There's a special beauty along the Sunrise Trail. Gently rolling farmlands create a quilt of emerald green fields that meets the sparkling blue waters of the Northumberland Strait. Timeless towns and villages, where generations have harvested the bounty of land and sea, now wait to be explored. Gracious inns, B&Bs, cottages and chalets offer a home away from home. There are fine restaurants, colourful shops and art galleries, as well as museums, summer theatre, and a fine arts centre.
Good food and festivals are our specialty. Celebrate our rich Scottish heritage at the world-famous Highland Games in Antigonish, or get swept away by the captivating magic of bagpipes, fiddles and traditional dancing at a gathering of the clans. If you love to eat, you'll enjoy special festivals celebrating our blueberries, fine wines and the delicious seafood of the Northumberland Strait. In coastal towns all along the Northumberland Shore, you can purchase lobster right from the fisherman.
For swimmers and beachcombers, our 450 km (280 mi.) of shoreline and over thirty fine-sand beaches offer an irresistible invitation to enjoy the warmest saltwater north of the Carolinas. There are twelve beautiful provincial parks, and nature lovers enjoy exploring our hiking trails, sand dunes and wildlife-filled salt marshes.
History comes alive along the Sunrise Trail. Pictou is known as "The Birthplace of New Scotland", and on the waterfront you can see the faithful replica of the ship Hector that brought the original Scottish settlers to these shores in 1773. From Pictou, towards New Brunswick and the Confederation bridge to Prince Edward Island, you can drive next to the Northumberland Strait through Pugwash on the way to Tidnish or Amherst. Many of the properties listed below are members of one or both of: