Nova Scotia Eastern Shore – ideas for free time

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The key to enjoying the Eastern Shores is to take a few detours, stretch your legs, explore a little, and just enjoy the journey. From Canso at the eastern end of Marine Drive, all the way to Halifax, discover the story of Nova Scotia’s settlers and their sometimes troubled relationship with the sea, through historic sites and museums such as the Fisherman’s Life Museum, in Jedore Oyster Pond, the Acadian House Museum at West Chezzetcook, or the Living History Village in Sherbrooke; hike one of the many coastal trails, for example at the often overlooked Taylor Head Provincial Park; or go beachcombing on one of the beautiful sandy stretches, such as at Martinique Beach Provincial Park. At the far eastern end, the small settlement of Canso overlooks Chedabucto Bay and has historic importance in Nova Scotia as one of only two British settlements prior to establishment of Halifax and you can learn a little about its past at the National Historic Site. Along with Guysborough and Charlos Cove/Larry’s River, the town creates a nice triangular driving route around the Canso Peninsula, which is a lovely way to spend the day.

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