GET GONE WITH KELLEY & JON…The Perfect Path to Parrsboro

Posted: October 3, 2013

Kelley Edwards and Jon King love road trips!

Especially when those trips takes them off the beaten path.

get gone logo parrsboro, nsFor years the two friends have been...exploring back roads and towns, and discovering those hidden gems that make our region truly unique and interesting.

With this the first installment of a great new series here on Sea and be Scene we invite you to grab your travel mug and your sense of adventure and... Get Gone with Kelley and Jon on The Perfect Path to Parrsboro, Nova Scotia!


kKELLEY: I'm a firm believer in exploring your own back yard, as it were.. taking advantage of all that our region has to offer. So my friend Jon and I have, for the past few years, made it our mission to do just that. We randomly pick a spot on the map, find the most scenic route we can take to get there, and head off for an adventure.

glooscap-trail aFor this trip, we chose Parrsboro, Nova Scotia as the final destination.

This was Jon's summer home as a child, so he was to be the tour guide for this journey.

After a hearty breakfast at the Big Stop in Enfield, we got off the highway and on to the Gloosecap Trail. 

There are many sights and stops to take in along the way, including a giant strawberry, a delicious ice cream parlour, and an old fashioned general store in Bass River.

strawberry and granny

JON: I always make a point to stop at this store when I’m traveling through the area. The three-level business has everything from convenience-store fare, hardware items, furniture, gift apparel and a liquor store outlet so there is literally something for everyone.  


JJON: According to Mi’kmaq legend, these small islands (named Moose, Diamond, Long, Egg and Pinnacle) were the result of their god Glooscap throwing mud, sticks and stones at the giant beaver that he believed had dammed his medicine garden in nearby Advocate Harbour, and thus the islands were formed. 


I have fond memories spending time in this area as a child with my grandparents as well as camping with friends at the Five Islands Provincial Park in my late teen years. The hiking trails in the provincial park offer a stunning view of the rugged cliffs and the islands.

Further down the road is the town of Parrsboro...


Parrsboro is known for its rugged coastline on the Minas Basin in the Bay of Fundy, showcasing some of the highest tides in the world.


It is also home to Ship’s Company Theatre, a professional theatre company based in the town and set on board the MV Kipawo featuring works from Maritime writers. This is a definite must see when visiting the town!


KELLEY:  Many towns host events that involve the whole community and if you happen on one of those, you should really take advantage. We were lucky that the historic Ottawa House was hosting their Christmas Tea and Sale (yes in September!) on the day that we chose to visit. Serendipity!

Ottawa House Museum

sandwichesJON: We had planned to meet up with some friends who had been staying in Parrsboro and working with Ship’s Company Theatre so it was great to enjoy such a pleasant afternoon of laughs, homemade sandwiches and sweets, and overwhelming hospitality from the ladies hosting the tea, festooned in their holiday attire.


K&JIt's great to spend time exploring all that this region has to offer, and whether your interests lie in walking the beach and looking for fossils, trolling antique stores for treasures, or just taking a drive and enjoying the scenery, the Glooscap Trail is definitely worth the trip!


While you're here check out Jon King's Cool People Profile and from Kelley Edwards "A Fabulous Fall", plus the tasty recipes for Hashbrown Casserole & Peanut Butter Blossoms,

To read more about Kelley and Jon's road trips, visit Jon's Blog



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