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Graves Island Show 'N Shine

Municipality of Chester

Please note: This event has not taken place since 2019, see their page for current scheduling.

If you’re a car enthusiast, you know the start of summer means it's time to hit the road. If your enthusiasm for cars leans toward the older variety then you know the best place to be when summer starts is in the Municipality of Chester for the Annual Graves Island Show ‘n Shine.

In late June - hundreds of classic, antique and vintage cars cross the Graves Island causeway to take a position on the grassy banks of the provincial park. Makes and models of every age and style are on display alongside beaming owners from all over Atlantic Canada and beyond.

It’s a wonderful way to spend a day in the open air and meet fellow enthusiasts and knowledgeable car folk. Everything kicks off at 10 am with the first 200 entrants receiving a trophy for taking part in the big event. There are also giveaways happening throughout the day until the celebration ends around 4 pm.

There’s a canteen on site and you can plan a refreshing swim at the beach or make it a weekend away with a stay at their campgrounds.

The waters of Mahone Bay serve as a beautiful backdrop. Graves Island is situated right off of Highway 3 in East Chester making it perfectly situated to explore other parts of the Municipality.