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The Noel Shore on the Minas Basin of Nova Scotia: Attractions and Activities

Shore Haven House is located in Tennecape, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Our favourite things to do without even getting into the car:

  • Absorb the astounding views;
  • Listen to the roar of the surf from the world's highest tides;
  • Swim in the mellow salt waters of the Minas Basin;
  • Walk on the beach for miles in an area famous for fossils;
  • Walk on the ocean floor and explore the tidal pools as well as the woodlands and meadows;
  • Fish for sea bass;
  • Follow our Trout Pool Brook to the very special place where it burbles gently across a sandstone shelf and cascades in a beautiful little waterfall to the sea (right);
  • Watch the abundant wildlife (including deer, eagles, quail, pheasants, hummingbirds, osprey, owls, rabbits, raccoons and foxes);
  • Discover the old Acadian house foundation near Evangeline Brook.

Lawrence House MuseumThe immediate area also offers many interesting activities.

All the beaches, villages and rich farmland of the spectacular "Noel Shore" are just moments away.

Experience a step back in time with the warm hospitality, unique shops, antiques, artisans, crafts, farm markets, quilts and hand hooked rugs, preserves, quality "new-to-you" clothing, fishing wharves, restaurants (from down-home to gourmet dinning), historic churches and museums of seaside villages such as Newport Landing, Sommerville, Noel, and Maitland, or the pastoral beauty in the traditional Mennonite community in West Northfield.

Sunset on Cheverie BeachA great destination for a bike ride or a short drive: Burntcoat Head Park and Interpretation Center, site of the world's highest recorded tides, has a fully serviced picnic park with stairs and a viewing platform.

Maitland Village, designated Nova Scotia's first Heritage Conservation District with nearly 50 beautiful 19th century homes, is an historic ship building village and the home of the world's largest sailing vessel which is chronicled at the Lawrence House Museum (left).

Maitland is also home to Riverview Herbs and its delightful café as well as an excellent fine dining restaurant.

There are other local museums such as in Selma and at the lighthouse in Walton.

Shubenacadie River RunnersGuests may wish to experience the thrill of the world’s highest tides, "up close and personal", by going rafting on the tidal bore with the Shubenacadie River Runners in Maitland.

Some of the many other local attractions include a guided fossil and history tour along a local beach, walking on the ocean floor (dubbed by even our youngest guests as "awesome"), the Shubenacadie Wildlife Park with its stunning new marshland and bird-viewing walk, Mastodon Ridge Museum fossil display, golf, eco-tourism and good local restaurants (including fine dining).

Horseback riding and riding lessons are available at several nearby locations.

Sea kayaking, guided expeditions including an eagle tour, and outfitters are also available close by in Maitland.

Only 15 minutes away at Walton, you can golf on a links course by the sea, Minas View Links.

Annapolis ValleyWindsor, the gateway to the Annapolis Valley, is about 45 minutes away and offers attractions such as the world famous Mermaid Theatre, Haliburton House, a gorgeous restored historic house and home of "Sam Slick" as well as excellent restaurants, from fine dining to family style.

At Wolfville, enjoy superb fine dining restaurants and the bounty of the Valley farms at the many farm markets. Take a bus tour to the many local wineries.

Grand Pré National Historic Park tells the story of the original Acadian settlers who first built dykes to create fertile farmland, and of their tragic expulsion by the British in 1755.

Travel a little further along the Annapolis Valley and enjoy the vistas of golf courses, orchards, farms, vineyards as well as whale watching and the unique lobster dinners on the wharf at Hall's Harbour.

Halifax waterfront, from NovaScotiaPhotoAlbum.comNova Scotia is rich in traditional music. In addition to concerts and festivals there are weekly jam sessions along this shore.

All of this is only 1 hour from Halifax, a cosmopolitan center with the world's second deepest natural harbour, a wide array of restaurants, world class museums and shopping.

Shore Haven House by the Sea is so far from the hustle and bustle of city life and yet close to all that the city has to offer, if you choose.

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