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.
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.
Get to Know the Eastern Shore
- Surf at Lawrencetown Beach Provincial Park and Martinique Beach Provincial Park.
- Kayak under sheer cliffs and into idyllic white sand coves within the Wild Islands with Coastal Adventures.
- Go clam digging on the expansive mud flats of Clam Harbour with a fourth-generation clam digger at Memory Lane Heritage Village.
- Hike the beautiful coastal trail system at Taylor Head Provincial Park, with pristine white sand beaches, rugged headlands, and sweeping views of the ocean and undeveloped coastline.
- Sail the Wild Islands in an open whaleboat with Windansea Whaleboat Sailing Tours.
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.
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.
- Live life 1800’s style at Nova Scotia's largest living history museum, Sherbrooke Village.
- Get dressed in 1800s’ attire, have your picture taken at Canada’s only Ambrotype glass photo studio, and step into the life of a villager 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 boating and kayaking on Chedabucto Bay to having a sweet treat from Days Gone By Bakery and sampling rum or vodka at nearby Authentic Seacoast Distilling Company, experience the pristine beauty and friendly culture of the Eastern Shore.
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, a boat tour with Murphy’s Scenic Boat Tours, or on an overnight camping experience with Great E.A.R.T.H. Expeditions and Windansea Whaleboat Sailing Tours.
Taylor Head 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.
Taylor Head 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, natural sand beach that is most known for the annual Clam Harbour Sandcastle Competition which has taken place every August since 1978. Rain or shine, you will see hundreds of contestants and thousands of spectators observing the amazing sandcastle 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, visitors can embark on a river tour, explore the shorelines 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.
Memory Lane Heritage Village
You'll discover a living history village depicting life in rural Nova Scotia during the 1940s when you visit Memory Lane Heritage Village in Lake Charlotte. Featuring 16 rescued and restored buildings including a general store, one-room schoolhouse, church, icehouse and cookhouse as well as antique vehicles include a 1928 Model A, a 1948 International pickup and a 1949 Farmal Cub Tractor.
- Explore the Guysborough Waterfront and the fresh baked goods at Days Gone By Bakery. Be sur to peruse their quaint store next door.
- Experience seaside gourmet dining with breathtaking views at SeaWind Landing Country Inn in Charlos Cove.
- 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.
- Take part in a culinary class and dine at the award-winning DesBarres Manor Inn, who use fresh ingredients from their gardens to create their seasonally-inspired menu.
- Enjoy Sober Island Brewing’s signature craft brew, Oyster Stout, made with Nova Scotian oysters, while touring the brewery and dining on delicious pub fare of local seafood at The Henley House Pub & Restaurant, members of the Good Cheer Trail and Seafood Trails.
- Tour Authentic Seacoast Distilling Company before tasting their award-winning Fortress Rum, GLYNNEVAN Whisky and Sea Fever Rum.
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.