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Take a Trip to Tancook

Municipality of Chester

Tancook comes from the a Mi'kmaq term that translates to "facing the open sea"

Just about 6 miles/ 9.7kms off the coast on the outer edge of Mahone Bay sits Big Tancook Island.

Originally settled by German and French families in the late eighteenth century – today the island is home to around 120 full-time residents with the population doubling during the summer season.

A picturesque and natural environment provide the perfect backdrop for the artistic community who celebrate and preserve the historical tapestry of traditions – fishing and heritage.

Tancook was named from the Mi’kmaq word for “facing the open sea” - so as you might imagine the views looking out to the waters of the Atlantic and Mahone Bay are breathtaking.Tancook is a favourite destination for geocachers.and for photographers - well it's paradise to be sure.

Plan to visit the Island’s Museum to discover the rich history while you’re there along with a stop in to Popplerock – run by the co-operative of island artists - where you can watch the chair caners and rug hookers in action. And by all means pop in and shop at the wonderfully creative Wishing Stones Studio & Gallery and at Carolyn’s Café and Crafts for something tasty to eat. Only 3 miles/4.8 kms long and 1.5 miles/2.4 kms at the widest point Tancock is the perfect place to hike or bike along their nature paths – and stroll their beach in search of shells and sea glass.

A sheltered cove welcomes sailors – while the William G.Ernst Ferry makes year round daily runs between Big Tancook and the Seaside Village of Chester. The ride takes about 1 hour dock to dock and tickests can be purchased on board the ferry. For a current ferry schedule of arrival and departures click here.

For lots more on both Big and Little Tancook Islands visit their official website here.

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