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Unwind with us and explore Cape Breton’s South Coast


2375 Highway 206, Arichat Nova Scotia, B0E 1A0

ous Oak Island. Since the late 1700s, the island has been known for theories of buried treasure, historical arti - facts, and manuscripts. While there are over 50 published books about the mysteries and history of Oak Island, it has recently drawn more public attention due to the television show The Curse of Oak Island. Airing on the History Channel in 2014, the reality show follows a team of treasure hunters including brothers Rick and Marty Lagina, who are dedicated to discovering the legendary treasure. During the past decade of the show, the team has found various artifacts that are believed to date back to 1200 – 1600 A.D. Guided tours of Oak Island and the ongoing treasure hunt will be returning in 2024. After a full day of activities, there’s nothing better than a freshly cooked meal. In Chester, you can find the oldest pub in Nova Scotia called Fo’c’sle Village Pub. Known as “Chester’s Living Room”, Fo’c’sle is open all year round and serves classic pub fare and coastal cuisine. If you’re hoping to enjoy your meal right on the water, then we recommend the Seaside Shanty. For over forty years, Seaside Shanty has been serving the village of Chester and its guests. With fresh local ingredients including fresh seafood, and amazing service with a spectacular view it is a fantastic place in Chester to choose your next meal. 902-226-2200

Mahone Bay is a small town located on the South Shore of Nova Scotia. With a scenic harbour view, charming stores, restaurants, and cultural attractions, Mahone Bay is a must- see on any tourist’s itinerary. While there are photo opportunities around every corner, the three churches along the waterfront are a photographer’s dream shot. St. James’ Anglican Church, Trinity United Church, and St. John’s Lutheran Church are recognizable to any visitor of Mahone Bay no matter where you may come across a photo of them. With slightly over 1,000 residents, Mahone Bay is fast- growing and a perfect place for entrepreneurs to set up shop. If you happen to be just passing through, the Mahone Bay Museum is a great place to stop and learn about local heritage. The town is known for its history of wooden boat building. Boat building was the predominant industry in the early years of European settlement,

but originated in the area from the Mi’kmaq, who crafted birch bark canoes. The museum has exhibits including both Mi’kmaq history and European settlement. The Mahone Bay Museum is run by the non-profit organization, Mahone Bay Founders Society. We suggest parking your vehicle and walking through the town to get the best experience. Only a five-minute walk from the museum is a must-see coffee shop, The Barn Coffee & Social House. The Barn is exactly what you pictured, a barn. Impressively restored into a coffee shop, The Barn kept its rustic interior with exposed wooden beams and stairs leading up to a second-floor loft. The Barn offers

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