Sure, surfers and kite-boarders taking air – in every season – at Lawrencetown Beach understand the rugged, unspoiled beauty. So do hikers trekking through the woods along the Musquodoboit Trail or cyclists watching eagles soar over the Salt Marshes.
For folks along the Eastern Shore, that’s a good thing – they almost have this majestic wilderness to themselves.
In the summertime, while the city steams, you descend the Heartbreak Hills leaving Cole Habour, and the temperature drops as the breeze lift. Heading to Conrad’s, or farther afield to Clam Harbour, you’ll find generous white sand beaches and a surprisingly warm surf, and maybe a dozen swimmers will be sharing your joy.
Burnished by salt air and marine legends, Eastern Shore life is touched by the Atlantic in every way. The ocean’s infinite majesty can soothe. But walk the coast after a Nor’Easter, and you’ll feel uncomfortably humble, too. It has something for everyone, in every season. It’s close to downtown Dartmouth or Dartmouth Crossing, but most residents love living here because it’s just a short ride to a spirited adventure or a gentle commune with nature.
Avid paddlers know the Eastern Shore is home to more than 100 coastal islands that are little changed over millennia. Taylor Head Provincial Park feels so authentic that it’s easy to imagine a Mi'kmaq village waiting for the one you crest the hill. The Musquodoboit Trail system offers natural experiences at all activity levels, from easy strolls to mountaineering, while the Liscombe River Trail is a rugged hike through a rolling river valley to a beautiful waterfall.
If you love wildlife, the bounty will amaze you. Birds of prey wheel overhead and seabirds scurry along many beaches. In Seaforth, Hope for Wildlife has rehabilitated more than 40,000 injured and orphaned wild animals – more than 250 species, including seals, beavers, hares, turtles and eagles. Greyhound Pets of Atlantic Canada volunteers find good homes for hundreds of retired racers every year.
Rest assured, if you prefer structured outdoor activities, the Eastern Shore has you covered. Delightful courses await duffers at Osprey Shores Golf Resort, Harbour Ridge Golf Club and River Oakes Golf Club.
Unlike the capital, much of the Eastern Shore feels untouched and unchanging. A bevy of lovely communities like Chezzetcook, Musquodoboit Harbour, Sheet Harbour, and Port Dufferin are working towns and sweet reminders of simpler times. Church hall lobster suppers are frequent in summer, and fishers and farmers sell the freshest food imaginable at roadside stalls. It’s exactly how wholesome, small-town life should feel.
Museums are plentiful, too. Sherbrooke Village, circa the 1860s, brims with historical shops, homes, and lively re-en-actors. Closer to the city, Fisherman’s Life Museum, and Memory Lane Heritage Village delight young and old alike, and a variety of cafes, pubs and bakeries and restaurants work hard for your custom.
The Eastern Shore secret is slowly being discovered – that’s why Century 21 Trident Realty offers so many properties. We can’t wait to help you know this area better.