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Marine Drive, Nova Scotia


Nova Scotia's great legends and traditions of the sea come alive along the Marine Drive. Come explore this special land of pristine coastal beauty, where quiet shoreline roads lead through romantic seaside villages and the past is a colourful part of everyday life.

You can experience the sights and sounds of a thriving 19th- century town at Sherbrooke Village, one of Nova Scotia's largest living history museums. Come stroll through the past. Listen to the blacksmith's hammer ringing at his forge, visit the general store and the chairmaker's shop. Take a ride in a horse-drawn wagon, or visit the picturesque sawmill where the slowly turning waterwheel powers the province's only operating up-and-down saw.

The Marine Drive is a playground for nature lovers. Explore magnificent unspoiled beaches and discover inlets, marshes and estuaries that teem with birds and wildlife. The rugged coastline with its bays, islands, and sparkling clear water is a world-class destination for sea kayakers. And inland lies a vast but amazingly accessible wilderness whose myriad lakes and rivers are legendary with anglers and canoeists.

The Marine Drive leads through a world of fishermen and the sea, and the region's early fishing and settlement history is on display at Grassy Island National Historic Site. Visit the wharf side interpretive centre in Canso, then hop aboard a boat tour out to Grassy Island. There you can stroll a fascinating interpretive trail past the foundations and fortifications that are all that remain of a once-thriving fishing and merchant community that existed here in the early 1700s.

You can also visit the warm, inviting home of a turn-of-the-century inshore fisherman at the Fisherman's Life Museum in Jeddore Oyster Pond. Or, for a different historic flavour, try strolling the widow's walk of Canso's historic Whitman House, or learn about early train travel at the Musquodoboit Railway Museum.

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