It’s been nearly seven days since our arrival in Pictou County, Nova Scotia and this area is truly growing on me with its ultra relaxed atmosphere, traditional and overly friendly people, and the always feeling like your living outdoors.
To get here you must fly into either Halifax Stanfield International Airport (YHZ) or Greater Moncton Roméo LeBlanc International Airport and drive either 1.5 hours or 2 hours respectively from each location.
The highway darts through the centre of the mainland either traveling on Route 102 or along the TransCanada highway or the third option is along the coastal town highways.
From Halifax that would be route 107 northeast which would drive you through towns like Musquodoboit Harbour, Clam Harbour, Spry Bay, Ecum Secum to Sherbrooke. Then head north on country highway 7 to the small hamlet of Aspen, veering left at the Y junction before the town centre made up of a post office, gas station and library. Up inter- roadway 347 you go to New Glasgow. Taking this route along the Atlantic coast is 3hrs 54mins and 304 kilometers. Of course it will take you longer as you stop here and there to explore the seaboard, towns, people and culture.
From Moncton take route 15 to Elgin, then head south to county road 970 from here it’s a bit to the east to Tidinish Bridge, Nova Scotia. Then follow county route 366 to Amherst Shore continue following the Northumberland Strait shoreline to Port Howe, in about 10 minutes you’ll come across Chase’s Lobster Shack in Pugwash. Stop here for a lobster roll, fresh lobster, frozen meat or clams, just off the boat from this mornings traps. Afterwards continue east to Wallace and head north 4-kilometres to the vineyards along upper Magalash. If you’re a connoisseur of vino then you wont want to miss Jost Vineyard!
After a tasting and lunch on their patio get back onto route 6 going east to my personal favorite town of Tatamagouche. In this quaint town you’ll find a chocolatier, a craft brewery, a chowder factory, a post office (worth a look inside this time relic) and a couple of nick-nack shops to grab yourself an additional souvenir.
From here head east again along route 6 to River John then along the coast to Caribou Island to watch the ferries to Newfoundland and Prince Edward Island docking up to disembark passengers or gathering them up for departure.
Five minutes more along this passage you reach the town of Pictou. Pictou was established in 1799 with its first election won by Edward Mortimer. From here it was a short stroll around a couple of bends, twists and curves to Hardwood Hill to our friends home.