Monday, August 22, 2016

The Ovens - Nova Scotia

The "beach" right by the campground
A friend of a friend recommended we stay at The Ovens once they heard we were heading out to Nova Scotia so we figured we'd check it out.  We were glad we did and ended up staying an extra night.  We liked being right by the ocean,  We could stand on our campsite and look out at the ocean which was nice.  We could also walk down a flight of stairs and be on a great, rocky beach that was full of things to see and do.  You do pay more for the ocean front sites though so keep that in mind.
This one is called the Cannon because the sound of the waves is really loud.
My younger daughter was surprised by how loud it was.  
My kids also liked the Sea Cave Trail which takes you along the coast where you can check out a whole bunch of caves and tunnels and the like.  It only takes about an hour or so to do the hike but there are stairs so you do have to be able to handle those.
I don't know why they didn't name these tunnels Tom, Dick, and Harry.
Missed opportunity if you ask me.
The campground also has a restaurant and store on the premises although the store doesn't sell a ton of useful stuff, mostly snacks and souvenirs.  I was a little worried when we first arrived since the sign said there was live music at the restaurant every night until 11:00 and my kids usually go to bed around 9:00 but we were right by the restaurant and didn't hear any more noise than you would hear from having neighbours at a campsite.
The restaurant serves tea made in tea pots.  For that alone I will forever love them.
There is a playground, swimming pool, and small area with some goats (you can buy the goat food in the store) that was popular with the kids.
They do have showers and bathrooms.  No wifi or pay phones though.

Things to keep in mind:

  • The Ovens is in a pretty good location.  We were about 30 minutes from Lunenburg and Peggy's Cove and Halifax are about 90 minutes away.  Grand Pre is about the same in the other direction.  
  • You can pan for gold at The Ovens.  
  • You can rent kayaks if you want to see the sea caves up close and personal
  • They have live music most nights and host several music festivals. 
  • It is apparently called The Ovens because some of the caves resemble old timey ovens.  I was expecting something a little more exciting.

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