“Hooked on Tancook” A Revival of Rug Hooking

The official finale of our “Hooked on Tancook” project is an exhibition at the Tancook Rec Centre that opens on Tuesday.
We are so pleased with the revived interest in rug hooking, especially when Tancook has always been well known for this art form. We are grateful to the local rug hooking experts who gave generously of their time and shared their talents with the Tancook’s next generation of rug hookers.

Born of Necessity, Rug Hooking Is An Important Link To The Past, One That Tancook Island Is Trying To Revive


1792 Documents for Big and Little Tancook and Star Island

Thanks to Glenn Stevens who made us aware of the following documents. A “Warrant to Survey”, “Surveyor’s Certificate” and “Surveyor’s Report” dated 1792 for Big and Little Tancook and Star Island.

NS Archives – Warrant to Survey. Surveyor’s Certificate. Surveyor’s Report: 660 acres. Three Islands in Mahone Bay: Great Tancook, Little Tancook and Star Island. County of Lunenburg. 330 acres to John Henry Fleiger. 330 acres to George Grant.

“Hooked on Tancook” Exhibition

We invite you to visit the Rec Centre between July 14 and August 8 to view some of the rug hooking projects created by the local participants in our “Hooked on Tancook” initiative.

This project was funded by the Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage’s Support4Culture.



Summer 2020 Hours of Operation

The Rec Centre will be open to visitors this summer every day except Mondays.

Tuesday – Friday:  11:30 – 4:30
Saturday:                    2:00 – 6:00
Sunday:                      11:00 – 5:00

Spruce Grove Camp Site

The  Spruce Grove campsite on Big Tancook Island is available for responsible adults. Camping on the site is free.

For information or reservations call 902-228-2054.

Picnic table and fire pit.
Refurbished outhouse.
Entrance to Spruce Grove campsite.
View of Southeast Cove.

Carolyn’s Restaurant, Craft Shop and Bike Rentals is Open

We are offering six feet apart dine in and take out. We will be only at half capacity for dine in so 15 people at one time in the restaurant. Our staff will be wearing masks or shields when we are interacting with our customers and high touch surfaces will be cleaning often. Along with the tables and chairs that will be cleaned after each customer leaves. Our bathroom will be cleaned regularly as well along with all the surfaces in our kitchen.

Rec Centre WILL be open this summer

We are excited to share some good news! Today, we received word that we will receive funding for the position of Tancook Tourism Ambassador for this summer. This means that the Rec Centre will be open to visitors beginning the first week of July. (We will post hours, etc. once we have hired a candidate to fill the position.) Needless to say, we will follow all health and safety guidelines as set out by the Nova Scotia Government.

If you are between the ages of 15-30 you may apply for this position. Please see the attached poster for details.

195 South East Cove Road

 195 South East Cove Rd

Breathing in the salt air, watching the fishing boats come and go, being at peace while soaking up the sun……this is life, Big Tancook Island Style! Big Tancook Island is one of the 365 islands sprinkled throughout the waters of Mahone Bay. Located a 50 min ferry ride from Chester, which offers shopping, restaurants, groceries, NSLC, a hardware store and more! Tancook Island has an elementary school, museum, fire department, post office and depending on the summer a couple of restaurants. Nestled in your 6+ acres of property tucked back from the road overlooking South East Cove you wonder why you waited so long! This home was built in 3 stages (2003, 2010, 2018) with the latest addition wrapping it up to a sweet little home/property. One good size bedroom, an additional sleeping area in the loft, large bathroom, nice kitchen and a living room with views to the ocean and front gardens. The woodshed, fenced-in backyard and garden area, workshop and additional building with potential for a bunkhouse leaves you with many options for this property! A perfect spot for your year-round home or ideal summer vacations! (223983473)