What to Do
Select the "Attractions" button above to display a map of the Eastern Shore and a list of “Places to Go” and “Things to Do” while you are here. We use the word attractions in the widest sense – we are not a “showground”, but we do have lots of things to keep you busy. Our members are very proud of the area and strive to offer our visitors “an experience of a lifetime”.
If you like beaches then the Eastern shore has some of the best to offer in Nova Scotia. Kilometres of unspoiled sandy dunes will be found at Martinique and Clam Harbour, ideal for a day of sunning oneself, playing in the sand, paddling or swimming in the Atlantic Ocean
If you are a surfer, then Martinique and Lawrencetown Beaches are essential stops on your itinerary. Many of our beach parks offer more than just a coastal experience. Clam Harbour hosts an Annual Sandcastle competition (in August) that attracts upwards of 20,000 people – observers and many experienced sculptors. Martinique Beach has hosted, over the past few years, the Annual “National Surf Lifesaving” competition –a fantastic observer and participant sport.
Shore fishing, what can one say... There are hundreds of kilometers of coastline and countless places to cast a line.
Hiking, Camping and the Great Outdoors
The eastern shore is blessed with many trails where one can walk, cycle or run. Hundreds of kilometers of mapped-out Trailways await you. Provincial Parks and commercial campgrounds provide a wide range of locations and amenities to suit all campers and day-tripping hikers alike.
The great outdoors is something special – we have it all! One doesn’t need to seek out wildlife, we have a Wildlife Rehabilitation centre right here on the eastern shore that is open to visitors where many species can be seen and observed.
Sports and Adventure
If there is a sport that you have always wanted to try, there is a fairly good chance that you can find that opportunity somewhere on the eastern shore. This is not a challenge to find a sport that is not available, but an invitation to come, discover and see what is available and possible.
There are communities that have road races(running) throughout the summer, triathlons, surf competitions, local soccer games, even the opportunity to take kayak lessons or flying lessons Some of the finest game fishing in Nova Scotia is to be found here on the eastern shore. A myriad of lakes and rivers await you. In season, visitors’ fishing licenses are available at a very reasonable cost.
Hunting, saltwater and lake kayaking, sailing, golf, windsurfing, kite surfing.... So much to do and such a great place to do it!
Be sure to visit our sections on Sports and Adventures for lots more info.
We want you to visit but we also want you to stay a while. What we do not have – large hotels. What we do have – Bed and Breakfasts, small inns, and small motels where you will find friendly, professional hosts with a very good knowledge of the eastern shore. Many of the accommodations offer packages and activities to make your stay more enjoyable. Some accommodations are situated on lakes, rivers or by the Atlantic Ocean.
All accommodations are licensed by the Province of Nova Scotia and are inspected and/or graded by Canada Select or CAA/AAA. All licensed (legal) accommodations can be found at www.novascotia.com or in the Provincial Tourism Guide, “The Doers and Dreamers”
Visit our section on Where to Stay
What we do not have – large shopping malls!!
What we do have – great shops, craft boutiques, galleries, restaurants and of course, the necessities such as banks, gas stations and such like. Like the accommodation operators, most, if not all, business owners have a very good knowledge of the eastern shore and are friendly and helpful – we love tourists!!
Visit our sections on Where to Shop