The charm of any community is the unifying welcome for anyone who visits. Every member of the family will feel at home with the casual coastal vibe of Chester and its surrounding areas. Activities are planned all year long with all ages in mind.
Sand n Sea
When sun, sand and splashing fun are in order Bayswater Beach and Picnic Park is a glorious way to spend a relaxed summer’s day by the water. Located along route 329 on the western shore of St. Margaret’s Bay, Bayswater Beach is a long sandy, pristine beach area with calm waters and a freshwater pond – especially great for younger kids. There is also has a picnic area with outdoor barbecue pits, change areas and toilets. Just a bit further down from the beach sits one of the two memorial sites from the Swissair 111 disaster of 1998.
Enjoy the casual comforts of a full-service seaside resort at the Atlantica Hotel and Marina Oak Island and let them take care of the details so you can focus on connecting as a family. Conveniently located in Western Shore, just a 40 minute drive from Halifax, this waterfront hotel offers fun and affordable themed family weekends all year long, and tons of amenities including an indoor and outdoor pool, spa, kayak rentals and boat tours, tennis courts, mini golf, bonfires on-site and seasonal cottages for private family escapes. Visit www.atlanticaoakisland.com for more details.
Old McDonald had a Farm:
Ever wondered what life on a real farm is like? A day at Ross Farm Museum is always a huge hit with kids of all ages! Located on Highway #12 in picturesque New Ross, this year-round, 60-acre agricultural museum is truly a living breathing, working farm that lets you step back in time to experience rural life in the 1800s. Get hands-on with activities like candle making, wood-working and planting in the garden, watch butter get churned, fresh biscuits cooking on an open fire, take a nature walk and visit with the farm’s heritage animals. Activities change every day so each visit is a new adventure in rural living! www.rossfarm.novascotia.ca
Secret Island Adventure:
If you’re looking for a looking for a really unique experience, hop on the ferry to the remote island of Tancook. Just across the water from Chester. With a lovely rustic all its own, Tancook Island is only 3 miles long with a population of 125. Pack a picnic, enjoy the views, visit the island’s museum, art gallery or craft shop – or simply explore the island’s pathways by foot or by bike, for a perfect little Nova Scotia escape. http://www.tancookislandtourism.ca/
World’s Longest Treasure Hunt:
If you haven’t heard of the famous Oak Island mystery yet, this is your chance to get up close and personal with a legendary treasure hunt the entire family will want to join! The mystery of the Oak Island “Money Pit” began in 1795, when three boys discovered unmistakable proof that someone had buried something deep in the ground. For centuries, seekers have tried to find the buried “treasure” which has been linked to Captain Kidd, pirates and even the Holy Grail! The infamous hunt is even currently being filmed for a History Channel television series. http://www.friendsofoakisland.com.
Each August, the best of the best in keelboat racing gather from all over North America for Chester Race Week. This annual summer sailing regatta is one of the area’s largest and most exciting events, and the largest keelboat regatta in Canada! A day on the water, live music and dancing all week long make this a must-try coastal experience for the whole family. http://www.chesterraceweek.com/