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  • hey guys samuel and audrey here and today we're  taking you on a little day trip to mahone bay  

  • this was one of the many picturesque towns  we visited along nova scotia south shore and  

  • we had a really fun day walking around  feasting on delicious clams and lobster  

  • mac and cheese sampling local craft beers  hiking part of the rum runners trail plus a  

  • few misadventures in between we invite you to  join us for our mahone bay travel guide as we  

  • share some fun things to do in mahone bay  on a day trip let's hit the road shall we

  • well good morning good morning everyone greetings  from mahone bay nova scotia canada yeah this is a  

  • place we've been wanting to visit and you  know what is what like 10 15 minute drive  

  • from where we're staying in lunenburg yes  yeah very convenient very easy to access we  

  • are continuing our road trip along nova scotia  south shore and today we're spending the day  

  • here in mahone bay nova scotia it's a bit ofwindy day but we've got sunshine and this place  

  • looks so charming yeah the sun is playing peekaboo  all morning it's uh it's either bright like this  

  • or or a little bit overcast but it looks like it's  going to be an incredible day to explore this town  

  • there's no rain scheduled so we're very excited  about that and yeah so far our impressions of  

  • this place is just incredibly charming it's the  most relaxing town you can be at yeah it looks  

  • very walkable lots of colorful buildings you have  restaurants breweries souvenir shops so yeah we're  

  • just gonna explore on foot all day we've parked  the car and let's go see what this place is all  

  • about let's go check it out for anyone driving  into mahone bay on a day trip we noticed a few  

  • different parking areas along the harbor on main  street and edgewater street we parked right across  

  • from one of the three churches so naturally  that was our first stop this right here is st  

  • james anglican church and just a few steps over  you have st john's lutheran church there's also  

  • trinity united church which we somehow missed and  together these make up the famous three churches  

  • of mahone bay canada fun fact for many years saint  james's 30 meter steeple was marked on marine  

  • charts and sailors would line up the steeples  of the three churches as a navigational aid  

  • so a little bit of history here  right now we are walking along  

  • what used to be a shipyard this beautiful  coastal area in between these historic churches  

  • used to be where they built many of the schooners  that were part of lunenburg's fishing fleet  

  • of course not much of that remains today this is  more of a tourist town nowadays but yeah really  

  • cool to kind of reminisce and think about the  history this place has in the 1700s mahone bay  

  • was founded by ephraim cook who saw the bay aspotential shipbuilding location thanks to its deep  

  • and narrow channel and sheltered harbor it's  hard to picture today but by the early 1900s  

  • shipbuilding would have been at its peak in mahone  bay and the waterfront would have been lined with  

  • shipbuilding wharves today no trace of that  remains safe for a commemorative plaque and an  

  • info board but you can visit the mahone bay museum  to learn about mahone bay's shipbuilding history  

  • okay so we have decided to grab an early lunch  somebody's hungry yeah i'm definitely hungry  

  • it's only it's only like 10 after 11. but  um you know what we've been putting in some  

  • serious walking uh ever since we've done  this nova scotia trip we we just walk all  

  • day long we're gonna check out a placethink it's called oh my cod oh my god yeah  

  • with the name and with a name like that yeah you  know it's gonna be a good quirky place to check  

  • out yeah i think we're gonna go for seafood  honestly with a name like that we need to  

  • get some fish preferably cod if it's on the menu  lunchtime here in mahone bay nova scotia we came  

  • to oh my god just as we promised and check this  out i got the lobster and shrimp mac and cheese  

  • extra cheesy check out that thing of beauty  they weren't joking about the lobster show  

  • that look at that big chunk a little bit closer  for us so we can see but shall we try it yes

  • so here's the question we've been  having some great mac and cheese lately  

  • i don't think i could ever go back to  like that instant craft dinner stuff  

  • after having this that would be so hard this one  is like extra creamy yeah and it tastes like an  

  • aged cheese and then we have parmesan on top yes  we do and now okay let's try one bite with shrimp  

  • okay look you've even got some  toast yum buttered piece of bread

  • this is just so tasty yeah really happy with  it i can't wait to try mine i've got a nice  

  • looking dish too and what did you get over  there guys check out this mountain of clams  

  • and chips yeah they're not just any kind of  clams they're the famous digby clams which  

  • is one of the best places you can get well any  kind of seafood really scallops clams i think  

  • from the whole province very famous from digby  out on the bay of fundy and yeah we've got a  

  • just a mountain clams on top chips on the bottom  and we've got a nice tartar sauce over here  

  • this is the way to have clams yeah i really  love them fried and they're nice and salty  

  • they're so salty yeah i'm gonna sew about the  tartar sauce like classic classic maritime  

  • atlantic food here i'm just loving it great lunch  oh ho belly's full belly's very full and very  

  • happy we just had the best lunch ever let me tell  you that is a life-changing mac and cheese i mean  

  • to have lobster and shrimp and for it to be that  creamy and that cheesy so good it's amazing like  

  • that is mac and cheese to die for and also the  the clams and chips were good too that was good  

  • but going back one more thing about the mac and  cheese yeah that is the top two mac and cheese  

  • i've had on our travels yeah it is right up there  with the truffle and bone marrow mac and cheese  

  • we had inside that's high praise those two are  right up there we also got to chat with the owner  

  • super friendly guy and this is just a beautiful  small town great experience and um we also have a  

  • recommendation for a good place for dinner yes  we are going to matias bistro yeah but we've  

  • still got a few hours before we start thinking  about food again so we're actually going to  

  • drive over to oak island over the causeway and  check that out because there's a lot of stories  

  • surrounding mystery treasure over there so  we'll tell you more about it when we get there

  • indeed

  • okay the funny thing is we're looking  for a business called the worldly gig  

  • yes and then after we turn on a road i think  it's crammed to go to oak island oh there it is

  • that's the really good it should be right here  

  • to give you a bit of context oak island is a 57  hectare privately owned island on nova scotia's  

  • south shore the island rose to mainstream fame  when the history channel started airing a reality  

  • tv show called the curse of oak island which  follows a group of modern day treasure hunters  

  • there are all sorts of theories about what kind of  treasure could be hidden here ranging from pirate  

  • treasure to the holy grail and marie antoinette's  jewels to money smuggled out of fort louisburg  

  • some of these theories are a little more out there  than others but all we can really say is that  

  • the show has a big cult following now for the bad  news our visit to oak island didn't go as planned  

  • well that was a fun little misadventure so we  got to oak island we know it's a privately owned  

  • island but supposedly it's open to the public  just like at the tip of it where they have  

  • an interpretive center and you can learn more  information about the history of the island but  

  • right now they've got this big red sign that says  oak island is close to visitors no trespassing  

  • yeah um so so yeah that's the end of it but what  what we can see from here it's beautiful and  

  • um we got some great views of the water so we  took a few clips of that but that's the end of  

  • our oak island venture today we're just going to  head back into town yeah supposedly there's also  

  • boat tours that you can do but they don't go out  every day of the week and you can also do guided  

  • walking tours but they only release those tickets  a few times a year and they sell out immediately  

  • because people are really into this treasure right  so anyways um yeah we're just gonna head back into  

  • town and uh yeah it was a fun little fun little  misadventure this is part of the part of the  

  • travel experience yeah we'll just spend the rest  of the day in mahone bay that's right after our  

  • failed attempts at visiting the island we started  driving back to mahone bay and came across the  

  • rum runners trail the rum runners trail is a 119  kilometer trail that runs along a former rail bed  

  • and it connects halifax with lunenburg while  passing through hubbard's chester and mahone  

  • bay the trail gets its name from nova scotia's  prohibition which was enacted from 1921 to 1930.  

  • during this time bootlegger is also known as rum  runners were the booze suppliers for the illegal  

  • market and the coastline's proximity to the  railroad made it an ideal route for rum running  

  • so we are now going in a little afternoon hike  we're walking part of the rum runners trail you  

  • can also bike this trail and yeah it's justreally nice trail wooded shaded if we had a bit  

  • more time i would totally bike this to halifax  and this particular stretch is just beautifully  

  • maintained the trail is just you could tell  that it's been flat in it there's no big  

  • rocks or anything i mean this looks this looks  like a manicure garden almost more than i know

  • we also enjoyed a drive through oakland  which sits directly across from mahon bay  

  • here we found a nice little beach to walk along

  • so we were really looking forward to visiting  the mahone bay museum however we didn't realize  

  • it's open by appointment only if you want  to arrange a visit you can message them on  

  • their facebook page or send them an email  through their website but remember you must  

  • do so at least 24 hours in advance so one of the  volunteers can be on site the museum has excellent  

  • reviews and most of the comments mentioned how  informative and friendly the guides are so if  

  • you want to have a good chat about mahone based  shipbuilding pass this is a good place to go

  • next up we made our way to saltbox brewing  company to sample some of their local craft beers

  • it is beer o'clock it is the sun is out in for  full force at this point it was a little chilly  

  • earlier on i'm actually only wearing this  flannel because it's protecting my arms from  

  • the direct sunlight poor red hair but anyways  we've got a nice selection of beers and cider  

  • four beers one cider and i'm just gonna  try them all for you and where are we of  

  • course we're at salt box brewing one of the  most uh famous attractions here in town and  

  • a beautiful spot to be hanging out on a late  summer day yeah for those of you who like to  

  • drink beer come on down yeah this is the place  all right guys first off is a very unique beer  

  • it is a lobster ale crustacean elation that  sounds like something i would call a beer i love  

  • i love things that rhyme tongue twisters and it's  coming in at 5.5 percent so let's give that a shot

  • that's a nice refreshing beer good for the summer  

  • i can't see i taste too much lobster in there  that's probably a good thing it's probably a  

  • good thing the next one is actually mine if  you want to have a sipper is that your cider  

  • yes apple cider girling apple cider sterling apple  cider and this is audrey loves her cider so i do  

  • by having a sip i'm depriving her oflittle bit of it i feel bad but not too bad  

  • that's an interesting cider that's got a bit of  a i mean i taste the apple but it's got a little  

  • bit of a mint aftertaste um definitely prefer the  beer but i think you'll like that one a lot okay  

  • let's move on to this is a sour one this is called  the sour rhubarb and it's supposed to be citrusy  

  • tropical and tart so this sounds really good  this is one of their most popular summer beers  

  • very citrusy everything's been so unique so far  i've been i've been surprised by the diversity and  

  • variety so next up is the make and break a double  ipa this is the strongest beer coming in at 7.5

  • okay i like this one a lot i love the  grapefruity aftertaste to it it doesn't  

  • taste as strong as you'd think at 7.5 you know  out of the four this is my favorite one so far  

  • but that's probably gonna change  because i i do love my stouts  

  • last but not least we have the ragin cajun and it  is a stow aged in a bourbon barrel that's so cool

  • oh that is good it tastes like gingerbread  to me this one has some kind of a bit of  

  • bite to it a little bit of spice to it i love this  brewery there's so many um so many great flavors  

  • here and one more thing to mention you can doflight of three or you can do a flight of eight  

  • right so we're doing five you got all kinds of  variety and all kinds i mean have eight if you're  

  • thirsty enough you know and then after all that  beer and cider we walked over to the barn this is  

  • a really cool coffee shop in mahone bay and our  favorite part was their secret garden outback

  • so we've gone from the brewery over to the coffee  shop this is a place that was recommended to us  

  • today the barn for tea and coffee i actually  went for tea i'm having a london fog some earl  

  • grey tea with milk i have a cappuccino and i've  got to say it's a great location outside and also  

  • very artsy inside a great place to enjoy  your coffee and and tasty bite inside too  

  • cinnamon roll the glaze looking very  good take a big bite of that one

  • cinnamon buds are good that's got some  really nice cinnamon swirls inside  

  • that's how it is done i'm really interested to  hear about the energy but has some really cool  

  • cool ingredients for sure peanut butter  pumpkin seeds chia seeds cranberries coconut  

  • all over the exterior the everything ball does  it taste more dessert like or healthy i'd say  

  • relatively healthy but very good very good yeah  you could feed it to a non-health enthusiast  

  • also i don't think i've had a chance to show you  guys the shirt i got yesterday i'm really excited  

  • about this one so it's a collaboration between  east coast lifestyle from a brand from out here  

  • in the east coast and the blue nose shop the blue  nose 2 and the human berg i've been interested in  

  • the east coast lifestyle brand ever since i've  kind of been traveling around new brunswick and  

  • nova scotia i've seen so many people wear it this  is a kind of a young brand and they've done so  

  • well in less than 10 years and so i've kind of  always wanted to get a shirt when we saw that  

  • it has the iconic bluenose 2 which is what you see  on the canadian dime right and then with the east  

  • coast it was like a two for one special i gothoodie which you'll probably be seeing in future  

  • episodes and audrey's just trying not to spill  everything and i just discovered chocolate chips

  • so when we were asking locals what  things we couldn't miss in mahone bay  

  • several of them mentioned amos pewter  what is pewter you ask i wonder the same  

  • thing to get all sciency on you pewter ismalleable metal alloy composed of 85 to 99  

  • tin it was used for tableware and decorative metal  items by the egyptians and later the romans and  

  • it also came into extensive use in europe during  the middle ages the cool thing about amos pewter  

  • is that they have an open studio where you can  watch how they make their ornaments and jewelry  

  • we ended up getting a cute christmas ornament as  a gift we also enjoyed a walk along the mahone bay  

  • civic marina because sometimes it's just nice  to look at boats even if you never plan to own

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  • and then it was time for another meal this time  dinner at the highly acclaimed matias bistro  

  • well guys it feels like all we've been doing  today is eating eating eating like we have gone  

  • from a restaurant to a brewery to a coffee  shop to another restaurant meal number four  

  • we're good eaters we may not be good at anything  else in life but we can eat i'm just kidding what  

  • but we are good eaters um so we have come  to matias bistro for dinner tonight it's a  

  • restaurant that people kept recommending very  highly rated the chef is from bratislava so we  

  • have ordered an appetizer to share we are doing  mussels in white wine how does that sound to you  

  • all kinds of amazing come to me muscle  in a white wine sauce how do you do this  

  • oh just like that how is it you like  it that's very tender that's good is it

  • you taste the white wine yes yes and that  has onions a little bit of coarse salt  

  • that's delicious is it i didn't know i like  mussels so much but when they're like this hey  

  • we've been we've been acclimatizing ourselves  to seafood for that's not the right word but  

  • um we've been eating a lot of seafood forwhile so they'll surprise you like muscles  

  • main dishes here i got their award-winning chowder  this looks so good seeing lots of mussels potatoes  

  • carrots different herbs and spices

  • how's that that is very nice this is  award-winning powder i've never seen  

  • a chowder with so many ingredients i know let's  try that got a bit of fish there mussels as well  

  • oh yeah your mussels are so good

  • we had them for the appetizer and i'm  happy to be having them again for the main  

  • pasta time so i'm having chicken penne so  excited smoked chicken not just any kind of penny  

  • check out that looks like it hasvinaigrette bit of a creamy sauce as well

  • whoa delicious chicken in here just love  it pairs so nicely with the shiraz wine

  • and we've got live music as well pretty cool

  • and that was our day trip to mahone bay  we took the scenic road back to lunenburg  

  • along the lighthouse coastal road driving  past mater's cove and detouring to herman's  

  • island where we spotted a deer it was so  peaceful and there was such a beautiful  

  • light this part of nova scotia canada  really won over our hearts on this trip  

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hey guys samuel and audrey here and today we're  taking you on a little day trip to mahone bay  

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