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Cape Sable Island

Follow Route 330 across the causeway and you are in the birthplace of the world renowned Cape Islander- those brightly colored fishing boats you see at wharves, bays and harbours dotting the coast. Seafood, including lobster is always on the menu. Here too, is one the best birding sites in Nova Scotia and a designated Important Bird Area. Miles of white sand beaches offer you great vistas of the ocean. Wiggle your toes in the sand, fly a kite, stroll the beaches, listen to the pounding surf. This is where the Bay of Fundy meets the Atlantic Ocean. The tallest lighthouse in Nova Scotia- the Cape Sable Light at 101 ft. tall is viewed best from the most southerly point – The Hawk.

  • Enjoy the 28 miles of white sand beaches – take a picnic, listen to the gulls, watch the many species of shorebirds and just relax.
  • Bring your own kayak and paddle the bays and inlets.
  • Stroll along the boardwalks and learn the history of the area from the storyboards provided.
  • Eat lobster at the local restaurants
  • Enjoy the Nova Scotia Marathon
  • Visit the Archeleaus Smith Museum, Centreville and learn about the history of the people who founded the area and the seafaring heritage. (Open June-September)
  • Want to know more about “The Cape Islander” fishing boat? Then a visit to the Seaside Heritage Centre, Clark’s Harbour is a must. On display is a wooden Cape Island design boat, built by Freebert Atkinson, one of the few remaining wooden boat builders in the area. While there, see one of the original surf boats used on Seal Island in the late 1800’s. Drop by for a chat with local residents.( Open: June-September)
  • Venture down to one of the fish wharves and talk with local fishermen.
  • If you are a birder, then Cape Sable Island is one of the best birding sites in Nova Scotia and is a designated Important Bird Area and is a migratory route for shorebirds, warblers and rare species. Only site in Canada for the American Oyster Catcher.

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