Seaside Tourism and Business Association Members
Visit the beautiful Eastern Shore

Musquodoboit Harbour:

Old Riverside Lodge B&B

The association has been in existence for well over twenty years. During this time the name has changed a little from the beginning when it was Seaside Tourism Committee then Seaside Tourism Association to the present name Seaside Tourism and Business Association (STBA). It is a registered “not-for-profit” association with the registry of Joint Stocks of Nova Scotia. The website for the association is:

The area covered by the Association extends from the edge of the city of Dartmouth eastwards to the community of West Ecum Secum along the eastern shore of the province. The association has over 60 members who all have an interest of growing tourism in the area, although not all members are B&Bs and Inns.

Nova Scotia is divided up in various ways and one is by “Trailways” and the other, of course is by counties. Back in 1996 Halifax city became one of the largest “municipalities” in Canada by the annexation of the former “Halifax County”. The region is now known as HRM – Halifax Regional Municipality. The region boasts more than 190 communities and it is many of these communities that are included in our association. The Trailway known as “The Marine Drive” extends from the edge of Dartmouth in the west to the Canso Causeway in the east – the entrance to Cape Breton Island.

STBA’s area of interest extends to the most eastern point of HRM adjacent to Guysborough County and is mainly focussed on the coastal and inland areas which are accessible from the Marine Drive.

The area boasts beautiful ocean beaches, picturesque walking trails, back-country hiking trails and a plethora of lakes, seawater inlets, natural old forests and provincial parks. There is very little commercialization in our area. There are no hotels, big shopping malls or large towns; however, the visitor is well served with good restaurants and many arts and craft businesses. One of the provinces most renowned beaches – the longest sandy beach in Nova Scotia – Martinique Beach is close by the town of Musquodoboit Harbour less than an hour from downtown Halifax. The area also boasts Clam Harbour Beach – home of the well-known “Clam Harbour Sandcastle Contest” – a weekend event in August that attracts up to 20,000 visitors in one day. Another highlight would be a visit to Lawrencetown Beach, an area renowned for it's excellent surfing!

Taylor Head Provincial Park rated one of the top walking and hiking destinations by CBC’s Michael Haynes is also in our area at Tangier, just 11 Km from Sheet Harbour. It also boasts a beautiful white sand beach.

P.O. Box 52 Musquodoboit Harbour, NS B0J 2L0

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