A ferry ride away from the frantic pace of your city life awaits the rustic and gentle charm of Tancook Island. $7 buys you and your bicycle an 8 km trip across the water from Chester for a step back in time and a step closer to nature. Shaped like a fish hook and named after the Mi’kmaq word for “facing the open sea”, Tancook Island is only 3 miles long and 1.5 miles at the widest point. With only 125 year-round residents, it’s true island life, Nova Scotia-style.
Choose the ferry schedule that best suits your adventure and enjoy the amazing ocean views of Chester Harbour and some of the 350 islands in Mahone Bay, getting off at Big Tancook Island to explore. Discover the island’s pathways by foot or by bike, inhaling the sea air, enjoying a picnic in the pristine natural surroundings and gaining a sense of the history and spirit of a hardy fishing community at the Tancook Museum.
After a homemade feast at Carolyn’s Café and Crafts and a browse through Sea Myst Gallery & Gift Shop, you may decide you’re not quite ready to head back to the “real-world”. Tancook Island Ferry Schedule During the summer months the Recreation Centre is open for tourists for a place to stop for local information, washroom facilities, or a place to get out of the weather.