Just about 6 miles / 9.7 km 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 provides 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 making it an ideal destination for photographers.
Plan to visit the Island’s Museum to discover the rich history while you’re there along with a stop into Popplerock – run by the co-operative of island artists - where you can watch the chair caners and rug hookers in action. Other businesses include Wishing Stones Studio & Gallery and Carolyn’s Restaurant, Crafts & Bike Rentals.
Only 3 miles/4.8 km long and 1.5 miles / 2.4 km at the widest point, Tancook 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 Village of Chester. The ride takes about 1 hour and are free since June 2021 when the province announced that fees would be eliminated on all intra-provincial ferries.
Thank you to Joan Callum McInnis for providing photos of Tancook.