EASTERN SHORE

“Up-shore, down-shore, whatever this place is called we’re here and I want to buy everyone in the bar a drink! Get everybody a Jamison so we can toast!!” Page, a pretty young woman was visiting a family home in Sheet Harbour on The Eastern Shore for their only weekend of the year. Her insistent and persistent request induced puzzled expressions from some of the staff. From what planet does she come, so loose with the credit card and she doesn’t even know she’s on the Eastern Shore? In the end, we all came around to accept her generosity- the remaining staff, the few of us at the bar, including Collin the retired local sitting next to us. We had enjoyed conversing for a while and wondered if he had just gotten off of work in the mine based on his appearance. With the owner’s reception of him we sensed he was welcomed or at the very least tolerated in this restaurant and bar which was upscale for The Eastern Shore.

Beach combing the Eastern Shore

The Eastern Shore is the least visited of the tourist regions on mainland Nova Scotia. This region has some of Nova Scotia’s least populated, wildest, most scenic coastal landscapes. It was along this shore where Nova Scotia’s population decline was the most evident to us so far. Residents reminisced over the memories of the gas stations, shopping and services which formerly dotted the two lane coastal road along some sections. As long as we planned ahead for necessities like gas and food, the lack of services made it no less appealing from a road less traveled kind of perspective. Living there might be a different matter.

An old railroad bed across the salt flats has been turned into a bike trail just east of the Halifax/Dartmouth area.

Martinique Provincial Beach Park. A thin dune divides the Atlantic from a fresh water lake.
Wind and waves at Clam Harbour Provincial Beach Park

Memory Lane, a 1940’s Heritage Village. Lake Charlotte Nova Scotia
A walk down memory lane.
The “seafood burger” in Ship Harbour was ridiculously huge.
Breakfast on the bay, Norse Cove campground.
Coastal Adventures took us sea kayaking in Tangier Nova Scotia

Drumhead Ferry, one of many throughout Nova Scotia
A graveyard with a view.
About half the town of Sherbrooke Village has been preserved as a living museum.
Village life as it was in 1867.
The drugstore
Eastern Shore Style

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