“It's not in the middle of nowhere but you can see it from there.”
That's what I was told when I asked for directions to Guysborough.
The man was right – and he was wrong.
When I arrived in Guysborough, 35 minutes off the main highway and seemingly in the middle of nowhere, I found tastes and quality that you would find in the center of somewhere.
There's lots to put the tiny town of Guysborough on Chedabucto Bay, Nova Scotia on the map for travel.
The Best of Off The Beaten Track Travel
If you're looking for quiet, you'll find it in Guysborough. It's a town for hiking and cycling, fishing and paddling. It's a small town that's close to nature yet it has the amenities of a city.
If you're looking for a place with a local craft brewery and a coffee roastery, you'll find it there. There's a brand new distillery that just opened this spring with award winning whiskey. There's the grand DesBarres Manor Inn that dates back to 1847 for a luxurious stay and there's the Osprey Shores Golf Resort on the peninsula at the head of the Atlantic Coast’s largest bay.
All these companies are part of the Authentic Seacoast Company. It's fascinating. The story, as it was told to me, is that a Bay Street (read financial center of Canada) fellow from Toronto was cycling the area about 10 years ago and fell in love with the place. He has since been investing money and his wonderful sense of design into these many businesses to make Guysborough a Nova Scotia destination. It's like he's created an infrastructure to make sure this quiet off-the-beaten-track town has the luxury and activities a tourist wants.
I would recommend three days in Guysborough.
- Day 1 – arrive, go to the distillery and explore the town.
- Day 2 – Hiking, cycling, kayaking or fishing and then in the evening go for the craft beer.
- Day 3 – Explore Nova Scotia's Marine Drive by car and enjoy a meal at the DesBarres Manor Inn
- Day 4 – Move on to Cape Breton Island.
I wish I'd had three days. My next day had me headed for Cape Breton Island. I'll write about that part of the trip soon.
This trip was supported by Nova Scotia Tourism. As always the opinions and experiences are my own.