If you’re searching for an idyllic seaside retreat with a hearty dose of unspoiled Nova Scotia wilderness, you couldn't ask for better than Malagash, along Route 6 in Cumberland County. Situated on a small spit of land in the Northumberland Strait, Malagash is sandwiched between the villages of Tatamagouch and Wallace, the two major service providers in this rural area. While it is short on amenities, it is full of natural beauty and Malagash makes for a fantastic detour for anyone driving between Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.
Accommodations are limited to cottage rentals and the occasional B&B – and don’t be afraid to angle for discounts for long stays in the September off-season. The Malagash Market, little more than a convenience store with a pizza counter, offers basic provisions. There are some limited farm side stands as well, including Malagash Apples, as well as some oyster sellers. The famous Nova Scotia Winery, Jost, is also located in Malagash and offers a summer menu and a small deli case.
The paved roads are in rough shape, a patchwork quilt of repairs and grassy seams. And chances are you'll be the only car you see on the road. In addition to Jost Winery, the area's other main attractions are the Malagash Bible Camp and asmall community museum which pays homage to Malagash's salt mining past. But while the roads could use some attention, the local cenotaph commemorating the First and Second World War is in immaculate condition. A shadow of loss is continuously cast over this small community and the tiny park commemorating those who have died is meticulously maintained.
Like so many Nova Scotia communities, one of Malagash's best features is its gorgeous seashore. It's a fantastic place to enjoy the proverbial long walk on the beach and the sheltered waters are wonderfully warm for summertime swimming. Many houses (and rental cottages) have steps and paths down to the water. While there's no rule against walking on the beach in front of someone's home, it would be bad form to cross someone's private property just to use their beach path or steps. Blue Sky Beach, a Nova Scotia Provincial Park property, is a great public option, with picnic tables, clean outhouses, and changing rooms.
Of course, Malagash isn't just a great destination for humans - Oliver loved it too! The low tides revealed plenty of shallow ponds that were perfect for pouncing on imaginary enemies! We rarely saw another person on any of the beaches we explored, allowing Ollie lots of space to romp and play. No matter what your family looks like - canine or not - Malagash is a fantastic seaside escape perfect for making travel memories.