The Eastern Shore and Northern Nova Scotia: Places to Explore

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  • Amherst

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

  • 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...

  • Cape Chignecto and Cape d'Or

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

  • Five Islands

    Located between Parrsboro and Truro, Five Islands is one of the most scenic areas along Highway 2. According to Mi'Kmaq legend, these islands were created when the god Glooscap threw handfuls of...

  • Parrsboro

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

  • Pictou

    Many people come to Pictou for the sole purpose of catching the ferry onward to Prince Edward Island (it departs from Caribou, just minutes away), but the town itself is lovely, with a revitalized...

  • Sherbrooke and Sherbrooke Village

    Established by the French in the middle of the 17th century, this little town prospered briefly on the back of a gold rush in the late 19th century, and it’s something of a thrill to know that...

  • Springhill

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

  • Tatamagouche

    Though it only has about a thousand residents, tiny Tatamagouche is a force to be reckoned with. Canada's second-largest Oktoberfest (800/895–1177 www.nsoktoberfest.ca)—a boisterous event complete with sausages,...

  • 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 Trans-Canada Highway you’ll have to pass by....

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