There are many wonderful attractions along the coastal communities of the south shore, but there are also hidden attractions inland that are usually overlooked.
Starting off with Ross Farm in New Ross, this museum is open year round. When you visit, it’s like stepping back in time. They do an amazing job making it feel like you are living a life 100-175 years ago in Nova Scotia. There are so many hands on activities, and you absorb the history and learn so much because you are taking part in it. There are many farm animals which include horses, cows, pigs, sheep, chickens etc. You can even watch the oxen cultivate the land and help harvest crops. My favourite thing to do there is take a wagon ride or sleigh ride depending on the season. There is also a school house, blacksmith shop, barrel making, trails, a gift shop and more. Ross Farm is a great place to spend the day because it’s more than your typical museum, it’s very engaging and captivating.
Another inland museum is the Parkdale Maplewood Museum. This museum was founded by “Uncle Tom”- a traveller who collected things beginning in the 1930’s. One exhibit there is the “People of the Past” display, which features biographies and possessions of special people in the area. There are toys, puzzles, games, and a fun scavenger hunt for children. The heritage gardens are home to many traditional and heritage plants of the area. On September 10th, they will be hosting the 33rd Annual Blueberry Festival. From 12:30-5:30pm you can enjoy a menu featuring many traditional Lunenburg County favourites. My favourites will be the hodge podge and blueberry grunt! There will be entertainment from 1-5pm and vendors and craft demonstrations on site.
The Maplewood Farm features a tree lot and maple syrup farm. There are 3400 tapped trees! This place is special because Lunenburg County is the Balsam Fir Christmas tree capital of the world! Rex and Bonnie are great hosts of this business.
Indian Falls is another inland location. This is a municipal park and has beautiful water falls. It’s a lovely spot to go for a walk or a swim. There are also picnic areas, a rock beach, and look off areas.
The Lunenburg County winery is in Newburne, 24km inland off of exit 11 on Highway 103. This winery makes fruit wines, and has a best selling blueberry wine. Some other flavours include pear, cherry, rhubarb, strawberry and more! You can also pick high bush blueberries there.
Next time you’re in the area, drive away the coast and check out the inland attractions!