Many people think autumn is the best time to escape to the Nova Scotia Authentic Seacoast for a vacation getaway. The beautiful green hills along Chedabucto Bay turn into magnificent hues of red, yellow and orange. Morning dews create a magical glow that carry through to amazing starlit nights. And the fresh sea air and quiet create an atmosphere that restores the soul.
Here are our top 10 fall activities from the Authentic Seacoast 101 so you can experience the adventure, sounds, tastes and romance of our special region:
1. Hike the Trans Canada Trail
The Guysborough Harbour section of the Trans Canada Trail from the Marina to Fort Point was recently upgraded and is a wonderful fall walk. Park in the Marina lot (for free) and make your way to Fort Point at the mouth of the Harbour where the ruins of the ancient fort built by the French in 1636 still remain.
2. Authentic Seacoast Distilling & Brewing Company
Fall is the perfect time to visit the Authentic Seacoast Distillery, the only distillery located at a golf resort in the world. The massive stone fireplace in the tasting room is the perfect spot to enjoy Authentic Seacoast Distilling and Brewing’s award-winning spirits and craft beer including Sea Fever™ Rum, Fortress™ Rum, GLYNNEVAN® Whisky and Rare Bird™ Craft Beer. Distillery tours and tastings offer a glimpse into the region’s deep history. Sea Fever Rum and Fortress Rum bring three centuries of rum trading history to life. Ships left the Guysborough harbour on a perilous journey to the West Indies with salt cod and lumber, returning with ‘hogsheads’ of rum in their holds. The birthplace of brewing in Atlantic Canada, Rare Bird Craft Beer continues a tradition begun in 1659, with Guysborough being named as one of Canada’s ten great craft beer destinations.
3. Nova Scotia Wine Tasting
The Nova Scotia Fall Wine Festival takes place every September and October and DesBarres Manor Inn hosts Nova Scotia Wine Dinners to introduce people the culinary possibilities with Nova Scotia cuisine and wine. Enjoy DesBarres Manor’s award-winning modern Canadian cuisine paired with a flight of Nova Scotia wine to get a true taste of the best of Nova Scotia.
4. Bird watching on the Canso Strait
The Canso Strait is a renowned spot for bird watching during the fall migration including gulls, grebes, dovekies, northern gannets and bald eagles. If you’ve never seen a gannet diving for herring before, you’re in for an amazing sight as you cross the Canso Causeway to Cape Breton Island.
5. Nova Scotia Cooking Classes
Class is in at the DesBarres Manor Inn kitchen this fall. With a focus on modern Canadian cuisine with regional Nova Scotia influence, the Inn’s culinary team will teach you the secrets behind the renowned cuisine in the DesBarres Manor Inn restaurant.
6. Drive Route 16
Frommers described the drive along Route 16 between Canso and Guysborough as an “uncommonly scenic drive”. This stretch of coastal highway is high above the ocean below and gives a panoramic view of the Atlantic Coast’s largest bay. Stop at the Halfway Cove Lookoff for a magnificent view of the fall colors and to read the historic plaque dedicated to Prince Henry Sinclair who is reputed to have landed in Chedabucto Bay in 1398, almost a century before Columbus’ discovery of the new world.
7. Golf at Osprey Shores Golf Resort
One of Atlantic Canada’s most picturesque golf courses gets even more scenic when the fall colours arrive. The vibrant colours on the Osprey Shores peninsula between Mussel and Cutler coves create a magical backdrop for a pleasant round of golf.
8. Shopping on Guysborough Harbour
Skipping Stone Cafe & Store on the Guysborough harbour is the perfect place to find locally made products and gifts. The store has bags of organic, fair trade coffee from the local Full Steam Coffee Co., fresh baked goods from the Harbour Belle Bakery across the street, unique crafts, antiques, clothing, musical instruments and photography. Enjoy a cup of freshly roasted coffee and freshly baked desserts while you shop.
9. Romantic picnic in a secluded cove
Fall is a great time for romance and nothing sets the stage better than a romantic picnic lunch on a secluded cove along the coast. DesBarres Manor Inn is offering special picnic lunch getaway packages to help people experience the romantic adventure of Chedabucto Bay.
10. Sea Kayaking on Guysborough Harbour
View the beautiful Nova Scotia fall colours on the Guysborough harbour by renting a sea kayak or canoe at the Skipping Stone Cafe & Store. Located directly above the marina on the Guysborough Waterfront, Skipping Stone rents Valley Sea Kayaks and Langford Canoes by the hour, half-day, day and week. A peaceful paddle on the calm Guysborough harbour is a great way to get some exercise and take in the beauty of fall on Nova Scotia’s Authentic Seacoast.
We hope our Fall activities capture your imagination and your desire to getaway to the Authentic Seacoast this autumn.