The south coast of Nova Scotia – a province that bills itself as Canada’s ocean playground – is, hands down, one of our favourite Canadian summer destinations.
What do we love so much about this area?
Aside from raucous Kingsburg barn parties (beware of taking on the locals in drinking games), windswept fields of wild blueberries (yum) and to-die-for potato bread at the LaHave Bakery (located in an area first settled during the early 1600s) – our attraction to this corner of Canada revolves around beach life and a kick-back sensibility.
Toque – a.k.a. Jen Twyman/co-founder of this site and an ardent enthusiast of the east coast – insists the vibe on the South Shore, especially around Hirtle’s Beach, is like “the anti-buzz. You are obliged to relax!”
And it turns out she’s not the only one who makes regular pilgrimages to this region of Nova Scotia – just an hour and a half south of Halifax.
“People keep coming back because it’s so small-scale here and quiet and quaint. To this day I never get tired of the beauty of the place,” local resident John Duckworth – a former Montrealer – tells us. (Soft words for the guy behind the area’s most rockin’ barn party.)
“We know people from all over who own summer houses here. I’m talking architects, movie producers, writers and musicians from all over Europe, the U.S. and Canada.”
Another reason we’re wild about it here?
How about the fact that after a day of surfing, sun-worshipping, boogie-boarding, swimming, socializing, eating fresh lobster and downing a few Keith’s – you get to hit the sack knowing you can wake up the next morning and do it all over again.
Just another sweet summer’s day on the South Shore.