Experience the magic of Nova Scotia’s Eastern Shore with the Eastern Shore Escape Tour – a day trip where your family can experience stunning coastal scenery, a delicious, locally-sourced charcuterie picnic lunch overlooking the ocean, and a soul-nourishing afternoon on a goat farm.
“It’s full of magic and off-the-beaten path adventures,” says Chelsea Hanoun, the entrepreneur behind the tour company, Settled Nomads. “You get a real sense of daily life in Nova Scotia, and a wonderful experience with beaches, natural surroundings, and community.”
Begin at the Halifax Brewery Market
The all-inclusive tour, which has garnered rave reviews on Trip Advisor, lasts roughly 5 hours. Your day begins in downtown Halifax, Nova Scotia at the famed Alexander Keith’s building – a 200-year-old, granite & ironstone treasure, where a bustling Saturday Farm market attracts farmers and artisans from all over Nova Scotia. This is your chance to indulge in a sweet treat or freshly roasted coffee with your Market Money, included with the tour.
Explore Nova Scotia’s Eastern Shore
Next, hop in the van or minibus (your guide will do the driving!) for a scenic journey over one of Halifax Harbour’s iconic twin suspension bridges, and along Nova Scotia’s Eastern Shore, renowned for its white-sand beaches and protected wilderness areas.
With the salt air on your cheeks, enjoy a delicious locally sourced charcuterie-style picnic on a hill overlooking two beaches: Lawrencetown Beach, a beacon for surfers from all over the world, and Stoney Beach, a mecca for local kite surfers.
Meet the locals: friendly Alpine goats
Finally, the highlight of the tour – especially for children – is Ataraxy Farm, home to horses, donkeys, chickens, a mule – and over 4 dozen goats, including Alpine goats, known for their hilariously friendly temperament (these are the goats that are most likely to jump on your back!), and Toggenburgs, which are excellent dairy producers.
Ataraxy, which means a “state of serene calmness” is an apt name for the mental health therapy farm established in 2013 to help the owner’s husband with PTSD from his military service in Bosnia. In 2021, the family decided to share the “secret farm” with the public, including Settled Nomads.
“When we did our first tour, everyone’s faces lit up when we met up with the goats,” says Hanoun, who thoughtfully includes a small gift from the farm – which produces luscious skin and hair care products – for each Eastern Shore Escape participant.
Sustainable tourism…no need to rent a car
The Eastern Shore Escape Tour is a fun way to experience the Eastern Shore of Nova Scotia, and also a great introduction to Settled Nomads itself: a tourism initiative that operates within global limits, promotes well-being, and supports local communities.
On a very practical note, hopping on a guided tour with Settled Nomads is the perfect way to enjoy a day trip from Halifax, without worrying about having to rent a car.
Book early! In 2022, The Eastern Shore Escape Tour operates only once per month on the following dates: June 18th, July 16th, September 17th, and October 15th. You can also check the Settled Nomads website for links to other tours and experiences in Nova Scotia.