The Eastern Shore in Nova Scotia is many things. It’s a place to embrace a different pace filled with serenity and solitude. It’s a handful of rural and fishing communities that continuously celebrate Maritime culture and heritage. It’s 200 kilometres of coast that never fails to impress even the most avid outdoor adventurist. The Eastern Shore is a way of life that begs to be experienced. Go ahead. Enjoy it.
Recommended Eastern Shore Experiences
The Eastern Shore of Nova Scotia features 19 provincial parks, some of the best sea kayaking in the province, and hundreds of kilometres of cycling and hiking trails. With so many options to choose from, there's an incredible outdoor adventure waiting for everyone, be it a first-time beginner or an outdoor enthusiast seeking the next big challenge.
A Day at the Beach
Beach lovers rejoice! The Eastern Shore is home to some of the best beaches in Nova Scotia, including beach-bum paradise Rainbow Haven Beach, Martinique beach and its population of piping plovers, and Lawrencetown Beach, renowned for some of the best surfing in North America.
A Golden Opportunity
The Goldboro Interpretive Centre and the Goldenville Gold Mining Interpretive Center bring to life the history of Nova Scotia’s booming eastern gold rush of the 1800s and the incredible story of the famous 1936 Moose River Mine Disaster.
Depicting a typical Nova Scotia village from 1860 to pre-World War I, the sights and sounds of Sherbrooke Village will take you back to a time of lumbering, shipbuilding and gold mining. With approximately 80 buildings—and over 25 of them open to the public, most with costumed interpreters—Sherbrook Village is also the largest museum site in the province.
How to Get to the Eastern Shore Region
The Eastern Shore of Nova Scotia lies just east of Halifax, southeast of Truro and southwest of Cape Breton. The shore can be accessed directly by the following main highways:
- Trans Canada Highway 104
- Trunk Highway 16 & 7
- Provincial Highway 107 and 102
- Collector Highway 207, 322 & 344
There are also many scenic routes that will lead you to each of Nova Scotia’s distinct tourism regions. Each route highlights many of the region’s culture, history and natural attractions. The Eastern Shore's Scenic Marine Drive will take you to explore many of the region's popular sights and attractions.