The name GLOOSCAP speaks of ancient Legend and mysteries born of nature's beauty. Come and explore this special place, where the majestic power of the world's highest tides have shaped a landscape of unforgettable splendour. A place of excitement and adventure, where once-in-a-lifetime experiences wait just around the next bend.
Mi'kmaq Legend tell of the mighty Glooscap who created Five Islands and controlled the great tides with his magic and it's the tides that create experiences that are magically unique. Where else can you walk on the ocean floor at low tide, or experience the thrill of whitewater rafting upriver on the world's largest tidal bore?
The Glooscap Trail follows the spectacular shore of the Minas Basin, whose nutrient-rich waters create an ecological diversity that make it one of North America's great natural treasures. Here you can explore pristine beaches where agate and sparkling amethyst are the gifts of the waves. Hike a deep forest trail to a cascading waterfall, or enjoy the endless view from high atop soaring sea cliffs. This is a land where eagles and osprey soar, and fall migrations bring hundreds of thousands of shorebirds.
From his parlour window, William D. Lawrence would have watched his bustling shipbuilding yard on the shore of Cobequid Bay. The largest full-rigged ship built in Canada, the W. D. Lawrence, was built and launched in Maitland in 1874. A special outdoor exhibit provides background on the Lawrence family and the shipbuilding heritage of the area. Indoors, an exhibit features the folk of Maitland and the time of Lawrence in more than 40 photographs, quotations and displays. An interesting introduction to Nova Scotia's first Heritage District, Maitland.