Vacations at The Captain's House
Shelli Stevens

Bask in the sunshine on a peninsula surrounded by the clear, clean Atlantic Ocean. Come visit… and enjoy all that our area has to offer.

Walk to various eateries. Casually elegant white table
cloth restaurant, rustic tavern, French bakery, funky
cafes with button popping desserts, and 18th century
seaside dining overhanging the ocean on wooden
pylons. Many open year round.

Chester sits on a tree clustered peninsula, flanked on two
sides by deep inlets, referred to as the Front and Back
Harbours. The two fingers of water are separated by an
island, 'The Peninsula', which is connected to the village
by a small bridge. On the sunrise side of the bridge, a
small crescent of sandy beach faces the Front Harbour, with views of fine homes, sailboats, islands, the yacht club and the golf course. On the sunset side of the bridge, facing the Back Harbour, is the Lido, a public seawater pool, with views of the Captain's House and other fine waterfront homes, more islands and many more sailboats. Both harbours are safe to kayak, especially when the water is like glass. Watch for blue herons searching for crabs in the shallows.

The beaches that lie closest to Chester (20-30 minutes drive), lie east towards Halifax. They offer a variety of recreational possibilities. Some are best suited for small children with a quiet area where children can hunt for crabs, starfish and periwinkles, with a life guard on site. Others are better suited for people watching lively games of frisbee. Some do not have as much sand, but the rocky outcroppings are perfect for snorkeling or scuba diving, where lobsters, crabs, eels and rockfish, can be viewed at close range. Provincial parks have change rooms and toilet facilities, boardwalks, and picnic benches.

Located on the Front Harbour, minutes away along the
waterfront from the Captain's House, is the Tancook Ferry
Wharf. The passenger and bicycle only ferry operates all
year. Take your camera on this fascinating 6 mile (9.6km)
voyage to Big and Little Tancook Islands. The islands were
settled in1829 with German colonists, and French
Huguenots. Both islands continue to maintain year round

Joined to the mainland by a short causeway, this park lies
5 minutes drive east of Chester. The park has a series of
short trails, picnic facilities, large children's playground and a small beach.

Chester Race WeekCHESTER YACHT

Chester Race week takes place in August every summer. The largest keel boat regatta in Canada, this historic race has been presented by the Chester Yacht Club for over 100 years. Providing highly competitive racing in several classes of boats, Race Week welcomes residents and visitors to view the action from the club and join the racers for live music, food and dancing. The Chester Yacht Club is located across the street from the Captain's House, on the Front Harbour side.

A 5 minute walk from the Captain's House, situated in the village centre,
the Playhouse was originally a movie theatre built in 1938. With a
capacity of 176, and despite many renovations, this building remains one
of the most charming and intimate theatres in Atlantic Canada. The
Chester Summer Festival of Performances, with artists from Canada and
around the world, bring their talents to the village for 8 weeks
each summer.
Chester Artists
Summer leisure time, a predominant theme in the work of many American Impressionists, captivated William Glackens. He continued to explore this subject and subsequently travelled the north Atlantic coastline all the way to Chester, in 1910. The beauty of the village and surroundings continues to draw artists today. Chester is home to many fine, award winning artisans who have retail space in the village.

The Chester Art Centre was founded to enhance the artistic opportunities of the community. During the summer, the Chester Art Fair is a three day festival, held outdoors on the centre's property, located in the village centre, walking distance from the Captain's House. Highlighted by a featured exhibition, stimulating workshops, classes and lectures, and a chance to meet local and regional artists and purchase their works.

The Village of Chester is situated on a 'swarm of drumlins', half egg-shaped hills, formed by glacial movement during the Ice Age. Picturesque village streets wind up and down, challenging the fitness buff. Those who prefer a leisurely stroll, don't forget your camera to capture the views from atop each rise. Step out of the Captain's House, and remain on the level waterfront, with benches for quiet contemplation.

Upon completion, at 13,400 miles (21,500 km), the Trans Canada Trail will be the world's longest recreational trail. Ten minute's walk from the Captain's House is the beginning of the Chester Connector Trail. The Tourist Bureau is conveniently located here. The trail's surface is smooth and level, ideal for walking, jogging, biking, snowshoeing, and cross country skiing.

Lordly Park, a short walk from the Captain's House covers an entire village block. Home to Lordly Manor, the tranquil park is an ongoing project of the Chester Municipal Heritage Society. The park has a charming, historical gazebo, outdoor skating rink, steep hills for tobogganing, large children's playground, and swaths of green grass for picnics. Your teenagers will enjoy the skate park facility location on Hwy #3 right next door to the Tim Horton’s.

Do not miss the Hubbards Farmers Market, located in a red barn, 20 mins east
of Chester. Seafood, organic meats, cheeses and produce co-mingle with the
smells of fresh baked bread, brewed coffee, and ready to eat delights. Artisans,
a riot of flowers, musicians, and a large children's sandbox surrounded in
granite, complete this nostalgic and gourmet experience.


Any missed shots can be blamed on the distracting
beauty of this classic golf course located on the
Atlantic Ocean. The Chester Golf Course provides a
golfing adventure for all skill levels. Islands, sailboats
tacking in the wind, varied bird life, seafood chowder,
lobster sandwiches, and chilled local beer - all can be
enjoyed at the 19th hole! Breakfast, lunch and
dinner served.