Nova Scotia travel writing, photography, film. International traveler. Member: North America Travel Journalists Assoc NATJA; Travel Media Assoc TMAC:Tourism Industry Association of Nova Scotia TIANS
Breathing in the salt air and digging my toes into the sand along with the wind and the sun make for a perfect setting to explore Inverness Beach. The sandy beach stretches for 1.7 KM with views of the coastline up towards the Cabot Trail and back down towards Mabou along the west coast of Cape Breton.
Nova Scotia’s Eastern Shore may seem a bit remote, but in reality, it’s just a couple of hours from Halifax, Antigonish or Cape Breton. And it’s worth the drive—the highway along the shore offers spectacular views as it meanders along past bays, coves, inlets, tidal marshes, pristine beaches and rugged coastline. Coastal islands dot the nearby waters, and all of it offers hikers, nature lovers, paddlers, history buffs and photographers much to enjoy.
There is so much to enjoy and memories to make all over the island: hiking, winding roads with spectacular views, small villages, local artists and artisans, history, Celtic music, delicious lobster and seafood chowder, golf, kayaking, fishing, whale watching, beach combing, and heart-stopping beauty of nature.
Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, offers top class experiences for the traveler – step back into history at the Fortress of Louisbourg, enjoy a round of golf at the renowned Cabot Links, explore the rugged coast on the Cabot Trail, hike along the Celtic Trail, enjoy a meal and Celtic entertainment at the Red Shoe Pub and sail the inland sea at Baddeck.
We often hear stories of out-migration from Nova Scotia. Here are stories of people who have chosen to come and live in Nova Scotia.
Learn the stories of John Graham-Pole, Kulbir Singh, Carol Rivoire, Joe Van Heerden and Thomas Steinhart who have “come by choice” to Nova Scotia.
Sherbrook Village stretches along the St. Mary’s River, a peaceful cool spot to get away from it all and relax under a shady tree and watch the river currents. Of course in the 1860s the river was a hub of activity with gold, timber and tall ships. The village recreates life of the times with people in costume that tell the stories of the time. The back yard gardens have pumpkins and cottage crops, cows and geese, and the washing up on the line in good Nova Scotia tradition. It is fascinating to visit the different houses and businesses, sit in the one room school house and explore inside and out.
Today’s day trip takes us to New Glasgow and Pictou. From Antigonish head on TransCanada 104 for a quick drive to New Glasgow (35 min) – or for a more scenic drive go along the Sunrise Trail.
New Glasgow has old world charm with brick and stone buildings and stately homes along the East River, a tidal estuary which runs right through the town and flowing down to Pictou Harbour on the Northumberland Strait.