I wake up to the sound of birds singing and cows mooing. I am on a couch on the top floor of my two level cottage at Driftwood Park Retreat in Advocate Harbour.
I didn’t need to sleep on the couch. There are two big rooms on the main floor. But I fell asleep and woke up to a view of the Bay of Fundy out the double doors that lead to the deck.
Driftwood Park Retreat opened in 2000. The current owners, John and Su’ Kelley had always wanted to run an inn or cottages. Four years ago, they decided it was time to take the leap. They took their own little joy ride of Nova Scotia, stopping in to stay at places around the province that were for sale. They found home in Advocate Harbour.
There are five well-kept cottages at Driftwood Park Retreat. All five face the bay, each with two bedrooms, a full kitchen, and a big, comfy seating area with a fireplace and overstuffed chairs.
I pack up my things then go to investigate. It isn’t every morning that I wake up to the sound of cows, afterall. And just a few feet down the road I find them. A herd of a dozen having a grassy morning snack on the dew-filled lawn.
I head back towards the cabins and follow a path defined by thick, worn rope to the beach. The perimeter is lined with driftwood, a beautiful, natural border.
The beach is gravel, but that doesn’t matter. The sun is out, the breeze is light and warm, and the water is still as glass. A small fishing boat is anchored a few dozen metres out..
There is limited internet at Driftwood Park Retreat. Two of the five cabins and the office are connected. It’s the kind of place you go to get away from it all, though there are televisions in the sitting room if you tire of all the pretty landscapes.
There is a nearby gas station with snacks, an NSLC agency store, and full breakfast options – eggs, bacon, toast, egg sandwiches, and other standard fare. It is also walking distance to Wild Caraway Restaurant (highly recommended), and a short drive to Cape D’or.
47 Driftwood Lane
Advocate Harbour, NS
April 1 – November 1
$95 – $165 per night
$700 – $1050 per week
This trip is part of our #NSJoyRide series. We went on an epic road trip along Nova Scotia’s Bay of Fundy thanks to the fine folks at Nova Scotia Tourism. They covered the costs of our week-long road trip. We hope you love following our tidal adventures. Check out more in this series here:
Five Islands Provincial Park
Catch of the Bay (Masstown Market)
Driftwood Park Retreat
Joggins UNESCO World Heritage Site
Irwin Lake Chalets
Tidal Bore Rafting
That Dutchman’s Cheese Farm (and nature paradise)
Kayaking The World’s Highest Tides