Eastern Shore

A day-trip from The Belgravia

Explore the Atlantic Eastern Shore

Guests seeking a flavour of the Atlantic coast of Nova Scotia can do this with a day trip from the Belgravia to the so-called "Eastern Shore" from Musquodoboit Harbour to Sheet Harbour. This section of Route 7, the "Marine Drive," provides visitors the opportunity to drive and see a number of scenic bays and inlets of this section of the coast.

After leaving The Belgravia, we suggest that our guests drive to Shubenacadie via either Route 2 (two lane) or Route 102 (four lane). If you have children with you, or are interested in the native wildlife of Nova Scotia, it is well worth a stop to visit the Provincial Wildlife Park. This is an excellent site to view these animals living in as nearly natural conditions as possible.

From Shubenacadie, we suggest you take rural highways (Rt 224 and others) across country to Elderbank. At Elderbank, pick up Route 357 to Musquodoboit Harbour. This is a scenic route, especially when the Autumn foliage is at its best. Part of the highway parallels an old railway bed converted to a hiking trail. Walk a section of this trail for a glimpse of the nature of Nova Scotia's interior wilderness.

At the intersection with Route 7, on reaching Musquodoboit Harbour, there is a small Information Centre worth a stop. Literature is available here on some of the attractions of Marine Drive.

If hunger pangs hit on your drive eastward along Marine Drive, we suggest a stop at the Lobster Shack at Salmon River Bridge. A special favorite of ours at this restaurant is a steaming bowl of lobster chowder and fresh biscuits. After this delightful lunch stop, we suggest a side trip to Martinique Beach. This is one of the beautiful beaches of Nova Scotia. Unfortunately, the waters of this part of the Atlantic are very cold, so swimming is best for those with an adventurous spirit.

Back on Marine Drive again, you'll enjoy picturesque coves and seascapes. Stop to take pictures or sketch favorite scenes. The road has lots of sharp curves, hills and hidden driveways though, so please drive carefully.

At Sheet Harbour, you may wish to head back northward toward The Belgravia, taking Routes 224 and 289.

Enjoy your day in our province, then come home for the night to a comfortable bed at the Belgravia!