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Summertime Activities

Municipality of Chester

There's nothing like summertime in Nova Scotia and with our proximity to the city, plentiful beaches and activities - where better to spend it than in the Municipality of Chester. 

Girl in a pink hooded towel carrying a green bag walking on the sand towards the sea.

Our Municipality has 6 beaches, each offering something unique. We suggest your test them all to find your favourite. One thing they all have in common is they all feature breathtaking views of our beautiful blue Atlantic Ocean.

A a person sitting in a red tent showing their legs crossed pointing to the sea.

If you're a fan of camping we've got some perfect spots to pitch a tent, park your trailer or roll up your RV. We've got three campgrounds featuring inland woods to seaside surroundings.

Four people carrying golf clubs on golf green by the ocean, photo taken from ocean.

Golfers can't wait for summers here in the Municipality of Chester - with courses for every skill level and scenery that can't be beat. The three golf courses in the Municipality include the seaside Chester Golf Club, Sherwood Golf Course, and Aspotogan Ridge.

Woman wearing blue sneakers bouncing a tennis ball on a court to serve, photo taken from her hips down.

If tennis is your game - you'll find 3 asphalt courts and a pergola for spectators at the Chester Tennis Club which is open for play late June through early September and located at the Charles E. Church Park in the Seaside Village of Chester. There is also a tennis court at the New Ross Recreation Complex offered in combination with a basketball court and surrounded by plenty of other outdoor activities. Guests of the Oak Island Resort and Conference Centre are welcome to use their tennis courts.

Man wearing a white hat and red life vest paddling in a lake at sunset.

Outdoor enthusiasts have plenty of options too- from Paddling along the coast, to cycling along the seaside, to running the course of our tremendous trails, to climbing to the top of Castle Rock - there's no better time to combine exercise and adventure.


Baskets of fruit and vegetables

Our four fantastic Farmers Markets are open for the season with an assortment of fresh produce, baked goods, artistic creations and so much more! It's a wonderful way to live like the locals and discover what makes our communities so special.

Exterior of old Chester train station - a yellow building - with families outside it.

If you're a History Buff you'll find our museums and heritage locations are open to experience and explore. The Chester Municipal Heritage Society hosts a wide variety of summertime events designed to let you you take a step back in time and enjoy every minute in the Municipality - from their teas with Mrs. Lordly to their Annual Antique Auction & Sale, there's something for everyone. Ross Farm Museum continues their year round program with special summertime activities that include planting, candle making, wood-working, wagon rides and so much more.

Many sailing boats in a harbour.

Summer in the Municipality of Chester comes complete with plenty of festivals and events too - from those steeped in tradition like the Mackeral Snappers Picnic on Graves Island, Western Shore Garden Party & Parade, the world renowned Chester Race Week, Canada Day Carnival at the Chester Train Station, and the Food Truck Rally at the Hubbards Barn. Weekly events hosted by the Royal Canadian  Legions and Community Centres such as suppers and live music are also common during the summer months.

There are also plenty of free options to partake in. From Tuesday Evenings Picnic in the Park, to the Sunday Concert Series at the Bandstand, and seaside swimming in the Lido Pool.