3 Best Sights in Five Islands, The Eastern Shore and Northern Nova Scotia

Cobequid Interpretive Centre

The geology, history, and culture of the Five Islands area are interpreted here with pictures, videos, and panels, and you can get a sweeping view of the countryside and the impressive tides from the World War II observation tower. Cobequid is home base for the Kenomee Hiking and Walking Trails, where hikers traverse varied landscapes ranging from forested valleys to coast and cliffs.

3246 Hwy. 2, Economy, NS, B0M 1J0, Canada
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Rate Includes: By donation, Mid-to-late June and Sept.–mid-Oct., daily 9–5; July and Aug., daily 9–6

Five Islands Provincial Park

On the shore of Minas Basin, the park has lofty sea cliffs, a beach for combing, trails for hiking, and mudflats for clam digging. Interpretive displays reveal the area's intriguing geology—semiprecious stones, Jurassic-period dinosaur bones, and fossils can all be found within the park's 1,500 acres. You can learn about geology and other topics, among them astronomy, rock hounding, and tidal-pool exploration, during complimentary programs offered during high season (check the website). Because the water recedes nearly a mile at ebb tide, you can walk on the ocean floor, though you'll have to run back mighty fast when the tide turns. That's precisely the goal of 2,000 or so participants in the Not Since Moses 10K Race ( www.notsincemoses.com), an early-August event of (almost) biblical proportions. Amenities: parking (free); showers; toilets. Best for: swimming; walking.

618 Bentley Rd., Hwy. 2, Five Islands, NS, B0M 1N0, Canada
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Rate Includes: Free

That Dutchman's Cheese Farm

Known for his Gouda and other delicious cheeses that are found on menus across Nova Scotia, you can visit the Dutch-style farmhouse of "That Dutchman" to sample his cheeses or buy Dutch candy and clogs, and wander the beautiful gardens that double as a petting zoo. There's a large duck pond, baby goats to feed, angus cows, donkeys, and miniature potbellied pigs along the trail through gardens. 

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