RV Road Trip
RV Road Trip
From the edges of Halifax to the Canso Causeway at the entrance to Cape Breton Island, the Eastern Shore boasts pristine, rugged coastlines and glorious beaches - the ideal setting for outdoor adventure. Outdoor enthusiasts will make the Eastern Shore their playground with surfing, kayaking, birding, hiking, and even sunbathing.
Salt Marsh Trail
Hike the Salt Marsh Trail, part of the Trans-Canada Trail system, along a former railbed. An ideal route for cyclists as the terrain is level and safe, travellers can take in gorgeous views, interpretive signage, and abundant wildlife. The trail spans over 13 kilometres. halifaxtrails.ca © 2013
Lawrencetown Beach Provincial Park
Lawrencetown Beach Provincial Park is a mecca for surfing on the Eastern Shore not far from downtown Halifax. Surfers gather here along with family members to enjoy a day at the beach. Book a lesson with Kannon Beach Wind and Surf, located near Lawrencetown Beach, or to rent a surf board and a wet suit to join in on the fun.
Happy Dude's Surf Emporium
Travel up the road a few kilometres from Lawrencetown Beach to Three Fathom Harbour and you’ll find Happy Dude’s Surf Emporium where you can rent or purchase surfing equipment and for surfing newbies, book a surf lesson at either Lawrencetown or Martinique beaches.
Hope for Wildlife
Grants, donations, and the help of volunteers help this wildlife rescue centre run. Up to 2,500 wild animals a year are taken care of here, most of which are rehabilitated for re-entry into the wild. During the summer, the centre closes on Sundays.
Porter's Lake Provincial Park
Listen for the plaintive call of the loon, or the crackling campfires as you camp at Porter’s Lake Provincial Park. Overlooking scenic Porter’s Lake, here you can rediscover nature as you get away from it all.
Musquodoboit Railway Museum
Ride the rails back to 1918, when the Canadian National Railway Station stood in this very spot in Musquodoboit Harbour. Learn the story of Nova Scotia’s railway through photographs, tickets, posters and artifacts. For the serious railway buff, take a peek in the library or peruse the gift shop for souvenirs.
Martinique Beach Provincial Park
Lounge on the five-kilometre stretch of white sand beach that makes up Martinique Beach Provincial Park. As the longest sand beach in the province, this is a haven for sunbathers, surfers and kayakers alike. Stroll along the water beachcombing or take a walk along the boardwalk. Spot the piping plover, as well as other migratory waterfowl in this protected wildlife refuge.
Black Sheep Gallery
Located in a converted fish plant on Jeddore Harbour, Black Sheep Gallery showcases the work of more than 40 Nova Scotia folk artists. Such luminaries as Maud Lewis, Barry Colpitts, and Arthur Villeneuve are represented.
E & F Webber Lakeside Park
Enjoy the beauty of Lake Charlotte at E & F Webber Lakeside Park. Pitch your tent then relax on the beach, go for a swim, enjoy some fishing, or venture out in a paddle boat or canoe. You can also bike the surrounding area or engage in a game of badminton.
Fisherman's Life Museum
Visit this charming homestead, typical for an inshore fisherman and his family in the early 1900s. Learn how to hook rugs, see how the family cooked meals on a wood stove, and hear stories about the land, sea, and the life people led on the Eastern Shore in the early decades of the twentieth century.
Clam Harbour Beach Provincial Park
Stroll this wide, natural sand beach and feel the warm water lapping at your toes. Walk the coastal hiking trail, boardwalks, and take in an interpretive display along the way. Visit during the annual Clam Harbour sand castle contest, which has been running for over 40 years, and you will see some spectacular sand sculptures.
Murphy's Camping on the Ocean
Located just off the ocean, this campground offers a unique interactive experience. The surrounding area is known for its mussel farms, and you can purchase mussels at the campground or enjoy a free mussel boil each night at dusk! Take the kids to try catching crabs by baiting small traps and waiting for the crabs to crawl in.
Murphy's Scenic Boat Tours
Hop aboard the Ryan, a Cape Island-style wooden boat offering sightseeing, storytelling, and sunset cruises, as well as fishing and mussel tours. You will not only view gorgeous scenery, but also diverse wildlife such as seals, osprey, and eagles.
The best way to see this rugged coast is from the water, and located in the sheltered Tangier Harbour is Coastal Adventures. Their experienced guides love to show kayakers the islands the and white sand inlets of the Bay of Islands, a largely undisturbed coastal wilderness area. Tours and rentals are available for kayakers of all skill levels.
J. Willy Krauch Danish Smokehouse
Since 1956, this family-run smokehouse has followed the time-honoured tradition of working by hand to produce perfectly smoked fish. Located in the picturesque village of Tangier, the J. Willy Krauch Danish Smokehouse is famous for its delicious smoked salmon, which can’t be missed.
Spry Bay Campground & Cabins
Conveniently located close to many Eastern Shore attractions and parks, Spry Bay Campgrounds & Cabins is an ideal getaway from the hustle and bustle of your daily routine. On a clear night, you can gaze at the stars, or enjoy a bonfire with the company of good friends.
Taylor Head Provincial Park
Taylor Head Provincial Park’s interconnecting, looped hiking trails are challenging with many roots, stones, and marshy spots to navigate. These trails provide access to scenic look-offs and 16 kilometres (10 miles) of unspoiled coastline. If you’re up to the challenge, you will be rewarded with beautiful scenery along the trail. When you finish your hike, cool down with a swim at the beach.
Liscombe Lodge Resort & Conference Centre
Liscombe Lodge Resort, tucked away on the tranquil shores of the Liscomb River along the Eastern Shore, provides guests with a relaxing atmosphere to unwind in and to enjoy nature at its finest along with the Resort’s many recreational activities. Enjoy a variety of activities, hearty meals, and warm hospitality in a relaxed setting.
Be present in the past as you explore Nova Scotia’s largest living history museum, where costumed interpreters bring history to life. Watch sparks fly as the blacksmith’s hammer hits the anvil, see the weaver’s hands at the loom, and hear the thump of the printer’s press. Hitch a ride in the horse-drawn wagon to visit all the animals on site, like turkeys, peacocks, cows, and sheep.
St. Mary's Riverside Campground
Located on the banks of the legendary salmon river and only a minute’s walk away from the sawmill, St. Mary’s Riverside Campground offers many amenities for the travelling family. Take a dip in the sparkling pool, enjoy lunch at the picnic tables, or relax while the children spend time in the play area. In the evening you can relax by an open fire and watch the beautiful sunsets across the river, and in the morning wake up to the call of the loon.
Tor Bay Provincial Park
Tor Bay Provincial Park is a small, picturesque picnic area on a rocky point, looking out to the open Atlantic. Sweeping sand beaches, boardwalks, and interpretive displays make this an interesting spot to stop while travelling along the Eastern Shore. It is also the site where the first Trans-Atlantic cable from Europe to mainland North America came to shore.
Old Court House Musuem
The Old Court House Museum is located in one of the most scenic areas in Nova Scotia, in the historic shiretown of Guysborough at the head of beautiful Chedabucto Bay. The Museum has been preserved and restored by the Guysborough Historical Society and it retains the integrity of the original purpose of the public building. Since 1976, the Society has used the building to promote a better understanding of our cultural heritage and as an information centre for visitors to Guysborough County.
Rare Bird Pub & Eatery
Located above the marina on beautiful Guysborough Harbour, the Rare Bird Pub & Eatery features homemade pub fare and desserts, Maritime classics, and handcrafted ales brewed on-site in the Chedabucto Bay Brewing Company. Open seasonally.