By John Moore, Columnist
Recently, my wife and I decided to do a trip to the Eastern Shore which is often referred to as Nova Scotia’s lost shore. Part of our motivation for doing so was to check out Owl’s Head given all the press it has received lately.
So, off we went. The scenery along the way was spectacular. The Jeddore area where the Salmon River and East Jeddore lodges are particularly eye-catching. The turn off to Owl’s Head by Webbers General Store isn’t hard to miss. Just in was Hosking General store and it was jam packed with cars .They were celebrating 21 years of being in business. They were featuring clams and donuts. We stopped for directions as we weren’t sure of our way .A lady, carrying none other than clams and donuts told us to keep on the main road, go past Clam Harbour Beach and we’d run into Owl’s Head . We thanked her and went on our way. As we drove we noticed signs, either pro golf course, or opposed to the sale of Owls Head land.
Upon arriving we went along the main road where we came across some locals who were having a reunion of sorts. We asked one of them if there was a trail to Owls Head Park. She didn’t know and said she’d get someone who knew . Along came this middle aged lady with a big smile . First thing she said as she pointed across the street was that my great granddad built that house over there. This was a good sign as this meant she really knew the area .She said there were no trails close by but there was a trail down by Little Harbour. She said the best way to take in all Owl’s Head has to offer though is to go to Clam Harbour Beach. This seemed baffling but the twinkle in her eye told us to have faith. She went on to say there is a coastal trail at the end of the beach and we’ll be awarded with spectacular views. We thanked her and went on our way. Backtracking we stopped at Owl’s Head Wharf for a while and went down to the beach which overlooked a large bay which as it turns out was Owls Head Harbour .We then drove to Little Harbour.
The highway literally ran onto the wharf and ended there. It was a beautiful fishing hamlet but no trail to be found. There were beautiful orchid-like flowers along the roadside which made our trip here more worthwhile. We then turned around and went straight to Clam Harbour Beach. It was a beautiful sunny day and the beach had a good crowd with many in swimming. We made our way towards the end of the beach and noticed what looked like a trail. We followed it and came to a beautiful little white sandy beach with not a soul on it. We kept going and came across two more beautiful white sandy beaches again with not a soul around. We eventually came to a lookoff whose vista was spectacular. Our lady back at Owl’s Head knew what she was talking about for sure. We hated to leave this beautiful piece of paradise.
On our way back we treated ourselves to ice cream cones at Webbers. This place has a bit of everything and truly epitomizes what a general store should be. We reluctantly said goodbye and made our way back to Halifax. In terms of Owls Head this area is a real treasure and hopefully the pros and cons can find a proper solution so the environment and the economy can live in harmony. We came away somewhat more informed than before, but we still have much to learn about the area. When you get a chance, take a trip down the Eastern shore and check it out for yourself. If anything, you’ll learn a thing or two, meet some wonderful people, and be greeted by nature that is stunning in every way.
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