It’s quite surprising how many of us who live in The Maritimes don’t know much about traveling in their own “Back Yard”. For those of you not from this region, Canada’s Maritime Provinces are Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick. If you add Newfoundland/Labrador it becomes “Eastern Canada”! I guess it wasn’t until I got in to the travel business in 1995 that I really toured more extensively in the area. It took seeing some other incredible parts of the world to really make me appreciate my home. This article features a great route enjoyed by locals and visitors alike.
The “South Shore” or “Lighthouse Route” stretches from Halifax to Yarmouth along the Atlantic Ocean. It’s the home to incredible scenery, coastal views, quaint towns, warm and friendly folk, lighthouses (of course) and some of the best little pubs in the world. For the purposes of this story we will only go as far as Bridgewater, along the coastal Route 3 and it’s offshoot 3 Series roads. More on other parts of this coast will be featured at another point.
If you have not visited the Peggy’s Cove area, or are looking to re-visit, you should. I will say that it’s a bit touristy, but still a wonderful spot. With it’s wave-swept rocks it paints a lovely picture. But don’t go too close, as there have been many occasions where unsuspecting visitors have been washed out to sea by one of many “rogue waves”. The Lighthouse itself is actually called Peggy’s Point Lighthouse built in 1915. One of 160 historic lighthouses whose majestic beacons can be found throughout the province.
The Village of Peggy’s Cove is famed for its picturesque and typically East-Coast profile, with houses perched along a narrow inlet and on wave-washed boulders facing the Atlantic. Although this unique environment has been designated a preservation area, it is still a busy lobster fishing 강남달토 village full of hustle, bustle and boats during the Lobster Season in that region. Each region of the Maritimes has it’s own season, which is government regulated.
Along the route to Peggy’s, along Highway 333 in West Dover (another fishing village), is a great spot to wet your whistle and sample scrumptious seafood and other great grub. Shaw’s Landing is right on the water, with a spectacular view of the harbour. It has a very unique history that I’ll let them tell you. The atmosphere here is warm, friendly and offers free internet service to boot! Aside from the seafood, the “Landing” offers burgers, fries, etc. Daily specials, a hearty breakfast menu and kids menu for the youngin’s.
Now the journey continues past Peggy’s Cove and up to link with Route 3, or the “old road” as we call it, along the Atlantic Coast. The scenery speaks for itself. You’ll go by Queensland Beach Provincial Park. A nice stroll if it’s not filled with sunbathers and frisbee tossers on a hot summer day. Our next Tavern Trek is in the seaside town of Chester, noted for sailing, stately homes, magnificent gardens and a relaxed lifestyle. Plus Nova Scotia’s Oldest Pub, the Fo’c’sle, affectionately known as “Chester’s Living Room”, is a casual spot for locals and those just passing through. Come on in and sit awhile at the old bar. The kitchen strives to offer the highest quality food by selecting the freshest ingredients and preparing them with care. They offer a great selection of hearty “pub grub,” traditional Maritime dishes and a variety of daily specials.