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5 Stops You Need To Make On Nova Scotia’s Sunrise Trail

We took an adventure on the Sunrise Trail!  This area of Nova Scotia has some of the warmest and most sandy ocean beaches in the province.  Sample wonderful cuisine and if you’re thirsty visit a winery, brewery or distillery.

#1 Rushton Beach – The Warm Waters of The Northumberland

Looking for your next Nova Scotia oasis? You've found it! Rushton Beach Provincial Park is located in the Northumberland Shore Region and has some of the warmest ocean waters in Nova Scotia.

Located 4km east of Brule, NS on Highway 6, it offers a great escape on a hot day. As you approach the beach you`ll find sheltered picnic tables and boardwalk leading to the beach.

Once you walk to the beach, you`ll find sand as far as the eye can see. It extends out into the warm waters, so there`s no worry of rocks. At low tide, you`ll also discover sandbars along the beach.

A great deal of birds are attracted to the salt marsh bordering the beach. Amenities include public change houses and vaulted toilets.

#2 Jost Vineyards – The North Shore`s Winery

Worth the drive, Jost Vineyards is located in Malagash and is the only vineyard and winery on the North Shore. When visiting you can enjoy tastings of not only Jost wines, but their sister wineries, Gaspereau and Mercator.

If you desire to grab lunch or a snack, they serve food and wonderful charcuterie boards. Jost offers three free tastings of their wine and free tours of the vineyard. Check out their live entertainment schedule as well.

#3 North Shore Diner – A wonderful treat!

Located in Tatamagouche the North Shore Diner is a treat for anyone who visits. With available indoor and outdoor seating you can enjoy eating outside with the warm North Shore breeze in summer months.

All food options are reasonable priced. We tried the Matty Burger and Smokin Jane. The burger is made from local beef and features bacon, pea shoots, smoked cheddar, Dijon mayo and Tatabrew BBQ sauce. The Smokin' Jane is a smoked chicken sandwich with bacon, pea shoots, tomato, sriracha lime mayo and avocado. They were delicious and made to perfection.

The North Shore Diner is a needed stop on your Sunrise Trail journey.

#4 Tatamagouche Brewing Co. – The #GoodCheerTrail Journey Continues

Our journey on the #GoodCheerTrail continues as we visit Tatamagouche Brewing Company in you guess it, Tatamagouche! They offer up a sheltered patio to enjoy their cool creations on. We tried all of their brews available on tap and must recommend the Hippie Dippie Pale Ale and the Deception Bay IPA.

Be sure to pick up a growler when leaving and maybe some stylish Tatabrew swag!

#5 Caldera Distilling – A Perfect Finish To The Sunrise Trail

A perfect way to finish your day on The Sunrise Trail. Caldara Distillery is located in River John, a short drive from Pictou or Tatamagouche. Named after one of the largest ships ever built in River John, the Caldera represented what was possible in this fine town of skilled shipbuilders.

Stop in to find out what makes their beverages so special. They had three varieties available for tasting.  Their Hurricane 5 Blended Whisky, which is named after a hurricane that hit the property years ago. One of their special releases, the Champlain and also available was their Family Reserve which isn`t available for purchase.

We really enjoyed the Hurricane 5 variety which had flavours of caramel, honey and spice. We`d recommend it to anyone who may enjoy a smooth whiskey over ice or with ginger beer.

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