Musquodoboit Harbour Travel Guide

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Musquodoboit Harbour Things to Do

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    Small but interesting.

    by planxty Written Dec 12, 2014

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    To be perfectly honest, we hadn't even planned to stop in Musquodoboit Harbour as we had started out a bit late from Halifax and already visited one Museum which meant that we hadn't gone too far. Still, that is one of the delights of travelling without set plans as we were in a campervan (RV), you can just suit yourself and if you only make a few miles a day well so what? What made us stop was that I had seen a sign for a Railway Museum and as readers of my other pages will know, I abolutely love railways and anything to do with them.

    The railway has long since left the town and the railbed now serves as a leisure trail known as the Blueberry Run Trail but the rather charming red-painted wooden station which was completed in 1918 is still there and serves as home to the Museum as well as the Tourist Office in the season. It is a Registered Heritage Property within Halifax Regional Municipality.

    Before you get to the building itself you will pass a couple of locomotives and a few bits of rolling stock, none of which you can apparently get into. I know that these type of projects need money and manpower but all the external exhibits here looked like they could have done with a bit of work which is rather a shame. My favourite was the monster snowplough which is pictured here

    The Museum itself is not that large but there are certainly plenty of things to see here, mostly smaller artefacts with a few quirky things like a collection of typewriters and there is even a model railway layout. I think my favourite was a menu form the Cornwallis Hotel on the day of the Coronation of H.M Queen Elizabeth the Second in 1953. The most expensive item offered was a whole cold boiled lobster with all the trimmings for the princely sum of $2:10. I wish it cost that now!

    The Museum was staffed by a very pleasant young person, presumably a student making a bit of holiday money and whilst there is no admission fee, donations are obviously most welcome. The Museum is open from 1st of June until 1st of September from 0900 - 1600 and on selected autumn weekends after that. There is limited parking (20 spaces) and a picnic area although the weather on the day we visited certainly would not have lent itself to that particular activity.

    As I can only upload five images to this page I have also created a travelogue on this page to display some more.

    It won't take long to look round here but if you have an interest in railways then it is certainly worth a stop off if you are passing.

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    The Musquodoboit Railway Museum

    by pieter_jan_v Written Dec 20, 2003

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    Visit the Railway museum housed in the old train station. The old tracks date back to 1896; the line to Upper Musquodoboit came in service in 1916.

    The Museum also houses the Tourist Information Bureau and one of the attic rooms is dedicated to local history.

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Musquodoboit Harbour Off The Beaten Path

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    Yet another excellent Museum.

    by planxty Updated Dec 12, 2014

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    Whilst driving East along Highways 207 and 7 East from Halifax we had already visited two excellent Museums in the space of a very few hours at Chezzetcook and the Railway Museum which is the other tip on this page. I was a little concerned that this might prove to be Museum overkill for one day but I need not have worried as we both thoroughly enjoyed it.

    I am referring to the Fisherman's Life Museum which is actually in Head of Jeddore but in one of the anomolies of the Virtual Tourist database that location does not feature and so it must reside here as an off the beaten path tip although in fairness it is only a very short distance off Highway 7.

    We parked up and walked past the barn that had some interesting old vehicles in it including a lovely old sleigh. Stopping brielfy to pet some rather cute lambs we went past the "outhouse" complete with crescent moon aperture cut into the door and went to the main building where we were met by a very friendly lady. We did not have to pay as we had the Nova Scotia Museum Pass which offers admission to 27 different properties and represents excellent value if you are going to be visiting a number of them. Otherwise admission prices are as follows.

    Child (under 5) – Free
    Child/youth - $2.75
    Adult - $4.00
    Senior - $2.75
    Family - $8.50

    The house was once home to a chap called Myers, his wife and no less than 13 daughters. I would love to know statistically what are the chances of that. It is furnished as it would have been in the early part of the 20th cantury and there seems to be a strong emphasis on local crafts such as rug making and particularly quilting with a very fine collection of contemporary quilts in one of the bedrooms. It appears the skill is still very much practiced in this area. Other highlights for me included the old telephone and the organ in the parlour which is still functioning although none of us could actually play it!

    As well as the main building you can have a look at the henhouse, the well, woodshed, dairy and even go down to the wharf and fish house where the good Mr. Myers would have conducted his summer occupation of fishing. In winter he worked in the woods. Regrettably the weather that day was pretty dismal and we wanted to make a bit of progress so we didn't bother with that.

    As I took far more than the five images supported on this page, I have also contsructed a travelogue to showcase more of them.

    The Museum is open daily from June 1 - October 4 between the hours of 1000 - 1700. Unfortunately, because of the very nature of the place it is only partially wheelchair accessible.

    Recommended.

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Musquodoboit Harbour Sports & Outdoors

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    Hiking

    by pieter_jan_v Updated Dec 20, 2003

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    This area is ideal for hiking.

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    FOR YOUR SAFETY:

    Back country trails are rugged and built to wilderness standards with no amenities.

    Know your limits and hike with others.

    Ensure that you are properly equipped and self-sufficient. Carry a compass and map.

    Complete a trip plan to leave with family or friends.

    Campfires and camping are nor permitted on the trails.

    Always carry lots of water. Note: water found on the trail maybe unsafe to drink.

    Watch your step - rocks may be slippery.

    Do not collect or disturb plants, rocks or wildlife.

    Stay on established trails.

    Back country trails intersect with excisting portage trails. Tale care not to become confused. Watch for signage.

    Wear hunter orange in hunting season. Dates posted at the trailhead.

    Report problems with trail condition or incidents to the MTA. Get current contact information at the trailhead.

    Equipment: Boots, water and food (and a plastic bag for your waste).

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