Digby Neck is that long, narrow stretch of land that separates the Bay of Fundy from St. Mary’s Bay in Digby County, Nova Scotia. If you look at a map of the province it’s easy to identify. If you have travelled to Long or Brier Islands to enjoy a whale watching tour Digby Neck is simply impossible to avoid – the two islands are a short ferry ride from the end of the Neck. The highway, known as Digby Neck & Islands Scenic Drive, is one my favorite routes in the province, although to really appreciate it you don’t stick to the highway at all, you venture off on one of the many side roads, to the left or to the right depending on which ‘bay’ you would like to explore.
The highway tends to hug the St. Mary’s Bay side of Digby Neck. To construct a highway along the higher Fundy side of the Neck would have been, I’m sure, “too expensive and impractical” when the route was first envisioned. The route nevertheless is quite spectacular. Even if you don’t leave the highway, the sandstone cliffs, the quaint fishing villages and picturesque coves offer great photo opportunities.
One of my favourite places along the scenic drive is Sandy Cove, once a thriving resort area and fishing port. The hillside village is stunning. I have often thought that Sandy Cove would make the perfect movie location. In the fifties, the community was the home of an exclusive girls summer camp that attracted the children of celebrities, politicians and business leaders from the US and across North America. The community has a fascinating history and interesting folklore, including the story of Jerome, the infamous Mystery Man of Baie Sainte-Marie.