THE BAY OF FUNDY
Home of the world's highest tides, the Bay of Fundy is a unique ecosystem that attracts millions of migratory birds, whales and abundant marine life. It is one of the great natural places left on earth. Twice daily the bay empties exposing broad sweeping tidal flats, gem stones and fossils, and 121/2 hours later the bay is refilled by the rushing tides that reach more than 50ft. (15m) above the low tide.
Cape Chignecto Park
Fifty km of trails along the cliffs and beaches of the Fundy coast. The park is designed for day hiking or backpacking with wilderness campsites provided making this a wonderful 3 or 4 day hike. Trail heads located at Red Rocks near Advocate (40 km west of Parrsboro) and Eatonville (70 km west of Parrsboro).
Three km from Parrsboro town centre is Partridge Island, site of the original settlement of Parrsboro. A 1.5 km trail crosses the island to a look off offering magnificent views of Cape Blomidon, Cape Split and Spencer's Island.
Kenomee Hiking Trails
Thirty five km east of Parrsboro turn left onto the River Phillip Road in Economy to access a network of hiking trails characterized by sculptured cliffs, volcanic rock pinnacles and water falls. Trails vary from 1 hr walk to Economy Falls to the 18 km Kenomee Canyon Trail. Wilderness campsites available.
Thomas Cove Coastal Reserve
Thirty five km east of Parrsboro at the mouth of the Economy River. Spectacular views from 8 km of coastal and woodland trails.
Five Islands Provincial Park
20 km west of Parrsboro, several well maintained trails of 3 to 5 km length explore the Fundy cliffs and shore. At low tide walk on the ocean floor to the nearest islands.
Advocate Boat Tours is the only boat operator on Nova Scotia's upper Bay of Fundy with the world's highest tides. Imagine a place where the flow of water equals four times the combined flow of all the rivers in the world. And you get to step on board for an unforgettable adventure to the most dramatic, awe inspiring places of the unique bay.
Bay of Fundy tour takes you from Advocate Harbour into the pristine area of Cape Chignecto Provincial Park with NovaShores Adventures. Your guides look forward to spoiling you with great snacks and delicious lunches while stopping to explore some of the many coves or islands.
Ship's Company Theatre
Professional theatre company featuring premiers and regionally themed productions in a new theatre built around the historic ship, the MV Kipawo, the former ferry that ran between Kingsport-Parrsboro-Wolfville.
SPIRIT REINS RANCH
Spirit Reins Ranch is a small farm located near the picturesque coastal town of Parrsboro, Nova Scotia. The ranch is situated just outside of the town within minutes of beaches, golf clubs, museums and the down town shopping district.
Parrsboro Golf Club
The Parrsboro Golf Club is a challenging 9 hole, 2,343 yard, par 33 course, situated on the shores of the Minas Basin & only 4 miles from Parrsboro. Golfers and visitors will enjoy a spectacular view of Bay of Fundy.
Springhill Golf Club
Springhill is delightful 9 hole golf course, that offers golfers a challenging game a of golf and at the same time many great views that overlook a peaceful, rural setting near Springhill.
Amherst Golf Club
The Amherst Golf Club is located in a pastoral setting with views of the Tantramar marsh. The 18 hole golf course combines the natural beauty of the Maritimes with a challenging open course.
FOSSIL, MINERAL EXHIBITS & TOURS
Fundy Geological Museum
Parrsboro; Open Year Round. Guided Interpretive Tours Available July-September
The Joggins Fossil Centre
The centre features the world's largest collection of 300 million year old "Joggins Fossils" as well as exhibits of trilobites, brachiopods, bivalves, gastropods and fish fossils from around the
world. Joggins is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Tysons' Fine Minerals
Fine mineral specimens, jewellery and lapidary art.
They also have a large, on-site workshop. When time permits, your hosts are happy to tour visitors through their facility and 19th century home. When you’re in Nova Scotia, please come browse the store - or choose from their wide selection of natural stone beads and take home something made just for you.
Amethyst Boutique offers a fine selection of beautiful amethyst from thumbnail to museum sizes, mineral specimens from Nova Scotia and around the world, fossils, and a variety of jewellery and locally made gift items in their shop and online.
Fundy Geological Museum, Parrsboro.
Displays and interpretive exhibits of the geology, fossils and ecology of the Bay of Fundy; guided fossil and mineral walks.
Ottawa House-by-the-Sea Museum, Parrsboro.
Museum of local history and tearoom is located on the shore at Partridge Island.
FORCE Visitor Centre, Parrsboro (West Bay).
The FORCE visitor centre overlooks the technology test site in the Minas Passage, Bay of Fundy where several companies are testing submerged in current turbines. This location has the strongest tidal currents in the world and the potential for 300 MW of electricity generation. The approximately 3,000-square foot facility houses interpretive exhibits, interactive displays, a small theatre/community room, as well as space for onsite meetings and research work.
Age of Sail Heritage Centre, Port Greville.
Located on the site of an old ship building year in Port Greville about 20 km west of Parrsboro. Learn about rich shipbuilding heritage of the Fundy Shore.
Joggins Fossil Centre, Joggins.
Located on Route 242 at Joggins is a centre for discovering rocks and fossils found on the beaches in this area.
Springhill Miner's Museum, Springhill.
Tour the depths ofthe Springhill coal mine, famous in song and legend, with a knowledgeable guide. Hear stories of the disaster of 1891, the 1916 subterranean fire which raged through the galleries, the loss of 39 men in the 1956 explosion and the major “bump” in 1958 which killed 75 men.
Anne Murray Centre, Springhill.
Springhill is home of Anne Murray. This centre is a tribute to her career with a series of award winning presentations.
FESTIVALS & EVENTS
Airsports and Parasailing Festival, Parrsboro Area.
Parrsboro International Plein Air Festival.
Classics by the Bay Festival, Parrsboro.
Not Since Moses, Five Islands.
Nova Scotia Gem & Mineral Show, Parrsboro.
Wild Blueberry Festival, Cumberland County.
10 Days in October
Parrsboro Film Festival, Parrsboro.