© Carol A. Nauss, February, 2014
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The eight communities to the right are located on the
route 329 off
highway 103, exits 6 or 7.
Fox Point is a main stop for lobsters at Shatford's
A picturesque fishing village nestled
against steep hills. The road twists and turns so be
Aspotogan Mountain Trail off route 329 (trail begins
beside a sign reading John and Thelma Clark) has
several trails, not maintained, going through mixed
woods and wet marshland-bring a compass. There's a
great view from the the top of the mountain.
Bayswater's white sand beach, a provincial park, is
backed by a fresh water pond and a favorite site during
the summer months. Stop and visit the Swissair
Blandford and New Harbour are fishing villages. New
Harbour is the site of a fish processing plant.
A protected cove, with a narrow entrance and a marina,
make this a favorite spot for boating enthusiastics to
spend the night or anchor for a picnic.
Blandford, New Harbour
s to the left are
located on Highway 3. East River is the home of
Louisanna Pacific Plant manufacturer of wood
products. The small beach on East River Point is
Graves' Island Provincial Park offers a fine
view of Mahone Bay's Islands and is a camping
and day use site. The Mackerel Snappers picnic
held each year is a local favorite. Visit the
memorial to the Ideal Maternity Home
is the centre of government for
the municipality. Visit the Old Train Station
Visitor's Center, take a walking tour of the
village to see many old homes, proof of the
area's rich history as a summer getaway. The
Yacht Club is home to the largest fixed keel
regatta in Canada. Summer theatre is presented
at the Chester Playhouse. Connection for the
ferry to Tancook Island. Play golf at Chester
is located off highway 103, exit 9,
to highway 3. Buy and ornamental bucket or a
piece of wrought iron. Chester Basin Animal
Hospital is located here.
The three communities are
located off highway 103,
exit 8, to route 14.
Forestry is the main
Bonny Lea Farm, a
residential home for
challenged adults is located
on Windsor Road.
Canaan is a small rural
Sherwood Golf and Country
Club and Ride With Pride a
farm raising minature
are located in the western
half of the municipality and are on highway 3. Use
exit 9 off highway 103.
BEECH HILL - GOLD RIVER
Salmon fishing for those so inclined. Treat yourself
to excellent seafood. Visit the businesses in the
Stop at Wild Rose Park, enjoy a view of Oak Island,
the site of on-going treasure hunts since 1795.
Take the turnoff to Indian Point for a scenic drive
around this point of land.
Camp at Rayport Camp Ground situated on Martin's
ASPOTOGAN PENINSULA OR THE BLANDFORD PENINSULA
The Aspotogan Peninsula, often called the Blandford Peninsula, has a
long natural and developmental history. Like many major peninsulas in
Nova Scotia, its energies have been divided between two bays - St.
Margaret's and Mahone, flanking its east and west shores. Hence, it
long lay in clientage, or looked for example, to several competing
centres: to the east, Hubbards, and ultimately Halifax/Dartmouth; to
the west, Chester, and ultimately Lunenburg / Bridgewater. The
economic, political, and cultural influences of those external
communities served the early pioneering Peninsula well, though it may
be argued that they also helped to fragment it. Isolation, a varied ethnic
settlement pattern, and limited communication and transportation
dictated a dependency pattern along much of the Aspotogan's shores.
Those conflicting lures persist even today, making it still difficult to
perceive the peninsula as a single community - even though modern
roads, improved communications, greater education, and significant
immigration have changed the Aspotogan's face in many promising
ways. Today, too, the early and natural attraction, arising from the
industry of Lunenburg and Bridgewater is challenged by closer,
suburban ties to metropolitan Halifax.
Moreover, the people of the Peninsula, with their diverse talents and
visions for this unique region, can hope to lure into their midst both the
eco-tourist and the new settler of the computer age. The Aspotogan
offers entrepreneurial examples from past and present to those who
would come to know this historic and beautiful peninsula. And it still
boasts along its shores and in its interior much of the undisturbed
natural beauty that has attracted connoisseurs of travel for generations
- and lately, those who seek congenial surroundings in which to pursue
sophisticated, highly professional careers.
BEECH HILL, GOLD RIVER, WESTERN SHORE MARTINS POINT &
WILD ROSE PARK is an Ocean Front Beach Park Near OAK ISLAND Hwy.
#3, the Lighthouse Route Western Shore, Lunenburg County
Come and visit one of Nova Scotia's best kept secrets and enjoy the
natural beauty of the Atlantic Ocean. The communities of Beech Hill,
Gold River, Western Shore, Martins Point and Martins River offer
accommodations, activities, services and of course spectacular coastal
Enjoy a leisurely stroll at our new 1500' Wild Rose Park along the shore
overlooking the islands and Mahone Bay Harbour, including the famous
and mysterious Oak Island. View the islands and boats up close through
our telescope and binocular viewers. Don't worry about parking. We
have 4 parking lots on the park. Don't forget to bring along your bathing
suit. You can change in our change/rest rooms and take a dip at our
saltwater beach, have a swim, shower, and sun bathe or have lunch
from one of our many eating establishments or take out a picnic lunch
and use our picnic tables or benches. Don't forget your fishing rod
because during July and August the mackerel are plentiful. You can fish
from the wharf located at the end of the park. No license is required.
The annual mackerel fishing tournament held every year on the 4th
Saturday August. Dock your boat at the wharf and come ashore and
explore. We have so much offer.
Did you know:
- that in 1861, Daniel Dimock discovered gold in Gold River? From 1862
until 1940, mines in and around the Gold River area were actively
worked du what is known as Nova Scotia's Gold Rush.
- Since 1795, treasure hunters have be searching for Captain Kidd’s
treasure Oak Island.All roads lead to our communities. you're traveling
on the 103, take exit 9 turn right on highway #3 or exit 10 a turn left on
highway #3. If you're traveling from the Kentville, New Ross area
highway #12, go to the end and turn right You are only a few minutes
away from a relaxing day. The park is located approximately half way
between Chester and Mahone Bay and they are waiting to serve you.
Courtesy: Western Shore & Area Improvement Association 902-624-
Chester Basin - "Jewel of the South Shore" - was established in 1760 by
a handful of settlers. The picturesque village of Chester Basin has grown
to over 600 families, where newcomers and descendants of the original
immigrants from France, Germany and Switzerland (known as foreign
Protestants) - as well as United Empire Loyalists - live side by side and
share a love of the Basin’s unspoiled beauty, peaceful waters, historic
sites and homes. The district encompasses all that area lying between
the Gold and Middle rivers and the lands to the north, known as Chester
Grant.Boasting a rich history of boat building, barrel making and gold
mining, Chester Basin’s core area offers a sheltered harbour and wharf
for yachtsmen to "Come by Sea". From the waterfront, one can walk to
all amenities - church, Credit Union, Canadian Legion, drug store, gas
stations, grocery store, lodgings, post office, animal hospital, fire and
medical services. No matter how one approaches the "Basin", take time
to savour the superb country dining as well as visit our unique art,
antique, craft and garden shops.Begin at Anvil Park and stroll leisurely
along Borgel’s Point Road and enjoy panoramic views of rugged
coastline and well-treed waterfrontage, period structures, homes and
cottages, a quaint old cemetery and country lanes - a haven for painters
and photographers. Whether you are walking, hiking, biking, driving,
paddling, cruising, sailing or just exploring - discover our "Basin"
nestled in and part of the beautiful South Shore of Lunenburg County,
Come - share with us this "jewel" of a village - Chester Basin - with its
spectacular beauty and so much more.
Chester looks out over the 365 islands (well that's what local legend
says, though no one's sure if anyone has actually counted them) of
magnificent Mahone Bay, past the hump of Quaker Island to Big and
Little Tancook and East Ironbound beyond: that this is a sailor's
paradise is plain to see, for there are plenty of places to run before the
wind but also hundreds of sheltered coves and bays for idling and
exploring. (For those without boats, the $5 round trip on the Tancook
ferry is a great bargain.)
The village of Chester was founded in 1759 by New Englanders. After
more than 200 years it has become a place of pleasant cafes and
restaurants, gracious homes, treed streets and a timeless air of
gentility. There are mansions and humbler homes, spilling up and down
hillsides and out on "the peninsula."
The Front Harbour is where the Tancook ferry docks, and where the
yacht club is located. The harbour is busy all summer with boats of all
kinds, many of them come up from New England ports or the Caribbean,
for summer in Chester means yacht races, garden parties, parades, good
food and good cheer. The highlight of the season is Chester Race Week.
The Back Harbour is the site of the Lido, a salt water swimming pool,
surrounded by some of the town's most elegant houses. There are
pleasant restaurants overlooking both harbours.
Visitors are also attracted by the 18 hole golf course, with its own
splendid views to distract golfers, by the Chester Playhouse's live
theatre productions, and the surrounding countryside, with its miles of
unspoiled woodland hills.
are located on
route 12 off highway 103, exit 9.
Site of Forest Heights Community School, a
C@P site and a number of well-maintained trail
measuring over four kms, provide year-round
recreation and learning opportunities.
Watch for Christmas tree farms as you drive
Located of highway 103 at exit 9, route 12.
New Ross is an agricultural community and the
site of Ross Farm Museum.
An active community featuring many events,
reached by turning at "The Cross" in the centre
of New Ross. Visit their new museum across
from the community center and the Hildaniel
Lordly House Museum