South Shore and Annapolis Valley Sights

Big and Little Tancook islands

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Published 05/06/2016

Fodor's Review

Out in Mahone Bay, 8 km (5 miles) out from Chester, these scenic islands have trails for hiking and biking, and provide great bird-watching and photography opportunities. There are sandy beaches, too, one of which is great for fossil hunting. Reflecting its part-German heritage, Big Tancook claims to have the best sauerkraut in Nova Scotia. The boat from Chester runs four times daily on weekdays and twice daily on weekends. The 50-minute ride costs C$7 per adult for the round-trip (cash only).

Sight Information


Chester, Nova Scotia, Canada


902-228–2927-Rec Centre, summer only; 902-275–7885-ferry information

Sight Details:

  • Ferry departs Chester weekdays at 7, 10:20, 3:40, and 5:30, Sat. at 1 and 7, Sun. and holidays at 10 and 6. From Tancook it departs weekdays at 6, 8, 1:30, and 4:30, Sat. at 9 and 6, Sun. and holidays at 9 and 5, but always check in advance

Published 05/06/2016


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