What if we told you a secret about a part of the province that so few visitors ever explore? A place where the beaches are as blue and clear as Caribbean waters, with white sand that sinks beneath your toes. Don’t be surprised if you have it all to yourself. The hiking trails go on for miles, from railway trails, to deep forests where the ferns run wild, and craggily rocks jut out to sea. You can even indulge in fresh fish n chips at a roadside spot and treat your sweet tooth to an ice cream while sitting on an old caboose. Nova Scotia’s Eastern shore is where all this magic happens.
A Trip Down Memory Lane
Even if you weren’t born in the 1940’s, Memory Lane Heritage Village will leave you feeling nostalgic. An old general store is the entrance to this fabulous village. You can’t miss the gift shop selling all things reflecting the past, from old-fashioned candy to 1940s inspired paper dolls. All around the store you will see glass Coke bottles and canisters that were once filled with products from a bygone era.
Memory Lane is comprised of eighteen buildings to explore, ranging from a prospectors cabin to the cookhouse where you can indulge in some “cookhouse chow”. The cookhouse offers up fresh soup, and homemade brown bread or ginger bread, served up buffet style. How about taking a spin around the village in a 1928 Green Ford model A? From 1-2pm on Thursday to Sunday as part of your admission, a driver will take you around the village past the grazing sheep, and the Webber house, a one-time family home.
Stunning Beach Shore
Taylor Head Provincial Park is the kind of place that will leave you wondering is it possible all this beauty exists with so few people in sight? It’s an oasis of clear blue water lapping the shore; water so clear that seeing large crab scurrying under the sea is not unusual as you walk out for a refreshing dip. The 16 km of stunning coastline ranges from jagged shores, to sandy white beaches, to inlets that you can climb across if you are feeling adventurous. Pack a picnic, a large beach umbrella, and plan to hunker down surrounded by nature’s beauty for a while. If you feel like building up your calve muscles Taylor Head boasts 14 km of hiking trails for all levels. You may even spot a porcupine or two along the way – be sure to stand back from the critters as they cross the path!
Fresh Fish Calling
Harbour Fish N Fries, at the side of the road in the town of Musquodobit Harbour, is where you want to stop for a fresh order of fish n chips, fried clams, or other seafood delights. This local favorite has been there for decades and with good reason. The fish is cooked perfectly, with a light crispy batter and big chunks of fresh haddock bursting out when you put your fork in. Try the ever-popular fried clams too while your there. If you are staying in the area for a few days you’re bound to be back for more.
Right across the street from Harbour Fish N Fries is the historic Musquodobit Railway Museum, where you’ll find a little Ice cream stand called the Polar Bear Express. With a variety of yummy favours to choose from like wild blueberry and peanut butter nut crunch, it’s got something for everyone. Take your large scoop and plop down on an old caboose, or find a picnic table in the shade to relax under while you savour the sweetness of summer.
Slumber in Your Own Trailer on the Ocean
Have you always wanted to sleep in a decked-out trailer? How about one that you don’t have to drive, and is dropped off right next to the ocean for you? Sutton’s Motors rents trailers in Nova Scotia that sleep up to 12 people, and they will deliver the trailer to your campsite and even hook it up for you. Bring your own linens and food, and then hunker down for a weekend of affordable comfort in a spacious trailer with a full kitchen, bedroom and cool bunk beds. There’s even a washroom and a shower, so no roughing it here!
The best spot on the Eastern Shore to stay is at is Murphy’s Camping on the Ocean, which offers many fabulous spots to choose from. Just let Sutton’s Motors know your site number in advance so they can have it there for you when you pull up. Murphy’s has been offering camping and trailer spot rentals ocean-side since the 1960s. Join in on the free mussel feast by the bonfire each night you’re staying there, then stroll back to your site to watch the sunset. After that build your own campfire and pull out the s’mores!