Liscombe Lodge at Liscombe Mills
is one of Nova Scotia's Signature hotels. The Lodge is the largest complex
in the area, with fine accommodation, a good restaurant, a swimming
pool, sauna, tennis court, canoe rentals, deep sea charters and a gift
shop featuring local arts and crafts.
Liscombe Mills offers a hiking trail to a salmon ladder and several
other walking adventures along the Liscombe River Trail System, 3 km.
long each way.
At Sherbrooke, you'll want to visit
Sherbrooke Village, an impressive historical town restoration, dating
back to the wild and wooly days of the 1860-80 gold rush. The town was
restored in 1970 as a working museum, with demonstrations of nineteenth-century
lumbering and ship building, and the everyday business and retail operations
of a typical gold mining community.The original restored buildings are
open to the public during the summer.
Before you continue along the Marine Drive, you might want to check that the ferry is operating near Country Harbour. If not, (probably in winter) there is an alternative route in Melrose , about 12 kilometers distant and here you will see the sign for Isaac's Harbour. Take the ferry if you can! It costs very little to cross over to the other side and it's a nice little trip across the open water. You will likely meet fellow travellers from the US, Europe, Quebec or other parts of Canada on the ferry. Often, you will meet again in Charlos Cove, or Desbarres Manor in Guysborough.
There are several campgrounds and two provincial parks in the area,
including Boylston Park, Salsman Park, Riverside Campground, Sherbrooke,
Nimrod's Rest Campground, Stillwater, Sea Breeze Campground, Fox Island
Port Bickerton is an interesting little fishing village that offers accommodations and several stores and gift shops. The Beach Park and Lighthouse Interpretive Center will be a special treat for all you lighthouse fans. Port Bickerton consists of two buildings housing lighthouse artifacts and pictures, interpretive panels of the flora in the park, marine related displays and directories containing information on all 160 lighthouses in the Province.
An observation tower has been erected on top of this building where the operational light once stood as a beacon for ships at sea. It offers a breath-taking view of the sandy beach and surrounding area. Guides are present at all times to answer questions and hiking trails and boardwalks allow you to explore on your own.
We stop on the road and have a look at the map - we can turn left and follow the # 316 to Salsman Park, Country Harbour and Goshen. The Country Harbour ferry, operational summers and 'sometimes' during the winter will transport us across the water. This is a short run, but enjoyable!
But today we put the map aside and enjoy the view of Isaacs Harbour and Goldboro - a town built on gold, according to the welcome sign. In recent years, however, Goldboro has been at the center of offshore oil exploration for the last decade and in 2007, a controversial LNG terminal is being planned for the Goldboro Industrial Park.
Seal Harbour, Coddle Harbour, New Harbour, Tor Bay - Tor Bay Atlantic Provincial Park. This beautiful Provincial Park offers boardwalks, a picnic area, swimming at two beaches andinformation about the first commercial trans-atlantic cable that transmitted messages from England to the North American Continent (1875).
Larry's River and Charlos Cove where you can overnight at Seawind
Landing Inn, a first class year-round accommodation. The Inn includes
the main house and restaurant. Within sight, a second accommodation
building has several double rooms displaying the paintings of local
artists. Painting and photo workshops are also offered. If you like,
from here, you can row a short distance to Sugar Island to observe the
many birds of the area.
Arctic Tern July to August,
near New Harbour
Blackpoll Warbler, June to September, Rocky Coast
Scoters. December to January, many inlets on the coast
Baird's Sandpiper, first weeks of September, New Harbour
Buff-breasted Sandpiper, end of summer, New Harbour
Hudsonian Godwit, August, New Harbour
Ducks, all year, New Harbour
Black Guillemot, end of November to March, coastal inlets and Liscombe Point
Fox Sparrow, June, Larry's River to Crossroads
Seabirds various, Island off Tor-Bay
Shorebirds, July and late summer, Chedabucto Bay, Beaches
Oldsquaw, end November to April, seen at Marie Joseph , New Harbour Cove, Coal Harbour, Port Felix, Whitehead, all long time fishing villages.
Canso, with its harbour front promenade
is located at the beginning at the Chedabucto Bay.
History buffs will want to check out the Whitman Museum which details
the story of one of Canso's founding families and other interesting
local pages from local history.
Located on the water in Canso you will find a boat service and a small museum telling the history of Grassy Island.
Grassy Island National Historic Park - You get to Grassy Island National Park by motor boat in only seven minutes at a cost of $2.50 return. Walk in the park and read the historical facts from 250 years ago. Once a community of fishermen and merchants from New England, Grassy Island became a casualty of the English-French rivalry for North America. It was attacked, burned down by the French in 1744 and forgotten. In 1713 the Treaty of Utrecht gave the ownership of mainland Nova Scotia to the British, while the Island in the Gulf of St. Lawrence remained French.
A conflicting interpretation of the Treaty of Utrecht left the ownership of the Canso Islands in dispute. In 1720, the Governor of Nova Scotia Richard Phillips, fearing the French retaliation from Fort Louisburg in Cape Breton, established a small British garrison, a fort on Grassy Island. The British government refused to pay for the defense of Canso. Even though they were threatened by the French, Canso prospered. In 1730 lots of people from New England came in summer to fish. Merchants and fishermen lived peacefully side by side. The fishermen used schooners which were bigger and faster than the French chaloupes. At their best time, the Canso fishery caught more than 8 million fish in a single season and sold the goods in Europe, America and the Caribbean in exchange for other goods.
Chedabucto Bay is the largest bay on the Atlantic Coast. It was formed by the drowning of an ancient river system. Marine erosion has created numerous small gravel beaches, often enclosing small lagoons and salt marshes. These areas provide wading bird habitat for shorebirds and herons. This protected coastal area also supports some southern marine fauna species because the water is warmer than in other coastal areas.
Museums and Attractions in this area are usually seasonal, opening from May until September. Sherbrooke Village is the exception with events scheduled right up until Christmas, when tens of thousands of tiny white lights twinkle through the whole village.
Restaurants and Cafes
We are driving on #16 and passing Phillips Harbour, Queensport and
Halfway Cove to Guysborough with
its Old Court House Museum, where you can learn about local history
and search the genealogical records.
Osprey Shores Golf Resort offers a 'authentic seacoast experience' and
is located on a 60 acre peninsula at the western end of Chedabucto Bay
with beautiful ocean views all the way around. There are 10 deluxe resort
rooms which include a complimentary continental breakfast. Osprey Shores
is a RCGA rated, 9 hole golf course with a licensed clubhouse and a
post game snack menu.
Arriving in Boylston, you can fill up your car, do some shopping and
stay over night at the campground. Here the Marine Drive #16 turns into
# 344. We follow route 344 and drive all along the Chedabucto Bay towards
Mulgrave - From Mulgrave, we can overlook
the streets of Canso and see Port Hawkesbury on the other side
of the Bay. Mulgrave serves as a Marine Center and has an industrial
port. There is a little park at the entry of the town called the Venus
Cove Park with a picnic area and playground and a hiking treck.
This virtual tour is an ongoing process for Highway 7 Online staff. We live and work on the Shore because we really love the area and believe it's the 'last best place' in Nova Scotia for so many reasons! We hope you have enjoyed ambling along with us as much as we enjoyed having your company!
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