2 Reasons To Visit Tatamagouche And One Is Tatamagouche Beer

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After a day of exploring the road from Pictou to Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia I have arrived at a great surprise. I will be spending the night inside a train at the old Tatamagouche Train Station. As I’m to discover this is just one of many reasons to visit Tatamagouche. A town that once you figure out how to pronounce it, all you want to do is say the name. Another reason to visit is to spend an afternoon sampling some Tatamagouche beer at the brewery located right downtown. The best part is you don’t have to drive. the town is small enough you can walk anywhere you need to go, or…. you can take the new train trolley that starts from the Train Station Inn. Someone sound the horn I’m ready to board this adventure!

Tatamagouche Train Station

Pulling into the Tatamagouche Train Station Inn it is quickly apparent that this really once was a train station. Building started in 1887 with the first passenger ticket sold to Dave Langille in 1890. Fast forward to 1989 when it opens as the Train Station Inn. From that day till now it has never looked back.

The Tatamagouche Train Station Inn

The Tatamagouche Train Station Inn yard

I check in and am escorted to my private railcar. I have one entirely to myself. It may be a bit big for one person, but it is perfect for a family or a group of friends on a road trip. It has two bedrooms, bathroom with shower, mini fridge with coffee/tea amenities and two lookout perches.

A CN rail car turned hotel room in Tatamagouche

First look inside my own private rail car

I imagine that back when this car was in operation this is where the crew would sit to survey the cars and the route. A cool spot to sit and read a book today.

Check out thhe view from the Conductor's chair

I, of course, choose the bigger bedroom with a TV and a fireplace. There is even a private balcony accessible through the back door in my room.

My bedroom in a rail car at Tatamagouche

It has all the conveniences of home except if I want to eat I don’t have a kitchen to go to I have a restaurant. There are two public cars. One houses the dining car while the other is a lounge with plenty of comfortable seating and good Wifi access.

Inside the Alexandria sleeper car turned lounge at the Train Station Inn

Now that I’ve checked in it is time to hit the town and try some Tatamouche beer. I’m taking the trolley as it loops through the main part of town and a few interesting spots along the way. It is a hop on hop off service and it is completely free! Choo choo.

Taking the Train Station Inn trolley to Tatamagouche

Tatamouche Brewing Co is pretty easy to find. The restored building has a big tank on its roof. Inside the brewery, you will find a swag shop, tasting bar and you’ll also be able to peer into the brewery itself.

Tatamagouche Brewing

Inside Tata Brew

I went straight to the tasting bar, ordered a full tasting flight and took it outside to their patio to enjoy. I loved them all but the North Shore Lagered Ale was probably my favourite.

All the Tatamagouche Beers on tap

A tasting flight of Tatamagouche beer

I was lucky enough to meet the Brewmaster Matt and even did a little Q&A with him that aired on Just Here For The Beer radio show in Vancouver. Take a listen.

Suffice it to say I stayed on for a few more pints and then hopped back on the Trolley to the Train Station Inn. It is dinner time and I’m starving. To the dining car where I feast on Bacon and Spinach Dip followed by a New York Steak with sauteed Mushrooms and Scalloped Potatoes.

Bacon and Spinach dip at the Train Station Inn

New York Striploin Steak for dinner

Yup, I am full! Time for bed. I almost wish the train wasn’t permanently placed. I think it would be fun to fall asleep to the rail car rolling along the tracks. This is the absolute next best thing! Night night.



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Thanks to Nova Scotia Tourism for their support in making this travel series possible. My views and opinions are 100% my own.


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Marc Smith is a single, 45-year-old, gay urbanite, living in high-rise heaven in Vancouver’s chic Yaletown neighbourhood. After a ten-year career as one of Vancouver’s pre-eminent event planners, he decided it was time for a change and posted on his Facebook page “I am ready for a change. What shall I do with my life?” 30 Day Adventures was born from that status update.

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