There's a special beauty along the Sunrise Trail of northern Nova Scotia. This road winds its way along shoreline of northern Nova Scotia, through gently rolling farmlands that create a quilt of emerald green fields that meet the sparkling blue waters of the fog-free Northumberland Strait. The Sunrise Trail offers stunning vistas of sandy shores with bright red bluffs and tidal salt marshes, teaming with life. Time moves slowly here in towns and villages where many generations have harvested the bounty of the land and sea, which are still there, unspoiled and waiting to be explored. Cottages and chalets in this area offer a home away from home.
There are fine restaurants, colourful galleries and craft shops, as well as museums, summer theatre, farmers’ markets, magnificent golf courses, vineyards to tour and local wines to sample. You can choose from a dazzling variety of natural attractions and special cultural and culinary events in the area. Special music-filled festivals celebrate blueberry and strawberry harvests. Rural communities host church-hall dinners with lobster fresh from the Northumberland Strait and fresh summer produce. In coastal towns and villages along the Northumberland shore, lobster boats can be seen leaving early in the morning and returning in the afternoon, loaded with their delicious cargo. Many communities have public wharves and lobster pounds where you can purchase your own lobster right from the fisherman.
For swimmers and beachcombers, our shoreline with its 30 fine-sand beaches offers an irresistible invitation to enjoy the warmest salt water north of the Carolinas. There are twelve beautiful provincial parks, rivers and waterfalls, hiking trails, sand dunes and wildlife-filled salt marshes.
History comes alive along the Sunrise Trail. Pictou, with its authentic historica waterfront, is known as "The Birthplace of New Scotland" and visitors can tour a replica of the Hector, the first boat bringing Scottish settlers to the region. At the Balmoral Grist Mill, you can see grain ground into flour using power generated by a wooden water wheel in a picturesque brook, or visit the Sutherland Steam Mill, where steam power turns logs into lumber, just as it did in 1894. In Stellarton, Nova Scotia's Museum of Industry boasts two of the world’s oldest steam locomotives among its extensive collection highlighting early industrial development.
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