Winter Getaways on the Nova Scotia Authentic Seacoast
Winter is a quiet time on the Nova Scotia Authentic Seacoast as Chedabucto Bay goes into its annual slumber. It’s a time of long starlit lights and evenings by the fire with family and friends.
Our insiders share some of their favourite tips for a Nova Scotia winter getaway with our top 10 winter activities from the Authentic Seacoast 101 so you can experience the beauty and hospitality of winter on the Authentic Seacoast:
1. DesBarres Manor Inn 19th Century Hearth Fireplace
Built in 1837, the original hearth fireplace still stands in DesBarres Manor Inn. Warm up by the fire with a glass of red wine from the Manor’s award-winning wine cellar. A special winter highlight is the annual DesBarres Manor Inn Fire & Ice dinner celebrating the Nova Scotia Winter Icewine Festival.
2. Star Gazing
With beautiful clear dark skies, the Authentic Seacoast is a remarkable place for winter star gazing. The centerpiece of this dazzling display is Orion the Hunter. As the son of Neptune, it’s fitting that this excellent fisherman dominates the magical night sky.
3. Coasting Parties
On Chedabucto Bay we call tobogganing “coasting” and the road down to Mussel Cove at Osprey Shores Golf Resort is a popular spot. If you don’t have your own, check in as a guest at DesBarres Manor Inn and they’ll give you a magic carpet to ride. It’s a fun, curving ride down to the dock.
4. Puzzle Building
The private dining room at DesBarres Manor is the puzzle building centre during the winter months. There’s a big collection, so plan a long stay.
5. Make a Snowman
Dive into the DesBarres Manor Inn tickle trunk to find the latest in snowman fashion and make a snowman on the front lawn to greet guests. The wet snow along Chedabucto Bay is the perfect building material.
6. Cross Country Skiing on the Trans Canada Trail
Sign out some cross country skis from the Guysborough Fitness Centre (yes, they’re also free!) and ski the 26 kilometre trail that takes you from the harbour to the back woods above the bay. The North Odgen swinging bridge over the Salmon River is a beautiful spot on the trail.
7. Snow Shoeing at Osprey Shores Peninsula
Sign out some snow shoes from the Guysborough Fitness Centre (they’re free!) and take in the breathtaking views from the Osprey Shores Golf Resort peninsula.
8. Snow Balls
You’re too busy for snow balls in the City with all the rushing and meetings. Channel that inner kid during a weekend getaway with a friendly snow ball challenge.
9. Warm Up with a Full Steam Coffee at Skipping Stone Cafe & Store
The Authentic Seacoast is home to the Full Steam Coffee Co. and it doesn't get any fresher than at the Skipping Stone Cafe & Store. Warm up with a hot latte and some fresh artisan baking and check out the extensive selection of Nova Scotia products in this historic building on the Guysborough harbour.
10. Ice Fishing
Milford Haven is a popular spot for ice fishing. Fishing huts dot the Haven as locals fish for smelt in the cold waters while eagles watch overhead.
To learn more about the Authentic Seacoast 101 and all the activities on Nova Scotia’s Authentic Seacoast go to www.authenticseacoast.com/play
123 Ferry Lane, Guysborough, Nova Scotia, B0H 1N0 Tel: 902-533-2499 Toll-free 1-855-533-2499
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