What To Do Along the South Shore of Nova Scotia
Head south this fall, to the South Shore that is! There’s so much to do along our beautiful coast, have a look at some of our favourite places to explore.
Summerville Beach Provincial Park
7533 Hwy 3 Summerville Centre.
One of the finest beaches on the South Shore. Admire the sunset behind the unique train bridge that is tucked away in the salt marsh.
Less than ten minutes away
Approximately 1 km long.
Pit toilets, change rooms, picnic tables with shelters and boardwalks to the beach.
Summerville Centre Trail
3 kms long walking and cycling trail goes from Silver Rock Drive in Hunts Point to Highway #3 near the Quarterdeck Beachside Villas & Grill. The trail is managed by the Queens Rails to Trails organization, an incredible volunteer group that are doing so much to develop and maintain trails in our community. This trail is in good shape for walking or bicycles thanks to their work
Kejimkujik Seaside National Park
1188 St. Catherines River Rd., Port Joli.
Exit 22 (Port Joli) Follow Hyw 3 for 2 km, turn left on St. Catherines River Rd., travel 4.8km (signs for Kejimkjik).
No entrance fee. Approximately 30 minutes away.
Hike through a labyrinth of dense shrubs on your way to the coast on groomed trails. Excellent interpretive panels. An expansive view of the Atlantic shoreline with headlands, islands, and bays. Once you arrive at the observation deck, your eyes will be riveted by the pure white sweep of Saint Catherines River Beach. This shining crescent of sand will enchant you with its turquoise waters. In the fall, the headland barrens are a spectacular colour of various shades of red
Thomas Raddall Provincial Campground and Day Use
Exit 22 Port Joli Follow hwy 3 turning right on Port ‘L’Herbert Rd, turn at 529 Raddall Park Rd.
Open until October 12th, the park entrance is several kilometers down the Port l’Herbert Rd. on your left. The Raddall Park Rd is a long gravel road, but well maintained. Pit toilets, change rooms and free for day use. Approximately 30 minutes from here. Note: Stop at the Administration office and pick up the hiking trail map as there are ten trails.
This wonderful park has the feeling of remoteness. On the way to the beach you pass the MacDonald House that belonged to the original landowner and also their family cemetery. This is an added bonus for history seekers.
Port l’Hebert Provincial Park (Pocket Wilderness)
11183 Hwy 103 Granite Village (west). Approx. 45 minutes from here.
Park features a 2.1 km (1.3 mi.) looped trail through hardwoods and granite boulders left by retreating glaciers. The trail provides a pleasant walk to an attractive view of the coast. Site is adjacent to a federal migratory bird sanctuary. Services include a parking lot, picnic area, and vault toilets.
Pine Grove Park
Exit 19 Turn right on Route 8. Minutes on your left is Pine Grove Park.
10 minutes from here.
An exceptional 57 acre natural park with beautiful stands of mature pine. 3km trails featuring magnificent rhododendrons, magnolias, azaleas and wild orchids under mature pines.
Open year round for walking and biking. Pine Grove connects to the Anniversary Trail, which is connected to the Trestle Trail.
The Trestle Trail
159 Bristol Avenue (Bristol Avenue Entrance) next to the Irving Gas Station.
The Trestle Trail makes for a beautiful woodland walk following the river out from Liverpool. This 1.25km gravel trail follows a former railway track and trestle bridge over the Mersey River. With the bridge open again, this can make a loop walk back along the waterfront in town, or the new section of Anniversary Trail connects to Pine Grove Park.
Meadow Pond Walking Trail
181 West Street Liverpool. Approximately 10 minutes from here.
This 1.5 km loop trail by Meadow Pond Brook winds its way through a mixed forest area.
A pleasant short hike.
Hank Snow Museum & Community Park
148 Bristol Ave, Liverpool.
This site is dedicated to the preservation and promotion of Hank Snow and his contribution to Country Music in Nova Scotia and the world. Across from the museum, you will find the Gaven Whynot Memorial Gazebo in the Hank Snow Community Park.
At the back of the community park, you will find The Great Oak Park Walking Trail.
Privateer Park & Centennial Park
94 Henry Hensey Dr., Liverpool.
Located just 13 mins away from the resort you will find a 4.4 acre waterfront park
Suitable for passive and active recreation, walking paths, picnic tables, gardens, playground equipment, no washrooms on site.
72 Queens Place Drive, Liverpool . Approximately fifteen minutes away.
Designed by Spectrum Skaters, people from across the province, the Country and further have been giving the Mersey Skatepark positive reviews, citing it as one of the best skateparks in eastern Canada. The Mersey Skatepark design is a challenging, fun and exhilarating ride, suitable for all ages and abilities.
Beach Meadows Beach
Highway 3 on Beach Meadows Beach Rd in the community of Beach Meadows. 8 Km east of Liverpool. Approximately 25 minutes from here.
An excellent beach that is approximately 30 minutes east of here. Boardwalks and pit toilets.
Many visit this fine beach yearly for bird watching in the fall, a quiet stroll on compact sand, comfortable walking. It has nice parking facilities with Johnny on the spot for a timely break! Nice view of the Atlantic ocean and sometimes a local fishing boat can be seen at work offshore.
4122 on Highway #3.
Located at Cosby’s Garden Centre just 15 minutes from here. Donations are accepted. Drop by Cosby’s Garden Centre to see the Outdoor Gallery of Sculptor, Ivan Higgins. Ivan’s large concrete creations’ are amazing to see and photograph anytime of the year. An extraordinary sculpture garden!!!
Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site
Exit 19 (Liverpool) off Highway 103 and travel along Route 8, continuing 66 km to Kejimkujik.
Admission: Free for youth under 17, Adult $5.90, Senior $5.00, Family $12.00
426 square kilometers of diverse habitat containing two distinct and separate natural regions given cultural context by longstanding Aboriginal heritage. Excellent trails and fall colours!
Exit 19 (Liverpool) off Highway 103 and travel along Route 8, continuing 66km to Kejimkujik.
Canoe and Kayak rentals located in Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site.
Reservations must be made prior to arrival via website: whynotadventure.ca
Open: Monday, Thursday & Friday 10am – 5pm Closed: Tuesday & Wednesday 902 682 2282
Ten Mile Lake Provincial Park
3933 Hwy 8, Middlefield. Located 21 km (28 mins from the resort).
From the 103 Highway, take Exit 19, turn left onto Trunk Hwy 8-heading North for 19.2 kms, destination will be on the left.
A small picnic park beneath a stand of pine and hemlock on the shores. Relax by the shore or take a quick dip. The park also has a boat launch for canoeing, kayaking and excellent sport fishing. Vault-toilets & picnic tables available.
Located on the corner of Main and Jubilee St., Liverpool. About ten minutes from here.
Open: Wed. – Sun. 10am – 4pm
This newly opened gallery featuring fine art printmaking and ceramic art all focused on the sea! It is fabulous and one should visit!
ADJA Studio and Gallery
177 Main St. Liverpool About ten minutes from here.
Custom jewelry and great art!
Open: Mon. – Sat. 10am – 5pm (Sun. Closed)
Coffin Island Lighthouse (1812), Decommissioned
The original lighthouse located at the southern tip of Coffin Island was erected in 1811-1812. It was struck by lightning on June 19, 1913 and burned to the ground along with the keeper’s home and outbuildings. Standing today is the new, smaller concrete lighthouse, which was built a short distance from the original location in 1913. A keeper manned this lighthouse until 1961. More Information.
Fort Point Lighthouse (1855), Decommissioned
The lighthouse was built to supplement Coffin Island. The original light was red and remained so until 1926, at which time it was replaced by a flashing white light. A 12-inch round reflector magnified the light. Today, you can enter and explore the lighthouse and learn more about its history and the site through the interactive interpretative program. More Information.
Port Medway Lighthouse (1899), Decommissioned
Found at the end of the breakwater in Port Medway, this unmanned lighthouse has a square wooden tower with sloping sides. The lighthouse is the site of development intended to preserve the lighthouse and improve public access and enjoyment. More Information.
Medway Head Lighthouse (1851), Operational
This lighthouse can be found on the west side entrance to Port Medway harbour, via Long Cove Road. The Medway Head light station once sat below the present site, and the old foundation can still be found amongst the rocks. The present light was delivered and erected on site in 1961. It was de-staffed in 1987. More Information.
Spectacle Island Lighthouse(1873), Operational
Its location is on the northwest point of Spectacle Island in Port Mouton Bay. The unmanned lighthouse has a square wooden tower with a red square wooden lantern. The light can be seen from Summerville or Hunts Point. More Information.
Western Head Lighthouse (1962), Operational
This site began as a fog alarm station in 1930 and expanded to include the lighthouse in 1962. Today, the facility serves as an Environment Canada Weather Station. This light was de-staffed in 1988 but will play a role for mariners in the future as part of navigation by GPS (Global Positioning System). More Information.
Good thing we’re open all year round because there’s so much to explore. And, of course, if you’re wanting to stay on property, we have plenty of things to keep you busy. Learn about our current packages here.