In honor of the world’s favorite upcoming holiday, National Ice Cream Day on July 19th, we are highlighting some of the wonderful opportunities for a family road trip in Cumberland County.
One of the great things about the Maritimes in the summer is the amount of coastline available for surf, tan, and fun. In Parrsboro and Joggins, beaches are covered in rocks and fossils, making a day at the beach a rewarding experience when finding a piece of history. Animal and plant fossils have been found in both areas for many years and the history of this development can be traced through the museums in each town.
Cumberland County also offers the opportunity for sand covered beaches, such as the one pictured below in Minudie. Even though bathing caps are no longer required attire for a day at the beach, don’t be surprised if they come back into fashion soon! Sand covered beaches cover most of the northern shore and are perfect for a day trip with friends and family.
For such a small county, the small towns are filled with a rich and fascinating history with museums to hold all the artefacts and stories. The Cumberland County Museum and Archives offers the opportunity to take in the history of the county as a whole, while also specifying on the town of Amherst history. Springhill recounts the past days of mining history with Tour a Mine Museum, where you can take a surface tour or go underground 300 ft. into an authentic coal mine! Springhill also has a museum dedicated to Grammy-award winning artist, Anne Murray. Other museums in the county include Charles Tuppers’ summer home, the Ottawa House and Age of Sail in Port Greville.
Every August in Oxford, the wild blueberry capital of Canada, is the official home of the Harvest Blueberry Festival. Concerts, baked goods competitions, art exhibits, movie nights, and events specified to kids interests. This festival is spread out all over Nova Scotia and offers something for everyone to enjoy.
Cumberland County is one of the best places for a short weekend trip or for a longer vacation. There is always something new for visitors and residents alike to discover. The county is crawling with lighthouses, outdoor opportunities such as camping and hiking and some of the friendliest people you will ever meet (trust me!). Come visit Cumberland County this summer for an unforgettable experience.
Nova Scotia Tourism
Cumberland County Official Website
Amherst, NS Website
Cumberland County Museum and Archives
Oxford, NS Website
Harvest Blueberry Festival Official Website
Springhill, NS Website
Anne Murray Centre Museum
Age of Sail Museum
Parrsboro, NS Website
Ottawa House Museum