The Eastern Shore and Northern Nova Scotia: Places to Explore


  • Amherst

    Today, Amherst is a quaint, quiet town with a central location, though from the mid-1800s to the early 1900s it was a bustling center of industry and influence—four of Canada's Fathers of Confederation... Read more

  • Antigonish

    Pretty Antigonish, on the main route to Cape Breton Island, is home to St. Francis Xavier University, a center for Gaelic studies and the first coeducational Catholic institution to graduate women. The... Read more

  • Cape Chignecto and Cape d'Or

    Two imposing promontories—Cape Chignecto and Cape d'Or—reach into the Bay of Fundy near Chignecto Bay.... Read more

  • Parrsboro

    Parrsboro, the main town on the north shore of the Minas Basin, is a hot spot for rock hounds and fossil hunters.... Read more

  • Pictou

    Many people come to Pictou for the sole purpose of catching the ferry onward to PEI (it departs from Caribou, just minutes away) but that's too bad because the town itself is a lovely one with a revitalized... Read more

  • Sherbrooke and Sherbrooke Village

  • Springhill

    If you're not going to be visiting Cape Breton, Springhill (on Highway 2) is worth a stop since it gives you a second chance to sample Nova Scotia's music-and-mining combo. This town was both the birthplace... Read more

  • Tatamagouche

    Though it only has about 1,000 residents, tiny Tatamagouche is a force to be reckoned with. Canada's second-largest Oktoberfest (800/895–—a boisterous event complete with sausages... Read more

  • Truro

    Truro's central location places it on many travelers' routes: this is rightly called "The Hub of Nova Scotia" because if you're driving down the TransCanada Highway you'll have to pass by whether you're... Read more