Peggy’s Cove and St. Margaret’s Bay
Swing into a Unique Shopping Experience
The artisans at the Bay Hammock Company will captivate your interest as you watch them weave their own rope and laugh at the stories behind the many inventions they’ve created to perfect their craft. But remember, don’t be shy! After all, there’s no better way to try out the finished product then to kick off your shoes and relax on one of the hammocks. Admission is free. S/M groups.
11452 Peggy’s Cove Road, Seabright (902) 820-3045; 1-888-820-3045
GPS Coordinates: 44°37’05.71”N, 63°55’41.10”W
Hubbards and Aspotogan Peninsula
Barns Aren’t Only for Cows and Chickens
The Hubbards Farmers’ Market at the Barn is a weekend morning must do. While listening to live music, select from a wide assortment of succulent cheeses, breads, seafood, preserves, sweets, organic produce, and much more. Talented artisans are also there offering jewellery, pottery, photography, metalwork, and leather creations, to name a few. If evening entertainment is what you’re after, the Barn also features movie nights—complete with hot, organic popcorn. Open May to October. S/M/L groups.
For Farmers’ Market:
Sunday: 10:00am-noon (until the end of August)
The Hubbards Barn and Community Park 57 Hwy 3, Hubbards
GPS Coordinates: +44.637025, -64.069047
Chester and Area
Experience Life as an Islander
A trip on the Tancook Ferry offers fantastic views of Chester harbour. You can stay on board for the 16-kilometre (10-mile) round trip, or get off on Big Tancook Island and return later. A visit to this hardy fishing community is like a step back in time. Hike the pathways or bring your bike and picnic, while you soak in the pristine environment. Only island residents can take their cars aboard the ferry. The Tancook Ferry departs from the Government Wharf on 12 Water Street in Chester. S/M groups.
The Best of Mahone Bay, From the Water to the Shore
Experience the waters of Mahone Bay by making a trip to East Coast Outfitters. Here you can rent either kayaks or bicycles by the hour or day, depending on your desired adventure. Skim around the bay and enjoy the outstanding scenery, or go out to the islands for some of the best birdwatching Nova Scotia has to offer. Legend has it that Mahone Bay is home to 365 islands, so the adventures are countless. S/M groups.
East Coast Outfitters 617 Main Street, Mahone Bay (902) 624-0334; 1-877-852-2567
Walk in Their Rubber Boots
Lobstermen Tours in Lunenburg offers tours on an actual lobster fishing boat, which is converted into a tour boat for the summer. The tours will give you a great view of Lunenburg’s historic waterfront and take you out to the lobster fishing grounds. The crew will teach you about the industry as they haul up lobster traps. There’s also a touch tank onboard with a few local marine species. S/M groups.
The tour leaves from the wharf at the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic on Bluenose Drive in Lunenburg.
(902) 634-3434; 1-866-708-3434
Seek your own Treasure
Pan for gold on the rocky beach and relive the excitement of Nova Scotia’s 1891 gold rush at the Ovens Natural Park in Feltzen South. While you are there, follow the trail through the woods, along the cliffs, and into the sea caves. You can also tour the caves in a guided Zodiak Boat Tour. S/M/L groups
Located on Route 332, off Hwy 3 (902) 766-4621
A Truly Hidden Gem…Well Worth the Trip
In the early 1600s, French colonists planted the first vine in this area, making it Canada’s oldest winegrowing region. In 1994, Petite Riviere Vineyards revived the tradition. The poor rocky soil and long, mild growing season proved difficult for our farming forefathers. However, they are ideal conditions for producing grapes and quality wines. Come experience it for yourself, you won’t be disappointed! S/M groups.
1300 Italy Cross Road Crousetown, Petite Riviere (902) 693-3033
History and Tranquility Designed for Children
The DesBrisay Museum is home to one of Canada’s oldest historical museum collections. The child focused interactive exhibits feature the natural history, early settlement, and cultural and industrial growth of Bridgewater and surrounding areas from the early 17th century. The museum is part of the Bridgewater Woodland Gardens and next door to the Bridgewater Swimming Pool. Kids and the young at heart will enjoy the walking trails around a large duck pond, picnic areas, and playground. S/M/L groups.
DesBrisay Museum 130 Jubilee Road, Bridgewater (902) 543-4033
Bridgewater Swimming Pool (902) 543-7565
Liverpool and Area
Nature at its Best—A True Escape From it All
The Kejimkujik Seaside National Park is a nature lover’s dream! Stroll through woodlands and barrens for about 20 minutes, to arrive at a beautiful vista of unspoiled Atlantic coastline, complete with a long white sand beach and rolling surf. As you get closer, follow the trail along the coastline for a chance to see seals basking on the rocks. Home to the endangered Piping Plover, this is a birdwatcher’s paradise. S/M/L groups.
Located off Exit 22 of Hwy 103, in Port Joli (follow National Park signs) (902) 682-2772