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Advocate Harbour, boat tours in advocate harbour nova scotia

 

Advocate Harbour, on the Bay of Fundy in Nova Scotia, is a best kept secret for outdoor lovers. 

Hike or kayak in Cape Chignecto‘s  wilderness park, boat with us to some of the most awe-inspiring places in the Maritimes or watch the impressive tidal rips in the Bay of Fundy from the cliffs at Cape d’Or.

Witness the tide lift the “stranded” boats in Advocate Harbour or stroll along the dyke to the mile long Driftwood Beach.

Check our links for great places in Advocate to stay, eat & explore!

You can check out an article about the Advocate Harbour area and a trip with us written by Exploring Nova Scotia author and travel writer Dale Dunlop.

 

Our favourite places to eat:

 

A lobster boil on Driftwood Beach in Advocate

A do-it-yourself lobster boil on Driftwood Beach in Advocate

Wild Caraway
Advocate Harbour, by the harbour
Highly rated by travellers and locals – for good reason! Funky decor and relaxed dining – locally sourced food and always cheerful staff. Closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Occasionally clay-oven pizza & live music on Wednesdays.
Tel: 1-902-392-2889
 
Lightkeeper’s Kitchen and Guest House
Cape d’Or
When chef Darcy cooks, expect a wonderful treat in one of the most scenic restaurants you will ever find. Beware of steep climb up and down from parking lot, but it’s worth the effort! Lobster boils have to be pre-booked (set 3-course lobster meal is CA$ 45). Cash only.
Tel: 1-902-670-8314
 
Black Rock Bistro
151 Main Street, Parrsboro
Tasty lunches & dinners in modern setting w. patio and wine bar – a great place to eat before you go see a play at nearby Ship’s Company Theatre.
Phone: 1-902-728-3006
 
Beach Cafe
769 Spencers Beach Road, Spencers Island
Oceanfront beach bistro featuring seafood, tasty burgers, sandwiches, soups, ice cream, home-made desserts and cocktails. Outdoor seating available. Open daily for breakfast, lunch & dinner.
 Phone: 1-902-392-2390
 
Advocate Harbour RiteSTOP
Highway 209 “downtown” Advocate
A small selection of groceries & fresh produce. Eat-in or take-out for a picnic on the beach or a hike in the park. Meal specials and breakfast services week-long, gas, diesel, ATM and liquor store, all in one place.
Phone: 1-902-392-2292
 
 

Beaches waiting to be walked:

 

"Oh dear, we didn't expect to see people on the beach!"

“Oh dear, we didn’t expect to see people on the beach!”

Driftwood Beach, Advocate

Chignecto Beach, West Advocate by the park

Horseshoe Cove, on the road to Cape d’Or

Spencer’s Island Beach at Spencer’s Island

Spicer’s Cove near Eatonville & the Three Sisters

 

 

 

Other special places we love:

cape dor, Cape d'Or

Cape d’Or at low tide

 

Cape d’Or: Scenic lighthouse on dramatic volcanic rocks by the Bay of Fundy – great place to watch rip tides two hours before high tide.
 
Advocate Harbour: Active home port for lobster & scallop fleet. Boats sit on the sand bottom at low tide and the fishermen only have around 2-3 hours window at high tide to get in or out.
 
The old dyke: Walk on the old dyke from United Church in Advocate to the Driftwood Beach. On a low tide it’s particularly interesting to continue along the salt water march to the natural harbour entrance, where huge gravel mounts speak of the Fundy’s tidal force.
 

 

More to see & do in the Advocate area:

Kayaking along Cape Chignecto Park is a thrill

Kayaking along Cape Chignecto Park is a thrill

 

NovaShores Adventures
3838 Hwy 209, Advocate Harbour
Highly rated sea kayak tours along the Chignecto coast on the Bay of Fundy – day tours & multi-day tours, fully catered, beginners welcome.
Tel.: 1-866-638-4118 or 1-902-392-2222
Email: seakayak@novashores.com
 
Cape Chignecto Provincial Park
West Advocate Harbour
More than 50 km of trails from the easy ones at the Three Sisters to demanding back country hiking. 
Reservation of camp sites & cabins: 1-888-544-3434.
  
Age of Sail Museum
8334 Highway 209, Port Greville
Take a step back in time to the busy days of ship building. Cafe & giftshop.
 
Joggins Fossil Cliffs
100 Main Street, Joggins
UNESCO World Heritage Site
Take a guided tour on the beach  that reveals the world’s most complete fossil record from Carbonifereous Age.
 
Fundy Geological Museum
162 West Bay Road, Parrsboro
Explore Nova Scotia’s ancient past and Triassic and Jurassic landscapes where Canada’s oldest dinosaurs once roamed.
 
FORCE – Fundy Ocean Research Centre for Energy
1156 West Bay Road, Parrsboro
Learn all about tidal energy and the technology used in the Bay of Fundy between the site and Cape Split
Tel: 902-254-2510
 
Advocate Harbour Nova Scotia

View of Advocate Harbour as the tide goes out

 Ottawa House Museum
1155 Whitehall Road, Parrsboro
Georgian-style dwelling from 1755 by the Bay of Fundy and Partridge Island. Local history of Parrsboro and summer home of Sir Charles Tupper, Prime Minister and Father of Confederation.
902-254-2376
 
Ship’s Company Theatre
18 Lower Street Parrsboro
An acclaimed professional theatre company, presenting new Atlantic Canadian works in a spectacular waterside venue.
Tel.: 1-800-565-7469
 
Tysons’ Fine Minerals
114 Lamb’s Hill Rd. Parrsboro
Fine minerals & jewellery  – beautiful display of samples from local area and all of Canada.
 
Parrsboro Golf Club
984 Two Islands Rd., Parrsboro
The scenic nine-hole golf course overlooking the Bay of Fundy welcomes visitors.
 
Spirit Reins Ranch
432 Prospect Rd., Parrsboro
Trail riding adventures, lessons & sleigh rides.
 
 

Where to stay – Advocate area:

 

Oceanfront chalets at Driftwood Park Retreat

Oceanfront chalets at Driftwood Park Retreat

Driftwood Park Retreat
Sue & John Kelly
49 Driftwood Lane, West Advocate
European-designed oceanfront chalets. 4 two-bedroom chalets with 3-pc baths. 1 wheelchair accessible 1 bedroom chalet with 4 pc bath. Gas fireplace, BBQ, laundry available. Near Cape Chignecto Park. Rates CA$ 115-165.
Tel: 1-902-392-2008 or 866-810-0110
driftwoodparkretreat@ns.sympatico.ca
 
 Lightkeeper’s Kitchen and Guest House
Darcy Snell
Cape d’ Or, Box 122, Advocate, Nova Scotia
Original light keepers’ residence on cliff side location with great views. On-site restaurant. 4 rooms with 2 private 4-pc baths and 1 shared 3-pc bath. Rate CA$ 125. Whole house for CA$ 340. Cash only.
Tel: 1-902-670-0534
Email: capedor@hotmail.com
 
Between the Capes B&B
Marilyn & Eric MacKinnon
1222 West Advocate Road
Oceanfront B&B. Deck overlooking the Bay of Fundy, Cape d’Or, Cape Chignecto and Isle Haute. Within walking distance of the beach and Cape Chignecto park. 4-star rated. Air conditioning, Wifi, cable and satellite TV, shared hot tub. Light breakfast. Rate CA$ 135.
Tel.: 1-902-392-2442 or 1-902-216-0970
Email: esmackinnon1@gmail.com
 
Bayview Cottage
Gloria Lemay
65 Old Beach Rd., West Advocate
2-bedroom cottage, 3-pc bath, TV, VCR, radio. Located on the beach with the deck overlooking the Bay of Fundy. In walking distance to Cape Chignecto Park. Rates CA$ 125-165.
Tel: 1-902-392-2444
Email: lemaygloria@yahoo.ca
 
The Old Telegraph Office
Garfield Strong
3641 Hwy 209, Advocate Harbour
The historic home is located in the heart of Advocate Harbour in a rural setting within walking distance of the store and the Wild Caraway restaurant. It features 4 bedrooms (1 queen and 3 double beds), 1 full bath, 1 half bath, WIFI, full kitchen, laundry, a spacious private deck and barbeque. Rates CA$ 140 for 4, CA$ 10 each add. person , CA$ 650 weekly.
Tel: 1-902-216-0107
Email: garfieldsmailbox@gmail.com
 
Reid’s Tourist Home
Donna Reid
1391 West Advocate Rd., West Advocate
Guest rooms & cottages: 3 rooms, private 3-pc bath, SaTV, mini-fridge, in-room coffee.
One 2 bedroom cottage, 3 pc-bath, SaTV, dishwasher, washer & dryer.
Picturesque location between Cape d’Or and Cape Chignecto. Rates CA$ 70-145.
Tel: 1-902-392-2592
 
Advocate Ocean View Vacation Home
Kirk & Beth Reid
1271 West Advocate Rd., West Advocate
This home away from home consist of a full kitchen, 3 bedrooms (2 double beds, one single, one bunk bed & a sofa bed) one and a half baths (one 4-piece, one 2-piece) washer/dryer & barbeque. Large private front yard and deck overlooking the Bay of Fundy. In easy walking distance to the beach and Cape Chignecto  Park. Rate CA$ 125 for 2; CA$ 10 for each additional person.
Tel: 1-902-392-2544
Email: ADvacationhome@gmail.com
 
Wild Caraway
Andrew Aitken and Sarah Griebel
Advocate Harbour, Nova Scotia
Historic home overlooking Advocate Harbour. Bright rooms with wonderful views over the harbour and Cape d’Or from the large bay windows. On-site restaurant. 2 rooms, shared bath, wifi, amazing breakfast. Rate CA$ 95.
Tel: 1-902-392-2889
 
Adda Fundy Tides Campground
95 Mills Rd, Advocate Harbour
32 overnight sites. 20 fully serviced. Showers, washrooms, restaurant, laundromat, firewood available. ATV trails. Views of Bay. Next to Cape Chignecto and Cape d’ Or. Rates CA$ 25-35
Tel 1-902-392-2816
Email: addacampground@gmail.com
 
Red Rocks in Cape Chignecto Park

Red Rocks in Cape Chignecto Park

Cape Chignecto Provincial Park
West Advocate Harbour
Bunkhouse and 3 cabins, 57 wilderness campsites, 28 walk-in sites. Wooded campground, backcountry camping & hiking. One drive-in site. 51 km of trails, beaches, cliffs, ravines, old growth forest. Campsite rate CA$ 26, cabin fees vary.
1-902-392-2085 or 888-544-3434
 
Spencer’s Island B&B
Margaret Griebel
RR3 Parrsboro, Nova Scotia
Peaceful historic home near beach, short walk to the Beach Cafe and old historic lighthouse. Full breakfast. 2 rooms with private 3 pc-baths. Rates CA$ 75-85.
Tel: 1-902-392-2721
Email: margaretgriebel@gmail.com
 
Exploring the lighthouse at Spencer's Island

Exploring the lighthouse at Spencer’s Island

Old Shipyard Beach Campground
Noreen & Bob Kimber
Spencer’s Beach Rd., Spencer’s Island, Nova Scotia
Open campground on the beach. 23 beachfront overnight sites + 4 seasonal right on the Bay of Fundy.  Restrooms, showers and laundromat on site. Camp store. Boat Launch. Firewood available. Or rent one of the four on the beach cottages with full bath and kitchens. Cafe across the street. Rates CA$ 25-125. Located 5 min from Advocate Harbour.
Tel 1-902-392-2487
 
 Ebb Tide Vacation Home on Greville Bay
Gayle Shaw
8610 Hwy 209, Port Greville, Nova Scotia
4-bedroom house, two 3-pc bath, Victorian home on the Bay of Fundy, beautiful garden and beach close by. Weekly rates CA$ 1000-1500. Located 20 min from Advocate Harbour.
Tel: 1-902-348-2012 or 1-604-941-1530
 
Beach House on Hatfield Road
Liz Yorke
144 Hatfield Rd., Fox River, Nova Scotia
Secluded oceanfront luxury vacation cottage, directly on 2 ocean beaches – the perfect accommodation for families. Wood stove, fireplace, sunroom, heated ceramic floors. Weekly house rental ranges from $1500 to $3000. Located 25 min from Advocate Harbour.
Tel: 1-416-481-4096
 
Country Stiles Bed & Breakfast
Mike & Sari Stiles
3936 Highway 302, Nappan
Four charming rooms – three with 3-pc bath, one with shared 4-pc. Complimentary refreshments. Outdoor hot tub and hearty full breakfast included. Wifi and air conditioning. Rates from CA$ 100-120. Cash only.
Located 20 mins from the UNESCO site Joggins Fossil Cliffs; 1 hr from Advocate Harbour.
Tel.: 902-545-2769
 
 

Where to stay – Parrsboro area:

Parrsboro is located a 40-min-drive from Advocate Harbour.

 

Gillespie House Inn, Parrsboro

Gillespie House Inn, Parrsboro

Gillespie House Inn
Lori Lynch & David Beattie
358 Main St., Parrsboro, Nova Scotia
Gracious historic home in park-like setting near downtown Parrsboro. Beautiful antique furnishings. Full breakfast. 7 rooms with ensuite baths. 2 with fireplaces. Rates CA$ 119-149.
Tel.: 1-902-254-3196 or 877-901-3196
 
Evangeline’s Tower B&B
Monica Walsh & James Oatt
322 Main St, Parrsboro, Nova Scotia
Elegant Victorian home in downtown Parrsboro. Antiques and quilts, 3 story turret. Mountain bikes available. Full breakfast. 3 rooms with ensuite 4-pc baths, one 2-room suite. Rates CA$ 90 -149.
Tel 1-902-254-3383 or 866-33TOWER
 
 Cape Split View Cottages
886 West Bay Rd.. Parrsboro
2 chalets, 1-bdrm, and 2-bedrm with panoramic view of the Bay of Fundy, both w. 4-pc-bath, BBQ on deck. Oceanfront 6 acre property. Weekly rates CA$ 1050-1500.
Tel 1-902-254-2585 or 866-354-2585
 
Parrsboro Mansion Inn
Sabine Schoene
3916 Eastern Ave., Parrsboro, Nova Scotia
1 suite and 3 spacious ground floor rooms, 3-pc or 4-pc bath. Free Wi-Fi, German gourmet breakfast, Reiki and massage therapy available. Rates CA$ 119-139.
Tel 1-902-254-2585 or 866-354-2585
 
The Maple Inn, Parrsboro

The Maple Inn, Parrsboro

 
Maple Inn
Ulrike Rockenbauer
2358 Western Ave., Parrsboro, Nova Scotia
Victorian property close to downtown. One 2-bedroom suite with jacuzzi. 8 rooms with private 3 or 4-pc baths. Full breakfast. Rates CA$ 99-169.
Tel: 877-MAPLEIN  or 1-902-254-3735
 
Riverview Cottages
Richard and Sandra Hunt
3575 Eastern Avenue, Parrsboro, Nova Scotia
18 cabins close to town on 12 acres of quiet riverside. Some with light housekeeping facilities. Private baths. Lawn games, playground, free use of canoes. Rates CA$ 60-105.
Tel 1-902254-2388 or 877-254-2388
 
The Sunshine Inn
4487-4489 Hwy 2, Parrsboro, Nova Scotia
11 modern, clean motel units and cottages close to town in a quiet location in a valley surrounded by blueberry fields. Wifi and cable TV, fridge. 4-piece bath. Cottages with full kitchen. Breakfast included. Rates $102-149.
Tel 1-902-254-3135 or 877-70MOTEL
 
Glooscap Campground & RV
John Best
Box 400, Parrsboro, Nova Scotia
67 overnight sites. 41 with electricity and water, 26 unserviced. Washrooms, showers, firewood, ice, canteen. Sand beach. Rates $27-32
Tel 1-902-254-2529 or 254-2036
 
Tidal River Ridge Retreat
Charlotte & Ken Roberts
Moose River, Nova Scotia
4  two-bedroom cabins, 1 one-bedroom cabin, spacious and fully equipped.  3- or 4-pce baths, fireplace, large eat-in kitchen, cozy living room and your own covered deck. Recreation area with horseshoes and basketball.  Clam digging, tubing, walking trails, bird watching and beach swimming. Rates $115-135. Open year-round.
Tel.: toll free 1-800-806-8860
 
plovers on the bay of fundy nova scotia

Plovers in flight.

Four Seasons Retreat
Maureen & Gordon Matthews
Upper Economy, Nova Scotia
12 deluxe housekeeping cottages. 1-3 bedrooms, 3-and 4- piece baths. Fully equipped, with fireplaces and SaTV. Swimming at beach or heated pool. Hot tub, gazebo, hiking and Xcountry ski trails, fishing, clam digging, bird watching. Rates $115-240. Open year-round
Tel: toll free 1 888 373-0339