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Sea the shore tours

We call it the east coast effect. Whether local or “from away”, every visitor to our shores will understand. We love where we live. That’s what makes us unique- experience the South Shore with a local tour guide who comes from a Mahone Bay founding family.

We’re pretty partial to our home on the south shore, and if you immerse yourself in the unique beauty, history and culture here, you too will experience the kind of laid-back coastal way of life that stays in your bones forever.

Oak Island Adventure

Join us for an epic Mahone Bay adventure! Take a narrated voyage with The Curse of Oak Island’s very own Tony Sampson and discover the key sites being explored in the infamous Oak Island treasure hunt.

Land on the shore and explore the Oak Island Museum, enjoy your picnic lunch and then head off island with Danny Hennigar, local historian to explore other sites of interest that uncover fabled facts, stories and secrets of the Oak Island Mystery.

Adventure Includes:

  • Guided boat tour of Oak Island: From the water, get a unique perspective of this mysterious island, site of the world’s longest running treasure hunt, with Salty Dog Sea Tours.
  • Land ho! Land on the shores of Oak Island, just like the great explorers before you.
  • Oak Island Interpretation Centre: enjoy a guided tour of the Oak Island Interpretation Centre with cast member, Tony Sampson.
  • Picnic Lunch:  Enjoy a chef-made lunch that includes a salad, artisan sandwich, orchard fruit, local Bandha energy bar & bottled water in a ‘yours to keep’ canvas lunch bag on Oak Island.
  • Join Experienced Oak Island Historian, researcher and tour guide Danny Hennigar on a pleasant, relaxing journey around the area to hear true stories and see locations all related to the famous Island and treasure hunt.  Visit graveyards, see the sights, hear great stories, enjoy a really unique and impressive Oak Island museum.

2020 Dates: 

  • Wednesdays from July 1, 2020 – October 7, 2020
  • 5.5 hour excursion, minimum 4 people
  • Departing Oak Island Resort & Conference Centre at 10AM
  • Please note this tour includes a boat landing on Oak Island & sadly isn’t fully accessible. Please contact us if you have any mobility concerns.


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Taste of the Town

Lunenburg is a popular seaside town with strong nautical roots that is quickly becoming a culinary hotspot in Nova Scotia.

Stroll through Old Town Lunenburg (UNESCO World Heritage site) enjoy a “Mug-up” on the Lunenburg Waterfront, shuck and enjoy freshly caught local oysters, dive into a lobster roll and indulge in German inspired dishes before enjoying local mussels on the wharf. Finish the day sipping award winning tastings of local spirits.

Tour Includes:

  • 6 Tastings: Enjoy tastings with wine/beer pairings at 6 Lunenburg staples.
  • Join a local guide who will take you through on a journey through the local area with stories and interesting facts.

2020 Dates: 

  • Tuesdays from June 2, 2020 – October 7, 2020
  • 5.5 hour excursion, minimum 4 people
  • Departing Oak Island Resort & Conference Centre at 10AM


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Floats & Boats

Immerse yourself in the rich boat building history of Mahone Bay and Lunenburg. Enjoy a heritage boat tour of Lunenburg harbour and lunch in the galley of an authentic fishing schooner. Get “knotty” at the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic and wash the day away with award winning local spirits.

Tour includes: Lunch on the Teresa Connor and Tasting award winning spirits at Ironworks Distillery

Tour Includes:

  • Get insight into the local area and the strong influence of the boating industry with a guided tour of the Mahone Bay Settlers Museum.
  • Take a trip through time with a local historian on a Guided Walking Tour of Mahone Bay.
  • Get hands on at the Heritage Boat Yard – a non-profit society dedicated to preserving and promoting Nova Scotia’s South Shore deep-rooted wooden boat heritage.
  • Get knotty at the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic.
  • Mug-up on a Grand Banks Schooner with a delicious lunch from a Taste of NS restaurant.
  • Join a local guide who will take you through on a journey through the local area with stories and interesting facts.

2020 Dates: 

  • Thursdays from June 4, 2020 – October 7, 2020
  • 5.5 hour excursion, minimum 4 people
  • Departing Oak Island Resort & Conference Centre at 9:30AM


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So much to sea

Just a quick drive away, you’ll discover the colourful, charming seaside communities of Chester, Mahone Bay and Lunenburg – a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Each has its own distinct character and fascinating history to share. Be sure to tour the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic in Lunenburg and, if you’re lucky, you might even catch a glimpse of the iconic Bluenose II if she’s in.

Nearby Ross Farm, a living museum that takes a leap back in time, is a piece of working history not-to-be missed. And a trip out east can never be complete without an outing to the rugged granite shores and powerful tides of legendary Peggy’s Cove, a breathtaking place that has enthralled artists and adventurers from around the world for generations.

Or head off the trail and book a walking tour of the famed Oak Island. Recently made popular by the History Channel’s television mini-series, The Curse of Oak Island, this mysterious treasure hunt has spanned over 200 years. Ask any of our locals what they think of the mystery and you may even get a brand new theory to consider!

Nearby golf courses include the Chester Golf Club and Osprey Ridge Golf Club, and natural gems like Kejimkujik National Park and The Ovens Natural Park make a fun, family adventure.

Let our Nova Scotia home surprise you. We’ll be waiting for you to get back, so you can tell us all about it!

Looking for more inspiration? Take a peek at the South Shore Guide.

2019 South Shore Guide

Re-Opening Friday, June 19th, 2020

We are excited to announce that we will be reopening on Friday, June 19, 2020.  We are proud to bring you newly renovated guest rooms with local artwork, stylish furniture and the same nautical flair you’ve come to love.  As a bonus, we’re bringing you a new lobby and the Three Sheets Bar + Social, as well as a new menu designed by Director of Culinary, Chef Nathan Guggenheimer.  But the world has changed, so the Oak Island Resort you know and love has adjusted our sails.  What does this mean for you?

We look forward to WHALEcoming you back to the newly renovated Oak Island Resort & Conference Centre.  We can’t wait to SEA you!

If you have any questions, please contact us at 1-800-565-5075.