Advocate Harbour

Sunrise at Cape d’Or Lighthouse

A picturesque village wedged between two stunning capes

 Nature lovers, rejoice! You will appreciate the rugged beauty, stunning geology and down-home friendliness of picturesque Advocate Harbour. Watch otherworldly sunsets from Cape d’Or, experience excellent local cuisine at the Wild Caraway, hike Chignecto Park for mind-clearing ocean vistas, go back millions of years at the Joggins Fossil Cliffs or stroll to the wharf to watch the fishing boats sit on the ground at low tide.

Spend at least the night before and after your kayak adventure here to make the most of your trip.

Welcome to Advocate Harbour, Nova Scotia! Now part of the Cliffs of Fundy UNESCO Global Geopark.


 The most common complaint we hear from guests is that they wished they had booked a longer stay in Advocate Harbour.


This area is an absolute gem.

Don’t miss out!

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At Cape d’Or, looking towards Cape Chignecto

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Refugee Cove in Cape Chignecto Park

Things To See and Do

Watch the harbour dry out at low tide, hike stunning Chignecto Park, enjoy the vista from the Lighthouse on Cape d’Or, eat local gourmet food, and enjoy gorgeous beaches that you will probably have all to yourself! The beauty of Advocate Harbour is that it’s really off the beaten track, which means no tour busses, no crowds, no noise, just pure serenity. The only things you’ll have to reserve are the local tours and restaurants as people do love those, and there is limited capacity.

Claim to fame are of course the world’s biggest tides – you need to see these amazing tides for yourself! In Advocate Harbour, the difference between high and low tide can be up to 13 m or 40 feet. Really mind-boggling!

There is so much more to discover here – the oldest dinosaur fossils at the Fundy Geological Museum in Parrsboro (40 min away), ancient amphibian and tropical plant fossils at the UNESCO Joggins Fossil Cliffs (50 min away), and earth history that you can touch at the Cliffs of Fundy Geopark that stretches along our shore.

Bay of Fundy tides

Walking on the ocean floor at Five Islands

Guided beach tour at the Joggins Fossil Cliffs

A guided beach tour is included with the entry fee at Joggins Fossil Cliffs.

Paddling the Bay of Fundy
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Enjoying drinks on the Wild Caraway deck right opposite the harbour

Where To Eat

Wild Caraway

Award-winning restaurant and cafe, located right opposite the harbour.

“The Wild Caraway Restaurant in Advocate Harbour is an inspiration […], a place that embodies the local food movement and transforms it into an unforgettable and delicious experience. Owners Sarah and Andrew have been turning local foods into masterpieces of the senses for over 10 years – their restaurant is a true gem and treasure!” (Eat Local Cumberland)

Set 5-course dinner with different options $60. Dinner reservations are strongly recommended. Call 902-392-2889.

Friday – Monday Dinner 5-8 pm, Sunday Lunch 12-3. Additional pop-up events possible – watch their Facebook page or website.

The Lighthouse on Cape d’Or

This spectacular location offers stunning vistas, sunsets, accommodation and food on a rocky outcrop that reaches far into the Bay of Fundy.  Delicious, set 3-course dinners. Reservations are strongly recommended. Text 902-670-8314. Be prepared to walk down a steep path with no lights to reach the lighthouse & restaurant.

Opening hours are by chance.

The Hook and Anchor

Loved by locals. Fresh local seafood and homemade desserts with a friendly family atmosphere. Takeout is available. Located at the Fundy Tides campground in Advocate Harbour.

Open Wednesday to Sunday 12-7.

The Old Church Cafe

Another local favourite, located along the main road in Advocate Harbour. At this former church, the friendly folks here serve home-made, local fare, ice-cream, and are also licensed.

Open Saturday & Sunday 1-6 pm.

Please note: All restaurants in Advocate Harbour are closed by 7 or 8 pm. On Tuesdays, all restaurants are closed. The local store and cafe (RiteStop) is open daily from 7 am until 9 pm (meals available until 7 pm). Please plan accordingly.

Cape d'Or Lighthouse

Enjoying the view at the Lighthouse on Cape d’Or.

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Places to Eat

A selection of local places to dine in or purchase food supplies from.
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Wild Caraway
Advocate Harbour, opposite the harbour
One of the best dining experiences in Nova Scotia.

Lightkeeper’s Kitchen and Guest House
The Lighthouse at Cape d’Or
Great meals, exceptional hospitality, stunning views.

Hook and Anchor
At the Fundy Tides campground in Advocate Harbour.
Fresh, local seafood and homemade desserts with a friendly family atmosphere.
Advocate Harbour RiteSTOP
Highway 209 “downtown” Advocate
Local grocery store within walking distance from NovaShores. Go there for a down-home breakfast.

Old Church Cafe
Highway 209 “downtown” Advocate
Down-home fare, ice cream, licensed.

Black Rock Bistro
151 Main Street, Parrsboro
Cute bistro and wine bar. Local cuisine, local wines and craft beers.

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Wild Caraway
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Local Attractions

Advocate Harbour

Joggins Fossil Cliffs visitor centre

Cliffs of Fundy Geopark
All along the Parrsboro shore, from Debert to West Apple River
Main Office (Debert): 902-641-2225
Sub Office (Parrsboro): 902-728-2141

Age of Sail Museum
8334 Highway 209, Port Greville

Joggins Fossil Cliffs
100 Main Street, Joggins

Fundy Geological Museum
162 West Bay Road, Parrsboro

FORCE – Fundy Ocean Research Centre for Energy
1156 West Bay Road, Parrsboro

Ottawa House Museum
1155 Whitehall Road, Parrsboro

Ship’s Company Theatre
18 Lower Street Parrsboro
Tel.: 1-800-565-7469

Parrsboro Creative  Arts Community
151 Main Street
Tel.: 902-728-2007

Tysons’ Fine Minerals
114 Lamb’s Hill Rd. Parrsboro

Parrsboro Golf Club
984 Two Islands Rd., Parrsboro

Spirit Reins Ranch
432 Prospect Rd., Parrsboro
902-254-3138 or 902-254-4262

Partridge Island

Ottawa House-by-the-sea, Parrsboro

Advocate Harbour and Parrsboro Shore

Fundy Geological Museum, Parrsboro


Local Guy Adventures
Laurie Currie
Spencers Island
Fat Tire biking, Waterfall & Ocean Floor hiking, Glamping.
Tel: 1-902-254-3814

Fundy Treasures
Brian Hebert
Bay of Fundy Gemstone, Mineral and Fossil Tours in Joggins, Parrboro, Blomidon, and even virtually.
Tel: 1-902-254-3814

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Kayakers at Horseshoe Cove, Cape d’Or


Driftwood Beach

Red Rocks
West Advocate by the park

Horseshoe Cove
on the road to Cape d’Or

Spencer’s Island Beach
at Spencer’s Island

Spicer’s Cove
near Eatonville & the Three Sisters

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Anderson Cove viewpoint at the Eatonville Day Use area of
Cape Chignecto Park

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Driftwood Beach in West Advocate at Sunset

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NovaShores Adventures
Anne Grabinsky
37 School Lane
Advocate Harbour, Nova Scotia
B0M 1A0

1-902-392-2222 (local)*
1-866-638-4118 (toll free)*

*Please note that our office is only able
to answer phone calls May-October.