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Eastern Shore Region

Pristine wilderness, historically-themed attractions, authentic fishing communities, and beaches stretching as far as the eye can see offer explorers an array of off-the-beaten-path adventures on Nova Scotia’s Eastern Shore.

Surf’s up year round and the pounding waves at Lawrencetown and Martinique beaches beckon surf enthusiasts to some of the best surfing conditions in the province.

After playing in the chop, try playing in the sand – with miles of beaches and dunes, we’ve got you covered. Re-awaken skills honed in childhood at the annual Clam Harbour Beach Sand Castle Competition, although expect to see pirate ships, dinosaurs, and human-eating octopi among the sand sculptures.

Outdoor Adventures

Explore the Wild Islands

Nova Scotia's Eastern Shore is home to one of the few unspoiled archipelagos in North America! This group of over 100 wild islands, between Clam Harbour and Mushaboom, are easily accessible by a guided sea kayak tour with Coastal Adventures or boat tour with Murphy’s Scenic Boat Tours. Now part of the protected Eastern Shore Islands Wilderness Area, they are noted for their historical and ecological significance and have been featured in Canadian Geographic. These islands offer sheltered coves of turquoise water with pristine white sand beaches, dramatic windswept headlands, and unique boreal rainforests, bogs, and barrens, as well as a rich diversity of seabirds, songbirds, and shorebirds.

Get to Know the Eastern Shore

Stan Rogers Folk Festival

Shake the sand off your beach chair and unfold it at the Stan Rogers Folk Festival. Held in the small fishing village of Canso, this musical smorgasbord offers more than 100 concerts, featuring an eclectic lineup of Celtic, country, folk, blues, rock, and bluegrass music. This signature event attracts over 12,000 music lovers each year.

Cultural Adventures

Explore the Eastern Shore

  • Sherbrooke Village, Sherbrooke
    Sherbrooke Village

    Take a trip back in time when you visit Nova Scotia’s largest museum, Sherbrooke Village. Learn about our heritage from costumed interpreters, including blacksmiths, potters, weavers, quilters, and printers and be sure to have your picture taken at Canada’s only Ambrotype glass photo studio!

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  • Guysborough Waterfront
    Guysborough Waterfront

    Plan a day of adventure in the picturesque seaside town of Guysborough. From kayaking on Chedabucto Bay or golfing 9 holes at Osprey Shores Golf Resort to lunch on the deck at the Rare Bird Pub with a craft brew or a sweet treat from Days Gone By Bakery with a locally roasted Full Steam coffee, you will experience the pristine beauty and friendly culture of the Eastern Shore here.

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  • Kayaking in Guysborough
    Kayaking in Guysborough

    Sea kayak and canoe rentals are available at Skipping Stone Cafe & Store, overlooking the Guysborough waterfront in the town of Guysborough. Hourly, half-day, daily and weekly sea kayak and canoe rentals are available.

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  • Taylor Head Provincial Park, Spry Bay
    Taylorhead Provincial Park

    Situated on a rugged wind-swept peninsula that juts 6 km into the Atlantic Ocean, Taylor Head’s hiking and walking trails provide visitors’ access to natural habitats, interesting geology, scenic look-offs, secluded sandy and cobblestone beaches and 16 km (10 mi) of unspoiled coastline. Bring a lunch to enjoy at one of the picnic spots in the park.

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  • Taylor Head Provincial Park, Spry Bay
    Taylorhead Provincial Park

    Situated on a rugged wind-swept peninsula that juts 6 km into the Atlantic Ocean, Taylor Head’s hiking and walking trails provide visitors' access to natural habitats, interesting geology, scenic look-offs, secluded sandy and cobblestone beaches and 16 km (10 mi) of unspoiled coastline. Bring a lunch to enjoy at one of the picnic spots in the park.

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  • Clam Harbour Beach Provincial Park, Clam Harbour
    Clam Harbour Beach Provincial Park

    Clam Harbour Beach Provincial Park is a long, wide, natural sand beach that is most well-known for the annual Clam Harbour Sandcastle Competition which has taken place every August for over 35 years. Rain or shine, you will see hundreds of contestants and thousands of spectators observing the amazing sand castle creations.

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  • Surfing at Lawrencetown Beach Provincial Park
    Surfing at Lawrencetown Beach Provincial Park

    Surfs up on the Eastern Shore! Lawrencetown Beach Provincial Park is a popular surfing spot with surfers from around the world coming to experience firsthand why Nova Scotia is called one of the top 3 cold water surfing destinations in the world.

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  • Surfing at Martinique Beach Provincial Park
    Surfing at Martinique Beach Provincial Park

    Visit Nova Scotia's longest sandy beach, where you can go from calm water lapping the shore to crashing surf that surfers dream of in a matter of hours. While there's no question that Martinique is a popular surfing destination, beachcombers, birdwatchers and beachgoers alike relish their time spent here.

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  • Explore the Salt Marsh Trail
    Salt Marsh Trail

    The Salt Marsh and Shearwater Flyer Trails section of the Trans Canada Trail is a multi-use linked trail system on a former railbed.  The trails are 7 km inland and 6.5 km on a causeway through the Cole Harbour salt marsh offering wonderful views, interpretive signage, and abundant wildlife. Bird watching, hiking, cycling, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing can all be enjoyed along the trail system.

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  • Explore Liscombe Lodge Resort
    Explore Liscombe Lodge Resort

    Imagine waking up to this view! At Liscombe Lodge Resort & Conference Centre, visitos can embark on a river tour on the Liscombe Harbour Cruise, explore the shoreline on a kayaking or canoeing adventure, or reconnect with nature on more than 16 km of beautiful Nova Scotia trails.

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  • Woodland trails at Liscombe Lodge Resort
    Woodland trails at Liscombe Lodge Resort

    While staying at the Liscombe Lodge Resort, be sure to venture out on the Liscomb River Trail System. Six trails will bring hikers of all experience levels through pristine wooded areas natural wonder of the Eastern Shore and, on the Liscomb River Trail, over a suspension bridge.

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  • Surf's up!
    Surf's up!

    Surf's up at Lawrencetown Beach! Come experience Nova Scotia, one of the top cold water surfing destinations in the world!

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  • Sherbrooke Village, Sherbrooke
  • Guysborough Waterfront
  • Kayaking in Guysborough
  • Taylor Head Provincial Park, Spry Bay
  • Taylor Head Provincial Park, Spry Bay
  • Clam Harbour Beach Provincial Park, Clam Harbour
  • Surfing at Lawrencetown Beach Provincial Park
  • Surfing at Martinique Beach Provincial Park
  • Explore the Salt Marsh Trail
  • Explore Liscombe Lodge Resort
  • Woodland trails at Liscombe Lodge Resort
  • Surf's up!

Culinary Adventures

 

Marine Drive

Marine Drive Trail Drive along a shore of white sand beaches and windswept villages, then explore the rugged coast by sea kayak, with seals and porpoises as travelling companions.

 

Eastern Shore Communities

Lawrencetown Sherbrooke