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5 Reasons I Love Tidnish Bay

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Amanda Simard, Writing Intern

This blog was written by writing intern Amanda Simard.

When someone asks me my favourite place in the world, I don’t have to think twice before answering Tidnish Bay, Nova Scotia. There are few things in life I enjoy more than a quiet day spent sitting by the ocean shore with a good book or a pair of binoculars.When asked why I pick Tidnish – the answer comes easily as well.

The community
The people I’ve met over summers spent in the area have always been exceptionally kind. They are always eager to share their latest stories and invite newcomers into the community as readily as family. There is a great community spirit and I’ve enjoyed many evenings filled with pleasant conversation, laughter and even music. With weekly events like the Pic n’ Grin, there is always something to do and someone to share a laugh with.
The beach
It may well sound like a cliché to talk about loving the beach, but I’m not talking about just any beach here! I love a beach with tides and that is great for swimming, kayaking and breathtaking walks along the red sand flats. Let’s not forget, the Tidnish coast is lined with red rock cliffs which are truly a sight to see. It’s also a great spot for bird watching and it isn’t uncommon to catch sight of a seal or a dolphin swimming in the distance.

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Photo by Amanda Simard

The artisanal shops
From pewter crafts to rug hooking and even wine, there isn’t a shortage of artisanal, craft and gift shops in the area. I love spending the afternoon in nearby Pugwash, hitting up the various craft shops, or heading down to Amherst to visit Diane Fitzpatrick’s rug hooking studio. For wine, there’s Winegarden Estates just across the New Brunswick border, or Jost Vineyard a ways down in Malagash.

The trails
For those days when I’m looking to change things up from walking along the sandy shore, there are plenty of trails nearby. Some are through forest while other are through marshlands or along the coast. The sights are amazing and there is plenty of wildlife to keep an eye out for.

The sunset
Wouldn’t you know it? Another cliche! What can I say? A gorgeous sunset across an ocean horizon – sign me up anytime! Add in a bonfire and some marshmallows, it’s hard to think of a more perfect summer evening.

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