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Chester, Nova Scotia

Founded in 1759 by New England Planters, the village of Chester is noted for sailing, stately homes, magnificent gardens and a relaxed lifestyle where the scenic beauty will capture your heart.

Residents and guests alike continue to be attracted to the island picnics, summer yacht races, garden parties, band concerts, kayaking, the 18-hole golf course and tennis courts, as well as marvelous restaurants, boutiques, art galleries and craft shops.

Things to See & Do in Chester

  • Graves Island Provincial ParkLocated near Chester, Graves is an attractive coastal island park attached to the mainland by a causeway. The park features a campground, small beach, playground, picnic area, boat launch and trails.
  • Chester Race Week: Held annually in August, is the highlight of the yachting season. Watch or sail in the races, enjoy the entertainment and share in the summer fun at the Yacht Club.
  • The Chester Playhouse: Offers a wide variety of live theatre productions and other entertainment year-round, as well as a dinner packages - perfect for an evening out!
  • The Tancook Islands: One of Nova Scotia's hidden treasures. An eight-kilometre passenger ferry service runs from Chester to Big Tancook. The ferry offers a special way to experience the beauty of the bay and, once on either island, there are many quiet country roads to enjoy. There are no services on Little Tancook, but Big Tancook features a handful of eating establishments and craft shops, art and photo galleries, a bicycle rental, a lending library and the Tancook Island Museum.
  • Chester Boat Tours: Enjoy a narrated history of Chester as you tour the harbour. Enjoy the scenic landscape, houses, islands, wildlife, fishing and one of a kind photographic opportunities.
  • Make-your-own candles at Light My Fire Studio or tour studios while artists are at work. Chester is home to many artists attracted by the beauty of the area and its relaxed life style.

Places to Eat

  • Seaside Shanty: Located on the picturesque Chester Basin, the Seaside Shanty has been a local seasonal favorite for over 20 years.
  • The Fo’c’sle Tavern: Affectionately known as “Chester’s Living Room”, The Fo’c’sle is an inviting restaurant and bar that welcomes year-round & summer “locals” as well as those just passing through. Depending on where you sit, you’re in a former grocery store, stable, inn or tavern dating back to 1764.
  • The Rope Loft: Located on Chester’s waterfront, The Rope Loft is known for its wonderful selection of fresh Nova Scotia seafood - from their light-cream based shellfish chowder, fresh local lobster, scallops, & mussels washed down with one of our local Nova Scotia wines.
  • The Kiwi Café: Nestled in the quaint sailing village of Chester, the Kiwi Cafe offers breakfast and lunch serving up a unique menu of internationally inspired fresh foods.

Accommodations

Nestled along the cost of Chester you will find charming B&B’s and Inn’s that provide the perfect location for enjoying harbor views and all that Chester has to offer.

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