One of the most amazing things about the Canadian Maritime provinces is the natural wonders you can see here, most within a short distance from our urban centres. That means no matter which of the six Coastal Inn locations you choose, you’re amazingly close to some of the most breathtaking sights you’ll likely ever see. What does each location offer? Here is our rundown of the best natural sites near each Coastal Inn, to help you connect with nature.
Moncton: Every day, twice a day, an incoming rush of water originating from the Bay of Fundy makes its way all the way up the Petitcodiac River, turning the normally calm waters into a wave big enough for surfers to tackle! Learn more about it on the City of Moncton website!
Sackville: The crown jewel of Sackville NB’s many trails, parks, and nature preserves is the Sackville Waterfowl Park. Home to over 150 species of birds and 200 species of plants, you can enjoy the sites and sounds along its 3.5 km of accessible trails and boardwalks. Add in the self-guided map tour, and that admission is free, and you’ve got an amazing afternoon or morning planned!
Digby: Who doesn’t love the idea of seeing a whale? Home to one of the best places to whale watch in North America, the Digby area allows you to make a childhood dream come true! Almost a dozen species of whales are known to be seen at different points of the year, along with several species of birds, fish, and crustaceans.
Antigonish: Just shy of 30 km northeast of Antigonish sit North America’s most continuously exposed sections of Silurian rock, representing 4 million years of earth history. Rich in fossils Arisaig Provincial Park is a gorgeous picnic park perfect for connecting with nature!
Halifax: While the popular option will always be a drive out to Peggy’s Cove, we thought we’d try something different. Hemlock Ravine Park, originally a country estate built in 1780 for Lieutenant Governor John Wentworth, is a beautiful urban nature park. Family, and pet friendly, make sure you make a visit to the heart-shaped pool!
Dartmouth: While Halifax Harbour, viewable from both Dartmouth and Halifax, makes for an excellent opportunity to sit and listen to the sounds of the water, and water traffic, the Shubenacadie Canal Waterway stretches from Halifax Harbour to the Bay of Fundy. If you’re staying with us at Coastal Inn Dartmouth, you can access Canal Walk 1 and 2 in downtown Dartmouth to discover the Flume House, Sullivan’s Pond, and Lake Banook.