On The Water Tour
Day 1 - Eastern Shore
Fisherman’s Life Museum - Come and experience a hearty welcome to this Nova Scotian fisherman's house in Jeddore Oysterpond, built in the early 1900s. From the crackle of wood in the summer kitchen cook stove to the smell of the saltwater breeze at Navy Pool by the ocean, you'll experience the typical life of a coastal village family. Homemade hot biscuits or fresh baked cookies are often served up by the costumed guides to be enjoyed as you learn more about a traditional fisherman’s life.
Memory Lane Heritage Village - Take a stroll through the Memory Lane Heritage Village and experience rural Nova Scotia life as it was between 1940 and 1950 in this unique "Living Memory" museum located in Lake Charlotte. The village includes thirteen rescued or re-created buildings from the area that illustrate the key aspects of village life during this period. Experience the boat building process in action at the Norm Hutt Boat Shop. No trip to Memory Lane would be complete without a meal at the Old Cookhouse. Here homemade meals are served much like your grandmother would have made (if she were from the Eastern Shore of Nova Scotia!). Traditional selections include cookhouse chow with homemade bread, baked beans, clam chowder and homemade sandwiches. Delicious!
Clam Harbour Beach - Just a short drive from Memory Lane, visit Clam Harbour Beach Provincial Park. Walk on this pristine beach with its fine white sand or visit the look-off with its panoramic view of Clam Bay and the offshore islands. The sand here is ideal for sculpting.
Martinique Beach - Visit Nova Scotia’s longest white sand beach in East Petpeswick. Enjoy the peace of a 5km beach walk where the only sounds you're likely to hear are the wind, the waves and the cry of seagulls. Remember to bring your bird book to help identify over 440 species that call on the marsh behind, and renowned to be one of the best birding destinations in Eastern Canada.
Fisherman’s Cove - Enroute back to downtown Halifax, detour to Eastern Passage to visit Fisherman’s Cove, a traditional Nova Scotian fishing village. Take a walk along the ocean boardwalk where you can hear the wind whistling through the sea grass, seagulls cawing, the breaking of ocean swells on MacCormick's Beach and the creek of fishing boats at their wharves. Wooden boardwalks connect shops and art galleries. Then savour some fresh seafood delicacies at one of the local eateries.
Day 2 - South Shore – The Lighthouse Route
The day begins with an early rise and departure for Lunenburg.
Established in 1753, Old Town Lunenburg is the best surviving example of British planned colonial settlement in North America. Lunenburg’s colourful waterfront, narrow streets, captivating architecture, and seafaring history have made it a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Visit the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic to learn about rum running, August gales and whales. Explore wharf-side vessels and enjoy Bluenose memorabilia. Discover the unique stories of this lovely town on a walking or horse and buggy tour. Lunenburg is also home to many award-winning restaurants and Ironworks Distillery.
Mahone Bay - Visit Amos Pewter, Canada's only Pewter Economuseum and take a guided tour of the workshop with one of the local artisans. Started in Quebec in 1992, the Economuseum Network's mission is to showcase traditional trades and skills, from the raw product to store shelves. Visitors to Amos Pewter are introduced to techniques, both old and new, used in making pewter and the history of the pewter craft.
Amble along the picture perfect main street of Mahone Bay, visiting the galleries and unique arts and craft studios along the way. Be sure to take in the famous view of the ‘Three Churches’ along the waterfront and the panoramic sea views.
Peggy’s Cove - Travel on to Peggy’s Cove where you will visit one of Canada’s most recognized and photographed lighthouses. The tiny harbour below the lighthouse is a masterpiece of weathered fish sheds and colourful fishing boats. While you’re there, view The Fisherman’s Monument. Sculpted by William E. deGarthe, it is a granite monument to Canadian fishermen, their wives and children.
Day 3 - Halifax
Murphy’s on the Water Deep Sea Fishing Tour - Enjoy a deep sea fishing tour aboard the Summer Bay. Take in the rugged sites and wildlife along the coast lines of George’s and McNab’s Islands before entering the Great North Atlantic to cast your line in search of cod, haddock and Boston bluefish. Live the authentic maritime experience of bringing in your catch and watch the experienced Captain clean and filet your fish for you to take home.
Maritime Museum of the Atlantic - Dive into Atlantic Canada's maritime history in the heart of the historic Halifax waterfront. Experience the life of a sailor, learn of the province's rich ship-building heritage and uncover the meaning behind colourful ship flags. On your tour you will see exhibits featuring the Halifax connection to the Titanic, Samuel Cunard, North Atlantic convoys, Theodore Tugboat, the Halifax Explosion, Shipwreck Treasures, and galleries with Days of Sail and Age of Steam of 1917.
Try your hand at making a traditional rope map at the ship's chandlery, which is where fishermen would have purchased their wares back in the late 1800s and early 1900s. This centuries old crafting experience gives you a mat to take home to remind you of your Nova Scotia vacation.
Alexander Keith’s Nova Scotia Brewery Tour - Come and experience Nova Scotian hospitality at its best with a tour of Alexander Keith’s Nova Scotia Brewery, one of the oldest breweries in Canada and a Canadian Tourism Commission “Signature Experience”. Take in the Red Stag Pub where costumed interpreters will bring 1863 Halifax to life in story and song as they lead you through the various parts of this massive ironstone and granite building. This tour serves as a great warm-up for a night out on the town.