Eastern Shore Region
After playing in the chop, try playing in the sand – with miles of beaches and dunes, we’ve got you covered, sometimes literally. 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 forts.
- Surfing at Lawrencetown Beach Provincial Park.
- Beachcombing and birding at Martinique Beach Provincial Park, the longest sandy beach in Nova Scotia!
- Hike one of the finest coastal trail systems in North America at Taylor Head Provincial Park.
- Cycling the Musquodoboit Harbour Trailway or hike Gibraltar Rock
- Paddling the Musquodoboit River
- Hike the Liscombe River Trail, a 9.6 km trail including suspension bridge overlooking a waterfall, at Liscombe Lodge Resort.
- Enjoying a scenic boat tour with Murphy’s Camping on the Ocean
- Kayak our coast with Coastal Adventures
- Swimming at Clam Harbour Beach Provincial Park.
- Go musseling with Captain Murphy aboard his Cape Island boat.
- Golf at Osprey Shores Golf Resort, Harbour Ridge Gold Club, and River Oaks Golf Club.
Explore 100 Wild Islands
The Eastern Shore features 100 coastal islands that have been largely undisturbed by humans for over 10,000 years. Stretch from Clam Harbour to Liscomb, the islands are easily accessible by a guided sea kayak tour with Coastal Adventures. These islands offer pristine white sand beaches, sheltered coves, dramatic windswept headlands, and unique boreal forests, bogs and barrens, as well as a rich diversity of seabirds, songbirds, and shorebirds. Deemed a “Coastal Wilderness of ecological significance unmatched in North America” by the Nova Scotia Nature Trust - climb in a kayak and start exploring.
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 concerns featuring an eclectic menu of Celtic, country, folk, blues, rock, and bluegrass music and attracts over 12,000 music fans each year.
- Live life 1800’s style at Nova Scotia's largest living history museum, Sherbrooke Village.
- Step into the life of a fisherman at the Fisherman’s Life Museum.
- Dine at the cookhouse in a 1940’s restored village at Memory Lane Heritage Village.
- Take a short boat trip to Grassy Island, a once-thriving community of fishermen and merchants at Canso Islands National Historic Site.
- Celebrate the history of the Acadian families who settled in this area at the Acadian House Museum.
- Learn about the important role the lighthouse keepers played in guiding fishing boats to safety at Port Bickerton Lighthouse Interpretive Centre.
- Check out the collection of heritage fishing artifacts, memorabilia and exhibits on efforts to protect the Atlantic Salmon at the St. Mary’s River Salmon Museum.
Explore the Eastern Shore
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Surf's up at Lawrencetown Beach! Come experience Nova Scotia, one of the top cold water surfing destinations in the world!
- Explore the Guysborough Waterfront - dine, bike, kayak, golf at Osprey Shores Golf Resort, enjoy Full Steam Coffee at the Skipping Stone Café & Store, fresh baked goods at Days Gone By Bakery, and Rare Bird craft beer at the Rare Bird Pub in Guysborough.
- Experience seaside gourmet dining with breathtaking views at SeaWind Landing Country Inn in Charlos Cove.
- Taste some of the best smoked salmon around at St. Mary's River Smokehouses in Sherbrooke.
- Try the award-winning DesBarres Manor Inn who use just picked ingredients from their gardens along with local fresh ingredients to create their seasonally inspired menu.
- Learn how mussels are grown and harvested at AquaPrime Mussel Ranch and take home a pound or two for supper. While you’re there pick up a dozen or so Sober Island Oysters, both are a local delicacy.
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.