Travel Tuesday: A Treasure Hunter’s Guide to South Shore, Nova Scotia

Travel Tuesday: A Treasure Hunter’s Guide to South Shore, Nova Scotia in Travel Tuesday

If you’re looking for a vacation that features a perfect balance of nature and culture, I suggest a trip to Atlantic Canada! Being from Moncton, my family is spoiled for our choice of perfect vacation spots. This year, exploring brought us to the South Shore of Nova Scotia. This ocean coastline is dotted with communities full of art, culture and maritime majesty, not to mention treasures can be found around every corner.

One of the draws to this area for my family was a trip to Oak Island. The History Channel’s show The Curse for Oak Island has certainly piqued the interest of travelers. In fact, summer tours get booked up within minutes every year. We opted to visit the free Interpretive Centre, which houses a historical timeline, artifacts, and souvenirs about the mysterious island. We enjoyed looking at the treasures familiarized by the show such as Ricky Restall’s toy gun, pottery chards and coins but our favourite part was sitting on the steps of the Lagina’s famous green War Room.

A few kilometers down the road, you will find another Nova Scotia treasure, Lunenburg.Lunenburg is the colourful and picturesque port town that is famous for being the home of the Bluenose II and other tall ships. There are art galleries, craftsmen galore and the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic, but for me, Lunenburg was about visiting Big Red’s for lunch! Big Red’s is a community staple since 1977 that boasts stunning bay views from the upper dining room. This 38 year CFIB member is famous for both pizza and seafood! It was a great place to share laughs and delicious food with the family.

As we travelled further south down the Lighthouse Trail we came upon the Ovens Natural Park. This natural spectacle is the site of one of the first gold mines in the area which was developed around 1861. The Ovens consists of sweeping sea cliffs and sea caves - both natural and mined, and if you want, you can try your luck panning for gold on Cunard’s Rocky beach. This location also has a full service campsite where you can wake up overlooking the sea!


Home for us throughout the week was in Port Mouton, NS. This little village is where you can find one of Nova Scotia’s crown jewels: Carter’s Beach. Carter’s Beach is a long, white sand beach that serves up turquoise blue water, peace, and mostly quiet if you don’t count the occasional bark of nearby sea lions. We spent a lot of time playing and exploring the beach. The frigid Atlantic water did not deter my kids from taking a swim and they found lots of sea riches - so much so that the next time you see me, don’t be surprised if I try to pay for things in sand dollars!



Jocelyn Rhindress is the Manager of Business Resources in Atlantic Canada.She has been with CFIB for 8 years and growing up in a household supported by a small business has created a lifelong passion for helping and supporting small businesses. Residing in Moncton, New Brunswick she loves to explore Atlantic Canada with her family. Her hobbies include reading, yoga cross stitching and taking in concerts of her favorite musicians.