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Région de la côte du détroit de Northumberland

Les racines culturelles des premiers colons écossais sont profondément ancrées ici : des noms comme New Glasgow en témoignent. En 1773, la première vague d’immigrants gaéliques est débarquée du Hector, en provenance d’Écosse. Vous pouvez monter à bord d’une réplique de ce trois-mâts tout équipé et imaginer ce que ces cent soixante-dix pionniers ont enduré durant leur périple de onze semaines en mer, ralentis par les tempêtes et la variole.

Une fois sur le rivage, ils ont découvert ce que la Première Nation micmaque connaissait déjà : les eaux bleues et chaudes du détroit de Northumberland regorgeant de poissons et de crustacés et des terres fertiles. Les colons, persévérants, se forgent un style de vie bien à eux et l’on peut encore entendre le chant de la cornemuse et observer le lancer du tronc d’arbre durant des Jeux écossais d’Antigonish, les plus anciens de ce genre en dehors de l’Écosse.

De nos jours, les visiteurs peuvent, durant la journée, faire du kayak, de la voile, de la tyrolienne, du golf,  de la randonnée pédestre, observer les oiseaux et, le soir, apprécier du bon théâtre, de la musique, assister à des positions et des festivals.

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Découvrez la côte du détroit de Northumberland 

Outdoor Adventures

  • Cape George Hiking Trail & Lighthouse: A Looping trail with 3 trail heads, leading you along the coast through meadows and old-growth forests to cliffs with panoramic views of St. George’s Bay and the lighthouse.
  • Kayaking at Cape John, Coastal Sprit Expeditions: Get lead through the temperate waters of the Northumberland Strait, the Cape John estuary.  The river winds though a wildlife sanctuary.   
  • Rockhounding at Arisaig Provincial Park:  Looking for fossils, some dating back 400 million years, in the layered Sedimentary rock along the shore.  Take pictures, not fossils. 
  • Mountain Bike at Keppoch Mountain: Offering 15 km network of mountain bike trails for all levels, ranging from 0.5 to 5 km.  
  • Cycling at Trenton Park: Mountain bike a 6.5 km trail through hemlock stands and past a beaver colony and stocked ponds in one of the largest recreation parks in Nova Scotia. 
  • Birding on the Wallace Bay Wildlife Trail: Pack your field guide as over 168 species of birds have been recorded here.  Nature trails wind through wetlands, woodlands and open fields. 
  • Cycle Oceanside Roads:  Grab your bike and head out for a quiet, relatively flat Oceanside cycle. Download Route maps and GPS coordinates

Historical Escapes

Featured Artisans

Cultural Entertainment

  • Festival Antigonish Summer Theatre, Antigonish: Professional live theatre all summer long. 
  • deCoste Entertainment Centre, Pictou: Featuring traditional Scottish Ceilidh music. 
  • Glasgow Square Theatre, New Glasgow: Home to the New Glasgow Jubilee and year round events.  
  • The Celtic Circle Cultural Centre, New Glasgow: Live music, theatre and performing arts.
  • Fraser Cultural Centre, Tatamagouche: home to arts, crafts and cultural activities. 

Discover our Warm Water Beaches

  • Cape John
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    Cape John

    Cape John, a Provincial Park Reserve, sits between the Northumberland Strait and John Bay, an estuary of the River John.  Visitors can enjoy access to a warm, saltwater beach and ample opportunity to beachcomb and birdwatch.

     

  • Caribou-Munroes Island Provincial Park
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    Caribou-Munroes Island Provincial Park

    Caribou-Munroes Island Provincial Park is a mile-long sandy beach with a campground. Hiking trails, birdwatching, canoeing, kayaking and warm saltwater swimming can all be enjoyed along the shore to Munroes Island.  Time your visit right and you can wave to the ferries that run between Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.

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  • Melmerby Beach Provincial Park, Little Harbour
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    Melmerby Beach Provincial Park

    Melmerby Beach Provincial Park is a popular 2 km (1.25 mi) long beach, complete with boardwalks, boat launch, canteen, and park facilities. Enjoy the warm waters of the Northumberland Strait at this popular sandy beach that is lifeguard supervised in the months of July and August.

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  • Pictou Lodge Beachfront Resort
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    Pictou Lodge Beachfront Resort

    Looking for a great beachside getaway on the Northumberland Shore?  With so many beautiful sandy beaches, you've got plenty of choices.  At Pictou Lodge Beachfront Resort in Braeshore near the town of Pictou, outdoor activities such as ocean swimming, beachcombing, birdwatching, and more are available to visitors.

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  • Pomquet Beach Provincial Park
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    Pomquet Beach Provincial Park

    Pomquet Beach Provincial Park, located east of the town of Antigonish, is a 3-km long supervised (July & August) sandy beach.  Stroll the boardwalks and learn about the plant life (including wild blueberries) and the sand dunes on the posted interpretive panels.

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  • Waterside Beach in Pictou
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    Waterside Beach Provincial Park

    Waterside Beach Provincial Park provides visitors with a long sandy beach, boardwalks, salt marsh and open farmland with picnic tables. The beach is seldom crowded, and the water waters of the Northumberland rarely disappoint!

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  • Cape John
  • Caribou-Munroes Island Provincial Park
  • Melmerby Beach Provincial Park, Little Harbour
  • Pictou Lodge Beachfront Resort
  • Pomquet Beach Provincial Park
  • Waterside Beach in Pictou

Les plus beaux sites à photographier

  • Le pont suspendu de Tidnish, Tidnish Cross Roads
  • Le moulin à grains Balmoral, Balmoral Mills
  • Le belvédère du parc provincial Green Hill, Greenhill
  • La plage de Merigomish
  • Le phare de Cape George, Cape George Point

La route panoramique Sunrise

Circulez au cœur de la culture écossaise en passant par le premier balbutiement de l’industrialisation en Nouvelle-Écosse.
La route Sunrise relie les terres agricoles ondulées aux villages côtiers et aux villes ouvrières. En chemin, les homards et
les bleuets sauront vous faire plaisir.