Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Guide to Nova Scotia Outdoor Activities

Nova Scotia cottage rentals can provide a great home base for lovers of the outdoors to return to each evening after sampling the many available offerings for the active traveler in this Candian Maritime Province.

Nova Scotia is famous for its Atlantic salmon fishery. Two of the best places to fish are the Margaree Valley on Cape Breton Island, with its many rivers, or the 156-mile (250-kilometer) long St. Mary’s River near Sherbrooke on the province’s Eastern Shore, where summertime visitors can watch the salmon swim upstream from Isle Verte at its mouth and leap over whitewater rapids to spawn.

Surfing enthusiasts can grab their boards and head to PointMichaud Provincial Beach on Cape Breton Island or the provincial beaches at Lawrencetown and Martinique on the Eastern Shore. With its wide, sandy shore, theLawrencetown Provincial Beach caters to surfers year-round with a full set of amenities, along with nearby surf schools and equipment rental shops.

The Eastern Shore also offers a number of places to go kayaking, as do Antigonish Harbor on the Northumberland Shore and the Bay of Fundy, which also offers the option to raft the bore created by the massive tides resulting from the bay’s fjord-like narrowness.

If you prefer to go fast through the air instead of on or over the water, you can zip line down from the top of the Northumberland Shore’s MacGrath Mountain. If you prefer a slower pace, both the Northumberland Shore and Cape Breton Island offer a selection of beautifully maintained golf courses. If you prefer holding a hiking stick to a golf club, the province offers a number of scenic trails, such as the mountain trails off the Cabot Trail on Cape Breton Island, where you can see waterfalls and glacier-excavated valleys, or the Wallace Bay Wildlife Trail on the Northumberland Shore, where you can see over 168 species of birds, including eagles and osprey. In the winter, you can cross-country ski or snowshoe around Sherbrooke on the Eastern Shore.