For those looking to do something in the Tantallon area, a visit to the Train Station Bike & Bean is a must. The Bean is a café and bike shop located in the French Village Train Station, which was built in the early 1900s.
The Bean offers both bike rentals and bike repairs and is located along the Rails to Trails path, a multi-use trail that runs from Halifax to Hubbards.
“It’s really nice,” says staffer Myles Evans. “It’s all crusher dust. People walk, bike, run and there are (even) horses.”
After using the trail, Evans says people love coming into the Bean for a relaxing drink.
“People just really enjoy coming out on a nice day and going for a walk and coming back and getting a coffee,” he says.
The facility is licensed, so for those looking to have a beer or a wine, they’re in luck.
Part of the charm of visiting the Bean is its architecture. Evans says you can still see how the train station was laid out and envision where things such as the ticket room or waiting room were located.
For a truly Canadian experience, check out Acadian Maple on the Peggy’s Cove Road. Known for its pure Nova Scotia maple syrup, the shop also sells fresh fudge and jams.
One of the most gorgeous things to see in the Tantallon area is the St. Margaret’s Bay.
A great place to see that view from is the Shining Waters Marina. It has a wrap-around patio that overlooks the bay.
The full-service marina is also open for special events or dining and can host up to 220 people for a seated dinner.
For those interested in kayaking on the bay, Sea Sun Kayak offers a number of options, including half-day trips, full-day trips or overnight ones.
“If gazing up at the stars over a campfire during the night and exploring secret beaches along our rugged coastline during the day sounds like paradise to you, you’re in good company,” advertises the company’s website.