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Marine Drive is a scenic trail in Nova Scotia. This is the best motorcycle coastal drive in Nova Scotia highly recommended by twisty lovers. The route hugs the coastline along Highways 344, 316, and Nova Scotia Trunk 7 and 16, it follows along the Eastern shore of Nova Scotia on the Atlantic Ocean. You'll want to stop off at Martinique Beach, a great surf beach and one of the longest sandy beaches in the area. The motorcycle ride is 276 miles (444 km) long, doable in 7 hours. For a detailed PDF map of the Marine Drive see: http://esr.cc/M6mlHf
Start this great motorcycle route at Aulds Cove, a common resting point with some services and amenities at the Western end of the Canso Causeway which leads to Cape Breton.
Aulds Cove is also a part of the Sunrise Trail Scenic Drive click here to see more:
Ride from Aulds Cove to Guysborough South on Highway 344 for 32 mi (51.5 km) passing through Boylston. Then Ride onto Highway 16 for 5 mi (8 km) heading West over Boylston Bridge then South to reach Guysborough. The roads between Aulds Cove and Guysborough are twisty and all have stunning Ocean views.
Guysborough is a small community located at the head of Chedabucto Bay. In the centre of town, the Old Court House is a heritage property that has been restored as a local museum and visitor information centre. Displays include early Acadian and Black settlements in the area, a collection of domestic tools and handcrafts, and early photographs.
From Guysborough to Canso, point your motorbike South out of Guysborough, then East on Nova Scotia Trunk 16 for 28.5 mi (46 km) to reach Canso. The road here is very twisty and follows along the water's edge.
Canso is a town of 1,000 people and was founded in 1605; it's one of the earliest Acadian settlements in Nova Scotia. On the waterfront, Canso's important role in early North American history began when French fishermen used the island as a fishing camp in the early 1600s because it was close to the lucrative fishing grounds and it could be easily defended. These fishermen prospered, and a full-scale fishing settlement developed. Because of its strategic location and excellent fishing colony, Canso has been part of several wars including the American Revolution. For more information on wartime in Canso see: http://esr.cc/Rh4MBX. Today, it is a busy and hardworking fishing town offering a variety of attractions and services. For more information on what to see, where to eat and where to sleep in Canso see: http://www.townofcanso.com/
From Canso to Tor Bay continue riding on Trunk 16 West for 9 mi (14.5 km) then ride South on Highway 316 to Tor Bay for 22 mi (35.5 km). The road to Tor Bay features a very twisty section on Highway 316 that follows the jagged coastline.
Tor Bay Provincial Park faces the open Atlantic with sandy beaches, fragile sand dunes and rugged offshore rock formations. The dunes are protected by a boardwalk, and the park also has picnic facilities. Tor Bay (Faraday Station) in 1875 is the location of the first direct commercial cable to successfully transmit messages from England to mainland North America. There is a plaque in the parks parking lot to commemorate the event.
From Tor Bay to Sherbrooke continue West riding on the final section of twisties on Highway 316 for 22 mi (35.5 km). Ride West on Melrose Road for 8 miles (13 km) then transfer onto NS Trunk 7 (Marine Drive). Head South for 10 mi (16 km) to reach Sherbrooke.
Sherbrooke is a small town of 1,400 people. Every year fishermen come in droves to try their luck at angling on the legendary waters of the St. Mary's River.
You can take a break from the motorcycle and spend a few hours in Sherbrooke Village Museum, Ride on a Horse Drawn wagon as it rides through an 1800's inspired village. Drop by the pharmacy, where you can see how medicines were prepared a hundred years ago. Visit Cumminger's Store, the blacksmith, the print shop or the furniture maker. Stop at the tea room for lunch and then have your picture taken in period costume at the Ambrotype Studio, if you're into that sort of thing. Each building in Sherbrooke is staffed by guides in 1800s period costume. Special demonstrations featured throughout the village include pottery, weaving, lumber making, gold ore mining and candle making. For more information on the Museum see: http://museum.gov.ns.ca/sv/index.php
From Sherbrooke to Sheet Harbour ride your motorcycle South on Marine Drive for 16 mi (26 km). The road here has a few curves, but more importantly the views of the Atlantic Ocean are spectacular. Pass through Liscomb Mills and continue riding West for 35 mi (56.5 km) of jagged coastline and the twisty roads that follow it.
You'll arrive in Sheet Harbour, a small lumber town of 800 people, founded in 1784 by Loyalist refugees and British veterans of the American Revolution. Take the Sheet Harbour Bridge to continue the motorcycle route on to Marine Drive.
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From Sheet Harbour to Musquodoboit Harbour continue riding your motorcycle on Marine Drive. The road here has many more twisties, and views of the Atlantic Ocean.
Arrive in Musquodoboit Harbour, a town of 2,100 people located at the end of the East Petpeswick Road. A popular beach in the area is called Martinique Beach and it's the longest sandy beach in Nova Scotia. This 3 mi (5 km) long beach is a provincial park and has many picnic and swimming facilities. The excellent surf conditions at Martinique Beach are very popular with surfers, world round. There is also a visitor's centre at the Musquodoboit Railway Museum in the beautifully restored 1918 Canadian National Railways Station.
From Musquodoboit Harbour to Lawrencetown continue West on the last part of Marine Drive. Pass through Chezzetcook and ride South towards Lawrencetown for 6 mi (10 km) on Highway 207. The road here has a few sweeping curves, and again follows the shore of the Atlantic Ocean.
Lawrencetown Beach Provincial Park is a popular beach destination. The smaller beach just before the main
Beach has yellow signs warning of dangerous currents. Lawrencetown Beach is the clearly marked safer waters of the provincial park, with lifeguards on duty, changing facilities and restrooms available. The dependable breezes and steady surf have made it a favourite playground for surfers and windsurfers. It's a welcome sight for motorcycle riders, as the wonderful journey comes to a close in the next stop in Dartmouth.
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From Lawrencetown to Dartmouth continue 10.5 miles (17 km) West on Highway 207 to reach the Halifax-Dartmouth area.
Dartmouth is a part of the Halifax Regional Municipality; it has a population of 100,000 people with 390,000 living in the municipality. The two cities are connected via two bridges: the Angus L Macdonald Bridge, known locally as ‟the old bridge” and also ‟the new bridge” A. Murray MacKay Bridge, has a $1 toll to cross. There's also a popular ferry service connecting the two cities.
A fun stop-off for water lovers is in Fisherman's Cove located 6 mi (10km) Southeast of Dartmouth on Highway 322. At the Marine Interpretive Centre there's salt and freshwater aquariums, interactive exhibits and an inviting collection of craft shops and restaurants wrapped around its picturesque harbour. There are fishing sheds and colourful boats, a seaside boardwalk, and activities such as shark fishing, whale watching, deep-sea fishing and boat tours. For more information on what to see, where to eat and where to sleep in the Halifax area see: http://www.halifax.ca/
The ride down Marine Drive is twisty heaven! Riding along Highways 344, 316, and Nova Scotia Trunk 7 and 16, it follows along the Eastern shore of Nova Scotia on the Atlantic Ocean. The ride is 7 hours inÂ 276 miles (444 km) long and follows the jagged coastline of the Atlantic Ocean. This is the best motorcycle coastal drive in Nova Scotia highly recommended by twisty lovers. Enjoy the ride! EatSleepRIDE.