browse through the festival merchandise for clothing items for the whole family. The gift shop also carries pewter jewelry, a variety of silver earrings as well as blown-glass earrings. Local artisans often bring in their product from knitted socks and sweaters to crocheted blankets. Also carries a wide variety of CDs from festival artists.

Mulgrave Heritage Centre 54 Loggie Street, Mulgrave 902-747-2788 Stop in for an ice cream while browsing the centre.

Grassy Islands National Historic Site, Canso

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Canso Islands National Historic Site 1465 Union Street, Canso 902-295-2069 / 902-366-3136 (in summer) pc.gc.ca/lhn-nhs/ns/canso/index.aspx Take a short boat trip to Grassy Island, a once-thriving community of fishermen and merchants. The site commemorates the significant role the fishery played in international commerce since the early 1700s. Visit the ruins of 18th-century fortifications and then explore the interpretive trail system.

Whitman House Museum & Visitor Information Centre 1297 Union Street, Canso 902-366-2170 visitguysborough.ca/whitman-house-museum Whitman House illustrates the history of Canso Town and eastern Guysborough County, with exhibits from Canso Harbour. Enjoy a bird’s eye view of the town from the rooftop widow’s walk. Displays include panoramas of Canso by folk artist Mel Schrader, period furniture, photographs, and other memorabilia.

Out of the Fog Lighthouse Museum 43 Greencorn Road, Highway 316, Half Island Cove 902-358-2108 / 902-358-2290 (off season) outofthefog.ca Exhibits showcase the lightkeeper’s way of life and demonstrate the operations of the light station, which for centuries guided fishermen to safety.


Queensport Lighthouse Rook Island, Queensport The lighthouse’s crisp white clapboard and red tower offers a cheerful beacon to vessels passing tiny Rook Island in Chedabucto Bay. Read about its keepers on interpretive panels in a nearby park overlooking the lighthouse. Built in 1936, this lighthouse is an example of the evolution in the design of traditional lighthouses.

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Old Court House Museum

Mulgrave Heritage Centre and Visitor Information Centre 54 Loggie St., Mulgrave 902-747-2788 Located at McNairs Cove the Mulgrave Heritage Centre is housed in a structure modelled after the Scotia II train ferry that transported rail cars and passengers from Mulgrave to Cape Breton Island. The museum features artifacts and photos from local fish companies and Mulgrave’s time as a Canadian National Railway boom town, plus memorabilia from both world wars. The history of the Black Loyalists, military displays, an archival and genealogy section, and information about the building of the Canso Causeway are also available.

Dining Big G’s Pizza & Restaurant 111 Main Street, Guysborough 902-533-1886 / biggspizza.ca Big G’s Pizza serves affordable meals with fast and friendly service. Staff take pride in providing the highest-quality ingredients and their handmade dishes speak for themselves.

Robins Donuts 10016 Nova Scotia Trunk 16 902-533-2993 Eat-in or take-out/drive-thru. Coffee, ice cappuccino, all day breakfast options, homemade baked goods including donuts and muffins.

Days Gone By Bakery & Restaurant, Guysborough

Days Gone By Bakery & Restaurant 143 Main Street, Guysborough 902-533-2762 / daysgoneby.ca Licensed restaurant serving all-day breakfast, lunch, and dinner, all made from scratch. Gift and antique shop.

Harbour View Bakery/Café 1315 Union Street, Canso 902-366-2180 Harbour View Bakery. An eating establishment where you can come and sit down and have a cup of tea or coffee and piece of pie or other sweet treats. Soups, sandwhiches, wraps, fish and chips, burgers, and much more.

Accommodations For detailed information, pricing, and help with reservations, visit novascotia.com.

Pepperlane Manor B&B 22 Court Street, Guysborough 902-533-1884 / pepperlane.ca A four-star B&B located in the heart of the village. Spectacular waterfront views, outdoor sitting areas, fire pit access, and full gourmet breakfast.

Camping

Boylston Provincial Park 11087 Highway 16, Boylston 35 overnight sites (unserviced), with a picnic area, interpretive display, and a stocked lake provides fishing opportunities. Wi-Fi available at the administration building only and the surrounding area. Park amenities include vault toilets, disposal station, fire grills, and wood. Leashed pets are permitted.

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106 Church Street, Guysborough 902-533-4008 guysboroughhistoricalsociety.ca In the heart of Guysborough at the head of Chedabucto Bay. Constructed in 1842 to 43, the museum has been preserved and restored by the Guysborough Historical Society. For those tracing their ancestry, it offers a large selection of books and reference materials, including numerous complete and incomplete genealogies for use within the museum.


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Seabreeze Campground and Cottages

Chapel Gully Trail, Canso (10 km)

230 Fox Island Road, Canso 902-366-2352 50 open and wooded sites for tents or RVs, on a 7.2-hectare property overlooking Chedabucto Bay. Swimming, boating, recreation opportunities. Four fully equipped housekeeping cottages also available.

A short loop around a saltwater estuary leads via a bridge to a full two-hour hike along shoreline and woodland.

Beaches and Parks

Visit novascotiaparks.ca or novascotia.com for a complete list of provincial day-use parks and additional beach parks.

Black Duck Provincial Park 1409 Little Dover Road, Little Dover A boardwalk leads to a beautiful sandy beach park and shoreline hiking trail.

Queensport Beach 5420 Route 16, Queensport A small sand and cobble beach overlooking historic Queensport Lighthouse. Interpretive display, picnic tables.

A boardwalk leads to a beautiful sandy beach park and shoreline hiking trail.

Grassy Island Trail, Canso (1 km loop) At the Interpretive Centre, visitors will see photographic and video displays, models, and 18th-century artifacts.

Guysborough Waterfront Trail (2 to 3 km return) Leave your vehicle at the Old Courthouse Museum and walk along the sidewalk towards the water. You may see cormorants and other forms of waterfowl.

The Great Trail—Guysborough Nature Trail (50 km)

11131 Highway 16, Boylston Picnic area on Guysborough Harbour, with a short bridge to a small offshore island.

The first section of The Great Trail to open in Nova Scotia, it extends from Guysborough to Country Harbour, offering spectacular views of wilderness, a suspension bridge, and waterfalls.

Port Shoreham Beach Provincial Park

Queensport Road Trail (9 km one-way)

Boylston Provincial Park

1720 Highway 344, Port Shoreham A sand beach with picnic tables and change houses.

Marinas Cape Canso Marina 902-366-2937 Short-term docking is subject to availability.

Guysborough Marina 902-533-2052 Book ahead to reserve a slip. Fuel, water, power, washrooms, showers. Within walking distance of stores and restaurants. 2018 Eastern Shore Guide

Black Duck Cove Provincial Park, Little Dover (3.5 km)

Venus Cove Marina 902-631-2745

Trails For detailed trail descriptions, directions, and maps, visit trails.gov.ns.ca. For snowmobile trails visit snowmobilersns.com.

Through forests of spruce and fir, one notices large boulders thrown to the side, some wedged amongst the trees, while a brilliant green carpet of moss creates a velvety open floor.

Services Gas Stations

Cook’s Gas Bar and Café 10016 Highway 16, Guysborough 902-533-2993 Open daily 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Hanham’s Garage, Half Island Cove Canso Garage, Canso Pharmacies Guysborough Pharmachoice, Guysborough Canso Pharmacy, Canso Grocery Stores Your Independent Grocer, Guysborough Canso Coop, Canso


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Forest Festival

JANUARY TO APRIL March 31 Roast Beef Dinner at the Samuel R. Balcom Centre Musquodoboit Harbour

April 28 Roast Beef Dinner at the Samuel R. Balcom Centre Port Dufferin

April to November (excluding July and October) Last Friday Coffee House at Old School Gathering Place Musquodoboit Harbour

May to December Musquodoboit Harbour Farmers Market (Every Sunday) Musquodoboit Harbour May 4 to 5 Eastern Shore Players Dinner Theatre at Memory Lane Heritage Village Lake Charlotte May 5 Lobster Palooza and Eastern Lobster Run Guysborough

May 12 Annual V-Day On the Shore Performance & Art at Old School Gathering Place Musquodoboit Harbour

May 13 Mother’s Day Brunch and Dinner Specials at Salmon River Country Inn Head of Jeddore

May 12 Migration Bird Count at Taylor Head Provincial Park Spry Bay

May 19 Lobster Dinner at the Samuel R. Balcom Centre Port Dufferin

May 13 Mother’s Day Tea at the Cole Harbour Heritage Farm Museum Cole Harbour

May 26 to October Art Gallery “The World is a Garden” open at the Old School Gathering Place Musquodoboit Harbour

May 13 Highway 7 Road Clean Up at Taylor Head Provincial Park Spry Bay

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JUNE June 2 Eastern Shore Search & Rescue Annual Fishing Derby Sheet Harbour June 2 to 3 5th Annual Cold Waters Seafood Festival at Memory Lane Heritage Village Lake Charlotte June 3 Tidal Trail Run Cole Harbour June 9 Adopt-a-Pumpkin at Sherbrooke Village and Story Time in Sherbrooke Sherbrooke June 9 4th Annual Viking Dinner at Salmon River Country Inn Head of Jeddore June 9 to September 22 Sherbrooke Village Season 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily Sherbrooke

June 10 Sherbrooke Village Salutes Seniors Sherbrooke

June 17 Father’s Day at Sherbrooke Village Sherbrooke

June 10 Heart of the Community Art Exhibit Opening at Old School Gathering Place Musquodoboit Harbour

June 17 Father’s Day Specials at Salmon River Country Inn Head of Jeffore

June 16 Rhubarb Rhapsody at Cole Harbour Heritage Farm Museum Cole Harbour June 16 Bird Songs Hike at Taylor Head Provincial Park Spry Bay June 17 18th Annual Father’s Day Antique Car Show at Memory Lane Heritage Village Lake Charlotte

June 23 Wildflower Walk at Taylor Head Provincial Park Spry Bay June 24 Abrahams Lake Bird Walk: Meet at MacPhee House and VIC Sheet Harbour June 24 MEC Halifax Race Salt Marsh Trail Cole Harbour June 29 to July 1 Official Opening of the Chedabucto Lifestyle Complex Guysborough

JULY Every Saturday in July and August Guysborough Farmers’ Market at Jost Building Guysborough Waterfront

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Every Wednesday during summer Waterfront Wednesdays Live Entertainment at Jost Building Guysborough Waterfront July 1 Dominion Day Old Time Village Fair at Memory Lane Heritage Village Lake Charlotte July 1 Canada Day at Sherbrooke Village Sherbrooke

July 1 Canada Day Celebrations Guysborough July 1 Canada Day Family Fun Day Port Dufferin July 5 to August 16 Thursday Night Sherbrooke Village Courthouse Concert Series Sherbrooke July 7 Getting started in bird watching at Taylor Head Provincial Park Spry Bay July 7 Passport Dinner: Isreal at Salmon River Country Inn Head of Jeddore

July 7 Temperance Tantrum Tour Theatre at Sherbrooke Village Sherbrooke July 9 to 12 Sherbrooke Village Photography Camp Sherbrooke July 13 to 22 Scotia Days Festival Mulgrave July 14 Strawberry Social at Cole Harbour Heritage Farm Museum Cole Harbour


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JULY July 14 Petals and Paint Flower & Art Show at Old School Gathering Place Musquodoboit Harbour July 14 to 15 St. Mary’s River Days at Sherbrooke Village Sherbrooke July 14 Sherlock Holmes Theatre Performance at St. James Presbyterian Church Sherbrooke July 14 to 15 Women’s Heritage Celebration at Memory Lane Heritage Village Lake Charlotte

July 15 Women’s Heritage Celebration Church Service and Tea at Memory Lane Heritage Village Lake Charlotte July 20 to 21 Trunk 7 Music Festival at the Eastern Shore Community Centre Musquodoboit Harbour July 21 to 29 Guysborough Come Home Week Guysborough July 22 Natural History Walk: Wildflowers, Wildlife and Geology at Taylor Head Provincial Park Spry Bay

July 23 to 26 Sherbrooke Village Road to Stanfest Songwriters Camp Sherbrooke July 26 Sherbrooke Village Road to Stanfest Grand Finale Concert Sherbrooke July 26 to 29 Stan Rogers Folk Festival Canso July 28 Temperance Tantrum Tour Theatre at Sherbrooke Village Sherbrooke July 28 to 29 Moser River Days Moser River

August 4 Sherbrooke Village Sporting Day of Horse and Carriage Driving Sherbrooke

August 4 NS Bird Society Mid-Summer Bird watching Walk at Taylor Head Provincial Park Spry Bay

August 4 Mushaboom Mackeral Derby Mushaboom

August 6 to 9 Youth Music Summit/Band Camp at Sherbrooke Village Sherbrooke

August 6 to 12 Eastern Passage/Cow Bay Summer Carnival Eastern Passage/Cow Bay August 8 to 11 Sheet Harbour Lions Club Seaside Festival Sheet Harbour

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AUGUST August 9 to 12 Festival Savalette Larry’s River August 9 to 12 Harbourview Days New Harbour August 11 15th Annual Atlantic Canada Harmonica Festival at Memory Lane Heritage Village Lake Charlotte August 11 Temperance Tantrum Tour Theatre at Sherbrooke Village Sherbrooke August 12 Clam Harbour Beach Sandcastle Competition Clam Harbour Beach August 12 to 19 Canso Regatta Canso August 15 to 18 Halifax County Exhibition Middle Musquodoboit

August 18 Seacoast Trail Arts Exhibit and Sale Sheet Harbour

August 25 Temperance Tantrum Tour Theatre at Sherbrooke Village Sherbrooke

August 18 Arsenic and Old Lace Live Theatre at St. James Presbyterian Church Sherbrooke

August 25 Feast! A Cole Harbour Long Table Dinner at Cole Harbour Heritage Farm Museum Cole Harbour

August 24 to September 14 Friday Night Sherbrooke Village Courthouse Concert Series Sherbrooke

August 25 Night-Walk: After dark sights and sounds at Taylor Head Provincial Park Spry Bay

August 24 Sherbrooke Village Rally that Gives Kick Off Concert with Dave Carroll Sherbrooke August 25 Sherbrooke Village Rally that Gives Motorcycle Rally Sherbrooke

August 26 Hope for Wildlife Annual Open House Seaforth August 28 to 31 Sherbrooke Village Painting Camp Sherbrooke

SEPTEMBER September 7 Sherbrooke Village Annual Show and Shine Kick Off Concert Sherbrooke

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September 8 to 9 Sherbrooke Village 24th Annual Show and Shine Sherbrooke September 8 Lost Shores Gran Fondo Guysborough September 9 Sherbrooke Village Historic Wardrobe Department Open House Sherbrooke

September 13 to 16 Writer’s Camp at Sherbrooke Village Sherbrooke September 15 Musique Royale Concert and Heritage Dinner at Memory Lane Heritage Village Lake Charlotte September 22 Sherbrooke Village Pumpkin Harvest Sherbrooke September 22 Cruzzin’ Friends Antique Car Show and Shine at Webber’s Store and Motel Lake Charlotte

September 22 Birdwatching: Early Fall Migrants at Taylor Head Provincial Park Spry Bay September 23 MEC Halifax Race Musquodoboit Trail System Muquodoboit Harbour/ Meagher’s Grant September 30 Follow the Yellow Balloons Creative Event Tour Lawrencetown to Sheet Harbour


OCTOBER October TBA Magical, Mysterious, Mushrooms with Scott Cunningham at Taylor Head Provincial Park Spry Bay October 7 Rally in the Valley Middle Musquodoboit

October 13 Nova Scotia Forest Festival at Memory Lane Heritage Village Lake Charlotte October 13 Oktoberfest at Salmon River Country Inn Head of Jeddore

October 13 to 14 Harvest Weekend at Cole Harbour Heritage Farm Museum Cole Harbour

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October 27 Roast Beef Dinner at the Samuel R. Balcom Centre Port Dufferin

NOVEMBER November 3 Late Season Guided Hike at Taylor Head Provincial Park Spry Bay November 3 2nd Annual Mongolian Dinner at Salmon River Country Inn Head of Jeddore November 4 Fall for Books local author readings and book sale at Old School Gathering Place Musquodoboit Harbour

November 16 to 18 Seaside Christmas Eastern Shore November 17 to 18 Traditional 1940s Christmas Dinner at Memory Lane Heritage Village Lake Charlotte November 23 to 25 Sherbrooke Village Old Fashioned Christmas Sherbrooke Village November 24 Roast Beef Dinner at the Samuel R. Balcom Centre Port Dufferin

November 25 Annual Christmas Craft and Bake Sale at Cole Harbour Heritage Farm Museum Cole Harbour November 25 Bird watching: Winter Birds at Taylor Head Provincial Park Spry Bay November 30 to December 2 Christmas Festival of Trees and Crafts Middle Musquodoboit

December 1 Sherbrooke Village Old Fashioned Christmas Sherbrooke

December 1 Seacret Santa at Salmon River Country Inn Head of Jeddore

December 1 Late Season Guided Hike at Taylor Head Provincial Park Spry Bay

December 2 Halifax Explosion Exhibit and Performances at the Old School Gathering Place Musquodoboit Harbour

December 14 Christmas Bird Count at Taylor Head Provincial Park Spry Bay

Cold Water Seafood Festival

Festivals and Events

Photo: Dick deGier

DECEMBER


Guysborough, NS

Gran Fondo

visitguysborough.ca Canso Visitor Information Centre

Whitman House Museum 1297 Union Street 902-366-2170

Guysborough Visitor Information Centre Old Court House Museum 106 Church Street 902-533-4008

Mulgrave Visitor Information Centre

ABREEZ E S E

CAMPGROUND & COTTAGES

902-366-2352 seabreezecampground.com 230 Fox Island Main Rd., Canso

Photo: John Bastin

Mulgrave Heritage Centre 54 Loggie Street 902-747-2788


Cook’s

Gas Bar & Café Gas • Diesel Convenience • Soft Serve Open Daily 6am – 9pm Free WiFi

902-533-2993

10016 Hwy 16 Gusborough, NS


THE SPIRIT OF ADVENTURE IN ITS

Liscombe Lodge Resort and Conference Centre gets you up close and personal with Mother Nature, rooted on a graceful river, nestled in a forest of evergreens. • 68 comfortable guestrooms, located in cottages, private chalets and our main lodge • Heated indoor pool, hot tubs, sauna and recreation centre • Hiking trails, bicycling, kayaking, canoeing and tennis • Riverside Dining Room and Lone Cloud Lounge • Resort-famous planked salmon prepared by www.signatureresorts.com our award-winning chef • Only 2.5 hours from Halifax

Nova Scotia’s Eastern Shore Resort 2884 Highway 7, Liscomb Mills, NS B0J 2A0

www.signatureresorts.com

1-800-665-6343

www.signatureresorts.com

www.liscombelodge.ca

Eastern Shore Guide 2018  
Eastern Shore Guide 2018