LOON COVE COTTAGE
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Loon Cove Cottage
The cottage is located on the Eastern Shore of Nova Scotia; nestled in a small, picturesque fishing village called East Jeddore.
The modern oceanfront cottage is situated on 2.2 acres overlooking Jeddore Harbour. The harbour is approximately 20 km long and 3-5 km. wide. It is about 35 minutes from Dartmouth; 45 minutes from Halifax (Stanfield) International Airport.
The 2-storey cottage features 3 bedrooms and 1 bath. There is a wrap-around deck, & private deck off the master bedroom offering a fantastic harbour view.
The cottage sleeps a maximum of 5 people:
Bedroom 1 (Master BR) - Queen Bed (2)
Bedroom 2- Day bed with pull out (2)
Bedroom 3 – Single Bed (1)
The decks overlooking the ocean are perfect for relaxing and watching ospreys, eagles, and many other types of birds. There is an abundance of wildlife, including deer and otters, and sometimes pilot whales can be spotted in the harbour.
There is a fully-equipped kitchen, microwave, fridge, propane gas BBQ, TV/DVD. The cottage is fully furnished and includes bedding and towels.
Although the cottage is secluded, there are amenities close by, including a small shopping mall, great local dining and a local fishery offering fresh fish, lobster, scallops, mussels, etc.
Rocky shoreline, use at your discretion; bring your hiking boots!
There is a Laundromat located in Head Jeddore at the Forest Hills Shopping Centre. Approx. 15 km from the cottage.
The land surrounding the cottage has not been landscaped and is naturally rugged, especially around the shoreline. We would suggest small children be supervised.
There is absolutely No Smoking permitted in the cottage. Due to the proximity to the forest, please be careful when disposing of cigarettes outside.
Pets are allowed with prior permission.
Fires/Fire Regulations/Fire Pits
Fires are permitted outside in the fire pit provided only. Please ensure all fires are extinguished before retiring for the night or leaving the cottage.
Smoke detectors are located on each floor including basement. Checkout Nova Scotia Burning Restrictions for up-to-date information on fires.
There is no dock or boat on site at present, although we may have a swimming float depending on the weather. You can enjoy a swim, but being the Atlantic, it is refreshingly cold! The waterfront is rocky and sometimes slippery. Therefore, please wear appropriate footwear to avoid slips and falls. The shoreline is rugged, please use at your own risk.
Expect the bugs. Black flies, deer flies and mosquitoes are part of the country experience and although we would all like them not to be there, it is very probable that you will be 'bugged' at some time. Take a good supply of repellent - Health Ontario tells us that 'Deet' based repellent is best.
Exit Number 7 Highway at East Jeddore Road, 860 East Jeddore Road, and approx. 4.5 km. down the road. Nova Scotia's Eastern Shore runs along the Atlantic Ocean between Cape Breton and Halifax. There are pristine beaches, tranquil coves and lively salt marshes, along with numerous parks, historic sites and fishing villages dotting the coastline.
Where To Shop
GROCERIES: Sobey’s, located at Forest Hills Shopping Centre, about 15 km from cottage on Hwy 7.
LOCAL SEAFOOD/LOBSTER: Lobster World, Oyster Pond, Jeddore, approx. 5 km from cottage on Hwy. 7
(902-889-3327 / 889-2900).
SMOKED FISH: Willy Krauch in Tangier - Smoked Salmon, mackerel, and eels.
FRESH FISH: Sometimes available at Baker’s Point Fish Plant about 3 kms. Further down the East Jeddore Rd.
BEER STORE/LIQUOR: Forest Hills Shopping Centre.
MOVIE RENTALS: Shaun’s Convenience Store approx. 6 km from cottage on Hwy 7. Also has a canteen with burgers, sandwiches and such. Local folk pack the place for breakfast.
MicMac Mall, Dartmouth
Spring Garden Road, Halifax (while there enjoy a stroll thru the Public Gardens)
Halifax Shopping Centre, Bayer’s Road Shopping Centre
Harbour Fish N’ Fries, 7886 Highway 7, Musquodoboit Harbour (902-889-3366) offers Tasty sea food.
Salmon River Country Inn at Salmon River Bridge (1-902-889-2233) offers Canadian and German cuisine.
Jeddore Lodge & Cabins/Tea Room at Salmon River Bridge (902-889-3030).
Ong's Chinese Restaurant at Head Jeddore
Shaun’s Café on the hwy. At Oyster pond
Lunchroom on East Jeddore Rd. WIFI available here.
Attractions/Things To Do
FISHING - Local fishing is available at the Government Wharf, East Jeddore. Licenses can be purchased at the Natural Resources office just before the Shopping Centre. Licenses can also be obtained at some convenience stores.
GOLFING - River Oaks in Meaghers Grant, about 25 km from Musquodoboit Hbr. (Phone: 902-384-2033) On Hwy 357, 27 holes on rolling land next to the river. Harbour Ridge overlooking Martinique Beach in East Petpeswick near Musquodoboit Hbr. 9 holes (Phone: 902-889-1800).
BOAT TOURS & RENTALS - Murphy’s Scenic Boat Tours, Murphy’s Cove (approx. 30 km) – 2 hr coastal island tour or 2 hr sunset tour.
WHALE WATCHING – The best place for whale watching, according to locals, is Brier Island on the Fundy Shore, but you can get boats out of Halifax and Lunenburg. Also in Cheticamp, Cape Breton, they guarantee you will see whales on the boat ride.
VINEYARDS -Jost Vineyards is found along the picturesque Northumberland Shore. The Wolfville area has several vineyards, Grand Pre, Gaspereau Valley and Blomidon. Ste Fammile is located outside Falmouth. All have tasting and tours.
LIVE THEATRE - Shakespeare by the Sea held in Point Pleasant Park throughout the summer months.
CASINOS – Casino Nova Scotia, Halifax
HIKING TRAILS – Musquodoboit Hbr 14.5-km multi-use trail between Musquodoboit Harbour and Gibraltar is a section of the Trans Canada Trail. There are also several hiking trails located along the main trail. Birdlife on the Musquodoboit Trailways is plentiful.
KAYAKING – Salmon River House, Salmon River Bridge or Tangier, Nova Scotia www.coastaladventures.com
Halifax/Dartmouth (30 – 50 min drive)
Park in Downtown Dartmouth and take the ferry from Alderny Landing
For more than 250 years visitors have been falling in love with Halifax.ﾠThe province’s capital, Halifax combines the international essence of a major port city and naval base, with the youthful vibe of a university town, and the culture and heritage of one of Canada’s most historic communities.
There are more than 450ﾠ restaurantsﾠin Halifax and there are more pubs, clubs and nightlife venues per capita than almost anywhere else in Canada. This 258 year-old city with a population of almost 400,000 takes having fun very seriously. Halifax is amazingly diverse and cosmopolitan. It is a bright, lively city filled with multicultural goodness while still retaining friendly, small-town virtues.
Annual parties include the International Busker Festival, the Nova Scotia Tattoo, the Atlantic Film Festival, and the Atlantic Jazz Festival, to name a few. Summer is punctuated by festivals and concerts. There is the celebrated Neptune Theatre and Shakespeare by the Sea.
Halifax boasts six universities, e.g. Dalhousie, St. Mary’s, as well as the renowned Nova Scotia College of Art and Design.
Halifax has a bevy of national historic sites and fine museums including the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic and Pier 21.
Cabot Trail, Cape Breton Island (approx. 5-hr drive; overnight stay)
Cabot Trail on Cape Breton Island reigns supreme as one of the world’s most stunning highways. Named for famous explorer John Cabot, the Cabot Trail winds around the rocky splendour of Cape Breton’s northern shore, ascending to the incredible plateaus of Cape Breton Highlands National Park. This magnificent highway is carved into the sides of mountains that rise high above the shimmering waters of the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Look-offs offer unforgettable vistas of Cape Breton’s rugged coastline, where pods of whales can often be seen just offshore and bald eagles soar aloft on the ocean breezes. The trail winds a near 300 km along the island’s rocky northern shore and then ascends the plateaus of Cape Breton Highlands National Park.
Historic Lunenburg & Mahone Bay (2 hr drive)
Only an hour's drive south of Halifax, Lunenburg is the birthplace of the world famous schooner Bluenose and her daughter Bluenose II which remains an important tourist attraction in the town, her home port. Visit Blue Rocks Fishing Village on Lunenburg Bay. There's no fancy shops or restaurants, just people enjoying the sleepy village.
Fundy Shore/Annapolis Valley (2-3 hr drive)
The Bay of Fundy was nominated as one of Canada's Seven Wonders. Discover the highest tides in the world – measuring highs of 16 metres (54 feet). There is an absolutely incredible variety of seabirds, shorebirds, fish, shellfish, whales, porpoises, seals, eagles, osprey, and other fantastic creatures. Nestled between South Mountain and the Bay of Fundy lies the fertile Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia's farming center.
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Peggy’s Cove (1 hour 40 minutes)
Peggy's Cove is known as the idyllic fishing village. Set on rocky shores, the lighthouse and village at Peggy's Cove are a photographer's paradise. Despite its popularity this tiny fishing village has been able keep the same relaxed atmosphere that has made it famous. Peggy’s Cove is 43 kilometers southwest of downtown Halifax and comprises one of the numerous small fishing communities located around the perimeter of the Chebucto Peninsula. Peggy’s Cove tends to become congested with tour buses from cruise ships, so early morning or late afternoon visits are recommended.
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Eastern Passage (1 hour)
Eastern Passage a historic fishing village, part of which has been restored to give us a taste of the history and vitality of a 200-year-old sea-faring community. Fisherman's Cove offers demonstrations by fishermen and artisans, food, crafts, an extensive boardwalk along the shoreline, and boat tours.
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Clam Harbour Beach Provincial Park, Lake Charlotte (30 minutes)
Clam Harbour Beach Provincial Park is a long, wide natural sand beach, supervised in July and August (weekend only; subject to change). Visitors can enjoy a picnic area in a field on top of a bluff. Other park facilities include an interpretive display, board walks, hiking trails, change rooms, showers and flush toilets. Clam Harbour Provincial Park is most famous for the annual Clam Harbour Sandcastle Competition which taken place every August for over 35 years. Rain or shine, you will see hundreds of contestants and thousands of spectators. Please search the Clam Harbour Sandcastle Competition event listing for more details.
Martinique Beach, Martinique Beach Rd (35 Minutes)
Martinique Beach. Supervised beach located within a Provincial Park; provides changing and picnic facilities; preferred by windsurfers and surfboarders. At the end of the East Petpeswick Road, the longest (5 km/3 mi) white sandy beach in Nova Scotia. Martinique Beach with its teeming wildlife has been designated a wildbird sanctuary.
Lawrencetown Beach Provincial Park, 4348 Nova Scotia 207, Lawrencetown (46 minutes)
Lawerncetown Beach. Supervised beach located within a Provincial Park; provide changing and picnic facilities; known for its surf and surfboarding.
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Fisherman's Life Museum, 58 Navy Pool Loop, Jeddore Oyster Pond (8 minutes)
This tiny house and gardens have been preserved just as they were at the turn of the century when this was the home of an inshore fisherman, his wife and their 13 daughters.
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Sherbrooke Village, 42 Main St, Sherbrooke ( 2 hours)
This living history museum of more than 30 historic buildings is peopled each summer with costumed interpreters re-creating life in a colourful lumbering and goldmining town of the 1800s. Learn about shipbuilding, lumbering, gold mining and more. Admission: $9/adult. Open 9:30am-5:30pm.
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Memory Lane Heritage Village, 5435 Clam Harbour Rd, Lake Charlotte (10 minutes)
In Lake Charlotte, NS, experience life as it was in the 1940’s in rural Nova Scotia at the Memory Lane Heritage Village. Discover thirteen restored or re-created era buildings, authentically furnished, which depict various aspects of this long ago village. One room school house, two-seater outhouses, workshops, barns, boat shops, a general store and more. Admission: $6/adult. The Memory Lane Heritage Village is open 10am-4pm.
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Musquodoboit Railway Museum & Tourist Bureau, Musquodoboit Harbour (18 minutes)
Telling the story of this former Canadian National Railway Station and Nova Scotia's railways, the Musquodoboit Railway Museum features collections of photographs, maps, posters, tickets and other artifacts as well as a small library. This station's former waiting room has been, in recent years, transformed into a tourist information centre. Open June 1- September 30 daily between 9am and 4:30pm.
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Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site of Canada, Louisbourg, Cape Breton
Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site of Canada, Louisbourg, Cape Breton. The largest reconstructed 18th-century French fortified town in North America. A faithful re-creation of a town 250 years ago, with impressive walls and majestic gates, quaint homes and formal gardens, comfortable inns and lively taverns. Costumed animators re-create the lives and activities of Fortress residents. Enjoy 18th-century cuisine in reconstructed restaurants. Guided walking tours; allow a full day, wear comfortable shoes and bring a sweater or raincoat. Beaches, hiking trails and fishing also in area. Pets not permitted. Open Jun 1–Oct 15: 9:30am–5pm (Jul & Aug 9am–5:30pm); May & Oct 16–31 limited access; Nov 1–May 15 tours by pre-arrangement. Admission charged. (www.pc.gc.ca). This is located on Cape Breton Island, so would require an overnight stay.
Halifax Citadel National Historic Site
The 19th-century bastion dominates the Halifax skyline. Constructed between 1828 and 1856, the Halifax Citadel commemorates Halifax's role as a key naval station in the British Empire. It is an impressive star-shaped masonry structure complete with defensive ditch, earthen ramparts, musketry gallery, powder magazine, garrison cells, guard room, barracks and school room. Theme exhibit is a dynamic presentation of the vivid and stirring history of the Citadel and Halifax; audio-visual program The Tides of History. Guided tour with costumed animators. Open May 7–Oct 31, 9am–5pm (to 6pm Jul 1–Aug 31).
Alexander Keith's Nova Scotia Brewery
The Brewery Market, 1496 Lower Water Street, Halifax. One of the oldest working breweries in North America, in a massive ironstone and granite building (c 1820). Animators in period costume take you back in time to the beautifully detailed home and brewhouse of Alexander Keith (1-hr tours for all ages, with samples). Open year-found; call for tour times.
Historic Properties, Halifax
On the waterfront, 1869 Upper Water Street, Halifax. (1-902-429-0530). Three city blocks of Canada's oldest surviving group of waterfront warehouses and some of North America's finest Victorian-Italianate facades. Constructed in the late 1700s and early 1800s, the area has 10 of the cities oldest buildings, 7 which have been designated National Historic Sites. Shop, dine or enjoy cold beer while listening to live Maritime music, all beside the splendour of one of the world's largest natural harbours. The district hearkens back to the great Age of Sail, when merchant ships, privateers and naval ships plied the harbour waters. Seafarers built this city, and the wharves and warehouses that were the base of operation later became known as the Historic Properties. Open 7 days a week, including Sundays.
Public Gardens, Halifax
The Public Gardens area rare example of a formal Victorian public garden surviving intact and relatively unspoiled in the heart of a modern city. Many floral displays, statues and fountains. The 17-acre park is enclosed by a wrought-iron fence with a magnificent set of ornamental gates. Open May 1–Nov 11. Admission free.
Museum of the Atlantic, Halifax
1675 Lower Water Street, Halifax. The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic is the oldest and largest Maritime Museum in Canada. Visitors are introduced to the age of steamships, local small craft, the Royal Canadian and Merchant Navies, World War II convoys and The Battle of the Atlantic, the Halifax Explosion of 1917, and Nova Scotia's role in the aftermath of the Titanic disaster.
Wildlife & Bird Watching
There are many prime locations to explore the rich diversity of wildlife in Nova Scotia. Some of the best include Taylor Head Provincial Park, on the Eastern Shore and Shubenacadie Wildlife Park.
The Eastern Shore extends from Halifax to the Canso Causeway and consists of a series of deep inlets and broad bays surmounted to seaward with numerous rocky islands, some little more than bare rock and others of as much as 100 acres. Salt marshes have developed in a few shallow inlets, especially Chezzetcook and Petpeswick, but for the most part only exposed rock confronts the ocean.ﾠ It is a haven for a variety of bird life from Great Herons to Atlantic Puffin as well as containing many pods of dolphin and several large seal herds. The leatherback sea turtle is often sighted and during summer and early fall the area is a feeding ground for minke, finn and humpback whale herds. You'll find a variety of waterfowl, and Great Blue Herons. Other notable species include Nelson's Sharp-tailed Sparrow, Ospreys, Bald Eagles and Kingfishers.
There are more than 236 species of birds that live in or pass through Nova Scotia on a regular basis. Many of these birds, both common and rare, can be found along the marshes, mudflats, valleys, islands and shores of the Eastern Shore. All of the islands along the Eastern Shore offer great vantage points for birding. Half Island, just north of Canso, is home to a gull colony, which you can visit by making arrangements with local fishermen in the area, while The Bay of Islands, between Beaver Harbour and Ecum Secum, is an important nesting area for colonies of seabirds. You’ll also find bald eagles around the region, particularly in the salt marshes near the communities of Three Fathom Harbour, Seaforth, Grand Desert and West Chezzetcook. Osprey, heron and other shore birds are also commonly sighted around these communities.
Populated by many fields and marshes, Antigonish is another great birding destination, especially for merlins, kestrels, northern harriers and red-tail hawks. Martinique Beach is an important nesting area for the endangered piping plover, a small secretive shorebird which was listed as "endangered" by Council on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada in 1985. Other birding highlights around the region include Liscomb, for Spruce Grouse, and the bogs along Tor Bay, where sandpipers feed on cranberries and blueberries in late summer.
Nova Scotia offers you a wonderful opportunity to see some exceptional birds. Birders and naturalists can listen to the crashing of the waves, and the roar of rocks being pulled back to sea, watch gulls soar overhead, observe the Greater Blue Heron fishing, or a Cormorant (locally known as a shag) spreading its wings to dry in the summer sun.
Jeddore Baptist Church
Kingdom's Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses
Marine Drive Pentecostal Church
Musquodoboit Harbour Presbyterian Church
St. George's Anglican Church
St James Anglican Church Hall
St. Phillip Neri Roman Catholic Church
United Church of Canada, Musquodoboit Harbour
Many of the local churches and firehalls offer suppers during the summer months and are posted locally.