Spencer's Island

Spencer's Island, Advocate Harbour: Address, Spencer's Island Reviews: 4.5/5

Spencer's Island
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Boomer608
Advocate, Nova Scotia, Canada3 contributions
If you like sea side atmosphere and a touch of history, this place will romance you into staying. There is a restored lighthouse there which is open to the public, and a Park where one can watch the tides coming and going.
Written December 19, 2007
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Joan K
Burlington, Canada1 contribution
Friends
We found many gifts along the beach, sea-glass, beautiful shells, dulse, mussels and wild caraway. A local pulled up in a small boat and handed us a huge bucket of flounder that we ate that night on the beach, over an open bon-fire while watching the light change.
The fresh air had us relaxed and sleepy so an early bed time had us up and too lazy to cook breakfast so we wandered over to the Beach Cafe' for a fantastic breakfast. The Cafe' was the original general store of the area and oozes charm. Very relaxed and a great outdoor deck so we didn't have to waste one minute indoors.
Next time we are going to treat ourselves to one of the new cabins on the beach so we can spend less time getting ready and more time exploring. They have everything!
We'll be back!!
Bring beach shoes, your appetite and a sweater for the evenings.
Written August 20, 2011
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Emily F
Halifax, Canada6 contributions
Friends
Spencer's Island and Advocate Harbour have a pull which is inexplicable and deep. They draw artists and travellers from all over the globe and impart a sense of calm, serenity and belonging. On top of that, imagine warm winds through poplars, sun glinting on ocean waves, fishing boats and wide expanses of ancient, untouched beach, hulking red cliffs. High end restaurants - yes, it's true and they are exceptional. A film festival, world renowned trail systems in an enormous ocean-side provincial park, kayaking, ghost ships, jurassic history, and a location which was named solely for its breathtaking sunsets: Cape d'Or - Cape of gold. Stop and talk with one of the extraordinary people make this place their home, or camp overnight on the beach campground or beautiful red cottage impossibly close to the incoming tide, and try to tell yourself that you're ready to leave. It won't be easy.
Written April 9, 2012
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tshep42
Halifax, Canada3,563 contributions
It's an okay beach with a view of the half-moon shaped Spencers Island but not much to do there. Maybe everything is closed down because of the pandemic. It is a camper area so there is a long line of trailers there. We dropped by, took a couple of pictures and were gone in 10 minutes.

Parrsboro, Cape D'Or Lighthouse, Partridge Island, Cape Chignecto Provincial Park are all close.
Written August 4, 2020
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TheTravelBites
Dubai, United Arab Emirates59 contributions
Couples
we stayed at the Old Shipyard Beach Campground, which was clean and good value, and got to spend a couple of days enjoying the scenery around Spencer Island.
We watched the immense tidal change as the water receded almost 200 meters back at low tide, revealing the rocky bed of what is otherwise the ocean.
A fascinating, completely unique place, well worth at least a few nights on any Nova Scotian itinerary.
Written August 14, 2013
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Raylee B
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada1 contribution
Friends
We stayed in the two bedroom cottage Sea Glass (#3) At the Old Shipyard Campground. Your view is just a few feet from the ocean, breathtaking views. We were lucky enough to be there during a full moon, which appears to rise right out of the ocean. Just beautiful. The cottage is fully equipped, you want for nothing. Bob and Noreen the campground owners are very warm, friendly and welcoming. Anything we needed was there in minutes. My hats also off to Eric who also works at the campground, he is also very helpful and friendly. We stayed for 5 days and I was very sad to go. We have already booked for next year. I simply cannot wait to go back there!!
Written August 18, 2014
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JEANNE T
Lake Worth, FL6 contributions
Solo
I stumbled across Spencer's Island and the campground there on my way to Cape Chignecto Provincial Park... in fact, the Park Ranger at Chignecto directed me to the beach campground when I found out that Cape Chignecto was backpack campsites only. What a blessing to be advised about the Old Shipyard Beach Campground; It was more than fabulous. The owners were absolutely wonderful people, Bob and Noreen. So welcoming and accommodating. I planned for 1 night and stayed almost a week... and hated to leave even then. It has everything you need for a fantastic, relaxing, peaceful and totally enjoyable vacation. Be sure to visit this wonderful place and book ahead for one of their new cabins. There are also full service RV/big-rig sites and tent sites, as well. You will absolutely love this place on the Bay of Fundy with extraordinary high and low tides. (Each day 100 billion tonnes of seawater flows in and out of the Bay of Fundy during one tide cycle — more than the combined flow of the world’s freshwater rivers! An amazing fact about an amazing place.)
Written February 10, 2014
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Aurora B
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada33 contributions
Friends
If you want to experience the Maritimes in its raw, true, genuine state, this area is exactly what you need. I stayed in a 1-bedroom cabin at Spencer's Island (Old Shipyard Beach Campground), which was awesome. The rates are excellent for what you get - which is a fully equipped cabin on the beach, newly renovated, with a quaint just-like-home feel. The sunrise from your bedroom is the perfect way to wake up!! On-site there is a cute beach cafe, a Lighthouse museum and the monument for the ghost-ship Mary Celeste. Nearby in Advocate Harbour you get unique delicious dining at the Wild Caraway, and the Lighthouse at Cape D'or, and nova scotia's largest Provincial Park, Cape Chignecto. The people are SO nice, everyone waves and makes you feel like a local :) Heaven on earth and I was only there for one night! I will for sure be back again. Special thanks to the operators of the campground who greeted me by name and the friendly people in Advocate Harbour.
Written August 11, 2013
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Rita and Phil C
Shelburne, Canada85 contributions
Family
Spencers Island is a lovely place - if you want to camp , have a cottage or park an RV right on the ocean then this is the perfect spot. It has a relaxed hippy feel to the place and the Sun Moon and Stars shop is fabulous for interesting quality and unique items. There is a small restaurant / cafe here that serves fair fare :-) we missed the Wild Carraway as they had a function so were closed - we will definitely go back with a group of friends and enjoy this beautiful area.
Written September 26, 2014
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NewBrunswickDuffy
Moncton, Canada152 contributions
You really need to visit the beautiful Spencer's Island and Advocate Harbour. It is so picturesque and lovely. There's so much history here.
Written December 23, 2012
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